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Are you ready to get off the dieting roller coaster and learn the secret to permanent weight loss? Tune in to The Dr. Oz Show tomorrow to watch digestive care expert Brenda Watson discuss the connection between your weight and gut bacterial balance—the subject of her new book, The Skinny Gut Diet.

The human digestive tract is home to 100 trillion bacteria that play a vital role in maintaining optimal digestion and overall health. As it turns out, the balance of these bacteria determines whether or not you will gain weight and crave certain foods. During tomorrow’s episode Brenda will discuss the two main groups of bacteria in your gut—what she calls the “Fat bacteria” and the “Be Skinny bacteria.” When your level of “Fat bacteria” increase and your “Be Skinny bacteria” go down, you are more likely to gain weight. Fortunately, you have the power to bring your gut bacteria back into balance.

Listen as Brenda lays out a simple plan to help you balance your gut for successful weight loss. You will find out how to feed the good “Be Skinny bacteria” in your gut and starve the bad “Fat bacteria,” all while actually eliminating calories from your daily diet. In addition, you’ll learn how to eat what Brenda calls living foods—those foods that will help you replenish your good bacteria.

If you are tired of restricting calories and following diets that leave you hungry and craving sweets and snacks, don’t miss Brenda on The Dr. Oz Show tomorrow to discover a smarter, healthier way to achieving your ideal weight.

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lady-walkingExperts at the National Institutes of Health believe depression is likely caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors that together may trigger a range of symptoms from sadness, fatigue and loss of appetite to headaches, digestive problems and difficulty concentrating.

For many people, the change in seasons can bring on depressive symptoms—especially in fall and winter when colder temperatures and shorter days (meaning less light) leave them feeling gloomy and drained of energy. But while we’re often tempted to stay indoors and hibernate during these months, a new study from the University of Michigan says we should do just the opposite.

Results of the study, published in the journal Ecopsychology, reveal that depression may be greatly reduced simply by taking a walk in nature. They recruited nearly 2,000 participants and found that those who engaged in weekly group nature walks showed fewer signs of depression and stress and instead enjoyed enhanced mental health and improved overall well-being—even if they had recently experience a traumatic life event such as a illness, unemployment or the death of a loved one.

Studies tell us seasonal changes affect women more often than men, and women are also 70% more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime. In addition to walking outdoors, a healthy diet also supports mental health. Because a diet high in inflammatory foods such as sugars, refined and starchy carbohydrates, processed meats and trans fats has been linked to a 41% higher risk of depression in women according to Harvard researchers, fill your plate instead with anti-inflammatory foods such as low-sugar fruits, non-starchy vegetables, healthy fats and plenty of protein.

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