Garlic, Depression, & Anxiety

Have you ever noticed that some foods touted as ‘superfoods’ aren’t so super for you? For me, garlic is one of those things. If I eat it accidentally or knowingly, I generally can’t sleep that night and I wake up the next day feeling groggy and grouchy. Raw garlic? Forget about it – instant panic attack. So what gives?

Interestingly, back in 2010 when I was going through the teacher training program at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram, we were told never to eat onions or garlic because they were ‘rajasic’ or excitatory which would affect our meditation.1 Cruciferous vegetables were also discouraged because of their gas-inducing qualities (which also affects meditation). Many of us were shocked and appalled at these recommendations, believing these foods had nothing but health benefits. Nevertheless, onions and garlic were never served at the ashram the entire 30 days I was there.

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How Changing My Diet Changed My Life

This is the fourth article in the series, “The 12 Healing Tools“. These articles outline the things that I have found most useful in my journey to overcome childhood trauma and abuse, drug addiction, and debilitating depression.

At the end of 2003, I hit rock bottom – again. Looking back, I think it would be appropriate to say that I had a nervous breakdown. The stresses of a bad relationship, living a life not authentic to who I was, working long hours at a high stress job, my past drug abuse, and undiagnosed PTSD all took their toll. But, as many of you know, once you hit bottom, the only way out is UP. So once again, I pulled myself together to find a way out.

I had been practicing yoga and going to Buddhist meditation classes for about a year after this breakdown when I decided to go on an elimination diet. My gut was totally messed up and I was hearing a buzz about how going gluten free could fix that. So for two weeks, I ate all veggies and rice. When I introduced bread again, I thought I was going to die. The stomach pains and racing heart were unreal! I had my answer and stayed entirely gluten-free after that.

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Psychobiotics?!

Check this out: Research is being conducted on probiotics’ impact on the gut-brain axis and how these supplements can alter your mood. Research in pigs was the first to find a connection between levels of gut bacteria and stress hormones, and a study of mice demonstrated a relationship between the gut microbiome and anxiety. Sometime in the near future, we may better understand how specific ‘psychobiotic’ supplements can help boost mood and impact symptoms of depression.

Read the full article here: https://ubiome.com/blog/post/can-psychobiotics-actually-alter-mood/