Why: For preventing the formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones (the most common form of kidney stone).
How: They contain fibre, potassium and sodium to stop minerals accumulating in the urine and forming kidney stones.
What: Yogurt (live culture)
Why: For relieving constipation and gas
How: It aids the movement of food through the gastrointestinal tract. The live good bacteria help the gut digest foods such as dairy items, which can cause gas.
What: Canned Tuna
Why: For boosting mood
How: It is high in omega-3, an essential fatty acid, which relieves a bad/depressive mood. In fact, essential fatty acids are part of treatment for sufferers of depression. If you cannot stand fish then try a bagel for a mood boost.
Why: For a good night’s sleep
How: An 85g serving provides almost all the tryptophan you need in a day. Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps make serotonin, melatonin, hormones and aids sleep.
Why: For sore throats, coughs and skin (applied to heal)
How: It is both anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Research is currently underway to see if honey aids digestion and wound healing.
Why: For combating stress and anxiety
How: They are only 105 calories, 14g natural sugar, 30% of your daily recommended vitamin B6 and quite filling. Bananas give your brain a boost by promoting the production of serotonin (a mood enhancer) that tackles stress.
Why: For settling stomachs, preventing cramps, nausea and diarrhoea
How: Basil contains eugenol a compound with the capability to kill bacteria such as salmonella.
Why: For preventing ulcers and cancer
How: Broccoli is packed with nutrients; vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, folic acid and a compound called sulforaphane which inhibits the growth of tumours, thus preventing cancer.
Why: For it’s Anti-inflammatory action, ability to reduce arthritis, reduce the risk of cancer, slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and be anti-aging.
How: Contains fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6. But the star ingredient is curcumin (a yellowy orange pigment) which acts as an anti-inflammatory, helps destroy mutated cancer cells and triggers the production of bilirubin (a strong antioxidant), which protects the brain against damaging free radicals that may lead to Alzheimer’s.
Why: It’s small but mighty, with the power to: lower blood pressure, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals and even repair damaged cells, aid heart health by preventing blood clots, prevent respiratory disease, stroke and cancer!
How: 1 kiwi has twice the vitamin C of an orange, far more fibre than an apple and higher potassium levels than a banana. The nutrient rich little fruit really packs a health punch.