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Medicinal Superfoods to Grow In Your Garden

Hippocrates 413 BC (father of modern medicine) "Let food be thy medicine & thy medicine be thy food. All health starts in the gut".

At the end of WWII, we had victory gardens where people grew 45% of our food chain in our own backyards. Now, we now grow <0.01% completely outsourcing our food & our health. Healing through diet has been lost to Western Medicine, which is now focused on merely masking symptoms. Let's be proactive and prevent illness healthfully!


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Earth provides all the things we naturally need to be healthy. This means anything from pure nature, is here to help us. This idea is reflected in the proposed shift of the food pyramid to move grains to the top & focus on nutrient-dense foods.

What are superfoods?

The expression "superfood" is a relatively new term referring to foods offering maximum nutritional benefits for minimal calories. They're packed with nutrients minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. No government based legal definitions classify any food for a superfood at this moment. But most superfoods are plant-based. Superfoods are essentially foods that are known to have a very high nutrient density. This means that they provide a considerable number of nutrients and hardly any calories. They have a high quantity of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Antioxidants are natural molecules that exist in certain types of foods that help neutralize the "bad" free radicals present in our bodies. How do free radicals form? They are byproducts of energy production that can wreak havoc physically.

Antioxidant molecules reverse or decrease the effects of free radicals which have close links with many health issues such as heart disease, arthritis, stroke, and respiratory conditions.

Superfoods aren't going to fix all the medical conditions known to man. Adding superfoods as part of daily nutrient intake is great but in moderation in a healthful, balanced diet in general.

Besides being packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional supplements, a number of these ingredients are stated (some even demonstrated ) to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, improve brain health, even help you lose weight with many more health benefits.  You can never go wrong with whole produce and their friends nuts, seeds, and whole grains.

See: Ayurvedic herbs for detoxification

What defines superfoods?

A superfood is a complete food with high nutrient density. Usually plant-based, superfoods are full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. There are no conventional criteria or an approved list of superfoods, according to the American Heart Association. Because of this, amongst others, many nutritionists avoid using the term to prevent unrealistic expectations of protection against chronic diseases.  

See: Functional Medicine For Brain Fog Treatment

Superfoods you can grow

Studies have demonstrated that superfoods high in flavonoids and antioxidants help stop coronary heart disease and cancer, in addition to improving immunity and diminishing inflammation.

Regularly eating fruits and veggies also has strong relationships with a lower risk of several lifestyle-related health conditions and general mortality. The nutrients that they contain help promote a healthy complexion, nails, and hair and boost energy levels. They can also help maintain a healthful weight.


Inflammation Is The Root To All

Things that cause inflammation: anything "man-made" or unnatural to the human body = processed sugar, artificial

sweeteners, most drugs, GMO's, pesticides, vaccines, artificial flavors, preservatives, trans-fats. You get the idea.

Super Foods In The Garden – due to full of nutrients, high chlorophyll,  phytonutrients + detox's heavy metals, pollutants, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. Yum.

 

- Moringa oleifera: part of traditional medicine for centuries + Ayurvedic medicine associates it with cures or prevention of about 300 diseases. The leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anti-oxidants, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering, cardioprotective. Seeds work great for water purification.


-Kale: Purple, green w, high levels of indole-3-carbinol (I3C) found in cruciferous veggies (broccoli) + sulfur, vitamins, minerals all good for cancer prevention, detox.

 

- Cilantro: excellent for digestion, heavy metal detoxification, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, loaded with vitamins,  minerals. I do drops in tea.

 

- Oregano: immune boosting, anti-microbial, cancer cell retarding properties.


- Parsley: great detoxifier and helps restore the alkaline balance in the body.


- Ginger: cleansing, aids in digestion, circulation, decreases inflammation, pain, settles the stomach, cancer. Sliced

into foods, smoothies, tea. I do drops.


- Turmeric: Indian spice - exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities including anti-inflammation, Anti-oxidants


- Aloe Vera: anti-inflammatory, Anti-oxidant, alkalizing, detox, digestion, cleansing, adaptogen (it becomes what you need) for infections, healing burns, blemishes, and scars, heals leaky gut, damage from radiation therapy, chemo-induced tissue damage.


