Benefits of a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables

Written by Jane Oelke

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Orange Foods – carrots, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, apricots, cantaloupe. The orange foods haverepparttar carotenoidsrepparttar 135889 help prevent cancer by repairingrepparttar 135890 DNA. As our mothers told us, carrots, and other orange foods, are especially good for our eyes, and help with night vision. The deep orange foods help our bodies getrepparttar 135891 vitamin A we need, without getting excess that can lead to osteoporosis.

Green/Yellow Foods – yellow corn, green peas, collard greens, avocado and honeydew melon. This combination of green and yellow foods containsrepparttar 135892 carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin that help reducerepparttar 135893 risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. These foods are also helpful in reducingrepparttar 135894 risk of osteoporosis.

Orange /Yellow Foods – oranges, pineapple, tangerines, peaches, papaya, nectarines These foods that are orange and yellow in color are high in antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, and help to improverepparttar 135895 health ofrepparttar 135896 mucus membranes and connective tissue. They help prevent heart disease by improving circulation and preventing inflammation.

White/Green Foods – onions, garlic, celery, pears, chives White and green combination foods contain a variety of phytochemicals. Garlic and onions contain allicin,repparttar 135897 anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal phytochemical, and they can act as a poor man’s antibiotic. Add garlic and onions in your meals to reducerepparttar 135898 effects of potential toxicity of high fat meats. Celery has many minerals, especially organic sodium, that keepsrepparttar 135899 fluid inrepparttar 135900 joints healthy.

Red/Blue/Purple Foods – red apples, beets, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, prunes, concord grapes, blackberries. These dark colored red/blue/purple foods are very rich in powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins that protect again heart disease by improving circulation and preventing blood clots. They have many anti-aging phytochemicals that keeprepparttar 135901 blood circulating reducingrepparttar 135902 effects ofrepparttar 135903 Standard American Diet rich in trans fats and processed foods.

When you make a salad make sure you have a variety of different colors. Strive to get at least 5 colors on your plate. Use fruits to balancerepparttar 135904 rest ofrepparttar 135905 colors needed. This way you will get closer torepparttar 135906 8 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables required, and you will getrepparttar 135907 variety of nutrients you need daily.

Jane Oelke, N.D., Ph.D. is a Traditional Naturopath and Doctor of Homeopathy in southwest Michigan. She is the author of “Natural Choices for Fibromyalgia” and “Natural Choices for Attention Deficit Disorder.” She is a professional speaker on natural health topics. She can be contacted at or through her website at

Make an Investment in your Health

Written by James Taylor

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So you may be asking what is an investment in health? This can only be answered by you, but here are just a few to get you started.

I will drink more water. I will eat out less this week. I will add veggies to one meal everyday this week. I will walk on my breaks at work instead of going torepparttar snack machine. I will trade soda for green tea. I will read two health books this month. I will track my nutrition. Above are just a few examples, but these need to fit your target lifestyle so "go for it" and buildrepparttar 135888 discipline necessary to change your health forrepparttar 135889 better. Rememberrepparttar 135890 investments you initially choose are not as important asrepparttar 135891 discipline they will create.

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