The Benefits of Fruits & Vegetables

There was a time when organic food was the most important source of nutrition for man. As time went by and the world became fast, our food also changed. Today, ‘fast’ and processed food is the most common way of satisfying our needs. Yet, we must understand that without natural foods, our bodies become a hub of potential diseases and toxins. The ‘balance’ of life is disturbed.

So, what is balance? We learnt in chemistry class about the importance of pH. Our bodies react to the food we eat and the environment created is either acidic or alkaline. An acidic environment is created by animal products and processed, sugary and fast foods whereas an alkaline environment is provided by foods such as fruits and vegetables. It is essential to balance the treated food we eat by countering it with fruits and vegetable, otherwise the body becomes prone to illness by being in a condition where too much acid accumulates in the body.

Therefore it is not a surprise that fruits and vegetable are super-foods that aid in fighting several important ailments. Diseases such as heart disease, cancers, high cholesterol, high blood pressure are a few of those risks that can be prevented and fought with fruits and vegetables. This food type encompasses vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals which help in fighting disease.

In addition to fighting and preventing diseases, fruits and vegetable are important for weight management. Obesity is the cause of many diseases and it is becoming increasingly important to maintain an equilibrium in our lives by countering high calorie foods with low calorie and high fiber foods. It is much easier to control weight with snacking on fruits or vegetables when one is hungry. Also, including a portion of fruits and vegetables as a part of your plate makes for a healthier and more beneficial meal.

Check out this interesting video about a workshop that teaches yoga lovers not only what to eat, but also how to eat.

Hence, to maintain a healthy lifestyle in today’s fast paced world, it is important to try to include as many fruits and vegetables in your diet as possible. We are faced with an increased number of challenges related to health
in this age. Therefore, It is recommended to consume a minimum of 400g of fruits and vegetables a day to keep heart disease and serious health related risks at par. After all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And so does a carrot probably? Thanks for reading!

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