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The avocado is the mother fruit. It is the closest food on the planet to breast milk, and has many nurturing qualities.
Even though the skin of most avocados is inedible, it is loaded with hundreds of undiscovered phytochemical compounds, many of which are infused into an avocado’s flesh as it grows. Some of these phytochemicals are isothiocyanates, which are involved with the color of the yellow-green flesh and help restore stomach and intestinal linings.
When you are suffering from digestive disorders of any kind, avocados can come to the rescue. Easy to digest, their creamy flesh is a gut soother for those with food sensitivities, Crohn’s disease, colitis, or IBS. Avocados possess anti-inflammatory compounds that have an aspirin-like quality without thinning the blood; this reduces narrowing and swelling of the digestive tract. This fruit also has polyp-reducing properties, helping you to prevent or rid yourself of these small growths of the intestinal lining.
Avocados are amazing for the brain, too. A healthy source of omega-6 fatty acids, they can help restore the central nervous system and help with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Eating avocados also has an anti-aging effect on the skin, reducing dryness, giving you a healthy glow, and contributing to the disappearance of dark under-eye circles. They also contain anti-radiation agents that are phytoestrogenic.
How To Use:
Enjoy avocado alone, in salads, guacamole, dressings, and dips.
For more information on the healing properties of avocados and which symptoms and conditions it can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, and the other books in the Medical Medium series.
Sprouts and microgreens are packed with nutrients like vitamin A, B vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, disease-reversing compounds, and other phytochemicals.
The most important role that sprouts and microgreens play is to bring back vitality to people who are always exhausting themselves for others.
Sprouts and microgreens help renew an exhausted reproductive system and revitalize a new mom who hasn’t been getting much sleep. Sprouts and microgreens are phytoestrogenic and important for rebalancing and restoring hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone, and for regenerating hormone production of the adrenal glands, thyroid, and the rest of the endocrine system after a woman has given birth.
High in mineral salts that are involved with neurotransmitter chemical production, sprouts and microgreens support the brain with amino acids and enzymes, help pull toxic heavy metals from the brain, and help rejuvenate and strengthen neurons—which ultimately helps with Alzheimer’s, dementia, brain fog, and memory loss.
Sprouts and microgreens are wonderful for skin repair. They help stave off infection and unwanted cell growth. They are the best possible source of what I have termed “elevated biotics”, bacteria critical to your body’s production of vitamin B12.
How To Use:
Every variety of sprout and microgreen has its own unique properties. Sprouts are especially powerful when juiced, and also offer great benefits when eaten whole in salads or wraps or blended into smoothies or raw soups.
For more information on sprouts and microgreens and the symptoms and conditions they can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, and the other books in the Medical Medium series.
The roots of lemon and lime trees go deep into the earth, extracting dozens of precious trace minerals that get passed onto you when you consume the fruits. Lemons and limes are ultra-hydrating and electrolyte-producing, because they are a top source of mineral salts and trace mineral salts.
These citrus siblings have some of the most highly absorbable vitamin C around. Fresh-squeezed lemon or lime offers bioactive calcium that your body craves. Plus, phytochemicals called limonoids in lemons and limes actually bond the vitamin C and calcium together, so that wherever one goes in the body, the other rides along. This enhances the bioavailability of each, and also creates alkalinity in the body to help prevent the growth of almost every type of cancer.
The antioxidant flavonoids in lemons and limes are another ally in fighting disease. And when you’re dealing with a cold, flu, bronchitis, or pneumonia, lemon is one of the most effective mucus expellers you can find. Lemons and limes are also amazing cleansers of the liver, kidneys, spleen, thyroid, and gallbladder. They purge the many toxic substances we collect from exposure to plastics, synthetic chemicals, radiation, and poor food choices.
When going through any sort of detox process, even if it’s just increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet, it’s a good idea to drink lemon or lime water first thing in the morning. Lemon or lime water is more beneficial for this process than plain water, because filtration has often taken the life out of drinking water, and these citrus stars reawaken its healing abilities.
How To Use:
Drink 16-32oz of Medical Medium Lemon or Lime Water every day upon waking. Use lemons and limes as salad dressing, in fresh juices and smoothies. Squeeze lemon or lime juice on top of fruit bowls, steamed vegetables, or any other meal.
For more information on the symptoms and conditions lemons and limes can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables.
Oranges (and their cousins, tangerines) are full of the coenzyme glutathione, which goes into activation because of their high content of flavonoids and limonoids. This is a relationship medical research has not yet tapped into, and one that makes oranges and tangerines a key to helping the 21st-century epidemic of chronic illness.
Together, glutathione, flavonoids, and limonoids help fight off pathogens, protect the body from radiation damage, and deactivate toxic heavy metals in the system.
