All You Wanted To Know About Healing Foods
Sometimes there are days where everything is really perfect with our bodies, but there seems to be a lack of spirit in the way we perform our everyday duties. May be a feeling of sluggishness, a little excess body weight — whatever the reason may be… some days are just not the best days. May be you woke up thinking, ‘I need a cleansing’ or ‘I really need a detox’. Those are the days when your body is giving you hints that it requires some internal healing. There might be some side effects that are left over from a previous treatment or there might be an undiagnosed condition holding you back. Either way, it is good to take a look at some healing foods that you can incorporate into your daily diet. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure!
Root Vegetables: When compared to grains, beans and legumes, root vegetables are the easiest to digest. They are excellent when it comes to boosting digestion and are very nourishing for the body. They also act as great detoxifying agents. Sweet potatoes and carrots are full of Vitamin C. Beetroots cleanse the liver and digestive tract, in addition to enriching the blood. Turnips also contain a large amount of Vitamin C.
Asparagus (Shatavari): This is quite an overlooked vegetable and is not included in many people’s diets. However, it is an excellent source of Vitamin B and has generous amounts of protein. It contains potassium, which prevents dehydration in the body and is very fibrous, which is good for the digestive process. You can grill asparagus, roast it or make some delicious soup to enjoy the many benefits it has to offer.
Cabbage: For some people, cabbage means a boring vegetable with nothing much to offer in the taste department. However, it is a powerhouse of vitamins K and C. It builds strong bones, reduces allergic reactions, is anti-inflammatory and is very good for overall gastrointestinal health. Cabbage juice is used for healing peptic ulcers. In traditional medicine, cabbage is used to treat the common cold, whooping cough, depression and constipation. Need we say more about how important this vegetable is for healing your system?
Herbs: No healing is complete without herbs. So how about adding some fresh or dried herbs to your every day meals? In addition to providing new tastes to your palette, they are very good for your system. Some common herbs are Basil, Coriander, Parsley, Dill, Thyme and Rosemary.
Fresh green leafy vegetables: Include at least one soup or juice everyday by using green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, mustard greens, etc. You can even add a dash of sea salt and fresh lemon juice on a bowl of steamed green leafy vegetables. Including such items in your diet can be very helpful for digestion and add iron content to the body.
Banana: Last but not the least, to address that monster everyone is trying to deal with these days, stress, use one of nature’s miracles — the banana! A rich source of Vitamin B6 and iron, bananas help the brain produce serotonin, which is necessary for a feeling of well-being. Bananas also help in reducing anxiety, which make them an overall best yet cheap and easily available healing food.
For more information on what kinds of healing foods you should include in your diet and on detox options available with us, please consult a nutritionist.
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