Healthy food garnish

May 23, 2020

BELIEVE it or not, your health and wellness are influenced by the food you eat.

Fighting illnesses are not by means of antibiotics and boosting immune system may not be solely complemented by the chemically-driven supplements in the market. But eating the right amount of healthy foods will absolutely increase the power and intensity of the body to stay strong than medicines can provide.

So, if you want to be healthy and live long, check these foods and include them in your daily diet:

• Tofu (tokwa). A fermented by-product of soya beans is one of the richest sources of the plant hormones called phytoestrogens making it a key preventer of both PMS and menopausal symptoms and a medicinal food that protects against heart disease and osteoporosis after the menopause. It provides body building protein, iron, calcium and B vitamins. Aim for 3oz (100g) twice a week.

• Watercress (kangkong). Kangkong is a powerful natural antibiotic, rich in iodine essential for the thyroid and a unique protector against lung cancer. Smokers should eat a handful every day. Otherwise, eat as a salad or soup a couple of times a week.

• Sage (sambong). It's cleansing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and has traditionally been used by herbalists to relieve menstrual problems, chest infections and hot flushes. Gargling with sage tea kills most of the bugs that cause sore throats and adding it to recipes improves the digestion of fat.

Studies have shown sage slows down the release of enzymes that break down the neurotransmitter, acetylcholie; and inhibition of this enzyme can improve mood with maintaining optimal levels of acetylcholine. A study using 300 to 600 mg of sage leaf extract showed some benefit in alertness and calmness.

Sambong is beneficial against Alzheimer's disease, acute pharyngitis and liver antioxidiant.

• Prunes. Prunes are the most protective of all foods. A hundred grams provides more than a whole day's need of protective anti-oxidants making them healthier than blueberries, broccoli or Brussels sprouts. They help prevent heart disease, cancer, blood pressure and even wrinkles. They're also a very gentle laxative

• Ginger. Ginger has been used as a medicine since 5000BC. Ginger stimulates the circulation, speeds up the blood flow and is the best of all medicines for preventing sickness in pregnancy, migraine or after surgery. Make your own ginger tea by grating fresh ginger into boiling water.