9 Foods With Super Healing Power

To make our bodies function to the fullest we must include whole foods in our regular diets. The market provides numerous highly nutritious whole foods, but the dozen that I am going to mention on this list contribute more than just playing the role of healthy nutrients —they help you heal. In fact, starting from fighting cancer, reducing cholesterol and guarding against heart diseases, these foods will put a shield of protection around you and do even more. So I suggests include these super-healing foods in your daily diet and rejuvenate yourself.

Kiwifruit

This fruit, though tiny in size, does more than merely appealing to our taste buds. It holds double the amount of vitamin C than orange, contains more fiber than apples and even beats bananas as a high potassium food. The composition of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals in kiwifruit act as medicinal treatment against heart disease, heart strokes, cancer, and respiratory disease. This fruit contains natural blood-thinning properties, which unlike aspirin work without the side and support vascular health by reducing the formation of spontaneous blood clots, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing blood pressure. It has been researched that kiwifruit not only reduce oxidative stress and damage to DNA but also instigate damaged cells to repair themselves.
Kiwifruit are often suggested as part of a dietary routine to battle cancer and heart disease, and in China this fruit is used as medicinal ingredient to speed up the healing of wounds and sores.

How much: I would suggest one to aim at eating one to two kiwifruits a day while they are in season, for the best consuming of taste and nutrients. California-grown kiwifruit are in season from October through May, and New Zealand kiwifruit are available between April and November.

Tips: The enzymes in this fruit activate once you cut the fruit, aiding the flesh to tenderize. So when I make a fruit salad, I cut the kiwifruit last. The antioxidant power also rises with the ripening of the fruit, so let them ripen before you dig in.

Cherries

Cherries take the credit of containing a laundry list of healing powers. To begin with, they pack a powerful nutritional punch for a relatively low calorie count. They’re also full with substances that help fight inflammation and cancer. To add it up, lab studies show, quercetin and ellagic acid, two compounds contained in cherries, have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors and even cause cancer cells to commit suicide—without effecting healthy cells. This fruit also is known for containing antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Anthocyanin, another component in cherries, lowers the uric acid levels in the blood, thereby reducing a common cause of gout. Researchers believe anthocyanins may also reduce your risk of colon cancer. Further, these compounds work like a natural form of ibuprofen, reducing inflammation and curbing pain. I would suggest regular consumption as it reduces the chances of heart diseases. In china cherries are used on regular basis as a remedy for arthritis and rheumatism (as well as anemia, due to their high iron content). Plus they’re delicious.

How much: daily intake is definitely suggested, when they are in season. As frozen cherries retain 100 percent of their nutritional value and make a great addition to smoothies, yogurt, and oatmeal, I store a bag a cherries for the rest of the year in the freezer, and would advice all to do so

Tip: traditionally grown cherries are known to be high in pesticides; hence I prefer buying organic ones.

Guavas

This small tropical fruit can be round, oval, or pear-shaped. As they are not common they might be hard to find, depending on where you live. But it is more than worth it if it can be tracked down. This fruit has high content of cancer fighting antioxidant lycopene, and is more than what any other fruit or vegetables contain. Even tomatoes fall short by 20 percent. The lycopene content in tomatoes are hard to process for our body until they are cooked; it is this processing that helps break down tough walls. However it has been noticed that the cell structure of guavas are such that it facilitates the absorbing of the antioxidant whether in raw or cooked form. Hence the raw consuming of the food offers only the nutrition without the added sodium, which comes along with processed tomato products. The high lycopene content protects healthy cells from free radicals that can cause all kinds of damage, including blocked arteries, joint degeneration, nervous system problems, and even cancer. Lycopene cancer is related with reducing rates of prostrate cancer. It has also been noticed that men suffering with prostrate tumors consuming lycopene supplements show marked improvements, like that of reduction is tumor size and decreased chances of malignancy. This component also inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells and advanced research say it might also protect against coronary heart disease. Guava is also enriched with immense high vitamin c content and other antioxidants. Even a banana offer 60 percent less the potassium offered by this fruit, helping to fight against heart disease and stroke. The rich nutrient content lower the LDL and boosts the HDL cholesterol, reducing triglycerides, and lowering blood pressure.

How much: I would suggest to aim at picking up guavas as often as you see them in store and to consume as often as possible. But guava juices are generally processed and sweetened hence juice intake is not always equivalent to the whole fruit intake as don’t provide the same nutrients. One or two guavas a day is a good amount.

Tip. Any form of guava is loaded with antioxidants but to consume better nutrient it is preferable if one goes for the red-fleshed ones.

