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Macadamia nuts are a rich source of energy and are packed with essential minerals, vitamins, and heart healthy mono-unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid that are essential for optimum health and wellness. Macadamia nuts are an excellent source of iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and B-complex vitamins. 

They also contain flavonoids which are compounds that protect the body from free radical damage and diseases such as cancer. Macadamia nuts are known to help the body maintain healthy blood lipid profiles which provides protection from strokes and coronary artery disease. They are also helpful in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol in the blood. 

Macadamia nuts are one of the only food sources that contains palmitoleic acid which is known to help speed up fat metabolism and reduce the body’s ability to store fat which ultimately means increased weight loss. Macadamia nuts are also known to help rejuvenate the liver and discourage the craving for alcohol. 

Macadamia nuts are gluten-free and are often found in the preparation of gluten-free products as a healthy alternative for those suffering from celiac disease and IBS. Macadamia nut oil is promoted as being healthier than olive oil and is a tasty alternative to use as a salad dressing or to drizzle over steamed vegetables. 

Raw macadamia nuts are ideal for ultimate nutritional benefits and overall health. They have a sweet buttery taste making them an easy addition to your diet as a snack or salad topping. Try keeping a small bag of them on hand to munch on during the day to help ward off cravings and maintain solid and consistent energy levels throughout the day.

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Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a medicinal flower that has been revered for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and calming and relaxing properties. It is a potent detoxifier and is known to swiftly remove poisons and heat from the body. 

Honeysuckle is also very helpful for respiratory problems such as bronchitis, COPD, asthma, coughs, and colds and acts as an expectorant and emollient to help clear and soothe respiratory passages. Honeysuckle has also been known to help treat diarrhea, chronic gastroenteritis, fever, urinary tract infections, digestive disorders, ulcers, and skin infections. 

It is highly beneficial for fighting off the bacteria that causes strep throat, tuberculosis, and salmonella poisoning and for helping to alleviate headaches and nausea. Honeysuckle’s anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties make it particularly good for those suffering from auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, bursitis, and chronic fatigue syndrome or those who suffer with edema, bloating, and water retention. 

Honeysuckle is often prepared as a tea with 1 tsp of dried herb to 1 cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb and let steep for 10 minutes or more and sweeten with raw honey if desired. Essential oil of honeysuckle is a popular addition to massage oils, soaps, creams, and vaporizers as it is known to help relax and calm the body, mind, and soul. 

Honeysuckle cream is also very beneficial for eczema, psoriasis, skin rash, rosacea, as well as for anti-aging and wrinkle prevention. It is also commonly found in hair care products due to its ability to add volume, shine, and elasticity to hair as well to keep the scalp healthy and clear.

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Oranges

Oranges have been called a “perfect food” and contain an amazing array of healing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. They are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, folate, beta carotene, lutein, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium. 

Oranges have been known to help prevent cancer, lower high blood pressure, fight off viral infections, relieve constipation, keep bones and teeth strong, prevent kidney stones and macular degeneration. Oranges are rich in lime and alkaline salts that help to counteract and prevent acidosis in the body. They are also excellent for the digestive tract and help to remove toxic debris from the colon through enhanced peristaltic action. 

Oranges contain a significant amount of glutathione which is critical for healthy eye and lung function. Oranges are very good for respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis and cardiovascular issues such as hypertension and COPD. Oranges act as an internal antiseptic to the body and have the ability to purify and strengthen all the organs in the body. 

Oranges contain anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties which are particularly beneficial for those suffering with a cold or flu or an auto-immune disorder such as shingles, arthritis, IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and raynaud’s disease. Fresh squeezed orange juice is a predigested food and allows for immediate absorption of all it’s abundant healing properties. 

However, be aware that orange juice will lose the majority of its vitamin C content within 30 minutes of being squeezed, so for optimum results drink immediately. Whole oranges, peeled or cut in slices, are the best option as the fiber and pith is where so many of the phytonutrients and healing properties are contained. 

