Observation is the key!
Many of you are familiar with the stories and movies about Sherlock Holmes. His reported insight and brilliance are legendary. He was once asked by his assistant how he was able to see so many things that other people missed. Holmes answered, “It’s elementary, Watson!” In other words, Sherlock Holmes indicated that he was able to see things that other people missed simply because he paid closer attention and observed what was taking place around him. The same can be true of us.
Recently I came across an article that caught my attention. It was about how many fruits and vegetables not only resemble human body parts, but also contain nutrients that nourish those same body parts. I don’t know if you have ever seen this information or not, but it is without a doubt, one of the most fascinating things I have ever read! It reminded me once again of the power of observation because I cannot believe that I have lived my entire life without noticing the resemblance! Let me share an abbreviated few of these with you.
Carrots – The pupil, iris, and radiating lines of the human eye are mimicked in a slice of carrot. Science shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to, and function of, the eyes. Carrots have also been found to help protect one’s vision – especially night vision.
Tomatoes – The sliced red tomato has four chambers, characteristics shared with the human heart. All the research shows that the tomato is the pure heart and blood food. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which helps prevent heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and more. Tomato juice can also reduce the tendency toward blood clotting.
Grapes – Grapes hang in a cluster that has the same shape as a heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and research today indicates that grapes also promote heart and blood health. The stronger the color of the grape, the higher is the concentration of phytonutrients. Grapes prevent heart disease and reduce platelet clumping and harmful blood clots.
Walnuts – A walnut looks like a miniature brain with a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrum and lower cerebellum. The nut even has wrinkles or folds just like the neo-cortex of the brain. We now know that walnuts help develop over three dozen neuron-transmitters for brain food. Research suggests that walnuts may reduce the risks of (or at least delay) the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The high concentration of omega-3 fats in walnuts promotes healthy brain function as well.
Kidney Beans – Kidney beans, which are shaped just like human kidneys, actually help heal and maintain kidney function. They provide nutrients that are helpful in detoxifying the body.
Celery – With its bone-like appearance, celery is rich in silicon and Vitamin K, which are needed for healthy joints and bones.
Sweet Potato – A sweet potato resembles the pancreas and has a low glycemic index count, which is beneficial for diabetics.
Onions – Sliced onions bear a resemblance to skin cells and contain quercetin. Studies have shown that when treated with a combination of quercetin and ultra-sound at 20 kHz for one minute, skin and prostate cancer cells show 90% mortality within 48 hours with no visible affect on normal cells.
Olives – Olives look very much like ovaries and may help reduce hot flashes in women going through menopause. And, research indicates that olive oil may reduce ovarian cancer by 30%.
Citrus fruits – Oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits have been compared to the appearance of female mammary glands. These fruits contain nutrients that are helpful in the fight against breast cancer.
Figs and avocados -Well, I just don’t feel brave enough to go into this in a Tip, but let me encourage you males to eat lots of figs and you females, lots of avocados. It will work wonders for your marriage! I think you get the idea of what I’m trying to communicate.
Who would have ever thought that all of these fruits and vegetables could have such a profound effect on different parts of our bodies? Yet, I believe they were designed to look like the part of the human body that they are able to help.
Now, I am no Sherlock Holmes, but I certainly know that I am able to observe more than I do if I will just open my eyes and pay attention. I have begun to include more of these nutrient-rich foods in my diet and it has already had an effect on me for the better. I am always looking for ways to make my life healthier and more productive. Since I believe that you are the kind of person that feels the same way that I do about life, I thought you would be interested in this information as well.
Let me encourage you to be more like Sherlock Holmes in your approach to life by being more observant. Now, let’s finish this year in style and have a great new year together!
(By the way, pass the figs and avocados!)
Tip: Observation is the key!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Robert A. Rohm, Ph.D.
Personality Insights, Inc.
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