CONSUMER REPORTS: Foods that Heal

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - When Grace Choi was pregnant with her daughter, Kasper, she confirmed what research already shows: ginger can help ease morning sickness.

Choi explains, “To combat the nausea, I tried everything. I tried essential oils, i tried saltines, and I found ginger to be really helpful."

If you want to cure what ails you, Consumer Reports suggests looking in the kitchen first. What you find may provide good healing power.

Patricia Calvo, Consumer Reports health editor, says, "Some foods do have medicinal properties and it's not just hype, it's actually backed up by science."

Got a headache? Try drinking a tall glass of water. Dehydration is a common cause of headaches.

Nibbling on an apple and a handful of walnuts, may also help.

Calvo explains, "It's the combination of carbs, healthy fat and protein. That prevents a dip in blood sugar, which is another headache trigger."

If you've been having trouble sleeping, you may have already tried warm milk, but studies suggest kiwi fruit –– which are rich in folate, a B vitamin –– may help the brain produce sleep-inducing chemicals.

It's also good to know you can zap garlic breath by eating lettuce, apples or raw mint leaves. All three destroy sulfur compounds and neutralize the odor garlic causes.

And although no foods have proven to shorten a cold, chicken soup –– and frankly, any soup -– can hydrate you, helping your lymph system flush out the virus.

Which means as Grace found out, maybe grandma was right all along.