Top 10 Bible Foods that Heal
Every person who suffers from a particular disease wants to be cured and be healthy. But almost all doctors prescribe treatment with pills and drugs that have lots of chemicals. Many people spend money to keep themselves fit and healthy. When we feel bad, it can affect what we do, how we think, and in some cases, it can change our lives. The Bible says a lot about health, and also about our need for a healer - Jesus.
Here are some examples of healthy food and their healing properties:
Wheat and Barley
The main cereal grains eaten in biblical times were wheat and barley. Wheat is mentioned 51 times in Scripture. Genesis 30:14 tells of the harvest of wheat, and Ruth 1:22 of the harvest of barley.
Wheat was considered the queen of cereals and the substance of life; its quantity was a measure of human wealth. A family that ate wheat bread was considered prosperous. At the time of Jesus, wheat was three times more expensive than barley. (Wahbi & Sinclair, 2005)
Healing properties of wheat:
- Lower your risk of heart disease.
- Support healthy digestion.
- Reduce chronic inflammation.
- Lower your risk of stroke.
- Reduce your risk of obesity.
- Lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Healing properties of barley:
- Reduces Hunger and Weight
- Lower Cholesterol
- Improves Digestion
- Prevent Gallstones
- Reduce Your Risk of Gallbladder Surgery
- Reduce Heart Disease Risk.
In the time of Jesus, an ordinary person could only afford meat on holidays, and fish was cheap and was a permanent part of the daily diet.
Eating "clean" fish with scales and fins is very beneficial for humans. Most fish species contain high-quality proteins and essential nutrients such as B vitamins, zinc, copper, magnesium, iodine, and other mineral salts.
Healing properties of fish
According to Reis and Hibbeln (2006), the following are the healing properties of fish:
- protects blood vessels from damage
- prevents the formation of blood clots
- reduces the content of "bad" cholesterol in the blood
- reduces blood pressure
- reduces the content of triglycerides in the blood
- reduces the likelihood of a heart attack and stroke
- helps with inflammatory processes
- relieves the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- regulates the functioning of the immune system
- helps with bronchial asthma
- promotes recovery in the initial stages of kidney disease.
In the time of Jesus, animals were mostly not kept for meat. Sheep and goats received wool and milk, and cattle were used as draft power. In rare cases, when meat was still eaten, it was usually lamb or goat. But milk was used by everyone.
Healing properties of milk
- The high content of calcium and vitamin D in milk ensures the prevention of colorectal cancer
- Calcium contained in milk is useful for bone development and helps prevent osteoporosis in older women
- Calcium may help lower blood pressure.
Despite these benefits, people who are allergic to or intolerant to milk should avoid dairy products or consume them only occasionally. (Haenlein, 2004)
Olive/ Olive Oil
In the time of Jesus, olives were eaten raw, they were cooked, but mostly oil was made from them. Olive oil was used not only for culinary purposes but also for the manufacture of medicinal ointments, cosmetic rubbing, and soap.
Healing properties of Olive/ Olive Oil
- Reduces the content of "bad" and increases the content of "good" cholesterol in the blood.
- Stimulates the contractions of the gallbladder,
- Olive oil helps with constipation by acting as a mild natural laxative
- Effective against all viruses and bacteria
- Helps with a sore throat, sinusitis, skin diseases, fungal and bacterial infections.
Use to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammatory arthritis, psoriasis, and diarrhea. (Covas et al., 2006)
By the number of references in the Bible, grapes are second only to olives and olive trees. The first cultivated plant that we read about in the Bible is grapes.
Healing properties of grapes
- Helps to restore connective tissue and protects the liver from a variety of toxins.
- Helps with varicose veins, prevents skin aging, and is used to treat abrasions.
- It is proved that grapes contribute to the cure of caries and has antiviral properties.
Grapes contain a lot of boron - an element that plays an essential role in the prevention of osteoporosis. (Yang & Xiao, 2013)
In the text of the Bible, a fig tree is mentioned as the first of fruit trees. In chapter 4 of Genesis, we read that after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, "both of them opened their eyes, and they knew that they were naked, and sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons" (Genesis 3: 7).
Healing properties of figs
Figs contain a lot of fiber, magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, iron, and vitamins C and B6. These fruits have long been used to improve:
- bowel function
- digestive health
- vascular and heart health
- blood sugar levels
- Skin health
Was the fruit that Adam and Eve plucked from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil an apple? For hundreds of years, people have been asking this question.
The Bible tells us that God forbade Adam and Eve to eat the fruits of this tree in the garden of Eden (see Genesis 2:17). However, the serpent persuaded Eve to try these fruits (see Genesis 3) ... and what happened next is known to all. Eve ate the forbidden fruit and gave it to Adam, who also ate it. After that, they were expelled from Eden.
In the old English translations of the Bible, the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was called an apple.
Healing properties of apple
However, do not forget that it is unpeeled apples that bring maximum benefit.
Studies have shown that apples:
- reduce the content of "bad" cholesterol in the blood and blood pressure;
- destroy viruses;
- stabilize blood sugar;
- satisfy the feeling of hunger, without depriving the body of the necessary nutrients, which is especially useful for losing weight;
- Regulate bowel function, help with constipation and diarrhea;
- prevent caries;
- contribute to stopping the growth of cancer cells.
- Eating two or three apples a day can greatly reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. (Adyanthaya, Kwon, Apostolidis, & Shetty, 2010)
In the blessings of the Lord in the Bible, honey occupies an important place, probably due to its sweetness. In biblical times, people used honey instead of sugar or added it to the pulp of fresh fruit.
Healing properties of apple
- Heals wounds and burns
- Reduces the duration of diarrhea
- Prevents acid reflux
- Fights infections
- Relieves cold and cough symptoms
Improve cholesterol and lowers blood pressure (Cianciosi et al., 2018)
When the people of Israel roamed the wilderness and God sent manna from heaven, they described it as coriander seeds. Since then, coriander has been called "Healer from Heaven."
Healing properties of apple
- Helps lower blood sugar
- Rich in immune-boosting antioxidants
- Beneficial for heart health
- Protects brain health
- Promote digestion and gut health
- fight infections
protects your skin (Singletary, 2016)
To conclude, we can say that the biblical diet is just a miracle diet. It helps you to keep healthy.
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