Many of today`s preventable diseases were rare or unheard of before the beginning of the nineteenth century. Before that they often suffered from misunderstood plagues, exposure to the elements, and sometimes starvation.
We have come a long ways in overcoming the problems of the past, but in the process we have created new problems. A quick study of history will show that each new generation sees itself as more advanced then their predecessors. While this is often the case in many area`s of life it is also the case that many fundamentals of life remain the same.
It was a great feat of science that over came Polio and other such illness, but since from the year 1900 until today cancer and heart disease have increased 400%. Type two diabetes was a rare illness that affected a few over the age of 50, but now even children are suffering from this illness in spite of the fact that it can usually be remedied with dietary and lifestyle changes.
The illness`s above are serious conditions and you should consult your health care professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle. We are not doctors and do not diagnose, treat or cure disease. Health is always your responsibility so be sure to make informed decisions.
We do believe however, that learning about the health benefits of a whole food diet is key to a healthy life.
In spring we include many fresh herbs to help cope with changing weather and temperature patterns. In summer we include tofu, cold noodles, banana`s, cucumbers and eel as these are seen to have a cooling effect on the body and foods like eel provide energy to combat the heat.
Shitake mushrooms are highly associated with fall along with fruits and vegetables that have fall colors or are harvested at this time of year. Rice is also harvested in autumn making it particularly prized at this time of year. Onions and Pumpkin are esteemed in the winter when other fruits and vegetables are less available. Onions help combat colds and flu and pumpkin is high in vitamins A and C.
Food Remedies #1: Azuki beans helps increase sexual health, mental alertness and reduce symptoms of asthma. The beans have also been found to help lower cholesterol levels.
Food Remedies #2: Barley helps prevent blood clots, it improves digestion and lowers the risk of cancer and blood cholesterol levels. This grain is high in selenium and vitamin E as well as other important antioxidants.
Food Cures #3: Cantaloupe is an important addition to those wanting to lower high blood pressure. It also helps lower the risk of cataracts and heart disease. It is a good source of potassium, beta-carotene and vitamin A.
Food Remedies #4: Carrots fight night blindness. This delicious vegetable is a good source of beta-carotene which is a powerful antioxidant which can help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. The particular form found in carrots also converts to vitamin A which helps fight night blindness.
Food Remedies #5: Daikon is a Japanese radish which among other things is high in vitamin C. This vegetable is good for reducing heartburn, is excellent for improving digestion and lowers the risk of stroke.
To ease joint pain you can take the juice from the radish and soak a cloth in it and place on the problem joint to reduce pain.
Food Cures #6: Daizu is soy beans. Many of you may have heard the name edamame which is young soy beans where as daizu is fully mature beans. These beans have a special protein which has been shown to improve memory and lower the risk of Alzheimer`s disease.
Food Remedies #7: Figs are high in fiber, vitamin B6 and potassium. While in the west it is often consumed in the form of a sweet cake this fruit is best eaten fresh or dried. It is good for relieving constipation, lowers risk of colon cancer and is a good aid for weight-loss.
Food Remedies #8: Genmai is unprocessed brown rice. Unprocessed brown rice contains 4 times the amount of fiber and vitamins E and B1 then white rice. This rice is good for weight loss and for skin health because it boost metabolism and helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy rather then being stored as fat.
In the west it is often taught that carbohydrates are the enemy to weight loss, but if that were really true then how do Asians, which consume the most rice, remain the least likely to suffer obesity? This food also enhances energy and reduces fatigue and aids the body in removing toxins.
Food Remedies #9: Natto is fermented soy beans and is a must have for those with a risk of stroke. It`s fermenting process enhances its B2 vitamins by more then 5 times that of other soybeans. The enzymes are also very useful for aiding digestion and the assimilation of nutrients from other foods.
Food Remedies #10: Seafood like wild salmon, tuna, sea bass and oysters are great sources of omega 3`s, vitamin D and many B vitamins among others. While fish and other sea food is enjoyed in the west it is to a far less degree then in countries like Japan where it is a regular part of our diet.
The seafood mentioned has been shown to reduce risk of depression, ADHD, insulin resistance leading to type 2 diabetes, asthma and age related macular degeneration. To benefit from these include 3 - 4 ounces at least 3 times weekly, (4 is better).
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Make the home remedies on this site your first step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Additional sites worth looking at.
Natures Super Foods, Super Recipes & Super Food Remedies. Living Longer & Living Younger.