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Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts are one of the most nutritionally rich foods and are packed with a full range of vitamins including A, D, C, K, and B-Complex as well as minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, silicon, and molybdenum. They also contain blood healing chlorophyll and all 8 essential amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins and can help to increase bone strength and density and help to prevent fractures and osteoporosis. 

Alfalfa sprouts are one of the top sources of antioxidants among all vegetables and are excellent at helping to prevent heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, menopausal symptoms, colitis, macular degeneration, constipation, ulcers, and high blood pressure. Alfalfa sprouts are also a phenomenal source of saponins which are known for their potent anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. 

They are also a great food helping to lower cholesterol and to prevent leukemia, pancreatic, colon, prostate, and breast cancer. Alfalfa sprouts are an essential “brain food” and are good for helping the strengthen memory, focus, and concentration skills. They also contain natural fluorine which prevents tooth decay and helps to rebuild decayed teeth. Alfalfa sprouts are easy to grow at home. 

Simply rinse a few tablespoons of alfalfa seeds and place in a loosely covered bowl, jar, or tray. Keep moist by spritzing with water daily and within a week you will have your own inexpensive power vegetable grown safely in your own home. Alfalfa sprouts can also be found fully grown and ready to eat at your local health food store and supermarket.

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Gentian

Gentian is a medicinal herb that has long been used for its digestive and healing properties. Gentian has the ability to help stimulate gastric juices and ignite the metabolism which has made it a common natural treatment for anorexia, sluggish digestion, dyspepsia, flatulence, toxic bowels, weak appetite, gastritis, acidosis, bloating, and constipation. 

It is also a powerful immune booster and has been shown to support the growth of leukocytes and red blood cells within the body which makes it a great herb for those experiencing colds, flu, sinus infections, or respiratory ailments. Gentian is also an excellent tonic for the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder and is known to be particularly beneficial for hepatitis, jaundice, pancreatitis, and gallstones. It is often recommended to help increase energy and vitality for those who are experiencing mental and physical exhaustion. 

Gentian is also known to invigorate the circulatory system and help to build the blood after a chronic or long standing illness. Gentian is also a highly beneficial for sore throats, fevers, thrush, cardiovascular problems, arthritis, and chronic swelling and inflammation. Gentian is an anti-addiction herb and is often found in natural anti-smoking products.

Topically, gentian can be applied to wounds, ulcers, and abrasions for a faster healing response and to help clean and disinfect the wound. Gentian can be taken as a medicinal tea by simmering 2 tsp of dried root in 2 cups of water for twenty minutes. Allow to cool, strain, and sweeten with honey if desired. Sip 30 min-1hr before a meal for best results. Gentian can be found in tincture, extract, capsule, tea, and cream form online or at your local health food store.

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Wild Blueberry Bowl

All fruits have incredible healing and energizing properties, but wild blueberries are the most phenomenal of them all.

Wild blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These sweet and satisfying berries are excellent liver and blood cleansers, and are vital to the health of eyes and the digestive tract.

Wild blueberries also have the ability to repair tissues and cells and keep the immune system strong. They are a powerhouse food not to be missed!

Today's recipe gives you a fun, easy and delicious way to get wild blueberries into your diet. They are such powerful healers that including them daily is ideal, or as much as possible. 

Wild Blueberry Bowl

Ingredients:

Topping options: sliced banana, strawberries, raspberries, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, cinnamon or granola
Where possible, it is always best to buy these foods organic for ultimate health benefits.

Directions:

Place the frozen wild blueberries, mango, banana and water in your blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. If it's not blending well, you can add a little more water to get your blender moving. But be careful not to thin it out too much.

Transfer the mixture into a bowl and add the toppings. Eat with glee! :)

Learn more about how to heal from the New York Times bestselling book Cleanse To Heal.

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Cardamom

Cardamom is a wonderful medicinal spice that has similar health properties as those of cinnamon and ginger. It is rich in minerals such as iron, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. It also contains antiseptic, anesthetic, antispasmodic, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. Cardamom is an excellent spice for the respiratory system and works as a natural expectorant in relieving congestion and phlegm from the lungs and sinus passages. 

Cardamom is also great for the digestive system and stimulates the appetite as well as ease gas, nausea, indigestion, and cramping. It also helps to kill off any food borne bacteria in the digestive tract which helps to protect against food poisoning and gastric distress. Cardamom pods contain a compound called limonene which is usually found in citrus peels and is known to dissolve cholesterol containing gallstones, relive heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), and prevent against breast, colon, liver, and stomach cancer. 

Cardamom also contains several compounds that helps to prevent blood clots from forming in the blood stream, making is an important medicinal for those concerned with deep vein thrombosis, lupus, strokes, or pregnancy. It is also a highly beneficial spice for cardiomyopathy, fibromyalgia, vertigo, tinnitus, halitosis, asthma, urinary tract infections, and spasms or convulsions. 

Cardamom works well as a diuretic and can reduce bloating, water retention, swelling, and edema. Cardamom pods can be chewed on in order to relieve tooth and gum pain and prevent infection. Cardamom is often used in sweet and savory dishes and can be prepared as a delicious, warming tea by placing 4 cardamom pods in 2 cups of water and simmer for 30 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired. 

Cinnamon, ginger, or cloves can be added to the tea for additional health benefits. Cardamom can be found as whole pods or powdered online or at your local health food or grocery store.

