by Lauren Swanger, holistic health enthusiast and research journalist
There are many things in nature which we do not understand, but one thing is abundantly clear: food, in its most natural state, is best for the body. Not the “food” you buy at the drive-thru, or the “food” that sits in a box on a shelf. Real food.
Carrots, for example. Raw carrots, when sliced, look like the human eye. The inside of the carrot resembles the pupil and iris and, not surprisingly, carrots are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. These beta-carotene filled veggies can decrease the chance of macular degeneration which can occur in older people and lead to vision loss.
Tomato or tomahto, no matter how you pronounce it, you’ll get plenty of heart healthy Lycopene from its red and juicy goodness. Tomatoes have the highest concentration of Lycopene of all fruits and vegetables, and look a great deal like the chambers of the heart when sliced open. The anti-oxidants in tomatoes are known to be remarkably adept at stopping the damage that occurs to arteries before plaque can form. And, as a bonus, cooking tomatoes releases even more of the anti-oxidants for the body to absorb than raw tomatoes do.
A walnut looks just like a little brain; a left and right hemisphere, with upper and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. Walnuts have been shown to help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function, and provide you with your necessary daily Omega-3 dose.
Kidney beans look very much like the human kidney and actually heal and maintain kidney function. Celery, rhubarb, and bok choy all resemble human bones and they all specifically target bone strength. Round citrus fruits, like grapefruit, resemble the mammary glands of the female and contain limonoids which have been shown to obstruct the development of cancer in human breast cells. Onions look like the body’s cells and have been shown to clear waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body’s cells. Clams bear a resemblance to male testicles and are rich in folic acid and zinc. Both folic acid and zinc are known to have a significant effect on improving semen quality and production in men.
A rich, red wine can look very much like blood. It may not be a coincidence that red wine contains antioxidants, polyphenols, and resveratrol, all of which help thin the blood and reduce blood clots that are associated with stroke and heart disease. So, enjoy one glass of red wine a night – it’s heart healthy and beneficial.