This week on “Food Matters” with the topic of “Taking Foods as Medicine,” several interesting discussions occurred:
The moderator shared a tip from Naija Farmer Tips, suggesting that a glass of warm water with 2 teaspoons of lime juice before meals can help prevent heartburn or acid reflux when eating foods like beans or yam.
Participants highlighted the medicinal potential of certain foods, particularly those rich in probiotics, which promote a healthy gut environment. Additionally, organic foods, grown without chemical fertilizers, were mentioned, with examples of natural fertilizers like rabbit urine and chicken poo.
Some fruits and vegetables, including berries, citrus fruits, apples, and sweet potatoes, were recognized for their antioxidant properties, which protect cells from free radicals and promote optimal eye health.
Legumes and cereal grains were highlighted for their macronutrients and dietary fiber, which support healthy bowel movements and gut health.
Tips were shared for using natural remedies like honey and lemon juice for curing sore throat.
High-fiber foods, such as oatmeal, sweet potatoes, spinach, pumpkin, and broccoli, were discussed in the context of relieving constipation and promoting a feeling of fullness to prevent overeating.
Creative use of banana peels for acne treatment and using soaked rice water to repel spiders in a room was shared.
The relationship between food and ulcers was explored, emphasizing the importance of avoiding acidic foods and consuming those with antibiotic effects, such as vitamin C.
Various foods were discussed for their medicinal properties, including root tubers and vegetables for cancer prevention, bitter leaf and king of leaves for treating malaria and other ailments, and grains for protein and immune system support.
Spices like turmeric, ginger, hot pepper, and white willow bark were highlighted for their pain-relieving properties, and blueberries were mentioned for treating bladder and urinary tract infections.
The importance of consuming foods like beetroots, Ugu leaves, and black beans for various health benefits, including the treatment of chronic anemia, was recognized.
Scent leaves were noted for their antibacterial properties, while potatoes were praised for their high vitamin C and potassium content.
The importance of consuming foods like black beans, soybeans, and cowpeas for maintaining body weight and heart health was discussed.
The discussion concluded with an emphasis on the medicinal properties of raw tomatoes, particularly for prostate health in men, and the potential loss of medicinal properties during cooking.