Beans

Beans are a miraculous food with strange powers. They can lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and insulin production, promote digestive health, and protect against cancer. The general idea has been that protein; antioxidants and fibers are only components of whole grains, meat and fruits. But this idea is wrong as beans too can offer all of these in a single package. Beans also possess the capacity to reduce the growth of cancerous activity in the body as the assortments of phytochemicals contained in beans inhibit cancer cells from reproducing. Hence slows the tumor growth. Women who follow a routine of beans intake twice a week face 24 per cent less chances of breast cancer, says researchers at Harvard school of public health. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer are also expected to have lesser possibilities with the consumptions of beans. Beans are known to emit huge amount of antioxidants which help fight against oxidative damage. And it is for this reason that the three varieties of beans (red beans, read kidney beans and pinto beans) are placed in the top four –among all food groups, by the USDA’s ranking of foods as per antioxidant capacity. It acts as a great storehouse of dietary fiber, protein and iron. The amino acid trytophan in beans is such a rich component that it helps regulating ones appetite, aids in sleep and helps in altering mood. Beans can also be selected as per the body requirements of nutrients. While some beans are rich in potassium and magnesium the others provide high amount of vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin k. And for omega-3 fatty acids, soybeans are the best. Various types of beans have been used to treat alcoholism, food poisoning, edema (particularly in legs), high blood pressure, diarrhea, laryngitis, kidney stones, rheumatism, and many other heath related conditions in China.

How much: I would suggest two servings of beans per week to get the best out of it.

Tip: while some beans like adzuki and mug beans can easily be digested, pinto, lima, garbanzo, kidney, navy, and black ones are difficult.

Watercress

This is that food which is known for its extremely low calorie content and at the same time highly nutritious components. Even 2 percent of milk falls short of providing the calcium that this food can give. orange and spinach are nothing in comparison to it as it has more vitamin C content than an orange and more iron content than spinach. Watercress is highly enriched with vitamin A and vitamin K, with various carotenoids and protective phytochemicals. Proper intake of this food helps in improving the immune system by supporting the bone health, protecting against cancer and macular degeneration. While the phytochemical fights cancer by killing the cancer cells and blocking the carcinogens, the red rich iron content aids the red blood cells in carrying oxygen to ous bodies. Lung and esophageal cancer can also be prevented with regular intake of watercress. In Chinese medicine this fruit is used for various purposes including stimulating bile production, improving night vision, reducing tumors, and as a remedy for jaundice, urinary difficulty, sore throat, mumps, and bad breath.

How much: though mostly available during spring and summer, watercress can be cultivated all year round in greenhouses, hence it can be found in all seasons. So I would suggest daily consumption.

Tips: watercress can definitely be cooked, but serves better when eaten raw. It can be tucked into a sandwich or added into the salad and also serves as a very good ingredient for smoothies or juices.

Spinach

It is a known fact that spinach is good for health. But we do not have a clear picture of how good it is. To begin with it enriches the body with numerous nutrients which help in keeping the body fit. It is extremely high on vitamin K, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin c, folate, magnesium and iron. And it because of these components that it can fight against vision loss, aids brain function, guards against colon, breast, and prostrate cancer, lowers blood pressure, improves bone health, and safeguards from stroke and dementia. The carotene found in spinach helps killing cancer cells and stops them from further multiplying. The folate by lowering the homocysteine, promotes vascular health and it is this amino acids aggravates the chances of dementia and cardiovascular diseases. This component in spinach helps reducing the developing of colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancer. Folate stops the uncontrolled cell growth at the primary level of cancer. Spinach is also rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, which fight against inflammation and transform them to key components of brain health particularly in adults. Vitamin K is in excess in spinach hence it builds strong bones, the rich lutein content on the other hand help protect against age related macular degeneration and heart attacks by safeguarding the artery walls from cholesterol build ups.

How much: as their will be no difficulty in finding spinach all year round, I would suggest regular intake. It is best if it is taken as a daily staple. A few ounces, raw or lightly steamed, every day serves as a very good favor for oneself.

Tips: to make my smoothies healthier I add spinach to it, which does change its clour but not the taste. I would suggest sticking to organic spinach, as conventionally grown ones are susceptible to pesticides.

