Friday, July 27, 2012

Foods to heal your body from occasional diseases

Our environment has been changing so it is very common to have or suffer from various diseases. Everyday, we see many people going to hospitals and there is a long queues at the clinics of the local doctors. Pollution around us, stress of office work, pesticides used for growing vegetables, no time for family and being busy in our gadgets like, smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc., all these end less things lead to minor or even major disorders in our body. We generally ignore these minimal things in our everyday lives. For the major diseases, we do not have an option other than visiting the doctor. Apart from them, there are many small ailments like headache, constipation, stress, nausea, etc. that we get occasionally. Do you know that these ailments can be healed without any medicines too? Some of the food items that we generally have in our homes can heal these occasional diseases in an effective and quick manner. Let us see some of these foods and the way in which they heal a particular disorder.

Foods to heal your body from occasional diseases
1. Raisins (High Blood Pressure)

Soaked raisins can do wonders for blood pressure. Soak a handful of raisins in water overnight. In the morning, eat the raisins and drink the water in which the raisins were soaked. A handful of raisins is composed of 1 g of fiber and 212 mg of potassium, both of them are recommended in the list of foods good for hypertension. Many studies have revealed that polyphenols in foods derived from grape including raisins, juice and wine are effectual to maintain the cardiovascular health and lower down blood pressure.

2. Banana (Stress)

Banana is a natural stress buster. It is really high in potassium. Potassium is a vital mineral that helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the water balance of the body. When a person feels stressed, the metabolic rate of the body raises, hence the potassium levels reduce. A medium banana consists of 105 calories and 14 g of sugar along with a mild boost in sugar. It offers 30 percent of the daily needed vitamin B6 which helps the brain produce serotonin that helps getting you through a crisis calmly. Bananas can also ease heartburn, regulates the blood pressure and keep the blood sugar levels up. This level can be re-stabilized with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

3. Yogurt (Gut friendly)

All of us know that Yogurt is rich in Calcium, but only a few know that it is also full of a probiotic called the acidophilus. It provides an added source of beneficial bacteria that is naturally found throughout a healthy digestive tract. A probiotic is a live micro organism which helps maintaining a healthy intestinal flora if managed in sufficient amounts. Yogurt pushes food more efficiently through the gastrointestinal tract. It also improves the ability of the gut to digest beans and dairy lactose which cause gaseous disorders.

4. Apricots (Kidney Stones)

Four dried apricot halves consist of 1 gm of fiber, 1 mg of sodium and 325 mg of potassium. All these elements help keep minerals from gathering in urine and making calcium oxalate stones. They are also good for fever, constipation, asthma, anemia and cancer.

5. Canned White Tuna (Bad Mouth)

A can of around 85 grams white tuna consists of about 800 mg of omega-3s. As per researches, these omega-3s may treat the bad mouth which often causes feeling low or embarrassed. These fatty acids also act as an effective remedy to treat depression. The 37 gram of carbs also provides serotonin which helps to boost the mood.

6. Ginger Tea (Nausea):

Ginger tea is a drink that highly preferred by regular travelers as it has the ability to control Nausea. As per researchers the Gingerols found in ginger is responsible for averting nausea by reducing oxidative products in the digestive tract that cause nausea. Gingerol also slabs serotonin receptors from entering into the intestine and result in more nausea. When taken in bulky dosages, ginger also eases chemotherapy associated nausea. Have 2 cups of ginger tea in a day to get relief from nausea.

7. Pear (High Cholesterol)

There are many food items that provide us lots of nutritional elements but many can also help lower the cholesterol as well. These food items include pears as well. Pears can actually help lower the cholesterol level. In fact, pears contain soluble fibers which are good for a healthy heart. These soluble fibers help trim down the absorption of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol in the bloodstream. You can also opt for Apples, prunes, beans and oatmeal as they are also rich in dietary fiber.

8. Basil (Stomach Problems)

Due to its carminative effects, Basil has been known for providing relief from stomach upset. Many studies have revealed that eugenol, a compound that is found in basil keeps the gut safe from nausea, pain, cramping and diarrhea by killing off bacteria like Listeria and Salmonella. It also has an antispasmodic property that can keep cramps away. Use minced fresh basil in sauces or salads. Basil leaves also prevent constipation and improve digestion, acidity and flatulence. Daily consumption of basil leaves fortifies stomach.

9. Buckwheat Honey (Coughing)

Cough is a very common problem in almost every home. People keep cough syrups for getting rid of this common problem. These syrups contain lots of drugs and chemicals that result in a drowsy feeling. But do you know that the buckwheat honey is a much better remedy for these cough related problems. A diet composed of buckwheat honey helps repress coughing fits, especially during the nights.

10. Cabbage (Ulcers)

Cabbage is rich in sulforaphane, which clobbers H. pylori, the bacteria that causes gastric and peptic ulcers before it reaches gut. In this way, it helps to slow down the growth of gastric tumors. A cup of cabbage is composed of 34 calories, 3 g of fiber and 1/3rd of the daily required vitamin C. Experts suggest that drinking cabbage juice twice a day to prevent peptic ulcers.

11. Turkey (Insomnia)

Turkey is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that is used by the body to produce serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that slows down nerve activity and calms the brain thereby spreading a ‘feel-good’ message all through the body. In the darkness, the brain changes serotonin to another hormone called melatonin which regulates sleep.

12. Figs (Hemorrhoids)

Eating figs two times a day is the most efficient way to treat hemorrhoids. The small seeds in fig help in bowel movement and stay away from constipation. Soak 4 figs in water overnight and eat them in the next morning. Drink the soaking water as well. Again soak 4 figs in the morning and eat them in the evening. Repeat the procedure for 3 to 4 weeks.

13. Chamomile Tea (Heartburn)

Chamomile tea is really helpful for those who suffer from GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) or heartburn. The anti-inflammatory properties of this tea help reducing the swelling and irritation in the mucous membranes thereby easing the chronic burning pain sensation associated with the disorder. So, next time you feel heartburn, just sip a cup of chamomile tea.

14. Garlic (Yeast infection)

Garlic is a popular home remedy for healing yeast infection. It prevents the surplus growth of yeast infections, so that the antioxidants of the body can quickly remove the bacteria. Experts suggest eating at least one clove of garlic on a daily basis. You can also apply the garlic juice or garlic oil on the affected area. This helps you avoid yeast infections in an efficient way.

15. Potatoes (Headache)

Headache is one of the most common occasional disorders. Potato, a food item that we generally avoid helps you fight a serious headache. So, next time when you get a headache avoid the aspirin and take a raw potato instead. Cut the potato in halves and place a slice on each temple. Gently rub the temples with the potato until the pain is gone.

16. Orange Juice (Fatigue)

A glass of orange juice in the morning works as a solution for stress and fatigue. Orange juice is rich in Vitamin C which helps reduce stress. It also helps to lower the levels cortisol, a stress hormone by making it return to normal after a stressful incident occurs. As per studies people, consuming more vitamin C per day, have less fatigue as compared to others.


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