Using Food As Medicine

19 Jan

Not long ago I struggled with my health and wellbeing. I was always not feeling well and my tummy always bothered me until I discovered that I could use my food as my medicine. Once I realized that my health improved to the point that I no longer suffer from stomach troubles or anything else.

 

When we learn to use our food as medicine a miraculous thing begins to happen. We begin to fight off infection and disease. We begin to look younger and feel stronger and we begin to feel absolutely amazing. Because the root of our health starts with a healthy digestive system, it’s vitally important that you eat the best foods possible for your body. And when you do this, you literally eat your way to good health.

 

Antioxidant rich foods are my favorites because they do the body good in so many ways. First of all I like the fact that they are natural. Secondly, I like the fact that you can never eat too much of them and lastly I like the fact that they are so good for the body.

 

Let’s start with the amazing Apple.  Someone knew what they were talking about when they said that an Apple a day helps keep the doctor away. Apples are packed with antioxidants that treat liver disorders, diabetes and heart disease. They also ease stomach disorders and constipation. Any type of Apple is good however the Red Delicious Apples contain twice the antioxidants as the other varieties. Eat them peeled and enjoy the antioxidants lurking underneath the peel.

 

Basil curbs nausea even nausea from chemotherapy when eaten before and after treatment. Eating Basil pesto on Gluten free pasta is a yummy way to enjoy the antioxidants that this herb provides. You will get the antioxidants whether you eat the Basil fresh or dried.

 

Blueberries are so very pretty and I just love the deep blue/purple color that they have. What’s great about these jewels is you can eat them fresh or frozen and still do the body good. They protect the heart from damage and they reduce inflammation, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, which are all associated with cardiovascular disease.

 

Pomegranates have become the rage in recent times. I remember eating these by the dozen as a kid and I also remember my mom saying eat those outside because the stain from Pomegranates don’t come out. Little did I know that I was doing my heart Good! In fact, this fruit is so heart healthy that the FDA approves the statement of them being heart healthy on their label.

 

Cherries are great for the heart as well Cherries have been shown to lower blood pressure and are as effective as some medications.

 

Other goodies for heart health include tomatoes, strawberries and watermelon

Looking to fight off fatigue? Instead of reaching for that energy drink or another cup of coffee, try eating a melon Honeydew melons and Cantaloupe reduce not only physical fatigue but mental fatigue as well. Cantaloupe is loaded with the potent antioxidant enzyme SOD (superoxide dismutase) that is also sold as a supplement. But I would rather eat the fresh fruit.

 

Have you been told that you have high cholesterol…Well the hot compound in chili peppers that make them hot capsaicin not only helps the body break down cholesterol, it helps the body to get rid of it. Plus it blocks a gene that makes the arteries contract that reduces blood flow.

 

Lastly, if you are a Garlic lover like I am, you will love it even more. Check this out. Garlic fights a wide range of infections from bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses thanks to sulfur compounds like Allicin. It destroys some bacterial strains so resistant to antibiotics that drugs prove useless against. The lungs release Allicin, helping to clear respiratory infections and bronchial disorders such as Asthma. It may even help prevent lung cancer. The bottom line is Garlic is great for your respiratory system so feel free to indulge and indulge often, just make sure to have some peppermints for your breath…

 

Wishing you peace, health and tranquility.

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