Could Healing Foods play a part in your good health?
What’s your body trying to tell you? A List of Healing Foods
Embarrassing wind problem or that strange rash could be your body telling you things aren’t quite right. It’s completely normal to pass wind between 10 and 20 times a day but any more could indicate a digestive disorder. Flatulence is one of the common reasons people see a dietician.
Certain foods can lead to excess or smelly wind as they cause a build up of gas in the intestines. These include chilli, spices, beans, garlic, onion, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage.
Don’t ignore the signs your body is trying to tell you. Consider what your body is try to tell you.
Healing foods: As well as cutting back on these foods, it is recommended to take a probiotic to correct microflora in the gut. Or try some cultured foods such as kefir yoghurt or cultured/lacto-fermented sauerkraut.
Lifestyle tips: Chew food until its liquid and drink plenty of water. Eat slowly, avoid carbonated drinks and use straws so you’re not gulping air. Mostly it’s nothing to worry about. But if it accompanies diarrhea or constipation, see your GP.
Dry, chapped lips are as common as a cold but there are plenty of ways to keep them moist. Healing foods: The most common nutritional deficiencies causing cracked lips are vitamin C, riboflavin [vitamin B2] or iron. To ensure you’re getting enough vitamin C, try citrus fruits, broccoli, potatoes and strawberries; the best sources of riboflavin include dairy, mushrooms and almonds; and meat and brown rice will give your iron stores a natural boost.
Another problem is that you’re not absorbing nutrients well enough.
If you’re drinking plenty of water and it’s not improving. It is recommend a blood test or a dietary assessment.
Lifestyle tips: Coconut oil is a good DIY lip balm. It is also advised sipping water regularly, and taking a break from exposure to heating or air conditioning
Eczema is a recurring red, bumpy and itchy inflammatory skin condition. The Eczema Association, (EAA) says it has been linked to consumption of dairy and wheat products, seafood, eggs, nuts, citrus fruits, chemical food additives, preservatives, colouring and alcohol. A dietician can help you find your particular trigger.
Healing foods: Probiotics – in either yoghurt or supplements – can help These foods increase the good bacteria and ease digestion.
Naturopaths advise that giving your diet a boost with anti-inflammatory foods such as flaxseed oil and vegetables that are rich in vitamins A and C (such as broccoli, tomatoes, carrots and watercress) will help calm and nourish the inflamed skin.
Lifestyle tips: The EAA lists several environmental issues that may be linked to eczema: tobacco smoke, hot and humid or cold and dry weather, air conditioning or overheating, dust mites, grass and plants, harsh fabrics and chemicals (soaps, shampoos and washing powders). Try to choose natural when possible and moisturize your skin to protect it from the elements.
Most people lose about 50-100 hairs a day. If you’re losing more, your diet could be to blame.
Healing foods: Often hair loss can be follow a dramatic weight loss, as there’s often a deficiency in protein, iron or zinc.
These nutrients are found in red meat, chicken and fish. Pregnancy and childbirth are times when there is often a drop in iron levels, and accompanying hair loss.
Lifestyle tips: Stress is often the key in some types of hair loss. Find a way to relax and get stress under control, while boosting your diet.
You don’t need to put up with painful muscle contractions at night or after exercise – a few simple tips can ease the pain.
Healing foods: The biggest cause of cramps is fluid deficiency.
Potassium can help ease muscle cramps, and recent research shown that coconut water contains five times more potassium than some sports drinks. Have sugar-free coconut water varieties or sip from a young coconut.
Lifestyle tips & Healing foods
: Leg cramps can also be brought on by poor circulation. To increase circulation dry-brush daily before you shower to enhance circulation, and drink warming ginger root tea. Always perform gentle stretches before and after a workout.
True Case Study : Jay is 35 years old. He is not particularly overweight. He smokes about 20-30 cigarettes a day and has a cough that doesn’t seem to go away. He has a cigarette and a couple of cups of coffee for breakfast, for lunch he heats up yesterdays take away food. For dinner he always eats take away Pizza or Souvlaki being his favorite. He never eats fresh fruit or vegetables. He drinks alcohol about 5 nights a week often in moderation, occasionally binges.
Jay already suffered from eczema but his symptoms became increasingly worse. It began to become infected and had trouble sleeping due to the pain. Jay initially presented to a General Practitioner who referred him to a skin specialist. The specialist prescribed the obligatory steroidal ointment and antiseptic for his skin infections.
It is disappointing in this example that no medical practitioner asked Jay what his diet habits were or asked about his alcohol consumption or cigarette smoking.
For health problems your diet should be the first port of call rather than prescription medicines, consider what your body is trying to tell you. Your diet can potentially be the problem and it is quite possible that natural healing foods may be the potential solution. Healing foods have properties that can bring you to your full healthy potential. Seek advise from your health practitioner if symptoms persist.