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When I was little, I always requested cherry pie instead of cake and ice cream on my birthday. Somehow, it just tasted better and settled better on my stomach than cake. They say that our bodies will let us know when certain foods are necessary for our health. Cherries are one of the healthiest fruits that you can eat.

One particular benefit that seemed to agree with me was the composition of melatonin antioxidant that cherries are known for. Melatonin can cross the blood-brain barrier easily and has soothing effects on the brain neurons, calming down nervous system irritability. It, thus, can help relieve neurosis, insomnia and headaches. If you suffer from anxiety and a nervous stomach, fresh cherries could be the answer.

My mother picked fresh cherries from a cherry tree nearby and made her own sauce out of tapioca, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. This homemade filling seemed to calm down the tartness of the cherries and bring out the sweet flavor. There were no preservatives in the filling. This is much different than the cherry filling that you find in the store today.

Cherries also contain anthocyanins that act as anti-inflammatory agents and potassium, a beneficial electrolyte which is an important component of cell and body fluids.

Although the needs of your body evolve as we age, never fail to listen for signs of missing nutritional foods that can give your system a boost. Ask your family what they are hungry for and the answer may surprise you. I still crave my mom’s cherry pie and how it made me feel on my special day.

Kathy Garton
Kathy Garton

Over the past 50 years, I have been lucky enough to witness powerful changes in technology, nutrition, culture, and life in general, some good and some bad. Only from experience can you see the big picture of an evolving world. After getting past the excitement of frozen meals, furnishings made of plastic and the Internet, the reality began to set in. More illnesses, especially respiratory, cardiovascular and uncontrollable weight gain were becoming the normal conditions of society. Rewind 50 years and the answers are apparent.

Hi. I am Kathy and this site was created to share ideas and educate others on how to live a healthier, more meaningful life. I grew up on a farm where we raised our own food and animals for consumption. We never had air conditioning or a microwave oven and I felt as though we were living in the dark ages. What I would give to go back to that time.

I have been a professional writer for over 20 years and have always being drawn to the natural aspects of life. I also worked for a petroleum company for 15 years and discovered many facts about how this product impacts our world. Through years of research, it has become crystal clear that we are making our lives less enjoyable by taking shortcuts through unnatural, manmade means. There can be a happy balance and by learning where we went wrong, the best of both worlds is possible.

After years in corporate America, I moved to a 3-acre mini-farm where I continue my research and writing along with my kitties, Lizzie, Shadow and BK and bulldog, Bux.

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