Diet can be a funny thing. To play it safe, it's always a good idea to think of food as fuel, but it can be a reward and a comfort, too. It can also be great for what ails you. Do you know what foods will tame that ringing in your ears or help you remember where you left the car keys? Let's see how much you know about the healing and restorative properties of some popular foods. It may change the way you and eat!
Gout is painful inflammation of the small joints caused by a buildup of uric acid. What foods should you avoid if you've been diagnosed with gout?
- meat, fish and beer
- high-acid fruits
- salt and refined sugars
If you're having more senior moments these days, which foods could improve your memory?
- oranges, bananas and apricots
- beets, blueberries and grapes
- onions and peppers
As people age, they become more prone to eye problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. Which foods help provide good eye nutrition?
- horseradish, liver and tripe
- eggs, avocados and spinach
- potatoes and brown rice
Sticking to a diet rich in heart-healthy foods may keep you active and fit longer and protect you from heart attack and stroke. See if you can spot one of the best cholesterol-lowering foods from our list.
- whole kernel corn
- dark chocolate
As many as 50 to 70 million people in the U.S. get less sleep than they should. What foods can help you get a better night's rest?
- raisins, pistachios and bread
- bananas, cherries and almonds
- baked chips, cinnamon and tuna
Lifestyle choices like eating a healthy diet, maintaining your optimum weight, exercising and quitting smoking can have a big impact on your blood pressure. If you want to get a jump start on reducing your blood pressure, what common ingredient should you moderate in your diet?
- water intake
If you hear a ringing in your ears, even when the phone is on vibrate, you may be among the 50 million Americans who suffer from tinnitus, a malfunction in the way the inner ear sends signals to the brain. Which of the following can make the symptoms of tinnitus worse?
- fat and sodium
- chocolate, alcohol and caffeine
- dairy products
You probably know about the advantages of dairy in building strong bones, but good bone food doesn't necessarily have to come courtesy of a cow. What other foods help build strong bones?
- oysters, pumpkin seeds and beans
- oranges, kiwi and pomegranates
- figs, lentils and squash
If you want strong nails that will stand up to everyday wear and tear, your diet can help. Name the best nail-strengthening foods below.
- cornstarch, tea and carob
- turnips, lettuce and raisins
- dark, leafy greens, carrots and almonds
The best way to perk up your smile is with healthy teeth and gums. Which foods will help keep your gums and teeth ready for your next close-up?
- rhubarb, asparagus and ginger
- tofu, liver and persimmons
- celery, green tea and wasabi (Japanese horseradish)