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11 Prescription Foods To Cure Your Illnesses | American Anti Aging Mag

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11 Prescription Foods To Cure Your Illnesses

Cherries

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Why take pills if you can eat these 11 everyday foods that can help cure most common illnesses?

See what kind of foods you can eat to cure these illnesses:

#1 MUSCLE ACHE

The Solution: Tart cherries—one cup, or two glasses of juice, daily, before and during exercise

The Science: Contains the same anti-inflammatory enzymes as ibuprofen, without the potential kidney and stomach-related side effects.

#2 MEMORY LOSS

The Solution: Sunflower seeds—a quarter cup daily

The Science: These vitamin E-loaded seeds will protect the neurons in your brain from oxidative stress, which means you keep your memory longer.

Discover the secret memory boosting foods that will increase your brain power, which can make your life easier in any situation.

#3 WEAR MUSCLES

The Solution: Apples—one daily

The Science: Leave the peel on—it’s full of ursolic acid, which fuels the production of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) and insulin, two hormones important in building muscle.

A Doctor’s guide to becoming youthful.

#4 LACK OF FOCUS

The Solution: Eggs—one daily

The Science: Eggs are packed with choline, a nutrient that boosts the brain’s ability to relay commands to the rest of your body while also maintaining the structure of your brain’s cell membranes.

Slow energy releasing foods such as fruits will keep your energy stable. Lack of focus often comes down to spikes and drops in energy, which occur when eating foods with disproportionate amounts of sugar content relative to the portion, such as cup cakes, and other artificial snacks and treats.

Eat foods that are naturally meant to be eaten in abundance, which keep your energy stable and help you keep focused throughout the day. Discover the power of the simple super foods that keep your body and mind working at optimal levels.

#5 AGING SKIN

The Solution: Oranges—one daily, or six ounces of juice

The Science: Vitamin C helps your body make collagen, the protein that keeps skin elastic.

#6 DEPRESSION

The Solution: Brown rice—one cup of cooked rice daily

The Science: Carbs help regulate the production of serotonin, a key neurotransmitter in controlling mood and suppressing anxiety. A complex carb like brown rice will give you the best high-carb-low-cal combo.

#7 INSOMNIA

The Solution: Chicken—four ounces daily

The Science: Tryptophan is often associated with turkey, but chicken contains more of the amino acid that helps the body produce the sleep-friendly hormone melatonin.

#8 PUFFY EYES

The Solution: Green tea—one cup daily, after a meal

The Science: The puffiness that creates dark circles under your eyes is often caused by fluid retention. Green tea is a diuretic that’ll reduce unwanted swelling all over your body.

#9 UPSET STOMACH

The Solution: Peppermints—one or two after dinner

The Science: Peppermint has long been associated with aiding digestion and has also been shown to soothe inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract. Peppermint tea also works.

#10 LOW ENERGY

The Solution: Bananas—one daily

The Science: The potassium-packed fruit is also a great source of magnesium, a key element in producing and storing energy.

The more energy rich foods you consume, the more energy you will have throughout the day. Follow this philosophy: Eat to live instead of living to eat.

#11 ANXIETY

The Solution: Peanuts—a quarter cup daily

The Science: If you’re not producing enough gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), your brain is more prone to let anxiety run wild. Peanuts are one of the best (and tastiest) sources of glutamine, the amino acid needed to make GABA.

…more at: http://health.msn.com/mens-health/slideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=100289418&imageindex=1

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  1. Neil Moffatt says:

    To cite vitamin C as the key component in skin health misses the mark somewhat I feel. A decent quantity of saturated fats in the diet works wonder on skin softness and suppleness.

    If you are under the influence of the ‘fat is bad – saturated fat is very bad’ dogma, then read further on the non-profit Weston Price foundation web site. I am 55 and have skin that is almost as smooth as a baby’s after 3 years eating a good proportion of fats in my diet. Coconut oil is particularly good for you.

    Better to read the science rather than go with the indoctrinated flow.

    • Helen Smith says:

      Hi Neil,

      Thank you for sharing your opinion.

      Vitamin C is cited as a possible “prescription” for preventing skin aging.

      This is supported by several studies.

      Vitamin C. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a very potent antioxidant. Most studies on the effects of antioxidants on the skin have used this vitamin. In laboratory studies, large amounts of vitamin C reduced skin swelling and protected immune factors from sunlight. Vitamin C may even promote collagen production. Vitamin C by itself is unstable, but products that solve the delivery problem are now available (such as Cellex-C, Avon’s Anew Formula C Treatment Capsules, Physician Elite, and others). One study found that a combination of topical vitamin C and madecassoside (which stimulates collagen production) significantly improved wrinkles, skin firmness, roughness, and hydration.

