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Digestion and Excretion
Publish date: Jul 2, 2009
Summary: Learn how fruits and veggies can help you stay regular.
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For delicate stomachs, boiled cabbage may be hard to digest. However, it is harmless when stewed or better yet, eaten raw in salad. Raw cabbage takes 1.5 hours to digest, and boiled cabbage taked 4.5 hours to digest.
Caution: If you eat excessive amounts of raw cabbage, you might not be getting sufficient iodine. Consider a kelp supplement.
Cabbage is very valuable as a remedy for the following:
- intestinal disease
- liver attacks
- liver cirrhosis
It is also worth noting that cancer researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that vitamin C and E and certain chemicals called "indole" found in cabbage, Brussels sprouts and related vegetables in the crucifer family are potent and apparently have inhibitors of certain carcinogens.
Carrots are particularly important to the growth process of children, strengthening the bones and preventing anemia. Their vitamin and mineral contents are extremely high, particularly in the thin layer of skin (epidermis), and for this reason they should not be peeled.
If carrots were used more extensively as a vegetable, they would prove of great benefit to humanity. Here are some of the issues that carrots can remedy:
- Liver, kidney, and bladder troubles
- Gravel in the bladder
- Worms in the bowels
The seeds of carrots, ground to powder and taken as a tea, relieve colic and increase the flow of urine. The powder may also be placed in capsules and one or two taken daily with a glass of water. Carrot blossoms, used as a tea, are a most effective remedy for dropsy and will very often effect a cure when all other means have failed.
Celery is a biennial plant that also grows wild in salty soils of North and South America, Europe, and Africa. It is known and valued practically all over the world. It is used as an appetizer to improve the taste of other dishes, to stimulate digestion, as well as to eliminate excessive fluids from the body.
The stalk contains 93.7% pure, unpolluted water, and is rich in calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron. Celeriac, the knob-like root, is a source of potassium, sodium, calcium, iron, silicon, and vitamins A and B. Celery juice is made from the leaves and the celeriac, and combines the vital nutrients of celeriac with the vital elements formed by the chlorophyll of the green leaves. As a result, it contains a wealth of chloride minerals combined with alkaline ash, something the body greatly needs.
Celery has a stimulating effect on digestion because it acts as a diuretic, and it helps dissolve and discharge waste materials, mainly through the kidneys.
Celery juice helps the body rid itself of accumulated metabolic waste. This is beneficial for many symptoms and complaints, in particular rheumatism and arthritis. It is also a tonic and restorative for the nervous and glandular systems, and is also helpful for flatulence. Here are some ways celery can be used for common ailments:
A few stalks before meals appeases the appetite and maintains regularity. Cellulose in raw celery is excellent roughage.
Celery is excellent because of its ability to increase elimination. Drink celery juice plain or mixed with carrot or tomato juice. In Japan, rheumatism is cured completely with a diet of simply celery in a variety of forms for one month.
Celery juice taken on a regular basis dissolves calcium deposits in the body.
For more information, see these books: Joe and Elsa Willis Herbal Healing Remedies, Siegfried Gursche Healing with Herbal Juices.
Use cucumber in any of the following situations:
As a Diuretic
The first and foremost benefit of the cucumber is that it is a diuretic. As such, it helps cleanse the body of its toxins and can do great things for the figure.
It is an excellent practice to eat a cucumber every evening. Slice but do not peel it; season it with garlic and parsley, olive oil, and lemon juice and watch yourself grow slimmer.
Women troubled by cellulite will find their spongy tissues firm up wonderfully, because cucumber dissolves uric acid and superfluous fat.
The liver is the largest internal organ in the human body, and performs over 500 different functions. The liver affects our entire body's health and well-being. The ingredients in the following smoothie are rich in valuable nutrients and antioxidants and are well known to help cleanse, strengthen, tone, and nourish the liver.
To keep your liver healthy, drink 2 quarts of this smoothie at least once a month. If you cannot find dandelion greens in your local health food store, use romaine lettuce instead. Wherever possible, use organic or unsprayed varieties.
