Foods that Heal

by on June 16th, 2010 at 7:00 am

It’s no mystery that eating is one of life’s greatest joys, but did you know that eating can also be a way to heal and restore wellness? Check out this list of foods that actually help your body recover from the effects of stress, environmental pollution, and less-then-healthy lifestyles, which can cause life-threatening conditions such as hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes.

Kiwifruit contains a powerful blend of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients which protect vital organs such as the heart and lungs and also support healthy circulation. Kiwifruit is even considered a natural blood-thinner! On an even sweeter note, the riper a kiwifruit is the more antioxidants it has, so let your fruit ripen fully before eating. Aim for one kiwifruit a day.

Cherries are a considered a healing powerhouse and have been used for centuries to combat inflammation, bacterial infections and viruses.  In traditional Chinese medicine, cherries are commonly used as a remedy for gout, arthritis, rheumatism and even anemia due to their high iron content. Aim for a small cup 3 times a week.

Guavas are a tropical fruit and pretty difficult to find depending on where you live. However, if you run into these nutritional superstars, you’re in for a treat. One guava contains more then 20 times the amount of lycopene present in a tomato, and that is good news indeed, since lycopene is a well-known antioxidant that protects us from various forms of cancer. Aim for one guava a day.

Beans are a well-known great way to obtain high quality protein along with digestive friendly fiber. But did you know that beans are also considered a ‘miracle food’ by many due to their power to lower cholesterol, regulate insulin production and protect us against cancer? Aim for two servings a week and always eat beans with a small serving of (preferably whole grain) rice.

Watercress is one of the most nutrient-dense greens around and packs four times the amount of calcium present in skim milk and much more iron then spinach. Not only that, it is also virtually calorie-free. So how will eating watercress benefit you? Watercress will fortify your bones, promote immunity and even support tissue health! Watercress is widely available especially in the warmer months so don’t miss out!  Aim for a small serving each day.

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