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5 Natural Mood Boosters
Published: 9/9/2013

Yesterday's Daily Tip listed symptoms of depression; today we discuss some natural treatment methods for mild to moderate depression. In addition to following your doctor's recommendations and talking with a therapist, I suggest:

  1. Getting regular exercise. For rapid benefits in alleviating depression, there is no better method than regular aerobic exercise. I recommend 30 minutes of continuous physical activity, at least five days a week for best results.
  2. Checking your meds. Make sure you are not taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications that may contribute to depression.
  3. Cutting out caffeine. Addiction to coffee and other forms of caffeine often interferes with normal moods and can aggravate depression.
  4. Trying acupuncture. This modality has proven itself to be very useful in treating several mood disorders, including depression.
  5. Meditating. This eastern tradition requires long-term commitment and does not produce immediate results, but can help get to the root of depression. 

In addition, follow a well-balanced diet; include an antioxidant multi-vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure you are meeting your nutritional needs for all the essential nutrients; and consider B vitamins - especially folic acid and vitamin B6 - and fish oil (try 1,000 - 2,000 mg of EPA plus DHA per day), all of which can be helpful in supporting optimal mood. 

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