Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics – developed in the 1940s, there were foods and herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis.
Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. For fatal diseases, it is fine to use antibiotics but for day to day diseases, one can go natural.
Next time you are feeling under the weather; reach for a natural antibiotic instead of a prescribed medication.
The natural antibiotic will not only be more effective but it will not destroy your digestive system or lower your natural immune system which is necessary to combat other infections and illnesses. Remember to listen to your body signals and don’t simply reach for a ‘pill’ to reduce your symptoms.
we love this pungent herb and not only use it in the kitchen for our meals but also as a natural antibiotic. It also has anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. It helps reduce cold & eases the inflammation. Studies have shown that the consumption of garlic may lower high blood pressure. It appears that garlic may ‘thin’ the blood for a short time, which will reduce the risk of clotting. Blood thinning is not always good, but with many individuals’ blood, due to diet and lifestyle factors, prone toward clotting, may lead to cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis, thrombosis and stroke.
The sulfur compound allicin present in garlic helps in protecting the system from bacterial attack. It has a strong free radical fighting capacity to fight deadly diseases like cancers. Intake of garlic is effective in treating intestinal parasites.
People who have a low immune system or fall prey to diseases easily should take 2-3 cloves of garlic every morning on an empty stomach.
A very popular spice in India, turmeric is used regularly in Indian cooking as it has a beautiful yellow color, enhances taste, and of course, is a natural antibiotic. It also said to have effect in controlling cancer cell growth. The compound curcumin present in turmeric has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities to fight infections and check the growth of bacteria.
Mix 1 tab of turmeric in 5 tabs of honey. Take 1/2 a tsp of this mixture twice every day to increase the immunity. 1 tsp of turmeric mixed in a glass of warm milk, taken before bedtime, helps in treating upper respiratory diseases.
Some experts say it is the strongest and best antibiotic. Honey can be taken internally and also applied topically for skin treatments. This natural antibiotic has strong antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties that help in keeping diseases under control. Honey should be used in the raw and organic form though manuka honey is quite renowned for topical uses.
Have equal amounts of honey and cinnamon 1 tsp each, every day to make the internal system stronger. Honey works at various levels to eradicate infections hence its effectiveness as a germ fighter increases.
This root has antimicrobial properties to fight germs and deadly infections like salmonella. It has long been used to treat respiratory and periodontal infections. It also works well to decrease motion sickness & nausea
Sipping ginger tea regularly helps in eradicating infections from the body.
There are sulfur compounds found in cabbage. It is a member of the cruciferous family that includes broccoli and kale also. These have been shown effective as cancer fighters. It contains cancer-fighting free radicals that can thwart the growth of malignant cells.
What many people don’t realize is how much vitamin C is found in cabbage. One cup provides 75% of what you need every day.
Naturally antibacterial, eating shredded raw cabbage in your salad, as a side dish in the form of slaw, or drinking fresh cabbage juice (with honey added to sweeten) is an excellent way to improve digestion, prevent disease, and even manage your weight!
Also known as Indian lilac, this leaf is a very powerful antibiotic. It can easily be grown in the garden, neem leaves are known to fight all kinds of bacteria that lead to skin infections and problems like acne and pimples. Also cavities, plaques, gum diseases, can all be resolved with the use of neem. It helps in eradicating toxins and prevents the growth and spread of microbes in the body.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
There is not enough that can be said for the benefits of coconut oil. It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants you can’t find anywhere else in nature.
Use it to boost your immune system, balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and even improve brain function. Safe to use internally and externally, coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from Mother Nature.
Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy and a clearer head all day.
According to researchers, out of twenty-six of the most popular herbs and medicinal spices in the world, cinnamon actually ranks #1 in terms of its protective antioxidant levels. As little as ½ teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity and more; however, stronger doses are also extremely beneficial for improving heart disease risk and cutting your risk of diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, brain function decline and more. Cinnamon lowers swelling and inflammation, it can be beneficial in pain management. Cinnamon is known to have an anti-diabetic effect. It helps lower blood sugar levels and also can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin. Cinnamon is a natural anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral agent. Many experts say cinnamon can protect against DNA damage, cell mutation, and cancerous tumor growth. Protects dental health & freshens breath naturally. Because of its naturally sweet taste, adding cinnamon to foods and recipes can help you cut down on the amount of sugar you normally use, thereby lowering the glycemic load of your meal.
Cloves offer many health benefits, some of which include aid in digestion, fighting against cancer, protecting the liver, boosting the immune system, controlling diabetes, preserving bone quality, and containing anti-mutagenic and anti-microbial properties, as well as fighting against oral diseases and headaches, while also displaying aphrodisiac properties. Cloves improve digestion. Cloves are also good for reducing flatulence, gastric irritability, dyspepsia, and nausea. Clove extracts are also effective against the specific bacteria that spread cholera. Cloves have anti-diabetes effect. Studies have revealed that extracts from cloves imitate insulin in certain ways and help in controlling blood sugar levels. The dried flower bud of clove contains compounds that help in improving the immune system. Cloves can be taken for gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Clove bud extracts significantly control the growth of oral pathogens, which are responsible for various oral diseases. Cloves can also be used for toothaches due to their pain-killing properties
Because fenugreek has some amazing health benefits that could transform your health and change your life for the better. Fenugreek helps reduce both internal and external inflammation … in addition to improving your sex life and reproductive function, as well as enhance nutrition for babies! Fenugreek also help with numerous digestive problems. The water-soluble fiber in fenugreek, among other foods, helps relieve constipation. It also works to treat digestion and is often incorporated in an ulcerative colitis diet treatment plan due to its anti-inflammatory effects. Fenugreek also seems to benefit those with heart conditions, such as hardening of the arteries and high blood levels of certain fats, including cholesterol and triglycerides.
In fact, a research study showed that administering 2.5 grams of fenugreek twice daily for three months to people dealing with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus significantly lowered cholesterol naturally, along with triglycerides, without affecting HDL cholesterol. Fenugreek also helps breastfeeding women who may experience low milk supply. Fenugreek can increase a woman’s breast milk supply because it acts as a galactagogue, which is a substance to increase milk supply. This stimulates the milk ducts and can increase milk production in as little as 24 hours.
A pinch of black pepper added to any recipe works more than just a flavor enhancer. This king of spices is known to offer a number of health benefits while providing an excellent depth of flavor to a dish. The use of black pepper in the diet helps to promote weight loss, improve digestion, relieve a cough and cold, boost metabolism, and treat skin problems. Consumption of pepper increases the hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach, thereby facilitating digestion. Pepper also helps to prevent the formation of intestinal gas, and when added to a person’s diet, it can promote sweating and urination. Thus removes toxins and it can also remove excess water. The outer layer of peppercorn assists in the breakdown of fat cells. Therefore, peppery foods are a good way to help you shed weight naturally. Pepper also provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion.
So now make sure you have all these in your kitchen everyday & also in your daily diet to get best of health.
Dr. Asmita Sawe.
Homeopath, Nutritionist, Acupressure therapist & Reiki master.
Managing Director, Rejoice Wellness Pvt. Ltd.
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