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Nature's Pharmacy

Mother Nature left us Great Clues as to What Foods Aid in the Health of 
What Parts of Our Body!  Nature's Pharmacy...Amazing!!!

Of course we have all heard that you are what you eat but the fact of the matter is, that is actually kind of true!  There are certain foods designed to maintain optimal health for each part of your body.  And, not only do these foods often resemble the same shape as that particular body part but they often have the exact vitamins and minerals that are specifically needed to maintain optimal health for that part of your body.

So, the next time you look at a vegetable in the grocery store, think about what part of the body it reminds you of.  Chances are good that it will be a nutritional match for the body part that it resembles.

Read on to learn about some of the incredible nutritional makeup of the vegetables on your table and perhaps, you'll find some new favorites based on your personal nutritional needs. 

I guarantee, you will never look at vegetables the same way again! 

Here Are Some Examples Of Nature's Gifts To Us:

Oregano:

Oregano has been known and long recognized as a botanical that can prevent and treat infectious diseases, respiratory infections and common colds.  Oil of Oregano can inhibit and/or remove a number of viruses that currently are on the prowl.  It is Anti-viral, and contains immune enhancing and anti-oxidant properties.


Lavender:

Lavender has a wonderful soothing aroma.  It is an adaptogen and can assist when one is adapting to stressful situations or imbalances.  Increasing energy and stamina is another great quality of Lavender and on the other end of the spectrum, it also can be a wonderful tool for relaxing and winding down.
Therapeutic grade Lavender is very beneficial for soothing and cleansing cuts, skin irritations and bruises as well as for beautifying the skin.

Lastly, Lavender can also be added to foods to add that wonderful aroma and healing property.
Nutmeg:

Nutmeg is a soothing and comforting oil with a sweet and spicy scent.  It also can assist in increasing energy and supports both the endocrine and nervous system.


In recent traditions, Nutmeg has been used for illness related to the nervous and digestive systems.

Organic Cocoa:

Organic Cocoa contains "flavanols".  Flavanols prevent fat-like substances in the blood stream from clogging the arteries.  Since this reduces the blood's ability to clot, this then reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack. 
 

Organic Cocoa also can lower blood presure and assists with cardiovascular health.  It is loaded with antioxidants, flavanoids, vitamin B, C, copper, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, vitamin E and arginine (an amino acid).

Lastly Cocoa has been known to stimulate serotonin, dopamine, tryptophan and the "feel good" feelings which can also suppress the appetite and reduce food cravings.

Organic Coconut Oil:

Organic Coconut Oil is a wonderful tool to prevent heart disease, stroke and hardening of the arteries.  In addition, other benefits of this incredible oil are the balancing of blood sugar and reducing the risk of degenerative conditions are other benefits.

Organic Coconut Oil is anti-protozoal, anti-fungal and anti-viral and will assist in increasing energy and metabolism. 


Organic Coconut Oil is also a great base for many skin and body care products as it is highly moisturizing and it smells great too. Used in the hair as a weekly treatment, coconut oil is great for taming those frizzy dry locks. Just be sure to do this on the weekend so that your hair has time to absorb it...you don't have to be seen with "greasy" looking hair.  Am I right?

The Saturated Fat Myth:

For many years now we have been hearing about the negative side effects of a diet too high in saturated fats and people have begun to worry about using products that are considered to be high in saturated fats including that of coconut oil.  Unfortunately the media has incorrectly made us leery of using this incredible product.  The reality is that coconut oil is very good for you!  Recently, Dr. Oz discussed this very topic and the experts agree that coconut oil although high in saturated fats has a very unique make up that excludes it from being unhealthy.  Learn more about the incredible benefits of this magical cooking ingredient that has been used for centuries by tropical dwelling people with great results!

Carrots:


A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

Tomatoes:

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopene and are indeed pure heart and blood food.
Grapes:

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.
Walnut:

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
Kidney Beans:

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb:

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak.  These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears:


Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. These foods are also a good food choice for pregnant women since they are high in folic acid which is important for fetal development.

There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these amazing foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them)!

And how profound is this?  It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit!! Remarkable.

Figs:

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.
Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.
Olives:

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Olives also have an abundance of phenolic antioxidants as well as the anti-cancer compounds squalene and terpenoid. And as a result, they protect against colon, breast and skin cancer.


 Olives are also high in monounsaturated fatty acid and oleic acid which can help to reduce chronic inflammation in the body.


Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus Fruits:

Oranges, Grapefruits and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and assist with the drainage of disease causing toxins out of breasts through the lymph nodes.

 

Onions:

Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Bananas

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression "going bananas" is from the effects of bananas on the brain.

This is interesting.  After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Are You Experiencing Weight Gain or Stressed Out at Work?

Eat a banana!  Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and potato chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.


Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use:
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.


Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes:
According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts:
Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!


So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills...

When you compare it to an Apple:

  • it has four times the protein
  • twice the carbohydrate,
  • three times the phosphorus,
  • five times the vitamin A and iron,
  • and twice the other vitamins and minerals.

    It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase to "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

    Bananas must be the reason that monkeys are so happy all the time!

    Here's one more quick use for this amazing yellow fruit.  If you find yourself needing a quick shine on your shoes and don't have your usual shoe shining supplies...take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth.  Now that is one Amazing Fruit!!!