Top 5 Disease-Healing Foods

The most healing foods are still right under nose at the farmer’s market, the fish monger, and the grocery store — concealed in their Clark Kent garb. Our mission here at MyHealingKitchen.com is to help you get more of these super-hero healing foods into your shopping cart (and your body!) so you can defeat the bad-guy ills and ailments that modern medicine can’t seemto get under control. For example…1. Diabetes-Busting Beans. There just isn’t a better food for controlling blood sugar and beating back Type 2 diabetes. Beans contain natural compounds that lower blood sugar… reduce your body’s need for insulin (your own and in drug form)… and take a big load off your poor, overworked pancreas.

In addition, beans and legumes are packed with so much fiber that adding them to any meal shrinks down its total glycemic load.

Beans work healing magic for prediabetics and diabetics alike. And you needn’t eat a lot of them to see results. Dr. James Anderson demonstrated that Type 1 diabetics who added a serving of beans to their meals were able to reduce their insulin dose by a whopping 38%. And a serving-a-day allowed Type 2 diabetics to completely eliminate their insulin and/or glucose-controlling meds.

Beans also contain tryptophan, a brain chemical which regulates appetite… boosts your mood… and supports a good night’s sleep. Beans eaten today also improve your glucose tolerance tomorrow, which gives twice the bang for your bite!

2. Fish Soothes Arthritis Pain. Want to reduce your joint tenderness and pain by half – or more? Simply eat more omega-3 rich seafood such as mackerel, sardines, herring, rainbow trout, and wild-caught salmon. Clinical studies prove these fish are genuine “arthritis healers.”

Inflamed joints really love the cooling, soothing comfort that omega-3s deliver. In addition, omega-3s spur the body to create inflammation-fighting fats called resolvins.

And a little bit of these healing foods goes a long way. A study conducted by Albany Medical College found that arthritis sufferers who consumed the equivalent of one fish dinner per night for 14 weeks reported a fantastic 50% relief from their pain.

Not a fish-fancier? No problem. You’ll also get healing omega-3s from eating flaxseeds, walnuts, cauliflower, and cabbage. You can even “net” the healing benefits of omega-3s with a new algae product that I’m really wild about.

3. Overweight? Slim Down with Veggies. Research shows that inflammation is one of the main culprits in weight gain. It interferes with the performance of the hormone leptin, which helps regulate your appetite and your fat storage metabolism.

You can clobber this inflammation with the phytonutrients found in onions, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, and winter squash (make it a one-two punch by adding them to the omega-3 fish I praised above). These weight-fighting veggies are also packed with fiber, which keeps your blood sugar low, so food calories aren’t packed away as fat.

A George Washington University School of Medicine study allowed overweight participants to eat as much as they wanted — as long as they ate mostly vegetables. Surprise! The veggie-splurging group lost significantly more weight.

Heavier folks often let fear of hunger stop them from pursuing a weight loss plan. But as the George Washington showed, you can “binge” on veggies and you’ll still loseweight without feeling deprived. Once you make veggies the foundation of every meal, you’ll start to crave them as much as the weighty foods you once gobbled. It’s really true!

4. Depressed? Buck Up with Whole Grains. There’s a reason why “comfort foods” are usually carbohydrates. That’s because carbs are natural mood-boosters. One clinical study demonstrated that people who consumed more carbohydrates experienced less depression than people who consumed a smaller amount.

But step away from the Kraft macaroni and cheese and other “simple” carbs, please. These carbs are fair weather friends that pick you up only to dump you soon after — plus they raise your blood sugar and add to your belly fat!

Vegetables are the ideal source of complex carbs. And if you give them a chance, whole grains will hit the sweet spot when you’re craving carby comfort food. That’s because they prompt your body to synthesize a steady flow of the mood-elevating brain chemicals tryptophan and serotonin.

