The Healing Power of Food
Here we’ve assembled some easy meals that beat pain, insomnia, wrinkles, and more.
As many of you know, we are hugely bothered by what the pharmaceutical conglomerates are doing to us and our wallets.
So many of the expensive pills and potions they thrust upon us were originally provided by Mother Nature herself.
They’ve just altered and/or modified them in the lab so they can package and charge us for this kind service.
Do you notice the television commercials for a new drug or product?
They spend maybe 15 seconds extolling the virtues of this new wonder and then they launch into 45 seconds describing the negative side effects to be wary of.
Well, I say, “thank you very little”.
We all have to eat to survive, so wouldn’t it be nice to eat foods that will provide a benefit other than filling a gap in our tummy.
Most of what we eat can be sorted out into six main food groups.
They are: fats (oils), proteins (meats and beans), dairy products (milk), fruits, vegetables, and starches (grains).
All of these food groups make up a healthy food pyramid and are absolutely necessary for your body.
It is important to always include all of them in your diet, even while losing weight.
While good food and nutrition, exercise, and the right herbs and spices can be the best first choice for many ailments, we have found that many times underlying emotional, relational and spiritual issues are often at play, causing the body to react in ways that only appear to be physical.
So, sometimes it may be necessary to seek spiritual remedies to achieve a complete, balanced state of health and well-being!
And, sometimes it’s not just one thing but a number of things all working in synergy.
Using aromatherapy, essential oils, and herbs are just one way you can bring more natural, healthy ways of living into your home.
If any of these sound out of reach to you, you might want to open your fridge and pantry.
Because, the right foods, eaten in the right combinations, can give you all these benefits and more.
Would you like more beautiful skin?
Perhaps an end to joint pain?
Or, maybe the most restful sleep possible.
Super-food-remedies: Hot peppers
Whether it’s triggered by a cold, a sinus infection, allergies or your coworker’s perfume, being stuffed up and congested can make life miserable.
Hot peppers to the rescue!
Capsaicin, the plant compound that gives hot peppers their eye-watering zing, dilates blood vessels in the nose, helping to flush out inflammation and open clogged sinuses even faster than decongestant nasal sprays can.
Two tsp. daily is the research-proven dose, and you can mix them with a bit of food, if you find them tough to swallow on their own.
Other great congestion-relievers: 1/4 c. of hot salsa or chili-flavored chutney, or one Tbs. of hot sauce, horseradish or wasabi.
Super-food-remedies: Brazil nuts
Thanks to their hectic lives, at least 65 percent of women are hit with daily bouts of stress and even anxiety.
Yet munching on a few Brazil nuts daily can make even the busiest life feel a lot more serene.
The nuts are nature’s top source of selenium a mineral that helps soothe the central nervous system.
According to research, boosting your selenium intake to 220 micrograms daily, the amount in just three Brazil nuts, can trigger a dramatic improvement in moods, helping you feel calmer, less anxious and more energetic within three months.
If you can’t get a dentist appointment for a week, or you suspect the ache is only going to be temporary, gently chewing on one or two cloves can ease your tooth pain and gum inflammation for several hours straight.
The credit goes to a natural compound in clove oil called eugenol, it’s a powerful anesthetic and bacteria-killer, and cloves are packed with almost five times more of it than any other plant studied to date.
One tip: Store cloves (and any other spices that you don’t use weekly) in a cool, dark cupboard.
Eugenol, and the medicinal ingredients in many other spices, can be damaged by prolonged exposure to light and heat.
Bloating and Gasiness
Ginger is a time-honored remedy for motion sickness.
A single 1,000 mg. dose (in supplement form) quells nausea for over 70 percent of women, making it as effective as Dramamine (but without this anti-nausea med’s sleepy side effects).
What is less well-known, is that ginger is one of the most effective digestion-boosters ever discovered.
Studies suggest enjoying two slices of candied ginger, one tsp. of the fresh root or a c. of the herbal tea can soothe bloating, gas and other intestinal upsets in as little as 20 minutes, and adding the same dose to your daily diet can cut your risk of abdominal cramping and constipation by as much as 40 percent.
Credit ginger’s active ingredients, gingerols and curcumin, which speed the breakdown of proteins and fats and help dissolve gas bubbles, preventing painful muscle spasms in the intestinal wall.
Super-food-remedies: A square of dark chocolate
In a recent study, people who ate 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate every day for two weeks had lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines, the “fight or flight” hormones released by the adrenal glands when you’re stressed out.
How or why chocolate affects stress levels is not fully understood, but researchers say cocoa is rich in many biochemically active compounds, like theobromine, which affects the nervous system.
Be sure you’re getting the authentic dark stuff by choosing a bar with at least 70 percent cacao.
A 1.5 oz. portion of chocolate (roughly the size of a regular Hershey’s bar) contains about 230 calories, so watch your waistline by limiting sweets for the rest of the day.
In every fillet, you’ll get a powerful type of omega-3 fatty acids called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which has been shown to ease the blues, especially for women.
In fact, research has found that people who lack these fatty acids have higher levels of stress and depression.
These good fats also have anti-inflammatory properties and that’s important because pro-inflammatory bodies in the brain suppress feel-good chemicals.
