How physical exercise protects the brain from stress-induced depression

As we are all well aware, physical exercise has many positive effects on our health. It also promotes good mental health and there is a larger amount of evidence that exercise protects us from stress-induced depression. A recent study looked at the mechanisms behind this effect and it was discovered that exercise training induces changes in skeletal muscle. The muscle then produces a substance  that can  break down  a chemical harmful to the brain which builds up in our blood when we are stressed. This study could open up whole new ways to treat depression where skeletal muscle could be targeted instead of the brain.

How physical exercise protects the brain from stress-induced depression — ScienceDaily.

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Ian Tomlinson

I am the Director of the Affinity Centre and provide therapy and counselling in Wilmslow for straight and gay individuals and couples. My intention is to support you in making the changes you want in your life so you can feel happier, more contented and at peace in the world.

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