This review article clearly highlights the importance of healthy lifestyle choices on mental health. Whole plant based diet and daily exercise have remarkable effects on our mood. In many studies, the effect has been described as equivalent to taking antidepressant medications. In addition, good sleep, daily gratitude, positive thoughts about the future, and being of service to others has also been shown to have lasting positive effects on our mental health.
By: Sarita Khemani, MD, Head, Lifestyle Medicine Stress Pillar
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