How Fruits and Vegetables Support Your Body

We’ve heard it before but we do we need reminding? We all know that eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables will help us live longer and be more active throughout, but we’ll still likely to pick up a bag of chips over eating a bag of baby carrots. Why? Are we stubborn? Yup. But, hey, we’re working on it – and that’s what counts!

Here are some reminders meant to encourage you in your quest to age well, maintain your energy and live a long and active life. Fruits and veggies – we’ve been hearing it all our lives … why? Because …

  • They are nutrient packed. As we age, we need more and more nutrients to keep our health optimal. Aging could actually be called a ‘nutrient deficiency'. Ample amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables contain enough vitamins and minerals to keep you going healthily along to a ripe old age.

  • They are low in calories. You can eat and eat and eat vegetables and fruits and you won’t gain weight. Weight maintenance is a huge part of aging gracefully. Being overweight puts you at a much greater risk for a wide variety of diseases: heart and stroke, digestive cancers and lowered immune response to any viruses or bacteria.

  • High in fiber! It’s true that as we get older, there sure is a lot of talk about fiber. Suddenly, we’re talking about colon health with people we hardly know! But those of us who have had (or do have) bowel or digestive problems, know that it is one of the uppermost things on our minds.

    And then, when our elimination improves, we want to shout it from the rooftops! A healthy digestive system starts with enough fiber… and those fruits and vegetables are just plain chock-full of nutrition and fiber (and that can really help us not to feel so … ‘chock-full’ ourselves!)

  • They naturally control your appetite. What?? Yes. Fresh fruits and vegetables, because they’re fiber-rich, actually fill you up, and leave your hunger feeling satiated. So, you feel full but your girth doesn’t widen. Plus, you don’t have to be the long term research for any of those questionable diet pills or appetite suppressants!

  • They’re full of nutrition and antioxidants. The research is finally solid that antioxidants promote healthier longevity. Antioxidants are your body’s free radical fighters – and they are fighting hard to make sure that you live a long, healthy, disease-free life. Free radicals attack your healthy cells and even your DNA. Big trouble!

    And so we arrive again at fruits and vegetables; full of vitamins B, C, E, A and beta carotene. (Did you just go to the fridge and get some carrots?)

    Antioxidants improve your immune system’s response, thus preventing disease. They protect your brain and nervous system from oxidative stress that can lead to memory loss. Antioxidants fight premature aging.

So you’ve been reminded. (Don’t feel chastised, just give yourself credit for reading this and for making the effort to eat better.) Eating two servings at every meal, and having two snacks of one serving each, is recommended. AND, it’s easier than you think. You will be surprised how good organic fruits and vegetables taste. Really.

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