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Parsley - Urinary Tract Infections, and More

I received a phone call from a breast cancer group who wanted me to donate to help "all those poor women" suffering from the disease. "Can I count on you to help them?"

I answered, "NO! There are many, much better resources than the American Cancer Society to treat and prevent cancer."

Even though if I gave them anything it would probably go to the staff and not to those in need, the truth is in my statement. There ARE much better resources for treating and preventing cancer than the American Cancer Society.

Good food is the best medicine. Papaya is one of those good foods.

Note this: ALL NUTRITIOUS FOODS FIGHT CANCER. Your best shot at fighting cancer is to eat well, meaning lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and refuse to consume anything that CAUSES cancer.

Papaya helps:

  • Prevent Cancer
  • Digestion
  • Lose Weight
  • Fight Sinusitis
  • Encourage Good Skin
  • Strengthen Bones

Prevent Cancer

New studies are indicating that papaya extract actually dissolves cancerous tumors. There is much more to learn from this research, and much testing to be done, but the work done so far is very hopeful.

Of course, native Mexican and Central American peoples, where papaya grow naturally, claimed this attribute all along. We're just slow on the uptake.

The main reason papaya works so well is that it's packed with nutrition. In addition to a host of beneficial minerals, it contains Vitamins E and A, and a three-day dose of Vitamin C. But don't expect Vitamin C to stay in your system for three days. It's a water-soluble vitamin that uses the C during the time you're eating the fruit. It hangs around, doing its good work. The excess is passed through the urine.

Bottom line: Eat papaya, and know it's a natural cancer-fighting food.

Digestion

Do you have issues with bloating after eating a meal? That's probably due to undigested fiber. Eat a slice of papaya, which contains papain, an enzyme that wards off bloating, for dessert.

Lose Weight

Similar to a melon, papaya is low in calories, a perfect dessert for those watching their weight.

Fight Sinusitis

Fight sinusitis with papaya. It contains bromelain, an enzyme that fights inflammation and decreases mucus. All you allergy sufferers take note.

Encourage Good Skin

Not only will papaya nourish you from the inside (rich source of Vitamin A, remember?), it can also be used as a facial. Mash one slice of papaya with a spoon. Then, with a cotton ball, soak up the juice and apply to your skin. Rinse off after 10 minutes, and admire the new you!

I've heard it said that papaya also diminishes freckles. It's worth a try.

Strengthen Bones

Papaya has enough minerals to help strengthen your bones. So if osteoporosis is one of your fears, be afraid no longer! Papaya is a delicious way to fight bone disease.

There are two types of papaya, Mexican and Hawaiian. Both are delicious. Choose fruit that is slightly soft. You can buy papaya green, however, without losing any flavor. It just takes it a day or two to ripen. Papaya chunks can be frozen for enjoyment all year long. An added benefit, the seeds are edible too.

Onion - Even Works on Menstrual Pain

There is a lot of overlap in how herbs work in the body. This is excellent news! It means that when you run out of one herbal family of remedies, you still have access to many others that do the same, or similar, things.

The Onion is no exception. In fact, it contains a host of remedies that heal and prevent illness. Let's look at flavonoids as an example. Onions contain around forty of these health boosters. It used to be, in the nutritional dark ages, flavonoids were considered unnecessary ingredients in a food or herb, especially when the active ingredient was something else. True, flavonoids are not active ingredients. But "active" ingredients need some help in order to work. As it turns out, flavonoids are "activating" ingredients. They facilitate the herb or food to do its work.

One such flavonoid - quercetin - protects the eyesagainst cataracts, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. As for treating cancer, onion contains twenty-five compounds that inhibit cancerous growths.

The very things that onion is blamed for causing, watery eyes, a burning, runny nose, are also the very things onion can be used to treat. Do you have sinus congestion, or a cold that is making your eyes water and your throat raw? Breathe in some raw onion fumes.

Onion is also an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. This means you can prevent the cold and congestion by regular use of onion, the closer to raw the better.

Onion also helps relieve nausea and other gastrointestinal disorders, including colic in babies. And it strengthens the appetite.

Do you have a problem with high cholesterol? Onion can raise your HDL, or "good" cholesterol up to 30% over time. It also has diuretic properties.

Is the whole neighborhood infected with colds and you haven't caught it yet? Sleep with a cut onion next to your bed at night to prevent viruses.

Other things Onion has been used for:

  • Acne
  • Earache
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Coughs and Colds
  • Cuts and Wounds

Acne

Squeeze the juice from one onion

Apply with cotton ball to affected area before bed.

In morning, wash face.

Repeat each evening before bed.

Onion Compress, for arthritis and chest congestion

Make an onion compress with cut and boiled onion

Put the boiled onion into a thick cloth and apply to joints for relief.

Or apply to chest to relieve congestion

Earache

Squeeze some onion juice in a bit of cotton ball and put it in the outside of your ear canal. It literally draws the infection out of your ear. You can even put a drop or two of onion juice inside the ear canal for the same, if not better, effect. This is especially effective for "swimmer's ear," which is a fungal infection.

Hemorrhoids

If no bleeding is present, insert a piece of onion directly into the anus overnight.

If bleeding is present, mix equal parts of onion juice with olive oil and apply to the affected area before bed.

Onion Cough and Cold Medicine

Cut up one onion.

Boil in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes.

Strain through tea strainer or cloth.

Add honey.

Take throughout the day.

Alternative Cough and Cold Medicine

Boil one onion in water with added honey.

Do not strain, but sample throughout the day.

Cuts and Wounds

Apply onion juice mixed with equal parts of olive oil directly to affected area.

Raw Onion

Eat raw onion slice daily;

  • to improve eyesight
  • to relieve gas and chronic stomach distress
  • to regulate periods
  • to relieve menstrual and uterine pain

Parsley - Urinary Tract Infections, and More

If you grow your own, you won't fall for poisonous look-alikes, such as fool's parsley, which can be deadly. Parsley piert, another look-alike, is not deadly, and can be used as a healing herb as well.

Parsley has a number of healthful properties, such as an anti-cancer tumor inhibitor, an anti-inflammatory, loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to keep your immune system healthy. It has Vitamin K, which helps build bones and keep them strong. Vitamin K also protects the nerves. It also has properties that help keep your heart healthy. It has been used for:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Kidney stones
  • Gastrointestinal issues, including flatulence, indigestion and colic
  • Headache, tired eyes
  • Head lice, insect bites, bee stings
  • High blood pressure (as a diuretic and a blood vessel dilatator)
  • Breath freshener
  • Anti-Cancer properties

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections can be very tenacious and life-threatening. Your best option is to see your physician. Should a physician not be available then you can try Strong Parsley Tea. Drink one to three cups daily until urine runs clear.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful. See your doctor. If one is not available, you may try Strong Parsley Tea. Drink three cups daily until stones pass or symptoms clear.

