Berries

I’ve been sharing a lot about berries this week. I’m participating in a July Berry Challenge, initiated by Anthony William and intended to encourage people to include more berries in their diets. There’s a good reason to make sure these little super fruits are enjoyed daily. They are powerful antioxidants.

Berries

Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body. Put simply, as Anthony writes in Life Changing Foods, antioxidants mean life, while oxidation, caused by free radicals, means death. Berries provide the antioxidants we need to fight oxidation and the aging process, and to survive the constant threats to our health and wellbeing.

Berries are an excellent source of iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc, molybdenum, potassium, chromium and calcium. They also contain traces of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids, plus they stop excess adrenaline from damaging organs. Berries are rich in phytochemicals, amino acids, and coenzymes.

Berries

Berries

Berries are brain food. They enhance B12 and reverse brain lesions, calcifications, heavy metal deposits, scar tissue, adhesions and damage caused by expanded blood vessels. Berries protect against all brain disorders including cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, aneurysm, and migraines.

For heart health, think of adding more berries as well. These fruits protect heart valves and ventricles and remove plaque by dissolving fat deposits in veins and arteries. Plus, berries promote fertility by helping to keep a woman’s reproductive system in constant balance.

Berries

Berries

Bring more berries into the body to ease insomnia, inflammation, depression, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, fibromyalgia, eczema, psoriasis, edema, high cholesterol, hot flashes, heart palpitations, tingles, numbness, nerve pain, chest pain, dizziness, tinnitus, sluggish liver back pain and knee pain.

Grazing between meals with handfuls of berries raises the body’s vibrational frequency. And picking berries yourself, any of the varieties, is an extraordinary grounding experience.

I enjoy berries in a variety of ways. I add frozen strawberries and wild blueberries, one of the most powerfully healing foods on the planet, to my morning smoothies. I add berries to salads, combine them with melons, create flavored waters and teas with them, use them to top frozen banana ice cream and eat them fresh, by the handfuls.

I’ve felt a tremendous shift in my health and life, since adding more berries to my diet. I am deeply grateful for this simple, miraculous food.

Berries

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Ginger

Ginger is one of those foods that I’ve been aware of for some time, without fulling appreciating how it benefits me. I nibbled on it, when slivers of ginger were included with a veggie roll. I’ve taken powdered ginger in capsule form, because I knew it was good for joint and muscle pain. I added minced garlic cautiously to stir fries, a bit fearful of the strong flavor.

So what, exactly, does ginger do for us?

Ginger

Anthony William writes, in Life Changing Foods, that ginger is one of the most important foods for giving us rest from a reactionary life. You know how it is. The day starts well enough, with a to-do list that looks very doable. Then the unexpected phone call comes, or an appliance breaks, or a client makes a demand…and suddenly we are in crisis mode. As each issue is handled, another one pops up.

An occasional day like this doesn’t greatly impact our health. But living in crisis mode day after day after day creates hyperactivity. Even at the end of the day, when the mind and emotions begin to calm down, the body can stay in reactive mode, creating a heightened, spastic state of being. This state leads to stress-related illnesses such as adrenal fatigue, acid reflux, sleep apnea, spastic bladder, insomnia, digestive issues, and chronic muscle pain.

Ginger is the ultimate anti-spasmodic. A cup of ginger tea can calm an upset stomach and relax tense muscles for up to 12 hours. Ginger acts as a tonic for the organs and muscles, telling the body to let go, all is well. Tight throat muscles, from speaking or yelling too much, or from holding in something that needs to be said, relax with the help of ginger. It also relieves tension headaches and flushes excess lactic acid from muscle tissues, into the blood stream, and out of the body.

Ginger

Ginger’s anti-spasmodic properties come from more than 60 trace minerals, 30+ amino acids, and more than 500 enzymes and coenzymes. All of these work together to calm reactivity. Ginger is also antiviral, antibacterial and anti-parasitic. It enhances DNA reconstruction and the body’s production of vitamin B12.

Try ginger to relieve these conditions and symptoms: pancreatitis, gallstones, colds, flus, Epstein Barr virus, laryngitis, thyroid disease, inflammation, anxiety, all types of cancer, Raynauld’s syndrome, sinus and ear infections, fungal infections, hiatal hernia, indigestion, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, muscle pain and muscle tightness, bloating, dizziness, congestion, back pain, pelvic pain, food sensitivities, brain fog and high cholesterol.

