About Watercress Words

Watercress Words is…a blog that explores the HEART of HEALTH

Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D., a family physician, writes to inform and inspire readers with content that is pungent, tangy, and nutritious, like watercress , a fast growing, perennial, edible, leafy green plant that grows around slow moving water like springs and streams.

Bodies of water  like lakes, ponds, and the ocean can be soothing, calming, and relaxing, yet stimulating and energizing. Even healing. The human body needs adequate water to survive – about 65% of the body is water.

Watercress is know to be nutritious, healing and preventative because it contains several important vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, C and K, calcium, potassium and copper.



a quiet stream




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