Using 10 Common Foods As Medicine!

Medicines in your daily food!

Food is probably the most frequently consumed 'drug' available to all without so much as a prescription. Readily available from all grocery stores and produce barns.

Disease prevention through nutrition and the use of herbals is one of my many passions and I've collected quite a bit of information over the years that I would like to share. Obviously because I'm not a doctor all the info comes from many sources and you should do your own deep research and assessment on all items discussed. Also remember that a varied diet that includes a lot of vegetables and herbs is essential to achieving and maintaining better health.

Certain foods can act as cancer-blockers, antidepressants, diuretics, anticoagulants, painkillers, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory agents, tranquilizer and so much more. And these foods in turn can ward off headaches, arthritis, heart attack and stroke, colds, influenza, ulcers, cancers of many types, gallstones, constipation, and virtually most other disorders and afflictions you can think of.

Practical ways to use the listed items!

There are always questions like:

  • Is it better to eat certain foods raw?

  • How can I boost my Good type of cholesterol?

  • How do I add a lot of garlic to my diet?

  • How do I add raw onions to my diet?

  • Should I be eating only one type of food or foods of one type at the exclusion of others for the purpose of preventing or treating specific diseases?

  • Which of the cultures, Asian, Mediterranean, Mideastern has a better healthful cuisine?

Using food as medicine also removes some of the worries of the side effects that some modern drugs carry with them. In my humble opinion some of the side effects of these drugs sound worse then the original disease that the drug is administered for. With the exception of the anew age pesticides and growing additives most origins of our food chain have passed their toxic-ants tests over the past few thousand years. Also food rarely is harmful even in high doses except in rare cases of allergic reactions. So because we're all already "ON" food it is therefore not a new substance addition to our systems.

Here is the list of the 10 most common food medicines!

1) Onions: Also known as the anti-cancer bulb. Red and yellow onions and shallots (not white) contain a really high concentration of something called quercetin . Quercetin is an antioxidant which helps to protect and strengthen damaged cells. There is enough quercetin in 2-3 ounces/75 -100 grams of onions to give our system needs. (cooked or raw onions are equally good for you) Onions boost the good cholesterol, it helps to thin blood thus wards off blood clots. Onions are also beneficial to prevent coronary heart diseases and to lower high blood pressure.

If there is a single dietary defence against disease onions are the quickest and easiest to follow.

2) Garlic: Raw garlic thins the blood similar to the way that one aspirin/day does (works on a different enzyme then the aspirin). Still raw garlic dramatically boost the good type of cholesterol, even when people eat a high fat diet. It is high on the blood-clot-dissolving weapon list the major cause of heart attacks and strokes. It helps to control the blood sugar level, while it also act as a decongestant, it kills infection causing bacteria and also reduces the cancer risk.

3) Chili peppers: (capsicum) Surprisingly not too many know that peppers of all kinds including all the mild bell peppers outrank, the most thought off as the highest Vitamin C carrier, the orange. A medium to large red bell pepper has 130-140milligrams of vitamin C compared to only 65-70milligrams in an orange. Because of these high levels of vitamins peppers also have high levels of antioxidants. This is a reason why a smokers diet should include a daily dose of peppers. One of the many uses of peppers is as an expectorant. The rich source of antioxidants help protect the lung tissue from damage at the cellular level and also helps thin mucus and moves it out of the respiratory tracts.

Using red peppers in your diet regularly is a preventive measure for high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, coronary artery disease.

Red peppers also known as cayenne contain six pain relieving and anti-inflammatory compounds. I use it to make a "lotion" that I use regularly on my hands for the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis in my hands. It also helps for carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic back pain.

If you would like to check out my recipe you can find it here http://hubpages.com/hub/Hands-On

 

4)Carrots : Carrots are just filled with all that's good for you. The Beta-carotene that is in carrots and leafy vegetables can increase the immune functions of the body. It boosts the white blood cells to have extra super powers to fight off bacteria etc.

As a cancer fighter, beta-carotene helps ward off many types, in particular lung, colon, esophageal and skin.

What is the critical amount of beta-carotene that puts as on the lower-risk level of cancer candidates, you ask? Roughly the amount of beta-carotene in one medium sized carrot. One-a-day will do all that work but... (there is always a but). Eating the carrot bugs-bunny style is not good enough. The body can't absorb all it needs that way. The carrot needs to be smashed. (not booze smashed) There are two ways to get right down to the nitty gritty of the carrot cells. Either by cooking the carrot slightly or by chopping, grating, pureeing or liquefying it. Your digestive system comes in direct contact with the beta-carotene.

