“The greatest wealth is health” – Virgil
The Top 100 Healing Foods by Paula Bartimeus
Health determines your level of success. I’ve learned that without a healthy body, you won’t be able to reach high levels of success. It’s impossible to eat crappy foods and be ahead of the competition no matter how many hours you put in. Taking time out to focus on your diet and exercise will propel you to be able to work the long hours required for success.
Energy drinks, coffee, breakfast bars, etc. are only short term solutions that will break you down in the long run. I learned this when I drank 2 energy drinks a day to keep up with working a full time day job and study for my future at night. I drank 1 for the day and 1 for the night. Things worked well. But then, I started to experience heart pressure issues and decided to look into which foods were best to go the long haul.
I’ve also learned that the habits I develop now will carry over to when I’m successful because I’m training my body to develop good eating habits early on this long journey. What good is it to have a million dollars if I’m fat as an elephant and can’t even get inside my all black Ferrari 458?
So, I researched foods to help me on the rollercoaster to success and came across The Top 100 Healing Foods by Paula Bartimeus. The book is incredible because not only does she give short descriptions of foods that help against different issues like asthma, cancer, and colds, but also simple recipes for each food item. I finished it in about 4 hours and gained the knowledge from a lifetime of research. It influenced me to add foods like cucumbers and celery to my diet to last the long hours. So, here are 10 foods from the book to help you reach success.
Top Healing Foods
The human body is designed to maintain a homeostasis of acidic and basic properties. Without getting too deep, the human body must sustain a pH (potential Hydrogen) level of 7.4 on a scale of 0 (Acidic) to 14 (Basic). Of course some areas are different such as the stomach which is highly acidic (1.5 – 4.0) to break down foods. If our bodies are too acidic, cancers can start to form and leave our body out of balance.
This is where vegetables like Celery come in. It counteracts an acidic environment to maintain the balance. Therefore, it improves fatigue, rheumatism, and joint pain. In addition, it relaxing the muscles around the arteries so that the blood dilates with compounds called pthalides. By doing this, blood pressure lowers.
Heavy metal contaminates are disastrous to the body. They enter us through the environment, foods we eat, and even the water we drink. So, getting them out is essential to our health. This is because they can cause diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain and neurological disorders. Therefore, the Japanese sea vegetable, Kombu helps immensely. The body utilizes it’s fiber molecule called alginic acid to stick to heavy metals like cadmium, mercury, and lead to carry them out of our system.
Add Kombu to broth, soups, and stocks for a natural flavor enhancer. This is an excellent replacement to the synthetic MSG (monosodium glutamate.) MSG causes skin rashes, headaches, heart palpitations, and much more.
This is a powerful sleep enhancer. Low levels of the antioxidant, melatonin (one of the most potent free-radical scavengers) is associated with insomnia. And cherries have plenty of melatonin to aid sleep. It also has another antioxidant called superoxide dismutase, which helps joint, respiratory, and gastrointestinal health. And if that weren’t enough, they are also jammed with anthocyanin which shut down enzymes that cause inflammation, thereby preventing many causes of pain.
The seed clusters of this amazing fruit can make it difficult to eat. (At least for me.) But it’s well worth it. This is because they lower high blood pressure and help fight LDL (bad) cholesterol, which is connected to heart attacks and stroke. Also, it slows down cartilage deterioration in osteoarthritis (when joints wear down over the years.)
If your lazy (like me) and don’t want to mess with the seeds all together, then buy the juice. Since just 1 glass of it contains almost 3x as many antioxidants as red wine, green tea, or orange juice. Making it great for a quick boost.
5. Brown Rice
Soluble and insoluble are the main 2 types of fiber. First, soluble helps to stabilize blood sugar and lower high cholesterol levels, while insoluble regulates bowel movements. Although grains typically have both, brown rice is a great source of insoluble fiber. That means it can prevent constipation, and remove toxins from the large intestine.
It also has plenty of B vitamins like B1, B3, B5, and B6. The process that involves turning brown rice into the white variety removes much of these B vitamins and mineral as well as its dietary fiber.
Flaxseed is one of my favorite healing foods. I usually buy bread with these seeds combined in it. Flaxseed’s omega-3 fatty acid is converted into hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. These anti-inflammatories help against asthma and arthritis. No only that, they also remove excess fluid forms tissues and boost metabolism encouraging calorie burning.
In addition, they help in the fight against breast cancer. Rich in lignans, Flaxseeds are converted by friendly gut bacteria into enterolactone and enterodiol (hormone-like substances.) They also help reduce the symptoms of hot flashes durning menopause.
“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it” – Heather Morgan, MS, NLC
These awesome onion relatives are great for fighting off heart diseases, cancers, and other afflictions. First, regularly consuming it lowers both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Second, it contains allicin and diallyl sulphide to protect the body against cancer-forming substances while halting cancer growth once developed. And lastly, another compound called alliin releases once it’s cut or sliced (giving off its odor) which is effective in fighting common colds, flus, and candidiasis (yeast infections.)
Its known use is in the digestive tract where it calms the stomach, dispels gas, eases nausea, and assists nutrient absorption. It also fights osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing pain and swelling in the joints to improve mobility. Not only that, but supports the heart by preventing blood platelets sticking together to protect against heart attacks and strokes.
Honey is known not to expire. It gives excellent bursts of energy which enhances sports performance when taken during and even after exercise. The Manuka variety inhibits the growth of bacteria, specifically Helicobacter pylori, which causes most stomach duodenal ulcers. It’s also effective in battling superbugs like MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that are resistant to conventional antibiotic treatments.
Honey’s healing properties include skin ulcers, wounds, boils, and burns. It does this by reducing inflammation and promoting tissue regeneration earning it a spot as top of the healing foods.
I put this on the list because it’s one of the best proteins in animals. Since it’s a fish, it contains omega-3 fats in the form of EPA (eiocosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexawnoic). The duo lowers cholesterol, high blood pressure, eases asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and improves skin condition like eczema and psoriasis. DHA also boosts intelligence in children.
With all these great benefits, it also has powerful B vitamins and the mineral selenium. Selenium is a fantastic trace mineral important for cognitive function and a healthy immune system.
The Top 100 Healing Foods is a great book for those who want to know the healthy foods to add to their diet and I highly recommend it. Eating a balanced diet of vegetables, fruit, spices, grains, and proteins will ensure you to be in top fit for the competition. Eating healthy by incorporating these foods in my diet helps me to stay ahead.
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