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Headaches, Hangovers and Tummy Aches: These Latino Dishes Will Make You Feel Better

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From hangovers to colds, fatigue to headaches, one of the best cures for these ailments is good ol’ fashion food like grandma used to make. These recipes are wrought with the healthy stuff, like vitamins and minerals. They’re also so tasty, you might even have a bite when you’re not feeling under the weather.

Caldo de Res: Common Cold and Diarrhea

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This warm, brothy soup not only feels like a hug from mom, but it’s also packed with vitaminsA and C from the lime, cabbage and carrots, and protein from the beef. It helps you recover from feverish nights one spoonful at a time. If you happen to suffer from another — less contained — illness that drains your body of liquids, a warm caldo de res will hydrate you back to wellness. Take that chicken soup.

Sopa de Habas: Headache and Fatigue

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This hearty barley and fava bean soup, rich in iron and B1, increases the amount of oxygen in your blood. It will improve your nervous system and energy levels so you can get moving quickly after your headache goes away.

Menudo (Not to be Confused with the 80s Band): Hangover

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It’s said menudo’s spiciness helps numb the pain, and sweat out all the alcohol from your body after a long night of drinking. It may also be the fact that you’re eating cow stomach for breakfast that shocks your body and mind back to lucidity.

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Nopales and Nopalitos: Diabetes, Cholesterol and Weight

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Don’t get turned off by the thorns and slime. Nopales, low calorie and rich in phytochemicals, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, are a miracle superfood that can aid in reducing body weight and cholesterol and regulating glucose levels. A traditional nopales salad can even help get you a good night’s sleep.

Tinga Poblana: Stomach Ache

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Suffering from a stomach ache? Have a tasty tinga poblana. Seriously. This fragrant dish is made with bay leaves that are rich in formic and linoleic acids that can help you feel better while satisfying your palate.

Ceviche: Heart Disease and Sleep

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Happy tummy, healthy heart might not be the exact saying but, in the case of ceviche, it works. This dish that features fish as the main ingredient is full of omega 3s that help reduce the risk of heart disease. And, unlike other foods that send you into a food coma, ceviche has a good dose of vitamin B12 that can turn fat into energy.

Tacos: Depression

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Tacos de carne asada, de pollo, de carnitas, de papa, de camarón, al pastor … you name the taco, chances are, it’ll be mind-blowingly delicious. And who is ever sad eating a taco?! The effects of this treatment may be temporary, though.

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This is Why Alex Torres Wears a Funny-Looking Cap

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This is Why Alex Torres Wears a Funny-Looking Cap

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This is New York Mets pitcher Alex Torres.

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You’re probably asking yourself: “What’s the deal with his cap?”

Torres is the first — and only — MLB player to wear this huge padded cap.

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It’s designed to protect ballplayers from life-threatening head injuries. Torres, a left-handed relief pitcher, wears the MLB-approved cap to protect him from “comebackers.”

Torres has seen the damage a baseball can do.

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When he played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Torres’ teammate, Alex Cobb, was hit in the head by a line drive.

Cobb’s standard MLB cap did little to protect his head.

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Players from both teams watched Cobb in agony.

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Cobb had to leave the game with a mild concussion.

As Cobb was taken off in a stretcher, guess who replaced him?

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Alex Torres. When asked about Cobb, Torres told the New York Times: “I thought he died.”

When traded to the San Diego Padres, Torres began wearing this hat.

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Torres continued to be deeply affected by incident involving his former teammate, Alex Cobb.

And the Twitter jokes began:

https://twitter.com/LobShots/status/480570265852604416

But getting hit in the head with a baseball is no laughing matter.

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In 2012, Brandon McCarthy needed surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion after he was hit in the head by a comebacker.

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Last year, Cincinnati Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman suffered facial fractures when a line drive struck him above the left eye during a spring training game.

Chapman shared this post-surgery photo on Instagram.

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But guys don’t get hit that often, right?

Well, it happened again this year.

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco suffered a bruised jaw after this comebacker during a game in April.

So Torres continues to wear his funny-looking hat.

It’s a different version from last year’s. Although the hat does not protect Torres from facial injuries like the ones Chapman and Carrasco suffered, it is designed to protect players from potentially life-threatening injuries, like getting hit in the temple.

And, of course, the jokes continue.

Keep laughing, Alex Torres isn’t listening.

“I don’t care how I look, I care about the protection,” Torres told ESPN.