Benefits of a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables

Written by Jane Oelke


Copyright 2005 Jane Oelke

We know we need to eat a minimum of 5 servings of fruit and vegetables everyday. Actually now, to prevent cancer, 8 to 13 servings per day are recommended. A serving is one cup of raw fruits or vegetables, or cup cooked. At a recent lecture I asked a lunch audience to raise their hand if they had at least one fruit or vegetable already that day. No one in that group raised their hand. This is not uncommon. Our processed and convenience foods contain very few fruits and vegetables.

To prevent chronic diseases, fruits and especially vegetables are very important. Vegetables especially haverepparttar antioxidants, minerals, and phytochemicals inrepparttar 135889 correct combination that help keeprepparttar 135890 blood sugar in balance, create better energy inrepparttar 135891 body, and along with fruits build uprepparttar 135892 immune system.

Each color found in fruits and vegetables focus on buildingrepparttar 135893 immune system in its own way. It is important to get a variety of colors, so that you will get a full range of phytochemicals (beneficial plant chemicals) in your daily diet. Research is finding that eating whole fruits and vegetables gives you many more nutrients than you could possible add to a vitamin and mineral supplement. There are over 12,000 phytochemicals, and I have yet to see a supplement, unless it has whole fruits and vegetables in it, have all ofrepparttar 135894 180 different vitamins or minerals that are required by our body to function daily.

The different colors in fruits and vegetables help our immune system react to different stresses in our daily life. So look atrepparttar 135895 different colors in your diet. See if they include each ofrepparttar 135896 colors listed below. This is one way to know that you are gettingrepparttar 135897 full benefit of nutrients possible in your diet.

Green Foods broccoli, kale, leaf and romaine lettuce, spinach, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Green foods are especially good forrepparttar 135898 circulatory system. They contain many minerals and B-complex vitamins. Some phytochemicals found in green foods are sulforaphane and indoles that are very powerful anti-cancer compounds. Researchers have tried to use these as isolated phytochemicals but find that they only work while inrepparttar 135899 whole food form.

Red Foods tomatoes, watermelon, red cabbage. Red foods contain many phytochemicals that reduce free radical damage. The phytochemical called lycopene is especially helpful to prevent prostate problems, and reducerepparttar 135900 effects of sun damage onrepparttar 135901 skin. Lycopene isrepparttar 135902 phytochemical that makerepparttar 135903 red foods get their red color.

Make an Investment in your Health

Written by James Taylor


Health is like building a savings account; small manageable investments add up quickly. Attempting to save large amounts without gradual increases , will leave you feeling depeleted and discouraged. Beginning a health plan with small gradual steps will allow you to buildrepparttar discipline, health and time management skills needed to allow for larger investments inrepparttar 135888 future.

Often we will suddenly decide to get in shape or lose weight, we buy a new pair of shoes,repparttar 135889 latest diet books and supplements, a gym membership and plan to spend 6 hours every week working out even if it kills us. We tell ourselves "This is it, this time I am going to do it-theres no turning back now". Byrepparttar 135890 end ofrepparttar 135891 first week we feel exhausted and frustrated because we had to miss two workouts, one ofrepparttar 135892 kids got sick andrepparttar 135893 other had soccer practice. Week two we are an inevitable no show, feeling even worse than before. Instead of this quick road to failure; why not a steady, enjoyable and predictable journey to success? Approach your health like a savings plan with small investments that build into huge results over time.

Just like anything in life there will be times when your ability to invest will be smaller and there will be times when you are able to give and give without looking back. The key is whenrepparttar 135894 ability to invest is limited don't stop; instead ease back and do what you can, small measurable investments. The small investments help to buildrepparttar 135895 discipline of health. Discipline and consistency isrepparttar 135896 key to success, not some shiny new diet program.

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