You want to change your lifestyle, reduce stress, get more sleep and start eating right. You are committed to your health and are willing to incorporate just the right foods to maintain optimum health and prevent disease.
But what to eat? With all the options these days, it is hard to know what to choose.
Here are 5 foods and herbs that will give you extra protection against the big diseases like cancer and heart disease. They will also help you detox and stay in the “healing mode.”
Add at least one serving of these five foods and herbs every day, along with the right amount of protein, fats, green leafy veggies and fresh water. Mix it up with plenty of rest, exercise and a little bit of creative “you time” for stress relief and you will be on your way to a healthy body and mind in no time.
Eat These 5 Every Day for Super Health and Disease Protection!
Each of these substances has been shown to be super cancer-fighting, heart healthy, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory. They are potent, so a little goes a long way.
#1 Broccoli Sprouts. According to Dr. Paul Talalay, founder of the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chemoprotection Center at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, “Three-day-old broccoli sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount of chemoprotective compounds found in mature broccoli heads and may offer a simple, dietary means of chemically reducing cancer risk.”
Back in 1991, Dr. Talalay “broke the code” on broccoli sprouts. All cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage contain a substance called Sulforaphane, which Talalay found can kill cancer cells by boosting certain detoxification enzymes.
Consuming broccoli sprouts on a regular basis is a great way to help prevent cancer. Sulphoraphane has also been shown to be effective in “inhibit[ing] pancreatic tumor-initiating cells and breast cancer stem cells” in both in vivo and in vitro studies, according to a 2011 University of Michigan report.
Sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts in super-concentrated supplement form is available as well. Some individuals use these products, in conjunction with other modalities and under the guidance of a qualified health professional, as part of their natural cancer healing protocol.
#2 Green Tea. Tea is the most consumed beverage on the planet besides water, but most of what is consumed is “black” tea. Green tea accounts for only about 20% of world consumption. Yet, those that do drink green tea daily definitely have the upper hand when it comes to health.
Green tea is simply Camellia sinensis that has not been processed (or “oxidized”) as much as black tea. Therefore, it contains high amounts of phytonutrients, including antioxidants and polyphenols. Green tea also contains a substance called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful anti-inflammatory. It has known anti-cancer effects, can help to regulate body temperature, improves heart health, and can improve mental health. In ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, green tea was used to control bleeding and heal wounds, as well as aid in digestion.
Recent studies have connected EGCG to liver detoxification and help with type 2 diabetes. A 2006 report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association tracked 40,000 Japanese green tea drinkers for about ten years. They found that drinking 5 or more cups of green tea a day was responsible for reduced mortality overall when compared to those who drank less than one cup per day.
And here is a tip: If you want the most benefits from green tea, consider consuming matcha green tea in powder form. According to a 2003 study published by the University of Colorado, matcha contains almost 140 times more Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, than regular green tea! Either way, be sure it is organic and toxin-free.
#3 Blueberries. If you have a sweet tooth, you are going to love learning about blueberries. First of all, for all their sweetness, blueberries don’t really contain that much sugar. All the fructose that is in each berry is also bundled up with tons of fiber, so it gets absorbed slower in the system.
The most important benefits of blueberries have to do with how they can protect your immune system. A handful of blueberries contains lots of vitamins K and C as well as manganese, copper, the phytonutrient anthocyanin, and that all-important fiber already mentioned. They also contain super antioxidants resveratrol and the phytonutrient ptesrostilbebe which, according to a 2013 study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, work together with vitamin D to boost the expression of CAMP (cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide). CAMP is a gene-level substance that plays a huge role in immune system function.
Blueberries also have verified anti-cancer effects, including helping to up the production of Natural Killer (NK) cells and stopping the growth of stem cells. A 2014 clinical trial by Appalachian State University found that after just six weeks, “sedentary men and women ages 18-50” had significantly higher levels of NK cells (a type of white blood cell). Other studies have shown that the substance pterostilbene, found in the phytonutrient resveratrol, was able to reverse cancer malignancy caused by radiation.
Make sure that the blueberries you eat are always organic. Blueberries score #14 on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list for 2016, which means heavy pesticides are used on commercial varieties while they are growing.
#4 Frankincense. The ancients knew what modern medicine is just now beginning to comprehend about essential oils. They literally are the “essence” of any herb, root, flower or plant. They are aromatic and contain potent healing phytonutrients.