Ginger

Ginger can be purchased in root form, in the grocery store produce department. Store in the refrigerator and cut off segments as needed. Use a spoon to scrape/peel ginger. It can be finely chopped or minced and added to stir fries, soups, curries and sauces. Add minced garlic to a pitcher of water and keep chilled, for a refreshing drink during the day. Or add minced or dried ginger to hot water for a spicy tea. I also run a small piece of peeled ginger through the juicer to add tangy flavor and health benefits to fruit juices.

Ginger can also be purchased in capsule form and taken as a daily supplement.

I’ve gone from being timid with ginger’s flavor and subtle heat, to using this root often in cooking, teas and flavored water. I add a teaspoon of minced ginger to 2 cups of boiling water, for a stress busting, muscle relaxing tea. (Start with half that much if it’s too spicy.) Adding a spoonful of raw organic honey and freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice creates such a fragrant and delicious hot tea. In fact, writing about ginger, I had to pause and go prepare ginger tea!

Ginger

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Lemons & Limes

I associate lemons with summertime. Hot, muggy weather conjures up images of tall glasses of cold lemonade and iced tea with a wedge of lemon tucked within. I used to enjoy frozen lemon sorbet or lemon meringue pie this time of year, so it seems appropriate to feature these citrus fruits today for Food Friday.

Lemons and Limes

My association with lemon’s sister fruit, lime, is not as strong. In fact, until recently, I didn’t think I liked limes. My relationship with limes came from green, “lime flavored” Life Savers and other hard candies. I never like the green ones! Looking back now I realize that was a very poor judgment against limes, as the flavored candies didn’t offer an accurate taste experience.

In the book Life Changing Foods, Anthony William shares that the roots of lemon and lime trees go deep into the earth, drawing up dozens of trace minerals that get passed on to us when we consume the fruits. They also offer valuable traces of bioavailable sodium and mineral salts, making them ultra hydrating and electrolyte producing.

Lemons and limes have the most highly absorbable vitamin C available. They also offer bioactive calcium and phytochemicals, called limonoids, that bind the calcium and vitamin C together. This enhances the bioavailability of each and creates alkalinity in the body, which helps to prevent the growth of most cancers.

Lemons and Limes

These two fruits have powerful antioxidant properties that fight against disease. Lemons, in particular, help to expel mucus, making it useful when dealing with colds, flu, bronchitis or pneumonia. Both citrus fruits are amazing cleansers of the liver, kidneys, spleen, thyroid and gallbladder. They rid those organs of toxic substances such as plastics, synthetic chemicals, radiation, and nutrient poor foods.

When going through any type of detox, it’s a great idea to drink a lemon or lime water first thing in the morning. Lemon or lime water flushes the toxins out of the body, that the liver draws out. Freshly squeezed juice is a great antibacterial, antiseptic cleanser for small cuts or abrasions, helping to prevent staph infections. And a warm cup of lemon or lime water, with honey added, calms busy electrical impulses and neurotransmitters, aiding in a restful night’s sleep.

I use freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice frequently when I make healthy sauces and dressings. And I use lime juice, squeezed directly onto foods after cooking, to bring out their best flavors. I also keep a pitcher of lemon/lime water in the refrigerator and make sure I drink at least one glassful a day. I’ve shifted from using an occasional lemon wedge in my water and avoiding limes completely, to keeping these citrus fruits on hand and using them daily. I am grateful for the healing power and zesty tang of lemons and limes!

Lemons and Limes

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Bee Balm

This plant, considered an herb and also a wild food, is in full glorious bloom in my backyard garden. The bright purplish pink blooms attract my attention every time I step out the back door. I decided to feature them as a Friday Food in the health blog, and in a delightful twist, bee balm is also highlighted in the daily blog as well.

Been Balm

I’m not the only one attracted to this fragrant herb with the brightly colored flower. When I went out to snip some leaves and blooms to make tea, bees were flitting from plant to plant, making this herb aptly named. Bee balm, also called wild bergamot or Monarda, is a perennial that grows throughout North America. The blooms range in color from white to pink to red to purple.

A member of the mint family, bee balm has a scent and a flavor that more resembles oregano. In fact, the leaves can be finely chopped and used in the same way as oregano. The leaves and the flowers are edible and can be added to salads, soups, and other dishes. Both also make a flavorful tea. The bright flowers can be steeped in cold water for a refreshing iced tea, or steeped in hot water for an aromatic and soothing drink. Additionally, both the flowers and the leaves can used to make flavored vinegars.