Oranges are an excellent weight loss food due to their high pectin content which also helps to reduce blood cholesterol. Oranges are an ideal “fast food”, easy to transport, delicious to eat, and provide a steady form of energy throughout the day.

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Asparagus

Asparagus is a fantastic healing vegetable that is high in essential minerals such as selenium, zinc, and manganese which are vital for a strong and healthy immune system. It is also high in vitamins A, K, and B-complex including folate which is a building block for a healthy cardiovascular system and for woman who are trying to conceive. 

Asparagus contains aspartic acid which is an amino acid that neutralizes excess amounts of ammonia in the body that is often the cause of exhaustion, headaches, and poor digestion. Asparagus contains significant amounts of healthy fiber and protein which helps to maintain blood sugar levels, prevent constipation, stabilize digestion, and stop the urge to overeat. 

It also contains a compound called asparagine which is a natural diuretic that breaks up oxalic and uric acid crystals stored in muscles and in the kidneys and eliminates them through the urine. This natural diuretic is helpful in reducing water retention, bloating, and swelling in the body. Asparagus is also high in glutathione which is an antioxidant powerhouse and particularly beneficial for those suffering with autoimmune conditions, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. 

It is known to help strengthen the liver, kidneys, skin, ligaments, and bones and it’s chlorophyll content makes it a great blood builder. Asparagus also contains inulin which encourages good bacteria in the gut that boosts nutrient absorption and helps to keep the immune system functioning properly. Asparagus is a nutrient-packed, delicious vegetable that can be eaten raw or steamed and added to soup, salads, stews, rice, and/or veggie dishes.

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Chicory

Chicory is a nutrient rich plant whose flowers, green leaves, and roots have been used for thousands of years to help heal numerous health conditions such as heartburn, jaundice, digestive disorders, liver disease, neurological disorders, and rheumatic conditions such as gout. 

Roasted chicory root smells and tastes like coffee but has none of the harmful effects of caffeine and instead has several health promoting benefits such as helping to alkalinize the stomach and aid in digestion and assimilation. Chicory root contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties which is highly beneficial for both the immune system and the nervous system.

It is well known to help aid in purifying the liver and in cleansing the blood as well as help the body resist gall stones, kidney stones, and liver stones. Chicory also provides a soluble fiber known as inulin which can help to control blood sugar levels as well as feed the good digestive flora in the intestines which can help to prevent constipation and even colon cancer. 

The inulin in chicory is also known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood. Chicory is excellent for fighting parasites and worms present in the intestines. Chicory also works as a gentle diuretic which can aid in removing excess water retention, swelling, and bloating from the body. Chicory is known to help the body digest fatty foods better and help to flush toxins out of the digestive tract. 

Chicory leaves and flowers can be consumed in a salad and are a good source of potassium, fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, and vitamins C & A. Roasted chicory root can be found as a coffee-substitute online or at your local health food store. Fresh chicory leaves and flowers can often be found in the produce section next to the lettuce and leafy greens in your local health food store

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Mizuna

Mizuna is a mild, somewhat sweet mustard green that has been grown for centuries in Japan and is now becoming more readily available in the states. Mizuna is packed in phytonutrients and is a nutritional powerhouse. It has been known to help prevent, arthritis, anemia, osteoporosis, asthma, and colon, breast, and prostate cancer as well as numerous immune related disorders. 

Mizuna is an excellent source of vitamin C which has tremendous anti-viral and anti-inflammatory (including anti-histamine) abilities. Mizuna also contains antioxidants called glucosinolates which have powerful anti-cancer properties and the ability to detox cells, tissues, and organs in the body. Mizuna is also a great source of vitamin A which is highly beneficial for eye, skin, and cardiovascular health and folate which plays an important role in DNA synthesis during pregnancy. 

Mizuna is a flavorful addition to salads and is often found in mesclun or spring mixes at the grocery store. Mizuna by the bunch can also be found in most produce departments and can be juiced, lightly steamed, or added to soups for a healthy, nutritional, and tasty boost to your diet.

