It’s no news flash that some grub can make you feel...ugh. But Mehmet Oz, MD, America’s beloved TV doc—and BTW, heart surgeon—believes that the right eats can be secret weapons for curing all kinds of health issues.
THE PROBLEM: PAINFUL PMS
Two ground tablespoons daily in your morning smoothie or cereal can reduce inflammation (thanks, omega-3 fatty acids), a common cause of cramping.
This cold-water fish is another anti-inflammatory star. One serving three times a week can even relieve breast tenderness.
Crack open a few for breakfast regularly, yolk and all. They’re a great source of Vitamins D, B6, and E, which help ease symptoms of PMS.
THE PROBLEM: CHRONIC LOW ENERGY
Iron is a must for revving your energy levels. One cup of cooked quinoa packs 15 percent of the daily recommended 18 milligrams.
Blend a dollop into your coffee. The oil’s fatty acids slow your body’s absorption of caffeine, which helps extend your buzz.
Sip a shot with dinner. The fruit’s natural melatonin (which regulates sleep) will kick in by bedtime for a better night’s rest.
THE PROBLEM : KILLER HEADACHES
Dehydration is a huge trigger for headaches, and this H2O-rich snack can provide sweet relief.
DARK LEAFY GREENS
Yet another reason to chow down on spinach: studies show that its magnesium content reduces migraine frequency.
Prevent a hangover headache by sipping a glass of this remedial drink. Its super-high electrolyte count can help stop the skull pounding.
THE PROBLEM: BELLY BLOAT
Chop and toss this herb on a salad or in soup to help deflate your belly—it’s great for preventing water retention.
It contains papain, an enzyme that breaks down gut- clogging foods. One cup, raw and cubed, should get your bowels back on track.
Slowly add this fibre to your diet to keep your
GI system running (too much at once will worsen bloat). Add five grams per week (about one slice of sprouted- grain bread) until you hit 25 grams per day.
By Helen Zook
This article was published in October 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan India