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3 Types of Energy: Foods that Balance Your Mind

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3 Types of Energy: Foods that Balance Your Mind

Mental health disorders have become so common in the United States that according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 1 in 4 Americans ages 18 and older, suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. One fact that mental health scientists agree on is the imbalance in the complex, interrelated chemical reactions of the brain. How this imbalance occurs continues to be a cause for study. Meanwhile research has produced a pharmacopoeia full of prescription meds to ease our mental suffering. Rarely is quality of diet mentioned as a treatment plan for mental illness and yet the ancient Ayurvedic practitioners and yogis knew the affects food can have on the brain.

The human body  requires essential nutrients on a daily basis to function properly and we know from medical research that a lack of these nutrients can cause chemical imbalance in both organ and brain functions. Ancient practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, known to be the world’s oldest surviving healing system, created a lifestyle in which the body and mind could maintain optimal health and mental well-being. By creating a harmonious chemical balance in the body, and practicing yoga and meditation, one may become more spiritually liberated.

The practice of Ayurveda distinguishes food as having particular energetic qualities, known as the 3 Gunas: Sattvic (lightness, purity), Rajasic (overactive, passionate), and Tamasic (lethargy, inertia). These energies are also seen to be universal in dimension and permeate all living and inanimate life. Eating too much of rajasic or tamasic foods will create a chemical imbalance in the brain. Instead eat these foods in moderation and aim for living a sattvic lifestyle. The  Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center incorporates this knowledge into their teachings and have compiled a list of foods for students of yoga to follow.

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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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5:25PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Great article

11:03PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Thank you for this article. Would like to learn how to use Indian herbs/spices for medicinal purposes.

2:49PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

I am just beginning to learn about the Ayurveda system of health and find it very interesting. Can't wait to learn more. Thanks

1:47PM PDT on May 4, 2011

this article was interesting :) thank you

9:15AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

bullox. mushroons are good for you

3:22AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011


5:48AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

I'm a fan of garlic and onions, damn

3:17AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

Interesting...but hard to give up a chocolate...especially Nutella;)

2:10AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

thnaks for sharing

3:52PM PST on Feb 25, 2011

like the gita! thank you.

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