Updated: Sep 9, 2019
How closely have you seen the shape of various foods we eat. A close inspection speaks volumes of relationship our body organs and parts share in respect to the shapes of various fruits, vegetables and herbs. From times unknown herbalists have treated ailments of different body parts by choosing herbs, vegetables and fruits with close or similar resemblance. Even our Vedic text mentions how plants have been beneficial both as food and medicine. Most of these foods are more beneficial when eaten raw.
My attempt in this article is to shed light on how we can highlight the benefits of a particular type of food to our bodies by scrutinizing the shape of the food. The foods we consume comes in various shapes, color, and form. The human body speaks its own language; through which it advises us on how we should nourish ourselves in order to boost vitality of our various body organs. The similarity between human body organs and some food items is not accidental by any means. Let’s have a look at some of the ‘food-looking’ body parts, or ‘body-looking’ food items:
Carrots serve as an important function in the development of the most vital organ of our life i.e. Human Eye. When you slice a carrot, the layers inside are very similar to the pupil and iris of the human eye and eating carrots greatly enhances blood flow to the eyes. They are a well-known source of beta-carotene in our diet especially when consumed raw which reduces the risk of developing cataracts as it protects against macular degeneration an age-related sight problem that affects one in four individuals over the age of 65.
They contain vitamin A, vitamin C, flavoring and chemicals which serve as antioxidants, the deficiency of which can easily lead to eye dryness, swollen eyelids, corneal ulcers, or even blindness.
Sweet potatoes are edible starchy tubers that are widely cultivated as vegetables. Sweet Potatoes resemble the pancreas and can actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics as it helps in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Sweet potatoes are also naturally high in Vitamin B6 which inhibits the growth of pancreatic cancer. Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which is a potent antioxidant that protects all tissues of the body, including the pancreas, from damage associated with cancer or ageing.
A Tomato has four chambers and is red in color, so also the heart is red and has four chambers. They have plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and sodium. Folate helps in the production of red blood cells in bone marrow and heme that helps in transporting oxygen in the blood. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant which helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. Tomatoes are also rich in potassium, which is recommended to patients with high blood pressure as it helps to lower it. Vitamin B6 found in tomatoes also helps to convert the dangerous chemical homocysteine, which damages blood vessel walls, into other harmless molecules.
Onions are bulbous plants with hollow leaves cultivated for its edible bulb. They are rich in vitamin C and B 6, iron, biotin, and sodium. Onions are famed for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, fighting cancer and keeping up the body’s immunity. The bulb is usually covered with numerous layers that seem to protect or shield the inner parts of the onion against external objects. It is not surprising to note that the onion shields us by boosting our immunity the same way it seeks to shield itself against external aggression using its numerous layers of protective covers. Onions also look like the body’s cells. Research shows onions clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.
Ginger root, which resembles the human stomach, contains gingerols and shogaols, one of the main ingredients in the Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Indian cuisine for over 5000 years, help treat upset stomachs, ease motion sickness, and relieve nausea and stomach flu. It also slows down the growth rate of bowel tumors.
A Mushroom when sliced in half resembles the shape of the human ear. Mushrooms contain Vitamin D which is essential for our bones, (as it helps the body to use calcium) especially the tiny ones in the ear, which transmit sound to the brain. Research has also shown that most of the patients that are reported with bilateral cochlear deafness are associated with Vitamin D deficiency. If you suffer from hearing problems, supply your body with essential vitamins from mushrooms and they will help in improving hearing abilities.
Broccoli – the close-up of tiny green tips on a broccoli head looks like 100 of cancer cells. A team of researchers at US National Cancer Institute found if a weekly serving of broccoli was enough to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 45%.
Grapes resemble the alveoli of the lungs. The lungs are made of branches of ever-smaller airways that finish up with tiny branches of tissue called alveoli. These structures allow oxygen to pass from the lungs to the bloodstream. A diet high in fresh grapes has shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. Grape seeds also contain a chemical called proanthocyanidin, which is thought to reduce the severity of asthma triggered by allergy. One reason that premature babies struggle to survive is that, these alveoli do not begin to form until 23 to 24 week of pregnancy.
Grapes are juicy, succulent green or purple fruits that grow in a heart-shaped bunch or cluster on a grapevine. They contain sodium, potassium, boron, vitamin C, thiamine, and resveratrol – a cholesterol-lowering phytochemical. Various studies have revealed that grapes provide the much-needed vitality to the heart, apart from removing cholesterol from our blood.
Walnuts are edible nuts which have a wrinkled two-lobed seed that is enclosed in a hard shell. It looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are similar to those of the neocortex. Walnuts have been recognized as one of the ultimate brain foods. Walnuts are a good source of omega-3, and have more antioxidants, folic acid (vitamin B9), and vitamin E than any other nut. It is important to properly soak and rinse walnuts (as well as most other nuts) to remove phytates and activate enzymes for optimal nutrient absorption. They contain thiamine, vitamin E, and magnesium which aids in nerve functions and muscles. Walnuts are full of omega-3s, which help to keep the brain fluid and flexible. The human brain is made of about 60% structural fat, which needs high-quality fats like omega-3s to work properly.
