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Quick thread on depression.

Apologies in advance for those who are going to get triggered.

Depression is on the rise among all age groups, but is rising the fastest among teens and young adults.

Why is this?
That's a good question, Susie. Especially considering the following:

• Life expectancy is up
• Literacy is up
• Poverty is down
• Homicide is down
• People killed in war is down
• Global GDP is up (significantly)
Is it possible that the evolutionary mismatch between past human environments and modern-day living may impact rising rates of depression?

After all... “Modern populations are increasingly overfed, malnourished, sedentary, sunlight-deficient, sleep deprived & socially isolated.”
Great, we suck. So, how do we fix it?

What follows are six lifestyle changes to help depression.

In fact, these changes will likely improve your life even if you’ve never had a bout of depression.
LOSE WEIGHT

Not only is obesity more deadly than car crashes, terror attacks and Alzheimer’s COMBINED, but it’s likely contributing to your depression.

Obese individuals had a 55% increased risk of developing depression compared to those of normal weight.
CHANGE YOUR DIET

The modern, Western diet led to a tenfold increase in obesity and incidence of chronic disease.

Depressed individuals tend to consume more carbohydrates, specifically in the form of simple sugar, (Christensen, 1996).
I've leveraged @THRIVEmkt and @Mark_Sisson's @PrimalKitchenCo brands to completely overhaul my diet and eliminate anything containing soy or see oils.

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EXERCISE

½ of adults engage in the recommended amount of physical activity (CDC, 2010).

Exercise correlates with a reduced risk of depression and sedentary behavior with a higher risk.

Aerobic exercise has shown as effective a treatment as a standard antidepressant
OPT OUTSIDE

Inadequate sunlight exposure is the main cause of vitamin D deficiency which, like obesity, has become a modern epidemic.

You're sitting inside all day staring a blue light. Your circadian rhythms are messed up.

Of course this contributes to depression.
SLEEP MORE

Reduced amount and/or quality of sleep are cardinal symptoms and also predictors of major depressive disorder (Baglioni et al 2011).
REDUCE SOCIAL MEDIA USE

Internet use has been correlated with less family communication, smaller social circles, more depressive symptoms and greater feelings of loneliness.

It seems that, instead of using social media to connect, we’re using it to compare.
You're more equipped to combat depression provided that you're:

> Lean and strong
> Avoid of processed foods
> Exercise regularly
> Get regular sunlight
> Sleep at least 7 hrs/night
> Use social media to connect instead of to compare

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