Eating well and treating yourself naturally is one of the first steps to take in adopting a holistic, healthy lifestyle – and if you haven’t begun your natural healing journey yet, now is the best time to get started!
Soon enough, however, you will discover that even the most wholesome foods don’t always provide the required amount of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need and crave. In part, this is due to modern agriculture and soil degradation, it is also about losing our traditional medicines and intuitive wisdom, in favor of taking multi-vitamins (synthetic or plant-based) for our multiple mineral deficiencies caused by the modern diet.
In order to absorb ancient wisdom, it is said that food and medicine should come directly from the land. This is the very point where beneficial herbs, cactus powder and invigorating pine pollen come in.
Western medicine often leaves people in wonder when it ceases to work, or simply misses the problem to be solved altogether. No single treatment for any disease is foolproof – yet when we look at treating the body as a whole, inside and out, we find that inviting diverse herbal elements into our lives not only makes us happier, it’ll increase our quality of life.
Goji berries – the exceptional anti-inflammatory super fruit
You may have seen goji berries on a health food store shelf before, little reddish-orange oblong berries, often labeled as wolfberries. On occasion they may even be advertised as “the healthiest fruit on Earth,” but have you actually tried them?
You should. Here’s why: legend has it that monks, long ago, in the Himalayan Mountains steeped goji berries in hot water for increased health, energy and vitality. It aided their focus in meditation and boosted their stamina in life. All of those benefits are ideals that we strive for today.
Goji berries can be consumed raw, dried or freshly juiced, and being a food high in antioxidant, they are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and B2, as well as selenium. They contain 18 amino acids and a whole suite of phytochemicals including lutein, beta-carotene, lycopene and zeaxanthin. Their smallness in size makes it quite convenient to get your recommended daily dose of vitamins, in a natural form.
Health benefits of goji berries
Besides their amazing flavor, goji berries are wonderful for your entire body.
- Improves your immune system with high levels of cancer fighting antioxidants
- Promotes healthy, glowing skin with elevated levels of beta-carotene
- Aids eye health – goji berries are a natural treatment for macular degeneration
- Helps to detoxify the liver
- Boosts fertility and assists in regulating ovulation
- Raises your energy levels
Goji berries have been cultivated in China for more than 2,000 years. Now it is time to apply that ancient wisdom and herbal knowledge to modern life.
How to get enough goji berries in your diet
The slightly sweet and sour flavor of goji berries will have you hooked in an instant! Use them instead of cranberries and add them to your cocoa-maca smoothie, toss them into your trail mix or your bowl of crunchy granola and, of course, never skip the loaded walnut and cocoa truffles – just in case you needed a few more ways to eat your vitamins, also known as goji berries.