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The Healthiest Foods for Unhealthy Times

Hopefully you are able to get more sleep during this time of confinement. In addition to staying hydrated, here is a list of foods you should definitely be eating now to keep your immune system strong and allow your organs to detoxify. These foods are things you should try to consume regularly but especially now during this extra stressful time. I've already posted the Sweet Potato Soup recipe to heal and comfort you. I highly recommend the purchase of the following book - it is life changing. And there are more life changing fruits and vegetables in the book. Let food be thy medicine! Enjoy! Be well!

Health Information from Life-Changing Foods by Anthony William

Sweet Potatoes – repairs cell damage, promote productive bacteria in the stomach, small intestine and colon, while at the same time, starve out unproductive bacteria and fungi such as mold. This enhances the body’s production of B12. Orange fleshed sweet potatoes are also abundant in vitamins, minerals, other nutrients and carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lycopene and amino acids. The combination of lycopene and sweet potato’s amino acids draws radiation from the body and its phytochemicals are anti-cancerous.

Coconut – enhances the power of anything it touches, it supercharges the health benefits of anything it is combined with, coconut water is remarkably similar to human blood, it provides vital glucose and critical mineral salts including potassium and sodium to the bloodstream, it provides neurotransmitter support. Coconut milk is made by crushing the flesh(meat) of the coconut while coconut water is naturally occurring in the center of the coconut. Always buy clear, unsweetened coconut water. It turns red as it ages.

Parsley – highly remineralizing food high in trace minerals such as magnesium, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, selenium, sulfur, iron, zinc, iodine and calcium, it is an adaptogenic * herb and an adrenal booster, it impedes the growth of microorganisms, it’s full of B vitamins such as folic acid, traces of B12, coenzymes and vitamins A, C and K. Best eaten raw to enjoy maximum health benefits.

Cucumber – contains electrolyte compounds specifically geared toward nourishing, hydrating on the deepest cellular level and cooking down overused adrenal glands and kidneys that are struggling with their task of filtering out toxic debris, they provide critical nutrition such as chlorophyll in their skins that’s bonded to B vitamins and vitamins A and C.

Carrots – actually a member of the parsley family, also packed with nutrients: biotin, vitamins A and K, gives UV protections, strong lustrous hair, important for eye health.

Limes (and lemons) – ultrahydrating and electrolyte-producing, source of mineral salts, contain highly absorbable vitamin C, cleansers of the liver, kidneys, spleen, thyroid, and gall bladder, lemon is the most effective mucus expeller, antioxidant flavonoids are an ally in fighting disease, they create an alkalinity in the body to help prevent the growth of almost every type of cancer.

Potatoes – the skin of the potato is one of the best nutrition sources on the planet - it’s a miracle of amino acids, proteins and phytochemicals, which is why you should use organic potatoes. The entire potato inside and out is valuable and beneficial, potato plants draw some of the highest concentration of macro and trace minerals from the earth, high in potassium, rich in vitamin B6, amino acids, especially lysine in its bioactive form. Potatoes don’t cause health issues, the other ingredients served with them can – the combination of bad fats plus lactose.

Cranberries – profound antiseptic properties, high in antioxidants, destroy toxic hormones, draw radiation out of your body, contain amino acids that protect connective tissue, enzymes that detoxify your organs and more than 50 trace minerals to address deficiencies you may not even know you have, contain compounds that halt the growth of bacteria, viruses and anything else harmful that may be growing inside you. Cranberry’s health benefits are so powerful that they can even be realized in canned form. This time of year, unless you froze fresh berries when they were abundant in Fall, canned cranberries will be all we can find. It is worth it to purchase canned berries for their health benefits.

Berries – powerful antioxidants to fight aging effects, excellent source of iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc, molybdenum, potassium, chromium and calcium, traces of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, compounds that stop excess adrenaline from doing damage, B-12 enhancing brain food, help heart valves and ventricles and remove plaque in veins and arteries.

Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, collards, broccoli, broccoli rabe, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, arugula and mustard greens) rich in sulfur, restores and stimulates lung tissue, rich in vitamins A, C, E and K.

Artichokes – in the top 10 of superfoods, most abundant sources of nutrition, filled with phytochemicals such as lutein and isothiocyanates; vitamins such as A, E, and K, amino acids and enzymes, they are B12 enhancing stars, wonderful for bringing balance to the gut, dense in minerals such as silica, magnesium and a compilation of calming minerals. The most nutritious way to eat them is to steam them. Eating artichokes alongside romaine lettuce can help dissolve gall stones and kidney stones.

Onions – leeks, chives, ramps, scallions, red onions, yellow onions, white onions, shallots and any other type of allium you enjoy are nature’s antibiotics, high in trace minerals zinc, manganese, iodine and selenium, they help rejuvenate the skin and protect the lungs.

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