Hippocrates is considered the father of modern medicine and one of his most famous quotes is “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.
Expressing the importance of our daily food choices, the relevance of this phrase is stronger than ever. Nutrition, or lack there of, is an underlying theme for just about every health concern we may experience today.
While the healing properties of food have been reported throughout history, recently clinical research has shown specifically which health benefits individual foods can offer, identifying the various nutrients associated with these benefits. More research needs to be done but for the sake of losing body fat, building muscles and feeling better we’d suggest you start chowing down on fruits and vegetables.
The key is to eat these foods in their natural, unprocessed states in order to take advantage of all their wonderful health benefits. There is truly a cornucopia of nutritional benefits that have been discovered. Here are a few:
- Celery Juice dilates blood vessels, lowering blood pressure
- Spinach neutralizes free radicals, slowing the signs of aging
- Radishes increase oxygen to the blood & help treat jaundice by detoxifying the liver
- Avocado aids in regulating and stabilizing blood sugar.
- Tomatoes contains lutein necessary to protect you from age-related eye degeneration
- Lemon Juice can calm nausea, vomiting and travel sickness
- Bananas contain tryptophan which regulates mood, helping you relax and feel happier
- Ginger contains beta-glucans which reduce the risk of hormone related cancers
- Quinoa lowers blood pressure & helps with migraines
- Potatoes are packed with vitamin B6, potassium & iron, keeping your heart strong
- Cherries lower uric acid levels eliminating gout
- Garlic is antiviral and anti fungal and can be used for curing ear aches
- Onions help to heal kidneys
- Basil is antibacterial & helps eliminate infections
- Strawberries are anti-inflammatory & lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Carrots nourish skin with their beta carotene
- Pears are considered hypoallergenic and boost the immune system with vitamin C & copper
- Rhubarb is high in calcium, important for strong bones
- Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses the kidneys
- Turmeric contains circumin which reduces inflammation, helping eliminate arthritis pain
- Leafy Greens have a bioflavonoid known as ‘Quercetin’ which can help cut down on allergies
- Pineapple has bromelain, a respiratory healer that removes phlegm and mucus
Start by incorporating some of these foods into your daily diet. Your body will have more energy and you’ll feel better.