Some Food “Dos” That Can Help Your Health

The HealthGal Health Guide
  • It's nice to sometimes talk about the foods you should be eating and especially those that may help you with certain mild ailments.  Most experts credit fish oil capsules with a variety of health benefits including improving your blood pressure profile, helping to nourish nails and hair, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and helping to reduce inflammation in the body, which can be a cornerstone of heart disease, diabetes and cancers.


    Well, we also know that over the years chicken soup is the go-to remedy for a bad cold or achiness from a virus.  Though scientists have been unable to isolate the exact healing properties of chicken soup, they surmise that it may be the protein content plus the warmth that together help to ease symptoms - or it may be some elusive property they have yet to discover.  What other foods may have healing properties?

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    I always recommend hard boiled eggs as a great snack food with its protein and low calorie elements.  Well some health experts offer that taking a just boiled - hard boiled egg and wrapping it in a washcloth as an excellent treatment for pink eye irritation.  The size is perfect for placement over your eye.


    You can pop a peppermint or breath mint or you can chew on some fennel, dill or anise seeds to help freshen your breath.  Parsley is also credited with breath-freshening properties.  And remember that these seeds and parsley can add robust flavor to a variety of dishes, without adding calories.


    Flavored vinegars can help to create salad dressings that are low calorie but robust in taste.  You can also use plain distilled vinegar to ease the itch of certain skin rashes, like those caused by poison ivy or poison oak.


    I am always promoting water, club soda or other non-caloric beverages as a way to hydrate, soothe thirst and not add a huge calorie load to your daily diet.  Well tonic water contains quinine, which has been shown to help treat leg cramps.  Consider adding this beverage to your daily diet and remember that having it on board can also help to prevent cramps.


    There is still a lot of discussion about regular sugar, other sources of sweetness and high fructose corn syrup or HFCS, with regards to your waistline and health concerns.  Most experts feel that all sweeteners, even "natural ones" like molasses need strict portion control.  But if you have a baby who suffers from colic, a little molasses mixed with warm water in a bottle may have a soothing effect.  Of course, always check with your pediatrician before treating your child.


    And sometimes taking a few quick gulps of a carbonated drink like club soda can help to bring gas up from your stomach and alleviate a mild stomach upset.  Aalternative is ginger tea.


Published On: July 26, 2011