4 Natural Food Cures: Eat Your Way To Good Health

Alternative medicine is not so alternative these days, as four out of 10 adults are now turning to natural remedies to help with certain health problems. TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer lets us in on her favorite natural cures. The best part: They're all things you get to eat!

“Some of them really do work,” Bauer says. “There is no downside. You may as well try them — you can alleviate lousy symptoms you may be having."

She adds later, "Food as medicine — we love it!"

1. Vinegar can lower blood sugar. "If you take in two to four teaspoons of vinegar with the meal or before the meal, it can blunt the rise in blood sugar you get from the meal," Bauer explains, adding that this is particularly helpful for people with type 2 diabetes.

We're not telling you to do a shot of vinegar here, Bauer assures. Instead, try mixing vinegar with olive oil and start your meal with a salad, or drizzle balsamic vinegar on a cucumber, tomato or onion.

2. Honey soothes a cough. "Regular honey helps to coat and soothe the throat, and also loosens up the mucus," Bauer says. For sick kiddos ages 1 to 6 (no honey for kids younger than 1!), try half a teaspoon 30 minutes before bedtime. For kids older than 6 — and for adults, too — try up to two teaspoons.

3. Chamomile tea eases pain from menstrual cramps. Sipping chamomile tea helps relax the uterus by elevating the body's levels of glycine, an amino acid that stops muscle spasms. Try one to three cups a day of the caffeine-free tea during the menstrual cycle.

4. Peppermint oil relieves IBS symptoms. "It relaxes the muscles in the lining of the intestines," Bauer says. Pick up peppermint capsules and take one three times a day, 30 minutes before a meal.

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  • by 40some on Dec 3, 2011 at 11:35 PM
    Wedding cake is a natural cure for a woman's sex drive.
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      by laura on Dec 4, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to 40some
      ...and a man's ambition.
  • by Jesse on Dec 3, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    Bojangles cured my cancer.....
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      by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:02 AM in reply to Jesse
      Bojangles sweet tea always cures my hangovers.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 at 02:46 PM
    Salmon is a natural anti-inflammatory. Works as well or better than an Advil or Tylenol.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 at 04:39 PM in reply to
      Salmon and several other ocean fish contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory. That is important for managing inflammation but it is not a painkiller. It can't just replace those meds for everyone. It's a silly comparison. Each has their place.
  • by Benny Location: Havelock on Dec 3, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    All of these Herbs are made for us by God. So is Pot and all it's many benefits. "In God We Trust".
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Dec 3, 2011 at 04:58 AM
    The Vinegar and honey rmedies have been around forever Vinegar is also good for lowering blood pressure. Vitamin C will do it all ---- Need to listen to WITN 103.7 about eightish or so and listen to them talk about V-C The problem is people on start taking it when they are feeling sick or when the 'cold and flu' seasons are in..... You should take it everyday --------- and alot more if you are...... Most people don't know but 5 to 6 thousand milligrams of Vit. C will not hurt you Google up : Dr. Pinkus Super C22.
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      by Audra on Dec 3, 2011 at 09:12 AM in reply to Shine
      One ammendment there.. Take a time release, or better still Ester-C which is a natural time release formula that sustains twice as long as the others. Taking mega-doses of vitamin C is a pointless exercise, because the larger the dose the higher percentage you don't utilize. I think it's somewhere around 1000mg (maybe less) you only absorb 50%. If you really must take one that is not time released, take small doses several times a day.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 3, 2011 at 03:37 AM
    I can't believe they stopped with only four items that are good for your health. Check this out for your health. http://www.smithandtruslow.com/health_benefits.php You not only get healthier, but plain old everyday food becomes rather tastey.

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