The word ‘superfood’ is very popular now with Doctors, Nutritionists, and Marketers, and everything from apples to lentils are being lauded as superfoods. While these foods are healthful and will keep your body and spirit clean and beautiful, they don’t have the amazing, super, disease-fighting power as the foods on this list. So let's look at five foods that are truly super and discuss how they can be incorporated into your diet.
Garlic has traditionally been used in herbal medicine and has even taken on a mythological element (warding off vampires, who can be read as symbolic for blood disease) through the ages. Garlic can be used to detoxify the blood; it is advisable to eat as many as ten cloves of raw garlic and then sit in a steam room or sauna to sweat out the toxins. In ancient Rome and Egypt, garlic was used as a sexual invigorator and believed that the Goddess Ceres used the juice of pressed Garlic mixed with coriander as a love tonic. Raw Garlic is also effective against skin problems including acne and fungus, by either rubbing a raw clove over the skin or creating an essential oil. Garlic is also used to prevent colds and other bacterial disease. To cure a cough, chop, and place five heads of garlic in ¼ cup honey, and drink one tablespoon of the mixture after every meal (can be diluted in hot water). While garlic is effective cooked in your meals, it is more powerful raw and can be blended into salad dressings.
Ginger is an ancient root originally grown in South Asia. In Ayurveda (Indian Medicine), Ginger is regarded as a universal medicine, detoxifier, and stimulant that brings heat into the body. Ginger is prescribed for ailments such as colds, coughs, indigestion, morning sickness, headaches, menstrual cramps, and soothes inflamed joints, and lowers blood sugar and cholesterol. It is advisable to drink ginger tea or juice raw ginger in the winter as it will speed up your circulation and keep your fingers and toes warm. You can also make a compress with dried ginger root tea by soaking a towel in the warm liquid and applying it to sore muscles for at least half-an-hour.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids, as well as manganese, B vitamins, and iron. It is very good for the healthy bacteria in your gut and eliminates toxins. You may find that Spirulina boosts your energy and helps you lose weight. The Aztecs harvested the algae from Lake Texcoco and used it as a daily food source, as did the ancient African tribes around Lake Chad. Spirulina is now commonly found in energy bars, and as a powdered supplement to use in smoothies. You can also use the powdered form in a salad dressing, combined with cloves of garlic, sea salt, olive oil, lemon juice, and a little agave.
Chlorella is another blue-green algae very similar to Spirulina, but it contains the pigments chlorophyll and chloroplast (plant’s natural food) making it a natural energy source. The algae are a tremendous source of protein and have been studied extensively as a solution to global food shortages. It is also a supplementary treatment during chemotherapy and radiation for cancer and may reduce the chance of infection. Chlorella is now commonly used as a dietary supplement and can be taken in pill form, or as a powder incorporated into smoothies or mixed into yogurt with some lemon and honey.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen (helps the body cope with stress) made from the roots and berries of the plant. In Ancient Egypt, doctors prescribed Ashwagandha to invoke sleep. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is prescribed to regenerate the hormonal system and to increase appetite. Modern studies have found the plant to be an effective treatment for arthritis, anxiety, asthma, backache, liver disease, thyroid issues, and even tumors. The herb can be taken in capsule form, or the powdered root can be used as a tea or made into a compress to treat skin and muscle inflammation. You can also stir the powder into a hot cup of milk or soymilk (with or without honey) to assist in sleep and dreaming.
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