Healthy Food Choice Is Easy – Once You Know What To Look For

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( — November 8, 2013) Portland, OR — What we don’t realize is that those bad choices can lead to lower immune systems and sometimes to serious illness. Instead of focusing on the bad choices let’s focus on some good choices.


Spice up your foods with:

Dill – Helps digestion of carbs and protein and eliminates bloating! Even kills stomach bugs.

Tarragon – Lowers cholesterol and improves circulation.

Oregano – Kills bacteria and viruses, boosts immune system.

Bay Leaf – Relieves pain.

Rosemary – Helps you have energy and think more clearly.

Cayenne – Reduces appetite and indigestion, increases metabolism, lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels. A teaspon of cayenne mixed with a glass of warm water could instantly rescue a patient from an ongoing heart attack.

Cinnamon – Controls blood sugar and reduces inflammation. Inhibits the formation and proliferation of bacteria, yeast, fungi matter and mainly what is called candida albicans.

Cardamom – Combats indigestion.

Sage – Improves memory.

Turmeric – a complete well-being tonic – it benefits every organ in the body.

For even more benefits, combine these spices with foods that heal the body instead of tearing it down further like:

Fruits – Contain carotenoids that help your body fight diseases such as ALS and many also contain Vitamin C for boosting the immune system.

Green leafy vegetables – Also contain carotenoids. Spinach is loaded with all good things for the body with niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.

Green tea – Lowers cholesterol and strengthens the heart.

Chocolate – Contains magnesium and flavonoids that reduces blood pressure.

Beets – Nitric oxide regulates muscle contraction, blood flow, the balance of blood sugar and calcium, and cellular energy use reducing blood pressure.

Tomatoes – Contains cancer fighting lycopene.

Nettles – The USDA says one cup of fresh cooked nettles has 555% of the RDI for vitamin K, 36% vitamin A, 43% calcium, 35% manganese, 13% magnesium, andother nutrients. Eat them cooked or dried as this gets rid of the ‘stinging’ properties.

Mesquite Seed Pods – Not a normal menu item, but dried pods ground into flour is gluten free, high in fiber and packed with protein. It is rich in essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron. Because of its low glycemic index and low fat content it is considered optimal for both diabetics and those looking to lose weight.

Cheese – But only if it is made right. To be healthy cheese must be made from truly organic milk and be prepared properly with real bacteria.

Wild Alaskan Salmon – To be healthy you must choose a truly wild Alaskan product that contain low levels of mercury and PCB’s and high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are linked with lower levels of inflammation and heart disease.

Coconut oil – This amazing oil has been linked with reversing Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Studies are also showing benefits for hormone production, brain function, cellular health, bone health, and even immunity.

Avocados – the unique fats in this fruit benefits the brain, eye and heart healthand improves blood pressure, blood sugar, inflammation, aging, digestion, and even fighting cancer. During pregnancy avocados can provide the folic acid needed by babies for strong brains and nerves.

Nuts – contain healthy fats, minerals and fiber and replace other protein sources. Walnuts are known to improve heart health, improve blood pressure, improve brain function and reduce depression and cognitive degeneration.

Mushrooms – A well grown mushroom has been known to help with weight management, improve nutrition, increase Vitamin D levels, improve immune function, reduce inflammation, and even fight cancer. The Shitake in particular is renowned for stimulating the immune system, inhibit the growth of cancer, reducing cholesterol levels, reducing blood clots, and increase hemoglobin in the blood.

Garlic – Garlic is a natural antibiotic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. Raw garlic reduces blood pressure, prevents calcium deposits, boost the immune system, and possibly prevent cancer.

Onions – Have many of the same properties as garlic.

Royal Jelly – A substance made by bees for their young has been shown to fight cancer, improve blood health, improve skin tone, and improving infertility in both men and women. .

Bone based broths – Soups made from the bones of animals contain collagen, gelatin, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, glycosamino glycans, proline, glycine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. These all help with the development of healthy joints, bones, ligaments and tendons as well as hair and skin. Individuals with anemia, lung disorders, immune disorders, chronic infections, etc. would more specifically target these disorders using broth with increased marrow, found in the larger bones. Smaller bones are better known for fighting candida (yeast infections) leaky gut, and other intestinal problems and parasites.

Eggs – Although vilified for years studies are showing that eating eggs reduces LDL cholesterol, a lowered risk of macular degeneration, and improved cognitive and nervous system function.

These are just a few of the many health benefits available in foods. The point is that there are a lot of healthy options available. With a little bit of forethought and planning there is no need to eat unhealthy foods.



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