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UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020

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Below are some common ailments and foods you can eat to help alleviate them.

You’re Stressed

If you are feeling stressed you should eat dark chocolate. Reaching for that candy bar can make quite the difference if you are having a rough day. A recent study found people who ate 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate every day for two weeks had lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines, which cause anxiety. Be sure you’re getting dark chocolate by choosing a bar with at least 70 percent cacao.

You’re Sad

If you are feeling sad you should have salmon. Salmon provides you with a type of omega-3 fatty acid called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which has been shown to ease depression. Research has found that people who lack these fatty acids have higher levels of stress and depression. DHA also has anti-inflammatory properties. This further helps to fight depression as inflammatory bodies in the brain can suppress feel-good chemicals. Try to eat two 6-ounce servings of salmon per week for the best results.

You Have Heartburn

If you have heartburn you should eat a banana. If you are one of the 60 million Americans struggle with heartburn on a weekly, or even daily basis, you probably aren’t eating enough of the creamy fruit. Snacking on a banana when heartburn strikes can help soothe the pain within 30 minutes. Eating a banana each day can reduce flare-ups of heart burn within two weeks. Bananas coat and soothe the stomach lining, prevent acid overproduction and reduce the amount of stomach acid reflux into the esophagus.

You’re Sleepless

When you are having trouble sleeping you should eat popcorn. Carbohydrates allow the body to make serotonin, a brain chemical that relaxes your system and helps you fall asleep. You only need about 30 grams of carbohydrates to get this effect. Two cups of air popped popcorn ought to get your eyes drooping.

You Have a Headache

If you have a headache you should eat watermelon. High water content in watermelon and other fruits and veggies can soothe a headache. They are also a rich source of essential minerals such as magnesium, which is key to stopping a throbbing headache. Researchers have observed low levels of magnesium in people who suffer from migraines and tension headaches. Headaches are often caused by blood vessels becoming inflamed which in turn triggers head pain. The fruit is also high in antioxidants, which can have an anti-inflammatory affect and cause further relief.

A healthy and balanced diet could help you to avoid many of the above ailments. It could also help reduce term life insurance premiums. Let our agents know if you are dieting and they will assist you in choosing the best life insurance company for you.

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