Is your food your medicine? If not, what are you waiting for? The nature is offering us amazing, delicious things that when consumed, they not only add to the flavor of the food but also they can be used for healing your body. For centuries, long before the pharmaceutical industry, our ancestors were using food as their medicine. You can use these five foods as pure, natural antibiotics.
-Garlic has the power of superfood. For thousands of years, garlic was used to treat from mild to serious diseases that are occurring internally and externally. When crushed or chewed, raw garlic contains a compound called allicin – which has similar properties to penicillin. Garlic can treat anything from inflammation to colds to serious infections. This superfood is a member of the onion family and is antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, and antioxidant.
-Honey is known to people for over thousands of years. Civilizations all over the world considered honey as the best natural antibiotic, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptics. An enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide. This process helps your body in fighting infections, preventing the growth of bacteria. Soothing the digestive system, honey removes toxins from the blood and helps your liver operate more efficiently. Honey is a great boost for your immune system; consider combining honey with cinnamon to strengthen your white blood cells. Raw, organic honey is the best option. New Zealand’s manuka honey has been proven to have the highest levels of antioxidants and healing powers.
-Ginger is used primarily for flavor mostly in the Asian cuisine. When the dosage of ginger intake is increased, this powerful root can be used as an antibiotic. It’s great and very common to use ginger in the treatment of colds and flu. Ginger can slow blood clotting; it can be used for treating an upset stomach and for treating muscle and joint pain.
-Native in North America, Echinacea has been used for centuries in tribal medicine to treat pain and sickness. It has very similar effects to garlic. Echinacea is well tolerated and able to stimulate the immune system by naturally boosting infection fighters in your blood stream. The properties of Echinacea are antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. It’s best if used at the first signs of illness and should not be taken for more than ten days.
- Fermented Foods
-Fermented foods or probiotics, they work to boost and preserve the natural gut flora (good bacteria) found in your digestive system. Probiotics are one of the most incredible discoveries in the last decade. Balanced gut is one of the keys to overall wellness and cancer prevention, and that has been proven by research. Fermented foods are packed with antioxidants and microorganisms that your body processes far better than supplements. Doctors nowadays are recommending taking probiotics while their patients are on prescription antibiotics. Raw pickles, kim chi, apple cider vinegar are excellent ways to improve the balance in your intestines.
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