Strong Parsley Tea, used for kidney stones, bladder infections, and to start delayed menses

Wash and dry Parsley root. You may either dry the Parsley root completely and store for later purposes, or use fresh Parsley root.

2 teaspoons of fresh, chopped Parsley root (1 teaspoon dried root)

1 cup boiling water

Pour boiling water over Parsley root.

Let steep 10-20 minutes. Strain into cup.

Sip slowly. Drink 1-3 cups daily.

Note: DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT

Gastrointestinal Issues

Although annoying, gastrointestinal issues are usually not life-threatening. A Mild Parsley Tea can be taken. Sip slowly.

Mild Parsley Tea, used for gastrointestinal disorders, flatulence, indigestion, colic, and as a diuretic

Wash and pat dry Parsley leaves. You may use either fresh or dried Parsley leaves.

2 teaspoons of fresh, chopped Parsley leaves (1 teaspoon dried leaves)

1 cup boiling water

Pour water over Parsley leaves.

Let steep 5-20 minutes. Strain into cup.

Sip slowly for gastrointestinal distress as needed.

Headache and Tired Eyes

Mild Parsley Tea, unsweetened, is an excellent remedy for a headache due to stress. Take a clean rag and dip into a Mild Parsley Tea solution. Wring out excess moisture and apply as a cool dressing for headache and tired eyes.

Lice, Bug Bites, Bee Stings

Dry some Parsley for use during the winter months. Fresh Parsley can be crushed and rubbed directly on a bug bite or bee sting. Otherwise make a Parsley Oil that can be used year around.

Parsley Oil

Wash fresh Parsley (leaves and roots) and pat dry. Place on a towel to finish air drying.

Gently pound Parsley with meat tenderizer on a cutting board to bruise and break plant fibers. Set aside.

Heat 1 cup oil until slightly warm. Pour into clean glass container. Add crushed Parsley.

Cover and put in cool, dark place or refrigerator for 3 days.

Breath Freshener

Chew a few fresh Parsley leaves to freshen breath.

Fresh Parsley

Use fresh Parsley as an addition to cooked vegetables, homemade stews and soups, and scrambled eggs. Although cooking the Parsley won't harm you, you get better nutrition from the raw herb. So add chopped Parsley to everything you cook for added benefit.

High Blood Pressure and Heart Health

Drink 1 cup Strong Parsley Tea daily. Also, add fresh Parsley daily to your meals.

Anti-Cancer

This is an excellent herb to use if your body is prone to cancer. Even if it isn't, daily use of Parsley works as a cancer preventative.

Growing Parsley

Parsley is a biennial, meaning it won't produce seeds until the second year. But you can grow it as an annual in cold climates, or grow it inside as a part of your culinary and herbal garden.

Germination is slow, so be patient. To hasten the growth of your Parsley, soak seeds for 24 hours before planting. Water frequently. DO NOT LET THE SEEDS DRY OUT. Parsley requires a lot of sun, so if growing your herb inside, be sure to place under a grow light or in a sunny window.

When growing Parsley outside, remember it makes an attractive companion plant to her herbal garden, as well as a lovely border.

Kiwi

The Kiwifruit is a world traveler. Born in ancient China, it has traveled the world, and is now grown commercially. Nicknamed the Chinese gooseberry, which didn't seem to appeal to anyone, it was renamed Kiwifruit, which seemed to appeal to nearly everyone. It is one of the most nutrient packed fruits ounce per ounce, on the market.

Here are some of the health benefits of the Kiwi:

  • DNA Protection
  • Antioxidant
  • Fiber
  • Asthma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Heart Health

DNA Protection

Kiwi helps protect DNA. However, while research is still being conducted to discover how it does this, no one knows the specifics. Maybe it's because of its extraordinarily high concentration of Vitamin C - 155% in a single piece of fruit. Or maybe it's because of its high phytonutrients such as beta carotene, flavonoids carotenoids and Vitamin K content. This little fruit is packed!

Antioxidant

We all know that Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Kiwifruit capitalizes on it. This means it neutralizes free radicals that damage cells and can cause cancer and other diseases. It supports the immune system, eases the symptoms of auto-immune conditions like arthritis, and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Fiber

Kiwi is rich in dietary fiber. The body needs fiber for many reasons, to reduce high cholesterol, for removing toxins from the colon, and for blood sugar control. Diabetics, take notice.

Asthma

If you have a child with asthma, or if you have it yourself, you know the fear and panic that this disease promotes. Studies are continuing in northern and central Italy with six- and seven-year-old children with respiratory issues such as wheezing, shortness of breath and night coughing with excellent results. Is it the Vitamin C improving their health? That's the reason for the studies, to discover why the children's symptoms are diminishing.

Macular Degeneration

Does Kiwi help in preventing macular degeneration? These studies are looking hopeful. Kiwifruit is high in beta carotene. The better-than-average content of carotenoids in Kiwi is showing incredible promise. One 18-year study, to find ways to prevent blindness in adults, found that eating three or more servings of the fruit is indicating a 38% reduction in age-related vision loss in older adults.

Heart Health

Kiwi lowers the risk for blood clots, and it reduces the amount of triglycerides (fats) in the blood. It may be necessary to eat two or three of the delicious Kiwi to receive this benefit, however. But if you already have heart disease, what better medicine could you take?

Mustard

Mustard is a weed. If you're raising goats, don't let them get into your mustard. It gives their milk an off flavor.

Since it grows practically anywhere, you may not need to cultivate it in your garden. In fact, I'd suggest you didn't. It produces many, many seeds, and, like I said, it grows anywhere, all throughout your garden.

Mustard is a valuable plant otherwise. Mustard greens taste like spinach, if you blanch off the bitterness first. You will want to cook the greens before eating. Eating them raw is like trying to swallow a fur ball, but cooking takes care of that.

Also, Mustard leaves are dirty and buggy. Be sure to clean them thoroughly first. I would soak them in some soapy water first. Rinse thoroughly and clean each leaf thoroughly before blanching.

The flowers can also be used to make a home-made gourmet mustard spread.

So why is this buggy, dirty, fuzzy, bitter plant a power food?

Mustard has been feeding the poor for thousands of years. Not only does it grow all over the world, it fights cancer, contains nutrient essentials like Vitamins A, C, D, K, folate, potassium, calcium, iron, fiber and phosphorous.

Let's take a look at some of the conditions Mustard addresses.

  • Cancer
  • Psoriasis
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Heart Health
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Aches and Pains
  • Cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Detoxification

Cancer

Let's learn a new word here: glucosinolates. You find them in cruciferous vegetables, like Mustard Greens, broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and the like. And they resist cancer.

About cancer, everyone has cancerous cells. Instead of dying, cancerous cells want to live forever, and try to. They feed off other cells, and multiply at insane rates, if they aren't stopped. Cruciferous vegetables work hard to stop them.

