ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The best super foods to cure everything from skin care to stress. Use food as medicine.

Updated on February 20, 2015
Low fat dairy
Low fat dairy | Source
Tuna
Tuna | Source
Green tea
Green tea | Source

Skin Care

What your skin to glow? Check out what foods will help you get your skin looking fabulous!

  • Tuna- contains selenium, it helps defend your skin against cell damage; it also increases your elastin which keeps your skin feeling baby soft and it tightens up your skin as well. In addition to skin benefits, tuna also helps keep your brain & your heart healthy!
  • Low fat dairy- There are numerous kinds of low fat dairy, for purposes of this article I will tell you about the benefits of plain yogurt (I think Greek is the best). In order to keep yourself from premature aging the vitamin A in low fat dairy works miracles. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, it is most commonly used in anti-wrinkle creams and lotions. Getting your fair share of low fat dairy will also help strengthen your bones, the calcium is great for strengthening your hair and keeping your teeth strong.
  • Green Tea- If you want to lose a few extra lbs, green tea will help you feel full and aide you in weight loss. But the most important part of green ea is the amazing antioxidant properties protecting your from harmful ultra violet rays. Green tea is also an anti-inflammatory which will really help to make your skin look it's best!

Kiwi
Kiwi | Source
Walnuts
Walnuts | Source
Cherries
Cherries | Source

Sleep problems-insomnia & more

Are you having a hard time going to sleep at night or are you waking up and unable to get back to sleep? Try these out, foods are each known to help with different issues associated with sleep.

  • Kiwi- Studies have shown that eating a kiwi before bedtime will improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. Kiwi is also known as an immune booster, it aids your heart in getting healthy and is great for your respiratory system (cleaning out your lungs and making them stronger). Kiwi is very high in fiber which makes it a great tool for keeping your digestive tract in working order, and the vitamin C & potassium it contains will help fend off seasonal colds. Kiwi also has antioxidant properties that we all know to be a superb fighter of free radicals.
  • Cherries- Cherries are now known as a "super food". They help by reducing the amount of sleep issues you experience. Melatonin found in cherries also improves the amount of sleep you get and the quality of sleep. You can drink a glass of cherry juice before bedtime or take a cherry supplement. Cherries also help ease gout and fight off cancer cells.
  • Walnuts- have two very important ingredients and these are Melatonin & Tryptophan both known for their ability to help maintain better sleep patterns and quality of sleep. The antioxidants in walnuts are also known for their protection against diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, type 2 Diabetes & Cancer.

Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate | Source
Mushrooms
Mushrooms | Source

Stress, we all know what that means!

The best foods you use to combat stress are the following:

  • Mushrooms- Do you suffer from stress related to seasonal affective disorder aka SAD? Mushrooms are rich in vitamin D, selenium, both known to be energy boosters and mood enhancers.
  • Dark Chocolate- I didn't need a study or an MD to tell me that chocolate is a magical food that can fix any ailment and make me very very happy! In a study of stressed out volunteer workers, they found that eating 1.5 oz of chocolate everyday lowered stress levels significantly. Magnesium which is found in chocolate is known to combat menstrual cramps, depression and all around irritability. So HINT HINT to all you husbands out there, take the 5 minutes to get your woman some chocolate and it might make life at home much more pleasant!

Peanut butter
Peanut butter | Source
Sweet potatos
Sweet potatos | Source
Fatty meat
Fatty meat | Source

Underweight? Need to pack on some pounds?

If you need to gain some weight or manage being underweight yet still maintaining your health here are some great food suggestions:

  • Sweet potato- Potato's are a superb source of carbohydrates and they have more calories than any other vegetable. It is also very high in fiber, antioxidants and is a great way to develop muscle.
  • Peanut butter- Rich in Omega 3's Peanut butter is one of the best foods for natural weight gain. Try to steer away from unnatural peanut butters due to the high amounts of saturated fats. Resveratrol is also found in peanut butter which we recently found out is great for heart health.
  • Fatty meats- Animal fat contains larger amounts of protein that aides in weight gain, and building muscle. Eating meat also increases your iron levels and energy.

Citrus
Citrus | Source
Mackerel
Mackerel | Source
Garlic
Garlic | Source

Common cold

Have a common cold? Feeling one coming on? Try these foods and see if you can fight this cold off so you can get back to your life!

  • Citrus- Oranges, grapefruit, limes, lemons all very good sources of high amounts of vitamin C. If you eat these fruits as soon as you feel a cold emerging, it can shave at least a day off the length of your cold.
  • Oily fish- Salmon, Mackerel, and other oily fish have large amounts of Omega 3's that knock the wind right out of a cold. Fish oil supplements have been shown in studies to reduce anxiety symptoms that lead to lowering your immune system thus leaving you open to catching a cold or flu. Fish oil also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Garlic- If you chew your garlic raw you can greatly decrease the length of your cold. Once your cold is gone and you feel a little frisky, garlic has been shown in studies to help increase sexual desire and performance!

Vote here

Did this article help you?

See results

© 2014 Karen Ranoni

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • someonewhoknows profile image

      someonewhoknows 

      4 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Where's the Salmon?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)