Have you ever had bronchitis? I know many people who are dealing with this right now! Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes that is usually characterized by a deep cough in the chest and congestion in the upper region of the body. It’s typically caused by bacteria, a virus, or exposure to chemicals or smoke. If you have bronchitis, make sure that you are eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C and beta carotene. Such foods could include kale, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, kiwifruit, and Swiss chard. Garlic is has antibiotic properties on the lungs, so find ways to include it into your diet. Legumes, chia seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients that will help your body get well. Some healing herbs for bronchitis include cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, and thyme. Be sure to avoid dairy products, sugar, alcohol, and refined flour products. Get well soon!
“Friendly bugs” or “good baceteria” are important for not only promoting a healthy digestive system but for keeping us well from infections, asthma, colds, and even some cancers. This beneficial bacteria can be obtained by eating foods such as yogurt, fermented fruits and vegetables, saurkraut, and miso. You can also drink probiotic beverages like kombucha and kefir. Many people find it is easier to take a probiotic supplement but you should note that not all probiotics are the same. If you are supplementing, be sure you do your homework or consult a natural health practitioner to determine which probiotic product is right for you. Always store probiotics in a dry and cool place. I keep mine in the refrigerator next to my coconut water so I’ll remember to take it every morning! My favorite brand is from Green Valley Organics, especially their Strawberry Pomegranate Acai kefir. It’s delish!
If you have ever suffered through a migraine headache, you know how debilitating they can be! Migraine triggers can include food allergies, hormonal changes, and stress/anxiety. If you get these horrible headaches, be sure to include plenty of fresh and organic vegetables in your diet. Eat as many leafy greens (kale, chard, spinach) as possible. Avoid artificial ingredients in foods (colorings, preservatives, etc.) as they can trigger or make your migraine worse. Stay clear of foods that have been shown to precipitate a migraine by causing a constriction of the blood vessels. Such foods include cheese, red wine, hot dogs, preserved meat, corn, and shellfish. Avoid foods with the amino acid tyramine found in avocados, bananas, cabbage, canned fish, dairy products, eggplant, hard cheeses, potatoes, raspberries, red plums, tomatoes, and yeast. Drink plenty of water and eliminate caffeine.