10 Healing Foods Your Diet Needs

Healing Foods

“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


1. Celery 

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. 

pH Scale


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. 




2. Kombu

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. 



3. Cherry

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. 



4. Pomegranate

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. 




6. Flaxseed

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



7. Garlic

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.)



8. Ginger

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. 



9. Honey

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.



10. Salmon

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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Seth Tubre is the Founder of The Success Owl. He is dedicated to success and helping others achieve success as well. He aims to assist by sharing what he has read and experienced.


  1. Great informative article. I eat raw garlic frequently when flu and cold season comes around. I know I smell bad but it sure is better than being sick with the cold and flu and missing 1 week of productivity. The results are worth it.

  2. Wow, excellent article full of great information. I will be looking into the book for sure. Some of my favorites are garlic, honey and cinnamon. I also regularly eat brown rice and flaxseed. I didn’t know Pomegranates where that good for you. I have a tree in the back yard but mostly give the fruit away because they are such a pain to eat. I will have to rethink that now. Thanks for all the great info and keep up the good work. I will be back for more.


    • Thanks Patrick! I used to put cinnamon in my oatmeal, along with honey. Awesome combination! But yea, Pomegranates can be a hassle. I go to the store and like Pomegranate or Banana? And always choose the Banana over how easy and quick it is. lol It’s cool they grow out of your backyard

  3. “Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it” – Heather Morgan, MS, NLC I agree 100% everytime I eat fast food for a long time or consume too much sugar I feel depressed and down, my energy is at a low level and all I want to do is eat and sleep. Food impacts your whole life and defines your mood, when I switched to healthier and more nutritionist food i noticed changes in my mood and I didn’t look tired anymore. Very useful article with a great point! Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks Nikica! Same here. Fast foods can be really draining. It’s like my old manager would say, “Pain causes change.” I’m glad it was useful 🙂

  4. Great list of foods, I also like how they are all ones I have heard of and not some hard to attain products. Garlic and salmon would be my top picks, I love garlic and didn’t realize it was so beneficial. Thanks for the information!

  5. Lovely and informative article. I never heard of Kombu before. Thanks for that information. I however use a lot of garlic and ginger. They are also good for those of us with diabetes. Do you have any recipes with Kombu and do you know if it is good for diabetics?

    • Thanks for the feedback Josephine. I don’t know if Kombu is good for diabetes specifically. But I know that it’s cousin, hijiki, is by regulating blood sugar levels.
      I haven’t tried this recipe but the book recommends it: Cannellini Kombu Bean Pot
      – heaping 1 cup dried cannelloni beans
      – 1 strip dried Kombu
      – 1/2 leek (also good for diabetes), trimmed and chopped
      – 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
      – 4 cups spinach, chopped
      Soak the beans overnight in plenty of cold water. Next day, drain, place in pan, and cover with 4 1/4 cups water. Add the Kombu, then bring to a boil and simmer, covered, about 2 hours until the beans are soft. Add the leek, red pepper, and spinach, and cook another 15 minutes. Mix well and serve.
      Hope this helps 🙂

  6. An informative article. What do you think about tea? I drink a lot of green and herbal tea. I don’t do it for the caffeine. In the winter I drink a lot more of it. YOu mentioned honey. Honey is tea together is probably great, right?

    • Thanks Ben! There are some many types of tea which is awesome. That also gives a long list of benefits that teas provide. I drink green tea sometimes, not as much as I should though lol. But like you, not for the caffeine. I don’t really feel boosts from it. It typically has less caffeine than coffee. I like to drink it because I heard it has antioxidants to keep us young. 🙂

      Added with Honey makes an awesome combo that adds the benefits of Honey to the tea. But the only thing is that although Honey is a natural sugar, it’s still sugar so I try not to add too much.

  7. Great post, I already use some of them in my bodybuilding regime is that book include a specific diet for fast digesting proteins because that would really help me 🙂

    • Thanks Furkan! It doesn’t talk about a specific diet. On the other hand it does talk about foods that have more protein than others. And with these foods we can juice them to make it easier for the body to digest.
      It also mentions Eggs, Salmon, and Turkey which are pack with protein and gives recipes for each.

  8. I always considered our family healthy eaters but have lately begun to realize that we could do a lot better. The only problem is, nothing tastes good anymore. I hate brown rice as opposed to white rice and breads with grains and seeds in them. The other problem is that I have a terribly sweet tooth and crave sugar daily. Sometimes I go a bit crazy for sugar when nothing else will give me that energy buzz. What would you recommend?