4 cups fresh dandelion greens
1/2 head endive
2 cups cilantro
2 cups apple juice
1 inch fresh ginger
1 cup cranberries
Blend all the ingredients in the blender. Drink slowly and enjoy! Refrigerate to keep fresh. Since juice is better for you when it is fresh, finish the smoothie within 24 hours. Yield: 2 quarts.
Whether in dried form or as ripe fruit, figs not only taste great but they are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber.
The idea which you hold, that no remedies should be used for the sick, is an error. God does not heal the sick without the aid of the means of healing which lie within the reach of man; or when men refuse to be benefited by the simple remedies that God has provided in pure air and water. When the Lord told Hezekiah that He would spare his life for fifteen years, and as a sign that He would fulfill His promise, caused the sun to go back ten degrees, why did He not put His direct, restoring power upon the King? He told him to apply a bunch of figs to His sore, and that natural remedy, blessed by God, healed him. The God of nature directs the human agent to use natural remedies now (Selected Messages Volume 2, 286-287).
Fig juice made from soaked figs can help relieve digestive ulcers and constipation.
Take grapefruit seed extract to treat gastrointestinal disorders, diarrhea, and food poisoning.
To heal ulcers, use molasses. It will reduce the mineral deficiency in the blood and tissues.
If there has ever been a food that was ignored in direct proportion to its prophylactic and curative properties, that food is unsulphured blackstrap molasses. It is truly a wonder food of nature. No home should ever be without it (Gaumont and Buttram, M.D. Nine Day Inner Cleansing).
Onions may be considered one of the most health-giving vegetables!
Onion has many qualities in common with garlic. Unlike many vegetables, which lose some of their virtues in cooking, cooked onions are rich in vitamins. However, they should not be fried but rather added to stews or baked.
Health Benefits of Onion
Onions have been used by boxers and runners for energy.
Diuretic and Cleansing
Onion acts against retention of fluids and cleanses the system of urea and sodium. Onion promotes elimination of waste. Rub the loins with half an onion to increase urination by 25%. Such onion massage is also helpful in cases of sciatica. Raw onion eaten promotes transpiration and cleanses the pores as effectively as a good sauna bath. Especially recommended for rheumatic patients.
Onions can help to heal typhoid, flu, and scarlet fever.
Create a foot poultice out of several choppes onions spread on a thin linen cloth. Wrap the poultice around your feet. Keep the poultice on overnight or for eight hours. This produces moisture and is highly diuretic. Within three days the illness should pass.
Onion is an excellent antibiotic-anticoagulant, and has antidiabetic properties, as it lowers the sugar content in the blood.
Potatoes can help with many internal ailments:
Celiac Disease: While doctors say there is no cure for this grain intolerance, people with this condition find potatoes easy to take.
Constipation: Eat unpeeled boiled potatoes or drink the juice to soothe inflamed tissue and provide bulk to the stool.
Diarrhea: Eat unsalted potatoes mashed with water.
Heartburn and Gas: Drink freshly squeezed potato juice first thing in the morning.
Indigestion: Eat potatoes raw, about ½ cup.
Kidney Problems: To avoid having to resort to dialysis, people with kidney failure must eat little protein, which must also be of high quality. Because of their high-grade protein, potatoes are good for kidney patients.
Potatoes are excellent for urinary tract infection as well, because they alkalize the mucous membranes to force bacteria to be passed out in the urine.
Ulcers: Drink one quart of potato juice throughout the day, after meals.
Tomatoes are as good as they look, although some people shy away from them because of their acidity. For those who must exercise this kind of care, tomatoes are better eaten raw than cooked. Yet it is precisely the acidity of the tomato, along with its high vitamin and mineral content, that makes it an effective agent against the following ailments:
- Stomach acidity
- Viscosity of the blood
- Kidney and bladder stones
These remedies are adapted from the book Healing Edibles & Other Home Remedies by Joe and Elsa Willis. Joe and Elsa Willis run Maranatha Medical Ministries, an medical outreach center in the mountains of Honduras. They help surrounding villagers with their health issues using principles of healthful living and the natural means God has given. Their assistance to the poor of Honduras has made a huge difference in the lives of many.
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