What Do Fruits and Vegetables Do For Your Body?
By Jandi Theis
One of my favorite things about summer is all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available. Here in northern Minnesota, our planting season doesn’t start very early, so August is usually the start of harvest time, but there are berries most of the summer and some early vegetables and you can usually find something fresh at one of the local farmers markets. Just this week, the local strawberry farm opened up for picking… it’s such a treat to eat strawberries right off the vine… Yummy!
Not only do fresh, vine ripened fruits, vegetables, and berries taste better, they are also better for you. Foods that have had the chance to completely ripen before being picked are full of nutrients. Obviously, when fresh foods are being shipped to grocery stores all over the country, they can’t be fully ripened when picked or they would be rotten by the time they arrived in the stores. Most of the year, many of us don’t have a choice of where we get our produce or how fresh it is. So, this time of year, take advantage of it while it’s available… eat all the fresh berries, lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, peppers and whatever else you are growing in your garden or you can find at the farmers market nearest you!
Most of us know they’re good for us, but did you ever wonder why? What do fruits and vegetables do for your body that other foods can’t? I know I used to wonder that!
Just like vine ripened foods have more nutrients than those that are picked before they are fully ripened, each color and kind of fruit, veggie, and berry have different nutrients. For instance, an apple has different nutrients than a banana and broccoli has different nutrients than carrots. That’s why it’s important to eat a wide variety every day.
What do fruits and vegetables do for your body? Well, here’s a list of just a few fruits, vegetables and berries and some of the benefits your body will get from them…
Eating Cabbage more than once per week cuts colon cancer odds by 66%.
Eating a Carrot a day cuts the stroke rate in women by 68%.
Eating a half a cup of Spinach once per day cuts macular degeneration odds by 45%.
Broccoli has 20-50% more anti-cancer capabilities than Tamoxifin.
Blueberries lower cholesterol better than drugs.
Apples have natural estrogen and helps reduce cholesterol.
Acorela Cherries are known to relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Cranberries are strong antibiotics and antivirals.
Oranges, besides being high in Vitamin C, have every class of cancer inhibitor known.
Papayas are natural medicine for helping digestion.
Peaches contain Boron, which aids in calcium absorption.
Pineapple is your best anti-inflammatory and helps dissolve blood clots.
Raw Beets are a natural antidepressant.
Broccoli is a super source of chromium, which helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.
Cabbage is anti-ulcer.
Carrots fight heart and eye disease.
Kale has 50% more calcium than milk.
Parsley lowers blood pressure.
Spinach lowers cholesterol.
Tomatoes reduce your risk of skin, pancreatic, bladder and prostate cancer.
Did you know that all of these fruits and vegetables are also the best source of antioxidants to help you prevent all the degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes?
Eating six servings per day of fruits and vegetables has been shown to cut stroke rate by 44%. Increasing your fruits and vegetables to nine servings per day will cut stroke rate by 66%!
Isn’t it nice to know that while we’re enjoying some of our favorite foods, they are working in our bodies to keep us healthy? Any illness or disease will get better with good nutrition. It won’t happen overnight, so if you are just changing your eating habits or adding more whole food nutrition to your diet every day, don’t get impatient. You might not feel the changes going on – we also can’t feel the cancer cells when they start growing or the arteries becoming clogged either. Unlike drugs, nutrients don’t have a rapid effect. The business of nutrition is to build better cells and this process takes time, waiting on nature to turn over body cells. A blood cell lasts 60-120 days, so in three to four months your whole blood supply is completely replaced. Once you start feeding it better, your body will grow new, improved cells.
So enjoy all the fresh, vine-ripened foods available to us this time of year and try to eat a variety at every meal and throughout the day. If you’re like me, you probably find yourself eating the same foods most of the time. But I found a way to get the nutrition from each one of the foods listed above everyday… if you want to know how I do it, just click here.
Just remember… If you keep feeding your body better, you will start feeling better!
One of my favorite ways to enjoy veggies this time of year is on the grill… we just chop up whatever we have in the fridge, throw them all together on some foil with a little olive oil and maybe some seasonings, and stick them on the grill.
Leave a comment below to let me know what some of your favorite fruits, veggies or berries are and your favorite way to serve them…
Jandi Theis is a Wellness Coordinator and Registered Nurse. She has a strong passion to help people understand that they have the power to control their health and happiness. She offers simple and convenient solutions, empowering people to live their lives filled with health, happiness, and love.
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