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Healthy Habits: Take A Look!

Did you know that there are many foods that look like the actual parts of the body that they can help keep healthy? One of the most apparent ones is kidney beans. When we cook them properly and include them into our diets, they can help keep our blood sugar steady and blood pressure low, which helps us maintain healthy kidneys…and they look like them too!

Walnuts

Let’s take a closer look at some others. Walnuts look like a tiny model of the brain and when we snack on them regularly, they can help keep our brains functioning optimally. Studies show that including walnuts into our diets decreases the risk or progression of brain disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Walnuts contain several components that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which reduce neuroinflammation and oxidative stress. These tree nuts are also nutrient dense and a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. They not only boost brain health, but heart health as well.

Ginger

Ginger root, you could say, resembles our stomach. And, one of the most well known healing qualities that ginger offers is soothing an upset tummy! In addition, it helps improve digestion, eases pain, lowers cholesterol, fights infection, aids in detoxing, helps with respiratory ailments and fights inflammation.

I recommend buying fresh organic ginger root and making a simple tea. Just add 4 or 5 thin slices of the fresh root to 2 cups of filtered water and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to simmer, partially covered, for 10-15 minutes. Strain and add organic, raw local honey.

Carrots

When you bite into a carrot, you may notice that it has an “eye” looking back at you, and eating carrots supports optimal eye health! Some other health perks you’ll receive from munching on organic, raw carrots or drinking the fresh pressed juice are: improved skin health, better digestion, reduced incidence of stroke, healthier teeth, reduced risk of cancer and improved liver function.

Carrots also offer antibacterial and antiviral effects, and help us maintain a healthy heart. Try rainbow carrots sometime if you haven’t! The darker the color, the more antioxidants so try the purple carrots.

Kale

The leaves of kale resemble our lungs, and they are one of the best foods to eat to help keep them working at their best. Eating raw, organic, lightly steamed kale also supports healthy bones (a great source of assimilable calcium), strengthens the immune system, promotes brain health, helps us detox from environmental pollutants, lowers cholesterol, supports digestion, boosts metabolism and much more. If you just do not like to eat your greens, try adding organic kale powder into a shake!

Avocados

Avocados could be viewed as resembling a woman’s ovaries and are helpful in maintaining women’s health. They are beneficial for everyone though, because they are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, B-6, magnesium, potassium and fiber! Eating raw organic avocados will help reduce cholesterol levels, increase levels of good cholesterol, and help reduce inflammation, just to name a few.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes actually have 4 chambers just like our hearts do, and when we eat them they can help keep our hearts healthy. They also help keep our digestive systems functioning optimally, improve vision, help prevent cancer, promote healthy skin & hair and help us maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Cherries

Cherries resemble blood vessels and they’re also, you guessed it, good for your heart! Acerola cherries are one of the best whole food sources of vitamin C, which boosts our immune systems. They are also high in vitamin A and fiber – supporting healthy vision and digestion, and they help alleviate osteoarthritis pain & sore muscles.

Eating organically grown cherries also promotes healthy circulation by upping our assimilation of copper from the foods we eat. Copper, like vitamin C, helps us produce the collagen we need for strong blood vessels. When not in season, find a good brand of organic freeze-dried cherries or cherry powder to add to your smoothies!

Be Well and God Bless You.

By Jennifer Wimmer

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