by Dr. Scott Saunders

The next time you go to the grocery store, you might want to take a second look at the items on your shopping list. Many of them could have health benefits you never knew about! With medical and prescription drug costs rising quickly — just as new ailments are being discovered — more people are turning to alternative medicines, supplements, and food sources to treat their health problems.

The Purpose of Supplementing

Our bodies should receive the nutrients we need to survive through food, but these days, most people’s diets aren’t providing them with all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients necessary. When our diets are lacking, we’re more prone to infections, poor brain function, arthritis, pain due to inflammation, and a long list of other unpleasant side effects. The concept of supplemental treatment is to fill in those gaps and prevent or treat illnesses that are related to missing nutrients.

5 Foods That Heal

Food and supplements found at your local grocery store can treat and prevent so much more than the public is aware of. Here are five items from your cupboard that can start treating your ailments today:


Broccoli is a great natural treatment for men with low testosterone. Two substances — I3C and DIM — are naturally occurring in broccoli, and both prevent men’s bodies from turning their male hormones into the female hormone estrogen. Even men who are already taking extra testosterone will benefit from consuming more broccoli.


Most of us already have cinnamon on our spice racks, but few know that cinnamon has an uncommon effect when consumed: It helps regulate blood sugar as well as a prescription medication. Increasing cinnamon in your diet is especially useful for those who suffer from insulin resistance.

White Sugar

It’s common to use white sugar to sweeten our drinks and desserts, but did you know you could use it to heal pressure and venous ulcers of the legs and feet? You simply fill the wounds with sugar and wrap them to keep the swelling down, then leave the wounds alone for a week. The sugar prevents the growth of bacteria and brings fibroblasts to the area to assist in the healing.

Brazil Nuts

Selenium is a trace mineral that is part of an enzyme called glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in the body. This antioxidant can help , Parkinson’s disease, asthma, and liver disease. The best way to supplement is by consuming Brazil nuts, and eating three to five nuts per week will give your body the right amount of this mineral.

Kelp and Seaweed

Kelp and seaweed have recently become hip items to add to your diet — and for a good reason. Both of these sea vegetables contain large amounts of iodine, a nutrient necessary in thyroid regulation. Making kelp and seaweed a part of your regular diet will help you prevent iodine deficiency, thyroid problems, and goiter.

The myth that supplements are “unproven” and unsafe has long been promoted by drug manufacturers, but the reality is that the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in supplements and key foods are simply essentials that our human makeup lacks. Replacing these nutrients is the safest and easiest way for us to prevent, treat, and cure so many of the ailments and diseases we suffer from today.

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Dr. Scott Saunders, Home Cures That WorkDr. Scott Saunders is the Health and Nutrition Advisor of Barton Publishing, a company that promotes natural health through teaching people how to cure themselves using alternative home remedies instead of expensive and harmful prescription drugs. Saunders is the director of The Integrative Medicine Center of Santa Barbara, which balances conventional medicine with alternative healing modalities to achieve optimal wellness.
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