Two Healing Foods

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My wife has several post cancer treatment digestive issues.  Her dietary range is very limited, and flair ups can be unexpected even after eating “safe foods.”

While there are loads of pills and potions out there to aid in such cases, many have side effects, and essentially cause their own issues (constipation, etc).

But God is good. Two naturally occurring foods have come to her aid.

Before I go any further, my disclaimers need to come in.  I am not a medical specialist.  I am not a scientist.  I am well educated, and generally avoid fads.  So, the following is merely testimonial of what has helped us.

So back to the foodie stuff.

Aloe Vera

One of the healing aids is Aloe as a drink.  Many people use this plant for burns, and after sun care, but in liquid form it soothes the digestive system.  Its medicinal qualities were recognised as far back as the Pharaohs (so says the Google search).

While on our recent holiday, my wife suffered on of these flair ups.  We had not brought aloe vera with us, but were in the Canaries (where the plant is grown) and easily found some in a pharmacy.  While this particular version was purer than our usual UK obtained aloe (thus slightly more bitter, and “plant-tasting”), it still quickly did the trick. We generally mix 15-20 ml of the juice into about 200 ml of coconut milk (another natural product). [approximately one tablespoon aloe and 2/3 cup milk].  The coconut is generally smooth and sweet enough to make the aloe pleasant to drink.  We did have to add a teaspoon of sweetener (honey or coconut sugar) to mask the Spanish aloe’s sharp taste though.  This taken in the morning  and during flair ups.

Kefir

The second helpful foodstuff is Kefir.  This is a colony of yeast which forms a cottage cheese like “grains” which are the yeasts and “helpful bacteria” in a nature culture.  This can be used in a milk based form (making a kind of yoghurt or yoghurt drink); or as “water kefir” made with plant based fluids such as almond or coconut milks.

We culture coconut milk with the grains, and in a couple of days it is ready.  One “brewed” we use the mount we need each day, and top off the kefir with fresh milk to keep it at a consistent level.  Once a week we move the “colony” to a clean 2 liter jar, to keep its environment fresh.  I multiples fast at room temperature, so we generally keep in in the fridge once established, slowing its reproduction.  We have found that our kefir colony likes almond milk, so once every few weeks we top off with almond milk instead of coconut.  This leads to a big leap forward in the size of the “grains.” The extra sugars in the almond milk are largely used up by the yeasts.

We use about 300-400 ml of kefir to make a smoothie in the morning. We typically add one banana and a few berries to the kefir, and occasionally for a thicker treat 1/2 of an avocado.

Since we began this 3 months ago, my wife’s upper digestive system has really settled, and some “marginal foods” such as potatoes are tolerated better.

The Faith Bit

I really am a believer that God has provided healing.  But this is more than in just a spiritual dimension.  He in His wisdom has placed plants and minerals on this Earth to provide for our health.  We in our wisdom, have moved to preservatives, chemical sweeteners, and trans-fats. Can you spot a difference?

I am in no way anti medical establishment.  The fact that my wife is alive today is owing in part to that human wisdom that has developed radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  But I also believe that God has had a hand in this as well.

I hope this post may be of help to someone.

Padre.

[“Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:11-12).”]

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