The seeds are especially valuable in halting cancer in its tracks. You can grind the seeds to a powder and add the powder to soups, stews, sprinkle it over vegetables and other foods. Cancer will hate you for it.

Psoriasis

While you're fighting cancer with Mustard Seeds, you might experience an interesting side effect. Your Psoriasis might go away entirely. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease. Auto-immune means that the body is fighting against itself. That happens especially in societies that eat too little real food. The body's ability to know what is an enemy and what is a friend is compromised. The more real food you eat, the better the body's ability to understand friend from enemy in enhanced, and the healthier you get. Lots of good things happen when you feed your body instead of fighting against it.

Contact Dermatitis

This kind of healing happens from the inside out. Once again it's the seeds you need. Regular consumption of seeds provides the body the material it needs to keep skin healthy, including dermatitis you can get from others. The seeds help heal skin tissue and reduce swelling.

Hearth Health

If you already have heart disease, you might want to start cooking with mustard oil. The presence of omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy constituents contribute to a healthier heart, even to the point of reducing the rate of cardiac arrhythmia, a reduction in ventricular enlargement, and reducing the associating chest pains.

Respiratory Disorders

Do you want a good decongestant, cough and cold symptoms, sinus issues, or sore throat? Try gargling with a tea made of mustard seeds. Add the seeds to your regular diet, and it helps to heal and soothe the mucous membranes that are attacked during a cold or sinus infection.

For bronchitis you might want to try a mustard seed plaster. Take some ground mustard seed, add a little water to make a paste, and apply it to the chest. Mustard is warming, which will be absorbed into the skin. You will also be breathing in the fumes from the plaster, bringing the healing right into the lungs. Please protect the skin with a cloth barrier and put the plaster on the cloth, not bare skin.

Aches and Pains

When you apply a hot mustard poultice (plaster) to an area, please protect the skin. You want warmth, not blisters. You can apply a poultice muscle pains, joint pains, sprains, strains, any place you want to increase blood flow. This also works on muscle spasms.

Been on your feet too long? Make a foot bath with ground Mustard seed and soak the soreness away.

People suffering from nerve damage have also noticed improvement when a poultice is applied to the affected area.

Cholesterol

The studies reveal that dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables lower cholesterol. Mustard greens fall into that category.

Osteoporosis

They're also loaded with calcium which prevents osteoporosis.

Detoxification

Filled with antioxidants, they also help to detoxify the body.

Do you want a healthy body? Eat Mustard greens, and use the seeds as well.

Oatmeal

To this day, my kids hate oatmeal. We were poor while they grew up, so I had to make every food dollar count. I fixed oatmeal almost every day for breakfast, because it was the best nutrition for them. Oatmeal and fresh bananas! Yumm! A friend of mine puts all kinds of fresh fruit into her oatmeal, plus nuts. Who needs sugar when fruit is naturally sweetened?

But like my kids, oatmeal is not this country's favorite breakfast. Instead, we are addicted to sugar. We want sugared drinks, candy, desserts and sugared cereals. Sugar is added to all sorts of foods, especially processed foods. Read the labels. Sugar is added to bread, canned vegetables, fruits, even milk. If the label reads high fructose corn syrup, run the other way. Nothing puts weight on you faster than high fructose corn syrup, except maybe diet soda, which also causes weight gain.

This is what happens. When you eat something that your body doesn't recognize as a food, it stores it as fat. Think about that the next time you eat plastic Kool Whip, or some other fake "food."

So, back to oatmeal. Besides being full of nutrition and fiber, what is oatmeal good for?

Oatmeal has been known to:

  • Boost Energy
  • Fight Infection
  • Protect Skin
  • Support Weight Loss
  • Prevent Diabetes
  • Promote Heart Health
  • Reduce Colon Cancer

Boost Energy

Protein is a natural energy booster. Oatmeal is not only low in fat and high in fiber, but is also very high in protein. In fact, it has some of the highest protein levels of any grain.

Are you a runner, or do you do sports? In one recent study, low glycemic foods, such as oatmeal, eaten three hours before a workout gave participants better endurance than those consuming a high glycemic meal. Combine this meal with a little extra protein, and you have an excellent menu for your sports activity. Yes, oatmeal is high in protein, but if you know in advance that you're headed for a hard workout, provide a little extra protein to see your activity through.

Fight Infection

Oatmeal contains something unique. Its fiber, called beta-gluten, enhances your body to heal more quickly. It helps your body eliminate the bacteria in infections by assisting neutrophils get to the source of infections rapidly.

Protect Skin

Oatmeal is good for every part of your body. It can be used topically to relieve itchy and irritated skin. It can be combined with salves and herbs to make a paste for topical uses. It can be put into the bath to soothe irritated skin. So the next time your suffer from, say, poison ivy, take an oatmeal bath. Its anti-inflammatory activity will take the edge off and begin healing your skin.

Don't forget to eat your oatmeal as well. Nutrients such as copper, zinc, selenium, niacin and thiamin care for your skin from the inside out.

Support Weight Loss

Oatmeal contains natural appetite suppressants. Because it's high in soluble fiber, you will feel full for longer. In addition, one cup contains only 130 calories, a great way to start your day. Of course, you'll want to add nuts, seeds and/or fruit to your bowl.

Prevent Diabetes

Once you already have diabetes, oatmeal will help with sugar cravings. However, prevention is the best medicine. Oatmeal stabilizes your blood sugar, reducing the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

The way it works is that because it's a complex carbohydrate, it releases its sugars slowly, unlike simple sugars that flood the body with a shocking surge that interferes with normal bodily functions, spiking insulin in an unnatural way. Also, oatmeal contains magnesium, which assists glucose and insulin secretions to behave in a way that helps your body function.

You want your body to function properly. Diabetes affects every organ in your body, preventing them from working as they should. You really don't want this debilitating disease.

Promote Hearth Health

Beta-glucan, the unique fiber in oatmeal, removes bad cholesterol while it benefits your good cholesterol. If you want your heart healthy, you will pay attention to this fact. Furthermore, it's high in antioxidants, which help prevent free radicals from damaging your LDL (good) cholesterol. Studies confirmed a link between consuming oat-based foods and a healthier lifestyle.

Reduce Colon Cancer

We just talked about oatmeal's antioxidants reducing the effects of free radicals. Free radicals cause cancer. The reason we talk specifically about colon cancer here is that oatmeal also contains a high amount of soluble fiber, which helps clean the colon and keeps it healthy. You want to include oatmeal in your anti-cancer program.

A note here: Everyone has cancer cells. When those cells get out of control, a person is said to have cancer. The best solution to fighting those cells is to eat foods, such as oatmeal, that fight against the growth and reproduction of cancerous cells.

Most of us have diets that are not good for us. We eat "foods" that damage us and call them food, even when they don't feed us at all but rob us of vital nutrients. Our diet promotes cancer. A good beginning to changing this trend is to eat oatmeal.

Eggs

If I had a choice, I would buy chickens to get my own natural, organic eggs. But we live in a trailer park where having chickens is against the rules. Eggs are a power food, especially when they're organic, no growth hormones, no antibiotics, nothing to mar the quality of the eggs. Eggs are filled with nutrition, and should be added to your weekly diet. In fact, they can be eaten daily with no harmful effects, according to the most recent research.

I've found some very good reasons to eat eggs:

  • High Nutrition
  • Good Cholesterol
  • Choline
  • Heart Health
  • Eye Health
  • Complete Protein
  • Weight Loss

High Nutrition

Do you want a food that will not only satisfy your hunger, but will feed your body with excellent nutrition, including some rare forms not found in most of our diets? Eat eggs. They contain Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Selenium, and Omega 3s, among other nutrients. They are among the most complete foods on the planet.

Good Cholesterol

You may have been told that Eggs are high in cholesterol. That's true, as far as that information goes, but what the "bad" cholesterol folks don't tell you is something that's totally amazing about the cholesterol in Eggs. The cholesterol in the eggs in your diet, unless you have a genetic abnormality or a rare medical disorder, don't raise the LDL in your blood.

This is what happens. Your liver constantly puts out cholesterol. If you eat eggs, the liver puts out less cholesterol to keep the body balanced. In 70% of people, eating eggs doesn't raise LDL levels at all. In the rest, there may be a mild increase in LDL levels. It's other non-foods that contribute to adverse LDL levels in the blood in most cases. High fat, sugar and salt "foods" are the ones to avoid, not eggs.

Furthermore, Eggs also raise the HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels in your blood. In one study, test subject ate two eggs a day for six weeks. The result? Their HDL levels raised by 10%. That's GOOD!

Choline

Not only do most people not get enough of this nutrient, most people don't have any idea what it is. I didn't, before doing this research. Choline, linked with the B vitamins, repairs cell membranes and the signaling molecules in the brain. Around 90% of people don't even get half of the Choline they need, except for those who eat Eggs, of course.

Heart Health

Just so you know, not all Eggs are created equal. Free-range chicken have the highest levels of Omega3 in their Eggs, as do those who are fed Omega3-enriched foods. Omega3 fatty acids reduce the level of blood triglycerides, good news for those wanting to increase their heart health.

Studies are showing that eating eggs can decrease the risk of stroke as well.

Eye Health

Eggs, like vegetables, contain antioxidants, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin, which are excellent for good eye health. As we get older, our eyesight gets worse. Lutein and zeaxanthin both work to build the retina in the eyes. These two antioxidants also work against cataracts and macular degeneration. In addition, Eggs contain Vitamin A, without which we would all go blind.

Complete Protein

There are several food combinations that make a complete protein, such as beans and rice. Eggs are not one of them. An Egg already contains the correct amount of amino acids that make a complete protein in humans.

A note on "complete" proteins: Your dog or cat is not human. What is complete for a person is not complete for either one of them and can lead to blindness if you put your pets on a human, vegetarian diet. Find out which amino acids your pets actually need before you consider putting them solely on plant-based food.

Weight Loss

One of the problems most dieters face is that constant hungry feeling. A person can only eat so much salad. But add an Egg to that salad, and you may have a winner. Eggs help people feel full, a necessary factor in helping them lose weight.

Furthermore, the protein in Eggs helps build muscle. Rich in leucine, an amino acid that regulates how muscles use glucose, Eggs are valuable to those working on endurance training.

Maybe you're not into endurance training, but studies are showing that even up to three Eggs a day will not harm your body, and instead, may be helping it.

Garlic

Every herb, backyard and indoor garden needs garlic. It is one of the most important herbs you can grow. Furthermore, it is one of the safest you can use, with scientifically proven medicinal properties.Fresh garlic is best for medicinal uses. Once you cook it, you destroy its medicinal effectiveness. Although cooked garlic still tastes good.

Garlic has been used for:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Cuts, wounds, abrasions
  • High blood pressure
  • Earaches
  • Toothaches
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Sore throat

Anti-Bacterial

Garlic is an excellent anti-bacterial agent. You can apply crushed Garlic directly to an open cut, or you can dress a wound with Garlic Oil before binding.

Garlic Oil (for topical use, such as wounds, skin irritations, even athlete's foot and other fungus infections):

1/2 cup fresh, sliced Garlic cloves

1 pint (2 cups) olive, safflower, or other pure vegetable oil

Heat gently, uncovered, for 1 hour. DO NOT LET THIS COME TO A BOIL! This needs to be warm, not hot. You do not want to destroy active ingredients. If you're worried that your stove is too hot, you can let the mixture sit on your sunny windowsill for 6 weeks.

Strain into bottle with a lid that closes tightly, label and store in a dark place.

Anti-Viral

Garlic helps the body internally. It not only is an anti-bacterial agent, it also has anti-viral properties. To make a tincture for taking Garlic internally, make a Garlic Tincture.

Garlic Tincture (for internal problems):

Soak 1/4 pound of peeled, separated garlic cloves in 1/2 quart of brandy.

Seal tightly.

Shake daily for 2 weeks.

Strain and bottle remainder.

Take in drops, up to 30 drops daily, if needed.

High Blood Pressure, also heart disease, high cholesterol, prevent blood clots

Take 1-2 chopped cloves of fresh Garlic daily.

Earaches

Put 1-2 drops if Garlic Oil in affected ear.

Toothaches

Put 2-4 drops of Garlic Oil on affected tooth.

Respiratory Ailments, due to coughs or colds

If you are suffering with a chronic cough or have come down with a cold, you can use Garlic Syrup.

Garlic Syrup (for respiratory ailments):

Slice 1 pound of fresh garlic.

Pour 1 quart of boiling water over sliced garlic.

Let sit for 12 hours.

Stir in sugar or honey until the consistency of cough syrup.

Garlic Tea (for sore throat)

Steep several cloves of Garlic in 1/2 cup of water overnight.

In morning, hold nose to drink it, unless the smell doesn't bother you.

Let cool, then strain into bottle and cap tightly.

Store Garlic in dark, cool, dry place with good circulation.

Kale

I need to admit that Kale is not my favorite food. One day I was given an overabundance of Kale. It would spoil before I would be able to use it up. So I chopped it up and dried it, storing it in a gallon jar for the winter. When I make something, I add a handful of dried Kale for added nutrition.

Fresh, raw Kale does not digest well, so eat small amounts, or put it into something like a casserole or stew. This is one vegetable that you can cook. It's loaded with nutritional benefits. It can also be frozen, and if you're growing it, it handles cold climates well. Some say it tastes even better after freezing.

