Fixing What Ails You ... With Food
Eat Your Medicine
You've Got a Terrible Headache
If you suffer from migraines, you may have trigger foods that
you can't eat. Common migraine triggers are dairy products, chocolate, eggs,
citrus fruits, meat, wheat, nuts and peanuts, tomatoes, onion, corn, apples,
and bananas, says Neal Barnard, MD, author of Foods That Fight Pain.
Ironically, if a migraine does hit, some of those triggering foods may just
provide relief as well. Caffeine, for example, may cause migraines in some
people, but ease them in others, says Barnard. If caffeine is not a problem for
you, drink one to two cups of strong coffee at the first sign of a migraine.
You may also find relief from starchy foods such as toast, crackers, and
potatoes, which can reduce the headache or nausea and may even shorten the
On the Deep Blue Sea
Or on a plane, a train, or in a car. If you suffer from motion
sickness, you may be tempted to stay home. Not necessary, says Barnard. In
studies, ginger was shown to reduce the nausea and vomiting associated with
motion sickness, and was found to be more effective than dimenhydrinate
(Dramamine), which is commonly used for motion sickness. To calm the stomach,
says Barnard, take one-half to one teaspoon (one to two grams) of powdered
ginger. Health food stores often carry gelatin capsules containing the powdered
ginger so you don't have to grind it yourself. Take two capsules about 30
minutes before your trip.
Nuts to You
A handful -- just two ounces -- of almonds may help you avoid
the onset of Alzheimer's disease. In a study conducted by the National
Institutes of Health, researchers found that the vitamin E in almonds is an
antioxidant, which can reduce age-related deterioration in the brain.