Top 5 Latino Remedies

Top 5 Latino Remedies

Most commonly used remedies in the Latino culture!

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Are you having trouble breathing? Maybe, have a runny nose, headache, or broke your whole arm? Well, we know the perfect solution for you!

Growing up Latino, you realize that your family seems to self-diagnose you before you even end up in the doctor's office. You could be having a fever, headache, or a runny nose, they all know the perfect remedy for your sickness. All of their remedies will guarantee you that you will be in perfect health by the end of it! As you grow- up you realize that other people outside of your culture can't really relate to much of this.

Here are the top 5 Latino remedies that all of us were given when we were sick:

1. VapoRub

This little 'mini' miracle jar was rubbed on our chest, throat, and even stuck up our nostrils. The Vick's VapoRub can claim that it was used for, 'minor pains and soars,' but to our family members that was the same as saying,' the solution to all of your problems.' It did not matter if we were just having a small cough or a runny nose, or even broke our legs and in a coma, this jar was idolized in our families as having supernatural qualities. No matter what, we were going to be haunted by the scent of mint for days!

2. The "Caldo"

Latinos could care less about the weather - if you were sick and one of your family members was there, you were going to get a "caldo," even if it was 120°F. They are going to shove that soup down your throat until they feel as if you are completely healed. They swore that the 'caldo' could transform you into a brand-new human being. Though, most of us could agree on one thing: We didn't really mind it because it was extremely filled with flavor.

3. Honey and lemon

Honey and Lemon or famously known as "miel con limon," was a solution for all of our sore throats. If your mamá, saw that you couldn't swallow your food well or were having trouble speaking, it was a guarantee that you would not leave home without a thousand spoonfuls of "miel con limon." By the end of the day, you would have had so much of it that by just hearing "miel con limon," you would be cringing internally.

4. Sprite

Have you ever had a stomach ache? Well Latinos have the perfect solution for you: Drink 3-4 or even 5-6, well, let that be limitless cups of Sprite a day. Sprite was known for being your best friend when it came to stomachaches, but by the end, you would feel like it was more or less a frenemy. Even though Sprite would bring some relief to your stomach pain, it left you with a billion hiccups.

5. Tiger blankets

A tiger blanket is an iconic item found in all Latino households. If you went to grandma's house when you had a fever, it was likely that she wrapped you up in thousands of tiger blankets in order to cure you. You could be wrapped up in there until your face was boiling red and you sweat your soul off, but she would only take it off when she felt like she healed you.

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Sorry I'm A Size 00

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My whole life I’ve been thin—which is kind of an understatement. Every time I go to the doctor I get the same “you’re underweight” lecture that I’ve heard every year since I was able to form memories. I’ve never really felt insecure about my weight, I love being able to eat everything and not gain a single pound. Since my freshman year of high school I’ve probably only gained 8 pounds and I’m now a sophomore in college. Of course, in school, there were rumors that I was anorexic or bulimic, but everyone who knew me knew that was far from the truth. I’m now 19, 5’2, and I still have yet to break 100 pounds on the scale. It seems that there is a lot of skinny shaming going around and to me, one of the main contributors to that is the Dove Real Beauty campaign.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this because skinny girls get all the praise and other body types are neglected. That’s really not true, though. While loving other body types, you are tearing down skinny girls. Why is it okay to do that to skinny girls but not to other body types? Why is it okay to say “only dogs like bones” or say “every body type is beautiful” until you see a model's abs, or ribs, or thigh gap and then tear them down because they’re “unnaturally” skinny?



The point I’m trying to make is that, as a naturally skinny girl, I have never shamed anyone for their body type, yet I go every day and get at least two comments about my weight. I’m always the skinny girl, the toothpick, but I’m not Jessica. Yeah, I’m a size 00. Get over it. If you have an issue with my body and feel like my body is disgusting to you, don’t look at it. I know that I’m healthy and I don’t need your input when my body just naturally burns calories fast. I don’t have an eating disorder and never have. I am real beauty though, and I know that because I’m comfortable in my own skin. So maybe the real issue is that we as a society have been shoving certain body types down our daughters’ throats so they begin to romanticize models that have certain standards that they have to meet, who work hard for the bodies that they have, and are making a hell of a lot more money than most of the people discussing why they look emaciated while what they’re actually looking at is the photoshopped product.

I’m not going to apologize for being skinny when that is just how my body is, I can’t help it. So please, stop tearing my body down while trying to bring your body up. You can praise your body without shaming skinny girls. Shaming me for being thin does not make you better than the man that shamed your body, just as me shaming you for being curvy does not make me better than the man that shamed my body. As women, we need to love each other because we are the only ones who truly understand each other.


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'Taste The Rainbow' But Not Because Skittles Said To

The health benefits of eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables

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Does everyone know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but do you know why they are considered to be nutritious?

Some may believe the answer is because they have low caloric value, which isn't wrong but they provide so much more. They possess phytochemicals.

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds found in plant foods that provide the fruit and vegetables their color, taste, and odor. More than that, each phytochemical comes with its health benefits.

There are seven mechanisms of action or ways that phytochemicals are beneficial to our health.

They can either act as antioxidants which help to prevent damage to healthy cells, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventative, support our immune system, trigger apoptosis or programmed cell death, protect our DNA, regulate hormones and finally, some may have the ability for specific actions, such as inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria.

Below is a list of phytochemicals:

1. Carotene 

Alpha and beta carotene give fruits and vegetables an orange or yellow color. Some examples of foods that are high in beta carotene are sweet potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers of those colors.

Carotene, when ingested, is converted into Vitamin A that your body can easily absorb and utilize. Carotene has been scientifically proven to help eye and heart health as well as support our immune system by acting as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and possessing chemo-preventive factors.

2. Lycopene 

Think tomatoes. The phytochemical lycopene is responsible for the red color in whole plant foods. The health effects are acting as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventative but also good for DNA and urinary tract health. What's cool about lycopene is that no matter how you prepare your food, you don't lose any of the nutrients.

3. Chlorophyll 

Eat your greens. Chlorophyll-rich foods appear green. Some excellent sources include dark leafy greens and broccoli. Chlorophyll, like the other phytochemicals are known to be antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventative. Choosing foods that have a rich and vibrant color indicate that is a good source of that phytochemical.

So, next time you're in the produce aisle, be sure to choose your colors wisely.

4. Anthocyanin

Anthocyanins are those foods that are red, blue and purple. Any type of berry is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants combat damage to cells by helping balance those that are unstable. Cells become unsteady when they have an uneven pairing of protons and electrons so antioxidants essentially give an electron to the cells that need it.

5. Reservatrol

The color purple. Just as every phytochemical mentioned, resveratrol contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventative agents. That's the beauty of phytochemicals. Reservartrol also takes it a step further to help brain and bone health. Studies have proven that eating foods rich in resevatrol also help to protect against age-related diseases.

If you want to learn more about the health benefits of phytochemicals, please check out this wonderful book!

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