Delicious Fruits That Heal Us
by Lisa Metzgar, PhD
Delicious Fruits that Heal Us
Summer is my favorite season for food. There are so many wonderful sweet, juicy, and colorful choices. The fruits of summer bring back childhood memories of ice cold watermelon on a hot day, picking sweet cherries from my grandparent’s tree, and juicy peaches from the farmer’s market. Summertime is a wonderful time of year to start changing your diet. Summer is a great time to start turning more to natural and even organic foods. Fruits are very cleansing and are easy to digest making it the perfect food for those hot summer days. We are also much more active in summer. Fruit provides quick energy. There a lot of water in fruit so it helps to keep us hydrated in the hot summer sun.
January is a typical time to make New Year Resolutions to eat better. It is a lot more difficult in the winter because it is still cold and we want the comfort foods, the baked goods, the delicious hot chocolate by the fire. Summer is the perfect season to make some dietary changes because there are many sweet choices. Fruits are a great way to wean yourself from processed and sugar loaded foods. Fruits are nature’s sweets and are very satisfying. Unlike the sugar bombs, fruit is not only sweet but have vitamins, minerals, fiber, and life-giving water all good stuff for your body. And NO FRUIT IS NOT FATTENING! Our bodies need carbohydrates! Your brain needs carbohydrates!
Fruit is a quick form of clean energy for our body. The form of sugar in fruit, glucose, is turned into energy in about 30 minutes using oxygen. The byproducts are water and carbon dioxide. Your body uses the water and expels the carbon dioxide.
Fruit also stimulates your brain functions. It makes you think faster and you can recall information more easily. The main fuel for your brain is glucose. Without glucose, you have fuzzy thinking. High protein diets not only make you weak and lethargic, but you also can’t think very clearly and your brain literally starves.
Fruit can be added to lots of your favorite recipes. Try a mango chutney on top of your grilled fish, add pears to your salad, or whip up strawberries with yogurt in the blender for a refreshing smoothy. Adding color to your meals will also lift your spirits. A plate filled with reds, yellows, oranges, purple, and green makes eating more interesting and contains all great things to make your body healthy.
Here is a list of fruits and their benefits:
Strawberries contain lots of Vitamin C. This is great for your immune system especially your spleen. Strawberries, as well as other berries, help balance blood sugars and benefits the pancreas.
Watermelon contains lycopene which can help protect against cancer and heart disease. Watermelon is also very cleansing because it contains a significant amount of water
Blackberries and Blueberries help balance blood sugar and have powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins.
Mango contains carotenoids which protect against cancer.
Pineapple have great digestive enzymes and is great to eat after your meal to help digest your food.
Peaches and apricots contain magnesium which helps bring a sense of calm and helps you sleep.
Cherries can help get rid of gout.
Bananas also contain magnesium as well as potassium which helps with muscle function and regulates your heartbeat.
Apples help keep the doctor away by adding the beneficial fiber pectin to your diet.
As you can see, there are so many benefits to eating your recommended servings of fruit every day. Increase your energy, cleanse your body, think more clearly, hydrate your body, and eat very yummy, juicy, sweet treats every day. Enjoy your summer and visit your local farmer’s markets frequently!
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LisaMetzgar, PhD,she received her BA in Biology from UCSD, is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and received her Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition.
Lisa has taught body mind retreats in San Diego, Seattle, and Australia and currently has a practice in Reno, NV where she does nutrition counseling.Lisa's passion is to educate families about a healthy lifestyle.
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