Food Is Medicine: Powerful Help to Relieve Stress From Work and Life Overload

A man worn out from work.

There is help at hand for work and life overload: Food is medicine is now a well-established and well-recognized method for bringing balance and help to your body and life. (Image: Elnur via Dreamstime)

Work, work, and more work! Modern work and life seem to be teaming with speed, pressure, overwork, and staying up late to meet set deadlines. Such pressure, if sustained for a prolonged period of time, will eventually take a great toll on the body. There is help at hand for life overload: Food is medicine is now a well-established and well-recognized method for bringing balance and help to your body and life.

Tiredness, dark circles under your eyes, and an unhappy-looking face are synonymous with excessive and unbalanced work life. To improve this situation, it is wise to eat foods that act as your medicine. The following foods will provide nutrients that may help alleviate dark circles under the eyes. 

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1. Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are well known for their benefits in maintaining healthy hair. They are less known for their ability to eliminate dark circles under the eyes. Sesame seeds are rich in vitamin E and your eyes and eye muscles are nourished and benefit greatly by a diet rich in vitamin E. These magical seeds have been dubbed as “magic food” since they can make your hair look beautiful and simultaneously help eliminate dark circles under your eyes.

2. Vitamin E- and Vitamin A-rich foods.

Both Vitamin E and Vitamin A are important nutrients for maintaining overall healthy eyes and eye muscles. 

Foods rich in vitamin E include peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. 

When it comes to the subject of “food is medicine,” sources of Vitamin A top the list. Vitamin A-rich foods include animal liver, cream, eggs, alfalfa, apricots, and carrots. Carrots are a good source of Vitamin A, which is needed to help maintain the normal function of the epithelial tissues of the eyes and help to improve the look of dark circles under the eyes. The Vitamin A in carrots also helps with night vision, which is the ability of the eyes to adjust from light to dark in a timely manner. 

3. Eggs

Eggs are seen as a good high-quality source of protein that is needed for the growth and development of the body and regeneration of the body’s cells. Regular consumption of this good-quality protein will help alleviate the formation of dark circles under the eyes. The body is only capable of absorbing a maximum of two eggs per day so it’s advisable not to consume more.

Food is medicine recipes to de-stress work and life 

Food is Medicine when prepared with tender loving care.
Food is medicine when prepared with tender loving care. (Image: Sellen via Dreamstime)

1. Apple and fresh raw fish soup


3 apples 18 oz (about 500 g) 

1 fresh raw fish 6 oz (about 150 g)

2 slices of ginger

10 red dates 

Pinch of salt


Remove the scales and gills from the raw fish, rinse the fish with water and wipe dry. 

Fry the ginger and fish in a frying pan until they are lightly browned. 

Wash the apples, ginger, and red dates.

Peel the apples and cut them into chunks. 

Add enough water to cover all the ingredients in the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Add all the remaining ingredients and continue to boil for about two hours on medium heat. Add salt to taste and serve. 

Have twice daily, in the morning and evening.


Helps prevent the appearance of puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Apple and fresh raw fish soup can also be used to treat spleen energy deficiency, blood deficiency, edema, dizziness, and insomnia.

2. Pork Liver Soup with Goji Berries (Wolfberry)


1.8 oz (50 g) of Goji berries (wolfberries)

14 oz (400 g) of pork liver

2 slices of ginger 

Pinch of salt


Wash the goji berries, pork liver, and ginger separately with clean water. 

Slice the pork liver. 

Peel the ginger and cut into 2 slices. 

Add the goji berries and ginger to an appropriate amount of water and boil for about 30 mins. 

Reduce heat to medium and cook a further 45 minutes.

Add the pork liver. Once the pork liver is cooked through, add salt to taste. 

Serve once in the morning and once in the evening.


Prevents liver and kidney deficiencies and enhances their essence. Clears any heat and dispels wind. It benefits the blood and brightens the eyes. This helps prevent dark circles under the eyes caused by any liver and kidney deficiency. 

Source: : Translated by Eva and edited by Maria

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