You can also dry Kale. A friend gave me a "gift" of two very large heads of Kale. Since I'm not the kind of person to let food go to waste, and since my tiny freezer was already full, I dried it. It filled a gallon jar. Now when I make a soup or stew, I just add a handful of dried Kale to the pot, and provide my family with instant nutrition. I really tastes good that way!

Do you need to lose weight? One cup of Kale only has 36 calories, and no fat. It's also high in fiber, so it aids in digestion and elimination.

Many people are low in folic acid, very necessary if you're pregnant. Your infant needs as much folate as you can consume. Because it's so high in iron, it has been called the new beef. Iron is vital to your body. It helps the body form hemoglobin and enzymes, assists your liver function, becoming a great detox food.

Think Kale for Vitamin K. Your body needs Vitamin K to build strong bones, to clot blood, to fight Alzheimer's, and to protect against certain cancers. Once cup of Kale contains 684% of the recommended amount of Vitamin K. It's also high in antioxidants, another protection from cancer. It also builds bones its Calcium content is almost equal to a glass of milk.

What other vitamins does Kale contain? It's high in Vitamin A (206% of the recommended amount), which keeps your eyes and skin healthy, and helps to prevent lung and oral cancers. It contains more Vitamin C than an orange, which we all know is great for your immune system.

Do you have arthritis or some other autoimmune disorder? Eat Kale. One cup has 10% of the recommended allowance of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to fight arthritis. It helps to fight asthma as well.

Kale is heart healthy. It helps to lower "bad" cholesterol levels.

Eat Kale. Your heart will love you.

Cabbage

One of the missions I follow is a Zimbabwe clinic and school. Its clinic provides the only health care to that part of the country. In fact, it's so good that the government recognizes it as a valuable service to the people. Zimbabwe is ravaged by warlords, all vying for control. One result is that they suffer from hyper-inflation. I have a $1 billion Zimbabwe note that isn't worth using for toilet paper.

During this time, they couldn't buy anything, not even medical supplies, and relied solely on donations. So people would come to the clinic, and would pay them in peanuts and cabbage. For several months, all the staff had to eat was peanuts and cabbage, because that's what the people grew.

This was a good thing, because the peanuts provided protein (also other vitamins and minerals) and the cabbage provided many more vitamins and minerals, including high amounts of Vitamin K.

Some of the benefits of Cabbage are:

  • Weight Loss
  • Brain Food
  • Skin Beautification
  • Detoxification
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Preventing High Blood Pressure
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Regulate Blood Sugar

Weight Loss

What your muscles and your heart need are complex carbohydrates. How perfect that cabbage provides exactly that! The fiber in your cabbage is the kind your body needs. It's not filler, it's food, which makes it the perfect diet food.

A note on diet foods: Most diet foods are processed to the point your body can't use them, and so they go to fat. Anything your body doesn't recognize as a food, goes to fat automatically. This includes ALL imitation sugars, ALL fat substitutes and ALL high-fructose corn syrup. Are you serious about losing weight? Go through your cupboards and read the labels on all your foods. If any of it says fat-free and sugar-free, discard it immediately. Toss anything that carries high-fructose corn syrup, such as your canned fruits and some canned vegetables.

Even so, you can still be stuck with foods that will make you gain weight, because the labeling laws no longer require everything added to be labeled. Milk products, for example, no longer need to say if sugar or high-fructose corn syrup has been added.

The worst part is, these chemical substitutes dull your natural appetite suppressants, and trigger the hunger hormones instead. READ EVERYTHING!

Brain Food

Add a new word to your vocabulary: anthocyanins. These pigment-inducing compounds occur naturally in colorful foods. Combined with Vitamin K, they're not only beautiful, but they help mental function and protect the nerves. It can even be used to prevent Alzheimer's. The red cabbage is best for this benefit.

Foods high in anthocyanins (the dark red or purple varieties) include: berries, cherries, currents, grapes, pomegranates, bananas (surprisingly), plums, eggplant, asparagus, red cabbage, red-fleshed peaches, black & kidney beans. There are more, but you get the idea.

Skin Beautification

High in sulfur, essential for the protein keratin, promotes the growth of healthy hair, nails and dries up oily blemishes. When you eat cabbage, you internalize this benefit. For an external application, try this recipe, compliments of www.realfoodforlike.com.

Facial Mask

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Cabbage leaves
  • 2tbsp Rice flour
  • Few drops of Almond/Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Grind and make a paste of cabbage leaves.
  2. Mix it well with rice flour and almond oil or olive oil.
  3. Apply it on your face and let it dry. Rinse it well with lukewarm water.
  4. If you have oily skin, you can avoid using almond or olive oil in this pack.

Detoxification

I write a lot about detoxifying your body. The reason is, we live in a polluted environment. We have radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster years ago, lead in our immunizations, growth hormones and antibiotics (both of which cause weight gain) in our meat, pesticides in our food, over-chemicalized soil (only 5% of our soil is nutrient rich), plus a host of other pollutants.

All of that garbage goes right to our liver. Too often, our liver becomes overwhelmed with the poisons we feed it. We need to think about detoxifying foods. An unhealthy liver causes arthritis, rheumatism, gout and skin conditions. High in Vitamin C and Sulphur, Cabbage is one of the best detoxifiers.

Cancer Prevention

Cabbage contains compounds, like lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane that inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors by stimulating enzyme activity. Do you already have cancer? In one study, women's breast cancer tumors actually decreased in size in those women who added cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables to their diet.

Preventing High Blood Pressure

High in potassium, which opens up the blood vessels, Cabbage prevents high blood pressure.

Anti-Inflammatory

Cabbage decreases inflammation in the bowels, the stomach, the lining in the blood vessels, the liver, and other places where inflammation causes health risks.

Regulate Blood Sugar

Not only does Cabbage help regulate blood sugar, it also increases insulin production. It's a good vegetable to eat regularly.

So how to you fix cabbage?

Cabbage can be made into slaw, of course. Just shred some up with some carrots, and a slaw dressing, and serve. What could be easier?

Chopped or shredded Cabbage can be "panned." To pan Cabbage, add it to some melted butter in a skillet, cover, and cook at a low heat until it wilts. Delicious!

Chinese Cabbage Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 (3 ounce) package ramen noodles, crushed

Directions

  1. In a small skillet, toast sesame seeds over medium heat until golden brown and fragrant.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together vinegar, sesame oil, olive oil, sugar, salt, pepper, and ramen seasoning packet.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together cabbage, carrots, and crushed ramen noodles. Toss with dressing to coat evenly. Top with toasted sesame seeds.

Wow! This is making me hungry!

Broccoli

You can buy leafy greens, and should. But if you want more power in your food budget, buy broccoli too as part of your daily green vegetable intake. It is very high in antioxidants, and has as much protein as a steak, but with half the calories. Your brain, while only 3% of your body weight, uses almost 17% of your energy. Your brain needs as much nutrition as you can give it. Broccoli also fights cancer. What's not to love?

