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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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Self Heal

Self heal (or heal-all) is a wonderful medicinal flower and herb which as the name suggests has tremendous healing properties. It is often taken as a tea or a tincture for sore throats, fevers, diarrhea, inflammation, and heart and liver problems. Self-heal contains powerful antioxidant and antibiotic properties which has given it a reputation for being excellent for the immune, cardiovascular, and lymphatic system. 

It can help provide relief from tension headaches, edema, bronchitis, infections, viral conditions, vertigo, sensitivity to light, and high blood pressure. It also contains detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, hemostatic, and astringent properties. Self heal has the unique ability to help pull heavy metals out of the body and is particularly beneficial for the liver. 

Originally called “Heart of the Earth”, self-heal is a member of the mint family and has been given great reverence for hundreds of years due to its incredibly vast healing abilities. Self-heal is also excellent as a gargle for sore throats and as a mouthwash for canker sores and bleeding gums. Topically, it can be used as a poultice, salve, or cream to help aid in the healing of cuts, wounds, bee stings, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, goiters, lipomas, and varicose veins. 

For women, self-heal is especially beneficial for lymphatic issues such as swollen breasts, fibrocystic cysts, and sore nipples, apply nightly for best results. Self-heal herb, tea, cream, or salve can be found online or at your local health food store. Self-heal is a small, but powerful herb worthy of a spot in your home medicine cabinet.

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Pears

Pears, once called the “gift of the gods”, are a juicy, sweet, and easily digested fruit that are rich in vitamins and alkaline minerals such as vitamins A, C, E, folate, niacin, and boron. Pears also contain several anti-cancer properties and are known to be especially good in helping to prevent esophageal cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer, and colon cancer. 

Pears are an anti-inflammatory food making them perfect for those who suffer from autoimmune disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein-Barr, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Endometriosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Lyme disease, Hashimoto’s, Meniere’s disease, and Colitis. Pears also help to decrease the risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes. 

The flavonols in pears coupled with the anthocyanins help improve insulin sensitivity and their low glycemic index make it a perfect food for those who have blood sugar issues. Pears contain a special fiber that binds with bile acids in the intestines which has the ability to lower cholesterol. Pears also contain both Glutathione which can help prevent high blood pressure and strokes and Boron which helps the body retain calcium and prevent osteoporosis . 

Pears are also a good source of iodine which helps to keep the metabolism balanced and the thyroid functioning properly and they are high in pectin which is highly beneficial for digestion and bowel regularity. Allow pears to fully ripen at room temperature before eating for maximum nutritional and health benefits.

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Radishes

Radishes are antibacterial, anti-fungal, and diuretic. They are rich in Vitamin C, folate, and anthocyanins and are excellent for sinus congestion, sore throats, chest colds, asthma, and hoarseness. Radishes have the ability to dissolve mucus and acids within the body and expel stones from the gallbladder as well as cleanse the kidneys. 

Radish is also very helpful in preventing and fighting urinary tract and bladder infections. Eating radishes on a regular basis can help prevent colds and flus and they are a great anti-cancer food and are known to specifically benefit stomach, kidney, mouth, and colon cancer. Radishes are also good to eat with starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes, and grains as they have enzymes that aid in the secretion of digestive juices. 

The green leafy tops to the radishes are not only edible, but actually contain more vitamin C, protein, and calcium than the the radish itself. The green tops are highly nutritious and mineral rich and should be valued as much if not more than their roots. Radishes and their greens can be juiced for an excellent detoxifying drink that can soothe the digestive tract and cleanse the entire body. Added to salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and stews, radishes and their greens can add vibrant flavor and fantastic nutrition to support your health and body.

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Dill

Dill is an ancient herb that contains medicinal compounds including flavoniods and monoterpenes. These compounds make dill a great antioxidant and chemoprotective herb that is highly beneficial for viral, bacterial, yeast, and fungal infections, parasites, pain relief, sleep disorders, cancer prevention, and respiratory disorders. 

Dill is also regularly used as a digestive aid and can help reduce bad breath, acid reflux, flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea. Dill has also been known to be a remedy for treating insomnia, headaches, and hiccups. Dill is a great source of calcium, magnesium, and iron which makes it good for the bones, blood, and organs. 

Dill contains an essential oil called Eugenol which has been therapeutically used as a local anesthetic and antiseptic. In ancient times, dill weed was often crushed and applied to wounds to disinfect and speed up healing time. Eugenol has also been used to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics. Dill seeds are also very beneficial and have sedative, anti-spasmodic, and digestive properties. Chewing on a few seeds can freshen the breath and ease digestion after a heavy meal. 

Dill water/tea can be made by placing fresh dill into boiling water, steep for at least 5 minutes, strain, and sip throughout the day. Dill is a very healing and aromatic herb that can brighten up a variety of foods including salads, guacamole, potatoes, and soup. Regularly including it in your diet will benefit both your mind and body.

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Eyebright

Eyebright is a tiny herb that grows readily in backyards, fields, and pastures. It contains anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic properties. As the name suggests, eyebright is known for being particularly beneficial for eye related problems such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, blurry vision, weakened vision, and swollen, puffy eyes. 

