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Eating To Heal Your Body

For all illnesses it is important to stay hydrated. Water is the best for that. Some foods help as well. Consider some common illnesses like stomach upset, cold viruses, influenza, and migraine headaches.

An upset stomach, with diarrhea and/or vomiting may cause a sense of hunger, but eating right away will worsen symptoms. When symptoms have finally stopped, then begin replenishing your body.

Besides small sips of water, drink weak tea. Add lemon and honey to help your body recover some electrolytes. The “BRATT” diet is recommended for intestinal disorders. That is Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Tea, and Toast (without butter or jam). Clear soups help, but not cream soups. Choose chicken soup or beef broth. Ginger ale helps settle the stomach. When symptoms remain gone, go back to a regular diet.

Colds and other viruses are very common. Symptoms may be coughing and congestion. Fresh fruits, especially kiwi and pineapple help alleviate a sore throat caused by sinus drainage. Herbal teas such as those with slippery elm help the throat as well by coating it. Hot spicy foods such as salsa or horseradish reduce congestion. Milk products increase mucus production for some people. Build your immune system with fruits, vegetables and lean meats especially. Chicken soup with vegetables and garlic helps as well. Broccoli and cauliflower as well as other cabbage family are high in nutrition.

Influenza causes a high temperature and lots of perspiration. Drink cool drinks, such as watered down fruit juices to replenish the minerals you lose when sweating and to cool your body. Iced drinks may bring on the chills so avoid those. To recover eat plenty of protein foods. Lean meats and chicken, and the proteins found in beans, nuts and low fat dairy help to recover strength.

The frequency and duration of migraines seems to improve with anti-inflammatory foods. Foods rich in calcium and magnesium are also beneficial. Fruits and vegetables help fight dehydration which is a migraine trigger for some migraine headaches. If you suffer from migraines be sure to eat cherries and beets for anti-inflammatory properties, and all types of melons as well as other fruits increase hydration as well as restoring electrolytes. These foods increase hydration and provide magnesium, calcium and potassium to help your muscles in your scalp and neck relax.

Eat healthy foods to improve health when you are sick and help prevent illness when you are well.


Go Ape Over Bananas. They’re Amazing.

Well, monkeys must have a good reason for their love for bananas. Sure, the oddly-crescent shape of a banana is surely fun to look at and it’s yellow color is eye-grabbing but nothing else compares to the health benefits a banana can offer. If you are someone who thinks eating healthy has to be a taste sacrifice, you must not have recently tried a banana. They’re delicious right out of the skin, but try adding banana slices to cereals, shakes and baked dishes to reveal their true flavor potential.

Those trying to keep regular will appreciate the high fiber content in bananas. Even if you find yourself on the other end of the bowel-spectrum (diarrhea), a diet with fresh bananas will regulate and normalize your bowel movement situation regardless of which side of the spectrum you start on.

Ladies, did you know that a banana during that time of the month will help you relieve the stress associated with PMS symptoms? Wow, chalk that up as another win for team banana. For you guys (and girls, too!), have you ever gotten overheated on a really hot and sunny day? Throw a banana down the hatch and experience a pleasant cool-off. That’s just another trick the mighty yellow fruit can do.

If you want a real treat, try combining some banana, avocado and some raw honey in a blender with some hemp protein, almond milk and ground cinnamon. Blend up that concoction and throw in some peanut or almond butter if you feel so inclined. That will be a delicious meal-replacement and will give your body a super-natural shot of energy that won’t fade or crash like a sugary or starchy alternative.

Just like its long-removed cousin, the turkey, the banana includes an ingredient called Tryptophan which is known to be a mood-booster. Having a banana or two is a sure fire way to not only cool off after a long day but to also cool out if you’re concerned about your temper or frustration levels. Anxiety and fatigue weep in the presence of the almighty banana. Another trick that the banana can do is quite magical. Take the inside of a banana peel and rub it on a cut, hives or a bug bite to have that spot be soothed of itching. It’s all natural and it’s got plenty of moves. You probably didn’t know everything the banana was capable of before reading this but you’d be surprised to find that you’ve still just begun to know the banana.

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