Following a clean, wholesome balanced diet is rule number one in keeping off unwanted weight so you live younger longer. And one of the easiest ways to nourish your body is with organic fruits and vegetables. Not only do they provide vitamins, minerals and fiber, but fruits and vegetables are also a good source of antioxidants to help fight inflammation and can regulate the immune system. Antioxidants can be found in all fruits and some vegetables (the darker and more intense the coloration, the better).
Foods high in antioxidants, like fruit, will help to keep free radicals, inflammation and AGE production under control. If you don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, you’re missing out on the naturally occurring vitamins, enzymes and co-agents, which are essential for fighting free radicals and battling uncontrolled inflammation.
A healthy mixture of fruits every day is best. For example, try and have at least one banana, one apple, some berries or red/black grapes every day as a matter of course. Add different fruits for variety: citrus, papaya, pineapple, kiwi. There are no fruits you should avoid. All fruits provide antioxidants, minerals and fiber, plus some carbohydrates and plant protein.
Berries, especially blueberries and blackberries, are on the list of high-nutrient foods; they provide lots of nutrition in a small package. Resveratrol, found in dark-skinned fruits, may inhibit the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Their vitamin C boosts the immune system, fights inflammation, and reduces the risk of heart disease and cancers.
One of the easiest ways to get your daily dose of fruit is by drinking a fruit smoothie. The recipe below is one of our favorites.
BERRY BERRY BOOST
1 cup of strawberries
½ cup of blueberries
1 large beetroot
2 large apples
Cut the strawberries in half. Run the strawberries and blueberries through the juicer. Next, juice the beetroot and apples. Stir the juice together and add ice. Let chill for a few minutes before drinking.