Let’s take a closer look at what we put into our bodies and start adding some foods to your diet that will promote health and add nutrition. There are healing foods for common health problems that will help you feel great.

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Great Foods For Your Health

Much importance is placed on eating a balanced diet to maintain health, but foods can also be used to heal the body’s ailments. As a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals, food has the added benefit of being able to prevent future health problems.

Carrots are loaded with vitamin A. There is numerous way to add carrots to your daily diet but probably the easiest is to have some handy chopped up and cleaned in your fridge so that whenever you feel a bit hungry they are there for the grab. Filled with fiber and vitamins, carrots make for the perfect health snack and if you just can’t adjust to eating them raw, consider creating a healthy low-fat dip to instantly fill you up.

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Apples are super healthy and delicious and contain vitamin C, and anti-oxidants and they come in so many varieties that I am sure you will find the one that best suits your taste without a problem. Of course, you can eat an apple between meals to still your hunger, but try adding apples to a stir-fry or stew for that extra sweet taste or shredding it into a fresh and healthy salad and you will soon find the possibilities are endless.

Tomatoes are absolutely loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients that will help your body stay healthy. Apart from being beneficial to your vision, they are also a great help when it comes to preventing cancer, so you really should make an effort in adding tomatoes to your daily diet. Fresh tomatoes are of course wonderful in salads, but why not experiment a bit with them and create your own tomato sauce you can use to brighten up your daily dinner plate?

Garlic has of course been known over centuries for its healing properties. It will help you lower your blood pressure and can even lower your cholesterol levels. Garlic is great for your heart and blood vessels so eat it regularly to keep your circulatory system healthy. And if you are worried about the smell, just add loads of parsley to any dish and your breath will stay clean. One of my personal garlic favorites is roasted garlic. Just chop off the top of a whole bulb, add some high-quality sea salt and olive oil, and pop it in the oven to slowly roast it until it is soft and golden brown. You can just squeeze out the garlic and use it as a healthy spread, maybe add some lemon juice and parsley to finish it off.

Plums help you fight anemia by jacking up the iron. Moreover, they are rich in vitamin C and thus also help prevent various diseases.

Both black and green olives are a good source of vitamin E and they can even diminish inflammation. In addition, olives are a great source of iron, copper, and fiber. You can quickly and easily add all sorts of dishes and salads but it is still easier to switch to olive oil. Another delicious way to add some olives to your diet is by making an olive tapenade and spreading it on some crackers for a healthy afternoon snack.

Cranberries are very good for you and are full of antioxidants. A recent survey has shown that cranberries even have antibiotic properties, but best of all; they are absolutely delicious as a little snack between hours and give you an instant energy lift.

Celery is a great source of vitamin C and contains substances that are good for your blood vessels. Just chop them up and toss them into your salad or have them waiting for you in the fridge as little snack sticks to add to your daily fiber count. Celery goes great with a hummus dip but is careful, you might soon get addicted to this energetic food!

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Medicinal Power of Food

Improving nutrition translates to better health. But using food as a way to care for the body is nothing new. For more than 2,000 years, people have used food to cure many ills. There’s a type of food to counter nearly every challenge your body faces. And you can do it even if you hate vegetables. Reach for food to help address common problems such as:

  • Tissue damage
  • Low immunity
  • Inflammation
  • Thyroid imbalance
  • Toxic buildup

Super healing foods

Damaged Tissue

Since most body tissue is not visible it is often difficult to identify damage. Signs that tissue may need repair include premature wrinkling, cracked skin, muscle soreness, a torn ligament, and cuts, scrapes, or scars. Foods that contain the amino acids arginine and glutamine, as well as vitamin C can aid in healing. Tissue-repair foods include:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Lean Meat and Seafood
  • Dairy
  • Mangoes, Papaya, Pineapple, and Broccoli
  • Ancient grains

Depleted Immune System

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Gut healing foods

Digestive health is key to fighting illness because it helps eliminate free radicals that make it more difficult for the body to fight infection. Foods that provide good bacteria to balance the bad in the gut and antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, and zinc, can supercharge the immune system. Eat immunity-boosting food such as:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Mushrooms
  • Yogurt
  • Berries
  • Citrus
  • Kiwi
  • Apples
  • Red grapes
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Green tea

Health experts site inflammation as a leading cause of disease including diabetes and heart disease. Eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help prevent and fight internal problems, as well as outward signs of inflammation such as redness and swelling caused by an infected cut or rash. Foods high in omega-3 fats and antioxidants are most important. Stock up on these ingredients:

  • Wild salmon
  • Free range eggs
  • Nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Red and purple berries
  • Sweet potatoes

Thyroid Imbalance

The thyroid is key to the proper function of many-body systems. When there is an imbalance, the thyroid is either not making sufficient hormones or is working overtime. These conditions can lead to sleep, weight, and fertility issues. Iodine, omega-3 fats, vitamins D and A, and selenium are important nutrients for treating thyroid problems. Grab these thyroid-support foods:

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Nuts

Toxic Build-up

The body is exposed to toxins daily. While it may be impossible to avoid exposure, the body is built to deal with them. Almost every organ is involved in detoxification, but the liver and gut are the most important. A diet that keeps them working properly is essential to keeping the body clean. Fill up on fiber and flavonoid-rich foods such as:

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Oatmeal
  • Brown rice
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Artichokes
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Strawberries

The body is designed to run on nutrients from food. If it can’t get the chemicals from healing foods that it needs to heal or prevent infection, it becomes out of balance. Balance is the key to staying healthy. Harness the medicinal power of foods by filling the refrigerator and pantry with items that will help repair the body and prevent future health issues. And if you need inspiration, check out these delicious meals with vegetables.