Nutritionist Joy Bauer is celebrating the release of her new health book titled Joy Bauer’s Food Cures. Bauer’s book focuses on how many common foods can help to cure health issues. The Today Show nutrition expert lays out what she calls five powerful food cures that you will not want to pass up.
“By eating the right foods, you can boost memory and mood, alleviate aches and pains, lower your cholesterol, get better sleep, combat migraine headaches, even achieve more radiant skin and stronger hair”
Joy’s five tips for a better you include eating these healthy foods:
1. Blueberries to boost your memory
Blueberries are a great source of memory enhancing antioxidants. They help to prevent memory loss and aid in shielding your brain from oxidation and inflammation, which cause aged brain cells. To help sharpen your memory, you can enjoy an antioxidant rich blueberry smoothie. All you need is ¾ cups of blueberries, ½ cup of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, 3 to 5 ice cubes and a squeeze of lemon juice. Blend these until your drink is smooth and frothy.
2. Nonfat Greek Yogurt to give you more energy
Greek yogurt helps to fight fatigue because of its high quality carbs which power your muscles and fuel your brain. Unlike traditional yogurt, Greek yogurt contains twice the amount of protein making it twice as good for you. You can dive into a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt topped with fruit, nuts or flax seeds. Joy also recommends you try vanilla pumpkin pudding which calls for a 6 ounce tub of nonfat Greek yogurt, a scoop of pumpkin puree and a sprinkle of cinnamon for an energizing dessert.
3. Ginger to alleviate aches and pains
The ginger root contains chemicals that work similar to anti-inflammatory medications. If you experience sore muscles and joints, Joy recommends that you try adding ginger to your daily diet. You can grate fresh ginger over your oatmeal; add it to muffin recipes or steep it in your hot tea.
4. Spinach to help fight migraines
Spinach is packed with magnesium and riboflavin which help to reduce the frequency and severity of headaches. If you suffer from migraine headaches you can add spinach to at least 3 to 4 meals a week. You can try baby spinach leaves in your salad, sautéed spinach in omelets or try incorporating spinach leaves in your marinara sauce.
5. Cantaloupe to preventing bloating
Cantaloupe is 90% water and water works as a diuretic flushing out excess salt from your system. In addition to water, the fruit contains potassium which works to offset the water retaining effect sodium has on your system helping to stop bloating.
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