Beans are superb Type-2 Diabetes-Beating foods and have immense power to balance your sugar level and keep it under check! Due to beans, natural compounds, that lowers blood-sugar, and reduce the body’s requirement for insulin; and it also assists in keeping the pancreas, from work-stress!
In addition, legumes and beans are packed with so much fiber ;that adding them, to any meals shrinks down its total glycemic load.
Beans are magic potion for prediabetics and diabetics alike. According to Dr.James Anderson, Type 1 – diabetics who were given a single serving of beans to their meals; reduced their insulin by a 38%. While for Type-2 diabetics; beans completely eliminates their glucose or insulin-controlling medications.
Plus, beans due to tryptophan, (a brain-chemical) helps to induce quality sleep, improves moods and also regulates appetites.
2. Arthritis, is No More Hurting! Thank you, Fish!
Want to reduce joint pain and tenderness by half-or more? I suggest, you have more omega-3 rich, fish! Such as wild-caught salmon, rainbow trout, herring, sardines and mackerel. Research has proven, the omega-3 fatty acids to be; “arthritis-healer”.
Inflamed joints really love the soothing, cooling comfort that the omega-3 delivers. Plus, omega-3s spur the body to create inflammation-fighting fats called resolvins.
According to a study, conducted by Albany Medical College; arthritis patients, who had one fish at the dinner, every night for 14 weeks, showed 50% relief from the pain.
Not, a fish-buddy? No-problem; I suggest you take, omega-3 from cabbage, cauliflower, walnuts and flaxseeds.
3. Tired of being “fat”; Eat, Veggies!
Studies prove; the role of inflammation as the main-reason behind being “overweight” because Inflammation interferes with the leptin (a hormone), which regulates appetite and your fat storage metabolism.
I suggest, you tackle with this; by eating more phytonutrients present in carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, winter squash and onions (the fish is also your friend, in this regard). Plus, veggies are rich in fiber and helps to keep your sugar-levels low; so food-calories are not stored in your body as fats.
According to “George Washington University School of Medicine”, the overweight participants who had veggies as the main part of their diet; lost weight without feeling deprived. This proves that veggies are non-fattening, no matter, how much you eat.
I suggest, you eat veggies with all your meals! This way, you will develop a liking; like you crave for other fattening foods!
4. Feeling “Sad and Low”; Have Carbohydrates!
Carbs are natural mood-boosters; and people, who eat more carbohydrates; experience less depression; in comparison with people who have smaller-portions.
Okay, so, instead of Kraft cheese and macaroni; go for simple “carbs”. As refined-carbs raises your blood sugar and increase your belly fat!
I recommend that veggies should be your ideal-source of complex carbs.
And if given chance, whole grains would hit the sweet spot when you are craving CARBY-Comfort food. That’s because they prompt your body to synthesize a steady flow of mood-elevating brain chemicals serotonin and tryptophan.
5. Heart Health: Do You Need an Oil Change?
Research has proven that adding extra-virgin olive oil to one’s diet, improves cardiovascular health!
Several studies, show, that having cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil daily, reduced heart disease by discouraging plaque build-up, it also reduces inflammation in your arteries and joints. Research, shows the women who had two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil daily; along with leafy greens; cut their risk of heart disease by almost half!
Another one, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which is America’s most respected nutrition journal; 30,000 Italian women, of around 50 years; had around one ounce of olive oil daily; for eight years; found that it reduced their chances of heart disease by 44% in comparison with those who has less amount , of olive oil in their daily diet.
I suggest, you drizzle it on foods after cooking as olive oil loses its healing properties at high flame-cooking. Also buy cold-pressed and unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil; which appears green or dark golden yellow and is packaged in dark glass bottles.
Hungry for healing?
I bet you are! And I hope you can enjoy these healing recipes very soon. BTW … If you have time, please tell me what some of your favorite healing foods, meal, or diet is.
Do you have a story about how you or someone you know has been healed by turning to “Nature’s pharmacy?” Please pass it along below so we all can learn and heal ourselves by your example.
By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain
Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist