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Readers Respond: Foods For Feeling Better

Responses: 39


Updated June 08, 2013

The foods you eat have a powerful impact on your health. Healing foods can be any type of foods you eat that make you feel better -- physically or emotionally. Think about the foods that make you feel stronger and healthier. Share Your Favorites


I have nothing against nightshades - and they are essential carbs for some that should go gluten free. The issue however if the body has developed antibodies to that food then it got to go! The only option left otherwise is Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation. Also if you have bacterial imbalance in the gut then low or specific carbs for a period has been shown to kill the baddies.
—Guest Diet bore

Arthitis and foods

It is not specific foods that cause arthritis and other autoimmune conditions - it is any food to which a person has developed an intolerence to and this will be different in each of us. Autoimmune diseases appear to have a very close link to gut health - the food we eat and the bacteria in our guts, but once we have triggered an antibody response to a food or a bacteria that breaks though the intestinal barrier then this starts a cycle. Nightshades are common foods for food intolerence but wheat, cows milk and corn are much more common, as are some meat proteins such as beef. Ultimatley arthritis is bacterial infection somtimes exacerbated by food intolerence - hence the great results from treating arthritis with antibiotics and then success of some people avoids their problem foods. LOOK UP "PROTEUS MIRABILIS" for Rheumatoid Arthritis - and then eat to combat this bacteria by anti-biotic (pomegranate) and probiotic (sheeps yogurt with competing bacteria). Magensium!!!!! Health!
—Guest Diet Bore

selenium deficiency

We now know that an adequate selenium level is 1.6-2.0micromol/lt in plasma. Any med lab can measure this. Eating 2 Brazil nuts /day will achieve this in about 6 weeks. This can fix men's prostate problems [BPH]. ,halve rates for bowel lung and prostate cancers, be a help for arthritis, improve skin tone, cure eczema,etc. It is a major world wide deficiency,occurring in at least some places of most countries. This vital level 1.6-2.0 has only been established recently so few Drs. are aware of it. I've been taking it for 13 years now. Tablets and drops will malntaln the level, needed till you pass on !!!!!!! good luck
—Guest david walpole

A good start

As a naturopath, the anti-inflammatory diet is always my first recommendation for all my patients with chronic inflammation. I could say that as much as 50% of the results they get is from this diet.
—Guest pasjustedelaluzerne


Anecdotal advice is meaningless advice. Let me share mine. While I worked I would contract maybe one cold every two years, with a typical N.A diet. Retiring I switched to the super healthy suggested diet of veggies fruits low glycemic carbs fish and limited meats. Result 3colds and one cold in the last year. Cause babysitting 3 young grand children once a week. Exposure trumped diet 4 to 1.
—Guest Al

Foods For Feeling Better

I have to take exception to the vilification of the nightshade family of plants because of one shining example, Cayenne Pepper. All chili peppers, including cayenne, contain capsaicin, which in addition to giving cayenne its characteristic heat, is a potent inhibitor of substance P, a neuropeptide associated with inflammatory processes. The hotter the chili pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. The hottest varieties include habanero and Scotch bonnet as well as cayenne peppers. Jalapenos are next in their heat and capsaicin content, followed by the milder varieties, including Spanish pimentos, and Anaheim and Hungarian cherry peppers. Capsaicin is being studied as an effective treatment for sensory nerve fiber disorders, including pain associated with arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy. When animals injected with a substance that causes inflammatory arthritis were fed a diet that contained capsaicin, they had delayed onset of arthritis, and also significantly reduced paw
—Guest Hottie

Canola Oil and Soy?

The recommendations sound good.... Except for the Canola oil and un-fermented soy. Canola oil IS an inflammatory!
—Guest Tracy

Power Food!

Fresh Carrots and fresh parsley in a juicer! Drink it right away, it is amazing and gives so much energy! Jack LaLanne's power juicer can be purchased at Target for $99 and is so worth it! It comes with a recipe book too! :)
—Guest Maria


It is ALL Genetically Modified now THUS causing disease AND inflammation!!!!! Corn Sugar SOY is ALL GE and Canola is CRAP too!! Do a little research folks if you have health issues its probably the food!! EAT ORGANIC!! Our water is polluted with chlorine and fluoride is NOT good for us..its in the H2O TOO...as well as all the other pesticides sprayed on our food..thats in OUR water too!!! NO TO GMO!! YES TO ALL OUR HEALTH!!

My Favorite

Any time l eat rice, beans, vegetables and fish, l feel much better internally.
—Guest wale adetoyi

Shitake Mushrooms

Shitake mushrooms have oodles of vitamin D as well as most other edible mushrooms
—Guest rverlohr

Nightshade Veggies are a Problem

I suffered with eczema and psoriasis for years before discovering that it was triggered by the food I ate. My diet was rich in potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper, and jalepeno peppers which are all terrible for folks with inflammatory issues. I also had a form of arthritis which was completely eliminated when I discovered the food links. I had these issues from age 32 till 40 and for the most part finally figured out the problem on my own before ever hearing about a "nightshade vegetable.". The difficulty is that tomatoes and potatoes are in everything good. I now eat white pizzas and pastas and sweet potato fries. I find that black walnuts and fresh thyme tea helps mitigate symptoms if I don't avoid eating the wrong thing. Do try to eliminate these things from your diet. Hope that this helps.

Soya beans

Soya beans are a great source of proteins. They are called vegetarian meat.
—Guest Ramz

Food Diary

You can see from the responses that different people have different responses to foods. A food diary can go a long way to help one recognize what effects various food choices have on them. I've noticed that if I drink certain diet drinks, my legs and back ache. Nightshades don't seem to bother me, but I eat them only sparingly, and leave a day or two between. Oatmeal has been a wonderful find, with walnuts, fresh local fruit in season, 1 tsp flax seeds, 1/4 tspn cinnamon. If I go more than a day without oatmeal, I will experiece constipation and feel tired and loggy. I am hypothyroid.
—Guest PattiM


Honey is not inflammatory, it has anti-inflammatory actions in many Pubmed.org researches.
—Guest stu

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