In this day and age, we are blessed with many things. We have access to clean water. We have shelter, medicine, and ways to combat old age. However, we’ve become progressively more dependent on technology and modern medicine to cure our woes. However, a trip to the doctor may not be required. Instead, our diet may keep us health – and even help us heal!
Both fruits and vegetables are greatly undervalued in our culture. We believe taking supplements and vitamins lessens their importance. Here’s three common fruits that are delicious, help us stay well – and even help us heal faster.
Cherries are a lot of fun to eat. You can pluck them up by their stems and snap them down in one bite. You can try to tie the stems into knots with your tongue. They also boast the ability to lower inflammation and inhibit growth of tumors. New research even suggests that compounds within cherries drive cancerous cells to commit – suicide – without damaging healthy cells.
Cherries are also incredibly useful in Chinese medicine. The cherries are routinely crushed to treat gout, arthritis, rheumatism, and even anemia. In fact, by adding these to your diet, you may be healing your body without even knowing it!
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries – any kind of berry tends to have multiple health benefits. Blueberries help with many things though. Chalk full of antioxidants, blueberries help neutralize free radicals in our bodies. These little particles can be incredibly damaging to our bodies – hurting us on a cellular level by causing issues like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other diseases that become more prevalent as we age. Blueberries help heal these issues before we even know they exist. It also has manganese, which helps our bones develop properly and turn our body’s fat into energy. And added bonus? Eating blueberries can prevent/relive urinary tract infections.
Kiwi is really an amazing little fruit. It is absolutely jam-packed with things like antioxidants, vitamin C, and potassium. The antioxidants of kiwi help protect our DNA from being damaged, preventing a variety of cancers, and diseases. In addition, kiwi has more properties that may actually prompt our DNA to repair itself after being previously damaged.
A rather unique property of kiwi is its unusual ability to act as a natural blood thinner. This is particularly important in helping to support vascular health and decrease incidence of blood clots without the side effects of aspirin.
In addition, kiwi is actually used to aid in active healing. In Chinese medicine, kiwi is often used in treatments to heal sores and other wounds. That makes it well worth trying, doesn’t it?
Many fruits have similar properties to these three, and should be added to your diet. If you must pick something on the go that will also help keep yourself healthy, reach for one of these. Whether they are in a smoothie, or in baggies ready to snack on, enjoy these delicious and healthy treats!