Jun 03, 2014
Prevent PMS with pork 'n' beans.
Both are rich in thiamine and riboflavin, two B vitamins that could prevent you from developing PMS, according to research from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. The study found that women who consumed 1.9 milligrams per day if thiamine and 2.5 milligrams of riboflavin per day had a 25 to 35 percent lower risk of developing PMS than women who consumed less, but they didn’t see those same benefits when they took supplements. And pork and beans are your best sources of both vitamins. Eating a 3-ounce serving of the meat and a cup of cooked beans on a regular basis will provide you with the amount you need to keep PMS away.
Asparagus, can prevent a hangover.
The leaves and shoots contain enzymes that break down alcohol after heavy drinking, preventing a hangover, and even eating it the day after can tame one that is already making you miserable, according to Korean scientists. The best way to prevent a hangover, of course, is to avoid overindulging. Eat some stalks before going out or during your bar visit.
Cure kidney stones with lemonade.
Kidney stones have become a common health problem. The number of people suffering from them has doubled in the past 13 years. If you are one of them then start downing lemonade. Lemon juice has the highest levels of citrate of any citrus juice, and that citrate helps dissolve any calcium deposits that will eventually turn into kidney stones. Doctors say that you can get as much citrate as you need from regular old lemonade, without having to make your teeth curl by sucking on a raw lemon.
Defeat depression by drinking coffee.
More than 10 percent of the U.S. population is now on expensive antidepressant medications. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health did a study published last year, they found that women who drank an average of four cups of coffee per day were 20 percent less likely to develop depression than people who didn’t drink coffee, or any other caffeinated drinks. Caffeine may protect the brain against certain neurotoxins that can cause depression, the authors wrote, or it could be nothing more than the energy lift you get from chronic, low-level exposures to the stimulant. Drink organic coffee.
Prevent colds with yogurt.
Boost your immune system for fall and winter by eating a cup of probiotic-rich yogurt every day. Those good bacteria strengthen your immunity and have been associated with a 42 percent lower risk of getting upper respiratory infections, such as colds. The strains of probiotics are found in fermented dairy products such as yogurt and kefir. And while you’re downing those, lay off the excess sugar, antibiotics, and stress, all of which can kill good bacteria in your gut and make you more susceptible to cold-weather ailments.
Prevent weight gain with red wine.
Researchers from Purdue University have found that a compound called piceatannol found in red wine prevents or delays immature fat cells from developing into mature fat cells. If you're not a drinker, The same compound exists in the seeds and skin of red grapes and blueberries.
Prevent sunburn by eating pomegranates.
Pomegranates are rich in ellagic acid, which can help protect your skin from UVA and UVB-induced cell damage, according to research from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University. Aim to get the health benefits of pomegranates from whole fruits, which are a more potent form of the skin-protecting acids than juices or supplements.
Headaches eat beef liver.
Have migraines? Beef liver is one of the best dietary sources of the B vitamin riboflavin, which has shown some promise in reducing the frequency of migraine headaches. The dose is 400 milligrams of riboflavin per day, far more than you’d get from a serving of liver (about 3 milligrams). So eat your riboflavin-rich beef with other foods high in the vitamin, including dairy products and vegetables, and consider taking a supplement if you’re plagued by bad headaches.