As a wellness provider, we pride ourselves in taking care of patients with natural, drug-free methods—and nutrition is a big part of that. Eating well offers so many benefits—boosted energy, enhanced mood, strengthened immune system—and great nutrition alongside chiropractic care and exercise puts you in an excellent position to experience optimal health. Reach for some healing foods the next time you feel something coming on; it just might do the trick for you.
Onset: Try aloe vera juice the next time you have a bad bout of heartburn—its healing properties may help soothe the burning sensation you feel. Look for it in liquid form at your local health food store.
Long-term: Ginger may strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter—which is the valve that keeps stomach acid out of your esophagus. Make a ginger tea by adding a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger to hot water.
Onset: Try tea when you’re having a hard time with allergies—not only can the steam provide some relief, teas that contain menthol can also help to break up the mucus in your nose and throat. Also, try stinging nettle tea—which may reduce the release of histamines.
Long-term: Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that has been linked to allergy relief; try red apples (don’t cut off the skin!), parsley and grapes.
Cough and Sore Throat
Onset: A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine revealed that children who were given a small dose of buckwheat honey (buy organic and raw) felt more relief from cough and sore throat than when given an over-the-counter cough medicine.
Long-term: Keep your immune system in line with foods high in vitamin C like red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papaya, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and broccoli.
Stress and Anxiety
Onset: Reach for a banana when you’re feeling particularly stressed or anxious; you’ll get a boost of vitamin B-6 which can help your brain release serotonin—and mellow you out.
Long-term: In addition to keeping vitamin B-6 in your diet, keeping your diet rich in the other B vitamins can help keep you calm as well. (Ask to see our previous post, Essential Vitamins for Health & Well-Being: The B’s, for a handy chart.)
Onset: If your stomach is feeling out of whack, brew some peppermint tea to help relieve the abdominal discomfort. It’s a great after-meal drink to have on hand.
Long-term: Probiotics help with digestion, immunity and metabolism. While there are many different kinds of supplements, you can also get your probiotics from live-cultured yogurt (avoid brands with added sugars and high fructose corn syrup), sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi and kombucha.
Want more all-natural remedies? See our post with some healing foods for migraines, low energy, achy muscles, insomnia and bad moods.