When you begin to come down with a cold, what’s the first thing you typically reach for? Many, would reach into their medicine cabinet and search for a cough or pain reliever. However, have you ever thought of taking a tablespoon of honey or eating a spoonful of turmeric?
The idea of food as medicine may sound like a fad, but the concept has actually been around for centuries. Ancient Celtic cultures utilized the immunity boosting properties of huckleberries (bilberries) to fight common colds and even prevent acne.
Ancient Egyptians took great pride in their many uses for aloe vera. It is rumored, that Cleopatra even used alone as a moisturizer for her skin. When eaten, this plant also regulated their digestion and fought sickness.
Today, medicine has evolved from mixing different herbs to mixing chemicals. Although the medical world has made strides in finding cures for our ailments, many are skeptical of medicines safety.
For example, many who experience migraines have to take an acetaminophen, caffeine, and aspirin mixed tablet. While these components eliminate the pain associated with a migraine, when taken on a regular basis, they can create serious kidney issues.
With the safety precautions right on the label, many are steering away from traditional medicines and seeking natural alternatives to their ailments.
Can you really replace your medicine cabinet with items from the grocery store?
Probably not 100%, but let’s explore a few common ingredients and how they can have a great impact on your health.
The old saying rings true as apples are jam-packed with nutrients that increase our health. In fact, apples can assist with allergies, lessen the effects of diarrhea, and even prevent liver cancer. Studies have also found that consuming apples on a regular basis will prevent the onset of colorectal cancer which, unfortunately, can be fatal.
As mentioned, turmeric has countless health benefits. Whether you consume it in its raw state or in powder form, this glowing herb has been known to improve the health of many for centuries.
Originating in India, Kanchani, as it’s traditionally called, has over 500 preventative benefits. Some of the more common benefits are stress control, breast and colon cancer, Alzheimer’s, and can even improve liver damage.
Probiotics are awesome stress fighting mechanisms. Working primarily as helpful digestive agents, they also work in conjunction with fatigue, thyroid control, and immunity. Did you know that disorders such as anxiety and depression could actually be attributed to the foods we eat? Probiotics, such as yogurt, help with removing those toxins and clearing the mind. Literally!
4. Salmon and wild-caught fish
Omega-3 fats are awesome for regaining hormone balance, fighting cancer, and providing anti-inflammatory support. Often, a diet rich in these foods promote weight loss as well.
If you ever have to deal with an upset stomach or difficult digestive system, ginger, in many forms is helpful. In addition, ginger can help with nausea and even lessen the symptoms of morning sickness in pregnant women.
Honey is natures sugar. It definitely comes in handy when trying to fight off a pesky cold or allergy. Honey does more than just complement a beverage. It actually fights against bacterial infections, plaque, and can even coat the stomach to prevent lesions. Much like aloe, honey also has antioxidant properties that are great for skin and hair care masks.
The beauty of including these natural remedies into your diet is that they are convenient choices. Many of which don’t even require intense preparation.
Making the switch to completely holistic is a personal one and should be done in conjunction with your doctor’s approval. All in all, creating a moderate diet of health-promoting foods as medicines will prove to be beneficial!