Foods That Help

by Wendy on April 24, 2014

Before raiding your medicine cabinet, look in your kitchen for natural cures. Some minor ailments can be cured by the following foods — no prescription necessary. Plus, be sure to add our list of foods that help control hunger to your grocery shopping list to help you control your weight.

 

Omega-3s

Evidence suggests that taking omega-3 fatty acids in the form of supplements and cod-liver oil may help reduce flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.3 million Americans.

 

Coffee

Studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine—about the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee—does provide relief from headaches, including migraines. Exactly how caffeine relieves headaches isn’t clear. But scientists do know that caffeine boosts the activity of brain cells, causing surrounding blood vessels to constrict. One theory is that this constriction helps to relieve the pressure that causes the pain.

 

Cranberry Juice

Several studies show drinking cranberry juice can help prevent urinary tract infections. Cranberries contain compounds called proanthocyanidins that appear to keep harmful bacteria from sticking to the bladder.

 

The Following are Foods Believed to Help Control Your Appetite:

 

Red Chili Peppers

Red chili peppers on your food may help prevent you from eating too much. Since the peppers are so spicy, you tend to savor the flavor more, which helps you to slow down and eat less overall. To get the effect, sprinkle crushed red pepper onto your dinner—it may just help keep you from going overboard. And if you don’t like spicy foods, check out these other ways to prevent overeating.

 

Vegetables

Veggies contain very few calories because of their high water and fiber content. It is recommended to fill at least half of the plate at lunch and dinner with non-starchy vegetables and to use low-fat cooking methods and low-calorie seasonings to facilitate the weight loss process.

 

Whole Fruits

Fresh fruits, including apples, pears, berries, grapes, citrus, peaches and plums, should also be part of any woman’s weight loss program. Two to three servings a day, whether consumed with meals or at snack time, helps keep hunger away between meals.

 

Lean Protein

Women trying to lose weight should include a source of lean protein at every meal, whether it is chicken, turkey, lean meat, fish, tofu or legumes.

 

Whole Grains

Bread, rice and pasta often have a bad reputation among women when it comes to weight loss. However, whole grains, such as whole grain bread, brown rice and whole wheat pasta, can be part of a healthy weight loss program if consumed in moderation. The higher fiber content of whole grains contribute to satiety. A serving ranging between 1/3 to 1 cup of whole grains per meal is appropriate for women to lose weight.

 

Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat milk, plain yogurt and cheese should also be an important component in the diet of women following a weight loss diet plan. The protein of dairy products contributes to satiety. Moreover, choosing low-fat options helps keep the calorie and fat low to make weight loss easier.

Wendy

Wendy

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
My name is Wendy and I’m one of the main contributors to our blog. I’m a retired elementary school teacher who’s found a new passion for all things relating to health and wellness. If you feel like your body is not in the place it should be, join the club! We’re here to help get you where you want to be in a long term way, and avoiding any extreme diets in the process. We believe in natural sustainable methods to reach a state of homeostasis. We want to get our body, spirit, and soul into prime shape and really start loving ourselves! Wendy’s favorite product is African Mango 1200
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