Eating the colours of the rainbow - nature’s Vitamin tablet
It’s so easy in today’s fast paced society, where a lot of time is spent on the go to just grab the nearest Sandwich resting in the knowledge that you took your supplements this morning! Unfortunately the way that whole and natural foods work can’t really be synthetically made into a pill. You see whole foods in the shape of fruit and veg contain not only vitamins and minerals, which work synergistically for balance in the body, giving us nutrients that work with each other for maximum benefits, but also phytonutrients.
Phytonutrients, or phytochemicals, basically mean plant chemicals. They include fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains, lots of spices and include garlic, and my favourite - dark chocolate 😋. They are what give plants their individual colour or smell (ie garlic), whilst protecting it from things like UV rays and insect attacks, depending on the type of phytochemical present. They are not essential for life to exist like macronutrients and vitamins and minerals are, but they can play a part in out health. Think thrive not just survive. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and may help with immunity, detoxifying carcinogens and DNA repair after exposure to toxins. Although research isn’t conclusive as to which phytonutrients have which effects on the body, it seems that different people can reap different benefits, as well as things like whether the food is cooked or raw, stored, if fertilisers are used potentially changing the effect it has on the body. What seems to be acknowledged across the board however is that we need to be eating a rainbow of colours in our diet, and as many natural, whole, and when possible organic foods as possible to really let nature do its work!
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