Canadian psychiatrist Gabor Maté has been saying it all along, but at least some form of depression may be physical in nature.

According to recent research people who had depression had 46% higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammatory disease.

University of Cambridge Head of the Department of Psychiatry Professor Ed Bullmore explains:

“It’s pretty clear that inflammation can cause depression. In relation to mood, beyond reasonable doubt, there is a very robust association between inflammation and depressive symptoms. We give people a vaccination and they will become depressed. Vaccine clinics could always predict it, but they could never explain it.”

How do you reduce inflammation in the body?

  1. Eat healthier (I personally think it’s about avoiding foods that cause insuline spikes… Don’t take my word for it, google it)
  2. Exercise, 2 or 3 times a week
  3. Yoga works!
  4. Meditate and do breathing exercises
  5. Reduce stress. What are some good ways to reduce stress? Meeting up with people whose company you enjoy, reading, especially novels, taking a bath, sex, etc. It’s a pet peeve of mine, but avoid newsfeeds if you really want to reduce stress!

Have a depressed friend? Take them out for a long walk, a chat along the way and make sure they can fresh air and get better food. And try to get them into a Yoga class 😉

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/urban-survival/201701/new-research-shows-depression-linked-inflammation

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