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Everyday food that can heal You

Got an upset stomach? Overburdened by stress? Don’t reach for the medicine box just yet! Did you know that these daily upsets can be treated by healthy food that you can buy from the store around the corner?

 

Here are some foods that can heal you:

 

1. Apricots. For: kidney stones

Apricots have fibre, sodium and potassium, key vitamins that help ‘melt’ calcium oxalate stones, a common type of kidney stones.

 

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Dried or fresh apricots are healthy

 

2. Banana. For: stress and anxiety

Next time you feel stressed out, grab a banana. A medium-sized banana is filling, boosts blood sugar and can give you 30% of your daily vitamin B6 requirement. B6 produces the chemical serotonin that can alleviate bad mood.

 

3. Basil. For: tummy aches

The compound eugenol found inside basil has an anti-spasmodic property that can ease pain and cramping in the guts.

 

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Basil can be added to salads and pasta

 

4. Cabbage. For: ulcers

According to researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the compound sulforaphane found inside cabbages is found to attack a bacteria that causes peptic and gastric ulcers before they reach the gut.

 

5. Chamomile tea. For: heartburn

Drinking chamomile tea a couple of times a day can ease digestive inflammation that leads to heartburn.

 

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Steep 2 teaspoons of chamomile herbs in 10 ounces of water for 20 to make tea

 

6. Garlic. For: yeast infection

The growth of the Candida albicans fungus, responsible for pain, itch and vaginal discharges in a yeast infection, can be prevented by the essential oils inside garlic. Other helpful fungicides include oranges, thyme and cloves.

 

7. Ginger tea. For: nausea

Motion sickness and nausea associated with pregnancy can be cured by a cup of ginger tea. This has none of the side effects of over-the-counter meds like drowsiness and dryness of the mouth.

 

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Add lemons, brown sugar or honey to improve the taste of ginger tea

 

8. Orange juice. For: fatigue

The fructose in orange juices can give a boost of energy. Vitamin C also gets rid of oxidative stress and helps metabolise iron, improving oxygen circulation through the bloodstream.

 

9. Tuna. For: bad moods

Tuna is used by the American Psychiatric Association as a treatment for depression. According to research, the omega-3 fatty acids inside a can of white tuna can chase away the blues.

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Try mixing tuna in salad or pasta recipes

 

10. Yoghurt. For: constipation and gas

Eating live-culture yoghurt can help your gastro-intestinal tract move food more efficiently. The good bacteria found inside yoghurt also improves digestion of gas-producing food like beans and lactose.

 

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