6. The Rx: Yogurt
The Target: IBS
The Dose: One or two 8-ounce containers daily
On average, 20% of the Americans having irritable bowel syndrome, experience stomachache. The cure may come in the form of a bug- a lot of bugs actually. Yogurt contains some bacterial strains (like B.infantis and L. acidophilus) help eliminate pain, inflammation and bloating, according to a 2010 review.
According to another study, same results were observed with B. lactis. But, you need to be careful while shopping as not every yogurt contains probiotics. Search for a brand with “live and active cultures”. If you are looking for a vegan substitute, you can go for probiotic-enriched soy yogurt.
7. The Rx: Coffee
The Target: Headaches
The Dose: Two 4-ounce cups
Along with its amazing taste, coffee is an excellent medicine as well. Andrew Weil, MD, the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine says that caffeine helps reduce pain as it narrows the dilated blood vessels that are developed with headaches.
Coffee helps reduce pain by itself and it promotes and increases the effects of other pain relievers too. But, you need to be careful as too much caffeine can be harmful as well. Also, on quitting caffeine, you get withdrawal headaches that can be quite disturbing. Coffee helps relieve pain only if you do not consume it on a regular basis.