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How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety

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  • A new study revealed that exercising creates new, excitable neurons along with new neurons designed to release the GABA neurotransmitter, which inhibits excessive neuronal firing, helping to induce a natural state of calm
  • While the creation of excitable neurons via exercise would ordinarily induce anxiety, exercise fixes this problem by also creating calm-inducing GABA-releasing neurons
  • The mood-boosting benefits of exercise occur both immediately after a workout and continue on in the long term
  • In addition to the creation of new neurons, including those that release the calming neurotransmitter GABA, exercise boosts levels of potent brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress

By Dr. Mercola

Exercise is known to create new excitable neurons in the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in thinking and emotions.

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