3 Holiday Foods that Help the Medicine Go Down
by Dr. Kara on Dec 01, 2019
Many of your favorite holiday treats can include ingredients with plentiful health benefits. For example, peppermint, ginger, and cranberries are believed to provide the body with dozens of natural health benefits, from improving eyesight to reducing the likelihood of urinary tract infections and fighting off cancer cells. Below, we’ll take a look at these three foods and focus on a couple of their most well-known benefits. Here’s how they work:
- Peppermint. Peppermint can help relieve an upset stomach and the symptoms of gas, bloating, and indigestion. Numerous studies have indicated that peppermint is effective in treating people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, abdominal pain, and nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatments. Additionally, peppermint contains antibacterial properties and Vitamin C that help prevent illness and enhance the immune system. It’s even believed that eating peppermint increases memory, concentration, and reaction times!
- Ginger. Did you know that ginger can help fight infections and support the immune system? It’s true! Gingerol, a substance found in fresh ginger, is even known to inhibit the growth of numerous types of bacteria and is effective in fighting off gingivitis and common causes of respiratory infections.
- Cranberries. Cranberries are great for the digestive system. One cup of cranberries contains more than 5 grams of fiber. Fiber is crucial for a healthy digestive system and even plays a part in ensuring regular bowel movements. Cranberries also help produce good bacteria in the gut, especially for those who maintain a diet full of meats, sugars, and dairy products.
Ready to incorporate these ingredients into your diet throughout the year? Click the links below for fresh recipes that feature peppermint, ginger, and cranberries.
One caution: Eating candy canes, gingerbread cookies, and your favorite cranberry dish will not count towards the benefits naturally found in peppermint, ginger, and cranberries. So eat them raw or look for other foods and teas to incorporate their benefits into your daily diet year-round!
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References & Disclaimers
✝✝This noted statement is based on independent research and is not necessarily the opinion of the author