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1 // GINGER FOR INFLAMMATION
Inflammation is linked to a variety of health conditions and diseases including asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Disease and sinusitis, to name just a few.
In fact, many doctors believe that inflammation affects every aspect of your health!
Therefore eating foods which help to prevent inflammation is incredibly important for promoting optimum health.
Ginger is one such food. Chop and throw into a wok for a tasty addition to stir frys or even make some tea with it to drink every day.
My favourite ginger teas include lemon and ginger (a few squeezes of lemon juice and some grated ginger in some hot water (not boiling as this kills the vitamins in the lemon) or ginger green tea (add some grated ginger to a cup of green tea)).
2 // SWEET POTATOES FOR MIGRAINES
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of magnesium and studies have found that magnesium is a powerful way to fight and prevent headaches and migraines.
So, if you suffer from any form of migraine, before you head to the medical cabinet, try eating some sweet potatoes. My favourite ways to eat sweet potatoes are sweet potato chips, mashed sweet potato or sweet potato gratin.
3 // PEPPERMINT FOR IBS
A study published in 2011 found that peppermint may help those with IBS because the compounds in peppermint activate an anti-pain channel in the colon.
Since then further studies have confirmed that peppermint oil is a beneficial, natural treatment for IBS.
4 // BANANA FOR STRESS
Bananas contain Vitamin B6 which helps the brain to produce one of the brain’s natural feel-good chemicals; serotonin.
An increase in serotonin levels is a natural way to prevent anxiety and reduce stress levels.
5 // YOGHURT FOR CONSTIPATION
Live-culture yoghurt is an excellent source of gut-friendly bacteria and the perfect remedy for constipation or wind. This type of bacteria work to move food more efficiently through the gastro-intestinal tract and improve its ability to digest those foods which lead to wind.
Opt for natural yoghurts that aren’t sweetened or artificially flavoured.
There are lots of natural ways to promote optimum health. I’d love to hear your tried and tested favourites. So, do let me know in the comments section below!
To Your Success,