At one point in my life, I loved to indulge in cakes, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, and pizza. I still remember going to the junior high cafeteria and consuming my favorite meal: French fries and powdered doughnuts. It was a preteen's heaven!
Yet, this unhealthy lifestyle began to catch up with me when I was diagnosed with IBS after suffering from miserable stomachaches I referred to as "migraines of the stomach." I would be bedridden for hours, unable to move due to the pain. Nothing helped, medications made everything worse, and I was desperate. And I was never once advised to change my eating habits by my doctor, by the way.
I realized it was time to reform my ways, and slowly but surely, I began making strides. And one day, when everything seemed overwhelming and too much and I was ready to give up on this new lifestyle, my mom brought out a plant. Yes, a plant.
She explained that things may seem difficult and not worth my effort now, but small changes can yield big gains. She placed a jade plant in my bedroom to help with the journey and explained the incredible effects a simple plant would have on me. She touted how the bustling green plant would clean for me, allowing in healthier, life-affirming air. She claimed it would boost my mood, providing me the motivation to continue on my self-healing journey.
Little did she know that plants are truly the ultimate health supplements. And research agrees with my mom, years after she brought that plant into my life.
As an acupuncturist and herbalist, I now know plants to be amazing remedies that can boost our immune system, increase happiness, promote healing, lower levels of depression, and even help us breathe. Here are a few notable health-boosting benefits of pants: