Powerful Healing Foods to Encorporate in Your Diet
Yesterday I mentioned some specific foods that promote healing. Today we’ll explore nature’s medicine chest a little further.
Ginger, one main ingredient in most of my juicing recipes, contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds that have been used for centuries to help relieve stomach upset and promote healing. Ginger is so good at settling a queasy stomach that it’s an effective natural remedy for motion sickness. If you’re prone to seasickness, for instance, try nibbling on some candied ginger root the next time you step on a boat. Or sip some ginger tea. Pregnant and experiencing morning sickness? Try ginger. Some scientific research indicates that it can be an effective remedy for nausea associated with pregnancy. This is truly food you can use.
Food laced with ginger is delicious. It also fights inflammation in the body. And inflammation is believed to underlie many common diseases, ranging from cardiovascular disease to diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease. This is one of nature’s most potent healing foods. If you haven’t done so already, try cooking with fresh ginger root. Choose firm, glossy pieces. Remove the outer skin by gently scraping it away with the edge of a spoon or dull knife. Chop, grate, or slice thinly. Add to anything from stir-fry to tea. Like cinnamon, ginger is excellent in both savory and sweet dishes. It pairs equally well with cinnamon or garlic, and in Asian cuisines it is often accompanied by chilies.
This often overlooked pantry spice is fundamental to East Asian cuisine. It is the basis of curry spice blends, lending an earthy note and vibrant yellow hue to food. Most Americans are probably familiar with this spice from eating yellow mustard. Turmeric is often used to provide vibrant color. But it’s so much more than food coloring. Turmeric contains remarkable compounds collectively called curcumin. These compounds are under investigation all around the globe for their amazing cancer-fighting properties. Curcumin also possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic properties. Its wide-ranging ability to thwart cancer is what intrigues scientists most.
Try adding a little to stews, curry dishes, etc., or just sprinkle a little on top of soups or other savory dishes before serving. It will add a subtle earthy flavor note, and just may help prevent any number of illnesses, while promoting healing from within.
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