Healing with Food!

healing salad

Healing with Food!

Healing with Food!

Healing Beet Salad with Creamy Vegan Dressing

Healing our mind, body and spirit is vital in our everyday life. There are so many ways to support and heal our health. Picking the right healing foods is a great way to do this. As much as it may seem like all food that goes into your body will immediately come out, this unfortunately is not the case. Sometimes, we hold onto toxins and that should have been filtered out, causing inflammation, disease, chronic illness, and more. Our liver is the main detoxifying organ in our body, keeping the nutrients from food and supplying them to the rest of the body, or flushing out toxins and waste.

 

Want to know how to give your liver a helping hand?

By feeding your body with the right foods, your liver will function like a well-oiled machine. So which foods have the greatest healing effects on the body and simultaneously support good-liver function?

We found some of our favorite healing foods, and tossed them into a salad recipe for you!

This Healing Beet Salad contains beets, carrots, apples, sunflower seeds, broccoli, and lemon juice.

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Beetroots or Beets

* Beets are a high-antioxidant vegetable that contain a number of healing nutrients such as: betaine, which helps liver cells eliminate toxins; and pectin, a fiber that transports the toxins that have been removed from the liver so they don’t get reabsorbed back into the body.

* Beetroots also help to heal the liver by improving stomach acid production and preventing the formation of free radicals. These benefits help the body function more efficiently as a whole.

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Carrots

* Carrots are loaded with vitamins and nutrients. These amazing vegetables are high in beta-carotene and fiber. They also contain antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, and B8, as well as pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.

* Carrots give your immunity a boost: being a rich source of vitamin C, consuming carrots stimulates the activity of white blood cells which help your body to fight off illness.

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Apples

* Apples contain B Complex Vitamins – (riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B-6) that are key in maintaining red blood cells and the nervous system in good health. These vitamins are water-soluble and must be replaced each day through food. Thiamin (B1) promotes normal appetite, and maintains proper nervous system function. Riboflavin (B2) promotes good vision and healthy skin. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal or pyridoxamine) aids in protein metabolism and red blood cell formation.

* These wonderful fruits also contain phytonutrients -“Phyto” comes from the Greek word for “plant.” Plant foods contain thousands of natural chemicals. These natural chemicals are what we refer to as ‘phytonutrients.’ Your body can convert Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin into to vitamin A. Vitamin A also helps keep your immune system working properly, and it’s needed for eye health.

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Sunflower Seeds

* Sunflower seeds contain two nutrients that promote cardiovascular health (Vitamin E and Folate).

* 1/4 of a cup of sunflower seeds provides an adult with more than 25% of the recommended daily value of magnesium. This magical mineral is used and needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps in the production of energy, muscle function and supports a healthy immune system. healing

Broccoli

* Broccoli improves digestion and helps the body with natural detoxification.

* Eating foods with natural fiber (like broccoli) can prevent constipation, maintain a healthy digestive tract, and lower the risk of colon cancer.

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Lemon Juice

* Lemon and its juice is alkalizing for the body, and help to restore pH levels.
* Juice also does healing wonders for your complexion. Because lemons rich in Vitamin C, they play a vital role in the formation of collagen (the support system of the skin), by reducing wrinkles, lightening dark sports, healing acne.

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Healing Salad Recipe
Servings 4

Salad
*1 medium green apple, grated
*3 large carrots, peeled & grated
*1 beet,  peeled & grated
*1/2 head of broccoli, grated
*1/2 cup sunflower seeds
Dressing
*1/2 cup cashew
*3 Tbsp. lemon juice
*2 Tbsp. cold pressed avocado or olive oil.
*1 tsp. garlic
*1/4-1/2 water
Method:
1. Firstly ahead of time (at least 90mins) soak the cashews in water.

Making the Salad:

2. Start by combining the grated apple, carrot, broccoli and beet; stir until evenly mixed through.
3. Next add the sunflower seeds, continue stirring till evenly distributed.
Making the Dressing:

4. drain water from cashews and combine them with lemon juice, oil, garlic and 1/4 cup of water in a blend.
6. Blend the dressing ingredients until a smooth consistency (add more water if needed).
7. Finally pour dressing over salad, stir till it covers all the salad.
8. Serve & ENJOY!!!

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