“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Plain and simple: Healthy eating means providing your body with healing foods = the nutrition that it needs to heal, regenerate, provide energy. and perform essential life functions.
Nutrients in food are essential for growth, healing and prevention of disease
There are so many food choices available and loads upon loads of advice on the internet about healthy eating that we can get bogged down in it all and become obsessed with labels and ingredients.
Often times and unfortunately, it takes an illness to make us look at our diet and decide that it’s time to make some changes. This can prove to be overwhelming, coping with ill-health and making the changes needed to support the healing process.
When we eat, it takes an enormous amount of energy for the body to breakdown and process the food that we consume. There’s a lot that takes place after we swallow our food, the digestion process merely begins in the mouth. If we eat a diet which consists of mainly processed foods then this uses more energy. That is why, after a big meal, you feel sleepy. It can take several days for the typical meal to pass through your body and it takes all of your energy trying to digest that big meal. Essentially, the body works overtime.
The more natural the food the easier it is for the body to extract what it requires.
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Some of the health benefits include healthy digestion, young looking skin, keeps blood pressure stable, helps prevent heart disease and strokes and boosts the immunity. Kiwi contains high amounts of Vitamin C, potassium, fiber and and a rich supply of minerals. Chinese medicine promotes Kiwi fruit to accelerate healing.
How to eat Kiwi fruit:
- Eat in a fruit salad; chop it up with or without the “fuzzy” skin. (Yes you can eat it!)
- Cut it in half and scoop it out, no need for a bowl or plate, it acts as its own serving vessel.
- Add to your smoothie, mix with other fruit of your choice or add to spinach, apples, cucumber and pears for a lovely green smoothie full of nutrition.
We are still discovering the health benefits of onions, some of which include anti-inflammatory properties, relief from colds and flu, lowering blood pressure, help in preventing heart disease and stroke. Latest research suggests that they contain ingredients that have proven anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties. Onions also have a huge antioxidant effect that helps relieve the symptoms of allergies and hay fever and boosts the immune system.
How to eat onions:
- Add to soups and stews
- Fry with other vegetables
- In your salad
- Chop them up and make a relish
- Topping for your burger
- Slice some tomato, top with red onion rings and add some balsamic oil for a lovely starter or addition to your meal
Carrots contain antioxidants called carotenoids, antioxidants are enzymes that stop free radicals from causing cells to break down
You will have heard the “old wives tale” that carrots improve your eyesight and there is some truth to that. Rich in beta – carotene, which as well as improving eyesight, helps with boosting immunity, skin health and fighting off damage caused by free radicals. Carrots contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamins C, D, E, and a large amount of vitamin A. Many conditions such as lung cancer, anaemia, mental fatigue, cataracts, heart conditions, immune disorders and constipation have been improved using carrots in treatment. Alpha – carotene, found in carrots, has been shown to inhibit tumour growth.
How to eat carrots:
- Raw – they are great as a snack
- Cook in a soup or stew
- Add to your salad
Broccoli is recognized as a super healing food with enormous nutritional health value.
Broccoli has been shown to help reduce cholesterol, aid the body’s detoxification process, balance body pH, lower blood pressure, prevent premature ageing of the skin as well as reducing heart disease and treating inflammation.
Broccoli contains vitamins A,C,D,B-12,B-6, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium and protein.
How to eat Broccoli:
- Raw , added to salad
- Add to pastas, stews, stir-frys and soups
Melons are high in essential vitamins and minerals.
Melon can help with health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, fever, constipation, digestion and cancer. Beneficial vitamins and minerals in melon include potassium, magnesium, fibre, Vitamins B-1, B-3, B-6 and folate as well as Vitamin K. All of this provides support with cell and tissue growth, wound repair, healthy skin, teeth and bones, prevention of heart disease and reduction in cancer.
These are only a few of the natural healing foods available to us. We really don’t need much advice as we already know that processed food contains no nutritional value and leads to obesity and disease. Food that has no additives or preservatives will be easily processed by the body and provide the nutrition needed.
What we eat is central to optimal health
Linda Ledwidge is a holistic health practitioner and a qualified general nurse, midwife, and naturopath. She has studied and become certified in several holistic healing modalities, including hypnosis, FasterEFT and Nutritional Therapy. Originally from Scotland, she now lives in Mallorca, Spain, and works with people all over the world to help them discover the way to a healthy, happy life.
Linda’s KISS approach to self-healing (keep it super simple!) has helped many others to achieve what they desire in their life using logical, simple tools to balance and maintain health and happiness.
Linda believes that we all have the divine right to live a happy, healthy and joyous life. Her passion is to show you how to make that choice! Visit her website, www.lindaledwidge.com for more information about her and her work.
Mobile: +34 692062290
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