- Garlic: sulfur, effects on over 150 different diseases including cancer as part of the glutathione system - disease-fighting,  immunity-boosting, antioxidant,  detoxifier, enzyme activator, feeds the brain, protects the liver.


- Mint: detox, boosts the brain, support heart, stimulating enzymes, burn fat, nose, throat congestion applied topically,

inhaled, eaten (chewed, chopped, blended w, sauces, soups, salads, curries, juices, fresh, dried, in hot tea, essential oil).


- Lemons: morning lemon water: helps cleanse the liver, alkalize the body (pH), improves digestion, stimulates bile production, immune system, weight loss, detox' s, boosts energy, improves hormone balance. Great if you can eat peal too (inner white pectin).


- Cucumber: Adding a few slices of cucumber to water for rehydration, anti-inflammatory properties – heart, brain health, skin, cancer, pain, bones, weight loss.

 

- Avocadoes, oil: 19 benefits – hair, eyes, soluble & insoluble fiber + best good fat. Can make pudding, add to salads, eggs, dressings. Recommended eating 1⁄2, day.

 

- Berries: A massive study of 93,600 women found that eating blueberries, strawberries reduce heart attack risk by 34%. High in fiber, low glycemic sugar, nutrient-dense antioxidants protect cells from DNA damage, hypertension (BP), anti-inflammatory, reduces cancer risks, improves heart health, reduces oxidized cholesterol, lowers LDL, free radical damage, raises HDL, controls blood glucose levels, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance reverses neurodegenerative disorders, reduced pain and cartilage degradation. Blackberries easy to grow.

 

- Beets: Lowers blood pressure, support liver detox, help reverse fatty liver disease, prevent cancer, improve heart health, boost endurance & stamina, boost brain health, promote weight loss, boost immunity, reduce macular degeneration, cataracts support capillary structure, a high source of fiber (relieving constipation), stimulate digestion, improve bone health, anti-aging (folate).

 

- Tomatoes: Vitamin A, C, K, folate, potassium, fiber for healthy skin,  strong bones, fights cancer, regulates blood sugar, improves vision,  hair, kidney function, chronic pain, inflammation, weight loss, prostate.

 

- Celery: Lower cholesterol, arthritis pain, weight loss, detoxes, high blood pressure, prevents urinary tract infections (UTIs), supports bladder health, prevents cancer, boost the immune system, reduces asthma symptoms, improves heart health, regulates fluid balance, relieves migraines, treats rheumatism, prevents cataracts, promotes weight loss, constipation, teeth

 

- Cabbage (red, green, purple, bok choy): High in antioxidants,  anti-inflammatory (joins, pain, allergies, skin disorders), vitamins, minerals, prevents GI cancers, supports digestion, constipation, fiber, ulcers, heart health, cholesterol, protects from radiation damage, boost immunity, promotes weight loss, prevents cataracts, raw fermented Sauer kraut (make own) supports microbiome, prevents prostate issues, improves the brain.


- Broccoli: Aids in digestion, high fiber, prevents chronic diseases, support healthy liver, boost brain health, reduces allergies, anti-inflammatory, reduces risks for, treats cancers (uterine, prostate, breast, lungs, colon, liver,  bladder,  kidneys, GI), promotes a healthy heart, blood sugar,  diabetes, improves metabolism, detoxes, supports skin, protects from UV, treats stomach disorders, macular degeneration, cataracts, boost immunity,...

 

- Radishes: Prebiotic that feeds the microbiome, relieves constipation, treats urinary disorders, supports weight loss, improves the cardiovascular system, treats cancer (colon, kidney, GI, stomach, oral) & respiratory diseases, aids in

digestion, lowers blood pressure, controls blood sugar, diabetes

 

- Apples: High in fiber, minerals, vitamin C, K, & B’s, quercetin, prevents heart, stomach, liver disorders, gallstones, constipation, diabetes. They also lower the risk of suffering from rheumatism, eye disorders, a variety of cancer,

gout, Alzheimer' s, Parkinson's diseases. Best eaten as stewed with skin as pectin in the skin helps detox, promotes digestion.

 

 

See: Moringa Powder Benefits For Diabetes

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