Learn How To Stay Healthy: More and more people are taking it upon themselves to learn how to stay healthy by learning how to heal by food. Most of us don't even think about how what we eat can actually heal our bodies by strengthening our immune system. Healing meals can increase our energy levels and assist in fatigue, memory loss, depression, anger, joint pain, sour muscles, sinus problems, colds, flu, headaches, increase circulation, weight loss and many many others. Listed on this page will be several links to articles about healing. Also on this page will be healing recipes as well.
Chinese food therapy (simplified Chinese: 食疗; traditional Chinese: 食療; pinyin: Shí Liáo) is a practice of healing using natural foods instead of medications.
"Chinese food therapy is a modality of traditional Chinese medicine, also known as Chinese Nutrition therapy. It is particularly popular among Cantonese people who enjoy slow-cooked soups. One of the most commonly known is a rice soup that goes by many names including congee and jook. This is a traditional breakfast of Asian people all over the world. Congee recipes vary infinitely, depending upon the desired health benefits as well as taste."
"Chinese food therapy dates back as early as 2000 BC. However, proper documentation was only found around 500 BC. The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine also known as the Niejing, which was written around 300 BC, was most important in forming the basis of Chinese food therapy. It classified food by four food groups, five tastes and by their natures and characteristics."
Philosophy about food: "The ideas of yin and yang are used in the sphere of food and cooking. Yang foods are believed to increase the body's heat (eg. raise the metabolism), while Yin foods are believed to decrease the body's heat (eg. lower the metabolism). As a generalization, Yang foods tend to be dense in food energy, especially energy from fat, while Yin foods tend to have high water content. The Chinese ideal is to eat both types of food to keep the body in balance. A person eating too much Yang food might suffer from acne and bad breath while a person lacking Yin food might be lethargic or anemic."
Early man has known that his Creator has made provision for healing dating back five thousand years ago. The first recorded writings of Indian culture called The Veda's document man's knowledge of healing through nutrition. Bible scriptures from thirty five-hundred years ago show man divinely inspired to write, "God would bless his food and water and take sickness from among them" (Exodus 23:25). As a nutritionist, I have witnessed thousands of patients be restored to health from disorders ranging from gastric disturbances, intestinal conditions, type II diabetes, hypertension, obesity and the list goes on. By developing a healthy nutritional lifestyle we can bring a balance and harmony back to our human existence and it can begin with the next meal you eat.
If you're battling a specific malady, certain foods can help. Cold and flu symptoms are relieved by warming spices--such as ginger, curry powder and cayenne pepper--and steamy soups, which increase circulation and help to flush toxins through the body. Garlic, onions, shiitake mushrooms and foods high in beta carotene and vitamin C--carrots, kiwi and broccoli--can significantly reduce the severity and duration of colds by stimulating the defense system and increasing overall immunity. For sinus headaches, ginger and cayenne pepper can relieve sinus pain and congestion by opening up nasal passages and reducing swelling membranes. Ginger and garlic also have potent antibacterial properties that help clear up sinus infections. To ease the pain of aching muscles, spices, especially ginger and cayenne pepper, increase circulation and improve blood flow to stiff, sore areas. And calcium-rich dark leafy greens help prevent muscle cramping by supporting their flexibility......
Peppered Pumpkin and Potato Ragout
Packed with immune-enhancing vitamins to help speed recovery from colds and flu, this colorful and savory stew is laced with lots of fiery pepper. Serve with steamed greens and wholegrain rolls.
1 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cubed fresh pumpkin
1 cup cubed potato, unpeeled
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
or to taste
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
3 cups vegetable stock or canned broth
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen, thawed
In large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
Add pumpkin, potato, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and white pepper, and toss to coat with oil. Stir in stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until pumpkin and potato are tender, about 20 minutes. Add peas and cook just until peas are tender, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Although this is a Soup / it is also a potion.
Here's what you need
A pot full of any kind of bones will do (beef, chicken, pork)
Add your favorite vegetables and potatoes. You know.... just cook up your favorite pot of soup but make absolutely sure its packed full of bones. Add your favorite herbs and spices.
Most Important!!!!! The magical ingredient is VINEGAR! You must add some vinegar to the pot of soup in order to force the calcium in the bones to dissolve from the bones into the soup juice. Just 1 pint of soup can give you as much as 1,000 milligrams of calcium. Wow!
Soup up your health
....Wonderfully comforting and nourishing, soup is our balm, it fortifies the body, soothes sore throats, clears clogged airways, fights off colds, builds strong bones, and has even been rumoured to improve your love life! Its reputation as a health giving elixir is so well known that chicken soup is often called Jewish penicillin. The Chinese have been treating illnesses with soups for centuries. In the UK beef tea has an ancient reputation for healing and who could deny the Russians their borscht?......
We have all heard that chicken soup is good for the sick for hundreds of years. Can it really be true?
- Chicken soup is a favourite healing soup all over the world. It has often been called Jewish penicillin and scientists have spent time and money examining the actions of chicken soup on colds and flu. It’s no surprise that they’ve found evidence of the way chicken soup combats the symptoms of a cold.
- Soup has anti-inflammatory properties that helped sore throats and helped stop the movement of neutrophils (white blood cells that encourage the flow of mucus that accumulates in the lungs and nose).
- steam is a real benefit. Sipping the hot soup and breathing in the steam helps clear up congestion. This can also be said for many hot soups.
- Spices that are often added to chicken soup, such as garlic and pepper (all ancient treatments for respiratory diseases), work the same way as modern cough medicines, thinning mucus and making breathing easier.
- chicken soup contains drug-like agents similar to those in modern cold medicines. For example, an amino acid released from chicken during cooking chemically resembles the drug acetylcysteine, prescribed for bronchitis and other respiratory problems.
- Chicken Soup puts needed fluids back into the body.
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