Carrots

This is one underground food which is known to be a great source for the potent antioxidants called carotenoids A. Food high in this component reduces the risk possibilities of postmenopausal breast cancer, cancer in bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, larynx and esophagus. Just one carrot a day can even reduce the chance of lung cancer by half- says researchers. Apart from fighting kidney and ovarian cancer, the nutrients in it inhibit cardio vascular disease, improve the immune system, facilitate eye and ear functioning and promote colon health. The nutrients that make carrot such a rich food are, calcium, potassium, Magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin C and a very high amount of vitamin A. Tumor growths can be challenged by the alpha- carotene in carrots. The other diseases that can be prevented by the caroteniods lutein and zeaxathin are macular degeneration and cataracts. Ear infection, skin lesions, deafness, night blindness, urinary tract infection, diarrhea, kidney stone, tumor, indigestion, coughs and constipation are treated with the components of carrots in Chinese medicine.

How much: carrot consumption are good if done on a regular basis. I would suggest having them cooked though it is as good when raw. Cooking breaks down the fiber and hence helps the nutrients to be absorbed. Firm and fresh looking carrots are best for it nutrients. And I would suggest avoiding pre cut baby carrots as they lose important nutrients.

Tips: the tops of carrots drain moisture from the roots. Hence I would suggest removing the tops before storing. Conventionally grown carrots tend to have high pesticide residues, so I prefer buying organic ones.

Cabbage

One cup of cabbage can provide 91 percent of the prescribed amount of vitamin K, 50 percent of vitamin C, a huge amount of fiber, a decent amount of manganese, vitamin B6, folate and much more. It is a storehouse of nutrients like vitamin K and vitamin C. It even offers more vitamin C than oranges. And all this come only at a cost of 33 calories. Sulforophanes- the antioxidant in cabbage along with fighting free radicals before damaging DNA, detoxifies carcinogens in the body. Studies show a high ability of cruciferous vegetables to lower the cancer possibilities more effectively than other plant groups. Lung , breast, ovarian, and bladder caner can be avoided by proper intake of cabbages. This vegetable also controls allergic reactions, helps build strong bones, betters gastrointestinal health and reduces inflammation. Due to its high glutamine content even peptic ulcers can be treated with cabbage juices. The cardiovascular system in the body is benefited by cabbage intake as it prevents plaque information in blood vessels. Adding cabbage components in Chinese medicines treats constipation, the common cold, depression and irritability and stomach ulcer. This vegetable often heals bedsores, varicose veins, and arthritis.

How much: the more the cabbage intake the better it is. Studies show that consuming cabbage four days a week can reduce possibilities of breast cancer in women.

Tips: I would suggest trying raw sauerkraut as it has all the health properties of cabbage, plus some potent probiotics, which are excellent for digestive health. The whole of the cabbage should be consumed, as the outer leaves are richer in calcium content than the inner. Though both the cabbages are rich in nutrients the red ones are far superior than the white ones as they protect cell from oxidative stress and cancer.

Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the most enriched foods in health revitalizing properties. It is rich with high contents of folate, fiber, sulfur, iron, vitamin B. Just about one whole cup of steamed broccoli can provide more than 200% of the RDA for vitamin C. Which is again much more than that provided by oranges. It even outruns steaks in the protein content. The phytonutrients present in broccoli does not only fight cancer but also eliminates carcinogens from the body, and inhibits tumor caused by those carcinogens. The nutrients present in broccoli are capable of fighting and preventing all sorts of cancer including lung and gastrointestinal cancer. Indoles- the phytonutrients, provides a very good protection against cervical, prostrate, gastric, skin and breast cancer. The indoles are also known for protecting the structure of DNA and reducing health risk factors. Apart from all these, advanced studies show 20 percent reduction of heart diseases due to the consumption of broccoli. Eye inflammation, in Chinese medicine, is treated with broccoli.

How much: I feel even a small amount of consumption of broccoli each day is a favor to our body. The more often it’s taken the better it serves. This vegetable is available almost all year round. If you cannot find one, even frozen broccoli can serve as a good substitute. Both raw and cooked are good for health, even though cooking slightly kill the anticancer components. I would suggest slightly steaming it, as it preserves almost all the valuable nutrients of this vegetable.

Tip: sometimes steaming broccoli releases the antioxidant- sulforaphane.

Alright, there you go! You have all 9 super foods with Super healing power. I hope you can make the use of each one of them. Start applying it in your daily diet. Also I like to hear from you about all these foods. I am sure you have experience you like to share with us. So do not hesitate to leave a few comments and also please share it with others using one of the buttons below.

Milk and other dairy products are not for you.

I bet that title really gets your attention. Before I go any further, let me give you pros and cons about milk and other dairy products.

Pros:

  • Calcium, which is important for healthy bones, is abundant in milk and dairy products. Although it’s possible to get ample calcium without milk, it does take some careful planning. Additionally, the calcium in milk is well absorbed by the digestive tract because the vitamin D and lactose found in milk facilitate calcium absorption.
  • Skim milk and products made from skim milk are very low in fat and cholesterol, and contain a complete source of protein.
  • Milk is also a good source of phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin D, and riboflavin (a B vitamin).

Cons:

  • Whole milk, or anything made of whole milk, is high in saturated fat, which can increase cholesterol level.
  • Milk is a common cause of food allergy (allergy to milk protein).
  • Many people, especially adults, lack the enzyme to digest lactose (milk sugar). This is called lactose intolerance, which causes bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
  • Milk (and meat for that matter) may contain the antibiotics given to the animal before slaughter. It has been argued that when humans then eat the dairy or meat products, they absorb the antibiotics, potentially allowing for bacteria harmful to humans to become more resistant to these antibiotics. The consequence is that when antibiotics are prescribed, they may not be as effective at killing the bacteria as they once were.

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We all can be pro and con about milk and other dairy products and this discussion will never end. It depends on how we look at this matter.

I personally think that drinking milk and consume other dairy products are not for humans. Let me prove this according to my understanding from what I have read and heard from various resources. And before I start, let me clear something here. When I say milk, it just means cow milk. Because almost 95% milk that is available in stores or supermarkets world wide is cow milk. We also consume cow milk more than any other animals’ milk. So when I say milk, it just means cow milk.

Ethical Aspect

Milk and other dairy products are not for humans. I believe it is. But why?

This is my explanation.

The universe has its way to show us that everything on earth has its path that we must follow.

For example:

Female human, when she gives birth to a child, her body knows that it is time to nurture the new born baby by giving it breast milk. It is the natural way of telling her that her baby needs something to consume. This is what becomes so interesting. This breast milk is not produced overnight, not just after the birth takes place. Actually it is a process starting from being pregnant, carrying the baby for over 9 months and then when baby is due. So again, this is a process that must take place. Therefore you know that in order to have breast milk, she must be in the state of being pregnant, right? If she’s not pregnant, breast milk will not be produced by her body. It’s simple.

This is when I say that drinking milk or consume any other dairy products are not ethical. Just like I said above, the breast milk is gained by being pregnant first. It’s the same as in cow. So how do you think cow gets pregnant?

I believe drinking milk started when the Industrial Revolution started around 1920s. At that time people in Europe and America all had to go to work. The need to have fast breakfast was urgent. So humans found a way that drinking milk would be the best drink for breakfast along with other meals (pancake, egg or bread).

Cows age around 15 to 20 years old. They only get pregnant once or twice in their lifetime in natural way. As milk becomes giant business for big corporations, profit is their only concern. If they only get once or twice milk from 1 cow in 15 years, do you think this is profitable for them? I don’t think so. They will need more cows in order to produce more milk to meet market demands. But that’s not possible. More cows mean more spaces to accommodate them, right? So what is sound economical is that to get 1 cow to always get pregnant all the time so they can get milk all the time just from 1 cow. So they can lessen the number of cows needed. Less spaces but more profit.

This is why humans do insemination to female cow so they can get pregnant. This also to ensure that the milk production meets the market demands. Can you imagine being pregnant all the time? I mean always get pregnant for life?

This happens to all the cows that produce milk. These big companies main concern is profit. They don’t care about the welfare of the cows. The sad thing is that when the cow is too tired to be pregnant again, they just simple put the cow into slaughter for its meat. So sad ha?

CONCLUSION

Our world is filled with lies and greedy people. What is good or bad for us sometimes hidden from our eyes. We hear stories from people around us, books, magazines, newspapers, TVs, etc and believe that something is true. Sometimes we see an advertising on TV and we think that this is right, this is for me, this is my my kids, etc. But do you really think that those advertisements really care about your wealth fare? All they care is just profit. If they can sell more it means more profit for them. So we have to be very careful about what we see, hear or read. Use your judgment by educating yourself so you don’t fall easily on things that greedy people do for us.

Nutrition that resides in milk is ONLY good for baby cow. Not for humans. If you like  to know more about this matter, I have great book for you to read. The book is by Hiromi Shinya, MD and the title is “The Enzyme Factor”. Great book to read.

In recent studies, milk is not only the cause of some allergies, but also related to the cause of diabetes in children. For more information you can click here.

I also have a few links for you to read:

Does Milk do a body any good?

Is Milk good for you?

Dr. Brett Hill – Is milk good for you?

