9 Healing Foods for Every Ailment

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By: , – Jessica Girdwain, Woman's Day
9/2/2013 12:00 PM   :  10 comments   :  9,881 Views

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Straight from your pantry—up energy, get glowing skin, sleep better and more. Keep clicking to find out what to snack and sip on when your body needs a boost.

Ease Achy Muscles

Drizzle on extra-virgin olive oil

It's rich in a component called oleocanthal that speeds muscle repair. In fact, research shows that consuming about 3 1/2 Tbsp oil throughout the day is the anti-inflammatory equivalent of approximately 10% of the standard ibuprofen dose. Add some to a post-workout salad or on top of mixed steamed vegetables.

Feel Perky in the Afternoon

Snack on cheese and crackers

The crackers pack energizing vitamins B6 and B12 (look for those that list 100% whole grain as the first ingredient), while lowfat cheese has protein. That combo stimulates the production of the feel-good chemical serotonin in your brain, which gives you energy to power through the P.M. Cap snacks at 200 calories (about 1 oz lowfat cheese and 8 crackers).

Fall Asleep Faster

Drink cherry juice

Tart cherries contain melatonin—a sleep-promoting compound that's a rare find in food (other sources include walnuts and bananas). In one study, people who drank this juice daily had better-quality zzzs compared with those who didn't sip. Cherry juice won't knock you out, but it may help you fall asleep easier. Drink it any time of day, or try adding 6 oz to a smoothie.

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