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Depression

For when it's beyond a bad day: Learn more about symptoms and what you can do to overcome depression. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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For when it's beyond a bad day: Learn more about symptoms and what you can do to overcome depression. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Get active

    Exercise that increases your heart rate at least three hours a week (or 30 minutes a day) may help boost your body's natural mood-enhancers (endorphins).

  • Get enough iron

    A lack of iron can make depression worse; check with a doctor to find out if you are iron deficient.

  • Check out St. John's wort

    Take 600 to 1,200 mg a day of a standardized herbal extract containing of 0.3% hypericin to help with mild to moderate depression--but talk to your doctor first as St. John's wort can interact with certain medications.

  • Try B vitamins

    Take a supplement that contains folic acid and vitamins B12 and B6 to help correct deficiencies associated with depression.

  • Seek counseling

    A mental health professional may help you make a full recovery.

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading for more in-depth, fully referenced information.
  • Get and stay active

    Aim for a regular program of fitness activities you enjoy to help prevent depression.

  • Balance your fats

    Increase your intake of oily fish high in omega-3 fatty acids to reduce depression risk.

  • Avoid B deficiencies

    Use a healthy diet and/or supplements to maintain sufficient B-vitamin intake to reduce depression risk.

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading for more in-depth, fully referenced information.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

 
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