Healthy Foods and the Body Part they Resemble

By on October 29, 2014

Believe it or not, Mother Nature has left us some clear cut signs about what to eat and how these foods resemble the parts of the body that they heal.  Realizing that is a matter of intuitive science, which dates back for many of centuries just seen in different forms. Found in writings and practices dating as far back as the Doctrine of Signatures and even as further as 40 AD by Pedanius Dioscorides and Claudius Galenus.  It is essentially a process or a way of thinking that is factual or logical, makes sense doesn’t it?Basically, it is something that impacts our beliefs or our feelings toward a particular thing; like a gut feeling.

Humanity has always been aware of their surroundings.  The freedom to think and feel, allows our minds to wonder and also wander in order to adapt to our environment. The belief is that plants and herbs were put here for a reason, to nourish other living things, as we are here to nourish Mother Earth. The connection is that living organisms tend to resemble what they are truly meant to heal.  This makes a whole lot of sense when you actually think about it.  It makes sense that foods, plants and herbs resemble the various parts of the body that they are good for. My focus in this article is talk about some of these common foods that appear to be good for our physiology.  I will shed some light on the foods that are pretty much hidden in plain sight, and explain how these different foods are beneficial to your overall well-being.

Here are some examples of foods that will be sure to impress.

Celery and Bones

Celery and Bone Strength

Close examination of their long and lean stalks show a striking resemblance to our bones morphology, shape and structure. Celery has a strong history and has been a staple in our ancestors diets as well as a key ingredient in medicinal processing and poultices for bone ailments. Celery is a rich source of silicon, part of it’s molecular structure, which provides bones with vitality and strength.  Surprisingly, bones contain 23 % of Sodium just like celery. Celery in Particular, targets bones durability and strength. In cases where there is low sodium intake, the bones are then prone to weakening leading to several medical conditions like Osteoporosis and fractures. Therefore, celery aids to replenish our skeletal needs and requirements.


Figs, Clams and Testicles

Figs are pear-shaped sweet seedy fruits with a yellowish or purplish skin.  Funny enough they grow in pairs and bear lots of seeds? They are consumed either fresh or dried and are extremely healthy.  They are credited with increasing both the number, lifespan and motility of semen; therefore reducing sterility or infertility.

Clams, which bear a resemblance to the testicles, are also quite beneficial for this reproductive organ.  Clams are rich in folate (or folic acid) and zinc. Both have a significant impact on improving semen quality.

  Citrus Fruits

Grapefruit, Oranges, Citrus Fruits and Breast (Mammary Glands)

Yes, it’s true!  Men can suffer from breast/pectoral diseases and cancers.  The resemblance between round citrus fruits and breasts may seem less like a coincidence and more like a correlation. These fruits are rich sources of vitamin C, terpenes, folic acid, and pectins. Terpenes and folic acid both aid in fighting high levels of cholesterol. They also contain limonoids, which is also known to lower cholesterol .  They are proven to practically inhibit cancer development in human breast cells. Oranges also aid in keeping mammary glands healthy as they are rich and anti-oxidants and have anti-cancer properties.

Sweet Potatoes and your Pancreas

Sweet potatoes are edible starchy oblong shaped tubers that resemble the pancreas, as odd as that may sound. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene which is a potent anti-oxidant promoting healthy function in the organ.  They aid in defending all body tissues, the pancreas included, from damage associated with ageing and cancers.  Sweet potatoes are also known to balance the glycemic index in diabetics.



Onions and the Immune System

Onions are bulbous multi-layered plants with hollow leaves that are cultivated for their edible bulb. Whether eaten raw or cooked they cleanse the body. Its a rich source of vitamin B6, C, biotin and sodium. They are also famed for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol levels, fighting cancers and keeping the body’s immunity in check. A plain illustration to show their resemblance to the immune system is a bulb that is covered in several layers which shield the inner parts of the onion from external factors. The same way it shields us by boosting our immunity against numerous external bacteria and diseases.  Recent research also shows that onions help clear waste materials from our body cells. For example, when peeling an onion, one may experience tearing or crying which helps rinse epithelial layers of our eyes.

