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How Depression Affects Your Brain Structure

Depression and the Brain

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  • Recurring depressive episodes reduce the size of your hippocampus, a brain area involved in forming emotions and memory; a smaller hippocampus equates to a loss of emotional and behavioral function
  • Chronic inflammation may be the most important underlying risk factor for depression, and virtually all effective treatments for depression also address inflammation
  • Key treatment strategies include trading processed foods for real food, with an emphasis on fermented foods to optimize your gut flora, exercise, and optimizing your vitamin D by getting appropriate sun exposure

By Dr. Mercola

That depression can take a toll on your physical health is pretty well-recognized. Recent research has also found that it can actually cause changes in your brain.

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