When you’re deep in the mire of heartbreak, chances are that you feel pain somewhere in your body—probably in your chest or stomach. Some people describe it as a dull ache, others as piercing, while still others experience it as a crushing sensation. The pain can last for a few seconds and then subside, or it can be chronic, hanging over your days and depleting you like just like the pain, say, of a back injury or a migraine.
There’s an ache, a deep ache that erupts from the inside of our bodies longing for the past. The pain is real and there’s no other way to describe how bad it really hurts than to name it heartbreak. It’s science.This is because emotional and physical pain share neural pathways in the brain. Your brain is signaling to your body that it actually hurts so bad.
It’s a longing for the past and the pain of feeling completely empty and abandoned. It makes it hard to get up in the morning and to get through the day, but all wounds are inevitably healed through time.
“Pain is the way the mind responds to trouble inside the body,” says Alex Zautra, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. “Emotion is the same way. Whether you feel love or sadness is also a response to something you feel outside the body. With pain it is a closer-in response, to something inside the body, but it is a response in an attempt to learn about and motivate recovery.”
Good news! Good whole nutritious food can help heal you inside out. In order for our bodies to function properly and stay healthy, it is important that we follow a good nutritious diet. Emotions gets stored in the body, so when we are undergoing darkness, and a little despair, it’s just so incredibly important to put good fuel in our bodies, and move and exercise so they can function at their optimum. Try these amazing foods to speeding up the healing.
- Raw Cacao
Cacao is a superfood. It keeps the coronary artery clear and regulates cardiovascular activity. Ancient myths also state that eating raw cacao will work to dissolve conflict between your head and heart.
2. Cayenne Pepper
A wonderful detox for the body – reduces blood pressure, breaks up blood clots, and floods our body with a stream of anti-bacterial agents. If you are detoxing from a long-gone love, this is a good choice. It will deeply detox your system while simultaneously jumpstarting your metabolic functions will leave you feeling more upbeat in absolutely no time!
3. Leafy Greens
Leafy Greens are rich in magnesium and chlorophyll. Our heart and brain need magnesium to operate in unison. The leafy greens will help restore essential nutrients and minterals to our bloodstream – and will also help reduce blood pressure, physical stress, muscle spasms, and mental conditions such as depression and anxiety.
4. Fresh Fruit
Bananas, avocados, kiwis, cherries – almost all fresh fruits are rich in potassium. Just don’t cook them – I am all for eating a blueberry pie and calling that a fruit serving – but when fruit is cooked, it changes nutrient profile.
5. Fresh Vegetables
As we connect with uncooked foods, your body beings to retain more energy. Think of raw food as clean fuel for your body. Aim to include more and more raw vegetables in your meals to give your heart and body an energetic boost. Blend them up in smoothies and sip away.
Garlic is a sulphur-rich food that helps decalcify our body. Sulphur-rich foods physically stop our hearts from closing. So, if you are feeling the heartache, add a little more garlic to your sauce. Pair it up with some tomatoes, and add in a little feel good carbs. (Hmm…pasta!)
Ginger is another wonderful source of sulphur. You’ll feel like you just got an energetic breath of fresh air. And its yummy in stir-frys, tea, and even chocolate!
Nutritional powerhouse! Potent antioxidants found in sweet potatoes help shield our hearts. Roast them up
Turmeric is one of the most powerful beauty and health supplements out there. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.Turmeric acts as a janitor for your blood, cleaning it out and thus detoxifying your skin. Make some tea, add it to smoothies, I often have a glass of milk with turmeric before bed.
Over the years, I have had to learn to save myself – all by myself. Become my own friend, my own saving grace. It’s a process, it takes time.
And then days, months, or even years later – you realize that you don’t hurt anymore.