Herbal Nutrition Health
All foods contain numerous phytochemicals. In many traditional systems of medicine, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the medicine and nutrition are not considered separate fields of study. Remember it was Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, who said, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food."
Many of the "medicinal" herbs used in the West today have been used as food stuffs by "hunter-gatherer" peoples. Even herbs considered strictly medicinal by today's herbalists may have been food for some people. In my own study of wildflowers and edible and medicinal herbs I have noted that many of the herbs I use as medicines were utilized as foods by Native Americans. The children of Israel partook of bitter herbs with their passover lamb. We are accustomed to the highly refined, bland foods of modern civilization. Our vegetables have been bred to be mild tasting. Many people have noted that that there own garden vegetables have a stronger taste and even regular vegetables such as carrots and turnips will develop this slightly bitter or "wild" taste when allowed to grow in a semi-wild manner.
"Edible herbs and wild vegetables, plants growing on the mountain and in the meadow, are very high in nutritional value and are also useful as medicine. Chemically grown vegetables may be eaten for food, but they cannot be used as medicine." The protect the plant from insect damage and disease. Most grocery store foods have weak taste and smell due to a lack of these phytochemicals. If we want to be healthy and strong, then we need to eat plants which are healthy and strong. We have studied a little and we no longer think that nutrition is apples, potatoes, etc. Instead, we think that nutrition is carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, phytonutrients, etc. We also keep isolating "active constituents" from plants and calling them drugs. Our bodies were designed to require a whole complex of phytochemicals present in a wide variety of natural foods and herbs.
Herbal Nutrition For Immune System Health
The specific regions of the human body that are associated with the immune system involve the blood, the bowels, the circulation, nervous system and the thymus gland.
Every nutrient affects the this system. Zinc is vital for keeping the immune system healthy.
Proper nutrition is crucial to keeping a clean blood stream, which keeps the immune system in tip top health. Keeping your blood stream clean with proper foods and herbs is extremely important.
The thymus is the master gland of the immune system. It is responsible for producing white blood cells, the cells of the immune system that protect our bodies against both infectious disease and foreign materials.
Herbs can help relax the body, without side effects. Herbs that protect the immune system are known as "sulfur herbs".