With all the stresses that have been added to our day between the extended pandemic and volatile election, depression and anxiety have become even more prevalent.
What is the best natural cure for the blues?
While reading ScienceDaily.com, I found a recent study at the University of Toronto published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that indicates that moderate exercise can not only treat but also prevent depression. PhD candidate, George Mammen, supervised by Professor Guy Faulkner, a co-author of the review -- analyzed over 26 years' worth of research findings to discover that even low levels of physical activity such as walking and gardening for 20-30 minutes a day can ward off depression in people of all age groups.
Exercise bumps up the brain’s production of the anti-stress hormone, endorphins. The more endorphins released into your system, the better you will tend to feel.
If you are already active, you should keep at it. If you are not physically active, you need to get started. This study shows promising evidence that the impact of being active goes far beyond the physical.
Let’s all lace up our walkers and head out for a stroll!
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!