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Thursday, September 12, 2024

Stomach Therapy

A few blog posts ago, I wrote about therapeutic activities you can do at home, but what about therapeutic foods you can eat at home? Believe it or not, there are a number of different items that will leave your stomach feeling satisfied and your mind feeling free. The next time you’re choosing an afternoon snack, pick something that has therapeutic side effects and reap the benefits of delicious, calming foods.

Pumpkin Seeds

Halloween can be a relaxing time for you because of pumpkin seeds. A substance called tryptophan is found in pumpkin seeds. It’s the same ingredient found in turkey that makes you tired after eating Thanksgiving dinner. Studies have shown that tryptophan makes a person feel relaxed and at ease.

Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is thick, bittersweet syrup that is a popular heath remedy for a number of reasons. It’s been known to help with cancer, constipation, anemia, joint pain and anxiety.

Lavender Tea

The only thing better than tea is lavender tea. If the smell isn’t therapeutic enough, the taste will soothe your stomach and cure your headache. Drink it hot or cold. It even works as a mouthwash.


Avocado is one of my favorite fruits because not only does it contain Vitamin B and C, but it’s delicious. It’s high in fiber and healthy fats and has been described as therapy for the stomach. So enjoy that guacamole!

Acai Berry

It might be hard to pronounce, but it’s not hard to stomach. Research shows that the acai berry works to reduce stress due to its high concentrations of polyphenols and antioxidants. Drinking acai berry tea is a great way to reap its benefits.


It’s good for your bones, and it’s good for your mind. People who suffer from depression should drink one to two glasses of milk a day. Calcium and Vitamin D, both found in milk, are natural mood boosters than can help you feel happier.


Last but not least, chocolate. Studies have found that eating chocolate will reduce levels of the stress hormone called Cortisol. Even better, dark chocolate helps with hormone levels and metabolism.


Melanie Marzillo
Research & Community Education
Chicago Skilled Nursing
Chicago Senior Living

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