Herbs make any meal delicious and bring a myriad of health benefits! Herbs have been used as medicines since the Old Testament times. Herbs contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Their aromatic oils help ease asthmatic crisis. Herbs are known to prolong life and prevent aging. The are helpful in treating the worst diseases like cancer, skin ailments, heart illnesses and Alzheimer’s.
Marinade your meat in mineral water and thyme and rosemary and you will have not just tasty, but also much juicier and cleaner bbq! (read more about it here: Lose Weight with Grilled Meat)
Role of antioxidants in everyday diet
Eating food containing plenty of antioxidants helps neutralize damaging free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are hazardous molecules that can destroy cells in our bodies. This damage causes premature aging and leads to the onset of diseases such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Free radicals are found in pollutants such as car exhausts and smoke, but they are also produced when the body converts food into energy. Eating food with plenty of antioxidants reduces the potential of free radicals to damage our cells and keeps us healthier and younger looking.
Echinacea – it boosts the immune system and can offer resistance to colds and influenza (drink Echinacea tea in autumn and winter)
Garlic – it thins the blood and lowers cholesterol. It can also help you resist disease. (Use raw garlic in Isabel’s famous salad dressing, it will serve much better than garlic powder)
Ginkgo – it preserves the function of the brain and slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. (Get ginkgo liquid in Chinese herbal shops or gingko extract in any other health shop and take as a supplement)
Milk Thistle – the complex antioxidant properties of milk thistle benefit the liver and help the body eliminate toxins. In Europe it is used to treat cirrhosis of the liver and liver disease caused by alcohol. (Buy milk thistle drops in a health store and take daily for a few weeks)
Chamomile – this herb can remedy an upset stomach and aid sleep. But it can also improve the skin if taken topically. (chamomile tea is the most soothing tea of them all, just drink a cup a day)
Thyme – it improves the immune system, promotes perspiration and eases sore throats and coughs. It has mild antiseptic properties. (great added to stews and meat marinade)
Turmeric – may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems (add it to curry, boiled rice, soups, even add a spoon in your burger mince)
Sage – this herb calms the nerves, improves digestion and eases lung congestion and coughs (great accompaniment to any meat dishes. Drink sage tea with milk and raw honey for a sore throat)
Rosemary – this improves circulation, stimulates the liver into eliminating toxins from the body, eases joint and headache pain and relieves cold symptoms. (amazing on baked potatoes!)
Mint – it eases stomach and digestive problems, relaxes the mind and can ease headaches. (drink mint tea – a cup a day)
Watch this video to learn from Jamie Oliver about how to use and treat herbs:
Herbs alone will not treat you from the diseases, but as a part of a healthy Diet Solution Plan, they will help you achieve your weight loss and health improvement goal!