These Ingredients Can Seriously Boost Your Health

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'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.'

So said that wise old man Hippocrates more than two thousand years ago. And it stays true to this day. Now more than ever, we’ve got access to so many simple foods that can do absolute wonders for our health.

Forget about spending your precious moolah on expensive supplements. The best way to boost your health is by eating foods in their natural, unprocessed, ‘whole’ form.

Here are 5 of our favorites, which have massive benefits for your health.

Favorite food #1: Cinnamon

Raw Cinnamon

Health benefits: This humble spice, which is derived from tree bark, has a long list of health-promoting properties. Scientifically proven to regulate blood sugar, reduce LDL cholesterol levels and reduce pain associated with arthritis – amongst other things—it also contains natural anti-bacterial compounds.

Why not try it: Dusted on top of your morning latte. Stirred into your chai tea. Added to curries and spicy meat rubs.

Favorite food #2: Raw Honey

Honey Cone

Health benefits: Honey is considered on of nature's purest foods. It's a natural antioxidant, contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Organic honey can help keep you healthy by boosting the immune system, fighting disease and treating a wide range of health problems from coughs and colds to digestion problems, arthritis and allergies.

Why not try it: As a natural sweetener in your next glass of green tea or cup of all-natural unsweetened yogurt.

Favorite food #3: Green Tea

Green Tea

Health benefits: Green tea is beneficial to health and many of its components have been regarded to possess anti-cancer, anti-obesity, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects. Plus, caffeine from green tea stimulates wakefulness, decreases the sensation of fatigue and has a diuretic effect.

Why not try it: As a beverage, which can have some health effects. Or an “extract” can be made from the leaves to use as medicine.

Favorite food #4: Unsweetened Natural Yogurt

Natural Yogurt

Health benefits: Yogurt can help maintain balance in your digestive tract and provide essential protein. Compared to its unsweetened American-style counterpart, unsweetened Greek yogurt offers more protein and half the amount of natural sugar.

Why not try it: Over mixed berries for breakfast or as a substitute for sour cream or butter to keep the calories down.

Favorite food #5: Garlic

Crushed Raw Garlic

Health benefits: Raw garlic is a broad spectrum anti-biotic. High anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitical and high in antioxidants. It contains sulfur compounds that may protect cells from cancer, relax blood vessels and improve cardiovascular health. Research suggests garlic may help boost our cellular antioxidant production. And, garlic has been known to soothe coughs and colds, increase blood circulation and thins the blood, suppress the growth of tumors, decrease "bad cholesterol" and kill intestinal parasites and fungi such as athletes foot and warts.

Why not try it: Whole, minced or crushed...in everything! Sauté a little garlic with veggies when cooking pasta, shrimp and grits, collard greens, kale and all sorts of stuff. You just can't go wrong with garlic.

And, who knew that compounds in pomegranate known as punicalagins are cardioprotective by virtue of their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects?

Simple whole foods are filled with lots of earthy goodness!

Has this inspired you to delve deep into your pantry and get cookin’? Let us know of your favorite health-inducing foods in the Comments box below.

Dr. Kim

Dr. Kimberly S. Clay, aka Dr. Kim, is Executive Director and founder of Dallas-based charity, Play Like A Girl!®. On a mission to inspire women and girls across the globe to live a happy, healthy and active lifestyle, Dr. Kim has set out to finally triumph in her own struggle with obesity by creating what she calls her "best me yet" in 2014-15. Sisterbration is the space she has dedicated to documenting the journey and her musings.

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