Did you know that the skin of cherries relieves pain just as well as ibuprofen? Or that avocado works great as a hair conditioner? In other words, food is medicine. We rounded up the top six healing powers of certain fruits and vegetables.
As a continuation of my previous thread on "How not to die", I'm working my way through the food chain. I have said before in previous posts that food ultimately is the cure for pretty much all that ails you. Our society is very ill, at least the Western culture is, and it's spreading throughout the world as I write this piece. So this is my little part to spread the word, that there are solutions. Let's talk about fruit!
No single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients you need to be healthy. Eat plenty every day.
A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check. Eating non-starchy vegetables and fruits like apples, pears, and green leafy vegetables may even promote weight loss.  Their low glycemic loads prevent blood sugar spikes that can increase hunger.
At least nine different families of fruits and vegetables exist, each with potentially hundreds of different plant compounds that are beneficial to health. Eat a variety of types and colors of produce in order to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. This not only ensures a greater diversity of beneficial plant chemicals but also creates eye-appealing meals.
Citrus fruits, including lemons, contain active components called phytochemicals that benefit health. These include:
A serving of 3 STRAWBERRIES contains the following nutrients:
4.15 g carbohydrate
1.1 g of fiber
9 mg of calcium
7 mg of magnesium
83 mg of potassium
31.8 mg of vitamin C
Strawberries also contain thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and vitamins B-6, A and K.
Oranges are a sweet, round citrus fruit packed with vitamins and minerals.
Oranges are among the richest sources of vitamin C, with one medium fruit providing 117% of your daily requirements.
A 141 g orange also contains the following nutrients:
16.27 g carbohydrate
3.4 g of fiber
61 mg of calcium
14 mg of magnesium
238 mg of potassium
63.5 mg of vitamin C
Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body. This vitamin is also essential for immune system function. It boosts immune function by helping the body to absorb iron from plant-based foods.
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That's it for today folks, happy hump day. Keep your stick on the ice, we are all in this together!