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Nature’s Pharmacy

Nature provides us with so many wonderful things, but how often do we think about the foods that Nature gives us and what they do for us?  There are actually so many clues that tell us how these foods (especially when eaten in raw form) help different parts of our body!

Carrot

Carrot

Look at this carrot slice!  It literally looks just like the human eye!  We all know that carrots are great for our eye sight by increasing blood flow to the eye!!!

 

 

 

 

Tomato

Tomato

Your heart has four chambers – the left and right Atrium and the left and right Ventricle.  Look at this tomato slice! Four chambers too!  Tomatoes contain lots of lycopene – the compound that gives tomatoes their red color Lycopene is a  REALLY good heart and blood food!  In a recent study, Lycopene  increased activity of a powerful antioxidant and showed a decrease in blood pressure with those who received it.

Best of all it helps to decrease C-reactive protein in our bodies which causes inflammation and is a predictor of cardiovascular problems!

Walnut

Walnut

 

Ok, does this walnut look like our brain or what?  There is a left and right hemisphere and even the wrinkles look like the folds on our brains.   Walnuts help with the development of neuro-transmitters in the  brain.  In fact, the MIND diet ( a diet that fights dementia) names nuts like walnuts an essential food to eat every day to ward off dementia!

 

 

 

Celery

Celery

Celery, rhubarb and bokchoy look just like bones and contain 23% sodium.  Guess what?  Your bones are 23% sodium too!  If your diet doesn’t have enough natural sodium it pulls it from your bones which results in weakening them.  Enjoy the celery with some peanut butter.  YUM!

 

 

 

Kidney Beans

Kidney Beans

Kidney beans and other legumes look just like, you guessed it, your kidneys!  That’s how they got their name as a matter of fact!  These beans are probably one of the most amazing foods around with most of the benefits helping to heal and maintain kidney function.  They help lower cholesterol, they help improve memory with high amounts of vitamin B1 – which is needed for cognitive functioning.

Beans are also a daily staple to be consumed on the MIND diet.  They have major antioxidant properties to help rid our bodies of harmful free radicals.  They help prevent high blood pressure (very helpful to our kidneys) because of their potassium, magnesium and fiber.  These expand our blood vessels and the ensure smooth flow of blood.

 

There are many other foods in their natural form look like parts of our  bodies they help!   Try these on a regular basis and see how you feel.  Get creative with recipes that you can share with your family and friends.

 

Shelley VanLare

Shelley VanLare, Registered Nurse

Contact Shelley Van Lare at svanlare@arcmonroe.org with questions about eating well or other health issues.

 

The Arc of Monroe offers Nutrition support in our Article 16 Clinic.