Absorption level of beta-carotene if carrots are eaten:

  • Bugsy style 5%
  • Steamed and sliced 25%
  • Grated 35%
  • Cooked and pureed 50%

All age groups benefit from eating at least one carrot on a daily basis. However carotenoids (stuff our body produces from beta-carotene) in the blood lowered the chances of cataracts in people between the ages of 50-70.

5) Legumes : peas, beans, lentils, soy-beans, chick peas or garbanzo beans, etc. can all be a protein replacement for meat. They have an antioxidant in them that helps to protect the membranes of the blood cells which in turn is a guard against blood cell cancers. Legumes also contain, amongst other things that are good for you, phytic acids which help to keep the blood sugar levels at an even keel. With other words the phytic acids make the legume fibres easily soluble which then in turn after eating will reduces the quick rise and delays the fast drop in blood sugar, thus maintaining an even level longer.

One to two servings three times a week is a good rule of thumb.

6) Cruciferous veggies : This includes a long list ( cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts....) They are substantial cancer fighters (including breast, uterine & colon), high blood pressure controllers. They help to ease asthma, arthritis, graves disease ( hyperthyroidism). They prevent stomach ulcers, osteoporosis, morning sickness and the list can go on and on.

All of the cruciferous vegetables (including sauerkraut) have the same good health results for either women or men.

Eat at least one off the list three a week.

7) Olive oil: An antioxidant, lowers high blood pressure, is a blood sugar regulator, lowers the bad LDL blood cholesterol, yet boost the good HDL type of cholesterol, heart disease.

We are constantly warned about too much fat in our diet but Doctors world wide give the thumbs up about olive oil. They say that there is only one fat that's safe to eat and that fat is ---->olive oil because it is concentrated in monounsaturated fatty acids. So the best advice most doctors would give us would be to substitute as much of our fat intake by olive oil as possible. Such as animal fats like lard and butter. However do remember that a tablespoon of olive oil adds 100 calories to your meal.

8) Yogurt: Is one of the greatest and healthiest additives in our diet. Here is a list of it's many amazing virtues: antibiotic, immunity booster, helps clear up travelers diarrhea even in the lactose intolerant, it sooths ulcers and rids women of yeast infections.

Be sure to eat the yogurt that contains live acidophilus culture. Even though it looses about 60% of it's therapeutic benefits if used in cooking the extra 35-40% is well worth to add yogurt into your daily regimen.

9) Nuts :Although nuts are high in fat--->the fat is unique quite high in monounsaturated acids. Similar to the fat in olive oil and just as beneficial against high LDL cholesterol, blood clotting mechanisms. Nuts stand out as protectors against heart disease. They have anticancer compounds. They help to keep the blood sugar and insulin levels steady high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and damage to the artery walls.

Are all nuts the same? Not really but they all have different beneficial substances which make it important to add a mixture of them to our diets.

Almonds, pistachios and hazelnuts are rich in monounsaturated fat especially oleic acid which is an antioxidant. Walnuts are high in the omega 3 acids as well as antioxidants such as ellagic acid. Brazil nuts are high on the trace mineral selenium which is a protector against toxicity from heavy metals such as lead, mercury etc. This makes selenium a partial antidote to some of our modern environmental hazards. It neutralizes for example mercury found in fish or high lead levels in some of our water sources. Which could damage brain cells.

10) Cinnamon : This tasty spice has antimicrobial action and it can settle nausia and upset stomach in adults. It also can boost or stimulate the performance of insulin, which is a hormone that helps process sugar and carry it to the cells. This increase in insulin's efficiency would benefit those with type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes.

You can add cinnamon to meats, stews, on toast, desserts and teas. A daily dose will benefit all.

Bottom-Line Recommendations!

For better health:

  • Eat more vegetables
  • Use vegetables fresh when possible
  • Eat veggies raw and cooked daily
  • Eat garlic and onion carrots daily
  • Eat legumes regularly (including soy products such as tofu)
  • Eat yogurt daily
  • Replace animal fats such as lard and butter with olive oil
  • Eat a handful of mixed nuts daily (sodium free)
  • Eat one of the cruciferous list veggies at least three times /week
  • Add chili peppers to food regularly

Use common sense or better said use everything listed above in moderation. Overdosing on anything can be hazardous. Remember that most plants can contain Toxins and carcinogens...

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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

s.nithya, thank you for taking a look and for commenting

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s.nithya 4 years ago

thanks i did learn a great deal it is very useful information not only 4 the assignment which i write but also will 4 my health


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Stella, thanks for taking a look and for commenting

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stella 4 years ago

Very educative, help me a lot in my project.


