These are some of the ingredients that I use most frequently:

Ginger: In my mind, ginger fixes pretty much anything. But medicinally, it is best known as a digestive aid. Use ginger in your cooking to aid your body in the processing of processed or heavy foods.

Spirulina: Spirulina is a whole food and a complete protein source. It was used as a daily food supplement by the Aztecs until the 16th century. You can now buy Spirulina in tablet, flake or powder form.

Coriander: Another digestive aid, coriander assists the stomach to settle and calm. It also acts as a binding agent – binding heavy metals like mercury and assisting the body to expel all toxins deposited by these metals.

Linseed: In seed form, linseed (or flaxseed) can be used to assist treatment of ailments such as colds, chest infections and constipation. Rich in Omega 3 oils, this seed is also used to boost vitality and energy.

Raw cacao: Rich in antioxidants and a good source of magnesium, raw cacao is a wholesome substitute for cocoa or chocolate.

Dates: A healthy and vitamin rich alternative to sugars and sweeteners, dates are a good source of fiber.

Maca: Another ancient superfood, Maca powder is a traditional energy source of the Incas. Maca is also an alkalising agent, which means that it stimulates and cleanses the master glands, as well as containing over 60 phytochemicals. Including Maca in your daily diet will most likely increase your energy levels.

Pecans: Containing Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, fibre AND antioxidants, pecans are pretty much magical.

Parsnips: Fibrous and nutritious, parsnips contain more potassium and folate than carrots.

Wakame:  The Japanese use wakame to purify mothers’ blood after childbirth. It is high in calcium, iron and iodine, and has been linked to treatments of cancer and weight loss. Because of its high nutritional value, wakame is really useful in detoxification programs.

Kale: Kale contains a potent glucosinolate phytonutrient, which actually boosts and body’s detoxification enzymes,  clearing potentially carcinogenic substances more quickly from your body. (For more information, see Vibrant Dish)

Avocado: The nutritional value of avocados is so high that in certain parts of the world babies are weaned using mashed avocado. The fruit is traditionally used to cure skin ailments, and can be applied directly to the skin for rashes or dryness.(For more information, see Oohoi)

Beetroot: Considered an aphrodisiac in ancient Rome, beets have an alkalizing effect on the body, which can balance out the more acidic qualities of other main food groups. They are quite starchy, but can help to stimulate the liver cells and to relieve constipation, indigestion and gall bladder problems.

Activated Walnuts: Walnuts are a strong source of Omega 3 oils, and are considered by Chinese medicine to be a kidney tonic. Once activated are much easier to digest than raw nuts.

Lemon: detoxifying, cleansing and a superior digestive aid, lemon juice is high in antioxidants and vitamin C.

Pear: High in vitamins C, K and copper, pears are also high in antioxidants and a great source of nutrients for the body in the morning