This is a Power-Food. When your mother told you to eat your Broccoli, she probably wasn't thinking of preventing cancer. She was probably considering the amazing bounty of vitamins and minerals that broccoli contains. Broccoli is definitely a healthy food. Maybe you mother was thinking of its incredible antioxidant properties.

Broccoli is used for:

  • Cancer Prevention
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Arthritis Inflammation
  • Colds & Allergies, reduces impact
  • Osteoporosis Prevention
  • Heart Health
  • Detoxifier
  • Digestive Aid
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Increased Brain and Muscle Function
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Eye Health

Cancer Prevention

Broccoli contains the chemical, indole-3-carbinol, is an anti-carcinogen. That particular chemical inhibits the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancers. It also boosts the immune system by strengthening the liver.

Included in this cancer-fighting family are Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower.

Lower Cholesterol

As a whole food, Broccoli abounds with fiber that pulls cholesterol from your system. This means that it's helpful in reducing cholesterol.

Arthritis Inflammation

Broccoli, with its abundance of omega 3 fatty acids, is an anti-inflammatory food. Do you suffer from painful arthritis flare-ups? Do you have problems with an irritated bowel? Do you have other chronic conditions characterized by inflammation? Eat more Broccoli.

Colds and Allergies

If you have allergies, Broccoli has been known to lessen their impact on your body.

In addition to concentrated amounts of Vitamin C and the flavonoids necessary for Vitamin C to work, Broccoli is a terrific antioxidant. It contains significant amounts of flavonoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene. So the next time you get a cold, ask yourself: Are you eating enough Broccoli?

Osteoporosis Prevention

Because Broccoli is high in calcium and Vitamin K, it adds to bone health and adds to the prevention of osteoporosis.

Heart Health

Broccoli is part of a heart-healthy diet. Not only will it help your heart stay healthy, and prevent heart disease, there is some evidence that it may actually reverse damage to the linings of your blood vessels caused by chronic high blood sugar levels.

Detoxifier

For a great detoxifier, eat Broccoli. It has chemicals that neutralize and eliminate toxins, even at a genetic level.

Digestive Aid

And because it is part of a low-carb diet and high in fiber, Broccoli aids in your digestion, prevents constipation and helps maintain low blood sugar. Because it is loaded with protein, with half the calories of the same amount of rice or corn, it is the perfect diet food. Plus, because it is an alkaline vegetable, it helps balance your body's acidic levels.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Because Broccoli is high in potassium, it helps maintain a healthy nervous system. Do you suffer from leg cramps, or restless leg syndrome? Eat foods high in potassium. We go to doctors for all kinds of ailments, when eating good food is often the best answer.

Increased Brain and Muscle Function

Broccoli helps maintain a high brain function - all you students pay attention. And all you body builders, Broccoli promotes regular muscle growth.

High Blood Pressure

Do you fight chronic high blood pressure? Broccoli contains high levels of potassium, magnesium and calcium, all of which help regulate your blood pressure.

Eye Health

Are you getting older? You need not lose your eyesight as a result. One ingredient, lutein, can help prevent macular degeneration so prevalent in the elderly, as well as cataracts. The fact that it's also high in Vitamin A is only a plus for continued eye health.

Further Note on Eating

Although we, in the United States, have been known in the past as the most well-fed nation on the planet, we have one huge defect. We don't know how to eat. Oh, we know how to diet, but not how to eat. Even though birth defects are not common, one or two babies per 1,000 are born with a cleft palate or a spinal cord defect. The cause is that the mother did not get enough folate during pregnancy. Although the cause for these defects can also be because the infant's body, for whatever reason, cannot absorb enough folate, it need not be because the mother isn't getting enough. Doctors prescribe prenatal vitamins to help correct this problem. But you can correct it yourself with a diet full of this nutrient.

Broccoli is not hard to grow. Indeed, you can even grow it inside your apartment if you don't have any land. Do not cut your nutrition to save a dollar. Make sure your food money goes to feed you.

Dark Chocolate

You know what it looks like. It's the Dark Chocolate chips that go in cookies. It's the bite-sized morsels that you let melt in your mouth. It's the bars that you break into squares so that you can savor each taste. How can something so delicious be so good for you? Well, it is. Take a look.

Dark Chocolate addresses:

  • Nutrition
  • Source of Antioxidants
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Heart Health
  • Skin Protection
  • Brain Function

Nutrition

Choose quality Dark Chocolate (70-85% cocoa), and you'll find it loaded with nutrition. A 100 gram bar will give you 11 grams of soluble fiber, more than half your recommended daily allowance for iron, about half your RDA for magnesium, almost all your allowance for copper and manganese, plus decent amounts of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

However, you wouldn't want to eat such a large (600 calorie) bar daily, so take your bite-sized bits judiciously, and savor this amazing sweet.

Source of Antioxidants

Are you concerned with the unhealthy amount of free radicals attacking your body daily? Arm yourself with Dark Chocolate! The things that fight free radicals, such as polyphenols, flavanols, catachins, and others, come naturally in Dark Chocolate, with far more punch than even in fruits like blueberries.

Lower Blood Pressure

The studies are still being conducted, but it looks very good indeed, that Dark Chocolate signals your arteries to relax, improving blood flow. What a tasty way to stay healthy!

Cholesterol

You have two kinds of cholesterol. Dark Chocolate lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol), which protects your body from the harmful oxidizing effects of LDL cholesterol. As a bonus, it also reduces insulin resistance, which is good to know if you struggle with diabetes. So enjoy your bits of sweet, diabetics!

Heart Health

Although it isn't a major player in overall heart health, Dark Chocolate does contribute to a healthy heart, especially when a small amount is eaten daily. Not only does it fight LDL cholesterol and relax the linings of your arteries, it also fights the risk of calcified plaque in the arteries. Eat Dark Chocolate. Your heart will love you.

Skin Protection

Now, this is still being studied, but there is growing evidence that the flavanols in Dark Chocolate contain a certain protection against sun damage. Planning a sun-drenched vacation? Take your chocolate with you.

Brain Function

With the studies that indicate increased blood flow (by relaxing the arteries, remember?), take a little for brain health too. Dark Chocolate contains substances like caffeine, which also increase brain function. Studying for a test? Nibble on some Dark Chocolate.

The good news is that people suffering from dementia or other brain-related disabilities may be on the right track when they want that extra piece of Dark Chocolate.

I do too, and dementia is not one of my problems.

BEANS

Your kitchen will not be complete without a variety of Beans.

