Everything you put into your body will either be used as fuel or sent as waste. When it is sent as waste it will have to go through a detoxification process, which harms your body in many ways. Ideally, everything that enters your body will be used as fuel to power your body to optimal health. Ann Wigmore said it best, “The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Choose wisely. No worries, I am here to help! Here are 5 foods that are so incredibly powerful at not only fueling your body, but also at healing it.
I’m sure if you are here reading this you have heard of turmeric. Turmeric is a root herb that looks very similar to ginger root except the inside is a deep orange color. Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for ages and for good reason. Turmeric is a powerful herb. Promoting benefits like anti-inflammatory, natural painkiller, potent antioxidant, protects DNA from damage, metal detoxification, improves digestion and stomach health, treats depression, treats epilepsy and seizures, improves gums and tooth health, relieves cough, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, improves thyroid health, kills cancer cells, boosts immunity and longevity, and more!
Wow! It seems almost impossible that one thing can do so much, but that is the power of food. It can be harnessed in small doses with no bad side effects unlike prescription medications.
Basil is a powerful herb. It promises anti-inflammatory properties just like turmeric. It blocks the activity of the inflammatory enzyme COX just like over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen and aspirin. Basil is also high in Vitamin A, which helps reduce blood cholesterol reducing the hardening of arteries. Basil is also anti-bacterial.
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable containing the compounding sulforaphane. This is potent compound found to kill cancer cells. “Similar to broccoli, cauliflower contains glucosinolates and thiocyanates, such as sulforaphane, which can help liver enzymes eliminate carcinogens and prevent cancers, including ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, lung cancer, endometrial cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, and bladder cancer.”* The compounds and vitamins in cauliflower can also be helpful in heart health, reversing blood vessel damage. Cauliflower also contains fiber and anti-inflammatory compounds that promote good digestion.
Garlic is one of the oldest forms of medicine on the planet. Garlic contains the compound allicin. Allicin is known for its powerful health promoting benefits like lipid lowering, anticlotting, antihypertensive, antioxidant and antimicrobial. Can you see why it has been used as medicine for centuries?!
Walnuts are the king of nuts. If you don’t care which nut you are eating, go for walnuts! They contain the highest amounts of Omega-3s and are loaded with antioxidants. Omega 3’s are great for mood regulation as they facilitate the “feel-good” hormone’s, dopamine, release in and out of cells. AND walnuts may also help you stay trim. In evidence based studies, those who ate one serving of walnuts a day has slimmer waists than those who didn’t even when controlling for calories.
These are foods that are probably already in your diet, so why not add a few more servings each week. When we eat to live, we fill our bodies with fuel that our bodies need to live a healthy life. Will you choose to eat to live or live to eat? If you need someone to guide you in your journey, we are here to help! Come join us in our Vedging Out Online Plant Based Community!
Peace, Love, Plants,
Jeanmare and Cristy are creators and contributors of the Living Simply Nourished Blog. Grab a cup of tea (or coffee!), find a cozy spot, scroll around, read some stories, find some inspiration, and enjoy!
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