Healthy living entails so many things from our diet, sleeping, style, attitude to life in general. I will define healthy living in my own way as a way of “living fresh”. My main focus today is on how to eat your way to a healthy life and I will be talking about some fruits and plants which in one way or the other aid in making us healthy.
Some fruits listed here have only a part of them that can be used while for others, almost every part is important. Let us take a look at the following:
From its prickly dark green skin to the tree roots, everything is useful in its own way. The seed of this wonder fruit can be dried, grounded and used as bug repellent. The skin can be used as poultice. The tender fresh leaves can be soaked in hot water, drained and taken morning and night for body cleansing.
Sour sop contains cancer fighting properties. The tea can be taken to cure eczema and other skin infections. The white fibrous pulp helps in proper digestion. For babies suffering from diarrhoea, sour sop juice should be given to them 3-4 times a day. The root of this tree can be used to purify water. It is really a wonder tree. Plant a sour sop tree or buy one and enjoy.
“Monkey food” is what I am going to call it, but if you know the abilities of this fruit, you will never look at it the same way again. Even the world oldest man eats a banana every day.
Banana combats depression which is the one of the leading causes of death (eat one now!). Bananas aid in weight loss. Rub a piece of banana peel on your leather shoe or handbag and polish with a dry cloth. Banana makes great snacks and smoothies. A banana milkshake can cure a hangover. Rub the inside of a banana peel on a bug or mosquito bite to reduce irritation. Banana helps to reduce morning sickness in pregnant women. Now you know why monkeys are always happy and healthy.
What a healthy to quench your thirst! It boosts your sex life. It helps in weight loss. It keeps you hydrated since it contains 92% water. It aids in faster healing of wounds and skin diseases.
This is class of bulbs, like the onions, primarily known as a spice and a natural body cleanser. But this aromatic spice has much more to offer. Garlic aids the foetus to gain weight. Eat a piece of garlic dipped in honey at the first sign of cold.
Garlic contains alicin which helps in the treatment of fungal and bacterial vaginal infections and wounds. Garlic contains vitamin B which has cancer fighting abilities. It is also a spice used in cooking.
This is a common vegetable in Nigeria. It is also used by almost by every tribe but in different ways. In Igbo land, it is used as “kola” in welcoming guests. It is great for weight loss because of it fibrous nature which acts roughage.
Garden eggs also help improves eyesight. The garden egg leaves is used to treat snake bites.
These and many more fruits are out there at our disposal. But they do not work alone! Your attitude to life can be detrimental or beneficial to you. If you are the type that store up grudges, lots of negativism, never allowing yourself to be happy, other verbal, non verbal and perceived ‘toxins’, you weigh down your mind and suppress your body’s ability to flush and cleanse itself of such. Yes. Every single thing that happens to you has a chemical effect. I’ll be saving that for later. So, help your body to serve you well. Choose health! Stay healthy!
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