Superfoods that heal- doesn’t seem right does it? Of course it is. We are human beings and have managed to survive plagues pestilence wars and the like for thousands of years. We need food for energy, for strength and to resist illness. We now that herbs and libations on wounds on our exterior can help our body’s natural defences to combat infections and the like. Not just internally (like blood and breathing) either- certain foods can help our mental states.
Even in these days of transplants, artificial limbs and organs, pacemakers and insulin injections, what we eat can provide a welcome boost to our keeping and remaining healthy. Here are some simple easily-obtained foods that taste good and are also healthy and illness-resisting.
If you suffer from heartburn and food laying heavy on your stomach then add more vegetables to your diet and replace white rice and pasta with their whole-wheat counterparts. These all contain a lot of fibre and that means that they can be processed in your stomach (to get out the beneficial nutrients) more quickly and then pass on the rest to your lower colon. Because less time is spent by the food in your stomach that means less chance of acid build-up.
Tuna, halibut, salmon,sardines and turkey contains selenium. It’s a key chemical in building up your immune factor because selenium helps build up white blood cells—particularly those responsible for killing bacteria and viruses, and even the flu virus. Studies have shown that selenium deficiency can lad not only to more severe flu symptoms but it also enables mild flu viruses to mutate into more virulent strains that you’ll have to fight with stronger medicines which can harm you in the longer term and make your flu more resistant to them in later life. You need only one serving of halibut or sardines to gives you selenium in abundance and provide you with natural mood-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Do you suffer from muscle pain? The omega-3 fatty acids in fish such as salmon and sardines can really help and get those stiff knees working again and help prevent the symptoms of tennis elbow. Research has also shown that it can allow patients with rheumatoid arthritis to have some respite from the aches and pains.
My son and I both suffer from what seems to be occasional hay-fever, itchy eyes and sneezing fits. We take anti-histamine when it gets bad, but have found that almonds, peanuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds help us. It’s because they are bursting with vitamin E. Make sure you have them in your salads this summer.
Finally a problem that can really cause you eye-watering pain and frustration: UTI; Urinary Tract Infections. Once you’ve got it we all know you need to flush your system with lots of water to help it pass, but is there anything we can do to prevent it?
Yes. You’ll often see a parsley sprig garnish on your plate when eating out. Eat it! It’s been shown to be a strong antibacterial force against the germs that cause urinary tract infections—even some of those that have demonstrated resistance to antibiotics. It can even prevent the unpleasant effects of UTI- if you start to feel the twinges and burn, then boil some water, steep a bunch of parsley in it for 10 minutes and then drink up and Repeat throughout the day or for as long as it takes the symptoms to subside.
Cranberry juice and blueberry juice is also good for UTI. They contain something called proanthocyanidins, which in studies were found to keep bacteria from attaching to bladder cells and causing infection. Now new research from Nathalie Tufenkji, PhDat McGill University has demonstrated another way cranberry can help. He has said:
“In lab studies, cranberry prevented the bacteria from producing a specific protein called flagellin, which is necessary for growing the tails that enable them to swim up the urinary tract and attach to cells.”
Consequently look out for cranberry and blueberry juice and any products that contain extracts of it and you should find you don’t have to cross your legs and grimace so often!