Bee Balm

Medicinally, bee balm really shines. It is high in vitamins A and C, and has powerful anti fungal, antiseptic properties.

Bee balm can be taken internally to treat colds and flus, ease inflammation in the mucus membranes and clear congestion, reduce fevers, and soothe sore throats. The herb is a great tonic for the entire digestive system, easing nausea, gas and bloating. Bee balm is high in thymol, which is used as an active ingredient in commercial mouthwashes, making the herb effective for healing infections in the mouth while freshening the breath.

A tea made from bee balm soothes nervousness and anxiety, and when consumed at night, it helps combat insomnia.

Bee Balm

Externally, adding boiling water to bee balm and inhaling the steam helps to clear congested sinuses and soothe raw throats. It can be infused in honey, vinegar, or water and applied to the skin to treat burns, rashes, insect bites, eruptions and infections.

Bee balm can be used fresh in culinary dishes, as a tea or made into tinctures. Dried it can be used in cooking, steeped to make tea, made into skin salves and ointments, or combined with other dried herbs to make potpourri.

I enjoyed a cold iced tea this afternoon, made from bee balm leaves and flowers, lime juice and fresh, sliced strawberries. I’m looking forward to making a tincture for the first time using this herb. More about that process in an upcoming blog post. In the meantime, I’m enjoying this showy and versatile plant!

Bee Balm

Leafy Greens

I’ve never been a big salad eater. I’ve always preferred vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, beets…pretty much anything other than lettuce. Most of us who have grown up eating iceberg lettuce find salads boring and fairly tasteless, unless they have cheese, eggs, croutons, and bacon bits piled on, and the whole thing is covered with fat and sugar laden salad dressings. That’s not healthy at all.

Since eating more veggies has become my way of life, a surprising thing has happened. I frequently crave leafy green vegetables. Kale, arugula, spinach, chard, collard greens, mustard greens, romaine and butter leaf lettuce are not only full of flavor, they deliver powerful nutrients and health benefits to my body.

Leafy Greens

Anthony William shares, in Life Changing Foods, that it is a misconception that greens, often labeled as “roughage”, are difficult to digest. On the contrary, leafy greens require very little work from the digestive system. What does happen is that the leaves scrub and massage the linings of the stomach, small intestine, and colon, loosening old trapped yeast, mold, and other types of fungus, along with debris and pockets of waste matter, so they can be carried out, making elimination very productive.

Pain or discomfort from eating raw salads is usually due to sensitive nerves or inflammation in the intestinal track. Adding butter leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, and/or spinach to the diet daily, in small amounts, can help. Over time, leafy greens heal intestinal disorders. They create a more alkaline stomach composition by raising hydrochloric acid levels, which in turn kills off the unproductive bacteria that creates the bad acids responsible for acid reflux. One of the specific types of bacteria that leafy greens reduce is H. pylori, which is often responsible for stomach ulcers.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens create alkalinity in the other body systems as well, especially the lymphatic system, which can become the most acidic due to a barrage of chemicals, acids, plastics, pesticides, heavy metals and pathogens constantly entering the lymphatic passages. Leafy greens help to expel, purge, and drain the lymphatic system of these toxins so that it can remain alkaline. This is where those greens really have an important role in the healing process, because the alkalinity of the rest of the body is dependent on the lymphatic system being alkaline.

Leafy greens contain vital mineral salts which are critical for neurotransmitter and neuron support, and they are also the fundamental basis for building electrolytes. These greens are high in enzymes, vitamin A, B vitamins such as folic acid, healing alkaloids, micro nutrients for restoring the endocrine system, and forms of chlorophyll and carotenes that are specific to these vegetables. The nutrients work together to feed all the organs and systems of the body, making leafy greens foundational to our health. Leafy greens are also antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-mold.

Leafy Greens

For those who worry about getting enough protein in their diet, leafy greens have the most bioavailable and assimilable proteins you can find, readily available for the body to take in. Leafy greens help reverse all protein related diseases such as gout, kidney disease, kidney stones and gallstones, gallbladder disease, hepatitis C, lymphedema, connective tissue damage, osteopenia, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and heart disease, all of which arise from protein sources that are not breaking down or assimilating, and are instead causing deterioration of the body. (Info from Anthony William.)

