Feeling “off”?

18 Nov

Whether’s it’s anxiety, fatigue, mild depression or mild panic, there are some foods and vitamins that will help rid yourself of what’s dragging you down.

Anxiety:

  • tryptophan in: brown rice, peanuts, soy
  • tyrosine: almond, avocado, banana, lima bean, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • kava-kava, ginkgo biloba

Fatigue:

  • get your vitamins: A, B, C, D, E!
  • iron (liver, fish, cocoa, oysters, molasses)
  • magnesium (dried fruits)
  • fibre (fruits, veggies, whole-grain cereals, yogurt, probiotics in general)
  • sleep, of course (regular sleep schedule, light dinners, relax before bedtime)

Depression:

  • B1: wheat germ, brown rice, whole cereals, dark leafy greens, corn, peas, legumes
  • B3: whole cereals, soy, broccoli, peanuts, coconut, asparagus, legumes, potatoes
  • B5: yeast, wheat, oats, soy, lentils, avocado, corn, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, brassicas (turnips, kohlrabi, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, brocoli)
  • B6: whole cereals, wheat germ, soy, molasses, nuts, bananas, grapes, prunes, avocado, spinach, cabbage, potato, lettuce, tomato
  • B9 (folic acid): yeast, whole wheat bread, wheat germ, buckwheat flour, legumes, brown rice, almonds, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, avocado, root veggies, soybeans, legumes
  • B12: animal products only (meat, dairy, eggs, cheeses, seafood) – supplements available; look for packaged goods that have been fortified with B12 (cereals, veggie burgers, margarines, soy milks)
  • C: citrus, red fruits/berries, kiwi, melons, peppers, cabbage, peas, red radish, asparagus, tomato, lettuce, brocoli, parsley, black olive
  • Magnesium: cocoa, dark chocolate, almonds, hazelnut, dry figs/apricots/dates, lentils, favas, kidney beans, dark leafy greens, tofu, peanuts, unpeeled potatoes
  • Omega-3: fatty fish (mackerel, sardines, anchovy, pacific salmon, Albacore tuna, herring, sea trout, cod liver), flax oil, flax seed, hemp oil, hemp milk, hemp seed.
  • keep your blood sugar levels balanced/even; favour slow-release carbs like brown rice (anything non-white, bread, pasta & rice-wise);
  • breathe well

Panic attacks:

  • sleep & exercise regularly
  • avoid caffeine & booze
  • breathe consciously; try yoga, meditation, massages
  • eat tryptophan (serotonin precursor) & tyrosine (adrenaline & dopamine precursor)
  • consider going for a hormone test (to evaluate levels of melatonin & DHEA)
  • fish oils are believed to stabilize your moods & improve brain function
  • plant-based aids: millepertus/St. John’s Wort, gingko biloba, valerian, kava kava (may conflict with certain medications – consult a naturopath)
  • B-complex vitamins: especially folic acid (B6) & B12
  • calcium & magnesium may have a relaxing effect on the nervous system

Hope this helps, veggies!

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