Wednesday, November 20, 2013



Eating the right foods do more than mask pain. They cure the underlying cause of the pain.
Here are examples of just a few of the foods to use.

- Sore Muscles, try ginger: Post work out pain is lessened with regular ginger tea consumption.
The gingerols, antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory pain relieving properties.
- Achy joints, try cherries, or turmeric. Twenty tart cherries may be as effective as taking ibuprofen for reducing pain, according to studies. Turmeric contains curcumin, which studies show work as well as ibuprofen in knee osteoarthritis.
- Heartburn, try Beans! A study in the journal of GUT found that people eating high fiber regularly were less likely to report GERD symptoms. Fiber moves food out of the stomach faster and prevents reflux.
- Digestive pain, try peppermint. The menthol in peppermint tea works as a muscle relaxer which can help to relieve the cramping and spasms associated with occasional intestinal distress and full-blown IBS.
- Headaches, try coffee or pumpkin seeds. headaches are often caused by dilated blood vessels in your brain. The caffeine in coffee can help constrict blood vessels and ease the pain. Caffeine also causes painkillers to work more effectively so you can use a much lower dose.
If your headache is a migraine it is possible you are deficient in magnesium. Foods rich in magnesium like pumpkin seeds calm over excited nerves and tense muscles that contribute to migraine pain.
So next time you are in pain look for a food to cure rather than as pill to mask.

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Information in this article is from Prevention Magazine.

photo credit:, Victor Habbick

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Did you know that Pomegranates are in season from September to January in the United States.

This ancient fruit has a rich history. Pomegranates are one of the earliest cultivated fruits. It has been traced back to 3,000 BC.

These tough skinned fruits, that hide their tiny seeds, may look arduous to prepare but the nutrient benefits are definitely worth it.

Clinical studies show that a compound only found in pomegranates called punicalagin benefit the heart and the blood vessels. It is reported to lower cholesterol, and blood pressure, and work to melt away any blockages of the heart.

Pomegranates have a high antioxidant capacity, that places them above green tea and red wine! This makes it a potent tool against degenerative, and inflammatory diseases like, cancers, heart disease, and arthritis.

Pomegranates are a perfect addition to your diet at this time of year for the super immunity boosting properties that they offer.

Uses: Try some pomegranate seeds sprinkled on your favorite salad, or try this recipe.
They are also delicious sprinkled on crackers with goat cheese, or in your favorite seltzer, or wine.
I found a video to help you easily access the seeds, easier than you may think!

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