      Read more: http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_professional_resurfacing_procedures_skin_wrinkles_000021_5.htm#ixzz1vD6AGAbb

      Helen

    • David Rankin says:

      I have read and heard so much about fats, and yes there are extremes on both sides of the argument. Some people have to go very light on Saturated Fats, even have to be treated to strictly control LDL:HDL ratio, and greatly reduce total Cholesterol, preventing another heart attack, yet others can get away with consuming lots of saturated fat, and live, in good health, into their 90′s.
      I have never seen any studies, or heard any Health Professional saying, “Saturated fat is really bad”, just that Western Diets tend towards over indulgence in Saturated animal fats, and lack of exercise resulting in unhealthy Cholesterol levels, and deteriorating general health.
      Seen evidence, and experienced, that various unsaturated oils are doing wonders for skin health, and general health.
      Best we avoid indoctrination from either extremes.

    • Chris B says:

      You’re on to it Neil Moffatt. Coconut oil is a panacea. The edible oil industry has “fed” us lies and propaganda for over 50 years, in order for us to buy more of their deadly margarine. Organic coconut oil/fat is nearly 50% lauric acid, one of the most powerful antioxidants and good fats known to mankind.

    • Addison Tallman says:

      Price was a quack. There is NO science there. If you want science, read ‘The China Study’ by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. Happy eating.

  2. Lauren First says:

    Majority of Americans with “upset stomach” actually have acid reflux disease. In which case, peppermints exacerbate the disease and should be avoided at all costs.

  3. Anne Iverson says:

    I love these ideas especially the one about tart cherries. I intend to try them all. Thank you for the article.

  4. Jill says:

    Haven’t heard about eggs for lack of focus before so will give the one a try and see how what effect it has. Thanks

  5. Russell Berg says:

    Anthocyanins are a class of plant pigments responsible for the color of many fruits, including cherries. They also are potent antioxidants, highly active chemicals that have been increasingly associated with a variety of health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer and the ability to lower blood sugar in diabetics. Cherry juice is also great for breaking down uric acid for those that suffer from gout.

  6. John says:

    There’s actually no scientific proof that chicken or turkey have enough tryptophan to make you fall asleep. The reason you fall asleep on Thanksgiving is from OVER EATING.

    • Helen Smith says:

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your comment!

      There’s some controversy regarding this subject.

      Chicken is one the foods highest in Tryptophan (see:http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000079000000000000000-4.html). And it’s also known that:

      Tryptophan is used by the body to make niacin, a B vitamin that is important for digestion, skin and nerves, and serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical that plays a large role in mood) and can help to create a feeling of well-being and relaxation. “When levels of serotonin are high, you’re in a better mood, sleep better, and have a higher pain tolerance,” says Elizabeth Somer, MA, RD, author of numerous nutrition books, including her latest, Eat Your Way to Happiness.

      But you may also be right…

      “It boils down to Thanksgiving being a time when people overeat,” Jackson Blatner says. “When people overeat food, the digestion process takes a lot of energy. Don’t incriminate the turkey that you ate,” she says of post-Thanksgiving meal exhaustion, “incriminate the three plates of food that you piled high.”

      Read more at: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-tryptophan

      Thanks!

      Helen

  7. Susanne says:

    The best medicine growing on trees. :-) Thanks for your prescription!

  8. Marie @ HLN says:

    Pure and natural is always the way to go when dealing with everyday issues that are not exactly life threatening. The two surprises on your list are #6 Brown rice for depression and #7 Chicken for insomnia. The science behind the chicken seems interesting – I will remember to give this a try when next I cannot fall asleep.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Akmal Ritaudin says:

    I think the most important think is doing some sport. The fruit and others is the suplements for our body :D

  10. gabytza2gaby says:

    For UPSET STOMACH: ginger. works immediately. You just have to slice 1cm of ginger root and keep it in your mouth for 15 minuntes. aid the digestion and also is good for car sick, morning sick for the pregnant women

  11. core energetics says:

    Very informative post,keep up the good work.

  12. Amiee Woods says:

    Wonderful tips. Simple remedies that takes chemical-based meds out the loop. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Candlelight Obsession says:

    Lovely ideas and advice thank you!

  14. Kalee says:

    I love this post! :) I have recently gotten off all of my medicines by focusing on my diet and a holistic approach. Don’t treat the symptoms, cure the problem.

  15. Elaine says:

    Excellent post, particularly oranges being good for producing collagen. Although diet is very important to skincare you also need to protect your skin from getting sun damage because the sun rays can burn out the collagen underneath your skin and increase aging skin.

