When we're not feeling well, our first reaction is to head to the medicine cabinet. Whether it's a headache or sore throat that ails us, there’s probably a capsule, tablet, or syrup to fix it. The problem is that many over-the-counter drugs simply mask the symptoms of whatever is making us feel unwell. What’s more, these medications can have unwelcome side effects. While there is certainly a need for modern Western medicine in the treatment of many illnesses, often times the cure our bodies need can be found right in our own kitchens.around the world — it just isn't widely practiced in the United States. As scientific studies continue to publish results consistent with the idea that eating certain foods can help alleviate pain and inflammation, rid our bodies of toxins and bacteria, and ward off serious diseases like cancer, more Americans are turning to natural remedies. Likewise, more doctors, dietitians, and health professionals are agreeing that food should be our first course of treatment.
Keep your refrigerator and pantry stocked with a variety of fresh, wholesome foods (hormone-free and organic, if possible) and the next time you're feeling unwell, avoid the temptation to pop an over-the-counter pill; head to your kitchen instead. Whether you're suffering from the common cold, a headache, or post-workout joint pain, there's an all-natural way to cure it.
If you’re not sure how to get started, keep this list handy and use it as a guide the next time you’re not feeling well.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.