Healthy for Life

Move forward in March with reckoning and awakening


 

 

Hello everyone and welcome to March, our new month that opens many opportunities for light and movement through this tundra. God bless every soul who has been enduring our Minnesota winter season.

For many, it has been a most challenging time and a reckoning with our mortal life being. Especially as humans, other living organisms and environmental habitats that continue to change it should give us better insight to better prepare, protect and armor our place on earth.

Events on the calendar this month marks Daylight Savings Time, Ash Wednesday, St. Urho’s and St. Patrick’s Day, the birth of the spring equinox, and numerous birthdays of loved ones, family and friends, including my own milestone as well.

May hope and motivation guide us all through the month of March, unwrapping new light to help open senses for direction, healing and stability. Have a top of the morning and the greenest of pastures in days to come!

There are several amazing benefits of adding celery and cabbage to your diet.

 

 

Celery

Celery contains vitamins A, B-complex, C and choline, as well as magnesium, manganese, iron, iodine, copper, potassium, calcium, sulphur, sodium and phosphorus.

Celery is also rich in pectin, which contains a lot of fiber. The components of celery help to regulate the nervous system, having a calming effect. Celery may also be helpful in diseases of chemical imbalance and arthritis.

Celery is good for weight loss, cancer and stimulating the sexual drive. It helps to balance the acidity of the body, lowers blood pressure, aids in digestion, and kidney and liver function. It is a diuretic and may help to control dizziness and headaches as well.

Celery is excellent added to other vegetables as a juice. Chopped up celery is a perfect addition to soups and stews. Add a little peanut or seasoned Greek yogurt for a healthy snack.

Cabbage

 

 

Different types of cabbage to consume include Chinese, bok choy and celery cabbage. All are from the cruciferous family and contain anti-cancer chemicals.

Cabbage contains chemicals called indoles that block cancer formation. Eating it more frequently is even more likely to boost its anti-cancer potency. The chlorophyll in cabbage also helps to prevent anemia. The high levels of vitamin A aid in tissue rejuvenation. The sulphur content helps fight infection and protects skin from rashes. It may help to kill bacteria and viruses.

In addition, cabbage may help in preventing and healing ulcers. Cabbage’s healing factors are present mostly when taken raw, usually in juice.

The best cabbage to use is fresh spring and summer cabbage. Fall cabbage is less effective, winter ones are the least effective. To make a drink, add three-quarters cabbage juice to one-quarter celery juice.

What about moderation?

Pay attention to your body after consuming foods or beverages to make sure they are benefiting you and not causing discomfort. You may need to cut back on how often you consume the same food. Moderation is important, especially if you are fighting ailments and want to absorb more of a variety of nutrients.

And when it comes to healing the body, alcohol probably should be eliminated at least until your condition is better. When your body is trying to heal itself, it is all about being able to digest and absorb the right nutrients.

Keeping a journal on what you eat or drink may help to detect any culprits. And a positive outlook should always be the horizon.

Julie is a Healthy for Life advocate.

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