OUR ancestors knew that you are what you eat. Or, at least, that munching on foods which look like body parts can improve health.
So chomping on a brain-like walnut could boost your mind power, while a deep red beetroot can promote healthy blood.
Dr Josh Axe says we could all learn a thing or two from our ancient relatives
According to Dr Josh Axe, author of Ancient Remedies For Modern Life, we could all learn a thing or two from our ancient relatives.
He says: “By eating more like the ancients did, you’ll give your body the fuel it needs to fight viral and bacterial infections, power through your days, and function at your highest level.”
To cure health issues the ancient way, Josh says: “The doctrine of signatures says foods that look like a body part benefit that body part.
“There are some super-healthy foods that science has shown abide by this theory.”
Dr Josh Axe explains how eating more like our ancestors did will give your body the fuel it needs to fight infections
In an exclusive extract, NATASHA HARDING reveals the specific foods that may help to treat common illnesses.
- Ancient Remedies For Modern Life, by Dr Josh Axe, is out on February 4 (Orion Spring, £14.99)
Walnuts can help memory, cognitive processing speed and mental flexibility
A DIET rich in brain-like walnuts can help memory, cognitive processing speed and mental flexibility, studies show.
This is because the nut is rich in critical brain foods, omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols.
Ginger is particularly useful at treating nausea and vomiting
NATIVE to China and India, ginger has been used to ease stomach complaints for centuries.
Gingerol, the ingredient that provides its tangy taste, is particularly useful at treating nausea and vomiting.
Grapes contain antioxidant anthocyanins, which are critical for maintaining lung function as you age
ALVEOLI are the tiny air sacs in lungs that allow oxygen into your blood.
Similar-looking grapes contain antioxidant anthocyanins, which are critical for maintaining lung function as you age.
Celery helps you build strong bonesCredit: Shutterstock
NOT only do they look like bones, but celery stalks have strengthening silicon and vitamin K, which works with calcium to also build strong bones.
Meanwhile, potassium neutralises acids that can erode calcium.
Figs enhance fertility and can boost sperm count
FIGS are shaped like testicles, they contain seeds and can grow in pairs.
The fruit has long been used to enhance fertility, and recent research has confirmed fig extract can boost sperm count.
Beetroot lowers blood pressure and heart rate
THE root vegetable boosts blood health.
It is rich in nitrates that help to open blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and iron that helps haemoglobin, which are in red blood cells and are responsible for transporting oxygen.
Coconut oil is good for brain health
COCONUTS look like heads – and their oil is good for brain health.
Research shows medium-chain triglycerides, the type of fat in coconut oil, can improve function in people with mild Alzheimer’s.
Carrots support eye health and protect against age-related eye diseasesCredit: Shutterstock
THIS vegetable is a great source of lutein and beta-carotene, antioxidants that support eye health and protect against age-related eye diseases.
Plus beta-carotene converts into vitamin A, which helps you see in the dark.
Sweet potato aids the pancreas keeping blood-sugar levels healthy
IN Chinese medicine, sweet potato supports the pancreas, which it resembles in shape.
The veg contains the protein adiponectin, which keeps blood-sugar levels healthy.
Tomatoes are good for your heart
A SLICED tomato reveals heart-like chambers.
Studies show eating the fruit can reduce blood pressure, prevent damage during a heart attack, improve survival rates from heart failure and cut the risk of stroke.
In Chinese medicine, kidney-like reishis boost energy
IN Chinese medicine, kidney-like reishis boost energy.
Studies show the mushrooms promote stamina, even in people with fatigue-inducing conditions.
Avocados are crucial during pregnancy for baby health and can reduce the risk of cervical dysplasia
THEY resemble a uterus, and avocados support reproductive health.
The fruit is rich in folic acid, a B vitamin crucial during pregnancy for baby health and can reduce the risk of cervical dysplasia, a precancerous condition.
Onions are needed for normal cell function
CELL-like onions contain vitamin C, which shields cells from damage, and potassium, needed for normal cell function.
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