a few easy-to-swallow medical treatments.
shown that some foods can be just as effective as prescription
drugs in treating medical conditions.
a bunch of granola? Well, you'll be surprised to find out that
not all of the foods that have added health benefits are boring-sounding
grains and vegetables.
In fact (as
you'll see below) you may learn quite the contrary.
Foods That Can Make You Feel Better
of almond M&M's could help ward off Alzheimer's disease.
It's not the
chocolate that protects you, though; it's the E in the almonds.
A National Institutes of Health study found that the antioxidative
properties of vitamin E reduce deterioration in the brain as you
age. Just 2 ounces of almonds contains your entire recommended
daily intake of E.
fish fillets can help you breathe easier.
helps to improve lung function and reduce the frequency of asthma
attacks," says Dr. Michael Dacey, a critical-care physician in
Rhode Island. Plus, recent research found that asthmatics with
magnesium deficiencies spent more time in the hospital than those
whose diets were rich in the stuff. For men with severe asthma,
Dacey recommends eating at least one serving of fish, seafood,
or spinach each day.
mixed vegetables can help prevent arthritis.
studied the diets and health of 330 people and found that those
who ate the most cooked vegetables were 75 percent less likely
to develop arthritis than those who consumed the least. One possible
reason: Heat destroys the vegetables' cell walls, allowing your
body to absorb more of the nutrients that would otherwise pass
through your system.
a day could keep bleeding gums away.
hurt, and they can also mean you aren't getting enough vitamin
C, says Cyndi Thomson, an assistant professor at the University
of Arizona. When you don't get enough C, collagen in your body
starts to break down. And that process starts in your gums. "One
grapefruit provides your entire daily requirement of vitamin C,"
can help keep your breath in check.
sucking on breath mints, keep a bottle of water by your side.
"Bad breath is caused by sulfur compounds in your mouth, and sipping
water frequently helps wash away those compounds and trigger the
production of breath-neutralizing saliva," says Dr. Anthony Dailley,
founder of the Center for Breath Treatment in San Francisco. Eight
glasses of water throughout the day should be able to do the trick.
some wine to help treat diarrhea.
It's not Pepto's
pink color that makes you feel better; it's a compound called
bismuth subsalicylate, which is also found in high levels in both
red and white wine. According to one study, drinking a glass or
two of wine is just as effective at controlling diarrhea as taking
a single dose of most over-the-counter remedies. The bismuth compound
appears to prevent diarrhea by slowing or stopping the growth
of bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli, before they can make
you any sicker.
juice can help your hangover.
and aspirin can heal the effects of crazed celebration, but for
a major hangover, reach for a Bloody Mary sans the vodka.
"If you're throwing up, it's likely you're low on potassium, calcium,
and sodium," says Linda Van Horn, a professor of preventive medicine
at Northwestern University. "That combination is what leaves you
feeling sick and exhausted." Tomato juice is a good source of
all those nutrients, along with additional water to make up for
the fluids you've lost.
of sugar can make the hiccups go away.
spoonful of sugar under your tongue can cure a bad case of the
hiccups," says Dr. Marla Tobin, a family physician in Higginsville,
Mo. Like hiccups themselves, the science behind the cure isn't
clear, but Tobin theorizes that the sugar granules excite nerves
in the back of your throat. Once stimulated, the nerves block
other nerve signals within the body, including the one that might
be causing your hiccups.
cramping after a workout by replenishing with a banana.
after a workout tend to be a sign of a deficiency," says Thomson.
"Exercise depletes the nutrients your muscles need to function
properly." The alternative to pain and cursing: Replenish your
magnesium and potassium immediately by eating a banana and drinking
a glass of water to fight off dehydration.
could help keep some hair on your head.
When it comes
to steak, going lean instead of eating fatty cuts of meat won't
keep you from going bald, but it may slow down the process. According
to a study from Australia, men who ate lean cuts of meat were
less likely to go bald than those who ate fatty cuts of meat.
Another plus: "Beef is an excellent source of zinc," says . "And
not getting enough zinc can lead to sudden hair loss."
some caffeine for a quick, mental fix.
to Dutch research, taking as little as 32 milligrams of caffeine
(the amount in just 2 ounces of coffee) before a test helped volunteers
improve their memory, as well as their overall reading speed and
level of mental alertness. To maximize the benefit, down the coffee
at least half an hour before you really need to be thinking clearly.
acid for fertility.
In a study
conducted at the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center,
researchers found that men with the lowest sperm counts also had
the least folic acid in their diets. "It appears that men who
are trying to conceive need folic acid for proper DNA synthesis
and sperm production," says Lynn Wallock, a research chemist and
the lead study author. Cereals are one of the best sources of
vanilla ice can be prostate-healthy.
In a study
recently presented at the Society for Experimental Biology's annual
conference, researchers revealed that the more boron there is
in your diet, the lower your overall chances of developing prostate
cancer. Vanilla ice cream is one of the very best sources of boron,
with 25 micrograms per cup.
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