Food grown in the earth comes packed with nutrients in a biodegradable package. Mother Nature's colorful array of edible plants demonstrates her flair for abundance. Enjoy this balanced source of nourishment in the form of whole foods.
"Before I started writing about food, my focus was really on the human relationship to plants. Not only do plants nourish us bodily - they nourish us psychologically." –Michael Pollan
Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin for your eyes. The seeds are little storehouses of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, omega-3 fats, tryptophan, protein, and fiber along with anti-inflammatory benefits. Try the seeds as a healthy snack and enjoy a pumpkin pie with all its benefits.
Eating seasonally and locally means you get the best food available at the best price. Autumn is the season for pumpkins, squash, artichokes, potatoes, celery, cauliflower, bell peppers, beets, brussels sprouts, chard, spinach, mushrooms, apples, coconuts, pomegranates, cranberries, pears, and almonds. Enjoy this season with natural foods.
Fresh organic celery juice is rich in trace mineral salts. This simple tonic has proven to be a powerful anti-inflammatory that is extremely healing for a variety of health issues including gastrointestinal disorders, brain fog, memory loss, kidney stones, adrenal fatigue, ADHD, and migraines.
Coconut oil is considered a superfood because it has so many benefits. This healthy saturated fat (MCTs) boosts brain power and fat burning. It also contains anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-virus properties. Coconut oil will reduce your hunger and help with weight loss. Start with one teaspoon and gradually increase to one or two tablespoons per day by adding it to your morning and/or evening beverages.
Frankincense (boswellia), ginger and turmeric all help the body to heal naturally. Frankincense is also particularly effective in treating respiratory issues like chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Add a few drops of organic frankincense oil to a diffuser and breathe deeply or rub it on your hands and inhale.
Avocados are a superfood loaded with beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals. They are high in fiber and contain monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), vitamin E, glutathione, and carotenoids as antioxidants. Avocados are great for your skin, cardiovascular system, preventing cancer, and maintaining healthy joints and eyes. Add avocado to a smoothie, salad, toast or mash them up with lemon juice and spices to make guacamole.
Lemons are a powerhouse of nutrients. Drinking lemon water aids in digestion, elevates your mood, reduces bloating and puts your body in an alkaline state. It's a natural cleanser for your liver, loosens congestion, is loaded with vitamin C, and contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Add fresh lemon juice to your water or herbal tea and drink throughout the day.
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