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Serotonin, Fluid and Probiotics

Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD shares her answers to two questions we received in response to her March Webinar. Join us the 2nd Tuesday of every month for her insightful updates about nutrition and dietetics in the field of Eating Disorders. “Does serotonin increase or decrease fluid in the gut?” This is another great question from a participant in Castlewood’s “The Gut Brain and Eating Disorders: Nutrition Therapy in the Healing Process” webinar but one without definitive answers in relationship to eating disorders specifically. Fact #1: Most of the body’s serotonin is found in the gastrointestinal tract and is known to…

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SSRIs, Probiotics and The Gut Brain

“Since research using brain neuro-imaging has revealed that higher serotonin levels in the brain may exist in clients prior to and during restrictive behaviors from anorexia as well as after weight restoration, are anti-depressants beneficial in the treatment of Anorexia?” Great question from a participant in Castlewood’s “The Gut Brain and Eating Disorders: Nutrition Therapy’s Role in the Healing Process” webinar. According to Dr. Timothy Walsh, “starvation and lack of precursor molecules required for synthesis of neurotransmitters may prevent a medical response” to SSRI medications (Walsh,BT. In: UptoDate, Waltham, MA. Accessed on April 12, 2016).  Furthermore, a meta-analysis (4 randomized…

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What is Normalized Eating? Balancing Nourishment and Pleasure

There is a term that we often use in eating disorder recovery—normalized eating. It certainly sounds good, but what does it mean? The first thing to understand is that, for those who struggle with an eating disorder, the experience of eating is attended by intense shame and anxiety. It is a normal, everyday thing for most of us, but for those who have an eating disorder, eating a meal can be imprisoning. That is what makes it so important to provide a new relationship to food and to eating—what we call normalized. Normalized eating means you get to enjoy your…

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What is Balanced Nutrition in Eating Disorder Recovery?

At Castlewood Treatment Centers, we work with clients to develop a balanced approach to nutrition—but what exactly does that mean? Most basically, it means we want to help our clients gain a normalized approach to eating. We want them to be able to eat without any food-related anxiety, stress, judgment or shame. That obviously encompasses the food on the plate, but it is not just about the food on the plate. It is also about eating rituals, habits and socialization. Let’s talk about food, first. What we tell clients at Castlewood is that “all foods fit.” In other words, we…

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A New Reflection in the Rear View Mirror

How you see your body and how you think others see your body greatly affects how you feel about yourself.  And how you feel about your body cannot be separated from how you treat that very same body…the fuel you give it and the things you ask it to do. When you look in the mirror, does it reflect the real you or is the image distorted?  It may be time to clean your mirror to improve your reflection. When you drive your car, you depend on your rear view mirror to see behind you, in order to drive safely…

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