Food; The Simple Solution To Lockdown-Related Mental Health Problems - Fun4fitness

Food; The Simple Solution To Lockdown-Related Mental Health Problems - Fun4fitness

April 17, 2020by funadmin0
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Before you start getting any ideas, let’s just be clear. Junk food is not the solution to mental health problems! And this article certainly does not endorse binge eating or support junk food. Now if you want to know, how healthy and wholesome food can help you cope with the mental health issues you are likely to face during a lockdown, read on!

Anxiety & Stress

Work stress, family-related concerns, your health and safety, not being able to get out of the house; there is a load of issues we all need to deal with at a time like this. And at the end of the day, whether you’re a parent or a child, we all are worried about something.

What to eat:

Curcumin, the active ingredient found in turmeric has been known to help lower anxiety by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. This can be especially helpful for individuals who experience mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. Apart from turmeric, dark chocolate and ginger are also known to help lower anxiety levels effectively.

What to avoid:

Salty foods & junk food contain high levels of sodium and sugars, which will only increase your anxiety levels and leave you feeling more stressed out than comforted.

Overeating

While it is essential to consume food to survive, eating in large quantities and at frequent intervals can often lead to a load of health problems such as obesity, weight gain, etc. But while sitting at home the whole day, one does get hungry more often and tends to eat more. So now what is to be done about this problem?

What to eat:

Drink plenty of water. Water is the elixir of life; it helps detox your body naturally, hydrates your system and can effectively help prevent overeating. Drink 1 glass of water 10 minutes before each meal. You could eat soak 1 tbsp of sabja seeds in 1 bottle of water, and consume it throughout the day.

What to avoid:

Salty & butter-laden foods such as cookies and biscuits will only increase your appetite and make you feel hungry, more often. Try to avoid them at all costs.

Depression

Whether you have dealt with depression in the past or not, being cooped up in the house all day, completely cut off from the outside world, worrying about this pandemic sweeping across the world, is enough to get anyone depressed.

What to eat:

Cloves contain potassium, which regulates blood pressure and can help provide relief to individuals experiencing depression. Also, regular consumption of green tea has been linked to increased dopamine and serotonin levels, which can help reduce the symptoms and feelings of depression.

What to avoid:

Processed foods, dairy, and sugary foods may help provide momentary relief from your current mental state, but in the long run, they are likely to damage both your mental and physical health.

Sleep Disorders

Netflix, YouTube, online gaming portals; in a world filled with so many fascinating distractions, one can often tend to disregard the importance of something as essential as a good night’s sleep. For some of us, it may be a choice, for others a matter of circumstance, but the truth is sleep is extremely important for one’s mental health.

What to eat:

Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats and are a known source of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. Milk, on the other hand, has been shown to improve sleep, especially when taken along with melatonin. So treat yourself to a nice warm glass of milk, coupled with 2-3 crunchy almonds, 2-3 almonds, an hour before bed. This combination will send you off into dreamland in no time!

What to avoid:

Foods high in caffeine and sugar should be avoid, especially during the night time.

Food is in its natural form the purest and most wonderful gift from nature. But what we choose to do with it and how we use it completely up to us. During this lockdown, period let us not take our health for granted. Instead, let us take care of our mental and physical health, and work on improving it for our future self!

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