- 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.
- 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.
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