Good Food Is Good Medicine

To cure what ails you, think about heading to the produce department rather than the pharmacy.*

Illustrations by Chris Reed

Eight common conditions and what you should eat — or avoid eating — to get control and take your body back.

*Those with serious health conditions should always check with their physicians.

Ailment: Roller-coaster emotions, cramps, irregular periods, and issues with hormone imbalances

Eat this: Nettle tea and cruciferous vegetables rich with folate, such as arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, and kale

Ailment: Bloating and constipation

Eat this: Once you’ve ruled out a wheat allergy or lactose intolerance, try high-fiber foods (whole grains and leafy vegetables), cayenne, ginger, lemon juice, bananas, and probiotic foods such as plain cultured yogurt.

Ailment: Feeling down, moody, and anxious

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Eat this: Salmon, sardines, tuna, halibut, and fish oil, or anything with omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and vitamins D and B-12. Most animal proteins have complete amino acids that help improve your mood. Vegetarians, try combining different plants, especially nuts and seeds.

Ailment: Lowered immune system,oncoming cold symptoms, hangovers

Eat this: Ginger, turmeric, elderberry, and echinacea teas, calendulum (aka marigolds) and burdock root, and vitamin-C-rich guava, red peppers, and oranges, as well as probiotics found in cultured yogurts and kefir drinks, fermented beets, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha.

Ailment: Flatulence

Don’t eat this:  Avoid dairy, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.

Ailment: Nausea

Eat this:  Starchy foods, such as crackers and toast, can soak up those troublesome stomach acids.

Ailment: Arthritis

Eat this:  Fatty fish rich in omega-3, such as tuna, mackerel, herring, and salmon; soybeans; oils from walnuts, avocados, safflower, extra-virgin olives; anthocyanins, found in red and purple fruits, like cherries and berries; broccoli for vitamins C, K, and calcium

Ailment: Migraines

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Eat this:  Foods rich in riboflavin, such as quinoa, cremini mushrooms, and asparagus; and rich in magnesium, such as spinach, Swiss chard, seeds,
and bananas

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