Calm Vitamins

by alex on October 14, 2010

As a general principle, for calm vitamin consumption, choose as many foods as possible from the following.

– Vitamin E foods:  most vegetables (especially raw), many fruits, eggs, dairy products
– Vitamin A foods (which counter the negative effects of stress):  yoghurt, cream, butter, eggs, liver, carrots, leafy green vegetables, fruit.
– Vitamin C foods (which have a positive effect on your mental health):  all fruit and vegetables, some of the best sources being capsicum, blackcurrants, kiwifruit, Brussels  sprouts, strawberries, orange.
– Magnesium foods:  wholegrain flour and cereals, seeds.
– Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) foods:  peanuts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, liver, eggs
– Other vitamin B foods:  beans, lentils, peas, nuts, seeds, wheatgerm, bran, wholegrains, milk, cheese, yoghurt, meat fish, poultry and green leafy vegetables.  (Remember the B vitamins, like most vitamins, are rapidly diminished by light, heat, steam, long cooking and long storage.)

As well, any deficiency in your vitamin C intake means a corresponding increase in your susceptibility to physical or emotional stress.  (Also, there have been recent studies that say magnesium – a mineral,not a vitamin – is a useful antidote to the ill-effects of stress.)
Vitamins C, E, A and some of the B vitamins are known as ‘antioxidants’, and are believed by many to have powerful healing, calming and anti-aging qualities.
Knowing what vitamins you need is one thing; maintaining their correct levels is quite something else. The ideal is to get them through your normal dietary intake.  This is not always practical, perhaps not even achievable. However if your dietary intake is inadequate, vitamin supplements are readily available.
It should be noted that pregnant women are always advised to seek further medical advice before adopting any extreme vitamin therapies.

Calm Foods

Nowadays, it’s common enough knowledge that diet affects your emotions and mental state as much as it does your body.  To start a cliché, you really are what you eat.
But is it possible that certain foods can be described as ‘calm foods’, and that these foods can have a soothing effect on your stress or anxiety levels?  You’d better believe it.
Whether certain foods will have an instant effect on these states, however, is a matter for experiment.  Some will be immediate, others will take 30 minutes or so, others may take considerably longer.  But they will have an effect!
If you doubt this, I urge you to try the following:  spend one whole day eating nothing but raw vegetables and fruit.  Ensure these aree the only foodstuffs you consume during this day – in whatever quantities, in whatever combination you choose.
At the end of 12 or so hours you will feel more calm and relaxed.  Nothing is surer.
If you’re normally a heavy eater, particularly a heavy meat eater, you may not feel terribly sated – at least not the first time you try this – but you will feel more calm and in control!
(This is not necessarily my recommendation for your ongoing diet, but it will demonstratee the coalming properties of certain foods.)

Lethargic Foods

– Meats
– Refined Foods
– Alcohol
– Fermented or pickled food