HEALING FOODS

Posted on October 11, 2021 by Amber Black

Nourish your body with high quality whole foods

Food is the best medicine that we have! There’s a natural solution to every ailment, there’s no need to take toxic medication.

Here’s some of the things that I have used in my healing process and continue to use.  These foods are powerful and very healing.

Bee pollen – This super high-energy food supplies us with every single nutrient that the body needs to survive! It’s super high in protein, contains all 22 amino acids and is packed with enzymes which help our bodies break down & digest food. It’s also chock full of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. What’s really awesome for any allergy sufferer, is that bee pollen is packed with quercitin which is known to minimize or neutralize the histamine response, giving you relief! Kind of ironic that consuming bee pollen will lessen allergy symptoms, but this stuff works!

Chia seeds – Come from the Aztec word for ‘oily’ which makes sense because of its high omega-3 acid content (higher than fish oils, flax seeds and kiwi seeds)!  When added to liquid, chia seeds become gelatinous.  This action of forming a gel solution moves through the body and cleans it up as it goes!  It also prevents the fast breaking down of carbohydrates in the body, by slowing down the action of the enzymes on the carbs.  This seed is super high in fiber and antioxidants, contains 20% protein, has 5x more calcium than milk, vitamin C, potassium, iron and is very hydrating for your skin, hair and nails!  I add chia seeds to my salads, sometimes in my green drinks, to fresh nut and seed butters, and even bake with them. Again, taking chia in it’s whole food form is much better than taking chia seed oil, so you continue to get all of the nutrients that would other wise be extracted in an oil.

Coconuts

  • oil –  skin and hair, and  occasionally cooking (in very small amounts) and oil pulling.  This medium chain triglyceride, is a fatty acid  different from most long chain fatty acids found in most of the foods we eat.  MCT’s are easily digested, absorbed, and put to use nourishing the body.  Unlike other fats, they put little strain on the digestive system and provide a quick source of energy necessary to promote healing!  The lauric acid (50%) in coconut oil converts into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound which exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties that help stave off infection, and fight off yeasts, fungus and candida.  Breast milk is the only other natural source that contains such a high concentration of lauric acid. 
  • water – Coconut water is super hydrating and is packed with electrolytes!  It can also help aid in the prevention of indigestion and the occurrence of acid reflux because it is so high in fiber.  This amazing water contains five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body; calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium.  
  • meat – The coconut itself is packed with fiber, with one cup containing 7.2 g, which is more than 20% of the recommended daily amount for most adults.  Fiber assists in the digestion process by adding bulk to the stool, which helps to move food through the digestive tract.  Coconuts are high in trace minerals, potassium, copper and manganese.  Manganese helps your body use other nutrients such as iron, thiamine and vitamin E.  

Flax seeds – Packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and lignans, (which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant properties) these little seeds are a powerhouse of goodness!  Flax seeds are also high in mucilage content, which refers to the water-soluble, gel-forming fiber that can help provide support to the intestinal tract.  Make sure when consuming to use the ground up version because you won’t fully be able to digest the seeds; your body absorbs them better when ground.

Fruit Fruit Fruit! – All kinds, any variety, the juicier the better as they are even more hydrating!

Dark leafy greens offer plenty of the antioxidants beta carotene and Vitamin C, which can help protect you from cancer and slow the aging process a.k.a. give you great skin health!  The darker the leaves, the more nutrient-rich the leafy green!  Some also deliver folate, vitamin K, potassium, and fiber.  Greens supply lutein, a carotenoid, which acts as an antioxidant and contributes to good vision and may help protect your eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration.  It’s best to eat a variety of greens.

  • Bok Choy – This mild, slightly sweet cousin of cabbage is a super source of calcium because it’s low in oxalate.  Bok choy is rich in antioxidant content, especially beta carotene and is packed with vitamins A, C and K. Baby bok choy is my favourite! 
  • Cabbage – This cruciferous vegetable is a great source of cancer-fighting compounds and vitamin C.  It’s high sulfur content helps to resist bacteria and protects against toxic substances.  In addition, sulfur is necessary for proper development of connective tissue and helps skin maintain structural integrity. 
  • Collard Greens – This green performs as an anti-oxidant to purify the body, and this detoxification is done well if an individual eats collard greens on regular basis.  These vegetables contain vitamin K and other minerals, ensuring better bone development and the formation of healthy cells.
  • Kale – This earthy, bitter green is sweeter in winter but packed with nutrients year-round.  It is high in the anti-inflammatory antioxidant quercetin and just one cup of raw kale supplies a day’s worth of vitamins A and C and six times the RDA for bone-boosting vitamin K.
  • Mustard Greens – The high amount of fiber, folate and antioxidants in these greens help to remove free radicals from the body.  Mustard greens and cruciferous vegetables  boost the detoxification activities and flush out the toxins from the body.  They even contain a small amount of glucoraphanin which provides important anti-inflammatory benefits and reduce the unwanted inflammation. 
  • Spinach – These leafy greens are one of the most nutritious foods available, as it is low in calories and high in vitamins. Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence! It’s packed with vitamins A and C, as well as folate.  It also It contains high amounts of potassium and vitamin K and the most iron of any vegetable.
  • Swiss Chard – Swiss chard can come in a rainbow of colours and is great for skin maintenance and skin health!  The presence of vitamin A along with vitamin C in these greens play a great role in the production of collagen, providing optimal skin health.
  • Turnip Greens – More tender than other greens and needing less cooking, this sharp-flavored leaf is low in calories yet loaded with vitamins A,C, and K as well as calcium.  Another important nutrient present is iron because it is responsible for the formation and development of healthy red blood cells, which ensure that enough oxygen is circulated throughout your body.
  • Watercress – These greens contains many phytochemicals, which are plant compounds that offer disease prevention. Glucosinolates are best absorbed from raw vegetables, and since watercress is rarely cooked, it’s an excellent source.  The antioxidants and carotenoids in watercress can reduce cellular damage related to the development of cancer, and like the other veggies on this list, one cup of these greens has more than your daily value of vitamin K! 

Hemp seeds – These wonderful healing seeds are packed with all 20 amino acids, are high in protein (which is great for vegans and vegetarians) and are full of vitamin E and fatty acids which are great for skin health!  Hemp also has phytonutrients, which are the disease-protective element of plants with benefits that protect your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin and organs.  

Kiwi fruit – This cute lil fruit is full of Vitamin C… actually more than an orange gram for gram!  It is also an effective natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory, and it also supports healthy immune function and protects from secondary respiratory conditions like hay fever during allergy season.  

Papaya & seeds – This fruit has awesome digestive enzymes called papain, is chock full of vitamins and is also an antioxidant. Great to eat the fruit and also freeze it and throw it in my morning fruit smoothies.  The seeds are very medicinal when crushed up and swallowed.

Pineapple – Just like papaya has the digestive enzyme papain, pineapple has the digestive enzyme called bromelian.  These enzymes are great at breaking down the proteins in our food!  Make sure it’s super ripe before you cut it, with a nice golden color over all with a high sweet smell and a good indicator is if the leaves are getting dry and are easy to remove.

Raw garlic – This natural antibiotic is also very powerful at fighting off infections.     This remedy should also only be only done no more than two weeks in a row.

Turmeric – Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, is a great antioxidant and has cancer fighting properties!