Can Your Body Heal Itself with Food?
By Debra Rodzinak
It seems like every time I turn around, there is an ad on my computer about how this “One Weird Fruit That Cures Baldness” or “Eat This to Lose 25 pounds in One Week!” I know that the likelihood of there being a magical food that can do many of the things promised on the internet is like a unicorn, but I did find a few foods that can help the body heal itself.
When you take a supplement, like a multivitamin, many of the nutrients in the pill flood your system with so much of a particular nutrient that the body cannot possibly process them all at once and many of them are eliminated. Eating real foods with these nutrients allow the body to easily absorb the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies desperately need.
When the body is provided with the proper nutrition, it has an amazing ability to heal itself. However, with many of today’s processed foods, these vital minerals and vitamins are missing.
Prevention.com lists a series of foods that can heal everything from heartburn to headache. I have chosen a few of these that I eat on a regular basis.
- Ginger tea – The ginger root can help with motion sickness, nausea, and pregnancy-related sicknesses without the annoying side effects of over the counter medications.
- Buckwheat honey – This nectar from bees is more effective than over the counter cough medicines due to its antioxidants and antimicrobial properties.
- Turkey – It is well known that turkey contains tryptophan which makes us sleepy. Therefore, this poultry product is excellent for those who suffer from insomnia.
- Banana – Now, the phrase “I’m going bananas” has an all new meaning. Because one banana has 30 percent of the daily amount of vitamin B6, which assists the brain in making melatonin, eating one of these will help reduce stress and anxiety.
- Raisins – High in fiber and potassium, a large handful of raisins can help lower high blood pressure due to the polyphenols they contain.
- Tuna – In a bad mood? Try a can of tuna. The omega-3’s along with the fatty acids contained in 3 ounces of tuna have “been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association” as part of an effective treatment for depression.
There are many more nutrient rich foods available, and a simple internet search will help you find even more. Nature has provided us with the cure to many of the diseases that plague us today.