Healthy lifestyle 'can have same effects as anti-depressants'

21 November 2011

Healthcare research has shown that a good diet and regular exercise could help [to] combat depression as well as obesity, according to one expert.

Michelle Clemons, a mindfulness-based master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and author of Transforming Stress to Success, suggested that regular exercise can have a significant impact in lowering the risk of depression - equal to the effects of some anti-depressant drugs.

"Diet is equally important: avoiding processed foods and eating fresh, seasonal and preferably organic produce. Also, maintaining omega 3 and vitamin D levels is vital," Ms Clemons said.

She added that mindfulness practices and forms of meditation are also effective in combating the signs of depression, which can be caused by a variety of factors such as being overweight, stress or bereavement.

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that little exercise and watching too much television can contribute to the causes of depression in older women.

Posted by Edward Bartel

Lucas, Michael, et al., "Relation Between Clinical Depression Risk and Physical Activity and Time Spent Watching Television in Older Women: A 10-Year Prospective Follow-up Study", American Journal of Epidemiology, October 7th 2011

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