FOODS THAT ARE ACTUALLY MADE FOR CERTAIN PARTS OF YOUR BODY TO HELP FEED, NOURISH, AND HEAL!
Did you know that there are foods that actually look like parts of your body? We are going to do a little exploring and I will show you exactly what I mean. We’ll start from the top of your head and travel through the body to show you the benefits of those certain foods for that particular part of your body! It’s amazing to see and to learn about it!
If you look at the folds and wrinkles of a walnut you can clearly see the shape of the nut resembles that of the human brain. It even looks like it has a left and right hemisphere. Walnuts have a very high content of omega 3 fatty acids, which support brain function. Many studies have been shown that adding walnuts to your daily diet improves memory and overall cognitive function.
Walnuts can significantly help lower cholesterol and research shows walnuts to be promising in the fight against cancer.
Research also has found that just a few walnuts per day may help reduce blood pressure. With all of the stress that we face from day to day its just one of the natural ways to help lower it.
We all know that carrots contain vitamin A and you should include them in your diet to help promote healthy eyes! Slice a carrot into rounds and you can clearly see that the vegetable resembles the eye! Look at the photo you can actually see the pupil and the iris! This is crazy! I love it! Carrots are filled with vitamins and antioxidants like beta-carotene, which helps decrease the chance of macular degeneration; it is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly. The retina of the eye needs vitamin A to function. A study found that people who eat foods rich in beta-carotene had a 40% lower risk of macular degeneration.
When you slice open a tomato you can actually notice multiple champers that look like the structure of a heart! Tomatoes contain Leucopenia, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease in men and women. Just one serving of a red, ripe raw tomato is a great source of Vitamin, A, C, K folate, and important B6 vitamin. It helps relieve stress, which is always good for the heart, brain, and body. Stress in the body directly affects the brain and causes damage little by little you to start to literally lose your mind.
Grapefruits, alone with oranges and lemons, actually look like the mammary glands of the female breasts. The mammary gland is responsible for lactation. Citrus fruits assist the health of the breasts and the movements of lymph in and out of the breasts.
Ginger root looks like the stomach. It has been used thousands of years as a digestive aid and cure for tummy troubles. I steep the ginger root in hot water every day and I feel the warm soothing effect it has on me immediately. Ginger contains a phytochemical that can help prevent nausea and vomiting
A phytochemical refers to the compounds found in plants that are extremely beneficial in protecting humans from disease.
Sweet potatoes resemble the pancreas and promote the healthy function of this organ. It is high in beta-carotene, which as we discussed before is a powerful antioxidant and helps protect tissues in the body from damage that is associated with the aging process. They’re anti-inflammatory, and filled with antioxidants! Inflammation is the enemy of the body. So it is important to eat foods that keep toxins OUT of your system. It is considered a “superfood” filled with high amounts of vitamin A, C, and B vitamins.
Avocados resemble a Uterus, the female womb. They support reproductive health. Folic acid, folate, (there are those important and vital B’s again) is the key for cell growth, your metabolism, and for women who are pregnant. Avocados have potassium and vitamin C & E! I eat a small avocado everyday plain or in a salad, make creamy salad dressings and blend them in smoothies!
When you cut open an onion you can see they look like body cells. Research shows onions clear waste materials from body cells.
Here are just a few of the incredible health benefits of the onion! Onions have chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar. They also contain vitamin C that helps improve immunity and reduce inflammation. It lowers (LDL) the bad cholesterol and therefore helps you keep a healthy heart. Onions eat away at free radicals in the body. We want that!
Celery stalks are shaped like bones and both contain the mineral silicon, which is the main source of bone strength. Bones won’t form without adequate amounts of dietary silicon and it must be replenished in the body as we age in order to maintain healthy bones.
It promotes healthier skin, hair, and nails. Silicon is significantly involved in the earliest stages of collagen production and bone formation. Bone won’t form without adequate amounts of dietary silicon.
The strength of your bones is important and lessens the risk of fracturing a bone from a fall.
Silicon works with calcium to attract calcium to bone. Bone calcification helps form new bone and strengthens mature bone. It increases thickness and strength of hair, helps smooth damaged skin, and improves brittle nails.
Women begin to lose bone mass after age 30 years so it’s never too early to begin your bone health program. Don’t forget cardio exercise 30 minutes a day to get oxygen to the brain and light weight lifting to maintain strong bone health.
HEART AND TESTICLES
Grapes are helpful in enhancing the health of the brain and delaying the onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s. The polyphenols in grapes have been found to reduce cognitive decline associated with the disease.
If you look at grapes hanging in a cluster it resembles the shape of the heart and also testicles. Resveratrol found in the skin of red grapes, reduce inflammation, which is vital in the prevention of testicular and prostate cancer. Resveratrol also makes it more difficult for platelets to stick together and form clots and one of the many ways to help prevent heart attacks.
Resveratrol helps lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Red wine is rich in antioxidants & polyphenols (including powerful resveratrol)
CHEERS, TO YOUR HEALTH!
BODY PARTS SALAD!
I have assembled ALL of the vegetables we spoke about and made a salad that literally feeds specific parts of your body to enhance your overall health!
I small sweet potato (orange inside not white)
1 grapefruit, peeled & sectioned
1 small ripe avocado
2 cups organic baby arugula or baby spinach
1 Heirloom tomatoes, core removed and sliced ¼” inch thick
1 carrot peeled and sliced ¼ “ inch
1 celery stalk chopped 1/2” inch thick
1/2 red onion thinly sliced
12 whole walnuts
1/2 cup red grapes sliced in half
2 fresh figs if in season, if not use 5 Medjool Dates, pitted
Pinch of kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste
½ teaspoon sesame seeds
6 mint leaves
Ginger Shallot vinaigrette (recipe below)
Roast sweet potato first. (dark red inside)
Peel and cut into small cubes. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of Kosher salt. Roast in the oven 350 for 20 minutes until tender. Set aside.
Peel and pit the avocados and slice them into 1/2″ thick pieces.
Squeeze lemon juice over them to keep them from turning brown.
Divide the greens between 2 plates.
Add the 3 to 4 tomato slices
Take 3 slices of grapefruit, 3 slices avocado, and alternate slices on top of the greens.
Scatter carrots, celery, onion, walnuts, and red grapes. Add the figs of dates if using.
Sprinkle a couple of small pinches of Kosher Salt and cracked pepper along with the sesame seeds over the top of the salad.
Drizzle 1-1/2 tablespoons of the Vinaigrette over top
Garnish with fresh mint
GINGER SHALLOT VINAIGRETTE DRESSING:
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
1-Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1-teaspoon kosher salt
Combine the mustard and shallot in a bowl, and whisk in the olive oil slowly. Continue to whisk to incorporate all the ingredients until smooth. Add the rice wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. Whisk to blend all ingredients until smooth. Add salt. This vinaigrette will keep in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator.
*If figs are in season I highly recommend you add it to this salad!
Figs are a powerhouse antioxidant, they lower Triglycerides and are a natural remedy for ulcers, They’re full of fiber, calcium, and potassium!
FOOD IS MEDICINE FOR YOUR BODY
EAT, AND LIVE “WELL”!
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