Figs are a dried fruit that contain a lot of potassium and fibre and if we are concerned with our mental health it is a great idea to have potassium getting into our cells. We can be sure that our nervous system is getting a helping hand as it’s a mineral that is essential for proper functioning of the cells. Stress depletes our bodies of potassium. When we get aches and pains and feelings of tiredness this can lead us to feel more stressed and less able to cope.
Eating a couple of figs a day may help increase your potassium levels and help combat stress as a result. The other great thing about figs is that they are high in dietary fibre, which is essential for getting our digestive system working efficiently. The quick elimination of waste food from our bodies is very important to reduce feelings of sluggishness and tiredness that can build up if we are bloated and constipated. Our energy goes down as our bodies have to work so much harder to function at optimum level. When we are cleaner inside we can feel lighter in mood and figs are a natural laxative and really work well to promote an internal spring clean that is gentle on the body.
Figs are generally eaten dried and it is always a good idea if you can to get the pure unsulphured variety, which are to be found in health food shops. Figs are high in concentrated sugars but do not cause the crash and burn effect of more processed sugary foods. In fact they are a good alternative to sweets, cakes, biscuits etc and can help alleviate the cravings associated with reducing sugar intake by providing a more wholesome sweet alternative.
Lastly dried figs are also high in iron and for those of you who do not eat a lot of meat this can be a good way of making sure your iron levels are increased which again will help you if you are feeling tired or run down.