Walnuts can also prevent you from becoming depressed and boost your mental well-being. Walnuts help in the development of a neurochemical or organic substance that occurs in neural activity, which transmits nerve impulses across a synapse or the junction between two neurons. Scientists claim that walnuts help in developing over three dozen neurotransmitters within the brain enhancing the signaling and encouraging new messaging link between the brain cells. Walnuts help warding off dementia. They also extract and break down the protein based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s diseases, according to a study by Dr. James Joseph of Tuft University in Boston.
Kidney beans are large dark-red beans that are shaped like human kidneys. They are a high source of soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, sodium, folate, magnesium, iron, thiamine, vitamin B6, zinc, and niacin. Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and are shaped exactly like the human kidneys (hence their name). If your kidneys are healthy, kidney beans can — when consumed as part of a balanced diet — contribute to your kidney health. If your kidneys are diseased, you might need to moderate your intake of kidney beans.
AVOCADOS AND PEARS
Avocados are large pear-shaped pulpy green or dark fruits enclosing a single equally large seed. Avocados and Pears are good for the health and functioning of the womb and cervix of the female and look just like these organs. It is called the ‘fertility fruit’. The light-bulb shape of an avocado looks like a uterus, and it supports reproductive health as well. Avocados are a good source of folic acid. They contain monounsaturated fats that fight cholesterol, lutein which fights muscular degeneration, vitamin C, and E. Pears, on the other hand, are sweet juicy gritty-textured fruits containing vitamin C, sodium, and fiber. They are also high in kilojoules. Folate has been found to reduce the risk for cervical dysplasia, which is a precancerous condition. Modern research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances the birth hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and can even prevent cervical cancer. It even takes exactly nine months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit, just like a human baby!
CELERY, RHUBARB, BOK-CHOY
Celery, Rhubarb, Bok-choy and more look just like bones structure. Rhubarb is a long green or reddish acidic leafstalk which is consumed after being cooked and sweetened. Celery is a widely cultivated herb with an aromatic leafy stalk that is either consumed raw or cooked. Both crops are at times used as a seasoning and contain sodium that strengthens bones. Celery is also a great source of silicon, which is part of the molecular structure that gives bones their strength. Celery contains the essential mineral calcium, which is vital for the development and maintenance of strong and healthy bones. Celery also contains Vitamin K, which suppresses the decrease in spinal bone mineral density and helps to prevent bone loss that every woman experiences during menopause.
Olives are small oval single-seeded fruits produced by the olive tree. They are cherished as food and as a source of oil. Olives are rich in nutrients that greatly assist the ovary that they resemble. An Italian study found that women whose diets included a lot of olive oil had a 30% lower risk of ovarian cancer. The reasons are unclear, but the healthy fats in the oil may help suppress genes predisposed to causing cancer.
GRAPEFRUITS, ORANGES, AND OTHER CITRUS FRUITS
Oranges are round citrus fruits whose color tends from yellow to orange. They are a very good source of vitamin C, pectin, terpenes and folate. The last two combat cholesterol. Grapefruits, Oranges, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. Oranges help in keeping mammary glands healthy while speeding up the movement of fluids therein. Grapefruit contains substances called limonoids that have been shown to help in fighting cancers, as they have the natural ability to induce the death of cancerous cells. Limonoids have also shown cytotoxicity to colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, neuroblastoma, leukemia, and many others.
Eating a Banana will cheer you up and put a smile on your face.
This popular fruit contains a protein called tryptophan, when digested it gets converted into a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is a mood regulating chemical in the brain. Banana can be termed as an antidepressant drug, since it adjusts the level of serotonin production in the brain. They are rich in potassium, vitamin C, and B6.
We should, therefore, appreciate that Nature has been kind enough to place medicinal foods at our reach. Such foods will go a long way towards toning our vital organs and would definitely help in boosting ones’ aging metabolism. The resemblance of these foods to our body parts makes us remember their significance to our bodies with ease. Something very interesting that could also satisfy and balance our deficiencies.
We are indeed what we consume. Nature ensured that these foods remind us about their value to our bodies. It was quite amusing to discover the resemblance. The DNA structure of every living thing on the earth starts out with the same basic ingredients. Variances of the same theme (different combinations combining) make for infinite numbers of different living things, from the smallest to the largest on the planet. Every living thing is connected in some way, shape or form.
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About Dr. Gazal Goyal Bansal
Founder and CEO, Life Coach and Speaker, Dr. Gazal Bansal is a
Doctorate in Political Science, UGC (JRF), a Gold Medalist, Certified ISO 22000 Lead Auditor, a Licensed Practitioner of NLP from The Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (TM) & a Pranic Healer.
As a spiritual evangelist and a practical thinker, she is a radical enthusiast and a firm believer in the philosophy of conceptual pragmatism, logical reasoning, and the spiritual energy matrix. She is a staunch believer of the fact that before you speak, your energy speaks.