  16. Judy Felix Walder says:

    Very good prescription foods, i think holistic approach with life style changes is the best cure to all our illnesses,would certainly take note of your tips some which i have known through my mom and some through this medium an apply it to my daily life.

  17. Daniel says:

    I think that getting your vitamins from food is essential for good nutrition. I also think that eating organic vegtables is really important. The chemicals used on fruits and vegtables are really bad for you. If you want to do research on this fact please go to vegetarian/ vegan websites and blogs. I am presently living and have met farmers who know other farmers and there children who have died or are permanently ill from spraying these chemicals on vegtables and fruits.

  18. Jay Mason says:

    Hi, I like the idea of attributing effects to different foods but it would be better to have links to scientific papers prooving these points and supporting the arguments.

    One fault for example:ibuprofen is not an enzyme – hence the cherrie-tipp is not so believable. If it contais the same propanoic acid as ibuprofen, then the stomach/kidney damage is probably due to the fact that cherries dont contain as much of the active component.

    Once again: I like the list and think its a great idea to encourage people to eat healthy.

  19. Bellaisa says:

    Just another reason to drink my green tea! I had cucumbers on my eyes the other day, but to be honest with the sleep I had I don’t think anything could have unpuffed them.

  20. Anil says:

    Natural diet keeps you fresh and i love fruits.

  21. Ali says:

    Great post, but could you perhaps make a vegetarian list also, I saw some non-vege stuff on the list. It would help me a lot. thanks and cheers.

  22. Katie says:

    Loved the way you’ve specified each food for a certain ailment/ problem. I suggest including tomatoes and a dash of honey in fruit and veggie salads for its anti ageing properties. Also, try having a hot cup of milk right before bed for a sound and a deep sleep. And bananas don’t just provide energy; it also helps improve indigestion and loose motions.

  23. Job Vein says:

    Hi Helen,

    While prescription pills might be necessary for unforeseen illnesses, following the food regimen outlined by you above would certainly keep most of them away. Wise persons have always reiterated that nature produces all kinds of foods to not only satiate our appetite but to also prevent diseases. The best thing about your suggestions here is that all these fruits and foods are easily affordable and available to most people. Good article. Thanks.

    Sandy.

  24. thanhloanms says:

    Anthocyanins are a class of plant pigments responsible for the color of many fruits, including cherries. They also are potent antioxidants, highly active chemicals that have been increasingly associated with a variety of health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer and the ability to lower blood sugar in diabetics. Cherry juice is also great for breaking down uric acid for those that suffer from gout.

  25. IVF India says:

    This website has really enligthen us on our everyday life. Healthy bites makes us look great.

  26. Larry Lewis says:

    The most important message here is prevention is better than cure. By learning what foods make up your healthy eating alternatives, you will avoid consuming the wrong diet which ultimately will lead to health problems. You have made some great suggestions here.

  27. aze says:

    very nice article..not that too dense but very informative. Thanks for sharing it.

  28. Eid khashan says:

    One great quote of roger Williams regarding to health comes in my mind that i want to share. “The human body heals itself and nutrition provides the resources to accomplish the task.” Roger Williams

  29. John Sneed says:

    Very useful post ! Thanks for posting.Pineapple is also good for “MUSCLE ACHE”.

  30. Louis says:

    I don’t think “Peppermint” is good for tummy trouble. It has long been known that ginger beer is good at aiding such problems.

  31. Jason Docheff says:

    Great article, very informative. Thanks for posting. Ginger is a great one, too, for several functions! – Jason Docheff

  32. Virginia Dimitriou says:

    I had tooth ache one night and was moving into my new home. It was late and no medicine or shops open. I had a few clove and mint in the garden so I wrapped several mint leaves in a clove and made a wad. Slept with it wedged into gum. No more tooth ache.

  33. Gembojones13 says:

    WOW!!! thanks im so keeping this in mind :D

  34. Nasifriet says:

    Good tips, however, I would substitute #9 Peppermint with Fresh Mint. Thanks for sharing :-D

  35. Andrew Schwartz says:

    With the way drug manufacturers push new drugs onto doctors who in turn hand out free samples (and plenty of them) to their patients, it’s time to really consider homeopathic methods to c curing what’s aiing you. Remember, if you’re a senior or disabled, it’s highly likely that your Medicare D provider will NOT cover your doctor’s newly-found magic bullet that does not have a generic form. Either go without it, or unless you’re amongst the small minority of the wealthy, the concets of homeopathic medicine, diet, anddd cleansing the body of toxicity from moxic side effects.

  36. miftah says:

    tips are very helpful for daily life, especially food ingredients easily obtainable.

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  38. healthcare says:

    thank you on this article .we should active us so we can move to every wrok.healthcare

  39. I enjoy reading. like for natural ways, dislike drug ways.

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