The body is engineered to be able to perform a lot of things, and that includes healing itself. However, there are times when the amount of toxins to eliminate, degree of infection to handle or severity of disease to heal is simply too much for the body to carry out successfully. The consumption of certain foods helps the body perform the necessary actions to restore or maintain optimal health. Below are some super foods that science has proven to have healing capacities.
Tart Cherries Keep Swollen Joints and Muscles in Check
Whether consumed as they are or in juice form, the anti-inflammatory properties of tart cherries never fail to impress when it comes to healing (and preventing) joint and muscle pain.
Fatty Fish Keep Joints Fit
Omega-3 fatty acids are the one responsible for the ability of fatty fish to promote joints that are free of pain and stiffness. Experts say that the regular consumption of food with omega-3s may help reduce the need to take NSAIDs.
Selenium-Packed Foods Increase Immunity
Including tuna, sardines, halibut and turkey into your diet is a wonderful idea. That’s because all of them supply your body with selenium, a mineral that makes you less likely to have a bout of flu.
Fiber Foils Heartburn
If overeating seems inevitable, make sure that your plate contains foods that are rich in fiber. Fiber helps make food flow more efficiently in the digestive tract, thus keeping heartburn and acid reflux at bay.
Cranberry Juice Combats a UTI
Proanthocyanidins in cranberries are compounds that prevent UTI-causing bacteria from adhering to the bladder cells to start off an infection. Cranberry also helps keep bacteria from swimming up and infiltrating the rest of the urinary tract.
Parsley Puts and End to UTI
Another excellent UTI-fighter, according to the experts, is parsley. Whether in the form of garnish or tea, you can harness the herb’s ability to kill off bacteria that cause UTI to transpire.
Berries, Apples, Onions Avert Allergies
Quercetin is a plant-based pigment found in the likes of berries, apples and onions. This compound is known to keep the immune system from releasing histamines that bring about allergy symptoms.
Nuts and Seeds Alleviate Allergies
Other foods known to help deal with the common allergy symptoms are nuts and seeds. The rich supply of vitamin E in almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and all the rest is the one responsible for clearing up allergy signs.
Vitamin A-Rich Veggies Curtail Colds
The likes of carrots, pumpkin, yams, spinach and kale are excellent sources of vitamin A, a nutrient that can keep the common cold at bay as it promotes healthy mucous membranes to keep germs from doing their job.
Fermented Foods Fight Off Colds
Consuming kimchi, miso, tempeh, yogurt and other fermented foods helps reduce your chances of ending up with a cold, thanks to their billions of live bacteria — the friendly kinds that help strengthen your immune system.