Eat to Heal
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Eat to Heal

Mehvish Hamdare profile Authored by Mehvish Hamdare on 23 Sep 2014 - 12:58.

Centuries ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, declared 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.'

What you sow, so shall you reap can be best explained as intake of nutritious diet will yield healthy results. Want a healthier and longer life free of common diseases and conditions? The solution is with you - make the right choice of foods to eat.

The potential healing properties of foods have been discussed for years and the scientific research validates the numerous health benefits that foods can offer. If you choose to nourish your body with right foods like fruits, vegetables unprocessed foods which have healing properties you will experience a more healthful and joyful life with improved cognitive function, sound sleep, healthy glowing skin, good source of energy and improved mood.

Without proper nutrition, the whole process of wound healing can be negatively impacted as the underlying cause of many common diseases is often the type of foods we eat on a regular basis. Hence making a switch to the right foods can reward you with great health benefits and turn back the clock on aging.

Foods that help your body heal


Bananas have long been recognized for their antacid effects that protect against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage. Since bananas help to neutralize acidity, they are also a great way to get rid of heartburn. According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. It also helps in reducing stroke, blood pressure, improved brain power and many more health benefits.


A 2011 International Journal of Cancer study revealed that people who ate the most yogurts were 35 percent less likely to develop colon cancer. Other research finds that dairy has a protein that encourages DNA repair. According to study in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics consumption of one and a half cups of live-culture yogurt pushes food more efficiently through the gastrointestinal tract.


Figs are often recommended to nourish and tone the intestines and act as a natural laxative because of their high fibre content. Every three figs serving, contains approx. 5 grams of fibre. The high concentration of fibre helps promote healthy, regular bowel function, prevents constipation and treats haemorrhoids and also aids in weight loss.

Oily Fish

Oily fish can reduce inflammation in the body and be more effective than any medication in preventing and treating conditions such as heart disease, arthritis due to the presence of anti-inflammatory properties. A French study of 2000 people showed that those who ate seafood at least once a week had a significantly lower risk of dementia over a seven-year period than those who didn't.


Garlic has long had a reputation as a natural antibiotic.  The main compound with antibacterial properties found in garlic is allicin. Garlic also has the ability to moderately lower our blood triglycerides and total cholesterol and reduce arterial plaque formation. Being a potent antioxidant it is known to combat cancer, and improve the immune system.


Ginger is often advocated as beneficial for nausea and vomiting Human studies suggest that 1g daily of ginger may reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnant women when used for short periods In a small study of 30 pregnant women with severe vomiting, those who took 1 gram of ginger every day for four days reported more relief from vomiting than those who took placebo.

Dark chocolate

Next time you eat a piece of chocolate, you may not have to feel overly guilty about it because there are a number of health benefits associated with this delicious treat. Consumption of dark chocolate which is a powerful source of antioxidant may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, improve brain function, and improve blood pressure. Dark chocolate boosts the levels of endorphins (feel-good chemicals) in the brain. It also contains the chemical serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant. Study from the journal of Nutritional Neuroscience suggests that dark chocolate can help reduce the symptoms of depression.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”- The choice is yours as prevention and management of symptoms of few conditions can be often significantly helped through the choice of foods you eat.




*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.