The vast majority of foods with healing qualities work best in preventative roles and are most effective when consumed as whole foods.
Here’s a list of foods that you should add to your diet:
Beans: Beans are a great source of protein and fibre and are extremely filling. Studies
have shown that a diet rich in lean protein – about half from plant sources such as beans –
was found to lower blood pressure and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, and to cut the risk of heart
disease by 21%. Beans are also full of antioxidants and in some studies has been shown to
reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Berries: Strawberries, raspberries, and especially blueberries has been touted as great
sources for antioxidants. Blueberries have 2-3 times as much antioxidants as apples,
broccoli, spinach and many other fruits and vegetables.
Nuts: Nuts are a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. They can also help to
lower LDL cholesterol. Walnuts have especially high levels of omega-3s, which reduce the
risk of hypertension and heart disease.
Grains: Research suggests that eating three daily servings of whole grains can reduce the
risk of heart disease by 25-36%, stroke by 37%, and Type 2 diabetes by 21-27%. Whole
grains include oats, whole wheat, brown rice, bulgur and bran.
Yogurt: Yogurt is the king of foods containing probiotics, the friendly bacteria that helps
fight illness and disease. Two recent studies suggest that eating yogurt significantly
improved a person’s ability to fight off pneumonia. Make sure the yogurt that you are
eating contains ‘live’ or ‘active’ cultures.
Fish: Many studies show that incorporating salmon into your diet reduces blood pressure,
lowers cholesterol, and helps prevent heart disease. New research reports that a higher
intake of omega-3s appear to preserve bone density. Try adding salmon, sardines,
mackerel, and tuna to your diet.
Cabbage: The American Association for Cancer Research presented a study in November
2005 that found Polish women who ate cabbage or sauerkraut four or more times per week were 74% less likely to develop breast cancer. Additional studies found that cabbage may also protect against lung, stomach and colon cancers. The secret ingredient seems to be sulforaphane, a phytochemical in cabbage that works by stimulating cells to eradicate
Some home food remedies:
Headache? Eat plenty of fish: fish oil helps prevent headaches.
Upset stomach? Eat bananas: they will settle an upset stomach. Ginger will cure morning sickness and nausea.
Bone problems? Eat pineapples: bone fractures and osteoporosis can be prevented by the manganese in pineapple.
Head cold? Eat garlic: clear up that stuffy head with garlic.
Diabetes? Eat broccoli and peanuts: the chromium in broccoli and peanuts helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.
Clogged arteries? Eat avocados: mono-unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.