Sunday, 24 September 2017

Food as Medicine

In Australia, we have just come out of a cold and very windy winter. I managed to get through most of the season without the usual colds, flu and sinus problems until bang! In the middle of August, I got hit with a chest infection. I went searching for natural ways to ease my discomfort and supplement the antibiotics my doctor had prescribed and found the following list you might like to try.

Eat plenty of fish - fish oil helps prevent headaches. So does ginger, which reduces inflammation and pain.

Hay Fever
Eat lots of yogurt before pollen season and eating honey from your local region helps immensely.

To prevent stroke
Drink tea. It will prevent build-up of fatty deposits on artery walls and green tea is great for our immune system)!

Use honey as a tranquiliser and sedative.

Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial tubes.
(onion packs placed on chest helped the respiratory ailments and actually made breathing better).

Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines actually prevent arthritis.
(fish has omega oils, good for our immune system)

Upset stomach
Bananas will settle an upset stomach. Ginger will cure morning sickness and nausea.

Bladder Infection
High-acid cranberry juice controls harmful bacteria.

Bone Problems
Bone fractures and osteoporosis can be prevented by the manganese in pineapple.

Memory problems
Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying much-needed zinc.

Clear up that stuffy head with garlic. (remember, garlic lowers cholesterol, too.)

A substance similar to that found in the cough syrups is found in hot red pepper. Use red (cayenne) pepper with caution-it can irritate your tummy.

Breast cancer  
Eat Wheat, bran and cabbage to help to maintain oestrogen at healthy levels.

Lung cancer
A good antidote is beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in dark green and orange vegetables.

Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric and duodenal ulcers.

Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to cure this condition. (Bananas are also good for this ailment)

Clogged arteries
Mono unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.

High blood pressure
Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure. Celery contains a chemical that lowers pressure too.

Blood sugar imbalance
The chromium in broccoli and peanuts helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.

Other tips
Kiwi: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E & fibre. It's Vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of Vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

Strawberry: Protective fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protects the body from causing, blood vessels clogging free radicals. (Actually, any berry is good for you.They're high in anti-oxidants and they actually keep us young.........blueberries are the best and very versatile in the health field........they get rid of all the free-radicals that invade our bodies)

Orange: Sweetest medicine. Taking 2 - 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer.

Watermelon: Coolest Thirst Quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are Vitamin C & Potassium. (watermelon also has natural substances [natural SPF sources] that keep our skin healthy, protecting our skin from those darn uv rays)

Guava & Papaya: Top awards for Vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high Vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fibre which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes. (also good for gas and indigestion)

Tomatoes are very good as a preventative measure for men, keeps those prostrate problems from invading their bodies......GOOD AS MEDICINE.

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