What to Eat When: Food Fixes for Everyday Aches and Pains

These easy-to-find foods can help soothe symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, migraine and more (19 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Apr 4, 2012 at 5:59PM

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What to Eat When: Food Fixes for Everyday Aches and Pains

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You Feel Congested

Eat: Hot peppers

Whether it’s triggered by a cold, a sinus infection, allergies or your coworker’s perfume, being stuffed up and congested can make life miserable. Hot peppers to the rescue! Capsaicin -- the plant compound that gives hot peppers their eye-watering zing -- dilates blood vessels in the nose, helping to flush out inflammation and open clogged sinuses even faster than decongestant nasal sprays can, says Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of The People’s Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home RemediesTwo teaspoons daily is the research-proven dose -- and you can mix them with a bit of food, if you find them tough to swallow on their own. Other great congestion-relievers: 1/4 cup of hot salsa or chili-flavored chutney, or one tablespoon of hot sauce, horseradish or wasabi.

 

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