Using food for natural healing

Most of us understand the connection between feeling great and eating well. Yet, so many of us still neglect our bodies by feeding it foods that are not nutritious and actually can do more harm than good.

Buying and eating organic food is the best way to give your body the nutrients it needs to thrive. Sometimes organic foods are more expensive but selecting seasonal fruit and vegetables guarantees their freshness and because they are more abundant the prices tend to be more reasonable which helps our hip pocket as well as our health.

As we dive further into the colder months, the seasonal vegetables on offer include sweet potatoes and pumpkin. Not only are these ideal ingredients for hearty warming meals, both vegetables also provide your body with Vitamin A, which can help keep you healthy during the cold and flu season.

If you want to start eating well but you’re not quite sure where to start, how about trying one of our tasty soups! This is a great way to warm up and will give your body the energy and nutrients it needs to perform at its best. For example, onions and garlic have beneficial antibiotic and antiviral effects, dark green vegetables can help boost your immune system and lentils can help give you the slow-releasing energy you need to get through the day.

Our digestion often suffers as a result of illness or taking medication. By ensuring a diet that’s high in fibre, you provide your body with the probiotics it needs to repopulate helpful bugs, and you may find you also feel healthier and less bloated. We particularly recommend eating foods, such as figs or oats, which are high in fibre.

If you’ve made any of our recipes you’ll know we love using turmeric and ginger. These not only enrich the flavour of a meal but their high antioxidant levels also help boost your health. Ginger can also help clear your respiratory tract and ease congestion symptoms. See the ‘Eat’ section of this website for healthy, tasty recipes and you can buy lifestyle:Hopewood’s recipe for wellbeing here. With 100 mouth wateringly delicious easy recipes and lots lots more. If you purchase your copy this month you can also get a FREE relaxation CD valued at $32 and FREE postage and handling. Don’t forget to use the code word ‘Hopewood’.

It’s vital that you drink plenty of water to hydrate your body. Water also helps to minimise symptoms such as headaches or constipation. There are lots of ways to keep water interesting to drink. Have you tried adding a squeeze of lemon or lime, some slices of fresh ginger, kaffir lime leaves or a couple of apple slices? In the cooler months drinking your water warm is also a great idea.

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