Aim for two 6-oz. servings a week and search out wild-caught salmon, which contains less mercury and contaminants than farm-raised fish.
A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but opt for unpasteurized honey, and you could slam invading germs without needing any meds at all!
Unpasteurized honey is packed with safe, natural antiviral and antibacterial compounds, and research suggests enjoying one Tbs. twice daily can destroy up to 100 percent of the germs that cause sore throats in as little as 48 hours.
Mix unpasteurized honey into your coffee, tea or other beverages, or enjoy it straight off the spoon.
If you’re struggling with a painful cold sore or canker sore, dabbing it with unpasteurized honey four times daily will help it heal 43 percent faster than if you used prescription meds.
Raw honey is rich in plant enzymes, which apparently dampens tissue inflammation and speeds healing.
Super-food-remedies: Red Wine
Oxidative stress plays a major role in aging, and an antioxidant in red wine called resveratrol may help extend life by neutralizing disease-causing free radicals.
Indulge in a Pinot Noir: It packs the most resveratrol per glass.
High Blood Pressure
Super-food-remedies:A Baked Potato
Besides the obvious factors such as obesity, high salt intake and diets containing too little potassium are the primary cause of hypertension.
Fight back with a baked potato.
Blood Sugar Stabilizer
Raspberries contain anthocyanins, which boost insulin production and lower blood sugar levels, providing a strong defense against diabetes.
Shrimps are high in vitamin-B12, which aids bone density
Vitamin-B12 is crucial in the generation of new cells, and shrimps are a good source of vitamin-D, an essential ingredient for bone strength.
Super-food-remedies: A banana
Over 60 million North Americans struggle with heartburn on a weekly, or even daily basis, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
And if you’re one of them, bananas could offer a bunch of protection.
Eating a banana when heartburn strikes can soothe the pain within minutes, and enjoying one every day reduces flare-ups within two weeks for up to 75 percent of people surveyed, say researchers at Australia’s University of New England.
Bananas coat and soothe the stomach lining, prevent acid overproduction, plus reduce the amount of stomach acid that splashes up into the esophagus.
Super-food-remedies: Whole-Grain Cereal
Women getting at least 30 g. of fiber a day are half as likely to develop breast cancer, according to research.
A bowl of whole-grain cereal with blueberries will get you halfway there.
Super-food-remedies: Monterey Jack Cheese
Researchers found that eating less than a quarter oz. of Jack, Cheddar, Gouda, or mozzarella cheese will boost pH levels to protect your pearly whites from cavities.
Super-food-remedies: Olive Oil
Antioxidants found in olives have been shown to both, raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, making olive oil a doubly potent protector against cardiovascular disease.
Super-food-remedies: Rye bread
At least 15 percent of North Americans, and twice as many women as men, contend with constipation.
Consuming whole-grain, rye bread, relieves constipation more effectively than laxatives and it prevents future flare-ups, as well.
It seems the credit goes to rye’s arabinoxylan, a polysaccharide that improves your belly’s ability to keep food moving at a reasonable rate.
Study subjects enjoyed seven slices daily, but just swapping your usual dose of bread for whole-grain rye will often do the trick.
I read a study out of Finland’s University of Tampere suggesting that up to 75 percent of diarrhea-prone people are suffering because they don’t have enough probiotic bacteria living in their intestines.
You need these healthy bugs to digest food and absorb liquids properly.
Enjoy one heaping cup of yogurt daily (the kind containing live bacterial cultures) and you’ll restock your dwindling probiotic stores, helping you bounce back twice as quickly if you’re struggling with this ailment.
For best results, opt for plain yogurt and flavor it yourself with fruit and/or a bit of honey or pinch of cinammon.
The high doses of sugar found in commercially-sweetened yogurts can worsen intestinal problems by fueling the growth of intestinal yeast.
Eggs are packed with N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), an amino acid that helps relieve and even prevent the headache, queasiness and fatigue that comes from having one-too-many cocktails.
Research shows that NAC slows the absorption of alcohol through the lining of the stomach and small intestine, plus it helps speed the breakdown of alcohol in the liver.
Enjoy two eggs (any style) before heading to bed to minimize the next day’s ill effects and then serve them up the next morning for breakfast to speed up your recovery.
Super-food-remedies: Green or White Tea
Drinking a single cup of tea a day may cut your risk of colon cancer in half.
Antioxidants in the tea, called catechins, inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Iron in the meat stimulates hair turnover and replenishment.
Beef is also rich in zinc, which helps guard against hair loss.
A diet of heart-healthy fats, like those found in salmon and olive oil, raises good HDL cholesterol levels.
And salmon contains a huge dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which can ward off heart disease.
Lung Cancer Protection
A grapefruit a day can reduce your risk of developing lung cancer by up to 50 percent.
Grapefruit contains naringin, which may help lower levels of cancer-causing enzymes.
National Cancer Institute researchers found that people with the highest intake of carotenoids, pigments that occur naturally in carrots, were six times less likely to develop skin cancer than those with the lowest intakes.
Spinach or Romaine Lettuce
The National Institutes of Health found that people who consume the most lutein, found in leafy greens, are 43 percent less likely to develop macular degeneration.
The following page links are based on solid science and tailored for real life, with real food, most of which can be found right in your local supermarket or farmers market.
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