Sunday, October 07, 2018 by Zoey Sky
Countless studies have proven that following a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help maintain your physical health. But according to a study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, a plant-based diet and physical activity can also help individuals with anxiety and depression.
The researchers involved in this group study set out to determine how an intervention of diet, lifestyle, and behavior modification can help improve the mental health of participants.
The 12-week study focused on the effects of a plant-based diet, daily exercise, and mindfulness techniques on 500 male and female adult participants who were diagnosed with chronic moderate to severe depression and anxiety and other conditions. Once the study concluded after 12 weeks, the researchers examined the health outcomes of the participants via self-reported diary entries.
The findings revealed that:
After analyzing the self-reported diary entries from the participants, the authors determined that there were notable improvements in anxiety, depression, and all other conditions addressed by the study. Most of the participants reported substantial benefits after they made several lifestyle changes. After six months, the researchers checked up on the participants and they discovered that these benefits persisted in most of them.
The researchers concluded that based on the findings, “an intervention of diet, exercise, lifestyle and behavior modification may provide considerable benefits for moderate to severe depression and anxiety as well as other conditions.
If you have anxiety or depression, consider eating some of these foods to address your symptoms and improve your mood:
You can read more articles about natural ways to deal with anxiety and depression at Mind.news.
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