Food can be more than just nourishment for your body, it can be medicine too. If you suffer from ailments, both chronic and acute, there are foods you can eat that may help to relieve your symptoms and get you back on the road to health and wellness. Here are some healing foods you may want to try the next time you are under the weather.
Migraines can be caused by food triggers, and the secret to fighting them may lie in food as well. If you feel a migraine coming on then you should reach for a spinach salad that is topped with a healthy fat, such as an avocado or sunflower seeds. The magnesium in these foods may help to relieve the pain.
If you chronically suffer from migraines, try to regularly work in fatty fish to your diet, such as salmon. The omega-3 fatty acids may decrease the levels of prostaglandins in your body, which may cause pain and inflammation. If you want to mix it up you can also try herring or mackerel.
If you find yourself regularly out of energy and need a boost, try coconut water. Most of the time low energy is caused by dehydration, and coconut water can cure what is ailing you. Plus, it gives you a punch of magnesium, calcium and potassium. These electrolytes will help get you going.
If fatigue is something your struggle with regularly, try to add more things such as quinoa and eggs to your diet. The protein and B vitamins found in these foods, as well as the complex carbohydrates and iron, can help you out.
If you really push yourself during a workout, aching muscles are sure to be right around the corner. You can try to head soreness off at the pass by having a little tart cherry juice after your workout. Cherries have anti-inflammatory properties as well as antioxidants and anthocyanins to help keep your muscles from getting sore.
If you find that you suffer from muscle soreness regularly, try adding chia seeds and blueberries to your diet. They can help reduce inflammation and also have antioxidants to protect your cells from damage.
Chickpeas are a great source of an amino acid that causes sleepiness called tryptophan. You may recognize it as the chemical in turkey that makes you tired at Thanksgiving, too. So, if you’re having trouble sleeping and have no turkey on hand try some hummus!
If finding sleep is often difficult, you may need more magnesium. Cashews, almonds, black beans, bananas, quinoa and lentils are all great sources.
Try these food remedies and see if it helps. After all, you are what you eat, right?
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