Jewish Journal

Medicine is for wussies

by Sima Cohen

August 10, 2011 | 3:51 pm

Who needs botox when you can grub these?

You’re depressed, you’re overweight, you have acne, you’re getting old, and you can’t poop. Instead of making an appointment with your physician, would you believe that the prescription for your every ailment can be found in the aisles of your local market?

More than one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 are considered depressed. Maybe they should take a cue from the Middle East and start eating Hummus! A diet high in Tryptophan is shown to raise serotonin levels in the brain. The key ingredient in Hummus is chickpeas, and this and other legumes contain large doses of Tryptophan, which is an important building block of serotonin. Chickpeas also contain fiber and iron, two other ingredients that can help you to relax. The best part is that in addition to Hummus, chickpeas are versatile and can be used in salads, soups or as a snack alone.

Getting old is inevitable. Looking old is not. Especially when your diet is high in Vitamin C. This essential vitamin is shown to play a part in the production of collagen. But before you reach for a glass of OJ, consider this: 4 strawberries contain more Vitamin C than a medium sized orange!

Everyone knows that garlic is good for your heart, but did you know that garlic also contains powerful enzymes that help increase the release of serotonin? Kiss anxiety goodbye! (After chewing a mint.) Fresh garlic in particular has been shown to lift mood, increase feelings of well-being, and decrease fatigue, sensitivity, agitation and irritability.

Nothing wrecks a vacation like a sunburn. You’ll be soaking up rays again in no time if you have this versatile food on hand: Plain Whole Milk Yogurt! Rub it on the affected area and leave it until it’s dry, then rinse with cool water. Relief is just a few minutes away…. Just don’t forget to use sunscreen to avoid a repeat.

Every woman knows, PMS sucks. But how many pills can you take? Pop open a can of tuna and pop those pain pills into the nearest trash can instead. Tuna is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which will help you soothe cramps and it’s also a low-fat, high protein food that will boost your energy.

As if we need to give you another reason to reach for chocolate, but studies show that it can actually help cure your headaches. When you have a headache, blood vessels in the head and neck are dilated. Chocolate contains small amounts of caffeine, which has been shown to constrict blood vessels. Despite the fact that some still believe chocolate causes headaches, I beg to differ. If you are experiencing a headache after eating chocolate, consider how much you ate. Chances are your headache is caused the by the massive amount of sugar you just consumed and not the cocoa itself.

Need to poop? The solution is tasty and doesn’t come in pill form. The high fiber and water content of Papaya are associated with a healthy colon, and this wonder fruit contains antioxidant properties that support digestive health. Papaya also contains Papain, a natural digestive enzyme that helps the body to digest proteins. Make sure to get it while it’s ripe!

I don’t have enough time or room on the page to tell you about all of the health benefits of turmeric. It can cure almost anything including gum disease, sore throat, flu, sinusitis, boils, allergies, joint pain, runny nose and wheezing cough, acne rosacea, stomach pain, and wounds. It is a natural liver detoxifier that has also been linked with the prevention of prostate cancer and melanoma, and a reduced risk of childhood leukemia. And for all you “dieters” out there, turmeric may aid in metabolism and weight loss. Turmeric is also one of the most versatile spices. You can add it to vegetables, meats, pastas, stews and dips. Get cooking!

Peace and Hershey’s

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Sima (which translates “Joy” in Hebrew) is poised to become the next big hit in health and wellness in America. An Israeli immigrant, Sima came to the states 20 years ago...

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