Who knew leafy greens played such an important role in optimal health? I didn’t until recently. Now, when I crave leafy green veggies, I pay attention to my body’s needs and bring them into my diet. I enjoy big bowls of raw mixed greens, with the addition of a few chopped raw veggies, and homemade fat free and sugar free dressings. I also include greens when I am steaming veggies. I add a huge pile of greens in the middle of the steamer, with the other vegetables surrounding them, as the leafy greens cook down considerably. Greens can be juiced with other veggies or added to smoothies as well.

With my new interest in foraging, I’ll be adding additional leafy greens, such as plantain, violet leaves, dandelion leaves and wild lettuce to the mix and to my diet. No dull or boring salads for me!

Leafy Greens

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Garlic

Garlic was one of those foods that I used to avoid, even though I knew it provided health benefits beyond protecting me from supernatural baddies! The whole garlicky breath thing was a deterrent. My how my perceptions have changed.

Garlic

Garlic has been used medicinally since the ancient times. Anthony William writes, in Life Changing Foods, that this powerful food is even more important to our well being now. Garlic is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic and rich in the phytochemical allicin, a sulphur compound that prevents disease.

Garlic kills unproductive bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites in the intestinal tract, without wiping out the beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that our guts need.

Garlic

Garlic is perfect for fighting colds, flus, strep, pneumonia causing bacteria, and viral related cancers. It also extracts toxic heavy metals from the colon and boosts the immune system.

The antiviral and antibacterial properties in garlic defend the body against Epstein Barr and strep by killing off the virus cells. This prevents urinary tract infections, sinus infections and small intestine bacteria overgrowth. It also flushes toxic viral and bacterial wastes out of the lymphatic system.

I’ve shifted from avoiding garlic, to always having it on hand. It is in my top five for favorite foods to cook with. I feel panicky if I realize I’ve run out! Minced garlic goes in my stir fries, sauces and dressings. In fact, it finds its way into most of my recipes. And, I don’t notice any garlic scent lingering after I’ve eaten it.

Watch for the Try This Tuesday blog post next week. I’ll be trying a Garlic Tahini Dressing recipe!

Garlic

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Melons

One of the things I love about this season of the year is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the top of my list, of favorite foods to enjoy while they are plentiful, are melons. I keep watermelon and cantaloupe cut up and ready to eat in the fridge.

Melons

I was happy to discover that there’s a reason I crave these fruits…they are crucial to the healing process. Anthony shares, in Life Changing Foods, that all melons…watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, crenshaw, canary, Santa Claus, galia, charentais and casaba…are beneficial, especially when someone is struggling with health issues.

Melon flesh is so assimilable that our digestive system barely needs to process it before it enters the body. The fructose in melons leaves the stomach in less than a minute, then the rest of the fruit drops into the intestinal tract where it immediately fortifies and replenishes the body.

Melons

The highly active water in melons, full of enzymes and coenzymes, binds with poisons of all kinds, including molds, mycotoxins, viral neurotoxins, undigested protein toxins, ammonia gas, and bacterial toxins, and flushes them out of the body so that the immune system can restore itself.

The high electrolyte content in melons helps to protect the brain and the nervous system from stress related strokes, aneurysms and embolisms. Melons help to thin the blood, lowering the risks of heart attack and heart disease. They can reduce liver and kidney diseases as well.

Melons

In addition, melons are one of the most hydrating foods available, and also one of the most alkalizing. The body’s detoxification process is heightened when eating melons, driving out traces of DDT, other pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals from deep within organs.

And because they are high in silica, melons are excellent for restoring ligaments, joints, bones, teeth, tendons and connective tissue. These fruits are also powerful glucose balancers, working to prevent insulin resistance and lower elevated A1C levels.

Melons

No wonder I am so drawn to melons! They are incredibly good for me and combat many conditions, ease many symptoms. Basically, melons are a tonic for whatever ails me!

I purchase watermelons and cantaloupes from the grocery store and the farmer’s market every week, and last year attempted to grow my own. I think I harvested a couple of cantaloupes and three watermelons, making purchasing them a better option for me!

However, I have one volunteer watermelon vine growing in the same spot as last year. It makes me think of my grandfather, Pop, who always told his grandkids, “Don’t swallow the watermelon seeds. You will grow watermelons in your belly.” I believed him for years, and spit seeds into his flowerbed every summer, creating lots of volunteer watermelon plants. I’ll take good care of this lone melon plant.

