Eat to Beat Depression
I love coffee – but over the years, I have built up an intolerance to the caffeine, so now I drink ‘fake coffee’ in the form of chicory.
We often don’t realise that eating and drinking certain things over and over can have an adverse effect on our health and wellbeing – the symptoms can be quite insidious – after all, doctors themselves have a hard time pinpointing what exactly causes anxiety, fatigue, allergies, depression and goodness knows what else – often just treating the symptoms, and not actually tackling the causes of these labels.
It makes sense though to look at the diet: caffeine, alcohol, sugar, (bad) fats, as well as drugs and tobacco are just not very useful for the body over the long run. While the body is very intelligent and cells will turn almost anything we eat and drink into fuel for the body, not all fuel is created equal.
Small Changes in the Diet
A few changes in the diet can make a big difference, as well as including some regular exercise, sun and laughter in your life.
Go for foods that are ‘alive’ – and go organic whenever you can. Fruits and vegetables, grains like spelt are nutritious, have lots of fibre and ‘mop up’ toxins. Fennel is also a great body cleaner, chestnuts help the brain in all ways, nuts like almonds help keep the lungs clear.
The 12th century mystic Hildegard of Bingen has been one of my inspirations with regard to looking at my diet.
Hildegard of Bingen
She wrote: “The chestnut, spelt and fennel are totally healthful and relieve all infirmities in people.”
Add the simple almond, eating five to six nuts a day to an uncomplicated lifestyle and we have Hildegard’s cold preventative.
About the almond she wrote: ” Whoever has an empty brain, a face of bad colour and headaches should often eat the inside pits of [the almond] and it will fill the brain and give the right colour. But whoever is lung sick and has a defective liver should eat these nuts often, either cooked or raw, and they will bring energy to the lungs, because they don’t steam or dry the person in any way, but rather strengthen him or her.”
Source: Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine – Dr Wighard Strehlow and Gottfried Hertzka, MD
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