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Healing Foods

We have all suffered through minor health issues, like headaches or bloating, which are often uncomfortable, painful, and inconvenient. According to beloved Dr. Oz, rather than turning to medications, food can help. Next time you’re stricken with one of these common woes, try eating these foods to alleviate your symptoms.

Painful PMS?

  • Flaxseed: Thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds can reduce inflammation, which is often a cause of cramping. Try adding two ground tablespoons to your morning smoothie or cereal.
  •  Salmon: Also full of good fatty acids, salmon can provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Try to get one serving at least three times a week.
  • Eggs: Providing vitamins, D, B6, and E, eggs can also help ease symptoms of PMS. Enjoy a couple for breakfast or add them to sandwiches or your favorite dishes.

Uncomfortable Belly Bloat?

  • Parsley: This helps to prevent water retention. Chop fresh parsley and add it to your soups or salads.
  • Papaya: Papain, an enzyme that breaks down gut-clogging foods, is found in papaya. Get your bowels back on track by eating a cup of raw, cubed papaya.
  • Whole Grains: Too much at once can worsen bloat, so it’s best to slowly add this fiber to your diet. Begin by adding 5 grams per week, which is about one slice of sprouted-grain bread. Repeat this until you reach 25 grams per day.

Killer Headaches?

  • Pickle Juice: Thanks to its high electrolyte count, a few sips of pickle juice can help to stop your skull from pounding.
  • Watermelon: Dehydration is a common trigger for headaches. Thanks to its high water content, watermelon is a great snack to prevent dehydration and headaches.
  • Dark Leafy Greens: Thanks to their magnesium content, these can reduce migraine frequency. Incorporate spinach or mixed greens salads into your diet, as a side or main dish.

Chronic Low Energy?

  • Quinoa: Iron helps to increase energy levels, and one cooked cup of quinoa provides you with 15% of the daily recommended 18 milligrams.
  •  Coconut Oil: Thanks to its fatty acids, adding coconut oil to your coffee will slow your body’s absorption of caffeine, helping to prolong your buzz.
  • Cherry Juice: Enjoying a shot with dinner will help you sleep better, thanks to its natural melatonin. After a good night’s rest, you should wake up feeling refreshed and energized.

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