So many people have spoken to me this week about feeling anxious and in low mood. This is understandable because of what’s going on in the world…but one lady I spoke to, who was taking anti-depressants, then stating her diet was not great.
I know when you are not feeling good, it’s hard to muster the motivation to prepare good healthy food. However, it could make the biggest difference to the way you feel, and even help to come off the medication.
Some medication, of course is essential, but it’s important to remember that all medication is toxic to your system. And toxicity causes disharmony. What you are trying to create is a balanced body, full of the right nutrients.
You don’t need to go and get thousands of supplements. You just need to focus on your diet, and a throw a few superfoods in the mix.
Your body needs anti-inflammatory foods, hydration, a multitude of Vitamins and minerals from the most natural sources possible, plus movement and meditation.
What you don’t need is processed foods, high sugar intake, excessive caffeine, alcohol and constant elevated levels of stress. The latter is the perfect recipe for anxiety and depression. Those foods and drinks might make you feel better temporarily, but long term, they are just going to make you feel worse.
Every day make sure you have plenty of good fats. Avocados, coconut butter, nuts, chia and flax seeds. These good fats help you on so many levels. They help to keep each and every cell in your body permeable, which allows the nutrients to get dispelled around the body as it should, and remove the toxins through our waste avenues, such a sweat, urine and poo!
I know it’s a bodily function that no one wants to talk about, but if you’re not going at least to times per day you are not having enough fibre in your diet.
Fibre should be in the format of an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Including green smoothies, soups, broths, quinoa dishes, stacked with chopped colourful vegetables such as peppers, broccoli, beetroot, carrots and sweet potatoes. You are going to create an environment that makes your body very happy. You could live on that every day and feel amazing!
You could even juice if you want to give your body a real good energy kick – but make sure its veggie heavy – such as celery, cucumber, limes and apple. Yum!
Then move – every day. Exercise in ANY format is going to be helpful to the body. You got to move, stretch, jump up and down and generally get your blood pumping. This will give you a rush of endorphins – so you feel uplifted and happier. It’s a fact!
Meditation – 10 mins per day, twice a day, for two weeks will change your life. There are so many guided meditations on YouTube so there is no excuse for anyone anymore!
Or if that’s not your bag, staring into the flame of a candle for 10 mins will still the mind and help to calm your nervous system, helping your body to feel more settled and grounded.
Drink calming teas such as camomile, lime flower or lavender will help bring you into harmony. You could also try milk thistle tincture to help support the liver.
Although you may wonder what this has to do with depression, I can tell you it has a lot to do with how you feel. If your liver is happy, you will be too, so look after it.