A kitchen can be so much more than pretty finishes and fabulous appliances! I love that many natural healers can be found in nature....which means that they are available in the foods that we eat. Our kitchens can be more than just a place to fill our bellies....they can be the functional medicine clinics inside our own homes. Truly, I believe that the answer to many our ailments can be found “in the leaves of the trees.” (That’s from The Good Book, not from me!) It’s exciting that the foods we eat have the power to increase and support our good health. Here are some of my favorite kitchen staples that have healing benefits….and they are super inexpensive, too!
Apple Cider Vinegar:
I’ve gotten rid of a sore throat in a day after gargling with ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar). It’s my go-to for many things, including liver detoxification, pH regulation, Heartburn soother, digestive aid, immune system enhancer, and a natural deodorant! I put a few teaspoons in water 1-3x per day, depending on my need. I also clean with it, and use it in my homemade salad dressing! All of that and more for a few $$ per bottle.
First thing every morning, I squeeze 1/2 lemon in 16 oz. of room temperature water. I’ve been doing this for years and I think it keeps me regular, helps my body detoxify, keeps my skin tight, and helps keep my blood sugar balanced. I think lemons are cheerful, too, and always add a touch of happy to my kitchen counter.
These little live gems have been getting great attention as of late, but for centuries, people in all parts of the world have been preserving vegetables through the process of lacto-fermentation. Fermented veggies (krauts and kimchee) enhance digestion and absorption of nutrients, they contain helpful enzymes, and promote the growth of healthy gut flora. Fermented veggies help form a protective lining in the intestine, shielding it against pathogens. They bolster our immune systems, regulate our appetites, and can even reduce sugar and carb cravings. I can personally testify to that fact! Tried and true. I used to have a glorious garden and I grew my own veggies, which I then fermented. Doing so dramatically improved my health and I’ve been a fan for years. Currently, I am loving the “Wildbrine” brand of Krauts….gourmet!
Turmeric is a highly powerful anti-inflammatory; so much that it’s comparable to steroids in its’ ability to treat pain and inflammation. Our bodies are bombarded with inflammatory triggers, so this is a root that I suggest using daily. Cook with it, sip it in the form of “golden milk,” take it in supplement form—-just make sure that you combine it with black pepper so that your body can properly absorb it. Good turmeric supplements on the market have black pepper in the blend. If you are doing a stir fry, or sauteing veggies on the stove, sprinkle turmeric with black pepper.
I absolutely love the clean and fresh taste of ginger root! I use it in teas, in a stir fry, and in dressings. When I was pregnant, I remember a very painful episode of reflux/heartburn….to the point that I called my mid-wife and told her I thought I might be having a heart attack! She calmly told me to sip some warm water with raw ginger root. It took my pain away within 5 minutes. Ginger is magical for the digestive system, promotes digestion, metabolism of food, and because it warms the body, it can open lymphatic channels, keeping them clean and detoxified.
Smelly? Maybe, but SO beneficial! Garlic can help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease by reversing plaque buildup in the arteries. Garlic may be useful in treating cancer due to its’ sulfur compounds, and can also help control blood pressure. Garlic is antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal, so go ahead and get stinky….it’s worth it!
In addition to keeping our joints healthy, our bones strong, and our hair, skin, and nails looking fabulous, bone broth helps fortify our intestinal wall. The gelatin found in bone broth helps to repair holes in the lining of the gut, also known as “leaky gut.” There’s more: the liver (our main detox organ), cannot do it’s job without the amino acid glycine…..and glycine is found in bone broth. And finally, as if we needed another reason to love it, here ya go: Bone broth bolsters our over-taxed immune systems and fights fatigue.
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