May 18 2016

Sweat is the best anti-depressant


On Tuesday morning I was at an Active Living seminar listening to Dr. Guy Faulkner, Canadian Research Chair in Applied Public Health, talk about exercise and depression. He compared the evidence for exercise as an anti-depressant. His conclusion? Compared to anti-depressants, when exercise is used as a treatment for depression, it is as effective, less expensive, can be self-administered and has no negative side effects. 

Dr. Faulkner argues that exercise should be presented as a treatment option along with counselling and drugs to everyone, because it is as effective as conventional methods. As he says,

“There is a mountain of evidence”

With reviews of 20 different studies on the effect of exercise on depression there was almost no difference between exercise and anti-depressants.

Why don’t doctors prescribe exercise? There is still little awareness or understanding in the medical community, even with more than 15 years of research. There are no exercise reps going to visit doctors to provide information on the value of exercise. In Canada, the exercise guidelines for physicians view it as a “complementary medicine”, somewhere between light therapy and St. John’s Wort.

I agree with Dr. Faulkner when he says that physical activity is a mental health promotion strategy. It prevents and treats depression, improves daily life, and increases happiness and well-being. The best part? It only takes 30 minutes a day to improve your health, physical and mental.

Change your mind, change your health,



Apr 20 2016

Running = happiness


Feeling a bit out of sorts? Running can help. A 30 minutes jog can make you feel better. Especially when you are having difficulty regulating your emotions. Researchers compared people who stretched for 30 minutes to those that jogged for 30 minutes and found that the joggers feel better even after watching sad movie scenes.

People who exercise are also less likely to have a major depression diagnosis. But, does that mean that exercise is an anti-depressant or that only happier people exercise? Men and women over 50, with major depression, were treated with drugs or exercise and the results were the same for both groups. Drugs or exercise, they both worked as a treatment for depression.

Exercise improves your mood in the short term and the long term.  Ask your doctor if exercise is right for you.

Change your mind, change your health,




Aug 10 2015

3 food facts about brain health

Want to keep your big, brain healthy? Eat lots of complex carbohydrates to fuel your mind. Humans have big brains and they take a lot of fuel to keep them running. Your brain requires 25% of your daily calorie requirement and 60% of your blood glucose to function properly. Here are three facts about food and the health of your brain.




bios-19529Your food choices keeps your brain fueled and healthy.

Change your mind, change your health,