Eating a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables and some exercise are key to maintaining a good healthy environment for our body, however there are some super foods that if taken on a regular basis can give us that extra health boost. There are plenty more super foods however these are my top non negotiable 5 favourites I have everyday.
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Celery is a major alkaline food therefore it has an extremely high toxin removal rate. It helps remove any excess acid and poisons, and cleanses the liver and bloodstream. Celery contains compounds called coumarins, which are known to enhance the activity of certain white blood cells and support the vascular system. Celery is rich in vitamin A, magnesium, and iron, which all help to nourish the blood. Celery also has essential anti-inflammatory properties making it an essential food for those who suffer from autoimmune disorders. It also contains large amounts of calcium and silicon, which can help repair damaged ligaments and bones.
Can help heal: rheumatism, arthritis, anemia, auto-immune illnesses, and high blood pressure.
Other potential benefits: Improves digestion, prevents migraines, relaxes the nerves, clears up skin problems and detoxiﬁes the body.
Tip: Drinking 16Oz fresh celery juice on an empty stomach in morning/evening can improve your digestion and overall health in 1 week. If drinking celery alone is difﬁcult for you, try adding one to two apples for sweetness. You will need to strain the juice for maximum healing benefits.
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There are two types of blueberries, the larger berries that are usually seen in the fresh produce section in the supermarket, and the smaller, more flavorful wild blueberries. The wilder ones are more nutritious.
Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, these sweet and satisfying berries provide amazing potential health beneﬁts. They are excellent liver and blood cleansers, and are vital to the health of eyes and the digestive tract. Wild blueberries also have the ability to repair tissues and cells and keep the immune system strong.
Can help heal: Urinary tract infections and other potential benefits such as help support brain health, gut and heart health, reduces the risk of diabetes, strengthens the circulatory system, improves cognitive abilities, and helps prevent cancer.
Tip: If you are unable to find fresh wild blueberries get some frozen ones. Can be added to smoothies,muffins,pancakes and fruit bowls.
For scientific evidence on the benefits of blueberries
Ginger contains potent anti-inﬂammatory compounds called gingerols making it a powerful painkiller, very beneﬁcial for those suffering from joint, muscle, and nerve pain.
Ginger has incredible immune-boosting and germ-ﬁghting abilities.
Can help heal: E.coli, staph infections, heart burn, migraines, sore throats, colds, ﬂu, motion sickness, food poisoning, vertigo, and Candida albicans. Other beneﬁts: alleviates menstrual cramps, nausea, exhaustion, fatigue, and constipation. Aids in digestion and assimilation.
Tip: Fresh ginger has most healing benefits, have it in smoothies and teas. If the smell or taste is too strong for you, replace with powder form,capsule, tea, or tincture form. I love having it in a tea and adding a slice of lemon.
It’s an incredibly potent spice that can ward off a variety of illnesses. It contains a wealth of vitamins, including vitamin C and B-6, and minerals such as selenium, calcium, copper, and iron. Garlic also possesses very strong antibiotic, antifungal, anticancer, and antiviral properties. At least one clove a day is amazing for the immune system and can help protect your body from cold, ﬂu, and germs.
Garlic is great for the digestive system, removes parasites and worms from the colon, and eliminates toxic matter from the lymphatic system. It is such a great detoxing agent that it can help to effectively eliminate lead and other heavy metals from the body.
Can help heal: Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ﬁbromyalgia, Lyme disease, bursitis, shingles, ear infections, Candida, bronchitis, respiratory infections, food poisoning, herpes, coronary artery disease, stroke, urinary tract infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It also helps prevent colds and flus.
Tip: Try juicing garlic with vegetables for an immune-boosting drink. When you are not feeling well, eat one to four cloves of raw garlic daily. For added variety, try it in guacamole, soups, salads,hummus, or on toast with a little olive oil.
Having mushrooms decreases the risk of breast cancer by 64%. There are so many types so having a mix is always best. (White buttons, cremini, portebello ,reishi, chaga,shiitake,etc) Mushrooms have a great source of Vitamin D which is excellent for bone health, and reduces the risks of many cancers and diabetes. (For signs of Vit D deficiency read my previous blog https://bit.ly/2zMsh8G) They are also a good source of protein and fiber. They also contain vitamins minerals including potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, Vitamin C.
Mushrooms have these 3 amazing properties: * Antigen-Binding Lectins (ABL) – bind only to abnormal cells by recognizing a molecule on the surface of cancer cells which activates the body’s defenses calling them into action against that cell ⠀ ⠀• Angiogenesis Inhibitors – prevent abnormal cells from obtaining blood they need to replicate and grow ⠀ ⠀• Aromatase Inhibitors – prevent the enzyme aromatase from making too much estrogen, especially if excess fat on the body ⠀
Can help heal: cancer prevention, sharpen focus, bone health, boost immune system and help decrease risk of respiratory diseases.
Tip:Place your unwashed mushrooms in a brown paper bag and store them in the refrigerator on the lowest shelf, or store them in a large bowl to let them breathe and cover with a cloth or paper towel.
Mushrooms are the easiest and quickest foods to quick, can be added to salads, soups, and curries.
My favourite dish with mushrooms is a plant-based shepards pie, recipe here https://www.suzannesaleh.com/vegan-shepards-pie.