Find Your Inner Calm with Stress-Relieving Foods
We set out to learn what foods can help us find our inner Zen and relieve stress, and to get the Ayurvedic angle, we talked to Dr. Prasanna Kakunje, M.D. (Ayu), Ayurveda doctor at Jiva Spa, Vivanta by Taj – Bekal, Kerala, in India, and Ashis Rout, executive chef at Ananda in the Himalayas.
“In general, all bland and/or sweet foods are calming and stress relieving, due to their Vata- (air) and Pitta- (fire) pacifying nature,” Dr. Kakunje says. “Vata and Pitta are the factors [that] are the stimulants and driving forces behind all mental and physical functions, and hence, calming them down helps to reduce that ‘adrenaline rush’ in the body, thereby helping in calming and reducing anxiety.”