Chunks of cold watermelon are one of my favorite summertime snacks. When I add cantaloupe, papaya, strawberries and blueberries I have a gorgeous and satisfying meal that immediately refreshes and restores my body.

I am grateful for the healing benefits of melons.

Melons

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Sweet Potatoes

Until recently, I associated today’s featured food with the holidays. Sweet potatoes were served at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, covered in butter and brown sugar and topped with marshmallows. Honestly, they were more of a dessert than a side dish.

Even before switching to plant based, I discovered that sweet potatoes could be enjoyed year around, baked like a regular potato and served with butter, salt and pepper. That was a step in the right direction. Lately, sweet potatoes have been my go to food. They are incredibly versatile and full of health benefits.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are wonderful for the digestive system. They promote productive bacteria in the stomach, small intestine and colon, while starving out unproductive bacteria and mold. They enhance the body’s production of B12. And they help to prevent megacolon, an expansion of the large intestine due to bacteria, and alleviate narrowing of the intestinal tract due to chronic inflammation.

Sweet potatoes have an abundance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Their orange flesh is packed with carotenoids. Those phytochemicals are powerful, drawing radiation from the body and protecting against skin, breast, reproductive, stomach, intestinal, esophageal and rectal cancers.

Sweet Potatoes A sweet potato is always the start of something good.

In addition, sweet potatoes rid the body of unstable, destructive, cancer causing estrogen that interferes with the body’s hormone function. These estrogens come from plastics, pharmaceuticals and environmental toxins. And for those struggling with insomnia, sweet potatoes provide a critical form of glucose that stimulates the development of neurotransmitters, which aid in sleeping soundly. (Info from Life Changing Foods by Anthony William.)

When I first changed my diet, plain baked sweet potatoes became a frequent meal, as they were easy to prepare and eat. I simply added a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper. I’ve since built up quite a collection of recipes that include sweet potatoes as an ingredient. I enjoy them raw in salads, as a base for sauces, chopped up in soups and spicy curries, and they are even a main ingredient in a healthy sugar and gluten free muffin.

Sweet Potatoes

I’ve enjoyed roasted sweet potato fries and combining roasted cubes with other veggies. Lately one of my favorite things is to dice sweet potatoes and steam them, along with an assortment of other fresh vegetables, for a colorful and nutritious dinner bowl.

Sweet potatoes are a wonderful comfort food. Anthony writes, in Life Changing Foods, that this super veggie has properties that give the sensation that the world has shut down. It’s an important function that makes me feel safe and soothed, like I’ve received a hug. I love that. And I love my sweet potatoes. No sugar or marshmallows needed or wanted.

Sweet Potatoes

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Cucumbers

The cucumber was best known to me, pre-plant based lifestyle, as a pickle that had not undergone its transformation yet. I rarely ate fresh raw cucumbers as they tended to upset my sensitive digestive system, giving me indigestion.

Oh, how things have changed.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are wonderfully hydrating. Most people have chronic dehydration, and don’t realize it. They attempt to quench their thirst with sodas or sweet tea, which only worsens the dehydration. In addition, being chronically dehydrated has a negative effect on health.

Cucumbers have the power to hydrate the body, at a cellular level. They have cooling properties as well, making them excellent at rejuvenating a hot, stagnant liver. In fact, Anthony William writes, in Life Changing Foods, that when eaten on a daily basis, cucumbers can reverse liver damage, dialing back 10 to 15 years of toxic exposure to heavy metals, pesticides and a poor diet.

Cucumbers

Fresh cucumber juice is the most rejuvenating drink in the world. Its electrolyte compounds nourish and cool down overtaxed adrenal glands and overheated kidneys that are struggling with filtering out toxic debris. Drinking cucumber juice also helps to reduce fevers in adults and children.

Cucumbers provide vitamins A, B and C, traces of amino acids glycine and glutamine, highly active enzymes and coenzymes, and more than 50 trace minerals. They soothe anxiety and neurological conditions and support the digestive system. Cucumbers flush Epstein Barr virus neurotoxins out of the bloodstream, hydrate the lymphatic system, and cleanse the thyroid.

