If you feel low in energy, overwhelmed or stressed, your body is signalling you to repair and revitalize yourself. As a coach, my emphasis is always on the most effective way to do this for each individual. An efficient way to do this is to eat extraordinary foods that help in healing your inner system. Adjusting your food intake is a small yet powerful step you can take towards a living a healthier, happier, stress-free life. Below are the benefits of three healing foods that you can start incorporating in your diet right away to heal your gut, increase energy and reduce stress.
For an energetic start to your day, try out fresh celery juice. If drinking celery alone is difficult for you, try adding one to two green apples or carrots to the juice.
Proven 7 Health Benefits of Celery
- Celery is rich in vitamins and minerals, containing vitamins A, B-2, B-6, C, K, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and pantothenic acid, which help our body function optimally and help boost our immunity.
- Studies have shown that consuming celery daily can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Celery contains antioxidants. A Review of the Antioxidant Activity of Celery by Wesam Kooti and Nahid Daraei found celery to have powerful antioxidant characteristics to remove free radicals due to “compounds such as caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, apigenin, luteolin, tannin, saponin, and kaempferol.”
- Celery is rich in phytonutrient and phenolic antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory properties.
- The beneficial dietary fibre in celery (one gram per large stalk) supports good gut health and bowel regularity.
- Celery is very hydrating as it has a large water content.
- Celery is an alkalising food, helping to regulate acidity in the body and has been used over the ages to relieve heartburn.
Healing Tip:Add chopped celery stalks and leaves to your salad recipes, stuff celery sticks with cream cheese or peanut butter and raisins, dip celery stalks cheese sauce, hummus, guacamole and other dips, add celery leaves and sliced celery stalks to stir-fries, soups, and stews.
Ginger, is one of the world’s oldest and most popular medicinal spices. Dating back over 5000 years, the Indians and Chinese cultures have used it for its healing properties to treat many ailments and it has been used in many cultures throughout history as a spiritual cleanser to purify and awaken the body, mind and spirit.
Proven 7 Health Benefits of Ginger
- Aids in absorption and digestion. Research data indicate that ginger is effective in relieving discomfort from the gasses that form and are trapped in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and contains compounds called gingerols, beneficial for those suffering from arthritis or other muscle, joint or nerve pain, menstrual cramps or headaches.
- Ginger has been studied for its effects in relieving motion sickness symptoms and nausea and other stomach issues.
- Ginger is a good source of antioxidants.
- Studies have shown that regularly adding ginger to your diet can help improve blood sugar levels.
- Ginger helps boost the immune system, which helps you fight off infections and cold and flu symptoms
- Researchers have found evidence that the active compounds in ginger (gingerol, shogaol, and paradols) have cancer-fighting abilities. Namely, it may help in the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. It’s high antioxidant content is likely responsible for fighting off cancer cell growth.
Healing Tip: Use ginger for an extra zing in marinades for meat and fish, stir-fries, dressings, soups, fruit and vegetable juices and desserts. Boil it in hot water alone or add lemon and honey for a soothing, warming tea.
3. Papaya (Paw Paw)
Papaya belongs to (the Caricaeae family and is a tropical, palm-like plant, botanically classed as a large berry. Papaya (also known as paw paw and tree melon depending on the country in which it is grown) is also used in the manufacturing of several cosmetic, beauty and skin products.
Proven 7 Health Benefits of Papaya
- Papayas contain an enzyme called papain that aids in digestion. It is also high in fibre and water content, both of which help to promote a healthy digestive tract.
- Papayas contain healthy antioxidants known as carotenoids, such as lycopene. Studies have shown that our body absorbs these beneficial antioxidants better from papayas than other fruits and vegetables!
- Papaya contains several unique enzymes including papain and chymopapain which have been shown to help reduce inflammation.
- Papayas are full of important nutrients. They are a good source of vitamins A, C and E, folate, and minerals (potassium and magnesium). Papayas contain choline, a very important and versatile nutrient that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning, memory and also reduces chronic inflammation.
- A single papaya contains more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, making it great for your immunity and can be helpful in preventing infections, colds and flu.
- Papayas can aid in lowering blood sugar. Some studies have found that papaya has a hypoglycemic effect on the body, decreasing blood glucose levels.
- Papayas can prevent signs of ageing. Rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and antioxidants like beta-carotene which helps prevent your skin from free radical damage keeping wrinkles and other signs of ageing at bay. Papayas also are rich in Vitamin A which is important for healthy eyes and vision.
Healing Tip: Delicious Papaya fruit can be eaten as is, with a squeeze of lime, cut into salads or blended into smoothies. The black seeds of the papaya are also completely edible and also act as an effective worm/parasite remover. It does have a strong peppery taste. Try crushing or grinding seeds before sprinkling into smoothies or salads for added health benefits!