La Luz Light Newsletter June 2017: Foods That Heal

FOODS THAT HEAL - Nourishing and Grounding Your Body and Spirit

Gut health has been connected to so many health issues that naturopaths and other holistic practitioners look there first when a client comes knocking on their door.  Perhaps Hippocrates had something to say about this over 2000 years ago when he said, “All disease begins in the gut”.  Although conventional doctors historically take the Hippocratic Oath, in which physicians swear to follow and uphold certain standards, advancements in medicine has lead the health industry far away from Hippocrates’ observation so long ago.  While Big Pharma gain profits ‘hand over fist’ by proverbially pushing drugs to address symptoms rather than causes, it is no surprise that many of us are seeking alternative medicine.

Medicine, however, comes in many forms.  Exercise including all cardio, weight training, stretching, yoga, Pilates, routines are one medicine.  You know that after any of these activities, you feel great with all those little endorphins doing the happy dance!  Practicing mindfulness regularly is also a medicine because it does your mind and spirit a world of good that your body will automatically respond.  All community-related activities where you extend your expertise, or volunteering spirit expands your heart center and spreads all over your body!  Finally, food – food that comes from the ground that grows from a tiny seed to a cornucopia of nutritious fare.  Naturally farmed, and cruelty free meats, poultry and fish should always be considered over other varieties that include more chemicals than in a drug pusher’s trunk.  What we put into our bodies our gut will absorb.  It will use it as energy, nourish our cells and organs or has the potential to create an imbalance or dis-ease.

When the Root Chakra is energetically out of whack, look not only at your fears about security, finances, and family issues, but what you are giving your gut to “digest”.  If your body reacts adversely, it is telling you it prefers not to “digest” what you are sending down because it is not in alignment with what your body needs. Yes, taste is a huge detractor from eating some of the best foods to maintain good health, but then, isn’t taste acquired?  Trying and experimenting with new whole non-processed foods might just be what the “doctor” ordered!

As we continue our Alphabet Series of healing foods, let’s examine some “C” foods that are delicious as they are nutritious!

(Disclaimer:  I am not a medical or nutritional professional.  
All information provided comes from reliable texts and personal experience)

Carrots:  Have you ever noticed that once you slice a carrot, it has a very eerie resemblance to a human eye. Well, as Mother Nature has a way of hinting many valuable lessons, she’s reminding us that carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, a good source of dietary fibre and potassium, can help lower cholesterol and, …… helps to prevent night blindness! An American study found that test subects who ate one cup of carrots per day reduced their blood cholesterol after 3 weeks by 11%.  The pectin in the carrots has high-cholesterol effects.  Although carrots may not improve your myopia or presbyopia, but the abundance of Vitamin A found in carrots will improve the cells in the retina to have “clearer” night vision.  When cooking carrots, adding some fat like butter will ensure that the body takes full use of its nutrients. Eating them raw with the skin on will add a bit of bitterness to the naturally sweet vegetable.  So there are a few options to enjoy this wonderful gift from Mother Nature’s garden. If you need some recipes on how to enjoy carrots, follow this link to AllRecipes!

Photo Credit:  Pixabay – RitaE

Cauliflower: Like it’s cousin broccoli, the cauliflower is a versatile vegetable with a good source of folate and potassium, and excellent source of Vitamin C. Also like its cousin, over-cooking this vegetable can release sulphurous compounds resulting in an unpleasant taste, additionally causing flatulence. The best way to eat cauliflower is raw in a salad or quickly steamed to reduce nutrient loss and retain flavour. Recently, I’ve been seeing a resurgence of cauliflower in lieu of rice as a side dish or pressed together to make an interesting pie crust.  Alternatives are being investigated to replace gluten based foods. So, placing a raw cauliflower in a food processer until you get little beads, add to pan with olive oil, salt and pepper over medium heat cook for 3 minutes. Did you know you can make cauliflower hummus by just replacing the chick pea ingredient? Check out some exciting recipes using this great gift from the garden.

Photo Credit:  Pixabay – Couleur

Cranberries: This little tart, red berry is not just for Christmas turkey anymore! It is now available as a juice, dried as a snack, and an ingredient found in many trail-mixes as a great source of Vitamin C. Cranberries have also been found to keep the urinary tract healthy and clear of bacteria causing cystitis in the bladder and kidney stones. With its unique acidic and naturally occurring antibiotic properties, cranberries help prevent bacteria from attaching to the bladder walls making certain unwanted organisms unable to thrive.  Drinking 200ml of pure cranberry juice daily will help keep everything running smoothly unless you are taking blood thinners: there is a contraindication here. Beware of sugar laden cranberry juice so please read the labels carefully and look for the pure, no sugar added variety.  Tartness Alert! Ahh…. the things we need to do to keep our bodies healthy! Here are 50 ways to enjoy cranberries!

Photo Credit:  Pixabay – Alex80

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food” - Hippocrates