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Grapes

Grapes have been called the “queen of fruits” due to being one of the most nutritious and medicinal foods available since ancient times. Grapes are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and B-complex, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, boron, manganese, iron, selenium and potassium. Grapes contain high amounts of powerful antioxidants known as bioflavonoids, resveratrol, and anthocyanins. 

These phytochemicals are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-aging, and anti-cancerous and provide protection against anemia, degenerative nerve diseases, heart disease, viral and fungal infections, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders, and all forms of cancer. Grapes can also help provide relief from asthma, migraines, constipation, gastritis, chronic acidosis, indigestion, kidney disorders, fatigue, and vision problems. 

Grapes have the ability to help prevent blood clots due to their ability to increase nitric oxide levels in the blood and therefore provide excellent protection for the heart and cardiovascular system. Grapes also amazingly enough fight tooth decay and can stop viruses in their tracts. Grapes can benefit blood sugar by providing better insulin regulation and overall blood sugar balance. 

The black variety of grapes are by far the most nutritious and if you can find them with seeds, even better! Grape seeds provide phenomenal healing benefits. You can chew the seeds up or place the seeded grapes in a high speed blender or a juicer. It will make a sweet, delicious, and powerful antioxidant drink that is easily digested and assimilated. 

In fact, fresh raw grape juice has been called the “nectar of the gods” due to its high concentration of health promoting properties. And since the skins contain most of the antioxidants and nutrition, you will want to choose organic whenever possible.

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Crimini Mushrooms

Crimini mushrooms, also known as baby portobello mushrooms, are a medicinal powerhouse and contain several unique health promoting compounds. They are a good source of vitamins E, B12, and D and minerals such as zinc, selenium, iron, & calcium. Crimini mushrooms contain potent anti-cancer compounds such as conjugated-linoleic acid (CLA) that are specifically beneficial for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers due to its ability to prevent high levels of estrogen from circulating within the body. 

They also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively regulate inflammation in the heart, joints, organs, and tissues making them especially good for those who suffer with arthritis, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Crimini mushroom’s also contain an antioxidant compound called L-ergothioneine which is known to be incredibly important for cognitive function, eye health, reproductive health, and lung health. 

Crimini mushrooms are also excellent for strengthening the immune system and can significantly lower the risk of colds, flu, ear infections, bronchitis, swollen glands, sore throats, and chronic infections. They have even been shown to slow down or prevent the onset of tumors in the body. Crimini mushrooms also contain tryptophan which effects serotonin levels in the body and is essential to stabilize mood swings and create a balanced sleep pattern. 

Crimini mushroom’s are a delicious and healthy addition to the diet and can be enjoyed raw, steamed, sauteed, or roasted and can be added to salads, soups, and vegetable dishes. The medicinal properties of mushrooms can also be found in capsule, tincture, tea, and extract form online or at your local health food store.

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Horsetail

Horsetail, also known as shavegrass, is a wonderful medicinal herb that grows wild throughout much of the world. It is packed with vitamin C & B-complex as well as minerals such as silica, calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese. Horsetail contains powerful antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and astringent properties that are known to benefit multiple health concerns. 

It is excellent for strengthening brittle bones, teeth, hair, and nails and it can improve bone density, enhance bone flexibility, and heal fractured bones, pulled hamstrings, and dislocated joints. It has also been shown to aid those with type 2 diabetes by significantly lowering their blood glucose levels within 1.5-2 hours. Horsetail contains natural diuretic properties that can reduce edema, bloat, swelling, water retention, and kidney stones. 

It is a great source of silica which has been shown to strengthen the connective tissues of the brain, nerve cells, and spinal cord thereby improving memory and helping to prevent memory loss. Horsetail has also been shown to be effective against incontinence, bladder weakness, and urinary tract infections. 

It is also well known for its anti-aging, anti-wrinkle properties due to its ability to help form collagen and repair damaged skin to produce a more youthful glow. Horsetail is commonly used as a mouthwash as a natural remedy for tonsillitis, gingivitis, canker sores, and bleeding gums. It also works incredibly well to help heal foot infections such as athlete’s foot and to help treat frostbite, boils, carbuncles, cracked and blistered feet. 

Horsetail tea is a delicious medicinal tea that can be made by adding 2 teaspoons of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and allowed to steep for at least 15 minutes or more. This tea can also be cooled and then soaked with a cloth and applied to skin for a gentle and effective compress or used as a hair rinse, mouthwash, or foot soak

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Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is a nutrient dense green leafy vegetable that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, & K, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium. Swiss chard is incredibly important for bone health and to help prevent breakage, fractures, and osteoporosis. Swiss chard also contains a compound called syringic acid which has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels in the body making it a great food for those who have diabetes or blood sugar issues. 

It is also particularly beneficial for anemia, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, constipation, and breast, prostate, ovarian, bone, liver, stomach, pancreatic, and colon cancers. Swiss chard has powerful anti-inflammatory properties making it an ideal food for those who suffer with autoimmune disorders such as cardiomyopathy, fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lyme disease, and type 2 diabetes. 

It also contains a large number of phytonutrient antioxidants such as betalains which have been shown to help protect the body from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and COPD. The nutritional benefits of swiss chard are most readily available when eaten raw or juiced. 

Swiss chard is a wonderful leafy green to add color and flavor to your salads, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, and nori rolls and it makes a tasty addition to your freshly made juices. It is also a relatively easy vegetable to grow in containers and in the garden for the freshest variety. Swiss chard can be readily found in your local supermarket, health food store, and farmer’s market.

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