The Best Healing Foods
Some of the best medicines for a number of ailments and illnesses can be found in your kitchen. Headache, heart burn, stroke, fever, stomach upset, insomnia, arthritis, breathing problems and many more health issues can be reduced and healed with simple kitchen ingredients. Below is a list of ailments and their natural healing foods - try and you won't be disappointed.
Fish does wonders with headaches; it has omega3 fatty acid oil which reduces inflammation - the basic reason for pain. Ginger also has the same qualities of inhibiting the biosynthesis of prostaglandins chiefly responsible for causing inflammations.
The onset of fall and summer can be painful for some young people; the time when pollens fly and they suffer from hay fever. A natural remedy is eating yogurt and honey much before the season begins, instead of confining yourself when the pollen season starts or depending on antihistamine drugs. Locally made honey is highly recommended by many who found relief with this natural sweetener.
Tea is the wonder drink that has properties to combat many ailments and one of them is stroke. So keep stroke at bay with regular cups of tea. UCLA researchers have found that drinking 3 cups of tea everyday reduced the risks of having a stroke by 21 percent.
Beat your sleep problems with a daily dose of honey - it works as a great sedative and induces sleep. It has anti fungal properties; soothes the tissues and helps to retain calcium in the body. Most importantly, honey contains a good dose of zinc along with copper and iodine; zinc is a sleep inducing element.
The bronchial tubes get inflamed and tight, making it difficult to breathe in an asthmatic condition. Onions contain anti inflammatory and anti asthmatic properties, stops the release of histamines and reduces the bronchial inflammation. Onions also contain L-cysteine, which is an amino acid and helps in the production of glutathione in the body - the natural immunity enhancing antioxidant.
Eat plenty of fish like - salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines to get relief from arthritis. The EPA and DHA in the omega 3 fatty acids of the fish oil reduce stiffness and pain.
A loose or upset stomach depletes the electrolyte content of the body - bananas have potassium which reinforces the body with the lost nutrient. Banana is a bland and binding food, recommended to recover from any sort of stomach trouble.
When you are diagnosed with bladder or urinary infection it is recommended to have seven ounces of pure cranberry juice everyday. This regular intake will stop the bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder and causing infection, the reason in the first place for the infection.
If you have a fracture or have brittle bones and suffer from osteoporosis eat half a pineapple everyday. Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain which helps to reduce the swelling and pain considerably.
Having problems remembering? Include oysters in your daily diet and see the difference. Oysters contain rich amounts of protein, carbohydrates, lipids, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and D. Five medium oysters eaten daily provides the required amount of zinc, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and iodine, enough to speed up the memory lane.
Cold and flu have a variety of viruses and garlic is an apt antidote for all of them. Garlic contains a wide variety of antibiotic and antibacterial properties.
Coughing is the body's way of fighting the bacteria in the lungs, but insistent coughing must be stopped. What better way than to make soup with chicken and a good dose of red pepper - a sure hot way to deal with the irritating condition.
Eat plenty of food rich in anti-oxidants and estrogen maintaining qualities like - whole wheat, bran, flax seeds and cabbage.
Fresh fruits and vegetables of the dark green variety prevent lung cancer. Avoid red meat, smoking and fatty foods.
Raw cabbage juice applied daily to the affected part helps to heal and cure ulcers faster than any medicines and drugs.
Fresh fruits and vegetables can provide the lost fibers in this condition. A whole grated apple with its skin left to dry and become brown in color is an excellent cure and so are a couple of bananas,
Eat less salt and include food that help to lower the cholesterol level like - avocados, olives, walnuts, salmon, mackerel, sardines, oat and oat bran.
High Blood Pressure
To cure this condition your diet must include food that lowers cholesterol. Garlic helps to reduce systolic and diastolic pressure, so does the herb called hawthorn and fish; folic acid found in celery helps to lower blood pressure.
Blood Sugar Imbalance
The fluctuation in your blood sugar level can be controlled and cured by including peanuts and broccoli in your daily diet. The chromium content in both these food helps to balance the insulin and blood sugar level.
To prevent and cure eyesight problems eat plenty of carotene-rich food like papaya, guavas, carrots etc.
Fresh fruits have anti-cancer properties, vitamins and other nutrients so necessary for our bodies - but eat fresh fruits only on an empty stomach to get the right benefits.
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