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3 Raw Foods To Help Your Cleanse


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Juice cleanses, detox diets, 14-day challenges are filling my email inbox! So, I thought I would hop on board and tell you why a cleanse might be a good idea! And you’ll also get my favorite tea recipe. 

A cleanse clears out internal inflammation which helps your body and brain function better and you’ll feel super.  So, I like to start with this drink.

These three foods have numerous properties that reduce inflammation, bacteria and act as fantastic natural remedies. On top of that, they’re all extremely easy to add to your existing diet, and they are incredibly delicious!

Raw Honey (I love Really Raw Honey)

Raw honey in a glass jarThroughout history, there are documented uses of honey as a medicinal healing agent as early as the time of the ancient Greeks, Romans, and even the Egyptians, who used honey topically to treat wounds.

Antibacterial

Honey has a slightly elevated pH acidity level, which is what makes it a great resource for preventing bacteria growth, and getting rid of bad bacteria types both internally in your intestine as well as externally for wound care (more on that below).

Honey acts as an absorption agent, which deprives bacteria of the vital moisture that it needs to survive and multiple. By preventing bacteria from continuously growing, honey aids the body in its natural healing process, often speeding up one’s healing time.

Honey provides a moist healing environment, yet prevents bacterial growth even when wounds are heavily infected.
~ Dr. Peter Molan Honey Research Unit in University of Waikato, New Zealand

Antioxidants

Raw honey has so many wonderful nutrients: Minerals like calcium, copper, iron, potassium, and zinc; vitamins like B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin; and even beneficial amino acids.

Raw honey’s natural sugars (glucose and fructose) provide boosts in energy in both the short-term and long-term, making it an effective choice for decreasing fatigue.  Raw honey also lacks fat – both saturated and trans – as well as cholesterol. By choosing a natural product like honey over other sweeteners like white sugar or even worse, artificial sugars, you’re building up your immunity with something directly from nature.

Anti-inflammatory

For wounds and burns, honey can lessen the inflammation, redness and tenderness that accompany these injuries.

What are some of the specific medicinal uses of honey?

  • Acid Reflux
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Sore Throats

When choosing a honey, make sure to read the label carefully and know what you’re actually purchasing. This is a good tactic for all of your food purchasing but even more so with honey: Oftentimes honey is extremely processed, which causes it to lack many of its best benefits, like vitamins and enzymes. You should look for raw honey that still contains pollen and hasn’t been pasteurized, filtered or watered down in any way.

If this is your first experience with raw honey, you’ll find it is much thicker than processed honey. Raw honey doesn’t have the syrupy texture of processed honey and therefore doesn’t spread as easily.

Raw Ginger Root

Sliced and grated ginger root
Similar to honey, ginger’s amazing healing powers have been mentioned in writings as far back as Ancient China and India. Native to Southeastern Asia, ginger is a world renowned herb known for its culinary and medicinal properties.

Ginger’s strengths in healing concentrate in the following areas:

Gastrointestinal

For those with intestinal discomfort, ginger offers a direct way to soothe the intestinal tract and provide gastrointestinal relief. Since ginger actually aids the body in digestion, it helps in the absorption of important nutrients that may not be absorbed otherwise. In addition, consuming ginger can help to decrease nausea and vomiting.

Anti-Inflammatory

The active component within ginger is a compound called gingerol; this compound has been found to act as an anti-inflammatory agent. So much so, that a study published by Osteoarthritis Cartilage, suggested that consuming ginger significantly reduced pain and swelling experienced from severe arthritis.

Strengthens Immune System

Ginger has important toxin-reduction and cleansing properties that help to keep your body in tip-top form. Ginger helps to break down toxins that accumulate in various areas of your body; if the toxins remain, your body’s immune system resources are further spread out and limited.

There have also been studies conducted which conclude that ginger may play a helpful role against certain cancers: Leukemia, lung, colon and ovarian cancers, among others.

What are some of the specific medicinal uses of ginger?

  • Motion Sickness
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Cold or Flu

Since ginger has a fairly strong flavor, most people don’t eat it raw and by itself. That being said, it’s a welcome addition in liquid preparations like hot tea, smoothies, and soup as well as in conjunction with other spices when you’re cooking.

Other ways to eat ginger include dried, crystallized (a sweeter variety) and pickled (the kind that comes with your sushi).

Bright-Shiny Raw Lemon

Sliced lemons on a tableAs a pretty common fruit, you might not associate lemons beyond anything other than lemonade, but – as with all of the natural food resources we’ve looked at today – lemons have medicinal roots that go back to the beginnings of recorded civilization.

Antioxidants

Lemons are packed heavy with essential vitamins like Vitamin C, which is one of the body’s critical aids, building blocks, and one of nature’s most important antioxidants. Vitamin C also assists in decreasing free radicals in our body; free radicals are thought to be the origins of many degenerative diseases. In addition to Vitamin C, lemons have flavonoids, which help to fight the cold or flu and also have cancer-fighting properties.

Furthermore, lemons have as many as 22 anti-cancer compounds, one of which is called limonene: A study conducted found that concentrated limonene partially stopped the growth of ovarian and breast cancer cells.

Antibacterial

Lemon juice is known to have very strong antibacterial abilities, destroying the bacteria of many forceful diseases like malaria, cholera, diphtheria and typhoid. Drinking lemon juice in warm water, early in the morning, is a great way to start your bodily functions for the day and clean out any unnecessary toxins or bad bacteria.

Research from the American Urological Association has shown that lemons can not only reduce the formation of kidney stones, but can even eliminate their occurrences entirely.

Perhaps surprising to hear, lemons can also help to stop internal bleeding because they have both antiseptic and coagulant properties.

What are some of the specific medicinal uses of lemon?

  • Sore Throat
  • Indigestion/Heartburn
  • Common Cold
  • Joint Pain

As mentioned, the easiest way to add lemons to your diet is to squeeze lemon juice into your beverage of choice. Lemon juice tastes great with water but, like ginger, can also be added to teas, smoothies, and soup. (The flavor combination of lemon and ginger is fantastic!) In food preparation, lemon juice can enhance and complement the flavors of many different meats, vegetables, and even desserts.

Real Raw You’s Favorite Ginger Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey (optional)
  • 1 small lemon, sliced

Directions:

  1. Peel and grate the ginger into your favorite mug.
  2. Warm water if you wish.
  3. Carefully pour the water over the grated ginger.
  4. Allow the tea to set for 2 minutes.
  5. Add a slice of bright lemon and honey to taste.

Anti-inflammatory Honey and Ginger Tea
 
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey (optional)
  • 1 small lemon, sliced
Instructions
  1. Peel and grate the ginger into your favorite mug.
  2. Warm water if you wish.
  3. Carefully pour the water over the grated ginger.
  4. Allow the tea to set for 2 minutes.
  5. Add a slice of bright lemon and honey to taste.

 

References available upon request. 

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