The human body is amazing.
Your lungs never forget to breath, and your heart never forgets to beat. When you cut yourself your body knows how to heal, no conscious thought required by you. This amazes me!!
It has this ability to heal itself naturally with very little support from us. But each and every single day we are presented with choices in terms of the food that we eat. Some of these choices can either provide much needed nutrients for the body to run its processes optimally. Other choices don’t.
A healthy way of eating and living supports our bodies to naturally heal and be free of aches and pains. All you need to do is make the commitment to making better choices with food because our bodies need the vitamins and nutrients these healthy foods offer in order to properly self-heal.
Journey To Self-Healing
The journey to self-healing starts with a conscious decision to start living a healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diet and getting enough sleep each night. Watch out for a whole post on sleep soon, its SOO important! I know your busy but without your health you don’t have anything. Just a quick tip sleep is far more effective if you go to bed and wake up similar times each day even if it’s not enough sleep try and see if you can at least get a schedule down. It is when we sleep that the body is working endlessly to repair itself. Without enough sleep, the immune system is weakened.
Having a regular exercise routine is another activity that has amazing anti-aging and self repair benefits. Exercise helps the body greatly as it strengthens the cardiovascular system and helps in reducing stress. And of course the food we eat effects the body’s ability to self-heal. Choosing to eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients over processed and artificial foods is essential to helping the body, the organs and the cells function optimally.
The Right Diet – Healing With Food
I’m not talking about counting calories or skipping breakfast. I am talking about a healthy balanced diet which consists of lots of veggies and healthy fats with some healthy protein sources and whole grains in there too. Many scientific studies have shown the amazing ability of the body to improve it’s healing process with proper nutrition. Healing with food is very possible with the right foods and lifestyle habits. So when we talk about foods what are some great ones to add into your daily diet? I go through some every day superfoods that are super full of vitamins and minerals and great for boosting your own immune system.
Almonds contain calcium, vitamin E, potassium, fiber, folate and healthy fats. Almonds are a very nutritious snack and are super convenient to bring around with you as a snack. They can also lower your risk for any heart disease and colon cancer. Just stick to a handful or two only each day or add them to yummy homemade trail mix. Need inspiration? Here are 21 Healthy Trail Mix Recipes.
We’ve heard them over and over again that an apple a day keeps the doctor away and it’s true. Apples are rich in fiber and flavonoids (an antioxidant). They also contains catechins which can help in preventing cancer. And you can choose from the many different types of apple – Fuji, Red Delicious, Pink Lady or Jonagold just to name a few. Not that keen on eating whole apples? Have you tried them with peanut butter? Or try adding grated apples to your overnight oats, I love adding the following ingredients together in a bowl the night before for a yummy and super easy breakky the next day.
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 grated apple
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk
- handful of walnuts
- top the next day with goji berries, or other nuts and seeds or a spoon of greek yogurt.
This amazing and delicious vegetable has the ability to change the body’s pH level. It is also rich in antioxidants that can fight off free radicals in our body. Asparagus contains phytochemicals that is anti-inflammatory and because of that, it can relieve you of the pains caused by arthritis and rheumatism. Have you tried baked asparagus? Line it on a baking tray with some garlic a drizzle of olive oil and some black pepper and bake for 10-15 minutes. Yummy!!!
Avocados are one of my favorite foods! They are a very tasty green fruit, often used as a main ingredient in making a guacamole, and super rich in phytochemicals. Not only this fruit is delicious, it is full of healthy fats and helps protect you from cancer. It can be eaten cooked or raw. Try baking some eggs in your avocado halves for a different yummy breakfast option or I love adding frozen avocado into my smoothies. It makes them soooo creamy!!
Bananas are one of the most nutritious tropical fruit. It’s a good source of potassium that facilitates in lowering one’s blood pressure. It promotes the production of serotonin which calms your body (and we all need that these days). Need some extra ways to use your bananas? Click here to check out 31 Creative Ways to cook with banana!
Whether it be black beans, lima beans, lentils, peas or green beans, these legumes are packed with antioxidants, fiber and protein. Because they are rich in antioxidants, regular consumption of legumes can reduce your risk of developing cancer. Ever tried adding beans to your next dessert for a fiber boost? Click here to learn how to make black bean chocolate brownies. Trust me, they are super yummy!!
Just like bananas, beets are loaded with potassium. They are also a good source of folate that shields our body against cancer and heart diseases. Raw beet juice can also be used to detoxify and to rejuvenate your body. And I LOVE beets! But if your someone who doesn’t naturally love the taste of beets try one of these 11 different ways to eat some beets.
Blueberries can be eaten fresh or frozen. They can be eaten by the handful, in a salad, or added into a smoothie. Blueberries have an anti-cancer effect and they help in producing dopamine, which can improve your mental health and well-being. And did I mention are delicious!! I love to add blueberries to my smoothies, my chia pudding, overnight oats, protein bars and homemade desserts.
A vegetable that is rich in fiber, broccoli can promote a healthy digestive system and is also packed with Vitamin C, which strengthens the body’s immune system. This is one powerful vegetable because it contains cancer-fighting substances namely sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol that works together in destroying carcinogenic compounds ingested by the body. Broccoli is so versatile too, you can add it to salads, strifys, soups, bake it or just eat it raw with a yummy hummus or pesto dip.
Not everyone likes brussels sprouts (my husband is one of you) but this vegetable, like broccoli, contains nutrients that protect your body from cancer. It contains bioflavonoids that can prevent cellular mutation and cellular damage and they can help inhibit the growth of tumor. For those of you who say you don’t like them have you tried them baked like this recipe? Or my husband will actually eat them raw sliced really thinly into a salad, you could try that too 🙂
Healing with Food
So these are some to get you started although this list could be even longer. Just trying to eat the rainbow of real foods is a good one to remember 🙂 Eating more of the right foods can make a significant change in how our body functions and reacts. It is after all about eating right and then feeling right. Healing with food.
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