We posted recently about natural ways to get and stay healthy during cold and flu season (which is still going you may have noticed). Too many over the counter and prescription medications have side effects that we think we simply have to endure to get better. Perhaps what we need is a different, and less expensive–in the long run, approach to our health. Perhaps if we think about our kitchen as our medicine cabinet, we may be better off–and without any of the side effects. Here are just a few simple foods that can help us gain and maintain good health.
Garlic. Garlic has natural anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties! Dr. Mercola suggests eating it every day. Eating it cooked is beneficial; however, taking it in raw form brings about the best results, especially if you are fighting off a cold or any sort of infection. It’s also an immunity builder. So, it’s great to keep in your diet on a regular basis.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is also great for immunity building. It’s also yummy! Coconut oil has become more popular lately, as it’s so good for so may things. However, for the purpose of our discussion here, it is listed on Dr. Mercola’s top 12 foods to eat to build your immunity. That alone is a good enough reason to include a few tablespoons in your daily intake! Put it on your toast, in your rice, cook (almost anything with it). You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get plenty of it.
Raw Fruits and Vegetables: I think we all know that fruit and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that we all need. But, we don’t quite get enough anyway. If we think of apples, blueberries, spinach and tomatoes as tasty medicine, we would look for ways to include them in our diet!
Fish Oil: I can feel it when I haven’t had my fish oil for a few days. The omega-3s in fish oil help with blood circulation, blood pressure and even mood regularity among other things. Our ability to handle stress has so much to do with our health and I know I can feel the difference in my ability to stress when I’m taking my fish oil regularly.
What other kitchen “medicine” do you take to keep healthy?
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