Ways to sustain your health:
As someone who is interested in sustainable lifestyles and no waste I find the best way to being healthy is to prevent diseases from sneaking up on you in the first place. This list is things I have personally tried and find work well. Here are some sustainable medical solutions you can use for minor problems in your everyday life:
Garlic-garlic is my number one favorite spice as it adds loads of flavor to whatever you are making. It is best for:
- Reducing high blood pressure and lowers cholesterol
- Helps detoxify the body of heavy metals
- Helps your body fight bacteria, fungus, and viruses.
- Fends off ageing with antioxidant qualities
- Boosts resistant’s to colds and flu
- Reduces plaque
- Active ingredient from garlic allicin helps prevent platelets in the blood from sticking together. This helps prevent blood clots from forming leading to less heart attacks.
- Anticancer properties-helps prevent stomach and colon cancer.
- Helps prevent weight gain
*Crushing the garlic creates the allicin. It allows the amino acid in the garlic to come into contact with an enzyme which creates the allicin. Make sure you crush garlic before eating to get the full health benefits.
- Ends upset stomachs and nausea
- Helps digestion by stimulating saliva
- Relieves morning sickness (ok, I have not personally tried this one. But Danish research supports this!)
- Has loads of antioxidants (gingerols, shogaols, gingerdiones and zingerone)
- Inhibit growth of colorectal cancer cells
- Boost the immune system
- Antimicrobial and antiviral agent
- Improve circulation-Ginger will thin your blood, so if you are on blood thinning medication talk to a doctor before adding lots of ginger into your diet.
Honey-warning! Pasteurized and processed honey has few nutrients. Farmers market honey is the best.
- Helps heal wounds with minimal scaring. For cuts, put honey on the wound.
- Allergies-eating local honey might give your immune system a heads up on the local pollen that will be in the air and help your body react properly to the invading plant sperm. Sneezing is not a proper reaction!
- Helps a sore throat
- Help neurons in your brain communicate, slowing memory loss
- Reduce chance of getting Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.
- Slows impaired motor coordination that is usually accompanying aging.
- Lower blood cholesterol
- Promote urinary health
- Promote eye health-called “the vision fruit” in Japan because the reduce eyestrain and help improve night vision. (thanks to high concentrations of anthocyanins)
- Lowers lipid levels in the blood stream
- Fights cancer
Tea-There are two large categories of tea-green & back, and there are several smaller categories as well such as white, red (such as the South African rooibos), or blue-green (such as oolong). The difference is in how they are prepared. They all come from the same plant Camellia sinensis and all teas share similar properties. I know tea is cheating a little as you cannot usually grow it yourself and it is hard to get without creating waste but it is an AMAZING drink and should be used with minimum guilt if you are buying fair trade.
- Antioxidants (all)
- Anticancer (all)
- Reduces risk for stroke (black)
- Helps blood vessels function(black)
- Reduce levels of carcinogenic hormone 17 beta-estradiol (black)
- Lowers cholesterol (all)
- Helpful in weight loss(green)
- Reduces risk of esophageal, bladder, colon, pancreas, rectum and stomach cancer (green)
- Releases dopamine-the feel good hormone (green)
- Anti-inflammatory (green)
- Prevents Alzheimer’s disease (green)
- Reduces blood sugar (all)
Image from: http://green-tea-information.org/
Most of this information was gotten from the book the 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: the surprising unbiased truth about what you should eat and why by Jonny Bowen as well as the personal experience and secondary research of myself.
Let me know if there are any foods that I am forgetting that are amazing at everything.