Food as thy Medicine: Healing with Nature in Fall…

Here are a few known healing properties of common foods you may be tempted to enjoy at fall festivities:

Cranberries: As you may already know, cranberries are body purifiers, low in calories, have no fat and are a nice source of Vitamin C. This health blog states:

“some of the health benefits of eating cranberries:

* prevent bacteria in the bladder, kidneys and prostate
* supports optimum urinary tract health
* may prevent kidney stones
* have both antiviral and antibacterial properties

Here are some fun facts about cranberries:

* More than 85% of the weight of cranberries is water!
* Native Americans used a brewed a cranberry mixture to draw poison from arrow wounds..”

Tomatoes: Pureed, cooked, stewed, in sauce, stored as a sundried treat or marinade, lycophene rich tomatoes are super healing for the body. In addition to reducing cancer rates when eaten regularly, did you know a tomato is also a soothing burn treatment? Or, if you work in a kitchen and get a burn a slice of tomato applied over it will eliminate all pain upon contact, this is also good for anyone who has a severe sunburn sting.

Pomegranates: Yummy, these make delicious salad or starter garnishes! Plus, the super healthy polyphenol antioxidants in pomegranates are something we discussed this summer on Feel Good Style to heal us both internally and externally. Here at they are a hot topic as well, especially for fall.

Apples: I know what you’re thinking: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but that saying was kept around for a reason. Apples are our little digestion helpers too as they help regulate and can reduce the risk of illness. Since apples don’t really have any cholesterol, they are shown to help control cholesterol. Also they do have fiber, and fiber reduces cholesterol because it prevents re-absorption…So if you already eat apples religiously, and want to spice them up, try and add extra fiber with a dumpling recipe or make that batch of deliciousness into fresh appleauce. Or have you tried cider sauce? Get creative with apples!

Top image of cranberries “is in the public domain because it contains materials that originally came from the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.”

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