Most of us are under tons of pressure lately. Whether it’s health, finances, climate change, politics, family or all of the above getting you down, these are tough times. But there is a way out of it.
Taking a pill is the way a lot of people are coping with anxiety and high levels of stress. The bad news is most of the time those pills don’t work or cause side effects that suck. And guess what? Popping a pill rarely, if ever, fixes the problem. So why not get help naturally? Eating the right foods can do wonders. Chinese and Western nutrition look at food very differently. While Western medicine analyzes nutrients and what they do, Chinese medicine views food energetically. Chinese nutrition views anxiety and stress as kidney and liver imbalances. There are plenty of foods to nourish these organs, reducing anxiety and stress.
Eat plenty of:
Root veggies – yams, radishes, parsnips, beets, carrots, potatoes. I like to bake yams, potatoes and beets; juice beets and carrots with greens below; and cook parsnips in a soup with lentils and leeks.
Dark, leafy greens – chard, kale, spinach, arugula, watercress. You can use any of these greens in a salad or juice.
Sea vegetables – kelp, nori, wakame, hijiki, dulse, kombu. Sprinkle some in your salad, or add to sushi with brown rice and avocado or to miso broth.
Black beans, black sesame seeds, tofu, mung beans, millet. Use black beans in chili; sesame seeds on salads or with steamed veggies; sprouted mung beans in curry or in salad; millet instead of rice and tofu with steamed veggies and quinoa.
Blackberries – Use in fruit salad, smoothie, or mixed with coconut kefir or almond yogurt.
Also make sure to get enough of the following nutrients:
Folic acid (found in: brown, red and wild rice; beans; oranges; dark greens) and Vitamin B12 (found in: sea vegetables, nutritional yeast, miso, fortified and fermented foods). People with Vitamin B deficiencies are more likely to have severe depression.
Magnesium (found in: wheat and oat bran, brown rice, nuts, molasses), which supports brain function and is helpful for mood disorders, including PMS and bipolar disorder.
Omega-3 fatty acids (seaweed, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, borage oil, primrose oil), which build healthy brain cell membranes and help facilitate neuron-to-neuron communication.
Chromium (found in: broccoli, grapes, oranges, whole grains), which lessens depression, particularly in people who are also craving sugar. Chromium is a blood sugar stabilizer.
Zinc (found in: beans, nuts, oatmeal), which helps metabolize omega-3 fatty acids in the brain. Low zinc levels are often found in those suffering from postpartum depression.
So, if you’re having a hard time, please use the above information to at least get started. There is a way out. I hope this information helps lift your spirits!
Live natural. Live well.