Oranges and tangerines are abundant in a form of bioactive calcium you can’t get anywhere else. The body instantly absorbs this calcium, which means that these citrus beauties actually help regrow teeth, not destroy them as is commonly believed. Their acid content is not destructive; rather, it works for you by helping to dissolve kidney stones and gallstones.
Oranges and tangerines are life-giving, and they should be a foundation in the diet. Whether a navel, blood orange, Valencia, mandarin, honey Murcott, clementine, Minneola tangelo, or any other variety, you can support your health by bringing them into your diet every day or as often as possible.
How To Use:
For optimum benefits from oranges and tangerines, consume four per day. As a snack, drizzle raw honey over slices of orange or tangerine. For a predigestive aid, try adding a squeeze of fresh orange or tangerine juice over your favorite salads and dishes. It will help ensure that you digest your meal at the best level possible.
For more information on oranges and tangerines and the symptoms and conditions they can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, and the other books in the Medical Medium series.
The root of the radish:
This I the part we think of as the radish itself. Radishes are an immune-system replenisher. The sulfur in radishes helps repel pathogens and acts as a wormicide to help kill off intestinal worms and other parasites.
The organosulfides in radishes help keep arteries and veins clean, creating a protective barrier in blood vessels so plaque doesn’t adhere to their linings.
Radishes are incredible heart food, excellent for helping to prevent heart disease and other cardiovascular issues in part by increasing good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol. Radishes are very restorative for the kidney, liver, pancreas, and spleen.
The skin of the radish is a helpful cancer preventative.
The leaves of the radish are the second most powerful prebiotic there is. Radish greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and cancer-fighting alkaloids, plus the greens possess antipathogenic properties.
The greens help the colon and other parts of the intestinal tract that have lost the ability to absorb nutrients. Radish greens’ nutrition absorbs into the most dysfunctional digestive tracts, assimilating better than any other food, thanks to their high enzymatic profile; the greens contain various enzymes that are not yet documented by scientific study and that allow for the uptake of nutrients.
Radish greens help remove pathogens, radiation, pesticides and DDT, toxic heavy metals, and other toxins from the body.
Radish greens help stave off neurological conditions, including MS, ALS, and neurological Lyme. By far, radish greens are the most powerful leafy green for someone’s health.
How To Use:
Enjoy radish roots and greens juiced or in salads. Radish roots make a great crunchy snack. Use radishes and their greens in soups, broth, steamed, or stir-fried.
For more information on radishes and the symptoms and conditions they can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, and the other books in the Medical Medium series.
If you’re struggling with any kind of stomach or intestinal disorder, papayas cannot be beat. They can help with colitis, Crohn’s, IBS, ulcers, diverticulitis, gastritis, gastric spasms, liver disease, and pancreatitis. They also kill off H. pylori, C. difficile, and E. coli, plus rid the gut of other unfriendly bacteria and parasites, including worms. Papaya is an ideal food if you’re dealing with SIBO.
Papaya is the number-one fruit for digestibility. Each papaya contains more than 500 undiscovered powerful digestive enzymes that help support the pancreas, aid digestion, and mend the walls of the intestinal tract, reducing inflammation and preventing scar tissue from forming there.
Papaya’s amino acids and enzymes combined create undiscovered subcompound phytochemicals that help repel pathogens. Papaya also contains potent and as yet undiscovered coenzymes that enhance the alkalinity inside the intestinal tract.
Papaya helps relieve constipation. If you suffer from stomach aches or an inflamed intestinal lining, papaya will be your ally in healing the irritated nerve endings that contribute to these ailments.
Whenever someone has gone through a period of not eating, whether from fasting, anorexia, or grave illness, blended papaya is like magic for the refeeding process, because it offers ample calories, optimal nutrition, and digests so favorably.
Papaya is also a miracle worker for the skin. This fruit has anti-wrinkle, fountain-of-youth powers due to its high content of vitamins, minerals, and most important, caratenoids. Not only can it help your skin glow again, it can also help with eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
How To Use:
Look for the Mexican and Central American papaya variety known as Maradol. These medium-to-large papayas are preferable to Hawaiian varieties, which have suffered GMO contamination. For constipation relief, eat half a papaya daily.
For more information on papaya and the symptoms and conditions it can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables.
Berries are rich in antioxidants, the miracle fighters of free radicals. We need these antioxidants to fight the aging (oxidation) process, and to stay alive in the face of constant threats to our health.
Berries broadcast their health value with their deep purples, blues, and blacks, which come from the polyphenols known as anthocyanins (including malvidin) and anthocyanidins. They’re also rich in dimethyl resveratrol and dozens of other phytochemicals, amino acids, coenzymes, and co-compounds that have yet to be discovered by science and are more plentiful and bioavailable in berries than in any other food.
Berries have hidden compounds that stop excess adrenaline from causing damage to organs. This makes blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, elderberries, schisandra berries, and the like critical for life on earth. Wild berries, especially, pack an anti-aging, disease-fighting, life-giving punch. And wild blueberries are in a league of their own.
