Uncommon Superfoods That Fight Disease

I found this tidbit in a newsletter…enjoy!

You may already know a few foods that are so packed with nutrients they’re sometimes calls “superfoods.” Acai and goji berries are good examples because they’re rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants. But do you know about any of the following foods that may help prevent cancer, heart disease, and aid in digestive health?

  • Maca – High in protein and fiber, it contains more than 20 amino acids and helps increase your strength, energy, and endurance. Maca is a root vegetable and part of the cruciferous family, like kale and cabbage. You can purchase it in the U.S. mainly in its powder or extract form and add it to fruit smoothies, yogurt, or cereals. Look in any health food or drug store or on Amazon.
  • Spirulina – This is a type of freshwater blue-green algae that is 65% complete protein, greater than both red meat and soy. As little as 3 grams per day can help you increase energy and fight sickness. Buy it in capsules, powders, and flakes in health food stores but make sure it is “certified organic.” It doesn’t have the best taste, so add it to a smoothie or take as a supplement per directions on the bottle.
  • Kohlrabi – You get plenty of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber out of this antiviral vegetable, which is a blend of cabbage, turnips, and radishes. Find them at your farmer’s market or grow them at home. To eat them, try pickling the bulbs or sauteing them.
  • Chia – Yes, the same Chia Pet commercial seeds are healthy and edible. You can get as much fiber out of chia as you can from your bowl of oatmeal. It also has plenty of iron, calcium, and omega 3s. Buy it in stores such as Walmart, the Vitamin Shoppe, and GNC. It blends well in soups, salads, stir-fries, and cereal.

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies, from Dr. Oz.

“Five Fixes for Your Five Big Health Complaints”
Airdate January 20, 2014

I enjoyed today’s episode of Dr. Oz! He gives us a lot of great medical advice to cure ailments, and sometimes, the answer is so simple. For the five most common complaints he hears, he provides five natural solutions and remedies.

I had to relay this great information to you:

  1. PAIN: ARNICA – mountain flower that contains properties that fights inflammation. Works as good as ibuprofen. Applied as a gel on skin, massage in, 3x/day. $8 tube. Don’t put on a cut or break in skin.
  2. IMMUNITY: BLACK ELDERBERRY (sambuca eldess) Immunity booster. It’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, flu-buster. “If you have mucus, take sambucas”. Syrup form. $12/bottle. Put in a hot drink. two teaspoons 3x/day.
  3. UPSET STOMACH: GINGER TEA- ginger root in tea, or tea bags. anti-inflammatory, speeds up digestion in stomach.
  4. SLEEP: PUMPKIN SEED- Powder form. Seed contains zinc and tryptophan. Slowly released, zinc converts tryptophan into serotonin which calms the brain. 1 pound bag $10. 1-2 teaspoons in warm milk (plus maybe a little sugar) before bed.
  5. STRESS: YOGA- calm down the nervous system. combine with deep breathing. once or twice per day. 5 minutes is good enough. See my Yoga page for more resources (my resources are local to Newport Beach California, but Yoga is everywhere…do it!)