Food and Healing
Food plays a vital role in healing when our body is suffering from an ailment. It is up to an individual to stay fit and strong by utilizing the appropriate nutrients. If nutrients are sufficiently provided in the diet, healing mechanism also takes place within the body.
Skipping meals or taking excessive amounts of a certain food should be avoided. One should eat when actually hungry and not eat out of boredom to function properly. And, our body also obtains toxins, which weaken immunity through food intake, but it has to be cleaned constantly.
Symptoms like headache, backache, indigestion, or fatigue occurred when toxins are high. Hence, fasting, eating light meals and drinking lots of fluids are helpful to detoxify our body. Healthy eating habits can stimulate the immune system, which acts as a resistance to infections such as common cold, stomach disorders, and chronic fatigue.
In 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said “Let thy food be thy medicine.”
And, here are some of the food items used as cosmetic or medicines:
Cold and Cough:
Garlic, Ginger, Lime, Lemon
Sprain in muscles:
Wheat flour and gram flour
Boils and heat stroke:
Grapefruit, Coconut, Groundnut, Honey, Jaggery, Yogurt (Curd)
Apple, Banana, Mango, Cucumber, Garlic
Healing foods for Cancer:
Carrot, Garlic, Lime, Lemon
Bitter Gourd (Karela), Coconut water, Cucumber, Onions
Almonds, Cabbage, Carrot, Cucumber, Lime, Lettuce, Banana, Corn, Cucumber, Dates, Figs, Raisins, Soyabeans, Spinach, Whole wheet (bread, pudding)
Bengal Gram, Bitter Gourd (Karela), Fenugreek (Methi seeds), Grapefruit, Indian goosberry (Amla), Groundnuts, Jambu Fruit (Jamun), Kidneybeans (Rajmah), Lime, Lettuce, Mango leaves, Soyabeans
Banana, Carrot, Garlic, Groundnuts, Indian goosberry (Amla), Jambul Fruit (Rose apple, Jamun), Mango seeds, Pomegranate (Anar)
Cabbage, Carrot, Honey, Apple, Asparagus (Soot Mooli) Garlic, Onions, Oranges, Grapes, Grapefruit, Indian goosberry (Amla), Lime, Lemon, Raisins
High Blood Pressure:
Apple, Banana, Garlic, Lime, lemon, oats, Onions, psyllium husk (Isabgole)
Foods good for High Cholesterol:
Apple, Curry patta, Garlic, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, Oats, Psyllium husk, Raisins, Soya Beans, Sunflower seeds
High Blood Sugar:
Bitter melon (Karela), Fenugreek (Methi seeds)
Watermelon is packed with glutathione, which helps boost immune system. It is also a source of vitamin C, potassium and lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant.
Cherries, garlic, Turmeric spice.
Carrot, Freshly ground Coconut Papya, Tomatoes, Pomegranate(Anar)
Piles or hemorrhoids:
Beet Root (Chukandar), Bitter Gourd (Karela), Figs, Jambul Fruit (Rose apple, Jamun), Onions, Radish, Lime,Pigeon Pea (Red Gram, Arhar Dal)
Cucumber Juice (apply on face), Lime, Lemon
Teeth & Gum remedies:
Lime, Fresh Groundnut, Apple, Onions, Pomegranate (Anar) rind powder, Spinach
For fair complexion:
Turmeric is used as a face mask.