If you have any quesition or critic or suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also I would love to hear from you about how you feel about this article. Please add your comment here and sharing with others will be greatly appreciated… ! :)



Is sex necessary while you’re dating?

Is it necessary for teenagers or young adults who just entering their college to have sex whilst dating? Is it true that most teenagers who are dating end up with the involved boys and girls having sex? What is the incidence of teen sex? What are the cultural differences in sexual attitudes?
These are some of the queries I attempt to answer in this short article.

Pros and cons about sex while dating surrounding teenagers.

Dating is a very important part of modern social behavior and can not be condemned by civil society. The controversy lies around the rising trend of teen sex and its consequences. The liberal thinkers who advocate teen sex during dates are now an increasingly vocal number. Among the benefits is the fact that teenagers get a better understanding of the opposite sex and prepare them for adult life.

But the vast majority still believe that premarital sex is taboo, and definitely not during teen years when the child is in the phase between adulthood and childhood. This phase of life needs to be closely monitored with the parents always available to advise the adolescent rather than condemn him or her for their sexual adventurism. The biggest danger of teen sex is unwed motherhood or teen pregnancy. Such pregnancies endanger the life of both the teen mother and her unborn child. Teen pregnancy results in trauma, both to the boy and the girl, as well as their families. The legal issues of such an event are even worse, with the possibility of the boy being accused of rape and subsequent imprisonment. The other dangers include venereal diseases, notably HIV- AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea etc.

The social implications of unwed and teen pregnancies and teen motherhood are very great. Whole generations are now laid wasted by this process. So whilst dating may be acceptable, teens should be strongly advised against having sex.

The statistics: (USA)
Leading surveys on adolescent sexual habits show that almost 46 % of all teens (15 to 19 year old) have had sexual intercourse (USA). By 15 year old, 13 % teen females would have had sex. However by the age of 19, more than 70 % of teen females have had sex (USA). These figures are rather disturbing by any account. Many liberal Western nations now freely allow the distribution of condoms and other contraceptives among adolescents, due to this trend. Another disturbing fact is the rise of STD (sexually transmitted diseases) among the youth. Nearly half of all new STD cases in USA occur among the teens (out of a total of nearly 19 million new cases each year).

The cultural differences in sexual attitudes:
Most Asian societies frown on premarital sex and anything more that polite social interaction between youth. Thailand is an exception to this rule. Here premarital sex is common and can be easily purchased (via sex workers or as sexual favors). Many, so called, primitive or tribal societies also allow premarital and extramarital sex. This is found in many tribes in India and other parts of Asia. A fact that needs to be noted is that societies that encourage frequent sex among married or unmarried men and women also are liberal and spend more time on eroticism and sexual encounters. These societies/ nations also have less time for war or aggression.

Summary
Sex is part of humans’ life, no denial. But it should be done with full consciousness and responsibilities. I strongly recommend that teenagers should not have sex until they fully understand the consequences that come with it.
Parents play a big role in this matter. Give clear understanding to their teenager child about sex, and parents’ support if somehow teenager has had sex.
After all, there should be time for everything. So why rush?

Balance is the key to Health

Balance is Key to Health – Original written by Georganna Nunes

When it comes to nature’s laws in securing a healthy body, one should be tenacious in one action in following the laws, and that is keep the balance. What that means is for each of the laws:

1. Use common sense,

2. Become well-educated on both sides of the issue,

2. Do not be an extremist in any thing you do,

3. Seek professional help when necessary, &

4. Don’t fall into the ’singularity’ mindset.

A further explanation of the above:

1. You can and should take health matters into your own hands, but realize that all of us are individuals and as individuals we have individual needs, so use common sense. What works for one person, may not work for you.

2. Try to educate yourself on all matters, and don’t just trust automatically in one school of thought. Get a well-rounded, balanced, education.

3. Going to extremes is not a good idea in any part of your life. Stay focused, but open minded to new ideas, faithful, yet logical in your beliefs, & diligent but simplistic in your habits/routines.

4. Just because a person seemed to become healthy after taking that placebo, doesn’t mean it was the placebo that did the work, right? Many factors can come into play with a person becoming healthy or developing an illness or disease, such as a slight change in diet or exercise, more or less rest, dental problems, a positive/negative outlook, etc. Just the belief alone is sometimes all that seems to be necessary, though that is usually accompanied by meditation (rest), abstinence from foods (fasting), etc.

All of the above can be applied to the 9 natural laws. (from here on, I explain how to apply it to each of the 9 steps in my book).

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