Health: Why You Should Eat More Fruits & Vegetables
Eating more fruits and vegetables daily will help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Veggies are important part of healthy eating because they provide sources of many nutrients like potassium, fiber, folate and vitamin A, E and they are vital for health maintenance of the body and help in the risk of cancer and stroke.
Red fruits such as red apples, cherries, red pears, strawberries, red grapes, red peppers, red cabbage, red tomatoes, red onions, cranberries, blood oranges, red beets and raspberries contain phytochemicals, carotenoids and anthocyanins. One of the most abundant carotenoids is lycopene. Lycopene helps reduce damage from free radicals in the body and it also prevents heart disease, cancer, prostrate problems, and reduces the skin damage from the sun. These red foods help memory function, urinary tract health, and make the heart beat properly. Red fruits and vegetables are also often very high in vitamin C, which helps in the cellular renewal in the body.
Yellow foods like pineapple, yellow apples, yellow figs, lemons, yellow kiwi, yellow pears, yellow water mellon, yellow beers, yellow pepper, yellow potatoes, rutabagas, yellow corn and acorn squash mango, papaya, peaches, oranges, sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants like vitamin C. Vitamin C keeps the teeth and gums healthy, helps to heal cuts, improves the mucus membranes (like when we have colds), helps to absorb iron, prevents inflammation, improves circulation, and therefore prevents heart disease. Some of the darker ones also cross over with the health benefits of orange foods.
Date is termed to be a laxative food, beneficial for people suffering from constipation. For getting the laxative effect from dates, you need to soak dates for one full night in water. You should consume these soaked dates in the morning like syrup to get actual advantages. Helps in Intestinal disorders, the nicotinic content that is present in the dates is said to be beneficial for curing any kind of intestinal disorder. Continuous intake of dates helps to maintain a check on the growth of the pathological organisms and thus, helps in the rise of friendly bacteria in the intestines. Dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina in the human body. A handful of dates, when soaked in fresh goat’s milk for the night and then grind in the same milk with the mixture of cardamom powder and honey, becomes a very useful tonic for increasing sex endurance and sterility due to functional disorders. Ripe dates contain potassium. Potassium is beneficial for controlling diarrhea. They are easily digestible, which helps to cope up with the problems of diarrhea. Dates are known as an excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication. Dates provide quick relief in the case of alcoholic intoxication. They should be rubbed and soaked overnight for getting more nutritious values from them. Dates are beneficial for curing abdominal cancer. They work as useful tonic for all age groups. They work as better as the medicines, and are natural and do not bear any side effects in the body. They can be easily digested and used for supplying extra and needed energy.