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Valerian

Valerian is a medicinal herb and root that has significant sedative and tranquilizing properties that can provide tremendous benefit to both the central nervous system and the muscular system. Valerian contains calcium, manganese, quercitin, and ascorbic acid as well as valepotriate and isovaleric acid which gives it its calming and relaxing qualities. 

It is especially beneficial for chronic insomnia, headaches, nervousness, menstrual problems, and anxiety. It is also helpful in soothing the digestive tract and cramps associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Valerian is also known to be very beneficial for the cardiovascular system and overall heart health. Valerian can also be used to help control hunger and reduce the urge to eat out of stress. 

It has been shown to be beneficial in reducing seizure activity and is often combined with other herbs such as lemon balm, hops, and passionflower for increased relaxation and healing benefits. Valerian is most often taken as a supplement in a capsule, tincture, or tea form and can be readily found online or at your local health food store.

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Strawberries

Strawberries are a sweet, delicious fruit that are also a nutritional powerhouse and an all around amazing superfood. They are packed with Vitamins A , B-complex, & E and minerals such as manganese, iron, and zinc. They are rich in antioxidants which boosts their ability to rebuild, repair, and rejuvenate the body. 

They also have high levels of phenols, which act as an anti-inflammatory which makes it an essential food for those suffering from autoimmune disorders such as asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, restless leg syndrome, colitis, COPD, IBS, neuropathy, Crohn’s disease, lupus, guillain-barre syndrome, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. 

Loaded with Vitamin C they help to boost the immune system by warding off colds, flu’s, and respiratory infections. They are also well known for being beneficial for age related macular degeneration and vision related issues. Strawberries contain ellagic acid and flavonoids which are good for cardiovascular health and can help prevent heart disease, stroke, and and help to lower cholesterol. 

They are also fantastic weight loss food as they are low in calories and high in nutritional compounds that are vital for optimal health. During the summertime, look for locally grown strawberries for the most nutritional and health benefits. Organic frozen strawberries are also a good alternative when fresh are not available. Strawberries are an excellent addition to smoothies, fruit salads, and mixed green salads and they are the perfect snack anytime of the day.

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Walnuts

Walnuts are one of the most antioxidant rich foods and are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties and are known to help prevent strokes, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and colon, prostate, and breast cancers. Walnuts are also high in B-complex vitamins and minerals such as copper, iron, manganese, zinc, calcium, and selenium. 

Walnuts are particularly beneficial for cognitive health and are generally regarded as an excellent “brain food”. Walnuts can also calm the nervous system and increase your sense of well being and peace. They are known to satiate the appetite as well as aid in long term weight loss. Walnuts are high in vitamin E which helps to keeps cells protected from free radical damage. 

Walnuts are also very important for the neurological and circulatory systems and can help to benefit neuropathy, cerebral palsy, dementia, raynaud’s disease, and atherosclerosis. Walnut oil is a wonderful moisturizer for the skin and is regularly used in skin care products for its healing and protective benefits. Try mashing a few ripe bananas and sprinkling chopped walnuts on top for a energy and brain boosting breakfast. Only a handful of walnuts a day are needed to receive their powerful health benefits.

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Chives

Chives contain nutritional compounds that are vital for bone and neurological health and can help to prevent osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. They also have an exceptional amount of vitamin A and other antioxidants such as carotenes and lutein which help to protect the body from a variety of cancers. Chives contain a healing compound called allicin which has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. 

Allicin also has the ability to help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and help to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke. The sulfur containing oil in chives provides powerful antiseptic abilities without any of the digestion disturbing tendencies that the rest of the onion family can create. Chives are also known to help build the immune system, fight intestinal fermentation, and stimulate both stomach and liver function. 

They are especially beneficial for those suffering from inflammation and autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, bursitis, chronic fatigue, adrenal issues, shingles, epstein barr virus and vertigo. Chives are also an excellent source of folate which is essential for woman before and during pregnancy. Chives can be easily grown indoors or out and are a simple, flavorful, and healthy addition to any salad, guacamole, potato, rice, soup, or vegetable dish.

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