Foods to combat stress
Author: Maharishi Ayurveda Date Posted:7 August 2017
When ‘stressed’ ill or feeling in need of a boost your body and mind will greatly appreciate eating superfoods. Superfoods are nutrient and mineral rich foods that often have antioxidant properties.
They are considered a superfood because they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fibre.
There is increasing evidence indicating that antioxidants improve long-term health by deferring or mitigating cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Exercise-related research indicates that antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium limit exercise-induced muscle damage. This in turn, is believed to improve exercise recovery and possibly improve muscle growth potential.
Research suggests that combining antioxidants is more effective than consuming high doses of just one or two antioxidants. Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in a wide variety of antioxidants; the essential antioxidants may be better preserved in these foods.
A particularly effective superfood that is high in antioxidants is our flag ship herbal called Amrit Kalash. Amrit is a full-spectrum antioxidant that enhances co-ordination of mind and body and helps to support heart-brain balance. Research has shown that Amrit Nectar is 1000x more effective in eliminating free radicals (the root cause of aging) than vitamins C or E. (Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior, Vol. 43.)
Traditionally Amrit Kalash is designed to
- Support mental abilities including acquisition, retention, and recall
- Deeply nourish, strengthen and revitalise the mind and body
- Help keep arteries healthy
- Feed the brain and support the healthy communication between your heart and mind helping to reduce stress and build resilience.
- Nourish the junction points or gaps in the step-by-step transformation of the seven tissues - plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow and reproductive fluid
- Support the micro-circulatory channels that transport nutrients and energy that can be blocked by improperly digested impurities
- Boost your immune response by helping your body create Ojas - the finest product of digestion and the master coordinator between consciousness, matter and immunity.
“My husband has recently been undergoing chemotherapy. We heard of the Maharishi Amrit Kalash products having scientific validation for supporting the immune system throughout this process, so we put him on the Amrit Ambrosia and Nectar tablets. He is coping well, still no signs of nausea or loss of appetite - he has actually gained 6kg in weight!”
RVW, Perth Australia
"I work for a chain of department stores. For several years, my job has entailed traveling from one store to another in this region. My resistance was low. An acquaintance suggested I try Amrit. I had never heard of it before, but I sought out the source and ordered it the following week. I have been taking Amrit for about two years now. It works!! Friends ask me why I never get any "bug" going around. I tell them about Amrit. Customers think I'm in my 30s. Friends have commented that I look younger. What an ego boost! I exercise, and take Amrit regularly. Thank you!"
W.P.G., San Diego, CA
Great superfoods to have regularly
Note: Eat foods in season that best suit your mind-body type or current imbalances from the list below.
Eat when hungry and aim to be hungry at regular intervals thorughout the day.
Have your largest meal of the day with heavier foods such as cheese and fish/seafood/meats (if non-vegetarian) at lunch time when your digestive capacity is highest.
Mineral rich foods
Almonds, brazil, hazelnuts and walnuts, seeds (sesame, sunflower and pumpkin), seaweed and kelp.
Omega oils: flax seed oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, walnuts, avocado, and oily fish such as salmon, herring, and sardines.
Magnesium: green leafy vegetables, nuts, peas, beans and whole grains.
Vitamin B: whole grains of millet, rye, buckwheat, wild rice, corn, brown rice and sprouted whole grains; Molasses, green vegetables, beans, soy flour, nuts, millet, corn, wheat germ, milk, avocado, sesame seeds, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, salad and yoghurt.
Zinc: pumpkin seeds, nuts, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, legumes and seafood (especially herring and oysters).
Vitamin C: peppers, blackcurrants, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, green vegetables, tomatoes, rosehips and potatoes.
Vitamin D: sunlight, cod liver oil, oily fish, flax oil, whole grains, dark greens and butter.
Calcium: milk, cheese, sesame seeds, dark green vegetables, dried legumes, sardines and salmon, fortified soy milk, and tofu.
Selenium: kelp, seaweed, brazil nuts, seafood, herring, garlic, milk and eggs.
Lastly, the ‘go to’ I personally use to help reduce my sensitivity to stress and maintain stress resilence is Stress Relief. It is an adaptogen which aids my sleep and gives me a buffer to the day to day stress of daily life. Take 1 tablet prior breakfast and evening meals or meditations and 2 tablets at bedtime.
Wishing you the bliss of balance...