Getting Dirty is Good For Depression

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Have you ever noticed that going outside for a few minutes makes you feel happier? Well, according to a recent study in the UK, dirt could be the reason.


I read in Eco Child's Play this week that scientists in the UK found that a common soil bacteria activates cells in the brain to produce serotonin and can alter behavior similar to antidepressants. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating mood, metabolism, anger, aggression, sleep, and appetite. Hopefully this new information will lead to alternative treatments for depression short of eating mud.

What's your favorite way to beat the blues outside?





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