A 40-year-old member asked:
how will exercise affect serotonin levels?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Brian Kaufman answered
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Helps: Usually exercise helps improve and stabilize serotonin levels. This can be very beneficial for sad and depression.
Answered on Sep 11, 2014
Dr. Cory Annis answered
29 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Increases it: It has been proven that 8 weeks of exercise is as effective as 8 weeks of antidepressants on reducing symptoms of depression. It is presumed that exercise does this by raising the amount of available serotonin in our brain. Precisely how it does it is still being worked out.
Answered on Mar 22, 2015
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