admin - June 14, 2013
Do you know the saying you are what you eat? While it may not literally be true, the saying does have meaning. Much of our health is determined by what we’re putting into our bodies through the foods we eat. If you’re not giving your body the essential nutrients it needs, your health probably won’t be as strong as it should.
Foods have the ability to give our health that boost it needs to stay resilient. If you choose to eat healthier foods, you can wreak the benefits, including things like lower disease risks, healthy aging, more energy, and a sharper mind.
It’s true that fruits and vegetables are generally good foods to eat, but do you know why? What do the different fruits and vegetables offer that make them so healthy? It’s time to find out. Best of all, these five foods below are all in-season right now, so you can find them at your grocery store throughout the month of June.
Why? Cherries are loaded with healthy antioxidants that can help speed up exercise recovery, promote sleep, and protect your heart. Other health-boosting ingredients in cherries include lycopene (commonly found in tomatoes) and vitamin C. They’re also low-calorie, so you can eat them without going over your calorie limit.
Why? Cucumbers contain 96 percent water, so if your body needs hydration, these are your go-to snack. Similar to cherries, cucumbers are also low-calorie and contain powerful ingredients like vitamins A, C, and K, magnesium, and potassium.
Why? The peak season for papaya kicks off in June, and it’s loaded with vitamins your body needs. A healthy dose of papaya can give you 70 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A, and three times your daily recommended intake of vitamin C. It also has fiber, potassium, and antioxidants.
Why? If your body needs more vitamins A, C and K, you should definitely eat more plums. Want to pay more attention to your cardiovascular health? This fruit is loaded with fiber and other ingredients that are especially beneficial for your heart and brain.
Why? This veggie may not be one you hear about very often, but it’s certainly packed full of powerful nutrients. It contains high amounts of fiber, vitamins A, B6, C and K, calcium, magnesium, and more.
If you’re really making an effort to start eating healthier, don’t forget to add the above foods to your grocery list this month. You can experience the many health benefits of eating foods loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals your body needs to lower disease risk factors (like obesity and high blood pressure) and fight off illness.
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