Before raiding your medicine cabinet, look in your kitchen for natural ways to remedy that sour stomach or skull-pounding headache. The following foods will provide instant relief — no prescription necessary.
Problem: Stinky Breath
Quick fix: Parsley
All out of Orbit gum? No worries. That sprig of parsley on the side of your plate works just as well. According to James A. Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, fresh parsley is rich in the plant pigment chlorophyll — a powerful breath freshener. He recommends chewing parsley after an onion-heavy burrito or a cup of coffee to cure malodorous breath.
Problem: Motion Sickness
Quick fix: Ginger
Don't let your transatlantic flight feel like an afternoon on Space Mountain. Take 500 milligrams of powdered or raw ginger 30 minutes before departure, then another 500 milligrams every 3 to 4 hours, advises Norman Farnsworth, Ph.D., director of the Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Farnsworth believes ginger reduces motion sickness because it stimulates receptors in the digestive tract that help release the soothing hormone serotonin.
Problem: Your Annual Review
Quick fix: Chocolate
Your Godiva habit is a smart one — literally. Milk chocolate can help boost brain activity. According to a recent study at Wheeling Jesuit University, 15 minutes after eating about 3 ounces of chocolate, participants scored higher on a series of verbal and visual memory tests than those who ate none. Scientists believe that the nutrients released during chocolate consumption enhance cognitive performance. Pop a few Hershey's Kisses before the big meeting and negotiate your way into a corner office.