10 Best Foods for Life's Troubles
Let these healthy foods help you out of a jam when...
You Forget to Pack a Toothbrush
Researchers found that eating less than one-quarter of an ounce of jack, Cheddar, Gouda, or mozzarella cheese will boost pH levels to protect your pearly whites from cavities.
You Look in the Mirror and Think, "That Laugh Line Wasn't There Yesterday, Was It?"
A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that people with a high intake of olive oil showed fewer wrinkles than those with a high intake of butter. The reason: monounsaturated fats, which are found in abundance in olive oil. So drizzle some olive oil on your salad, and if that's not convenient, grab a side of guacamole; avocados have the same monounsaturated fats as olive oil, plus plenty of fiber and healthy B vitamins.
You Can't Stop Hiccupping
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that one teaspoon of table sugar, swallowed dry, cured hiccups in 95 percent of people — some of whom had been hiccupping for as long as six weeks.
You Just Finished an Intense Workout and Now You Want Reward
According to Indiana University researchers, the ratio of carbs to protein in chocolate milk is ideal for muscle recovery and growth.
Your PMS Threatens Those Around You
A pinch of this exotic spice may help tame the monthly beast by increasing levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, which can plummet before your period. In a recent study published in BJOG, a journal from the British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, women who took 15 milligrams of saffron extract in the morning and evening saw a significant dip in irritability, fatigue, and depression.
You Feel Life Has No Meaning
Flax is the best-known source of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA — a healthy fat that improves the workings of the cerebral cortex, the area of the brain that processes sensory information, including pleasure. To meet your quota, sprinkle it into smoothies or onto salads, or make it the secret ingredient in a PB & J.
You Had Such an Awesome Day That You Just Can't Fall Asleep
OATMEAL WITH BANANAS AND WALNUTS
Sleep is triggered by the hormone melatonin, but stress or excitement can disrupt melatonin's release. Bring your brain back down to Earth by whipping up a bowl of oatmeal and topping it with sliced bananas and crushed walnuts, both rich in melatonin. What won't do the trick: warm milk. Contrary to popular belief, warm milk will keep you up, not knock you out. Blame the protein in the milk, which can reduce serotonin levels and delay the onset of sleep.
You Want to Prevent a Hangover
A VIRGIN SCREWDRIVER
For last call, order this start-the-day staple. Fructose, one of the sugars in orange juice, can speed the metabolism of alcohol by as much as 25 percent. Vitamin C also helps combat binge-related cell damage.
You Forgot to Prevent a Hangover
GATORADE AND TOAST WITH JAM
Your first order of business is to replace fluids and electrolytes lost to the dehydrating effect of alcohol. A sports beverage will accomplish this, while the fructose in jam helps metabolize the alcohol and the easy-to-digest toast fuels your energy stores — without taxing your stomach — so you can face the day with a smile.
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- By Stephen Perrine, Leah Flickinger and the Editors of Women’s Health
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