    • Hey Emma, that does sound difficult. Awesome thing is there are plenty of foods at our disposal. Of course Honey is a natural sweetener for any dessert. But also 1 ingredient Banana ice cream: http://blog.thatcleanlife.com/one-ingredient-banana-ice-cream/

      And two ingredient Banana Pancakes: 2 Eggs and 3 Bananas and cook like a normal pancake.

      And if you don’t like Bananas too much: Dark Chocolate covered Strawberries are always a good treat. (Must be Dark Chocolate though)
      Yogurt, Dark Chocolate covered Almonds/Nuts in general, Mangos are amazing, and Papaya are some suggestions I have. Hope these help 🙂

  9. wow. great post.
    As a natural honey producer I can testify that many of my customers have actaully congratulated me for what my product has done for them and I am very proud when I hear that from them.
    I like the state “your greatest wealth is your health” as without a sound health you can’t actually achieve any thing in life. I personally respect that so much.
    thanks for your post
    More blessings


    • Thanks Godlove! I really appreciate you sharing your experience. Honey is amazing. I always keep some around. It must be fascinating to be a honey producer.
      Thanks again.

  10. Very informative article. I had no idea about the kombu or cherries. I’ll have to give them a try. You definitely have me curious about the other 90 as well.

  11. It is true that “The greatest wealth is health” – Virgil. Many do not realize that you are what you eat! Great article, well written and interesting. I did not know that cherries had so much melatonin. Must get my wife to try it out.

  12. For me, this is a very enlightening article. I did know a couple of foods you mentioned for healthy eating, but not how they affected your health as you have so precisely defined. Thanks for this article

  13. Hi Seth, What a fantastic article!

    It really gave me some great information on each food, that I didn’t know.

    Also, I loved what you said about cherry and pomegranate. I do take superfood powders, and will look for them in powder form. They really are so healthy!

    In fact this article has really inspired me. The holidays can really detour us from our healthy lifestyle!

    Also, thank you for reminding me the importance of alkalinity and the prevention of disease. It is so critical!
    Thanks Again, Mary

    • Thanks for the feedback Mary! Happy you enjoyed it 🙂 I kinda forgot about it being near the holidays when I wrote the article as you’re right that it can turn us from healthy eating, with all the other mouth watering foods being cooked.
      And thanks for reminding me of the powdered versions. I need to look into those a lot more because I’ve heard of their benefits and convience.
      Thanks and stay safe!

  14. Hi there,

    Thank you for this wealth of information. I couldn’t agree more, you really are what you eat, you eat rubbish, you literally become rubbish.

    I had not heard of Kombu before but it may be a natural alternative for my wife who suffers from excessive mercury in the brain.

    • Thanks for sharing Adam! And you’re welcome. The power of food and it’s effects on our body is unbelievable sometimes.
      I hope the Kombu helps your wife and she gets better. Mercury is disastrous. Please keep me updated.
      Take care!

    • Thanks Erna! I agree. Honey definitely boosts stamina. I like to combine it with different things. I tried to put it on a Banana, but it didn’t work like I thought it would lol. I don’t recommend it.

  15. Hi there, nice article I loved it. I agree that food is very important overall for both mental and physical health. Doesn’t matter if you want to succeed in sports or academy, you have to eat well to stay focused and in shape.
    You are what you eat afterall, as they say.
    By the way, does the book also give information and tips on each type of food regarding what is it best for or most useful to, and how much one actually needs to consume from it?

    • Thanks Elias! It certainly does give tips on what each is best for and most useful for. There is also an index in the back called the Ailments Directory. It lists different diseases from Anemia to Urinary Tract Infections and Water Retention and lists the foods that help with each and the page it’s found. Very helpful!

      And as for explaining how much one needs to consume, it doesn’t say for each food item, but it does for a few of them.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  16. Hi Seth, great article. I’ll definitely be checking this book out, I’ve neglected my health a bit in the past few years and now I think I’ve developed hay fever or allergies. I love the intro “The greatest wealth is health”, we all know health is important but sometimes we neglect it until something is wrong. In regards to your question I love tomatoes and avocados. Great site, thanks for the sharing. Cheers

    • Thanks Diego! Glad you enjoyed it. Tomatoes and Avocados are awesome! Tomatoes are great against cancer and Avocados have a wealth of benefits and good fats. I used to eat Avocados everyday on my salad and Tomatoes on my sandwiches.

  17. Thanks for the great info! I am surprised to see celery on the list–I thought its benefit was just fiber. The book you mentioned looks interesting. I will have to check it out!

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