Let’s start with the CHERRY on top: Cherries ward off summer insomnia. Later sunsets and muggy weather sabotage the body’s production of sleep-inducing melatonin– an effect that makes women twice as likely to spend the night tossing and turning, says, Meir Kryger, M.D., author of Can’t Sleep, Can’t Stay Awake. The good news: Canadian scientists report that a daily dose of melatonin-rich cherries can restore sleep quality in as little as 10 days.
Lemonade helps curb cortisol spikes Exposure to heat and intense UV rays amps up the body’s production of stress hormones, but a fresh glass of lemonade works to ward off a mood meltdown. According to Stanford University researchers, breathing in the drinks citrus aroma calms the central nervous system to lower cortisol output within 60 seconds, while lemon’s vitamin C soothes overworked adrenals to regulate stress-hormone production long-term.
Yogurt neutralizes seasonal allergens Probiotics in cultured milk products have been shown to help regulate the body’s immune-system response to pollen and pet dander. The payoff: Sniffling, sneezing and other symptoms are eased in seven days, notes Jeanne A. Drisko, M.D., an integrative-medicine specialist at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Just 1 cup of yogurt or kefir per day will deliver the allergy-fighting benefits.
Sesame seeds improve blood flow to the brain Summer is prime time for headache flare-ups since bout of dehydration combined with barometric pressure fluxes can trigger spasms in teh brain’s blood vessels. A natural Rx: Noshing on one to two daily servings of sesame seed-rich fare like bagels, tahini sauce or stir-fry dishes. Studies show that the plant fats and magnesium in sesame seeds relax and open brain blood vessels, cutting the occurrence of headaches in half.
Watermelon sun-proofs skin Snacking on 2 cups of this juicy fruit daily slashes sunburn risk by 26 percent. The credit goes to lycopene, an antioxidant that improves skin cells’ ability to defend against damaging UV rays, explains Debra Jaliman, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. What’s more, lycopene has tissue-healing abilities that can cut recovery time in half if skin does get a bit pink.
I’ve not ever been one for eating yogurt or chewing on sesame seeds,
but given their natural benefits, they will be ‘NEW BEST FRIENDS’ to me.
I like doing nothing, as much as I love being in a healthy mood,
Happy Hump Day baby! Partake in a few of these FEEL GOOD Foods.