3 foods in your pantry that have super health benefits

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"Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates
"Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates
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 them. 

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 since forgotten?

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 ageing process. 
  • 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?

Answer: Carrot

The next food is actually a fruit but is often thought of as a vegetable. Nonetheless it is a fantastic detoxification product that helps:

  • Fights constipation.
  • 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 body).
  • 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 toxins.

What is it?

Answer: Cucumber

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.

Vegetable benefits:

  • 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 content.
  • Cleanses and purifies the blood and improves the circulatory system. Helps with diseases of the circulatory system such as varicose veins, hypertension and thrombophlebitis.
  • Has the perfect ratio of sodium and calcium and removes excess calcium build-up deposited on the walls of blood vessels.
  • 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 cholesterol.
  • Lowers blood pressure (1-2 cups of undiluted juice may cause dizziness so be careful).

What is it?

Answer: Beetroot

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 important.

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.