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Six Beneficial Foods We Recommend--and Why

APPLES – Astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emollient, laxative, tonic. A highly digestible alkaline food, apples have a high water content (around 85%), which quenches both immediate and cellular-level thirst. All apples, especially green apples, cleanse the liver and gallbladder and help soften gallstones. TIP –Helps to clean the teeth and exercise gums when eaten raw.

CAYENNE - Cayenne pepper is concentrated with vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients. It is a rich source of Vitamin C that boosts the immune system. It is also one of the richest sources of Vitamin A. The spice contains very high levels of essential minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium and selenium. It also contains potassium, an important electrolyte in the cells. Cayenne peppers are also rich in b-complex vitamins such as niacin, vitamin B-6, riboflavin and thiamin. These peppers are beneficial for colds, coughs, and congestion. TIP: For travelers, a small container of cayenne pepper is a sensible protection against dysentery.

FIGS – Figs are a densely mineralized sweet fruit. They contain one of the highest concentrations of calcium of any food. The tiny seeds in figs are not only packed with nutrients, but they help draw out and dissolve waste, parasites, and mucus in the intestines. TIP-a great laxative.

HAZELNUTS – Hazelnuts contain the minerals magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, iron, manganese, calcium and selenium. This nut also contains vitamin K in the form of ascorbic acid, folate, thiamin, alpha-tocopherol and niacin. Additionally, the nuts contain potassium and vitamin E. fiber and mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats. TIP- Hazelnut Milk is a, nutritious drink that can be purchased at selective grocery stores.

GRAPES – Grapes are called “the queen of fruit” because of their excellent cleansing properties, and they rank among the most potent of all medicinal foods. Grapes offer a natural combination of fruit acid, natural sugar, and various bitter-astringent properties that will help keep your cellular network cleansed. They are also a fine source of Vitamin C, A, K, B-complex and carotenes. TIP: Grapes contain a small amount of natural sugar that will give you energy and a boost during the day without the calories.

TOMATOES – Tomatoes are low in calories, fat content and have zero cholesterol levels. They are an excellent source of antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Fresh tomatoes contain high levels of Vitamin A and C, as well as a rich source of potassium and the phytochemical lycopene. TIP: Heirloom varieties tend to produce more flavorful fruit.