Eating Your Way To Health
People nowadays are turning to natural remedies to alleviate many of their ailments, either through essential oils, herbs or non-traditional methods. The reasons for these alternatives are various and could range from the cost of doctor visits, to that of the prescription, itself.
If you suffer with arthritis pain, headaches, nausea, urinary tract or yeast infections, give the following a try. You never know, perhaps it’ll allow for a healthier, happier you!
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1. Arthritis Pain
Over 1 million Americans suffer with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA), an autoimmune disease, where the body attacks itself, resulting in tissue damage. Patients with the disease suffer from inflammation and excruciating pain, which may result in permanent joint damage. However, omega-3 fatty acids and cod liver consumption may help reduce flare-ups, although scientific proof is yet to be verified. Nevertheless, many rheumatologists suggest to many patients that a diet rich with fatty fish, such as salmon, may help alleviate their suffering. In the end, eating fish will help your heart, if nothing else.
2. Headache Pain
Did you realize that there are over 150 different types of headaches? There are various treatments to help and even prevent them, depending on the type. However, research shows that drinking 2 cups of coffee provides relief, to even migraines; so even if the reason is unclear, scientists agree that caffeine does boost brain cell activity, causing surrounding blood vessels to constrict. There is a word of caution however. Caffeine intake should be restricted to headache relief, because solely relying on it, may result in what are called “withdrawal headaches”, when a daily dose is missed.
There is scientific proof that ginger helps alleviate nausea because it contains gingerols that aid in blocking serotonin (a brain chemical which is linked to vomiting) in the stomach, just as anti-nausea medications. Steep 1-2 grams (1 gram=size of a quarter) ginger in boiling water to make a tea or eat 2 teaspoons of candied ginger. Consuming too much in 1 sitting may irritate the stomach, so use in moderation.
4. Urinary Tract Infection
Cranberry juice may be able to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to many studies. So, if you suffer with more than a few per year, consuming the beverage may be a lifestyle change, that you may want to consider. The structure of the cranberry appears to have a compound that keeps harmful bacteria from sticking to the bladder. So a recommendation of 2-8 ounce glasses a day or 1/3 cup of dried cranberries may help prevent UTIs. It is noted that if the UTI has already developed, then the juice may not be of any help, so prevention is the key. If you’ve already developed a UTI, drinking plenty of fluids will help, especially the consumption of water.
5. Yeast Infection
Our bodies have “good” and “bad” bacteria, as well as small amounts of yeast. The “good” bacteria helps to keep the yeast in balance, but when it drops, yeast may take over, resulting in a yeast infection. There are a few studies that suggest that eating yogurt will help to maintain the body’s balance of yeast, since it contains the beneficial bacteria that our bodies need. Women that tend to eat yogurt on a regular basis had fewer infections; however, once an infection has developed, yogurt does not seem to be of any benefit.
Article: Eating Well