Updated: Feb 17
For a person who is chronically sick, there is nothing they wouldn't give to be well again. I know because I was that person. I suffered for years and years thinking my autoimmune condition was a life sentence of agony, pain, suffering and a dismal future.
When you have your health, food is fun and in a world of decadent food blogs, drool-worthy Instagram pictures and indulgent YouTube videos it is rather easy to forget that food can be either nature's healing medicine or a slow poison.
My Superfoods Series is dedicated to sharing valuable information that can MAKE A DIFFERENCE to your quality of life and health. These are foods and supplements I have tried and tested with beneficial results to help me gain control of my life again and I hope in turn this blog can help you find the answers to healing your body and living your best life as well.
Please note this post is NOT sponsored but may include some affiliate links which pay me a small commission at not cost to you should you wish to discover the health benefits for yourself. This article is purely informational. Please consult with your health care professional and I encourage you to do your own research to find out if this product is right for you. Always talk to your health care professional if you are not sure about making changes to your diet. This information in no way substitutes for medical/professional advice.
I KNOW THE SUFFERING OF POOR HEALTH AND THE JOY OF OVERCOMING IT
As some of you may know, I have lived with Ulcerative Colitis, a form of IBD, (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), an autoimmune condition for over 20 years. Over years of trial and error, I have gone from being bed-ridden, sick and with no quality of life to being able to create my own business, run two blogs, follow my passion for music, fulfil my duties as a wife, overzealous dog mum and doting Aunty, discover I'm a YouTube yoga lover and I'm happy to say the list goes on!
I will always need to be careful and do things a little differently but there was a time I could not leave my house without fear instantly gripping over me, petrified that I would need a bathroom and wouldn't get there in time. I was in my bathroom 15-20 times a day. I couldn't put a morsel of food in my mouth without an INSTANT need to run to the bathroom. I would starve myself if I was going out so there would be nothing in my gut to digest (although this often did not work either thanks to the bloody mucus that continued to build up in my sickly gut). Fast forward to now and I am so grateful to be able to enjoy my life once again.
It is my personal passion to continue to learn and share more about food, nutrition, health, bio-hacking and longevity. I look forward to sharing what I have learned and practice through my blogs - because everyone should have access to information and be able to live in good health.
LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE
Black Cumin Seed also known as Nigella Seeds, Nigella Sativa and Kalonji is truly a superfood with an illustrious history.
These modest looking seeds have been prized for their endless health and beauty benefits since the times of the Ancient Egyptians and are regarded by many cultures as a literal "cure all" food. While it's history for healing in natural health circles in well known, science is beginning to catch up and recently there has been a huge surge in beauty products containing black cumin seed thanks to it's powerful anti-aging and beauty enhancing capabilities. It's been claimed that black cumin seeds were the beauty secret of both famous Egyptian Queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra and were found within the tomb of King Tutankhamen - a testament to the value of this small yet highly prized wonder of nature.
I stumbled across this mysterious superfood one sleepless night as I returned to my bed from another painful, bloody trip to the bathroom. In desperation I began poring through a Google search looking for anything new that would calm my ulcerative colitis.
My medications weren't enough and I was scared of what lay ahead in my future. I could not bear the thought of another day, yet alone a life of pain and suffering. My specialist had made it clear that it was likely I would need to have my entire colon removed at some point and that I had an increased risk for bowel cancer with my condition not under control, so when I stumbled across glowing reviews for Black Seed Oil, I took notice real quick!
While I was mainly interested in it's anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antibacterial benefits I quickly learned that black cumin seeds have limitless benefits to general health and for me it has been an vital part of my healing journey.
WHAT MAKES BLACK CUMIN SEEDS SO SPECIAL?