Cucumbers

As someone who used to only eat cucumbers in pickle form, I have greatly expanded my appreciation for this veggie, that’s actually a fruit. I’ve included them in my diet in multiple ways this week. I created a cucumber, tomato, onion and dill salad that I’ve enjoyed all week. I included chopped cucumber in a veggie bowl, topped with a homemade sauce.

And thinly sliced cucumber graced a glass of water. This evening I juiced a couple of cucumbers and carried my glass out into the garden to sip on as I water container plants. I purchase organic cucumber, and leave them unpeeled. If purchasing regular cucumbers, peel them before using.

Cucumbers

Which reminds me, I have cucumber plants growing in my raised bed vegetable garden. This is my second summer to grow them. The plants are prolific and will produce an abundance of cucumbers. I will add those cucumbers to salads and veggie bowls, and make raw noodles, flavored water and juice, hydrating and rejuvenating my body, without any digestive distress. My body has healed.

Not one of those cucumbers will become a pickle!

Cucumbers

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Celery

Today’s featured food is considered one of the most powerful, health changing foods available to us. It’s interesting because until I connected with Anthony William, the Medical Medium, I paid little attention to celery, which is actually an herb. As a child, the only way I would eat celery was as sticks filled with cheese spread or peanut butter. Later in life I definitely associated it with health but in a somewhat negative way. Celery was low calorie diet food. Fairly tasteless. Bland. Unappealing.

Wow, have my feelings about celery changed!

Celery

And here’s why. One of the first changes I made to my diet, even before reading the book Medical Medium and switching to a plant based lifestyle, was to drink celery juice on an empty stomach each morning. I read an article Anthony had posted on Facebook about the many health benefits of drinking 16 ounces of celery juice daily and I was eager to experience those benefits.

Celery is a powerful anti-inflammatory that starves out unproductive bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus and viruses that are present in the body and flushes the toxins and debris out of the liver and intestinal tract. At the same time celery helps good bacteria to thrive.

Celery alkalizes the gut. It contains more than 60 varieties of sodium and trace minerals that work together to raise the body’s pH level while getting rid of toxic acids. At the same time, celery has enzymes that raise hydrochloric acid in the stomach helping food to digest better and preventing ammonia in the gut, which is the cause for “leaky gut” syndrome and acid reflux.

Celery

In addition to restoring the entire digestive system, celery improves kidney function, feeds and supports electrical impulse activity and neuron function in the brain, hydrates the body at a cellular level, offers stress assistance, repairs DNA and rejuvenates the skin.

Anthony recently listed celery, in the form of celery juice, as the #1 health food and the greatest healing tonic of all time.

Celery juice is easy to prepare. Trim one large bunch of celery and run the stalks through a juicer. One large bunch typically creates about 16 ounces of juice. Don’t add anything else to the morning celery juice and drink it freshly juiced, on an empty stomach, for the greatest benefit. Later in the day enjoy another juice, if desired, combining celery with other fruits or veggies.

So, what difference has celery juice made in my life?

Drinking celery juice daily has restored my digestive system. I’ve struggled with digestive issues since childhood, suffering from stomach aches and pains, a sensitive intestinal tract, irritable bowel syndrome, gall bladder pain and severe acid reflux. My indigestion was so bad that I kept bottles of anti-acids in the car, next to my chair in the living room and on my bedside table. All of those disorders have cleared up.

In addition, celery juice keeps me hydrated, gives my skin an incredible glow, and eases inflammation in my joints and throughout my body. It is, truly, a magical elixir. People ask me what it tastes like. Celery juice tastes like celery. Depending on the celery…I buy organic…it can be very mild or have a slightly bitter taste. If you don’t care for the taste, start with 2 ounces of celery juice or 4, and work up to more. It’s that important. Don’t let taste keep you from reaping the restorative health benefits of this amazing drink.

I confess that a couple of times, in the past 22 months, I’ve gotten lazy about juicing first thing in the day, and stopped the celery juice. I’ve regretted it. I can feel the changes in my digestive system and see the difference in my skin, when I don’t drink celery juice. I “got over” the perceived inconvenience of juicing by timing how long it took me to clean up the juicer afterward, because that was what I disliked. It takes me one minute to clean up. Sixty seconds is not too great a price to pay for the MANY health benefits I receive from juicing celery.

Just do it, I tell myself every morning. I don’t pause to think about it. I just do it. I’m suggesting the same thing to you. Celery juice…life altering, health changing, inflammation busting celery juice. Just. Do. It.

Celery

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