Saturday, November 20, 2010

FIVE COMMON FOODS THAT CAN CURE YOUR AILMENTS.

Some home remedies are already in your kitchen
Some simple foods, found in most kitchens, are not only culinary geniuses but also can be home remedies for your ailments. Maybe we don’t know exactly how these foods cure, but all of them, especially when combined in the diet, tend to detoxify the body and strengthen the immune system. That’s a great start toward health. So, why not give them a trial to see if they help your complaints? Since they’re common foods, none of them are likely to hurt you. They’re also items that won’t stretch your grocery budget. And, with their frequent dietary use, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that you need a lot fewer doctor visits.

This is the short list of nothing less than five miracle-foods: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR - GARLIC – HONEY – CINNAMON - ROSEMARY

VINEGAR (Especially, apple cider vinegar)
Vinegar in any of its forms is a tasty and healthy ingredient in cooking. Throughout the ages, vinegar has been indispensable in the kitchen as a food flavoring, preservative, and medicine. In more recent times, scientists have evaluated how vinegar burns fat, reduces cholesterol and increases vitality. As an effective detox for the blood stream, vinegar is linked with healthy kidneys, bladder, and liver.

While wine and balsamic vinegars are great tasting, apple cider vinegar ia a lot cheaper than some of the more “fashionable” vinegars. And apples are among the most health-giving fruits available as they contain a many valuable minerals such as potassium and magnesium. All of the goodness in apples is found in apple cider vinegar. Cider vinegar helps the blood to flow more freely instead of becoming thick and pasty, a condition that leads to high blood pressure.

GARLIC
Garlic is a pungent bulb that has been used as a medicine as far back as 5000 years in ancient Sumeria. Called Russian penicillin, garlic can help treat respiratory infections and prevent heart disease and cancer. Somewhat like onions, garlic is a wonder food rich in powerful sulphur compounds, chromium, beta-carotene, vitamins B and C, potassium and selenium. Garlic in the diet helps fight infection and reduces cholesterol levels and cancer risk. It also stabilizes blood pressure.

COMBINED GARLIC AND VINEGAR
Combining garlic and vinegar in the diet isn't a new idea. Both ingredients have been in use together for centuries as both food additives and medicines. According to traditional sources equal parts garlic and vinegar is good for health maintenance and medical use. Taking 2 to 4 teaspoons of the mixture after each meal helps to fight off many different diseases. Also, using both garlic and vinegar for cooking and as a salad dressing is a good idea. But, cooking any of these miraculous foods causes the loss of some health benefits.

HONEY
Honey is a natural sweetener, prepared by the bees from the nectars of various plants. It’s a great source of energy, containing about 69% glucose and fructose and providing 64 calories per tablespoon. It has occupied a outstanding role in traditional medicine throughout human history.

Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. It’s good for your skin and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Traditionally, it has been used as a treatment for wounds, burns and ulcers. Honey contains antioxidants that improve body immunity, including respiratory health. It can also help prevent cancer and control cholesterol levels. In a series of experiments involving patients with type-two diabetes, honey proved itself to be the healthiest sweetener.

CINNAMON
Cinnamon is a tasty spice, obtained from the inner bark of several trees native to South East Asia. It’s medicinal value has been known from antiquity. This spice has antimicrobial action, can settle an upset stomach, and is even a remedy for diabetes. Apparently, cinnamon assists the body in the use of insulin. People with type-two diabetes achieved significantly lower blood sugar by taking just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon every day. Cinnamon can also help to maintain a healthy weight. Since it stabilizes blood sugar, it helps control the glucose spikes that trigger the hunger cravings.

ROSEMARY
This flavorsome herb is also known as the Pilgrims Flower. It’s a member of the mint family, and it's associated with increased blood supply to the brain and with long life. It contains a particular antioxidant that works well with your immune system to block allergy triggers. If you find you’re sneezing from allergies or your joints are stiff, rosemary in your cooking can be a good tonic.

Drinking rosemary tea is a remedy for headaches and migraine. Just adding a couple of teaspoons of rosemary to a pint of boiled water. Remove from the heat and steep for 10 minutes. Then strain and drink.

TRY WHIPPING UP A COMBINATION OF ALL FIVE MIRACLES.

If you’re like me, it’s not always easy to do complicated cooking preparations – above and beyond what we have to do each day to put nutritious food on the table. And, then, there’s the problem to remember to take medicinal concoctions at intervals during the day. So I’ll share with you a recipe that goes well with our everyday menus and is easy to make. It’s a salad dressing that combines all five of these miracle foods. Use it one or more times a day on green salads and vegetables.

Five-Food Miracle Vinaigrette Dressing
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (organic is best)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsps. honey (raw honey is better)
3 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. crushed rosemary (fresh rosemary is better)
1/2 tsp. powdered cinnamon
Season to taste with salt and pepper.

The oil, vinegar, and honey can be combined with a blender or whisk. The result you want is to combine the oil, honey, and vinegar to get an emulsion (this is where the vinegar and honey separate and become suspended in the oil). After emulsion, whisk or stir in the seasonings. This dressing can be used safely for up to a week if it’s stored in a glass container with a tight lid and kept in the refrigerator.

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