"Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food." -
They're in your pantry and they have amazing health
benefits, some fight disease while others are great for
weight-loss. What foods are they? We cover just 3 of
Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine once said: "Let
food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food."
Did our ancient friend know something back then that we've
In this short article I'm going to share with you three foods
that can be found at any supermarket but have an amazing
effect on your body.
The first vegetable has the ability to:
Cancer fighting chemical: A recent study revealed
that this vegetable has an exciting anti-cancer compound.
Falcarinol, a natural pesticide produced by this
vegetable to protect its roots from fungal infection, turns
out Falcarinol is good for fighting tumours.
Helps improve vision. Subjects who ate more of this
vegetable reduced macular degeneration (loss of vision in
the centre of the visual field) by 40%.
Slows ageing: This vegetable is loaded with an
antioxidant that prevents cell damage and slows down the
Builds immunity: Helps mucous membranes, which
increases your defences against viruses
If you have a low immune system, skin problems or trouble
with your sight then this vegetable is a must-have.
What is it?
The next food is actually a fruit but is often thought of as
a vegetable. Nonetheless it is a fantastic detoxification
product that helps:
Eliminate toxic substances from the gut and colon.
Rehydration: Take the edge off your hangover (it's
like nature's Powerade, fantastic for rehydrating your
Fights free radicals: Loaded with antioxidants that
remove free radicals, which in turn slows down ageing.
Improve skin and hair (a lot of skin and hair
products are manufactured using this vegetable because of
its ability to make your skin and hair look healthy).
If you get easily dehydrated or you eat a lot of acid-based
foods (sugar, flour, meats) then this food is a good way to
balance your system because it's good for flushing out
What is it?
The final vegetable is polarising: you either like it or hate
it, but whichever side of the fence you're on it is a potent
source of vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals.
Loads of iron and folic acid, which has a favourable
effect on blood and red blood cell production. Improves
haemoglobin, which treats anaemia and fatigue.
Good for the thyroid gland because of its iodine
Cleanses and purifies the blood and improves the
circulatory system. Helps with diseases of the circulatory
system such as varicose veins, hypertension and
Has the perfect ratio of sodium and calcium and
removes excess calcium build-up deposited on the walls of
Cleanses the liver, gall bladder and kidneys of
toxins due to the trace element chlorine.
Helps the body to recover faster from exercise: Is
often turned into juice and consumed by athletes because of
its ability to reduce the negative effects of exercise
(acid) in the body.
Lowers blood pressure (1-2 cups of undiluted juice
may cause dizziness so be careful).
What is it?
The humble beetroot is an incredible food indeed.
These aren't crazy, exotic foods for which you need to seek
out some shaman in a South American jungle to gain access to;
they're right on your front doorstep!
Food either helps or harms. The ancient Greeks believed that
"all disease began in the gut" and looked to food as not only
a way to satisfy hunger, but to also stay healthy and to
stave off illnesses. As more and more toxic foods find their
way into our diet the need to increase our intake of
vegetables and fruits to help detoxify the body becomes more
Pita Pit is believes in delivering potent, healthy food
that is dense in nutrition that the body loves. Denise and
Neil (two self-confessed health enthusiasts) are the owner of
Pita Pit Dunedin who want to make a positive impact on the
Dunedin community with her healthy food. Pita Pit uses local
vegetables and meats to provide the freshest fast health food
in town. See the Pita Pit menu and website here.