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Reves-diary, thank you for taking a look and for commenting. Sorry it took so long to reply I was away.

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Reves-diary 4 years ago from Dhaka

I am studying in dentistry. Through studying about general and dental pharmacy, i have come to know that, every drug has got substantial amount side effects in body. Therefore, drugs do not provide the remedy of particular disease but also create irritating side effects for a definite period of time. So, I always suggest people to have their diet in a way that can prevent all the common diseases.

Anyway, thanks for your inspiring hubs.


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Rajan Jolly, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Injured lamb, thanks for taking a look and for commenting

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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Home remedies that are at home. That is innovation at its best. I love being practical and saving money is an added bonus. I will have to try these tips. Great hub indeed. Voted up.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Wonderful hub full of information. These things are so easily available and ever present in our kitchen. we should use more, of less cooked food in our diet and raw, wherever possible, to benefit from them fully.

voted up.


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Injured lamb 4 years ago

Appreciate much for this informative hub of yours Zsuzsy, I am blessed that I eat pretty much everything you have listed especially onion in raw...thanks for the sharing, be blessed...


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

EuroCafeAuLait, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. Sorry it took so long to reply I was away and had very poor internet reception.

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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Bookmarked, voted up and across. This topic is quite timely for me now. Funny how I have been craving all of these things - broccoli, nuts, yogurt, etc... Thanks again for such a wonderful compilation and such attractive great photos, did you take them yourself? - really impressive. Liked your funny comments throughout like "bugs bunny style" and "not booze smashed".


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

jeremytorres, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

celeBritys4africA, both cinnamon and yogurt are important healthy additions to our food list. Thanks for visiting and for commenting

regards Zsuzsy


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jeremytorres 5 years ago

Thanks for the information.


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celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Cinnamon and yogurt are new to me. A great list, top 10.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Rochelle, I'm so glad that you were able to pick out a bit of useful from the hub. My family and friends are tired of listening to me as I'm forever preaching about this kind of stuff.

Hope you're well and that you're having a super duper holiday season.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

I love this kind of stuff-- and though I eat and use all of these fairly regularly. I'm glad this was brought up to the front again. I missed it the first time around, and learned a few things , too.

Yay!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Ian Turner, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Ian Turner 5 years ago from Somerset-England

Good hub-wish I knew 25 yrs ago what I go know! esp on the subject of antioxidants!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for coming by fprince and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


fprince 5 years ago

thank you very much , Bee. I really love to be healthy without having medicine , this is what i'm looking for.Great hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Susan I love garlic too and use it in almost all my recipes.

Thanks for coming by and for commenting

regards Zsuzsy


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Hi Zsuzsy Bee very good hub. I enjoyed reading it. I am a true garlic lover and eat pretty much everything you have listed.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

kohuether, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

I love cinnamon too.

regards Zsuzsy


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kohuether 5 years ago from New Hampshire

Cinnamon is one of my favorite home medicines! I always use it when I feel like I am getting a cold - I just put a sprinkle of it in my green tea with some local honey. Delicious! Excellent site with lots of good info.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

kimballtrombone, yes in the olden days they used onions for tuberculosis and asthma patients... to ease their breathing... which eventually was recognized as quercetin... therefore beneficial to breathing

Thank you for your great comment

regards Zsuzsy


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kimballtrombone 5 years ago

Thanks for the hub. You mentioned quercetin in relation to onions. There's also a high concentration of quercetin in apples and in most berries, which they've used in quite a few medical studies as fruit relates to breathing measurements. It turns out that quercetin has a beneficial effect on breathing and most breathing measurements, which is helpful for brass musicians!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

nikitha p, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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nikitha p 6 years ago from India

great hub! I liked it.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

PaperNotes, Thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Great hub, Zsuzsy Bee! Now I am getting hungry. Well as for me, foods can really uplift a depressed soul and cure an ailing body. Whenever I feel the onset of colds, I squeeze some calamansi and mix the juice with a cup of hot green tea and my cold symptoms easily disappear.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

noorin, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada

Very informative, and im all hungry now =) Rated it up and will be following you. I like how u explained the nuts =)


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hello Al good to see you again. Eat healthy 6 days a week and not so healthy on the seventh is not a bad idea. I absolutely love veggies especially the ones from my garden...I have set myself up on a bit of a different schedule, two days a week I'm a vegan, two days a week a vegetarian and the next three days a week I divide between meat dishes of all sorts. I realize I'm a fair weather vegan and vegetarian but I really like some of the meals and I feel I'm healthier for it.

take care

Zsuzsy


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Zsuzsy...

