Foods that Turn Back the Clock
(HealingTalks) Annette Larkins is 72 years of age but she looks like she is in her fourties. Her secret is the eating and juicing of plant-based living foods, including those grown in her own home garden. She picks them fresh to get the most vital foods into her body.I have also found it valuable to add some superfoods and spices. Here are a few tips for starters.
A member of the ginger family, turmeric is the king of the anti-inflammatories. Turmeric is effective in fighting hundreds of ailments which involve inflammations, including Alzheimer’s, arthritis, nephritis, and virtually any other ailment that ends in an “itis.” Turmeric tastes a little like mustard and is a staple in Indian diets. Tumeric, however, is poorly absorbed and retained by our cells (2-5%). So use it amply or buy more bio-absorbable supplements. I often add some tumeric to my green juices, salads and virtually anything else I possibly can. In the Indian villages where tumeric is regularly eaten, we find the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease in the world. Alzheimer’s is a disease, by the way, which generally begins with an inflammation of the brain tissues, burning out the inner light, the inner connective consciousness. Thousands of studies have. however, shown tumeric’s effectiveness in reducing inflammations of all kinds, and in the process adding to health and longevity.
Ginger is another one of those spices you never want to be without. Used amply by the Native Americans and ancient Chinese, ginseng reduces blood pressure, coagulation, platelet aggregation, and increases blood flow, thus with cardiovascular health. Ginseng is also a general vitalizer, increasing endurance when exercising. Studies found that patients who consumed ginseng had more vital energy than those taking a placebo. Ginseng comes in powder form and can be used to make a refreshing ice tea, both for before or after a work out. Alternatively, the plant itself can be chewed.
Carrots are especially high in vitamins A, B, and C , They help restore elasticity in the skin and also aid in fighting off skin infections. I like the white carrots I get from a local farm as they are less sweet but just as nutritious. Then I juice some to turn the end result into a superfood. If not too sweet, I also chew carrots raw or grate or shred them for use in a salad. They can be added to virtually any recipe – a wrap, soup, juicing them, adding them to a smoothie, you name it.
Kale is one of the most nutrient rich foods on the planet. It is a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients. It is chock full of Vitamin K, which promotes bone growth, as well as Vitamin A to help eyes health and our general immune system. Kale is wonderful to use in a salad, green smoothie or pesto. Try adding garlic and ginger to any of such kale recipes and for a triple immune system boost. Kale greens are especially tasty when dried to make kale chips, adding seasoning just like you would in making potato chips. You will need a dehydrator at home to make them.
Our bodies need good oils. Several studies have shown that good oils are more essential to our health than proteins which we need in smaller amounts, unless you are an athlete or in need of a more muscular body. Ample essential fatty acids are vitally necessary for all of us, especially for excellent cardiovascular and mental health. A good percentage of our brains’ cellular membranes are made out of omega fats. So it is critically important to eat good quality fats. An important tip is to avoid all rancid fats. Store bought oils, not refrigerated can be rancid and you will immediately tell in the first taste. Try a good health food store for refrigerated oils, especially flax seed oil, as it has the highest Omega-3 fat continent of any plant based source. If you want to be optimally healthy and to live long, never cook your fats. Use them for salad dressings and as an additive to recipes that are raw. Good fats ultimately make you look great. They prevent your skin from drying out, protect you against wrinkles and skin cancer, and keep your hair shiny and smooth.
You can find other great fats in raw nuts, seeds, avocados, and a few vegetable-based oils like chia and hemp, again, as long as they are not cooked. The exception for light cooking is coconut oil. One idea is to make a raw vegan ranch dressing by mashing an avocado with some chopped onions, adding organic Tamari or a fermented soy sauce, a little garlic and a pinch of hot pepper seasoning, mixing all the ingredients thoroughly with the fabulous flax seed oil.
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