We live in a world filled with cures for crippling conditions and they are all completely natural. Using food as a form of medicine is not a new concept. The Indians lived off the land and the water ways as did the early American settlers. They knew the value of apples, avocados and beans. They tapped into the properties of blueberries as well as broccoli and carrots, benefited from the protective nutrients of nuts and oats, spinach and soy.
In the East food has always been a way to deal with alignments and diseases. Editable alternatives have the ability to booster the body’s immune system and ward off all kinds of invaders that cause havoc on human health. In Japan the Japanese have fished the ocean searching for types of vegetation such as seaweed, high in mineral and nutrient content for centuries.
Middle Easterners know that herbs and spices are just as valuable for healing. The Bible boasts the benefits of olives and grapes off the vine and the evidence is supported with decades of scientific research papers as to the healing properties of foods such as: fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes. Just ask anyone from Greece and they will sing the praises of yogurts and goat cheese, olive oils and lemon juice or listen to the Spaniards describe their diet for health made up of protein rich foods grilled or broiled. The Italians have long known of the vitamins garnished from tomatoes and garlic which they grow and prepare in abundance for family and friends as a form of solidarity.
I love homemade meals made from scratch. To me, there is nothing in this world that is more appetizing than the real aromas of scrupulous food floating through the air from an active kitchen where its being prepared. When I visited Italy I watched in awe as an array of extremely palatable foods was being prepared for consumption. I stood over stove and helped to stir the steaming soup made from a blend of vegetables brought in straight from the garden. I can still recall the sense of healthy satisfaction after eating a vegetarian feast of brightly colored, freshly grilled peppers, eggplant and zucchini accompanied by a loaf of freshly baked bread piping hot from the oven, all brown and crusty.
Here is a list of just a few of the conditions that can be addressed by some very tasty and healing foods:
- Colds and influenza
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel Syndrome
- Kidney stones
- Urinary track infections
- Yeast infections
These are only a few of the disorders that can be prevented or modified and improved with more attention to our diet, best of all, we can make these changes through natural means. Many symptomatic problems are brought about by food or environmental influences and an overgrowth of microorganisms like bacteria or yeast which over a period of time, eating the wrong foods cause these negative invaders to lodge themselves in our intestines.
For years the American diet has been high in saturated fats, we rarely grow our own foods but instead have added all kinds of chemicals to increase the flavor to appeal to our senses, neutralizing their natural taste until it is unrecognizable, and worst of all, stock our grocery store shelves with every non-nourishing and harmful fake food product imaginable.
Most frequently consumed restaurant or fast foods responsible for abdominal fat as reported from Reader’s Digest, Food Cures (2007). Pleasantville, NY
- Danish rolls
- French Fries
- Breaded fish burgers
- Breaded chicken nuggets
- Marbled meats
- Foods laced with margarine
- Foods prepared with vegetable shortening
A few healing herbs and spices also reported in this publication are:
- Cayenne pepper
Brief Examples of Delicious Meals Mentioned that Support Good Health are:
- Buckwheat pancakes
- Hummus made from mashed garbanzo beans
- Ginger butternut squash soup
- Lentils with stewed tomatoes and basil
- Three bean chili
- Fish tacos
- Turkey Cutlets
- Zucchini frittata
Food is to be enjoyed and flavorful, not fussed over or feared. When we eat the way we should to support our bodily processes we celebrate every meal as a festive occasion that brings pleasure to our taste buds and better health to our bodies. By spending a little time to acquire knowledge of what good eating can do for us, we can improve our chances of living longer and more energetic lives.