Relaxation Support in a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

“We will be more successful in all of our endeavors if we let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.”
—Thich Nhat Hahn

by Jion Sommer, Living Proof Naturally, Whole Food Plant-based Health Coach, Reiki Practitioner & Meditation Teacher

Many foods can assist with the relaxation of the body and mind, and they are plentiful in a whole food plant-based diet.

Magnesium and vitamin B are two nutrients that are very supportive for relaxation.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that many Americans, roughly 68%, are deficient in. To produce energy, our bodies require magnesium because it is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions.

It also plays a role in the brain and can affect the way we feel. This is because this mineral is responsible for the activity of the mind, nervous system and endocrine systems. It is also capable of reducing stress hormones.

Plant-based foods that are high in magnesium and should be incorporated into your diet are:

spinach, Swiss chard, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, almonds, black beans, avocado, bananas and dried figs.

Vitamin B6, in particular, is especially useful for relaxation because it helps the body produce specific neurotransmitters and aids the body in making the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which both regulate moods.

Vitamin B12 is also key because it plays a role in treating nerve and cognitive disorders.

Plant-based foods high in B vitamins that should be incorporated into your diet are: lentils, enriched grains, asparagus, legumes, dark leafy greens, bananas and nutritional yeast.

Also practicing mindfulness with meditation and walking in nature are profoundly healing to the mind and body and very relaxing. The simple act of sipping some relaxing herbal tea like chamomile is very soothing to the nervous system.

Take time to simply be; take three deep breaths and enjoy the present moment, right here, right now. Ahhhhh … isn’t that better and relaxing?

May all beings benefit.