Eyebright is also excellent for alleviating symptoms related to sinusitis, colds, seasonal allergies, and respiratory ailments. Eyebright can also enhance memory and improve overall cognitive performance. As a topical cream or poultice, eyebright can significantly improve acne and skin irritations. 

Eyebright is commonly found online or at your local health food store as a tea, capsule, tincture, cream, or salve. Eyebright is often combined with bilberry for enhanced benefits. If you find it in tea form, steep for at least five minutes in order to fully extract its healing properties.

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Plums

Plums are a sweet, juicy, low-calorie fruit that are a powerhouse in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Plums are an excellent source of Vitamin A, C, B-6, & K. Plums are also rich in minerals such as iron, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium. The magnesium in plums works as a natural tranquilizer which can sooth your nerves and also work as a catalyst to reinstate your natural REM sleep. 

Some of the benefits from eating plums on a regular basis include improved vision, radiant skin, healthy brain functioning, regulated digestive tract, reduced inflammation, resistance against colds and infections, and improved metabolism. Plums are especially good for digestive disorders such as IBS, gastritis, and constipation. 

They are also excellent for autoimmune diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, fibromyalgia, raynaud’s, cardiopathy, lupus, vertigo, and colitis. For best flavor, wait until the plum has fully ripened and is very soft to the touch. Plums come in a variety of colors from dark purple to yellow and red and can range from sugary sweet to tart and rich. They are an excellent addition to salads, smoothies, and juices.

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Vanilla Beans

Vanilla beans are a highly prized medicinal fruit of the vanilla planifolia orchid and have several health promoting properties. Vanilla has a calming effect on the nervous system and is an effective treatment for anxiety and stress. The aroma of vanilla beans alone has been shown to increase feelings of relaxation and happiness. 

One of the major medicinal compounds in vanilla beans is called vanillin which in small doses is known to greatly aid digestion, decrease headaches, and provide relief for an upset stomach. Vanilla beans contain trace minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, and iron. They also contain anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties and are particularly beneficial for fatigue, gas, muscle and joint pain, neck and back pain, nausea, swelling, and gas. 

Vanilla bean works exceptionally well in smoothies, tea, and baked goods. It can also create a healing and soothing bath that can help relieve respiratory conditions, alleviate the symptoms of the cold or flu, and help to calm and ease the body, mind, and spirit. Each vanilla bean contains over 25,000 flavor-packed seeds. 

To open, simply slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and run the knife along the bean to scrape out the seeds, only a very small amount is needed for delicious flavor and therapeutic benefits. Vanilla extract can be used topically as a natural astringent to help cleanse the skin and diminish any blemishes. Vanilla beans, pure vanilla extract, and pure vanilla powder can be found online or at your local grocery and health food store.

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Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms have been called the “miracle mushroom” due to their powerful immune boosting and cancer fighting properties. They contain all eight of the essential amino acids and vitamins such as B12, A, D, and C. Shiitake Mushrooms also contain interferons which are natural proteins that have strong antiviral effects on the body. 

Interferons have the ability to inhibit the replication of viruses, bacteria, parasites, and cancerous cells. Shiitake Mushroom extracts contain a significant amount of 1,3 beta-glucan and lentinan which has been shown to slow tumor growth, reduce tumor activity, and lessen the side effects of cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. 

Shiitake mushrooms have also been known to benefit heart disease, hepatitis, and auto-immune disorders such as AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibrocystic breast disease, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Shiitake Mushrooms also can help to regulate blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol, thin the blood, and aid in preventing strokes and heart attacks. 

Shiitake Mushrooms contain an excellent bioavailable form of iron which makes them a great addition to help keep your blood strong and to prevent anemia. Shiitake mushrooms are among the few natural sources of germanium, a mineral that has the ability to counteract the effects of pollutants and increase resistance to disease. 

Shiitake Mushrooms are also rich in zinc which is highly beneficial for treating viral and bacterial infections, regulating prostate gland functioning, and for healing skin problems. Shiitake Mushrooms are prized around the world for their medicinal and healing properties. They can be added to your soup, salad, grain, and vegetable dishes or taken in supplement form as a capsule, tincture, or powder.

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Apricots

Apricots are incredibly high in minerals and rich in beta carotene and are one of the most healing fruits you can eat. They are one of the best sources for organic iron and cobalt making them very beneficial for anemia, digestive disorders, and reproductive health. Apricots are highly beneficial for autoimmune disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, lupus, colitis, IBS, and PCOS. 

They are also wonderful for keeping the heart strong and healthy as well as being a powerful weight-loss agent. Apricot’s high concentration of beta carotene makes them an excellent food for disease prevention, especially lung, skin, and stomach illnesses. And they are very helpful in helping to regrow hair and improve the quality of your hair, skin, and nails. 

Fresh apricots are always best, but when they are not available, dried apricots are a great alternative. Look for wild and/or organic varieties that do not have any preservatives such as sulfur dioxide. A handful of dried organic apricots each day is a fantastic snack that can help keep you energized and focused throughout the day.

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