A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO EMOTION FOCUSED COUPLES THERAPY (EFCT)

Christina Reynoldsgeneral

When couples fight about things like “he never does the dishes when I ask him, he never listens to me when I’m talking, she constantly nags me” the feelings underneath these complaints are “he is never there for me, I feel like I’m not important to him, I feel like what I do is never good enough for her”. The … Read More

Celebrating Mental Health Week 2016 – A personal story

Ilze GroblerMental Health Week, Uncategorized

If you’re reading this you’ve probably been there – self doubt, lethargy, maybe full blown depression.  I’m writing this to celebrate mental health week, and hopefully explain to people that it can happen to anyone.   Five years ago I was a confident, optimistic person with a young family and dreams. My life took a downward turn with a failed … Read More

Fuel your mind – by Tania Logan, Dietitian, Zest Infusion

Christina ReynoldsDietetics, Dietetics & Diabetes Education, Mental Health Week, Uncategorized

Healthy eating is the cornerstone of a healthy body and a healthy life, but food is so much more than fuel for your body. Nutrients from the food we eat are also essential to how our brain works, which means our food choices can also impact upon our mental health. People who experience mental health issues have lower intakes of … Read More

Mental Health Workout

Christina ReynoldsMental Health Week, positive psychology, Uncategorized

There are lots of ways in which we can look after our mental health. In some ways good mental health is like a jigsaw – if we put the pieces together correctly we end up with a nice picture. Over the course of Mental Health Week the Zest Infusion team will look into some important pieces of this jigsaw that … Read More

Naturopathic Tip 10 : Sleep And Its Link With Depression & Anxiety

Ilze GroblerNaturopathy

There is a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Sleep problems are particularly common in depression and anxiety. This is the final post in a series on some of the physiological (non-psychological) causes of depression and/or anxiety and how naturopathic treatment can help.   The amount and quality of sleep we get has a significant impact on every system of … Read More

Naturopathic Tip 9: Methylation And Its Link With Depression & Anxiety

Ilze GroblerNaturopathy

The methylation cycle plays a vital role in regulating mental and physical health. This is the ninth post in a series on some of the physiological (non-psychological) causes of depression and/or anxiety and how naturopathic treatment can help. What is methylation? Methylation is a process that happens in every cell of the body where one molecule passes a methyl group, which … Read More

Naturopathic Tip 8: Prescription Medication And Its Link With Depression & Anxiety

Ilze GroblerNaturopathy

There are certain prescription and over-the-counter medications that have the potential to induce or exacerbate depression and anxiety conditions. The way they do this is because a number of them cause nutrient deficiencies, upset the balance of certain nutrients, affect neurotransmitter function or cause gut flora imbalances. This is the eighth post in a series on some of the physiological (non-psychological) causes of … Read More

Naturopathic Tip 7: Food Intolerance And Its Link With Depression & Anxiety

Ilze GroblerNaturopathy

Food intolerance may be a hidden root of “mental” illness. This is the seventh post in a series on some of the physiological (non-psychological) causes of depression and/or anxiety and how naturopathic treatment can help. The first thing to note about food intolerances is that they are not the same as food allergies. Food allergies are typically an immediate immune … Read More

Naturopathic Tip 6 : Pyrrole Disorder (Pyroluria) And Its Link With Depression & Anxiety

Ilze GroblerNaturopathy

Are you suffering from emotional meltdowns and mood swings? Read more about Pyrrole Disorder and its link with mental health. This is the sixth post in a series on some of the physiological (non-psychological) causes of depression and/or anxiety and how naturopathic treatment can help. Have you been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, bipolar, AD(H)D? It could be pyrrole disorder. A … Read More