Food as Medicine – How to Add Healing Power to Your Keto Meals
Have you ever heard the ancient saying, “Let your medicine be your food, and food be your medicine”? It’s a wise saying by Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, from whom originates the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors. Oddly, while modern doctors recognize Hippocrates’ contribution to medicine in the form of the Oath, the idea that our food can be our medicine is generally taught in medical schools and thus not included in the practice of modern medicine.
The good news is, foods are still “medicines,” and you can affect your health positively with the foods you choose to eat.
If you’d like to incorporate more healing herbs and foods into your diet, here are some tips that can help.
The healing power of various herbs is becoming more and more recognized and accepted. Here are some of the more readily available herbs that you can add to your foods to boost their healing power.
* Ginger is an effective anti-nausea remedy and has significant antibacterial properties. The fresh root, sliced or diced, can be added to stir-fries, and teas along with other herbs. It works very well in tea that also contain Turmeric. There are even desserts that contain ginger, however if you have adopted the ketogenic lifestyle you want to be very selective about eating “desserts” and instead look for “Fat Bombs” containing ginger
* Oregano, a tasty herb when added to keto pizza, zucchini “spaghetti”, and most of your Mexican, greek and Italian recipes, is considered an antioxidant. Antioxidants help mop up “free radicals” in the body, which are by-products of the body’s metabolic processes. Free radicals are implicated in the development of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. So sprinkle this herb on regular dishes such as green salads, soups and vegetables.
* Rosemary is another antioxidant herb, and may help enhance memory and prevent cataracts. It may even help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Rosemary is very good when used in meat marinades and sprinkled on dishes like keto pizza, or in your salad dressing base. It is an evergreen plant that you can keep in window garden all year so that you always have a fresh supply.
* Turmeric is commonly found in Indian curries. It has a yellowish color and earthy flavor, and is said to help reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Turmeric can be added to soups and stews, curries, stir-fries, and other dishes. It is gaining fame as more and more of it’s many health benefits are being discovered. You can now find it available as a tea in many food markets. If you are new to using it and want to try it as a tea, look for teas that contain both Turmeric and Ginger for a healthy treat.
The food you eat – not just the herbs you put on it – can help heal, too. Here are some suggestions.
* Garlic is a powerful preventer of colds and flu, and it has antifungal and antimicrobial properties. You can make garlic sauce for keto pasta, add it to soups, salad dressings and base many meals around this simple food.
* Onions are like garlic in their healthful properties. They are perhaps even more versatile; they can be made into a dish on their own or added to other foods. They can be grilled as a vegetable. There are sweet ones, hot ones, mild ones and different colored ones so there is a lot to explore and enjoy in the onion family.
* Berries are known for their antioxidant power. They also contain the lease amount of sugar of the fruits you can enjoy once in a while on the ketogenic lifestyle. If it is a day to enjoy a little fruit you can add berries to salads or eat them out of hand. You can also freeze them and blend them into smoothies.
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