So the next time you’re feeling blue, whip up a veggie-packed pilaf with comforting quinoa … or top nutty, plump brown rice with gently sautéed spinach and sunflower seeds (both are rich sources of mood-boosting folate).

5. Heart Health: Do You Need an Oil Change? Several studies show that adding extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) and other healthy fats to your diet can have has a positive impact on your cardiovascular health. Yes, indeed!

Those studies found that consuming a little cold-pressed EVOO every day reduces your risk of heart disease… discourages plaque formation… and reduces inflammation in your arteries and joints. And women who ate leafy greens and consumed about two tablespoons of olive oil daily, cut their risk of developing heart disease by almost half, according to new research.

The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, America’s most respected nutrition journal, followed 30,000 Italian women, average age 50, for eight years and found that women who consumed at least one ounce of olive oil per day lowered their risk of heart disease by 44%, compared with those who consumed less of olive oil.

Just remember: Cooking with EVOO destroys much of its healing power, so it’s best to drizzle it on foods after cooking. EVOO is best when it is unfiltered and cold-pressed… appears dark golden yellow or green… and is packaged in dark glass bottles.

The more “peppery” your EVOO tastes, the more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds it contains, says my pal TJ Robinson, “The Olive Oil Hunter.” (This guy has a job anyone would love. He travels the world in search of the freshest, most cardio-beneficial EVOOs — and then ships it directly to members of his Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club.) .

Hungry for healing?
I bet you are! And I hope you can enjoy these healing recipes very soon. BTW … If you have time, please tell me what some of your favorite healing foods, meal, or diet is.

Do you have a story about how you or someone you know has been healed by turning to “Nature’s pharmacy?” Please pass it along below so we all can learn and heal ourselves by your example.

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9 Fruits You Can Use to Replace Medications


1. Apricot. Apricots contain beta-carotene which stops radicals from damaging the inner structures of the organism and it is also very useful for our eyes. In our body, the beta-carotene form the A vitamin which prevent from developing a series of cancer diseases, especially the skin cancer. One fruit contain 17 calories 1 gram of carbohydrates and does not contain any fats.

Apricots are an excellent source of beta-carotene and are useful in reducing infections or skin problems. They are a good source of iron and potassium. Fresh juice of apricot leaves is useful in skin diseases. It can be applied with beneficial results in scabies, eczema, sun burn and itching of the skin due to cold exposure. Apricots have an alkaline reaction in the system. They aid the digestion, if consumed before a meal. The fruit is highly valued as a gentle laxative and is beneficial in the treatment of constipation. The fresh juice of apricots, when mixed with glucose or honey forms a very cooling and soothing drink during fevers. Its many benefits include quenching the thirst, and eliminating waste products from the body. In addition, it tones up the eyes, stomach, liver, heart and nerves by supplying minerals and vitamins.Advice: Try to buy apricots while there are still hard (green). When the apricots become soft, they begin to loose their nourishing properties.

2. Avocados. The oleic acid and the unsaturated fats containing in this fruit decrease the level of cholesterol and increase the quantity of high density lipoproteins. Beside that avocado contain a large quantity of cellulose, iron and vitamin C. One piece contains 81 calories, 8 grams of fats and 3 grams of carbohydrates. In order to fasten the ripping process put avocados in a closed plastic bag with an apple or a banana.

Advice: Try to replace the mayonnaise in your sandwiches with pieces of avocado.

3. Raspberries. Raspberries contain the ellagic acid which helps decrease the growth of cancer cells. These berries also contains the C vitamin, decrease the level of cholesterol and the probability of cardiovascular diseases. Rich in vitamin C, folate, iron and potassium, raspberries also provide high amounts of insoluble fiber (thanks to all those little seeds) as well as respectable amounts of the soluble fiber pectin, which helps control cholesterol levels.

Raspberries contain a large amount of cellulose. Since cooking does not destroy these compounds, raspberry jam may also be beneficial. Raspberry is one of the few fruits whose consumption would not have much effect on the body’s blood sugar levels. A glass of Raspberries contains 60 calories, 1 gram of fats and 8 grams of carbohydrates.

