Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals

A phytochemical is a natural compound that is found in plant foods.  These phytochemicals work with nutrients and fiber to protect from disease.  It has been shown that Phytochemicals are found in fruits and vegetables and may help to slow down the aging process and help to reduce the risk of other diseases.  So, what fruits and vegetables should I be eating to get my phytochemicals?  The more colorful the fruits and vegetables, the more potent they are with phytochemicals.  The colors that are the most rich in phytochemicals are blue, green, purple, white, yellow, orange, and red.  Everyone should be eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every single day.  A serving is about a half cup as a general rule.  Combination of raw and cooked vegetables is a good rule of thumb.  This is on an individual basis.  Sugar will suppress the immune system so eat a diet rich in fruits and eat the peel!  Blue/purple foods lower cancer risks, promotes healthy aging, and increases memory function.  Green foods improve vision health, promote strong bones, and lowers cancer risk.  White, tan, and brown foods promote heart health, lower cholesterol, and lower cancer risk.  Yellow and orange foods contain varying amounts of antioxidants that promote heart health, promote vision, and boost the immune system.  Red foods contain lycopene and they help the heart, increase memory, and lower the cancer risk.

Garlic

Probably no household food has more documentation regarding its remarkable healing properties than garlic.  Often described as a healing elixir and a restorer to youth, garlic is well-known around the world for its germ fighting, anti-aging, antioxidant and body-cleansing effects.  Garlic’s greatest benefit is the ability to prevent blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.  It can also kill flu viruses, fight insomnia, lower blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.  A dose of garlic per day is a great way to maintain optimum health.  Research has shown that increased intake of garlic and an onion greatly reduces many different types of cancers.  There are two different causes of disease: toxicity and nutritional deficiencies.  Ways to prevent toxic waste from occurring include the following: eat healthy, live in a clean environment, take digestive enzymes, and have an alkaline and acidic natural balance in your body.  Balance your diet.  Eat a variety of foods to insure good health.  Don’t eat the same things over and over.  Your body needs variety!  Avoid processed, polyunsaturated and trans-fat foods at all costs.  When visiting your local grocery store, start you’re shopping on the outside of the store-that’s where all the freshest foods are!