Healing foods. The practice of optimum nutrition.

I thoroughly believe that we are what we eat. What we put into our bodies gravely affects how we feel, how we think, and how our bodies perform. Food is one of the biggest healers and preventatives of illness available and yet it’s one that is so often overlooked.

I recently posted a photo on Facebook that got a lot of people fired up (mostly those that work in the field of medicine.) That was not my intention but it opened up some serious conversation about how Drs go straight for the pharmaceuticals and not to the holistic approach of changing your lifestyle and your environment before you start popping a pill. Especially the ones that start leading to other difficulties after a long time of taking them. We have all heard the commercials about a certain kind of medicine that will clean up your dry itchy skin but the pill might also ruin your liver or cause depression or cause problems that are so much worse than the original problem.

Some responses were true, Sadly some people go for the quick fix of a pill instead of simply changing what they are eating.

Here are some simple conditions that you may be feeling that just choosing the right foods can completely alleviate your condition.

Remember everything you ever needed to heal your body is on this earth already. I know there are some instances that are much more serious than what I am talking about here, But Diet and Exercise can do so much more for you than a simple pill. for the long haul.

Here is a list of foods you CAN AND SHOULD eat, Not a list that tells you what not to eat.

 

Upset stomach: Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of an upset stomach, Gas, and indigestion. Constipation.

Ginger, it can be enjoyed raw, cooked, steeped in hot water or as a supplement, and is effective in all forms.

Chamomile can be dried and brewed into a tea or taken by mouth as a supplement.

Flaxseed, consumed either as ground flaxseed meal or flaxseed oil, has been shown to relieve uncomfortable symptoms of constipation

Headache

Herbal Teas,  can help with overall hydration, which in itself can prevent or relieve a headache, and depending on the type of tea,

Peppermint oil is used as an essential oil for headaches or migraines.

Coffee contains caffeine, which is added to some types of headache medications.

Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all good choices. Eating things that are high in antioxidants can help to relieve sinus pressure over time.

Headaches can also be caused by an unhealthy gut or dehydration, So drink plenty of water and eat your greens.

Baked potatoes with skin, Watermelon, almonds, yogurt, spinach and leafy greens are also great for a good healthy gut.

Heartburn: the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus,

Whole grains are a great source of fiber to help absorb stomach acid.

Vegetables are naturally low in fat and sugar, and they help reduce stomach acid. Good options include green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, leafy greens, potatoes, and cucumbers.

Yogurt, It soothes an irritated esophagus and is a good source of protein.

Ginger can be enjoyed raw, cooked, steeped in hot water or as a supplement, and is effective in all forms

Eat these healthy fats: Avocado, olive oil, walnuts, and soy products

Seasonal Allergies

Ginger can be enjoyed raw, cooked, steeped in hot water or as a supplement, and is effective in all forms

High-vitamin C citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, sweet peppers, and berries. and Tomatoes

Turmeric is well-known as an anti-inflammatory powerhouse

Local honey

Also, read my post on Can my diet affect my immune system.

Controlling Diabetes

Non-Starchy Vegetables

Leafy Greens

Fatty Fish like salmon and anchovies give you a significant serving of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, which can help protect your heart against potential complications from diabetes.3

Nuts and Eggs Nuts have high levels of fiber and most are low in digestible carbs, so they won’t raise your blood sugar.

Apple Cider Vinegar The fermented acetic acid helps to improve insulin sensitivity, lower fasting blood sugar levels, and reduce blood sugar response by as much as 20% when paired with meals that are rich in carbs.3

Natural Fats Choose pure extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle it on salads, use it in a marinade, or cook meats and vegetables with it.

Diarrhea, we all know what that is…

When you have diarrhea, the foods that you eat and the foods that you avoid can be critical to helping you recover quicker. This is where BRAT foods come in.

BRAT stands for “bananas, rice, apples, toast.” These foods are bland, so they won’t aggravate the digestive system. They’re also binding, so they help firm up stool.

 

Cold and flu

Chicken soup is also an excellent source of fluids and electrolytes, both of which are necessary for hydration if you’re making frequent trips to the bathroom.

Add Garlic to your soup it’s rich in compounds that boost immunity to stave off colds and flu.

That all-around great for you Ginger

Hot tea, Antioxidant-rich tea soothes achiness. Sipping hot fluids thins mucus and breathing in the steam helps clear your nasal passages. Add a bit of honey to tea to help relief a sore throat.

Toast Bland foods like toast are easier to eat when your stomach won’t tolerate much.

Sore throat

Warm-cooked pasta, Broths, Yogurt

Pop cycles are always a great treat for keeping you hydrated.

There is so much more great information and benefits to choosing wisely what you eat.

For more information, I recommend Healing Foods by DK publishing. 

An indispensable resource that shows you exactly what foods are best, and how to optimize their super-food potential.

What are your thoughts on this Subject?

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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