Don't just "Veg out" - Get your Fruit on too 1

Organic fruits and vegetables can jump-start your healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet is just as important as getting routine check-ups with your doctor. Organic fresh fruits and vegetables are powerhouses full of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and health benefits. Eating a variety of colors is not only appealing to the eye; the rainbow reflects a range of nutritional compositions. You may be surprised at the benefits of even the most common fruits and vegetables.

Trying to add some flavor and health to your meals? Here are some great options that are nutrient-dense and tasty:

Cucumbers are a powerful ally when it comes to healthy food choices. Feeling parched? Cucumbers are 95% water, with the rest a powerful mixture of minerals and healing compounds. Use slices of cucumber as you would use aloe for skin abrasions, burns, or to reduce inflammation. The silica, magnesium, and potassium they contain are ideal for strengthening and smoothing both the hair and skin. Cucumbers are also excellent for stabilizing blood pressure. A compound called sterols helps reduce cholesterol, while the magnesium, potassium, and fiber can help stabilize either high or low blood pressure. There is also a hormone in cucumbers required by the pancreas to properly regulate insulin levels – particularly beneficial for diabetics. Silica is an important factor in promoting joint health by strengthening connective tissues, and cucumber is a good source for your silica needs.

Onions have been a wide-ranging remedy in many traditional medicines for a very long time. Uses include treating asthma, bacterial infections, coughing, and colds. Their pungent smell is caused by their high levels of sulfur, which on the positive side promotes cardiovascular health through its anti-clotting characteristics. In Ayurvedic Medicine (one of the world’s oldest holistic medical systems, developed in India over 3000 years ago), onions are sliced and wrapped in cloth as a poultice used on areas of inflammation, or on the chest and feet to cure colds, coughs, and fevers. Including an ample supply of onions in your diet helps your body build up bone density and joint health. Forming connective tissues requires sulfur, which onions can amply supply.

Grapefruit’s health benefits are often underestimated. Kidney stones are mostly a build-up of calcium; eating grapefruit or drinking its juice will help prevent them. The high levels of Vitamin C in grapefruit can help prevent sun damage, wrinkles, and improve overall skin condition. Vitamin C also helps create collagen, the main support system of the skin, and minimizes the loss of hyaluronic acid, which the skin needs to retain moisture and elasticity. Grapefruit is a wonderful liver cleanser, as it promotes the removal of toxins from the body. Known to increase your metabolism, grapefruit also can assist with weight loss or maintenance.

Tomatoes have a large profile of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, B vitamins, iron, folate, magnesium, choline, potassium, and zinc. They help improve the function of the digestive system and particularly help prevent constipation, especially when juiced along with spinach. Tomatoes have a rich supply of the phytonutrients lutein, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin which support vision health. Including tomatoes in your daily diet can increase the amount of vitamin C in the blood, which strengthens the immune system and inhibits the release of stress hormones. Other phytonutrients in tomatoes help prevent blood from over-clotting, helping improve heart health.

It’s amazing what perfect packages nature has made in fruits and vegetables. They’re not just tasty, but help promote and maintain our good health. Enjoy longevity and steady energy through a well-balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables; eat all the colors of the rainbow to enjoy the wide variety of minerals, nutrients, and vitamins that your body needs.