Beans have been used for:

  • Protein
  • Blood Sugar
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Prevent Constipation

Protein

Beans are high in protein. While they are in incomplete protein, meaning they don't have all the necessary amino acids in one package, such as a cut of meat will, the missing amino acids are easy enough to complete with:

  • any milk product, such as cheese, milk and yoghurt
  • any grain product, such as rice, and the ingredients for bread or tortillas, wheat and corn
  • nuts
  • seeds

The exceptions are soy products, such as soy milk and tofu. Soy contains a complete protein.

A note on protein: Humans have different protein requirements from dogs and cats. What makes a complete protein for a human will not suffice for our carnivorous friends. They need meat protein. If they don't get it, they will go blind.

Blood Sugar

Beans help the body regulate blood sugar levels.

Cancer Prevention

Beans also are instrumental in reducing the risk of many cancers.

Cholesterol

Beans are one of the Power-Foods that help to lower cholesterol. Other foods in this category are:

  • fruits and vegetables, especially apples and carrots
  • bananas, grapefruit, oranges, bell peppers, broccoli, spinach
  • onions (raw) and garlic
  • nuts, seeds (especially almonds, and whole grains)
  • salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and other fatty fish
  • oysters and mussels
  • olive oil

High Blood Pressure

Beans lower high blood pressure. Other Power-Foods that lower high blood pressure are:

  • salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and other fatty fish
  • fruits and vegetables, especially celery, onions, tomatoes, bananas, spinach and garlic
  • green tea

Prevent Constipation

Beans prevent constipation and regulate the colon. Other Power-Foods that prevent constipation are:

  • fresh fruits and vegetables (at least five a day)
  • whole grains
  • water, coffee, tea

Beans should be a part of your weekly diet.

BEETS

Naturally sweet, beets are a powerful addition to any diet. By diet, I'm referring to your daily intake of food, not a temporary fix to a permanent problem of weight gain, although beets work for weight loss as well.

Beets used to be grown solely for their greens, so when you grow them or buy them at your local farmers' market, don't throw away those nutritious leaves. I mentioned going to a farmers' market because you will get top quality food, much better than what you get at the chain grocery store. Beet greens are filled with minerals necessary to your health, such as phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, manganese and iron. In fact, they have more iron than spinach, which is widely known for its iron content. They also contain Vitamin B6 and large amounts of Vitamin C and A.

Although beets come highly recommended, they are loaded with carbohydrates, but these are natural sugars, complex carbohydrates. So you can have them three times a week, if you want. The greens, of course, you can eat daily.

Not only are beets nutritious, but they also have several tremendous health benefits. Beets are known to:

  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Increase Stamina
  • Fight Inflammation
  • Resist Cancer
  • Increase Nutrition and Fiber
  • Detox the Body

Lower Blood Pressure

Beets are a natural source of natural nitrates which turn into nitric oxide, a component that dilates blood vessels, allowing the blood vessels to relax, causing the blood to flow more freely. A single glass of beet juice can lower systolic blood pressure by 4-5 points after a single serving within a few hours. Good to know!

Increase Stamina

Once again the nitrates come to your rescue. If you need to work out just a bit longer, or you need to get a boost to do your physical job just a few more hours, or you need a boost to get you through a particularly long day, a single glass of beet juice may be your answer. As with lowering blood pressure, the nitrates turn into nitric oxide which powers your body, giving it that last boost at just the right moment and for the next few hours.

Fight Inflammation

One of the problems we often encounter is chronic inflammation. We can't see what's going on in our stomach, intestines, kidneys, liver, joints and muscles, but we can feel the effects of inflammation. Those aching muscles we feel as we age, the creaky joints, digestive issues, that "blah" feeling, are often the result in internal inflammation.

Beets contain betaine, which helps protect our body's cells. It also protects enzymes from environmental stress. What is environmental stress? The water you drink, the food you eat, the air you breathe are all parts of the environment. Also your job, your family, your home, your friends are a part of your environment. Although many of these things are beneficial, we can't guarantee that all of them are. That's why we need betaine, for those things that work against the health of our body.

What we do can also cause stress. Are you suffering through a difficult marriage or job? Did you move or change jobs recently? Did you just start a life-changing project, such as returning to school or starting a business? Did you just have a baby, a live-in guest, a death, a sick parent? The more of these intrusions into our live, the more we need betaine, because stress causes inflammation. Take care of yourself.

Resist Cancer

Research is looking into the properties of phytonutrients, the chemicals that give beets their lovely color. In animal studies, these components are showing that they reduce cancerous tumors. This research suggests that the phytonutrients in beets may soon show evidence that they will treat pancreatic, breast and prostate cancers.

Yes, I know that there is a lot of "may," "could," and "suggest" in this statement, but herbalists have used beets to address a number of illnesses, including cancers. Don't wait for the research to come in. Start taking care of your body now.

Increase Nutrition and Fiber

Let's take a look at a few of the nutrients in beets, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese.

The value of Vitamin C is well recognized to boost the immune system. You want daily amounts of this vitamin in your system. A pill doesn't work as well as taking the vitamin as a part of your food intake. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that it works while you take it. It doesn't store up in your body, so taking an excessive amount of C doesn't work either. Your body uses what it needs, then the rest is eliminated in your urine.

Potassium keeps your nerves and muscles healthy. You need this daily too. Manganese maintains the health in your bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas. A multi-vitamin pill has these nutrients. The nutrients in pills, however, are poorly absorbed into your body. It's only within these last hundred years that we assume a man-made pill will replace food. Your body was designed for food. Eat it!

Detox the Body

We live in a world that is full of toxins. We drink them in our water (think fluoride) and eat them in our foods (think ALL processed foods). Beets support the process that takes broken down toxins and binding them to other molecules to be excreted from the body. This purifies your blood and liver.

Other Beet Values

  • Beets contain boron, which helps in the production of sex hormones. Boron is nature's Viagra. Low sex drive? Eat beets.
  • Beets contain betaine, a chemical that treats depression. Depression suffers, eat beets. Another constituent in beets relaxes the mind and provides a sense of well-being, like chocolate.
  • Beets can be used to test your stomach acid levels. If you eat lots of beets and beet juice and your urine turns pink, you have low stomach acid. Talk to a nutritionist for an explanation of where your acid levels need to be.

BERRIES

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APPLES

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

If your mom didn't say that, she should have, since there is much truth in this. Apples are one of the most powerful foods available. They are filled with soluble fiber. There are two kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Both kinds are what is left over after your body digests your food. Insoluble fiber, such as fruit skins, whole-wheat bread and brown rice, fills your body so you don't get hungry, which is helpful in losing weight. It also keeps you regular.

Soluble fiber absorbs water as it passes through your digestive system, and also helps move the remaining food to be eliminated. When this fiber absorbs water, it helps fill you up, so if you're overweight, eat an apple before your main meal. Soluble fiber can be found in oats, dried peas, beans and other legumes, and fruit, especially apples.