Advice: A natural face mask made raspberries helps protect against the suns rays. Vitamin C’s antioxidant powers help fade age spots and discoloration. It also rounds out the skin to fill in minor wrinkles.

4. Mango. A middle-sized mango fruit contains 57 milligrams of C vitamin which constitutes the daily norm for a human’ nourishment. This antioxidant helps to prevent the arthritis, is used in wounds recovery and enforces the immunity system. Pregnant women and people with anaemia are advised to eat this fruit regularly. It is also valuable to combat acidity and poor digestion. Mango also contains the A vitamin. One fruit of mango has 135 calories, 1 gram of fats and 4 grams of carbohydrates.

Advice: Some varieties do not turn red, orange or yellow. If buying these green varieties, look for other signs they are ripe such as a nice sweet fragrance. They should yield nicely to a light press with the fingertip. If they are brought unripe, they can be put in a paper bag in a warm place and they will ripen in a day or two.

5. Cantaloupe. Contain vitamin C (117 milligrams of C vitamin is contained in a half of cantaloupe – a double daily norm) and beta-carotene which stops the radicals from damaging the inner structures of the organism. It also contains 853 milligrams of potassium, which is twice more than in a banana. Potassium decreases the blood pressure. Cantaloupe has antioxidants that help us fight with heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, aging, etc. Cantaloupe is also a very good source of potassium, vitamin B6, dietary fiber and niacin (vitamin B3). A half of cantaloupe contains 97 calories 1 gram of fats, 2 grams of carbohydrates. Cantaloupe is beneficial for arthritis, obesity, fever, rheumatism, skin diseases, high blood pressure, abdominal and stomach gas and many other diseases.

Advice: When choosing cantaloupe, choose a fully ripened melon, because according to research as fruits fully ripen, almost to the point of spoilage their antioxidant levels actually increase.

6. Cranberries. Helps to combat the infections in the urinary bladder, stop the in growing number of bacteria. Cranberry juice can inhibit the aggregation of bacteria that cause dental plaque and based on evaluation of several vitro screening tests, it has been suggested that the proanthocyanidin compounds found in cranberry may exhibit some anti-carcinogenic activity. Some medical professionals and specialists believe that quinic acid abundant in cranberry may help to prevent the development of kidney stones. Recent scientific research shows that cranberries and cranberry products contain significant amounts of antioxidants and other phytonutrients that may help protect against heart disease, cancer and other diseases. In some people, regular cranberry juice consumption for months can kill the H. pylori bacteria, which can cause stomach cancer and ulcers. Drinking cranberry juice daily may increase levels of HDL, or good cholesterol and reduce levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol. A cup of cranberry juice contains 144 calories. There are no fats or carbohydrates.

Advice: Buy a 100% cranberry juice and add water without sugar.

7. Raisins: These little pearls- are the main resource of iron which helps to transmit the oxygen to tissues. The phytonutrients and olenolic acid present in raisins makes them beneficial for the health of teeth and gums. Having antioxidant properties, raisins help keep the blood clean and flowing, by getting rid of al the impurities. Raisins are believed to be good for bone density and have been associated with lower risk of osteoporosis in women. Studies claim that raisins contain additional nutritive compounds that can protect against heart disease and colon cancer. A half cup of Raisins contains 218 calories, 3 grams of carbohydrates. It does not contain fats.

Advice: Raisins are a good source of fiber and can help cure constipation. For the purpose, boil raisins in a saucepan of water, strain the liquid and drink it. Every morning try to add little raisins in your cereals.

