LOCAL PRODUCE IS THE WAY TO GO
Studies show that raw, local, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables retain the highest levels of nutrients, followed by fresh non-organic produce. If fresh fruits and vegetables are not available, fresh frozen is the next best choice, with canned or boxed coming in last. In general, fresh is optimal and processing minimizes nutrients. The greater the shelf life of a product, the less live nutrients it contains. Consider replacing canned or boxed foods with fresh foods to increase nutrient content.
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Most cooking spices have been providing medicinal benefits for thousands of years, and are a healthy addition to the diet. Consider replacing sugar and salt with spices like basil, black pepper, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, mint, red chili pepper, and rosemary.
Thyme and garlic have antibiotic properties, and have been used to treat infections caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites for generations. Cloves of crushed garlic were often provided to wounded soldiers on the battlefield to prevent infection. Add these spices as often as possible to everyday foods for increased health.