Mental Health

Mental Health and Brain Wellness

Diet, physical activity, sleep and other aspects of our daily interaction with the environment have the potential to alter our mental health and brain wellness.

Emerging research on the pediatric microbiome implicates the importance of the microbiome on the development of the immune system, nervous system, and growth. The gut microbiome influences immunological, endocrine, and neural pathways and plays an important role in infant development.

Patients with various psychiatric disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism spectrum disorder have been shown to have significant differences in the composition of their gut microbiome. Enhancing beneficial bacteria in the gut and reducing GI Inflammation can improve mental health.

Additionally, obesity and diabetes are inflammatory conditions that not only contribute to cardiovascular disease and cancer but also serve as profound comorbidities; their shared etiologies promote one another.

HealthCoach is developing an AI-based application that can tailor users’ mental health needs based on anxiety, depression, and stress. It uses assessment tools to track users’ physical and emotional well-being, mood, and journal, and also teaches them how to let go of negative thought patterns and overwhelming emotions with exercises based on CBT and utilizes Motivational Interviewing.

HealthCoach utilizes a food and a physical activity approach to improve the microbiome as a therapeutic modality leveraging trillions of bacteria in the human gut to influence the critical role in gut-brain communication which influences neural, immune and endocrine pathways.