Melissa Paris Fitness

Jun 06, 2012

Feeling Good at Your Fingertips

by Melissa Paris

Over the weekend I listened to an amazing lecture at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. It was called The Healing Kitchen by Andrea Candee, a Master Herbalist. She taught us how to use common fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices, in a safe, natural, effective way to use as at home remedies.

Here are a few of my favorites from the list:
1. Turmeric: known for its anti-inflammatory properties, speeds up wound healing and helps rejuvenate cells, is a natural liver detoxifier and MUCH more.  I like to add some to a chicken dish or add some flavor to egg salad.
2. Peppermint: good for headaches, sinus congestion, nausea, and digestion.  Argo tea and Starbucks make a great peppermint tea.
3. Garlic: is anti-EVERYTHING.  Anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.  You can use in almost any dish or also get deodorized capsules.
4.  Lemon:  thins out mucus and is alkalizing. I like to start off my day with warm water and freshly squeezed lemon to help get my digestive system awake.
5.  Watermelon:  very good diuretic.  You might be surprised but try chewing on those seeds next time they will help your body rid of excess water retention.

And much more aloe, parsley, cranberry, honey, onion, cayenne pepper, sage, thyme, and chamomile.

Note: Always consult your doctor before adding in supplements to your routine.

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