Food can sharpen your memory, ease a headache, or fight a cold...Go, Food!
BEAT THE BLUES
People who suffer from depression often lack vitamin B. There are plenty of mood-lifting foods, though, that can come to the rescue. Avocados, for example, are one of the richest sources of this vitamin, and bananas (packed with magnesium) can help relieve stress and anxiety. The selenium found in Brazil Nuts and the folic acid found in asparagus can also help stabilize your mood. Other "happy foods" are orange juice, oatmeal, turkey, low fat cheese and chocolate!
Protein (especially from sources that are also high in iron) is great for giving people an energy boost. When you're feeling sluggish, just reach for some lean beef, chicken, turkey, clams, shrimp, or eggs, and you'll start to feel more alert. Just be sure not to pair that lean protein with fats, since the two nutrients eaten together can make you feel tired.
BATTLE COLD SYMPTOMS
Garlic helps combat cold and flu infections. So sprinkle some garlic powder onto your fat free pizza, or add sauteed garlic to your grilled veggies if you feel a cold coming on. You can even microwave garlic until tender, then spread the softened stuff onto bread instead of butter (Warning! You'll become approximately 40 percent less smoochable after you do this). If eating all that garlic doesn't sound appealing, take garlic supplements instead.
People who suffer from headaches are usually lacking magnesium. Luckily, increasing levels of the mineral in your body can help fight dull aches, or even sharp migraines. Cereal is a fantastic source of magnesium (we love and recommend trying Kashi Organic Promise Cranberry Sunshine). Leafy green veggies and nuts are also high in the mineral. Many people also use ginger to thwart and prevent migraines. And calcium, found in skim milk, yogurt, etc. is another headache-stomper.
Are you losing your keys all the time? If you want a sharper memory, munch on an apple or a pear. Turns out these yummy fruits contain a mineral called boron, which improves memory and alertness levels. Experts also say mashed potatoes and barley can cause almost instantaneous memory boosts. (Pssst...go easy on the barley and potatoes, people. They're calorie-packed!) Wondering what other foods are great for memory improvement? Blueberries, strawberries and spinach. Yum!
CHEW ON THIS: Today, April 20th, is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day. Pineapple has been known to reduce blood clotting and can also help to remove plaque from arterial walls.
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