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Clear Skin and Improved Mood—Two Oft-Forgotten Benefits of Exercise

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  • Exercise helps normalize your glucose, insulin, and leptin levels by optimizing your insulin/leptin receptor sensitivity. It also releases mood boosting brain chemicals that help combat depression
  • Another side effect of exercise include clearer complexion. To improve your skin, you’ll want to focus on resistance training. Excessive cardio can actually cause your skin to lose its youthful elasticity
  • Research shows that the “secret” to increased happiness is a long-term investment in regular exercise, and a little each day appears to go further than a lot once or twice a week
  • There’s plenty of research validating the use of exercise for the treatment of depression. In one study, aerobic exercise was found to be as effective as Zoloft

By Dr. Mercola

One of the primary reasons why exercise is such a potent medicine for chronic disease is because it optimizes your insulin and leptin receptor sensitivity. Normalizing your glucose, insulin, and leptin levels will have a beneficial effect on virtually every disease state you could ever acquire.


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