8. Fig. The fig is a source of potassium and carbohydrates, it also contains the vitamin B6, which is responsible for the serotonyne – “hormone of pleasure”; it decreases the amount of cholesterol. One fig contains 37-48 calories, 2 grams of carbohydrates, 0 fats. Figs are high in natural and simple sugars, minerals and fiber. They contain good levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese. Dried figs contain an impressive 250mg of calcium per 100g, compared to whole milk with only 118mg. Dried figs consist from about 60% of sugar, contain a lot of vitamins and it is said that humans could live on figs only.

Advice: Eat dries figs as a healthy energy snack. For extra flavor and nutrients, stuff them with nuts and a little honey.

9. Lemon. Lemon contains limonene and C vitamin which help to prevent cancer. It has a limited number of calories and does not contain carbohydrates or fats. You must know that citrus fruits in general may have a great benefit over our body; citruses are useful for your skin, bones and heart; it’s a well-known fact that citruses are great eyesight defenders and mood enhancers.

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Health benefits of figs

Fig fruit is low in calories. 100g fresh fruits provide only 74 calories. However they contain health benefiting soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely for…optimum health and wellness.

Dried figs are excellent source of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. In fact dried fruits are concentrated sources of energy. 10

0 g dried figs provide 249 calories.

Fresh figs, especially black mission, are good in poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants such as carotenes, lutein, tannins, chlorgenic acid…etc. Their anti-oxidant value is comparable to that of apples at 3200 umol/100 g.

In addition, fresh fruits contain adequate levels of some of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, E, and K. Altogether these phyto-chemical compounds in fig fruit help scavenge harmful oxygen derived free radicals from the body and thereby protect us from cancers, diabetes, degenerative diseases and infections.

Also research studies suggest that chlorogenic acid in these berries help lower blood sugar levels and control blood glucose levels in type-II diabetes mellitus (Adult onset) condition.

Fresh as well as dried figs contain good levels of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid. These vitamins function as co-factors for metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Dried figs are excellent sources minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. 100 g of dried figs contain 640 mg of potassium, 162 mg of calcium, and 2.03 mg of iron. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation as well for cellular oxidation.

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Major Benefits of Greens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a sad fact that many of us now barely eat raw leafy greens any more. Have a think about when was the last time you ate anything raw leafy green. Think about how often you include leafy greens into your diet. Is it laced with chemicals? And is it fresh?
Following is some insights of the benefits of leafy greens which can be used in green smoothies to give you an idea of what you may have been missing out on. You may come to know why many of us are deficient in so many nutrients.

Chlorophyll
Green smoothies are absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals but one of the most amazing things about green smoothies is Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is abundant in green leafy foods and literally claws toxins and heavy metals from your body. Chlorophyll is also an excellent bowel cleanser.
Chlorophyll is purifying and can assist in inhibiting the spread of bacteria, fungi and other organisms. Chlorophyll acts to enhance immune response and to relieve mucus congestion, sinusitis and other ‘damp’ conditions. Chlorophyll, high in oxygen, also suppresses viruses and helps the lungs to discharge residues from environmental pollution.
Chlorophyll is a molecule and contains magnesium. It is very similar in chemical structure to human hemoglobin. The only difference is that hemoglobin contains iron and chlorophyll contains magnesium. In other words, Chlorophyll is almost identical in its chemical makeup to human blood. Chlorophyll is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory as well as a powerful purifying agent cleansing and brushing your internal temple. Chlorophyll is also helpful in eliminating bad breath which can be a sign of a toxic colon.
Here are more potential benefits of Chlorophyll:
• Helps to control and regulate calcium levels in the body
• Regulates blood sugar problems
• Increases iron levels in your blood
• May stimulate tissue growth
• Chlorophyll helps to purify the liver, which is essential in today’s world where we are faced with toxic build up from medication, excessive alcohol, chemicals in foods and cleaning products and the environment
• Enhances faster healing by increasing tissue and cell growth activity
• Can assist in constipation
• Assist in the production of red blood cellsBasically, leafy greens are alkalising and can aid in neutralizing toxic acids in the blood and tissues. They can assist in
• Vamping up your energy
• Strengthening of bones
• Healthy Brain
• Prevention of cancer
• Boost your immune system
Anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory leafy greens can also benefit in detoxifying your cells. Detox programs can be expensive and unnecessary when you can often get better results from nature’s greens.Trust in nature’s greens (organic) to surge your health naturally.Extracted from e-books “Green Smoothie Superfoods for Busy People” and “How to Detox Without Starving Yourself” at www.authenticdiscovery.com.au

