The world of fruits is so much larger than just apples and oranges. In addition to the plump, sweet, and juicy produce that you’re used to seeing at your local grocery store, you can eat some pretty unexpected things.
Whole fruits are the ultimate health foods for your body. The health benefits associated with real fruits and natural fruit juices are well documented. Whole fruits and raw juices are a great source of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body needs. They also contain a wide range of phytonutrients that help protect you from disease and promote overall health.
Healthy eating is the key to optimal health. To do so, it’s essential to eat a variety of foods and not solely rely on supplements. You should eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and fish.
Examples of a diverse diet include:
I hope you’ll continue finding these fruits and vegetables an exciting addition to your diet. Many of them are delicious and versatile, so you can eat them year-round if you want.
Studies have shown a strong correlation between eating a varied diet and optimizing your body’s immune system. There’s also research to support the connection between eating whole foods and immune-supportive factors.
Your body has a built-in cold-support system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “People with weak and deficient immune systems can get a cold when they could easily catch the illness. It happens because getting colds often happens when people are busy and need time away from home to care for themselves and their families.”
Supplements are not necessary for getting the body the supplies it needs to fight off the common cold.
Dr. Wayne Dyer, a professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at George Mason University, stated,
“Your immune system works as well without vitamins and minerals as with them.”
Vitamin D can turn on and off the immune system, helping your body recognize and eliminate invaders from your body. You can get vitamin D from activities such as sun exposure, but also through foods.
Healthy, plant-based sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, fortified foods, mushrooms, soy products, and dairy. Others include:
Besides vitamin D, zinc plays a crucial role in helping to build and maintain healthy immunity. Zinc is converted into a steroid hormone and helps regulate the functions of exactly 12 immune-system cells. This particular immune system cell enables the body to recognize and attack by-products and foreign substances that are targeting your immune system.
Zinc is also essential for calcium metabolism. When the body isn’t getting enough of this necessary mineral, it can lead to symptoms such as constipation. (1)
But there are some things you can’t get enough of. I’ve always been very skeptical of supplements and whole foods. With that mindset, I reached out to a few experts to see what they thought.
“All nutrition is just about getting the basics: calories, water, vitamins and minerals, and essential vitamins and minerals. Then, you add it up, and that’s where the real issues start.”
Water is the key to optimal health. According to scientific research, around 70% of Americans do not get enough water.
A plethora of diverse foods improves your overall health by providing your body with the proper fuel. You may want to add whole foods to your diet more often than taking them as supplements, as they are generally more sustainable. However, it’s essential to eat the right foods for your body.
From apples to bananas, seeds to olives, seeds to nuts, and grains to protein-rich beans, the world of fruits are so much larger than just apples and oranges.
I try to include at least one healthy vegetable or fruit with every meal. After a long day, having vegetables on hand is a great way to reset your mood and restore your energy.
A wide variety of whole foods provides your body with various vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Fruits are no exception.
In addition to enhancing health-promoting nutrients, fruits and veggies are delicious and can help you feel full and satisfied. It doesn’t take a lot to provide your body with good nutrients at any point in time. You don’t need to consume more than 50 grams of protein with every meal.
And just because greens come in powder form doesn’t make them bad foods. Dietary fiber can play an essential role in helping you feel full. Research shows that fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, beans, and fruits, help you control your blood sugar better and promote healthy blood cholesterol levels.
It may seem like greens are boring, and you should be eating more of them, but the opposite is true. There is so much variety in gardens, and you can choose them based on your current diet needs. Also, many fruits and vegetables contain natural fiber, so they’re great for consumption in powder form. However, you don’t have to be a plant-based juice drinker to benefit. Carrots, spinach, watermelon, and cucumbers have plenty of dietary fiber. Also, whole grains provide more nutrients than refined grains, which can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and body weight and improve your cholesterol levels and keep your blood sugar levels steady.