There was a clear reason why The Three Wise Men brought frankincense to the manger when baby Jesus was born — Frankincense has been known as a strong immunity boosting anti-inflammatory agent as well as a digestive aid and infection fighter for centuries.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacara) is a small African tree. When you purchase frankincense essential oil, make sure it is pure enough to be consumed.
Frankincense can be taken under the tongue, in a glass of water, applied topically with a carrier oil or used in a diffuser. And remember that a little goes a long way. Just one or two drops under the tongue once or twice a day is enough to elicit a healing response, say experts. Too much frankincense can be toxic to some individuals.
Like other sacred plants, frankincense seems to be tailor-made for the stressors of the modern world. These days, individuals use frankincense (ingested, as an aromatic, or in a bath) to soothe stress and balance mood. This is because frankincense can calm and balance the limbic system; this is the “fight or flight” response that, for many people, is continually switched to “on” mode. When this occurs, cortisol production goes into overdrive and stays there. Other stress hormones, like adrenaline, are pumped into the bloodstream while healing hormones such as serotonin are downplayed significantly.
According to the Mayo Clinic, chronically high cortisol levels can lead to:
-anxiety and depression
-memory and concentration problems
According to many experts, it can also be the precursor to major disease.
Cancer is another modern focus for frankincense. Similar to blueberries, a 2011 study published in Phytotherapy Research found that 1-10mg of frankincense administered orally stimulated the immune system, increased white blood cell count and decreased inflammation. Frankincense has been shown to contain acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (or AKBA, for short), a cancer-killing substance in the tree resin. Some studies have also discovered that frankincense can be effective on certain kinds of chemo-resistant breast and ovarian cancers as well.
#5 The Sacred Plant. There is one more natural healing substance that must be added to this list. It is a plant that, like frankincense, has been considered sacred for centuries, especially in Asia.
The leaves and stems of the sacred plant can be made into a tea or put in a smoothie. The leaves can also be put into an oil, used for baking or even smoked outright.
The list of healing properties this sacred plant contains are too numerous to mention in one article. Here are just a few features that make this one plant a total powerhouse of nutrition and healing:
– Terpenes. Altogether, research has discovered over 450 different kinds of phytonutrients in The Sacred Plant, many of which are terpenes. Individual terpenes typically found in The Sacred Plant include myrcene, linalool, pinene, limonene, humulene, and eucalyptol.
– Carotenoids. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid that is a supplier of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is responsible in part for regulated reproductive, brain and immune health.
– Phytoestrogens. These are specific types of phytonutrients that can have a hormone-stabilizing effect by gently replacing aggressive estrogens and estrogen mimics (called xenoestrogens) with milder plant-based estrogens.
– Glucosinolates. Remember all the good stuff that broccoli sprouts have inside them? The Sacred Plant has a lot of them too! Glucosinolates are found in cruciferous veggies as well as in The Sacred Plant. They are powerful antioxidants that also have the ability to create endocrine-balance in the body.
– Flavonoids. This includes quercetin, which has been shown to reduce allergies, improve heart health, lower inflammation, aid in wound healing and lower pain responses in several studies.
– More. The Sacred Plant also contains many essential vitamins and minerals, including Omega 3 fatty acids, all 8 amino acids (making it a complete protein), as well as magnesium, folic acid, iron, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine and fiber.
If you would like to learn more about The Sacred Plant, including what this plant is and why it is still illegal in many places, CLICK HERE!
There you have it… The five simple foods and herbs mentioned above really are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many substances that can keep you on a healing track and away from chronic use of pharmaceutical drugs.
Remember to always get the purest forms when you buy these products. Also, remember that with the exception of broccoli sprouts, a little goes a long way. Make them part of your everyday healthy lifestyle and watch your life turn towards longevity, pain relief, clear focus and vital energy!
IMPORTANT: There is a brand new docuseries called “The Sacred Plant: Healing Secrets Exposed” that airs June 7 through June 13… that’s 7 info-packed episodes over 7 days. The best part is you can watch free online when you register here. You’ll learn all about The Sacred Plant, how people are using it naturally to activate the body’s healing response, eliminate chronic pain, and even beat 23+ serious diseases like cancer, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s — all without side effects. You don’t want to miss this. Sign up here to watch all 7 episodes free.