Changing what you put into your body can affect what goes on inside it.
If you want good things to happen on the inside, fruits and vegetables are two of the primary things you should be putting in from the outside– because recent studies back the claim that, without proper dietary nutrition, you may be in for a world of hurt.
The Union of Concerned Scientists asserts that Americans aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables.
Furthermore, a whopping 127,000 people die each year in America from cardiovascular disease that could be prevented, accruing $17 billion in medical spending. Heart disease is a “costly killer,” according to the UCS.
If that math doesn’t add up for you, put it this way: eating just ½ cup more of fruit or vegetables each day would add up to $2.7 trillion in medical cost savings.
What You Should Do
In short, the solution to improving your heart’s health– and saving lots of cash in the process– is in what you eat. Considering heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, perhaps you should purchase more foods in the produce section of your grocery store.
Indeed, there is evidence showing that increased fruit and vegetable consumption lowers risks of chronic diseases– especially cardiovascular diseases– like high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke. So spend your food money on the fresh stuff that’s heart-healthy, like blueberries, broccoli, cantaloupes, spinach, oranges, or whatever other fruit and veggies you may fancy.
Aside from spending more on produce, start reading labels, avoiding corn syrup and unhealthy sugars, and moving away from other ingredients that appear unhealthy– because if they look it, they probably are.
While changing what you eat can even help your wallet, as you’re more likely to avoid prescription drugs for heart disease and diabetes, JustStand.org also encourages you to avoid the “sitting disease”– that tendency for us to plop down on our butts and not move around.
By implementing fruit and vegetables into your everyday routine, you and your wallet will both be feeling better.
Check out five of the healthiest fruits and veggies below.
These citrusy fruits have more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement, which might help raise “good” HDL cholesterol levels while strengthening your bones.
The citrus flavonoids in lemons can also inhibit cancer cell growth while acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. Stick a slice of lemon into your tea. One recent study found that citrus fruits raise your body’s ability to absorb many antioxidants found in tea by a whopping 80 percent.
One of the founding fathers of good health, these green health greats offer more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement, and nearly 200 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C, which are two nutrients that are key in bone production.
Brocolli also helps fight off many cancers. Did you know that you can preserve up to 90 percent of broccoli’s vitamin C by simply sticking it into the microwave? By comparison, steaming or boiling brocolli retains only 66 percent of the nutritent.
These mushy guys are rich in healthy fats that have been shown to decrease cholesterol by nearly 22 percent in one recent study. In fact, just one avocado has more than half your daily fiber requirement and 40 percent of your daily folate requirement, which might lower your risk for heart disease. Adding avocado to your salad can increase your body’s absorption of key nutrients (such as beta-carotene) by 300 to 500 percent compared with salads sans avocados.
Spinach carries two immune-boosting antioxidants that are crucial for eye health, called lutein and zeaxanthin. Recent research even indicated that spinach is one of the most effective vegetables against fighting cancer. Spinach is a flavorless addition to any smoothie. Seriously– you won’t be able to taste it in any smoothie you make!
Just one red potato carries 66 micrograms of cell-building folate, which is roughly the amount carried in a cup of spinach or broccoli. Also– just one sweet potato has nearly eight times the number of cancer-fighting (and immune-boosting) vitamin A daily requirement. Before eating your potato, let it cool. Research indicates that this will help you burn almost 25 percent more fat following a big meal because of a fat-resistant starch in the potato.
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