Migraines, stomachaches, allergies...say no more! If you're struggling with a symptom you can't get rid of, check out these guidelines to better your days and improve your health with eating just the right foods.
Say Goodbye to Migraines!
Migraines are the absolute worst. When a headache is effecting your entire body, it can effect your entire day. From the areas around your nose, eyes, and the back of your head, it feels endless. Many people cannot leave the house, face direct light, or even listen to loud sounds. Migraines can also cause nausea and vomiting. Although you should seek medical attention if migraines dwell, there are a few foods that help minimize this pain.
Avoid foods that trigger these excruciating headaches like aged cheeses, processed meats (particularly pepperoni and hot dogs), peanuts, coffee, other caffeinated beverages, chocolate, and red wine. Other foods that have been linked to migraines are avocados, bananas, citrus fruits, figs, raisins, red plums, and raspberries. If you are suffering from migraines, it's a good idea to keep a food diary for a few months to see if you can identify dietary triggers. Many nutritionists and specialists will tell you that you should avoid caffeine, but if you're not a coffee drinker and your migraine isn't relieved, drink a cup or two, which can be an effective and an almost immediate home remedy. To relieve some of the pressure, try lying down in a dark, quiet room with a cold washcloth until the pain wears off.
It Happens - Diarrhea!
It's embarrassing, yet real. It's happened to everyone at least once, and even though we don't like talking about it, diarrhea can actually be easily cured. When you're coping with this issue, it may seem difficult to want to eat anything at all. However, some foods and beverages are much better than others. Foods that will aggravate diarrhea include milk and other dairy products; caffeinated foods and beverages, greasy and fatty foods, spicy foods, and alcohol. Foods that will assist in some relief are bananas, boiled potatoes, cooked carrots, chicken, plain rice, and toast. Keep in mind that avoiding high-fiber foods can help ease the symptoms as well as drinking plenty of water. Furthermore, following the "BRAT" diet is an often easy and memorable solution. This diet consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. No poo, no more!
Take Away My Allergies...
Sniffling, sneezing, and itching caused by allergies can be so annoying! Herbal remedies can help treat allergies, as well as over-the-counter medication. You can reduce these irritating symptoms by following an anti-inflammatory diet. This means cutting out foods like milk and dairy. Make sure you include plenty of apples, peppers, tomatoes, and onion with your meals. Foods like this contain quercetin, a flavonoid shown in some research to help prevent inflammation and block the release of histamine, the substance for allergic reactions.
Oral health? Yes please.
Need to maintain that healthy smile and keep your pearly-whites? We believe that tea is the cure to many issues - but this beverage especially helps with your teeth. Black tea can destroy or suppress growth and acid production of cavities causing bacteria in dental plaque. Black tea also effects enzymes responsible for converting sugars into the sticky material that binds plaque to teeth. With that being said, tea also contains fluoride. So this explains why is can help with dental protection. Drink tea, smile more!
Cure the PMS.. (Pshhh, women only!)
If the sadness, mood swings, and depression don't get you, the cramps and headaches will. In fact, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects almost all women to some degree during their reproductive years. In 30 to 40 percent of cases, symptoms can be so severe that they interfere with normal daily activities. Once passed off as a simply unpleasant and inevitable part of being a lady, these symptoms are finally being seen as what they really are - true signs of a medical issue.
Even though now seen as a medical concern, a majority of these issues can be treated with a good diet and exercise. As we all know, avoiding caffeine can be beneficial in treating many issues, it may seem impossible when you're so tired! Try cutting back (if possible) on the coffee intake and switch to something lighter like tea. Stay away from high-sodium, processed foods. Instead of indulging in a bag of Twix and Kit Kat bars, switch it out for dark chocolate. Try eating more greens - like broccoli, kale, spinach, and romaine. Get hooked on some tasty omega-3 fatty acids. Lightly seasoned grilled salmon, eggs, and chia seeds are all essentials. Lower your sugar intake and replace it with fresh fruit. Eating healthy while your cycle is in town is extremely important! Less aggravation and bloating, more peace. Yes please!