Let Food be thy Medicine

Let-Food-be-thy-MedicineFor thousands of years people were aware of the healing qualities of the foods around them. That is until the last 100 years, where food production has been taken over, hijacked by the ‘Food for Profits’ industries.

Food that is artificially grown, harvested too early, stored too long and heavily sprayed with dubious products has a much harder time sharing any health giving qualities than a fresh, naturally gown, and unadulterated food.

The following are some everyday foods and some of the healing powers they can contribute to our health and well-being.

Apples
There is truth behind the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

• Lowers blood cholesterol
• Lowers blood pressure
• Stabilizes blood sugar
• Dampens appetite
• Juice kills infectious viruses
• Prevents constipation
• Prevents tooth decay
• Helps diarrhea

Bananas
Bananas were first grown in India 4000 years ago, where they were known to help heal peptic and duodenal ulcers, as well as gastritis.

• Prevents and heals ulcers
• Lowers blood pressure
• Lowers blood cholesterol
• Helps alleviate PMS

Blue Berries
Scientists have found that Blueberries are full of anthocyanosides, which kill E-coli bacteria.

• Cures diarrhea
• Kills infectious viruses
• Helps lower blood cholesterol
• Improves blood pressure
• Helps with weight control
• Blocks damage to blood vessels

Broccoli & Cauliflower
The crucifer family of vegetables are known for their cancer fighting properties, ie indoles, dithiolthiones, carotenoids & glucosinolates.

• Lowers risk of cancer
• Protects against anemia and gum disease
• Helps maintain strong bones and teeth

Cabbage
Cabbage has been used to treat scurvy, gout, rheumatism, gangrene, asthma, tuberculosis, eye and gum disease, ulcers and cancer. It also helps purify the blood and is a great tonic especially when made into sauerkraut with the added bonus of enzymes and probiotics.

• Lowers risk of cancer, especially of the colon
• Prevents and heals ulcers ( especially the juice)
• Stimulates the immune system
• Helps kill bacteria and viruses

Onion
Onion has been used as a healing remedy for thousands of years. One of nature’s miracle healing foods, used for the heart, as a diuretic, blood pressure reducer, heart tonic . . .

• Lowers cholesterol
• Thins the blood and slows down blood clotting
• Controls blood sugar
• Destroys bacteria
• Clears bronchial congestion
• Blocks cancer

Garlic
Known around the world for its health giving healing properties garlic has been used to treat headaches, hypertension, rheumatism, asthma, hemorrhoids, ulcers, tumors, typhus, cholera, yeast infection, whooping cough, stings or bites, through the centuries.

• Fights infection
• Contains cancer preventative chemicals
• Thins the blood
• Reduces blood pressure and cholesterol
• Stimulates the immune system
• Prevents and relieves chronic bronchitis
• Acts as an expectorant and decongestant

Ginger

Read the post about the Therapeutic uses for Ginger here.

• Soothe digestive disturbances
• Alleviate nausea (great in early pregnancy)
• Prevents motion sickness
• Reduce fever
• Thins the blood
• Calm coughing and respiratory troubles
• Stimulates the circulatory system
• Helps relieve muscle aches and pain
• Can help get rid of dandruff
• Emerging evidence shows it helps lower cholesterol
• Japanese research has found Ginger is effective in lowering blood pressure and cancer risk”

Honey
Honey is another food that was used extensively in ancient medicine and scientists today confirm its amazing antibiotic abilities, which is why I put it in some of my First Aid Creams.

• Kills bacteria and disinfects wounds and sores
• Relieves diarrhea
• Sooths sore throats
• Calms the nerves, induces sleep
• Alleviates asthma

Oats
I have used oat milk baths to soothe nappy rash, eczema or any other sore or itchy rash or redness. I also put it in some of my First Aid Creams for its age old soothing and healing properties.

• Lowers blood cholesterol
• Regulates blood sugar
• Acts as a laxative
• Soothes contact dermatitis and eczema
• Helps promote weight loss
• Helps prevent cancer

Used mindfully, Food really can be our Medicine!

Source: Natures Healing Foods by Karen Davis

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14 thoughts on “Let Food be thy Medicine

  1. Hi Christie, I like the food as medicine article and am a real believer in fresh fruit and veges. One of the twins had a rash for 5 weeks. Doctor finally decided it was bacterial and prescribed antibiotics. They didn’t make any difference. Claire has been diligently applying coconut oil and the rash disappeared in 3 days and hasn’t returned.

    • Antibiotics are so harsh on the digestion. It is great to hear that a natural and simple food like coconut oil worked. People are also having amazing results swilling their mouths with coconut oil (oil pulling) to fix tooth cavities too.

  2. Very interesting! I also believe in the power of food! It was a part of what helped me heal from a chronic fatigue like illness. I wrote about it here if you want to read about it-http://www.familyhomehealth.blogspot.com/2014/06/food-as-medicine-for-incurable.html. I found you on Old-Fashioned Friday. 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing your wonderful food information. I’m in my 26th year of teacher and at one time you would have one, possibly two autistic students in your whole school. Now you have at least one or two per classroom, along with ADD, and ADHD students.
    I know the increase has to do with our environment, and the increase of preservatives and “junk” that is now put into our foods. Between what the mother eats pre and during pregnancy and what the child eats after birth — ALL has a bearing on the health of the child.
    If only people and especially families would eat naturally. I found you on Sunny Side and will be following you!! Thank you for your information!!
    Suzan

    • Hi Suzan, It is interesting to see the changes, both positive and negative, that are happening over time. For those who have only known things as they are now, this is ‘normal’ and the way things have always been for them. But those of us who have been around a little longer can remember when things were different, and know it doesn’t have to be this way. One area of change is that our food used to look different, taste different and was more nourishing for our bodies. People took responsibility and pride in producing nourishing and healing foods. There is a certain freedom that comes from taking responsibility for our own needs.

  4. Very good post and very informative. Food can either be our medicine or our poison and it is truly our choice. I have shared on Twitter & Pinterest. Visiting from Home Acre Blog Hop! Have a healthy happy day!

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