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Binge-Eating Linked to Very Specific Gut Bacteria

There’s nothing wrong with eating a second helping…

Unless, of course, you’re already full. And you’re not really sure why you’re eating the second helping. And when you’ve finished, you feel bloated and immobile and sleepy. And you fall asleep shortly after finishing, forcing your body to digest your meal in your sleep, which forces your digestive system to work twice as hard and impedes the quality of sleep you’re getting.

In the ever-evolving field of gut health research, scientists are asking the question: Is overeating less of a personal choice and more of a chemical response in the body?

In other words, can eating for pleasure, instead of eating to stave hunger, actually be traced to bacteria in the gut’s microbiome?

Physical Signs That You’re Emotionally Overwhelmed

The health industry in the Western world is one of the strongest profit machines ever invented. Thanks to Nixon’s 1973 Health Maintenance Organization act, doctors, health insurance companies, clinics, and hospitals could begin to function for profit…

And the diagnosis game was never the same. 

Privatizing pharmaceuticals meant that emphasis was placed on treatment through more medication and less homeopathy. After all, you can’t charge incredible mark-ups on emotional self-care.

The Science of SADness

Before we talk about what seasonal affective disorder (SAD) isn’t, let’s talk about what it is.

Seasonal affective disorder is a varietal of depression confined to the fall and winter months. 

It affects primarily women, and primarily those with other psychiatric conditions, like manic depression or bipolar disorder. (This doesn’t mean that men aren’t affected, or that you have to have another condition to experience SAD systems. Just that you’re more likely to if the previously mentioned criteria are met.)

As of 2019, it affects 10 million Americans, with a separate 10% of the population experiencing milder symptoms of a junior SAD disorder.

Self-Soothing Vs. Self-Care – Is There a Difference?

“Treat yo’self” is the millennial anthem.

Self-care can be generally defined as being a friend to yourself. Recognizing when you need a soft, gentle environment, when you need a break, when you need a treat, when you need some space, when you should pay special attention to your mind, body, and soul.

Living in the world isn’t easy — everyone can agree on that. And for the first time in living memory, people are allowed to experience poor mental health without fear of being told:

Dr. Pedram Shojai

NY Times Best Selling author and film maker. Taoist Abbot and Qigong master. Husband and dad. I’m here to help you find your way and be healthy and happy. I don’t want to be your guru…just someone who’ll help point the way. If you’re looking for a real person who’s done the work, I’m your guy. I can light the path and walk along it with you but can’t walk for you.