Day 4 all the reasons why

I'd like to remind you why we should all eat more fruits and vegetables. 

  • They're nutrient-rich. Our food is our fuel. For instance, look at all these great sources of vitamin C: blueberries, broccoli, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, peppers, potatoes, strawberries, tomato. That’s just one nutrient!
  • They’re powerful anti-oxidants. That means, they reduce inflammation and slow aging. They make our joints feel good and keep our brain young. According to this article, “Damaging molecules called free radicals are produced in our bodies during normal body functions -- and these free radicals contribute to aging and dysfunction. Antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E combat the effects of free radicals. Antioxidants have been shown to tie up these free radicals and take away their destructive power. Studies show that the brain is particularly at risk for free radical damage. Although there's no way to stop free radicals completely, we can reduce their destructive effect on the body by eating foods rich in antioxidants."
  • Fruits and especially vegetables are low calorie and filling. They not only take the place of higher calorie food but they help us feel full and satisfied. 
  • They make our digestion happy. That’s because they’re full of fiber (which is why they help us feel full).
  • They help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cancer because they’re high fiber and full of phyto-nutrients. Read this article for more inspiration and information. 
  • They’re full of water. Fresh fruit and vegetables are naturally hydrating. This is another reason they’re filling and another reason they’re good for us.
  • All those nutrients and water? Good for your skin. Keeps you beautiful. Check it out. Vitamin C helps with collagen production (keeps us a juicy and plump as the fruit). Lycopene, found in tomatoes, protects skin cells and "fights off fine lines and wrinkles" (I'm not sure they need fighting off, but that's okay). 
  • Those nutrients are also good for your vision. 
  • There are some indications that eating our fruits and vegetables means we’ll be less depressed, though it’s difficult to tell if people who are depressed self-medicate with quick carbohydrates and don’t have the energy to eat healthfully. Depression may be caused by inflammation, which means all those anti-oxidants reduce the inflammation and help us feel happier again. 

I know the difference in how I feel when I eat lots of produce and when I eat less. Eating food that is closer to being alive makes me feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually more alive.