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Health Benefits of Pomegranate

1. Antioxidants – These help to wrangle the hoards of free radicals in your system. Free radicals have an uneven number of electrons and like to balance themselves out by stealing from other molecules and cells in your body. These cells are oftentimes very important ones dealing with your DNA, and when they are destroyed, disease step

s in. Pomegranate juice is an excellent source of antioxidants that work to help you stay disease-free.2. Blood Thinner – Pomegranate juice helps your blood circulation, making it easier for blood to travel to your heart, brain, and the rest of your body.

3. Cancer Fighter – Pomegranate has been known to reduce and prohibit the growth of cancer cells and tumors in your body.

4. Digestion Aide – Pomegranate juice is a natural remedy for diarrhea, dysentery, and great number of other digestive problems.

5. Anemia Relief – With a high content of iron, pomegranate juice is a great home cure for anemia because it promotes higher levels of hemoglobin.

6. Anti-Inflammatory – Pomegranate juice has properties that help treat sufferers of arthritis. It can also help cure a cough or sore throat.

7. Neonatal Care – It has been proven that pomegranate juice ingested by pregnant women can help protect the neonatal brain.

8. Artery Protection – It helps keep plaque from building up in your arteries.

9. Cartilage Protection – It works to prevent the deterioration of cartilage in your body.

10. Cholesterol Reducer – Pomegranate juice is capable of lowering blood pressure by as much as 6% in daily drinkers.

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Skin VITAMINS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamins A, B-complex, C and E play a very big role in keeping your skin looking young and healthy because they keep your skin clear and supple and destroy toxic substances that will damage skin cells over time.

You can take these vitamins in supplement form or apply vitamin-rich cosmetic formulas straight to your skin, but the best approach to get these nutrients is from eating fr

esh fruits, vegetables and other natural sources.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, can clear up blemishes, renew skin tissue and avoid premature wrinkling. Carrots are best known as a source of beta-carotene, but so are yams, sweet potatoes, spinach, papaya, mango, and cantaloupe. Other rich sources of vitamin A include orange, yellow, and dark green fruits and vegetables.

B-Complex Vitamins

The B vitamins, typically referred to as B-complex, are crucial for healthy skin. B vitamins can help in clearing up acne, preventing dry skin, and keeping your skin supple. Legumes like lentils, peas, black beans, red beans are all great sources of B-complex vitamins.

Vitamins C and E

Both vitamins C and E are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants destroy skin-damaging free radicals that are caused when unprotected skin is exposed to the sun. Vitamins C and E also help your skin to produce collagen, a protein that fortifies your skin cells and keeps your skin smooth.

Most fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin C, and a diet that consists of a lot of whole-grain foods, fortified cereals, wheat germ, avocado, nuts, seeds, raw nut butters and vegetable oils will present ample amounts of vitamin E. Quite a few of the foods that supply vitamin E, especially nuts, flax seeds and vegetable oils such as soybean oil, also include linoleic acid, a fat that helps prevent your skin from drying out as it gets older.

Why Get Healthy-Skin Vitamins From Food?

Vitamins play an important role in maintaining the health of all body cells, including you skin cells. A lack of vitamin A, B-complex, C or E may have a damaging effect on your skin. By eating a wide selection of whole, unprocessed foods, you should be able to obtain all the vitamins you need, in the amounts you need. Plus, you get a host of other healthy nutrients which can only be found in food, and not in vitamin supplements or topical skin treatments.

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