J500 Media and the Environment


Reconnect: With Your Health by alyv

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Most people know bananas can corral Charlie horses. Some figure carrots help eyesight. And we know eating oranges keeps you from coming down with scurvy.

But what if our food could go beyond fixing our hiccups? What if, instead of filling prescriptions and taking a conga line of pills, we could find natural remedies right there in our fruits and veggies?

Turns out, we can.

People started using herbs and produce as medicine more than 5,000 years ago. Although food has changed a lot in that time – with the advent of pesticides, herbicides, additives and artificial flavoring – food still contains nutrients that can tame the common cold and keep your blood sugar low – you just have to know what to look for.

For the most part, foods with the highest nutrients, and therefore more medicinal, are the foods grown organically and, preferably, local.

“Conventional vegetables that are brought in tend to lose essential nutrients before they are bought,” said Pov (pronounced Paul) Huns. He used spinach as an example, saying spinach loses essential nutrients when it hasn’t been consumed in at least a week.

Pov is an urbaepazoten farmer in Kansas City, Kan., and grows more than 40 vegetables on his 4-acre farm. He started his farm, not for the tax write-offs or the sales income, but for the health benefits of naturally grown, local food.

Try Pov’s ginger or epazote for your irritable-bowel syndrome.bitter-melon

Menstrual cramps? Put down the Midol and have some bitter eggplant.

Got high cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or high blood sugar? Pov’s bitter melons might help. New research has found that this fruit may be an alternative medicine for HIV.

lemongrassCan’t beat your cold? Have some organic, locally harvested lemongrass tea.

And if you’re not satisfied with your allergy pills, try his pak choy. The blooms are supposed to help with the itching and sneezing.

But Pov isn’t the only local contributor to the medicinal food movement.

honeyKansas City also has a few resident-beekeepers. The honey from their well-kept bees have many medicinal purposes: preventing seasonal allergies, treating cuts and burns, upping your energy, providing natural vitamins and antioxidants, helping you lose weight.

It’s incredible to think that food has the power not only to sustain us, but to keep us alive and healthy too. That health care doesn’t have to come from a bottle, but can come from a vine out of the earth or the honey of a bee.

That the food we take so much for granted could help free us from the prescription-world we live in and release us into a world where food, grown as it should be, where it should be, provides us with all the nutrients and medicine we need.

By Group 2: Matt Bristow, Justin Leverett, Aly Van Dyke and Tina Wood

Thanks to Botanical Research Center, Gourmet Sleuth, Alumni Roundup, Food Subs and Alibaba,  to for the pictures

Thanks to You Tube for the video.

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Nice article (but a bit chaotic with all those backlinks). I especially believe in the healing power of honey all throat infections in my recent life have been cured ny eating few spoons of honey!

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