Just by the use of colors you can balance your diet! Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Well… you don’t have to be artistically inclined! All you need to do is pay a little attention to the food you eat. Nutrition experts strongly recommend adding color to your diet. You may say… sweets and candy bars are generally colorful, but remember they do not contain natural colors and hence are not healthy. They often contain preservatives and chemicals that harm your body. So, stop splurging on artificially colored and flavored foods – opt for natural ones instead. The key is a variety of naturally colored foods.
Diseases like cancer and heart disease are often attributed to the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are the natural by-products of biochemical reactions which take place during metabolism by the body’s immune system. Of course, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, pesticides, herbicides and cigarette smoke are also sources of free radicals. If left to accumulate in the body, free radicals can damage the structure of cells, both internally and externally. If our body fails to repair the damage, these cells are more likely to develop into cancer. In the case of heart disease, free radicals play a part in the formation of deposits in our blood vessels. These accumulated deposits can cause the vessels to become narrow and affect blood supply to the heart. If the blood vessels get completely blocked, blood will not be able to flow through them to the heart, which can lead to a heart attack.
So, what role do colors play?
The natural carotenoid and flavoring pigments found in food have antioxidant properties, which means they have the ability to fight and neutralise free radicals in the body. Research indicates that high intake of fruits and vegetables protects against some forms of cancer. This is most likely due to the unique range and mix of vitamins, minerals and other photochemicals they possess. Deeper the color, the greater the benefits.
How do I include color in my diet?
- Getting more color in your diet doesn’t mean you have to drastically change your current eating habits….
- Have a glass of 100% juice in the morning.
- Keep a mix of dried fruits on hand for a quick snack. Carry it with you at all times.
- Grab an apple or banana on your way out. Eat it fresh.
- Include at least two vegetables in your dinner.
- Get into the habit of starting your dinner with a salad. Don’t limit your salads to the bare essentials – experiment with different items such as berries or orange slices, lettuce leaves and coriander to add variety – think colour!
- Eat fruit for dessert.
- Always add greens to sandwiches.
Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Tomato Soup, Red Onions, Beets, Kidney Beans, Red Beans, Red Lentils, Apples, Strawberries, Cherries, Watermelon, Raspberries, Pomegranates.
Most red fruits and vegetables contain an antioxidant which offers protection against ultraviolet rays and cancer, and helps to prevent urinary tract infections and diseases related to the circulatory system.
Green Group :
Spinach, Coriander, Cabbage, Curry leaves, Cauliflower, Ladies finger, Mint, Celery leaves.
Your mom says, “Eat your greens” – she is right. Green vegetables not only look great but also possess excellent antioxidant properties that protect your eyes by keeping the retina in good condition. Research also shows that green vegetables reduce the risk of cancerous tumors. Green foods in your diet ensure rejuvenation of the entire system. They help to balance the entire system.
Orange/Yellow Group :
Carrots, Sweet potatoes, Papaya, Pumpkin, Mangoes, Sweet corn, Peaches.
These contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that improves cell communication and thereby helps to stop the spread of cancer. Folate, found in orange fruits and vegetables, may help prevent some birth defects. These foods help in the elimination of toxins from the body, thus stimulating the digestion and assimilation of food.
Blue and purple Group :
Purple Grapes, Plums, Raisins, Blueberries, Blackberries, Purple Figs, Dried Plums, Black Currants.
These not only add an element of tranquility and richness to your plate but are said to have an influence on the pineal gland (the third eye) and the nervous system. Thus, consumption of these leads to clarity in thinking. Some of them are said to lower the level of a chemical that is known to increase the risk of heart diseases and cholesterol.
White group :
Cauliflower, Onions, Garlic, Turnips, Ginger, Bananas, Pears.
These contain sulphur compounds that protect DNA and also contain flavonoids, the antioxidants that protect cell membranes.
Therefore, the more colorful your diet is (all natural colors, of course), the better equipped your immune system is to cope with diseases. Now it is time to make a healthy wish and watch it come true, as the rainbow journeys through your system spreading goodness and cheer… So the next time you go to your local supermarket, let your eyes do the choosing; load your trolley with as many differently coloured fruits and vegetables as you can.
Source from : Infinitheism site
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