Great hub here! Sometimes I think: and Nature has had the answer all along!! There are many meals that can give us great pleasure without harming us. For lovers of the "dangerous" stuff like pasta, deep fries, and the like; once a week we can misbehave and chew on them! 6 days out of 7 eating healthy will certainly allow us the misbehavior, right?

Quite Informative and useful!

Thanks for sharing,

warm regards and blessings,

Al


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Metaphysician, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. If you would reread #8 in this hub it tells you how good yogurt is for you and what it does. regards Zsuzsy


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metaphysician 7 years ago

Thanks for the share. But I have heard that yogurt is a good choice. I'm not sure about this, maybe they were refering to yogurt that mixed it milk and/or dairy products.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Greetings Sally! Always so glad when you come for a visit. I'm of the conviction that there is a cure for everything naturally... unfortunately we've lost and are losing a lot of that old knowledge and replacing it with chemical medications and altered down to the DNA produce...

say hi to your Mom from me regards Zsuzsy


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

*Disease prevention through nutrition and the use of herbals is one of my many passions...*, and it is my very healthy mother's passion as well. You and she could have such a conversation. She's just as interested in the health benefits of food as she is in the preparation, and she's a big fan of all the foods you listed, for the same reasons. If she were online, you'd be getting this big thumbs up! from her. :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for coming by 2Patricias! I love oatmeal especially in winter. There is research being done right now where they are trying to isolate certain parts of cinnamon to use for mild cases of diabetes.

regards Zsuzsy


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

I often have a pinch of cinnamon on oatmeal for breakfast - but only in wintertime! I think oats are very healthy as well as the items on your list.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

MrM. Long time no talk. Hows it down under? Always so glad when you come for a visit. Kindest regards to you and Val. Zsuzsy


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

The only thing I am not already consuming is the chilli, althgough Val has sometimes.

Everything else is A1. No wonder i am so healthy.

Thank you


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for coming by Mulder and for commenting.

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mulder 8 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

fantastic hub great advice for keeping people healthy and staying aware from harmful prestricption drugs .


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Good Morning Bob! Thanks for taking a look. That's the idea behind this. I mean we have to eat anyway so why not eat what helps, prevents and strengthens

regards Zsuzsy


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

Sound information, let food be your medicine and medicine your food.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Ryan! thanks for doing such a great job at getting us hubers motivated. I look forward to next weeks topic.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

funnebone! How are you? Glad you came by. thanks for commenting.

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Ryan Hupfer 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

HubMob! Thanks for contributing :)


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

Onions, garlic and peppers?...that would explain constant walkers good health and bad breath! Great Hub from one of my favorites!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

I was wondering If you were affected by Ike too. Was there a lot of damadge in your area? Mother nature sure can be cruel at times. zs


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Busy and fighting the after-effects of Hurricane Ike as well. Still plugging along. :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Patty, my friend my friend I haven't had a chance to chat with you for a while. How are you? Did you have a busy summer like me? I had company after company since June. Because of that I'm not even sure where the days have gone.

I'm always glad when you come for a visit. I haven't even had time to do my regular hub-readings. It will be less hectic for the next little while.

talk to you soon regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Jupitr! Thanks for coming by. Unfortunately your neem products are not available here. I hpe you have the items I have listed in the hub in your neck of the woods.

regards Zsuzsy


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

I applaud your excellent Hub! I will pass it on to some folks I know that can benefit from it.

Patty


jupitar 8 years ago

very informative. i think neem (Azadirachta indica) is the best medicine. you should consider neem.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Constant Walker. Glad you came by. There is no way of including all because there sure is a lot of different foods that have great benefits to our health and I'm thinking of making a series of hubs of the most common. It was a toss-up between cinnamon and cranberry juice as #10 on my list. So cranberry juice will be #1 in the next hub.

Thanks for commenting. Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Moonbun! Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Susan! Glad you came by. I'll be reading your hub later on tonight too.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Jim! Thanks taking a look and for commenting. I'll be reading your hub later on tonight.

regards Zsuzsy


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Excellent hub, Zsuzsy. I knew about most of these already - except for the cruciferous veggies. You should include cranberry juice, which helps prevent and actually corrects urinary tract problems - particularly in men.

Thumbs up!!! We need to keep this kind of basic, common sense info flowing.


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moonbun 8 years ago from London

Thumbs up here. Really great advice, thanks.


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Excellent hub with great advice :)


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida

Great hub on an important topic! I'll be giving you a thumbs up!

Jim Henry, aka crashcromwell

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