The Foundation of Keeping Healthy is Eating Healthy Food.

Eating healthy food is the foundation of keeping healthy, and will make you look and feel good. Many people don’t understand how important and essential to eat healthy food. Developing the habit of sensible eating healthy food shouldn’t be a fad, it should be something natural and essential for everyone to do every day. Keeping in he best of health, from the inside and outside mentally, physically and spiritually at peace, with oneself will reduce the risk of developing certain diseases.

There are certain food, vegetables, fruits and herbal plants which are considered to have special nutritious values that is good for helping to heal and keep the immune system in good working condition and keeping the body in good health. Some help remove toxin from the body and assist with circulation.

It is advisable to consult your doctor, or see an herbalist before you take certain herbs for medication.

Research says that parsley has natural anti-inflammatory ingredients, and is also good for preventing certain allergy. The same goes for thyme, basil, and peppermint, (black mint-lemon balm) which can reduce intestinal pain, bloating, nausea, sores, menstrual cramps, stress, anxiety and hysteria.

Garlic and Ginger is considered will help to increase blood flow and improve poor blood circulation. Ginger can be used for nausea, cough and cold.

Garlic is known to moderately reduce high blood pressure, heart disease, sinus, and fungal infections.

Cinnamon is used for making cakes, curries and fruit drinks. However, research and study also says that cinnamon will assist with digestive system, kidney, and menopausal problems, infections, chest pain, hernia, and will also lowers blood sugar in diabetics, but should use sparingly.

Turmeric used in curry powder, it is considered helpful in treating arthritis, stomachache, heartburn, liver disease, lung infection and Alzheimer. It is said that Turmeric can aggravate problems with gallbladder.

Nettle is used as vegetable or to make tea, and is regarded to relieve urinary problems, joint and kidney stones ailments, and for hay-fever allergies.

Milk thistle is often used for liver disorders, kidney diseases, heartburn and gallbladder disorders. Some say it can also be used for hangover, diabetes, depression and prostate cancer. People who are sensitive to aspirin can develop an allergic reaction using this herb.

Licorice is widely used for digestive problems, cough, sore throat, liver diseases, prostate cancer, food poisoning and tuberculosis. However, be aware that taking too much licorice can increase blood pressure.

 Beetroot either boiled or roasted is sweet. Raw beetroot enhances a nutritious salad. Beetroot and beetroot juice have been shown to act as antioxidants, and an aphrodisiac. Blend beetroot juice with carrot juice, pomegranate juice, carrot juice.

Avocados have become popular, because study and research around the world shows the many health benefits of avocado. They are regarded as a very healthy food. These include monounsaturated fat, and are full of antioxidants. Avocado oil is said can also reduce kidney damage associated with diabetes. Avocados might help reduce and relieve arthritis pain and stiffness in joints and might improving joint function. They are also creamy and delicious to make dips, salads and smoothies. Although avocados are healthy, don’t over indulge, eat it in moderation, that mean even though it prevent weight loss, it could also lead to gaining weight.

Fibre eating food with fibre can have a positive impact on helping to stay healthy. Food with fibre can help to stave off cardiovascular disease, reduce blood cholesterol, stroke and certain cancer. Food which contains fibre are wholemeal, whole and multi grain, and beans.

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