Trauma, Stress and the Healing Foods – How Trauma Damages the Human Body.
What happens to the human body when a person experiences devastation, a trauma? The body is alerted into an emergency state. Trauma is wreaking havoc on your entire nervous system. You consciously or unconsciously must determine will you “fight, flight, or freeze”.
Healing is in your hands. Choose Wisely!
The body, the nervous system is now in chaos, shattered internally. Your life is shattered. It seems that what was once strong and organized all of a sudden is shattered, discombobulated, a mass of confusion.
If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, you may have experienced the above and be struggling with, depression, nightmares, memory block, memory loss, confusion, anger, irritability, guilt, insecurity, low self- esteem, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, apathy, fears, unable to concentrate, numbness, social disconnection and roller coaster emotions.
Do you realize help is within your grasp? Whether the traumatic event is very current or happened in your past, healing is in your hands. Professional help is very crucial to the healing journey of a rape or sexual assault survivor. Sometimes anti-depressant drugs help as a temporary bandage. However I know there are tools you can incorporate on your own within your life that will help you on your healing journey. The right foods and nutrients is one tool that is very important to healing. The foods you eat affect not only your physical body but your mental and emotional state as well. Anxiety, stress, emotional breakdown, irritability, anger, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, apathy, fears, poor concentration, poor memory and more can be averted sometimes just by a change in diet? How many people could have made it through the moment without harming herself or himself or someone else. If they only knew the power they had within their grasp. Could it be possible, lives might have had a different outcome?
Rape is a traumatic event that throws the victim’s body into a chaotic state, a state of emotional upheaval and confusion. What was once neat, ordering and understandable has now become a mass of confusion, ripped apart and scattered within the soul. Normality has to be restored and much of that can be done through eating the right foods and bringing neurotransmitters back in balance.
The Right Foods
Food That Help Restore the Body after Trauma
Foods rich in the Vitamin B’s: These are the nerve vitamins. They work together. Vitamins B’s are good for depression, anxiety, fatigue, depression, memory, irritability, loss of appetite, insomnia, moodiness, stress, normal brain and nerve functions. When you are stressed your body draws from its vitamin B supply and depletes the nerves and causes chemical imbalance.
A. Vitamin B1 Thiamine – Helps decrease fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite. Food are red meat, fish, liver, peanuts, oatmeal, nuts, chicken, pork, oatmeal, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peas, legumes, brown rice, yeast and whole-grain cereals, raisins and a host of herbs.
B. Vitamin B2 Riboflavin – Helps with insomnia and lethargic mental response. Foods are cheese, egg yolks, fish, legumes, meat, milk, poultry, spinach, yogurt, asparagus, avocados, Brussels sprouts, currants, dandelion greens, dulse, kelp, leafy greens, molasses, mushrooms, nuts, watercress and a host of herbs.
C. Vitamin B3 Niacin – Helps memory, depression, fatigue, dizziness strengthen nerves, reduces confusion. Foods are beef, liver, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, carrots, cheese, dandelion greens, dates, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, pork, potatoes, tomatoes, wheat germ and a host of herbs.
E. Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine – Helps depression, fatigue, memory, energizer has a calming effect, needed for normal brain function, Foods are avocado, bananas, beans, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, carrots, chicken, dulse, eggs, fish, meat, peas, plantains, potatoes, rice bran, spinach, sunflower seeds, walnuts, wheat germ..
F. Vitamin B11 Folic Acid- Needed for energy, depression and anxiety, apathy, fatigue, insomnia, memory. Foods are barley, beef, bran, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, cheese, chicken, dates, green leafy vegetables, lamb, legumes, lentils, liver, milk, mushrooms. Oranges, split peas, pork, root vegetables, salmon, tuna, wheat germ, whole grains.
G. Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin – Needed for prevention of nerve damage, chronic fatigue, depression, dizziness, memory loss, moodiness, nervousness. Food are brewer’s yeast, clams, eggs, herring, liver, mackerel, milk and dairy products, dulse, seafood, kelp, soybean and soy products.
Food rich in Vitamin C – Antioxidant, anti-stress, fights against viral infections, counteract stress hormones and have a calming effect in large doses, protect brain and spinal cord against free radicals. Foods rich in vitamin C include most berries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries and raspberries, oranges, asparagus, avocados, beet greens, black currants, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, dandelion greens, dulse, grapefruit, lemons, mango, green leafy vegetables, onions, papayas, green peas, sweet peppers, persimmons, pineapple, radishes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, watercress and a host of herbs.
Foods rich in Calcium – Calcium is an essential mineral vital to nerve impulses that naturally helps relieve anxiety, provides energy, promotes sound sleep when taken at night. Foods are almonds, asparagus, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, cabbage, yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, salmon, spinach, broccoli, green beans, green leafy vegetables (collard, turnip, kale, mustard), cabbage, dandelion greens, oats, prunes, sesame seeds, whey, and watercress.
Foods rich in Magnesium – Good for energy, prevent depression, dizziness, muscle weakness. Promotes proper PH balance and relieves stress. Foods are dairy products, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, molasses, brown rice, brewer’s yeast, cantaloupe, figs, garlic, grapefruit, fish, seafood, blackstrap molasses, figs, brown rice, cantaloupe, green leafy vegetables, lemons, whole grains, black eye peas, peaches, lima beans, millet, nuts, tofu, watercress, whole grains and a host of herbs.
Foods rich in Iron – Iron deficiency can increase the occurrence of panic attacks and anxiety. Foods are eggs, fish, chicken, liver, beef, pork, beans, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, avocados, beets, molasses, brewer’s yeast, dates, dulse, kelp, kidney and lima beans, lentils, millet, peaches, pears, prunes, raisins, rice and wheat bran, sesame seeds, soybeans and watercress and a host of herbs.
Foods rich in Protein – Protein is essential to energize the body and regulate neurotransmitters, which control the nervous system and moods. Foods are yogurt, corn, seeds, fish, chicken, pork, beef, beans, brown rice, tofu, soymilk, eggs and nuts.
The Wrong Foods
Foods to Avoid:
Alcohol: Alcohol is made with lots of sugar. Excessive consumption adds more sugar to your diet and therefore affects the nervous system, is harmful to the adrenal glands and causes more stress.
Caffeinated beverages: Affects nerves, disturbs sleep, can cause anxiety, irritability and stress.
Fried foods – contribute to obesity, high cholesterol and heart disease. Excessive heat destroys the nutritional value of foods. Due to the high degree of heat used for fried foods, all fried foods lack nutritional benefits. Causes stress on the digestive system.
Processed Food – Processed food has been transformed from its natural state to a more palatable form. The more food is processed, the less natural nutrients remain in the food product. Most processed foods have no nutritional value and are of no value in healing the human body. Because of the high sugar content, all processed foods frustrate the appestat (the appetite control center of the hypothalamus).
Sugar is a major culprit. Too much sugar can cause anxiety, irritability, confusion, anger, lack of control, stress and more. Sugar causes spikes in blood sugar levels, which robs your adrenal glands of their ability to control stress hormones and protect the body against stress. Sugar strips the body of the vitamin B’s, therefore affecting the nervous system and the immune system.
Trans fatty acids: Compromise the immune system and the nervous system therefore causing unnecessary stress in the body. Found in donuts, pizza, fried foods, cakes, pies and cookies many processed foods.
White food products (flour, rice, bread, pasta). Have little or no nutritional value. All these deplete the body, compromise the immune system and the nerve cells. White bread, white rice, white bread, anything made with white flour, white pasta and white sugar has no value in healing, rebuilding the human body.