Apples, with only 50-80 calories each, has no fat or sodium. They are packed with vitamins like C and A, and have flavonoids that help the vitamins to work better. They also contain some potassium for added nutrition.

Soluble fiber reduces intestinal disorders, including diverticulitis and hemorrhoids. It helps control diabetes by releasing sugar slowly into the blood. Soluble fiber is a cleansing agent, helping to eliminate heavy metals from your system.

Apples cleanse the body, including radioisotopes from nuclear fallout. Remember Fukushima, the nuclear disaster in Japan a few years ago? That radiation is a part of our environment now.

Apples contain natural pectin, the ingredient that solidifies fruit syrup into jam or jelly. Pectin also reduces cholesterol levels.

Have asthma? Eat five apples a week. Because they quench thirst and lubricate the lungs, all while decreasing mucous, make them good for those suffering from respiratory diseases like asthma. Apples are also good for the skin, so if you're suffering from a skin disease, eat your daily apple.

It's not exactly an apple, but just a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar daily can help prevent kidney stones from forming. It also has an anti-tumor effect.

Recent cancer studies have been conducted with positive results. Liver cancer has been halted with apple juice, apple peel and apple pectin. Apples actively suppress breast cancer. Apples have also been used to treat esophageal and stomach cancers. Furthermore, it has been used to treat drug-resistant cancers.

So, an apple a day is something to consider seriously. With all these benefits, why wouldn't you want to pick up an apple for your next snack or dessert? Besides, apples are certainly cheaper than doctors.

Other interesting facts include:

Give your child who has diarrhea an apple while drinking providing some soothing chamomile tea, a tasty way to solve the problem.

Are you suffering from high cholesterol? Then you probably also have hardening of the arteries. New research has shown that drinking apple juice is solving this problem by preventing the formation of plaque.

If you're using apples to help you lose weight, and are getting tired of your daily apple, alternate with pears and enjoy the same result.

Give your brain a boost by eating your apple a day. Apples have anti-aging (in the brain) properties.

Apples are being found to reduce bowel inflammation.

Some vaccines induce toxic reactions in some people. Apples have been found to reduce those reactions.

Fight tooth decay by eating apples! What a tasty way to avoid cavities!

Thinning hair? Eat apples. Apples actually promote hair growth.

Stop staphylococcal infections! Apple pectin actually inhibits the synthesis of types A and B staphylococcal enterotoxins.

Apple pectin also fights the flu. Don't worry about isolating the pectin from the apple. If those around you are getting the flu, protect yourself with the apple-a-day method.

Unless you consider all foods to be medicine, apples are not exactly medicinal, but they do make the use of many kinds of medicine unnecessary.

Caution: Eaten in high numbers, apple seeds are toxic. In addition, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid eating apples seeds, as should children.

"Any fool can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count all the apples in one seed." -Robert Schuller

AVOCADOS

Fat, good or bad?

Actually, it depends on the kind of fat. Not all fat makes you fat, so to speak. Neither is it about calories. For example, diet soda had zero calories, but it makes you fat. It convinces your body that it has consumed something unusual and unidentifiable, and proceeds to turn the unusual substance into fat cells.

By contrast, avocados are completely recognizable as a food. Not only does your tongue love the taste of an avocado, so does your body. It takes its luscious fat and turns it into an aid to digest other foods. It takes all those calories in the avocado and uses them to burn the other foods you've eaten with it.

I admit, that's a simplistic version of what happens when you eat avocado, but the essence is there. An avocado is loaded with both fat and calories, but it's completely usable, and that's what you need in a Power Food.

For example, an avocado has about 24 grams of fat. Seventeen of those grams are monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fats lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and raises "good" HDL levels. All fats are not created equal. One of the things it does is help your body absorb certain nutrients, such as lycopene, which is believed to prevent heart disease and certain cancers. Good, huh?

It's also loaded with fiber and protein, both excellent energy sources, plus high concentrations of B, E and K vitamins, and a host of minerals such as potassium. In fact, it has more potassium that a banana.

Here are some added benefits:

  • Its lutin and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that protect your eyes.
  • Avocados kill or stop the growth of certain cancers.
  • I already said it helps your body absorb nutrients. Let's add the fact that it helps the body absorb four-and-a-half times more lycopene (a cancer fighter) from a tomato eaten at the same time than just eating to tomato alone.
  • Avocados are full of fat. Why not substitute a creamy avocado, which has "good" fat for mayo which is full of "bad" fat?
  • Avocados can lower your blood pressure.
  • Use it as a facial. It's much cheaper than Botox, and mixed with raw honey and yogurt, hydrates your skin and prevents wrinkles.

So there you have it. The avocado is the fat you want to keep in your diet.

BANANAS

What are you looking for in a super food? Good fiber? A substantial energy boost? Lots of nutrition? A home remedy for whatever ails you? Look no further than a banana.

Bananas contain what's called a resistant starch that resists digestion in the small intestine. Most of it passes to the large intestine, giving you that full feeling. Other foods with this characteristic are potatoes and beans (when eaten cold). Although high in calories, because of how they are digested, go a long way.

This makes the banana a perfect diet food. After all a dieter's first concern is feeling hungry all the time. This attribute led to The Banana Diet. The guidelines of the diet are this: Start your day with one raw banana with a glass of room-temperature water. Then consume whatever you want except for sweets and alcohol for the rest of the day. A second sweet snack (fruit) is permitted mid-afternoon, then an early supper and early to bed. Even though I am not promoting this diet, they are so full of nutrition, you can hardly go wrong.

In fact, bananas are so full of energy, that two bananas can support a 90-minute workout. I'm lucky to get in a 30-minute exercise session, but 90 minutes does sound advantageous. So follow your banana with your workout time, and you have a giant step toward health and fitness.

Besides, when you eat a banana, in addition to fitness, you are filling your body with nutrition. Bananas have been known to fight depression, alieve the symptoms of PMS, work toward solving anemia, lowering blood pressure, providing brain power, preventing constipation, shooing away heartburn, calming nerves and fighting ulcers, and even assist in giving up smoking,

  • Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein that is converted to serotonin, a natural relaxant.
  • Bananas contain vitamin B-6, which regulates blood sugar.
  • Bananas are high in iron, and can stimulate the production of hemoglobin, which fights anemia.
  • Bananas, high in potassium and low in salt, make it the ideal fruit to address high blood pressure and stroke.
  • Potassium also helps the brain stay on task.
  • High in fiber, bananas restore healthy bowel movements.
  • Bananas contain natural antacids, sooths heartburn, restores healthy digestion and eases ulcers.
  • A banana's B Complex Vitamins make it ideal for soothing frayed nerves.
  • The B vitamins also work to help a person give up smoking.
  • Bananas lubricate the intestines, moisten the lungs and dry skin, and eliminates toxins, including sugar cravings.