Having a healthy state of mind is important for one's overall health and well being. There is a belief among most parents that giving mobile phone to their kids can spoil them. But, this in fact is something that depends from person to person and how they use it.
In a surprising revelation, a new study has found that mobile phone apps could not only be effective for our physical health but also our mental health. The study found that those who used mobile phone apps reported a higher level of emotional wellness.
The study was carried by researchers from Brigman Young University. During the study the researchers has taken into consideration 600 people across three studies, which looked at diet, physical activity or mental health apps and how these health apps influences users' behavior.
All the participants who were considered for the study had used an app in the past six months and were surveyed on the likeability of the apps, their engagement, and any behavior changes.
During the course of the study, researchers found that the diet and fitness apps had a positive effect on users, with more than 90% reporting an increase in their desire and motivation to eat healthy and be physically active.
However, they did not expect to find that 90 percent of those that used a mental and emotional health app also reported a positive change in their behavior, including increased and improved motivation, confidence, intention and attitudes about being mentally and emotionally healthy.
The team now hope to continue their research in this area by looking into what kind of apps are most effective at improving mental and emotional wellness.
The research study was recently published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.
Meanwhile, also learn about a few foods that helps to improve the mental health. Take a look.
Banana is considered as one of the fruits for the brain. Bananas contain vitamins and other essential minerals like potassium, vitamin B6 and fibre which helps to support our body to utilize tryptophan for serotonin production. Consuming banana on a regular basis helps in having a good mental health.
2. Sweet Potato:
Sweet potato is rich in antioxidant beta-carotene. Due to this property, consuming sweet potatoes on a regular basis helps in reducing the oxidative stress and thus prevent any damage to the brain cells.
If you are a non-vegetarian then salmon is one of the best choices for a good mental health. Rich in protein, vitamin D, B vitamins, potassium, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, salmon provides the tryptophan which converts to serotonin that helps enhance the brain.
4. Brazil Nuts:
Though not a popular one, but brazil nuts are the best nuts when it comes to your mental health. Brazil nuts are rich in vitamin E, magnesium, and tryptophan. Compared to other nuts, brazil nuts contains a high amount of selenium which are actually good for the brain. Having brazil nuts on a regular basis helps in improving the brain.
(With Agency Inputs)