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The Health Benefits of Fruit

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Fruit is the most perfect food you can eat. It contains a host of vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy and to fight illness.

It contains 80% water which you need to flush and cleanse your system of harmful waste and toxins.

It takes the least amount of energy and time to digest and gives your body the most in return.

Eating more fruit will mean you are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods.

Free Radicals

You’ve probably heard of free radicals, without fully understanding what they are and what they do. Basically they are molecules that are continually produced in our bodies.

Free radicals play an important role in a number of biological processes, some of which are necessary for life and killing bacteria.

However an increased amount of free radicals in the body can damage other cells and may cause illness including cancer, strokes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, senile and drug-induced deafness, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s.

They are also believed to contribute to the ageing process.

Free radicals are further produced in greater quantities due to various external, environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, fumes, alcohol, radiation, pollution and even sunlight.

Unfortunately there isn’t an awful lot you can do about the environment you live in (unless you move or emigrate), but you can control the level of free radicals within your body with what foods you eat and their antioxidant properties.

Antioxidants

An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. Antioxidants play a vital role in limiting free radicals.

Although our body’s produce antioxidants naturally, it relies upon food sources to do so.

Fruits and vegetables are rich in these important antioxidants, especially brightly colored foods like cranberries, blueberries, strawberries and pomegranates. Consuming these fruits will naturally supply your body with sufficient antioxidant levels to protect you from ill-health and disease.

Fruit and the Digestive System

Most fruits function as natural laxatives, helping to regulate your body’s digestive process. They provide roughage and fiber which helps to keep your digestion system running properly and is important in helping your body get rid of wastes. With fewer harmful toxins exposed to the digestive system you can help prevent certain conditions like colon and bowel cancer.

Fruit for the Brain

The only food your brain can use and benefit from is glucose. Fruit is primarily fructose which is easily converted to glucose.

Studies have found that fruit helps to stimulate the memory. People who eat fruit on a regular basis are able to retain information and recall it faster than those who do not make fruit a part of their diet.

Studies have also proven that people who eat fruit or drink fruit juices on a regular basis will decrease their risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 76%.

What to Look for When Buying Fruit:

  • Whenever possible, buy fruits that are in season. They will usually be much cheaper due to the quantities available and you will increase the range of fruits you predominately eat.
  • Look for fruits without any nicks or insect holes. The skin should be clear and smooth.
  • Fruit that has a good color and just under ripe (slightly harder to touch) will last longer and contain more nutrients and vitamins.
  • Dried fruits contain a higher concentration of dietary fiber but will contain more calories than fresh fruit.

How To Eat Fruits?

Despite the fact that fruit provides us with so many benefits, most people don’t understand how to eat fruit that allows the body to effectively use its nutrients.

Always Eat Fruit on an Empty Stomach

Eating more fruits is just the tip of the iceberg as far as making a change to our overall health and well-being. When? and how? you eat fruit is extremely important in how it benefits us. Unlike other foods, which are digested in the stomach, fruit passes through the stomach almost immediately and into the small intestines.

It is then digested and the fruits’ sugars are released into the blood stream. If there is food already in the stomach like starch, meat and potatoes, which can take several hours to digest, the fruit becomes trapped there and begins to ferment.

If you’ve ever eaten fruit after a large meal, you might well recall burping the uncomfortable aftertaste long into the rest of the evening. Always eat fruit on an empty stomach for the most benefit. Even better is to drink natural fruit juice, as the nutrients are digested within about 15 mins.

What do you eat for breakfast? Chances are you immediately start to clog up your stomach with coffee, bread and other foods that take hours to digest. Instead, try eating fruit, and keep eating nothing other than fruit for as long as you can – up until mid-day is ideal.

Get yourself a good juicer and start making some deliciously tasting fruit smoothies. They will fill you up, cleanse your system and make you feel great!

Try it for 7 to 10 days and feel how much more energy and vitality you have. We are very lucky that there are so many fruits available to us that provide enormous health benefits.

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