It’s important to educate and take care of ourselves so we can live a vibrant life without pain and disEASE. Using food as medicine is one of the most basic principles that we can follow and (are able to)…. Below is some information on topics I would like to share to increase awareness.
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What is inflammation and how does it affect us?
Inflammation is your body’s immune response for self-protection. Excessive stress, not enough sleep and exercise, poor diet, and environmental toxicity are some of the primary causes of chronic inflammation. It is the root cause/result of common health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, migraines, psoriasis, thyroid issues, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, ADD/ADHD and cancer.
Tips to help avoid/ reduce chronic inflammation:
- Eat more plant based, nutrient dense foods and try to avoid processed foods, trans fats, refined carbohydrates and oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids.
- Focus on your gut health, introducing probiotics to balance out bacteria.
- Drink plenty of water, reduce stress, and get good sleep!
- Identify and address any food allergies or hidden infections (bacteria & parasites).
Understanding our digestive system is important to maintaining optimal health. Your gut contains 60-70% of your immune system and is the main container where inflammation begins. What we put into our body; and our body’s response to it, is a relationship we should become comfortable with. We all want our food to digest (and not rot in there!! ewwww), nutrients to be absorbed, and to eliminate waste properly without developing dis-EASE symptoms. Knowing/learning about food sensitivities, sufficient fiber intake, gentle cleansing, and probiotics/fermented foods are a good start to taking care of your digestive tract.
I find mushrooms so fascinating, healing, and tasty! The potential for mushrooms and mycelium to heal our ecosystem and ourselves is something worth knowing about! They can help boost immunity, reduce anxiety and stress, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor and cancer activity, and also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years and in many cultures for their potent healing properties. They are also a major part of our environment. Mycelium, the fungal threads of mushrooms, help spread water and nutrients to other trees and plants, help decomposition, and can absorb heavy metals and toxins.
Moringa is my new best friend! I am amazed at the many healing properties this tree has to offer. Moringa is native to Northern India and is known as “natures medicine cabinet.” It is one of the most powerful health-enhancing plants that has ever been discovered. Not only is it beneficial to people, but also to animals, soil health and water purification. Moringa has the ability to detoxify the whole body at the blood, cellular and system level. With a combination of over 92 nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, protein, over 18 amino acids (dang!), 46 antioxidants, and micronutrients; this tree a powerhouse! Each ounce of Moringa contains: 7 times the Vitamin C found in oranges, 4 times the Vitamin A in carrots, 3 times the iron in spinach, 4 times as much calcium as milk and 3 times the potassium in bananas. The leaves are the most nutrient dense; but the flowers, pods, seeds and roots all have beneficial uses. Medicinal properties that have been studied and documented include: anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, detoxification, diabetes, stabilizing blood pressure, skin infections, headaches, fevers, anthelmintic, immune and energy boosting (just to name a few). Ancient Roman, Greek, and Egyptian civilizations used the edible oil extracted from the seeds to make perfume and to protect their skin. Ground seeds can also be used to purify water. I really enjoy Moringa in my life and encourage you to explore all its amazing benefits for yourself!
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