How Food and Diet Can Help with Depression (cont.)

Medical Reviewer:

Some people find gluten can affect their mood even if they don't have celiac disease. Cutting gluten from your diet may improve your mood.

Lifestyle Changes

A healthy diet is essential to staying well. It's equally important to maintain a healthy weight and get regular exercise if you want to feel good, Cohn says.

Exercise releases endorphins, hormones that can make you feel positive and well balanced, she says. Exercise also can help you stay at a healthy weight. Carrying extra weight can make you feel bad about yourself.

Diet and lifestyle changes are not a cure-all for depression. But certain foods can affect your mood, so when it comes to what you eat, choose wisely. Talk to your doctor about how to best manage your depression.

Author: Beth W. Orenstein

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