Berries are true brain food. Not only are they B12-enhancing; they have the power to help with stains on the brain—lesions, gray areas, calcifications, heavy metal deposits, white spots, scar tissue, crystallizations, and adhesions created by damaged, expanded blood vessels. Berries also help with all brain disorders and diseases, including brain cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, aneurysm, migraines, and any neurological symptoms or conditions.
Berries help protect heart valves and ventricles and remove plaque by dissolving hardened fat deposits within veins and arteries. Berries are also helpful for fertility.
How To Use:
Graze on berries, eat them with raw honey drizzled on top, in smoothies, fruit bowls, fruit ice cream, salads, and dressings.
For more information on the healing properties of berries and which symptoms and conditions it can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, and the other books in the Medical Medium series.
Licorice root is the ultimate anti-bug weapon against the pathogen explosion. Herpetic bugs (including Epstein-Barr, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus, and shingles) are so often behind mystery illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, Ménière’s disease, and adrenal fatigue, as well as symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, body aches and pains, and nerve pains in the jaw, neck, shoulder—not to mention autoimmune conditions. The body does not attack itself; strains and mutations of these herpes family bugs do—which is why we need a potent ant-bug weapon on our side.
The phytochemicals and anti-pathogenic properties of licorice stop a bug from procreating and at the same time push the bug out of the body, making your system as inhospitable as possible for bugs that want to take up residence there.
Licorice root is incredible for people with low blood pressure, and it helps soothe the liver by lowering liver heat.
Licorice is the most important adrenal restorative we have today. Licorice root acts like a battery charger for the adrenals: it brings them out of a fatigued state and increases their capacity to function to your advantage.
Note that there are conflicting views out there about licorice, including many misconceptions. Try not to get drawn into the negatives—you will be cheated out of healing.
How To Use:
You can use licorice as an alcohol-free tincture or as an herbal tea. You can refer to Medical Medium Cleanse To Heal for specific supplement and dosage recommendations for over 200 symptoms and conditions, many of which include amounts for licorice tincture and/or tea. You can visit the Medical Medium Supplement Directory for the specific high-quality products I prefer.
Ginger is the ultimate antispasmodic and helps us be less reactive. Ginger’s antispasmodic properties come from its more than 60 trace minerals, well over 30 amino acids (many of them undiscovered), and more than 500 enzymes and coenzymes all working together to calm reactivity.
Ginger is an amazing relaxant for the throat area and also helps relieve tension headaches and flush excess lactic acid from muscle tissue into the bloodstream and out of the body.
Ginger promotes a healthy immune system and is antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic.
Ginger is very helpful for stress assistance, DNA reconstruction, enhancement of your body’s production of B12, and much more.
How To Use:
Enjoy ginger in Medical Medium Turmeric Ginger Shots recipe, fresh juices, Medical Medium Ginger Water, Medical Medium Healing Broth (recipes on the blog), grated onto salads or any meal, or cooked into your favorite dishes. A cup of ginger tea can calm an upset stomach and relax any other areas of tension for up to 12 hours.
For more information on the healing properties of parsley and which symptoms and conditions it can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, and the other books in the Medical Medium series.
Cat’s claw is one of the most powerful resources for helping to reverse the epidemic of chronic and mystery illness in the 21st century. Cat’s claw can aid in alleviating almost any symptom, from neurological to digestive.
Cat’s claw helps eliminate the parasite Babesia and bacteria such as Bartonella and other bugs without the so-called Herxheimer die-off reaction so common with antibiotics, because the bioactive pharma-compounds in the herb regulate the destruction of pathogens so that it’s at a level the individual person can tolerate.
Cat’s claw is also incredible at fighting viruses. Eventually medical research will discover a group of antiviral adaptogens, and scientists will realize that cat’s claw is at the top of that list.
This herb is a powerful aid for battling PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections), ALS, strep throat, MS, mystery aches and pains, and more.
Cat’s claw is also remarkable for its ability to help rid the body of the infamous strep, which is frequently misdiagnosed as yeast or Candida.
Take a bottle of cat’s claw tincture with you as part of your emergency kit when you’re traveling. Over the course of your trip, when you can remember, take small doses of the tincture. It’s a wonderful tool to protect your immunity and help guard against malaria and bacterial infections.
How To Use:
Cat’s Claw can be taken as a liquid tincture (look for alcohol-free as alcohol cancels out the beneficial effects of the herb) or drink it as a tea. You can refer to the Medical Medium Directory for preferred supplements and teas that are high-quality. Check out Cleanse To Heal for exact supplement and dosage recommendations for over 200 symptoms and conditions.
For more information on the healing properties of cat’s claw and which symptoms and conditions it can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, and the other books in the Medical Medium series.
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