July 22, 2013

The Healing Properties of Plants.

When was the last time you ate because of a specific food's nutrients or properties? Some greens when you were on a diet, some ginger when your stomach hurt, some meat because you felt that you were protein deprived? In my last post I talked about the types of vitamins that we need every day and listed a few foods that provided them. But now I think it is important to be able to preventatively eat, meaning choosing certain foods because they will heal you, prevent you from becoming sick, and keep you energized.

Here it is, my long list of foods and why they are good for you: 

Aloe: Antibiotic, antibacterial and anti-fungal. Used externally to treat burns, abrasions and other minor skin injuries and also aids in digestion. 

Apple: Stimulates appetite, cleansing, benefits the effects of radiation and mercury level in the body. 

Almond Butter: Rich in vitamin E, benefiting skin and hair, anti oxidant, contains copper and iron, increases blood flow and bone mineral density. 

Avocado: Contains copper, vitamin E and protein. 

Beet: Benefits the heart, circulation, purifies blood, cleans intestines, anti-parasitic.

Bok Choy: Low in calories. Rich source of Vitamin C. 

Bee Pollen: Astringent, detoxifiying, aids alcoholism and hypertension and contains potassium

Bell Pepper (green and red): Improve appetite, aid circulation, contains vitamin C

Blueberry: Source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese 

Carrot: Contains beta carotene, benefits lungs, spleen, pancreas, assimilation and digestion, anti parasitic

Cabbage: Cleansing, benefits skin, digestion, stomach and intestines, contains vitamin C, vitamin E, iodine and calcium

Celery: Detoxifying, aids hypertension, contains silicon, benefits lungs, liver, spleen, pancreas, assimilation, digestion, anti-parasitic 

Collard Green: Contains vitamin A and chlorophyll 

Coconut: Potassium, magnesium 

Cucumber: Detoxifying, benefits heart, blood, skin, stomach, pancreas, large intestine, spleen, and aids hydration 

Daikon: Cleansing, detoxifying, anti-parasitic 

Dandelion: Used internally for dyspepsia, loss of appetite, flatulence, and as a diuretic

Fennel: Aids stomach and gas build-up

Flax Oil: Rich source of omega fatty acids, lignans, protein and fiber, beneficial for women's hormone balance, aids weight management, improves immune function

Garlic: Cleansing, anti-parasitic and pungent, aids digestion, colds, circulation and healthy intestinal bacteria

Goji Berry: Cleanses blood, boost immunity, anti-oxidant, helps detoxing, aids weight loss, strengthens the heart

Ginger: Used internally to treat nausea, motion sickness, vomiting

Green Chard: Vitamin A

Kale: Aids congestion, contains chlorophyll, beta-carotene, calcium and iron 

Lecithin: Brain food, contains omega fatty acids, phosphorus and vitamin B

Lemon: Astringent, anti-septic and anti-microbial, aids circulation and hypertension

Mango: Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidants, rich in vitamin A, E, and mineral selenium, alkalizing, improves digestion 

Parsley: Contains beta-carotene, chlorophyll, sodium, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, aids digestion

Peanut Butter: Rich in vitamin E, anti-oxidant, fiber, coenzyme Q-10, calcium, iron, niacin, and protein 

Pineapple: High in vitamin C, anti-oxidants and fiber, benefits elasticity of skin and eyesight

Red Leaf Lettuce: Detoxifying, contains vitamins A and C, chlorophyll and iron 

Romaine Lettuce: Detoxifying, contains chlorophyll, vitamins A and C

Strawberry: Anti-oxidant, detoxifying, high in folate, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium and some B vitamins

Sweet Potato: Detoxifying, contains vitamin A, benefit blood

Spinach: Laxative, removes toxins, aids digestion, contains chlorophyll, vitamin A, iron and calcium 

Tomato: Detoxifying, benefits hydration, stomach, blood and digestion 

Turmeric Root: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, improves circulation, boost immunity, contains essential minerals and amino acids, supports liver health and a number of women's health issues

Wheatgrass: Acne, aging, arthritis, asthma, bladder, blood pressure, bones, bronchitis, cancer, circulation, diabetes, eyes, fatigue, hair, heart disease, kidney, liver, lung, skin,weight loss, nervous disorder, ulcers 


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