Most of us turn to our kitchen cabinet or local drug store when we need relief for life’s minor ailments, but several aches and pains can simply be eased by turning to some of the common foods in your kitchen. These remedies require only simple kitchen staples that most every kitchen has readily on hand and they are extremely effective.
Here are 8 healing foods that work to treat a variety of life’s common complaints:
1. Potato – Help for Headaches
Headaches are not only caused by dehydration but also because of the loss of electrolytes such as potassium. Eating foods rich in potassium, such as potatoes can help alleviate headaches by replacing lost potassium.
2. Basil – Soothes the Stomach
Studies suggest that the compound in basil called eugenic can keep your gut safe from pain, nausea, cramping, or diarrhea by killing off bacteria such as Salmonella and Listeria. Eugenol even has an antispasmodic property that can help soothe stomach cramps.
3. Cabbage – Ulcer Relief
Studies have shown that sulforaphane, a powerful compound in cabbage, clobbers H. pylori (the bacteria that causes gastric and peptic ulcers) before it can get to your gut. Low in calories with just 34 calories a cup, cabbage is an excellent healing food that provides 3 g of fiber and 75% of the day’s vitamin C.
4. Bananas – Stress Relief
The next time you start to feel stressed, reach for a banana. With only 105 calories and 14 g of sugar, a medium banana fills you up, provides a mild blood sugar boost, and has 30% of the day’s vitamin B6, which helps the brain produce mellowing serotonin to help your stress levels.
5. Raisins – Help for High Blood Pressure
Numerous studies show that polyphenols in grape-derived foods such as raisins, wine, and juice are effective in maintaining cardiovascular health, including bringing down blood pressure.
6. Yogurt – Keeps the Gas Away
Yogurt is one of the best healing foods you can eat. One and a half cups of live-culture yogurt can push food more efficiently through the gastrointestinal tract and the beneficial bacteria in yogurt can also improve your ability to digest beans and dairy lactose, both of which can cause gas.
7. Tuna – Takes Away the Blues
Research suggests that tuna may be beneficial in alleviating the kind of blues that leave you feeling down or anxious. The fatty acids in fish have been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association as an effective part of depression treatment.
8. Ginger Tea – Nausea Relief
Dozens of studies reveal that ginger is one of the most powerful kitchen remedies as it’s been scientifically proven to treat sickness and nausea. A 2009 study of pregnant women found that those who took ginger in the early stages of their pregnancy were less likely to suffer from morning sickness than those who didn’t. (1/4 teaspoon of powdered, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of minced gingerroot, or a cup of ginger tea) can ease nausea from motion sickness.
Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory and can help relieve pain.