Healing Foods

You’ve all heard that we are what we eat.

Just read in the Natural & Medicinal Cures, Healing Foods, “We eat too much, we eat too much of the wrong things, we don’t eat enough of the right things, and we eat things in our foods like preservatives and pesticides that the body doesn’t handle well – or at least not in the quanitities we consume.”

Our ancestors consumed mostly fruits, roots, leaves, nuts and seeds, with an occasional piece of meat if someone got lucky with a club. Their only milk came from the breast, eggs were a rare treat and pototo chips and ice cream were unheard of.

The evidence is overwhelming that what we put in our mouths can either put us on the road to health or bottle us up with disease.

“Perhaps five of the ten leading causes of death in the United State are nutritionally caused,” says Neil Stone, M.D., chairman of the American Heart Association’s nutrition committee and associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. “And as such, diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke can often be prevented.”

In fact, scientists say that a little more attention to our diets might slash the death rates for these diseases by as much as 70 percent.

The following foods can help increase the likelihood that your heart will remain the healthy workhorse it was designed to be.  But don’t pick one food, eat it at every meal and think you’re going to prevent a heart attack.  the key, experts say, is balance.

Apricots, Beans, Carrots, Cherries, Fish, Garlic Grapefruit, Greens, Kiwi, Mangoes, Nuts, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Pineapple, Prunes, Pumpkin, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Oil(canola and olive oil my help prevent heart disease, but only when used as a substitute for other fats in the diet.)

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