Where do you start on this journey to better health?
The journey to better health begins here.
The journey to health begins with a decision to make dietary changes.
Making a choice to add healthy food to each meal.
To improve your health in significant ways.
One benefit from healthy food choices is increased energy.
Why because as we eat better we get more nutrition for our body to work.
With more energy comes more joy and fulfillment in your life.
Another benefit to choosing healthy food is disease prevention.
So let’s check out different foods and their benefits.
Good Sources for Fiber •Blackberries• Grapefruit• Kiwifruit• Oranges • Raspberries
Dietary Fiber is a substance in plants and is a type of carbohydrate. There are two types soluble and insoluble fiber. Both are important for health, digestion, and preventing diseases. Some types of soluble fiber may help lower cholesterol. Insoluble fiber aids in the digestion processes. Many fruits and vegetables contain fiber and help maintain a healthy digestive tract. Some think that diets high in fiber help prevent high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer, diabetes 2 and protect against colon cancer. It is an important part of a daily diet.
Vitamin A Sources •Apricots• cantaloupes• carrots• collard greens• hot chili peppers• Leaf lettuce romaine lettuce• mangoes• nectarines• peaches• spinach• Sweet potatoes
There are two types of Vitamin A, one types found in animal products and the other in plant-based foods in the form of carotene that are transformed into vitamin A in the body. The most common is beta-carotene. Vitamin A helps build up the immune system to be able to fight off infections, maintain healthy skin, teeth, mucous membranes, and skeletal and soft tissue. Vitamin A may help reduce the risk of cancer, protect against and protects against night blindness. Many of the best benefits for Vitamin A come from food sources and not from supplements. Vitamin A is fat soluble vitamin and you can get too much of it. If you are going to take a supplement it is important to find out how much you can take from a nutritionist or your doctor. As always it is better to get your nutrition from a balanced diet and only take a supplement when needed.
High Vitamin C Sources• Broccoli• cabbage• cantaloupe• cauliflower• grapefruit• green peppers• Brussels sprouts• kiwifruit• oranges• papayas• strawberries• mustard greens
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and has multiple benefits: keeping teeth and gums healthy, adding in iron absorption, maintain normal connective tissue and healing wounds. Vitamin C may also help in preventing cataracts.
Iron Sources• Garbanzo beans• lentils• Lima beans• pink beans• small white beans• winged beans
Iron is a mineral, good for the blood; in particular, it’s essential to the formation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood, and myoglobin, which carries oxygen in muscles. To help your body absorb iron try to include a food item high in vitamin C in the same meal. Too little iron may lead to anemia to much iron can cause iron poisoning. It is important to keep this mineral in balance and only take a supplement if a doctor suggests doing so. A balanced diet helps the body use iron to benefit our body.
Sodium Free Sources •Apples• avocados• bananas• bell peppers• cucumbers• eggplant• grapefruit• kiwifruit mushrooms• oranges• potatoes• summer squash
For those watching their sodium intake to reduce the risks of hypertension or high blood pressure, there is a wide variety of delicious, sodium-free fruits and vegetables that can be included in a sodium-free or low-sodium diet plan.
Cruciferous Vegetables• Broccoli• Brussels sprouts• Cabbage• Cauliflower• Kale• Turnips
Cruciferous Vegetables so named for the cross-like formation of the flowers produced by these types of plants, cruciferous vegetables are helpful in the prevention of certain types of cancer. These veggies are low in calories and high in fiber, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C and beneficial enzymes. These vegetables help with the immune system, help reduce constipation and other digestive problems and give you a feeling of fullness that helps you avoid overeating. The best benefits come from eating certain cruciferous vegetables raw, like broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
Good sources of folate (a type of B vitamin in blood)• Asparagus• endive• Lima beans• pigeon beans• pinto beans• strawberries• garbanzo beans• lentils• mustard greens• pink beans• spinach• white bean•beans•Legumes •Citrus fruits•juices •dark green leafy vegetable• Wheat bran•whole grains
Essential to the growth and function of new cells, folate, also known as folic acid, is important in every diet, but especially for pregnant women. Folic acid works with vitamin B12 and Vitamin C to help the body break down, use, and make new proteins. The vitamin helps form red blood cells. It also helps produce DNA, the building block of the human body, which carries genetic information. Folic acid may lower the rate of some birth defects such as spina- bifida
As you can see fruits and vegetables are vitally important to your health. Food choices do matter and are important for fighting disease.