Food is a magical thing, and has been used as a natural healer for all of history. More specifically, superfoods, known for their abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, are often recognized for their medicinal benefits.
Eating certain superfoods when you begin to feel sick can boost your immune system to help you avoid those days in bed you fear are on the horizon. And though we do not necessarily recommend abandoning all medications, swapping some over the counter drugs for superfoods can give you all the benefits without any side effects!
So next time you feel one of these illnesses coming on, stock up on of these superfoods:
Urinary tract infection: Alfalfa Grass Juice Powder
Alfalfa grass juice powder, great for every aspect of your health, is especially beneficial when used for detoxification. For this reason, this juice powder is often used as a natural remedy for kidney and urinary tract infections. Feel one coming on? Stir 1 tablespoon of this powder into your cranberry juice!
Migraine: Mesquite Powder
Migraines can be worse than the flu for some individuals and can keep them out of work, but mesquite powder is here to help. This natural sweetener has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years, and is especially helpful in relieving headaches and migraines.
PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome): Sacha Inchi Protein Powder
This easily digestible protein powder has been used for many years by traditional healers to relieve symptoms of PMS. Best of all, sacha inchi powder tastes great in desserts and baked goods - in this context, need we say more?
Cold or Flu: Dried Elderberries
When symptoms of cold or flu arise, natural healers and health conscious individuals have turned to the elderberry since the days of Hippocrates. Elderberry was even used in 1995 to treat a flu epidemic in Panama. Plus, dried elderberries tackle your fever, saving you from purchasing those store-bought fever reducers. (Dried elderberries make a great syrup. Click here for the recipe!)
Bronchitis: Reishi Mushroom Powder
- The Reishi mushroom is known in Japan as the “Herb of Good Fortune” and prized in China for its health benefits. This mushroom, a revered immune system-booster, is a great treatment for the first signs of respiratory illnesses like bronchitis, such as shortness of breath.
The incredible thing about the cranberry is that research shows not one individual nutrient is responsible for the berry’s miraculous healing power; instead, the group of compounds found in cranberries work together. One of the most impressive benefits of cranberries is that it tends to help ease the symptoms of the stomach bug. Plus, their power to reduce inflammation helps calm down our intestines by eliminating ulcers throughout our digestive tract. Pair this powder with dried goldenberries, which help reduce stomach pain, to keep yourself comfortable when your stomach hurts.
Superfoods don’t just aid in prevention and temporary illnesses, but have also been proven to help treat certain chronic diseases and even cancers. While we do not recommend abandoning any current treatments, we believe superfoods are like pills for a boost of overall health. Thanks to their versatility and taste, they're a great addition to any diet!