Food: it's good for what ails ya
August 30th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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Can't sleep? Got the PMS blues? Before you open your medicine cabinet, step into your kitchen.

"Real, whole, fresh food is the most powerful drug on the planet," says the author of "The Blood Sugar Solution" cookbook, Dr. Mark Hyman. "It regulates every biological function of your body." In fact, recent research suggests not only what to eat but when to eat it for maximum benefit. Check out the latest smart food fixes.

Problem: I'm bloated

Food fix #1: Dig in to juicy fruits and vegetables

When you're feeling puffy, you may not want to chow down on watery produce, but consuming foods like melon, cucumber and celery is an excellent way to flush out your system, says the author of the book "Food & Mood," dietician Elizabeth Somer.

"We need sodium to survive," she explains, "but because we often eat too much of it, our bodies retain water to dilute the blood down to a sodium concentration it can handle. Eating produce with high water content helps the dilution process, so your body can excrete excess sodium and water."

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  1. NYC Fitness Events

    Fruits and veggie's are the way to go. I love watermelon and cantaloupe. Those two help me fight all my cravings.

    January 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm |
  2. AleeD®

    Good article for hawking Dr. Hyman's book. Unfortunately alot of people who read it are going to take from it "I feel bad; eat food. If a little is good, more will be better." Obesity mentality at it's best.

    August 31, 2013 at 7:40 am |
  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I truly believe that food can be THY MEDICINE!

    August 30, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
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