Everyone knows they need to eat fruit and vegetables for a healthy, well balanced diet. Sometimes it can be hard to find fruit or vegetables that everyone in your house will eat. It can also be difficult to find the time to prepare fresh fruit or vegetables.
Chopping up fresh vegetables takes time. And if both partners of a household are working, it can be hard to find the time to properly prepare fresh vegetables.
Preparing fresh vegetables can be time consuming and difficult if you don’t know what you are doing. But if you do know what you are doing, you will be able to prepare fresh vegetable in a delicious way that doesn’t take hours to do.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are essential to staying healthy, feeling good, reducing pain and living a long and healthy life. Fruits and vegetables are chock full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that your body needs to function properly.
If you can’t find fresh fruits or vegetables, frozen are almost as good. Canned fruit and vegetables will have the least amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The canning process removes some of these positive properties.
The same goes for overcooking vegetables. If you overcook them, then the beneficial properties will leach out of the vegetables into the liquid outside of the vegetables, thus making it less healthy.
The main benefits from fresh fruit and vegetables are the anti-oxidants and fiber that are contained in them. Fiber is extremely important for gastro-intenstinal or gut health. Fiber will keep the food flowing through you. This will prevent the digested food from becoming toxic while inside of you and producing free- radicals.
Anti-oxidants are positively charged particles that attack negatively charged particles called free radicals. Free radicals are negatively charged particles that come from stress, eating processed foods with lots of chemicals in them (like pizza, hot dogs, donuts), and other means. Once in the body these free radicals attack molecules and processes and disrupt them. Free radicals contribute to the chronic, low grade inflammation that is present in most of our bodies.
There is an epidemic of chronic, low grade inflammation in the US. This inflammation, while minor, will irritate most disease and pain processes throughout the body. Most disease and pain processes have some inflammation involved in them. So adding more inflammation to the body will only increase the inflammation and symptoms of most disease processes. Thus making something like arthritis or irritable bowel syndrome much more painful, irritating and symptomatic. It is like throwing fuel on a fire.
The more fresh fruit and vegetables that you eat, the more anti-oxidants will be present in your body, the better you will feel.
Vitamins are also a great source of anti-oxidants. That is part of the reason why I think that everyone should be on a good multi-vitamin. It is possible to get all of the vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants from foods, but it is very difficult to do it. Most of us don’t have the time to prepare all of the fresh food it would take to adequately supply your body with all of the vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that we need to function properly.
It is possible to overdo it with too many vitamins and minerals, but it is very difficult. Most of us, if we are not being fanatical about it, will be fine eating fresh fruits and vegetables and taking vitamins along with it. The more anti-oxidants present in your body, the better off you will be. And if there is excess vitamins, your body will pee them out with no harm done to you.
The slide show that I have attached has some good, easy recipes for incorporating fresh vegetables and fruit into your diet. If there is even one dish in there that you like and will prepare consistently, then it is worth it to look at it.
Any little bit helps with reducing pain and inflammation and feeling better. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables and taking a multi-vitamin is a good way to make a difference, naturally and without chemicals or drugs. That, is the Pain Free Way.