10 everyday foods that can help cure most common illnesses.
#1 MUSCLE ACHE
The Solution: Tart cherries—one cup, or two glasses of
juice, daily, before and during exercise
The Science: Contains the same anti-inflammatory
enzymes as ibuprofen, without the potential kidney and
stomach-related side effects.
#2 MEMORY LOSS
The Solution: Sunflower seeds—a quarter cup daily
The Science: These vitamin E-loaded seeds will protect
the neurons in your brain from oxidative stress, which
means you keep your memory longer.
#3 WEAR MUSCLES
The Solution: Apples—one daily
The Science: Leave the peel on—it’s full of ursolic acid,
which fuels the production of insulin-like growth
factor-1 (IGF1) and insulin, two hormones important in
#4 LACK OF FOCUS
The Solution: Eggs—one daily
The Science: Eggs are packed with choline, a nutrient
that boosts the brain’s ability to relay commands to the
rest of your body while also maintaining the structure
of your brain’s cell membranes.
#5 AGING SKIN
The Solution: Oranges—one daily, or six ounces of juice
The Science: Vitamin C helps your body make collagen,
the protein that keeps skin elastic.
The Solution: Brown rice—one cup of cooked rice daily
The Science: Carbs help regulate the production of
serotonin, a key neurotransmitter in controlling mood
and suppressing anxiety. A complex carb like brown rice
will give you the best high-carb-low-cal combo.
The Solution: Chicken—four ounces daily
The Science: Tryptophan is often associated with turkey,
but chicken contains more of the amino acid that helps
the body produce the sleep-friendly hormone
#8 PUFFY EYES
The Solution: Green tea—one cup daily, after a meal
The Science: The puffiness that creates dark circles
under your eyes is often caused by fluid retention.
Green tea is a diuretic that’ll reduce unwanted swelling
all over your body.
#9 UPSET STOMACH
The Solution: Peppermints—one or two after dinner
The Science: Peppermint has long been associated with
aiding digestion and has also been shown to soothe
inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract.
Peppermint tea also works.
#10 LOW ENERGY
The Solution: Bananas—one daily
The Science: The potassium-packed fruit is also a great
source of magnesium, a key element in producing and