Seven Plants Be Thy Medicine
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. Food is medicine. But are you practicing eating food for a particular purpose? What does wellness mean anyway? Does it mean being free of an illness and enjoying life? How do you feel mentally, physically and emotionally? Your health is your greatest wealth. Your health affects how you think, move, interact and achieve goals. When you don’t feel well, every aspect of your life and the life of those around you is impacted.
Your health is your greatest wealth. Your health affects how you think, move, interact and achieve goals. When you don’t feel well, every aspect of your life and the life of those around you is impacted. The purpose of this post is to share seven plants, all derived from the earth that heal and nourish your heart and mind.
Modern medicine fixates on diagnosis and treatment which is wonderful, especially when you need it. Eating for health relies on a proactive frame of mind, one based on scientific research, self-awareness, and prevention. The first part of this two-part series: “Seven Plants Be Thy Medicine” will address edible foods with medicinal qualities. The second part of this series will discuss essential oils (EO). EO have been around since before biblical times, and are nature’s support tools to help your body heal itself.
But, without further ado:
- Walnuts. Yes, you read that correctly ~ walnuts are exceptionally rich in ❤️-healthy omega 3, which is often hard to find in foods. Snack on a few walnuts throughout the day and you will be doing your heart a favor. In 2004, walnuts came into world fame with the FDA when they allowed a qualified health claim for these tasty nuts: “Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 oz of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”
- Blueberries. This probably comes as no surprise that blueberries are super healthy. The component, anthocyanin, is what gives the berry its color and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, so be sure and eat the skin. In addition to the amazing antioxidant facts, blueberries have been linked to lowering cholesterol, reducing diabetes risk, supporting urinary and vision health and (holy cow) if that’s not enough also slowing the aging process! Next time you have your bowl of oatmeal stop and consider these blue wonder fruits to add to the mix.
- Pomegranate. Do you find these hard to eat? I do, but I’m going to get over it and start eating them more often because of their major health benefits. Pomegranates are also rich in antioxidants and research shows promising results in reducing heart disease, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure as well as reducing the risk of certain types of cancer. When you’re in need of a healthy snack consider the pomegranate, you won’t be sorry you did.
- Green Tea. Have you started to add green tea into your daily routine yet? If you haven’t you certainly should, and soon. Study after study support amazing benefits of green tea including its cancer reducing properties, reducing the chance of a stroke and heart disease and it’s role in reducing inflammation that is associated with different types of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). Some of the most recent research is promising toward preventing type two diabetes and osteoporosis. Wow. Just wow! I knew the benefits from my previous blog post and now the studies are proving more and more benefits.
- Honey. Throughout the ages, honey has been revered for it’s healing properties which include antibacterial and antiviral effects. It’s also very effective for digestive health. Raw honey is what you need to buy when shopping for this tasty yet powerful food. Honey is filled with Phytonutrients, oh and next time you have a sore throat put a little honey in your green tea for immediate relief.
- Broccoli. Boy, I wish I liked this vegetable but I really don’t. I’m finding creative ways to make it because it’s such an important piece of our nutritional pie. Broccoli is loaded with vitamins such as A, B-6, folic acid, and K. More? Yes, it’s also full of minerals such as calcium and potassium. It’s a superstar! It also has a unique claim to fame because of its cancer-fighting properties.
- Spices. Tumeric is terrific! It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, may reduce cancer risk and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s! Cinnamon helps lower cholesterol and stabilizes blood sugars and finally Ginger supports digestive health, is used for anti-inflammatory reasons and recently for cancer prevention. These three spices are special and consider adding to your diet. Hey instead of salt and pepper, how about some turmeric, cinnamon or ginger? Not only will these spices enhance your food but also add amazing health benefits!
Remember that when you are eating for health, it relies on a proactive frame of mind, one based on scientific research, self-awareness, and prevention. This is the first part of this two-part series: Plants Be Thy Medicine. The second part of this series will discuss essential oils, which have been around since before biblical times, and are nature’s support tools to help your body heal itself.