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5 OF THE BEST; Foods for healing you.

1 THE FLU REMEDY- MANUKA HONEY: Manuka honey is packed with antioxidants and renowned for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It can be used to help treat many conditions including ulcers, acne and digestive problems, and it is not only a great immune-booster, but its antiviral properties help protect against cold and flu symptoms while its antibacterial properties can help tackle a sore throat.

2 THE DIGESTIVE AID - PEPPERMINT TEA: If you''re suffering from nausea, flatulence or IBS, a cup of peppermint tea may help. Peppermint has a mildly anaesthetic effect on the stomach lining, which can help reduce nausea. In addition to this, it is also an antispasmodic, meaning that it can help relieve muscle spasms along the digestive tract, helping with IBS.

3 THE ANTACID - BANANAS: Bananas are renowned for their antacid properties, which can soothe painful heartburn as well as protecting against stomach ulcers. As an added bonus, bananas can also decrease risk of stroke and lower blood pressure.

4 THE SLEEP AID - OATS: If you''re struggling to get a good night''s sleep, try eating a small bowl of porridge before bedtime to help you drift off.

Oats are a good natural source of melatonin, which is often taken as a sleep aid due to its ability to help regulate the body''s internal clock.

5 THE TRAVEL SICKNESS REMEDY- GINGER: Ginger is an all round good health food, being high in antioxidants and antiinflammatory compounds. However, ginger''s most reputed benefit is its effectiveness at treating all types of nausea. To help ease the nausea associated with travel sickness, try eating crystallised ginger or ginger biscuits, or drink some ginger tea or ginger ale.

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Date:Feb 20, 2014
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