Some years ago I experienced a physical shutdown. I literally could not accomplish anything in a physical manner. Eventually I found a health practitioner who gave me an analogy that I could relate to. Imagine your household electrical box. Inside is a bunch of fuses controlled by small switches and a primary fuse that is needed to manage all the other fuses. If one of the smaller fuses dysfunctions, generally the other fuses will work for awhile and try to compensate. But, if the primary fuse goes out, then EVERYTHING else connected to that fuse shuts off. Well, my primary fuse, the thyroid, shut down. The common U.S. pharmacist did not have the products on the shelf to heal my body to my satisfaction. I looked elsewhere for answers.
One of our primary control centers is the thyroid. The thyroid is located in our neck, pretty darn close to the central nervous system. I sometimes wonder about our Creator’s design of the body as the thyroid is very vulnerable and doesn’t have protection like the heart behind the breast plate, the lungs inside the rib cage, or the brain covered by a skull. We need to be aware of the vulnerability of the thyroid. When our body’s systems begin to break down, whether it is from the thyroid dysfunction or another part of the body, nature has given us the nutrients to help our body heal.
One of the elements in nature that is gaining more attention are the Healing Spices. I met a chef who recommended the book Healing Spices by Bharat B. Aggarawal, PhD. The author defines spices as “edible, aromatic, and dried…comes from a plant’s root, bark, stem, bud, leaves, flower, fruit, or seed” (p.6). While I took many steps to change my diet and lifestyle so that my body can heal, my most recent step is adding spice to my life. I know, that is a phrase that can have multiple meanings in today’s language, but I am literally experimenting with spices in my diet. The past couple years my palette has changed. This book explains why possibly I am wanting particular flavors or foods. During those moments I am listening to my body I am craving spices and foods that I believe my body needs for continued healing and renewal. I am by no means an expert, so I rely on well researched and recommended resources and my naturopathic doctor for guidance.
My question for you today, “What spice or food is your body wanting?”