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The natural alternatives to fighting depression

By MATT WILKINSON

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - On Thursday at Herkimer County Community College, writer, speaker, consultant and activist in the organic movement, Max Goldberg, spoke to an audience of students about a natural approach to fighting depression.

Currently, there are more than 30 million people taking anti-depressants nationwide and although they help many people, Goldberg says there are other options. That was the key focus of his presentation at the college.

"Food is incredibly important," Goldberg said. "What we put into our bodies matters. If we put horrible stuff into our bodies, we're not going to feel well."

Goldberg suffered from depression and took anti-depressants for almost 11 years. After deciding to forgo medication, he started the long process of recovery and self-discovery, culminating in a newfound understanding of the connection between diet and mood.

"It was really just a process of elimination," he said. "When health becomes a priority in your life, you start to understand and get more in tune with your body and understand what you put into your body not only effects physically how you look, but also effects your emotional outlook and how you feel everyday."

Goldberg also says that relaxing exercises such as yoga and meditation as well as cutting down on your intake of refined sugar can greatly improve your mood.

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