Kidney Beans and Human Kidneys

Kidney beans clearly resemble the human kidneys and their benefit is to aid the human kidneys function.  They are a rich source of soluble and insoluble fibres, sodium, magnesium, protein, folic acid, vitamin B1, B6 and zinc.

Carrots for your Eyes

It’s not just a coincidence that a slice of a carrot looks just like the eye. It’s a clear clue to its importance for vision. Carrots get their orange colour from a plant chemical called beta-carotene, which aids in reducing the risk cataracts. The chemical also protects against Macular Degeneration, which is an age-related sight problem that affects 1 in 4 over the age of 60 years of age.

 Walnuts And The Brain

Walnut for your Brain

The physical appearance of a walnut is similar to that of the human brain. Walnuts contain a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids and are rich in vitamin E. They are known to help reduce the symptoms of brain diseases like Alzheimers, Dementia and Cognitive Degeneration. Walnuts also enhance brain function and signalling in neural function and synaptic plasticity.

Tomato for your Heart

The inside of a tomato has a striking resemblance to a cross section of a heart.    Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red pigment, which is an anti-oxidant which helps to reduces the risk of heart disease and several cancers as well as improve function of blood vessels.

Grapes for your Lungs

The Alveoli are where blood oxygenates and are located at the end of the air passageways of the lungs.  As you may notice they resemble a bunch of grapes.  They are rich in anti-oxidants, fibre and potassium. Eating grapes have been proven to reduce the risk of lung cancer, emphysema, allergies leading to asthma, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Cheese for Bones

With close examination the composition of the bone marrow has a strong resemblance to most cheese. As you may know cheese is a rich source of calcium which is needed for strong bones and aids in reducing the risk of osteoporosis when you get older. Together with another mineral called phosphate, it provides strength in bones but also helps to energize your muscles. Getting enough calcium in the diet during childhood is crucial for strong bones. A study showed that teens who increased calcium intake from 800mg a day to 1200mg equal to an extra two slices of cheddar – boosted their bone density by 6%.

Ginger for the Stomach

One of the most well known natural remedies is consuming ginger to help battle indigestion and stomach ailments.  The Chinese have been using it for over 2,000 years to calm the stomach and cure nausea.  Eating ginger has also been known to increase the libido and sex drive.


Banana for Anxiety, Depression and a Better State of Mind

Bananas contain an amino acid called Tryptophan which then converts into serotonin when consumed and digested. Serotonin or 5-Hydroxytryptamine is neurotransmitter which aids in balancing the mood and creating a better state of mind.  If you want to feel better, suffer from anxiety or depression then chill-out and have a banana.

Mushroom for your Ears

Oddly enough, a slice of a mushroom resembles the shape of the human ear.  Studies show that eating mushrooms can actually improve your hearing. Mushrooms are rich in vitamin D, which we get from natural sunlight.  Vitamin D is essential for bone vitality and strength.  This is because mushrooms are one of the few foods in our diet that contain vitamin D.  Now since your ears have several tiny delicate bones, vitamin D is crucial when it comes to transmitting sound.

Broccoli and its Cancer Fighting Properties

It’s uncanny how the the tiny green tips on a broccoli have a resemblance to cancer cells. Broccoli has cancer fighting properties and is rich in vitamin A, D and K and has detoxification properties unlike any other food. Last year, a team of researchers at the US National Cancer Institute found just a weekly serving of broccoli was enough to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 45%.

Zeeshan Hussain

About Zeeshan Hussain

I am a Medical Observer at First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University and an English Language Trainer at Beijing Century Consulting & Service Co. Ltd. I am passionate about healthy living and providing insight to others from my knowledge and experience. Maybe we can all influence healthy changes in each others day to day lives. Enjoy!

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