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Anti Anemia

Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Easy fatigue & loss of energy is one of the commonest symptoms of anemia. Anemia is caused due to several reasons of which iron deficiency & deficiency of certain vitamins like B12 & folate is quite common, and this can be easily rectified by intake of diet that is rich in these nutrients.

Contrary to popular belief, fruits and vegetables can be a good source of iron, in addition,they are also rich in vitamin C which helps increase the absorption of iron into the body.

At the same time, too much iron leads to production of harmful free radicals, and interferes with metabolism causing damage to organs like the heart and liver. Iron which comes from fruits and vegetables is well regulated by the body as well as better absorbed in comparison to synthetic iron pills,also overdose is rare.

Some of the Fruits and Vegetables that helps prevent iron-deficiency anemia are ;

Heart Healthy
Cholesterol is a steroid lipid (fat) found in the blood and is necessary for proper functioning of cell membranes. However high levels of cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

About 80 per cent of the body's cholesterol produced in the liver and 20 per cent is derived from dietary sources. By itself the cholesterol found in food is safe but becomes a health concern when it gets oxidised as is seen in processed foods.

Fruits & vegetables contain no bad cholesterol just healthy unsaturated fats that are good for the heart.In addition they have several phytonutrients as well as soluble fiber which lowers the "bad" LDL cholesterol, while leaving the good HDL cholesterol largely unaffected.

However, it is also important how you consume your fruits & veggies, as deep fried vegetables, or fruits served with lots cream can end up being more cholesterol heavy, so keep that in mind while preparing your fruits and veggies.

The Fruits and vegetables that helps keep your heart healthy are; following
Energy Boosters
When we are low on energy we too often rely on caffeine, sugar, energy bars & drinks and other unhealthy fixes to boost our energy levels, only to crash later. Energy bars are often little more than a source of calories, and energy drinks full of caffeine can cause unwanted side effects such as irritability, anxiety and withdrawal fatigue.

Carbohydrates are basically body’s fuel, breaking down into glucose to keep your cells running. But which type of carbs you choose matters. Often called “nature’s dessert,” fruit is a great way to satisfy those sweet cravings, and is another excellent source of healthy carbohydrates. In many cases, snacking on fruits or vegetable salads between meals can give you the nutrients to power you until your next meal.

Starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes are considered complex carbohydrates, and they not only provide you with long-lasting energy, but also help keep you energized and reduce feelings of hunger in between meals.

The Fruits and vegetables that help increase your energy levels are the following
Natural Diuretic
Natural diuretics are natural foods and herbs that induce the removal of excess fluids in the body (water retention) by increasing urination. These foods either contain phytochemicals with diuretic properties or simply increase the rate of urine production because of their high water content.

Natural diuretics help you to lose excess water weight, promotes urinary tract health,removes harmful toxins from the body & provides relief from the overall feeling of discomfort and bloating effects due to indigestion, premenstrual symptoms, and blood pressure amongst others .

The Natural Diuretic Fruits and Vegetables are as follows
Good for Diabetics
Eating right is vital if you’re trying to prevent or control diabetes. Healthy eating for diabetes prevention or control is about losing weight, eating smaller portions at regular intervals, and preventing dangerous spikes in blood sugar.The key is a balanced diet that contains proteins, fats & carbohydrates, high in nutrients and moderate in calories.

Fresh fruits & veggies contain high-fiber complex carbohydrates also known as slow-release carbs that prevent spikes in blood sugar levels as they are digested more slowly. They are low in calories, which mean you can eat them all you want without worrying about increasing your calorie intake, and they also help to keep the tummy full for a longer time preventing you from binging on unhealthy snacks.

In addition, they are rich in nutrients and contain proteins, healthy unsaturated fats & are low in sodium and cholesterol free. Some veggies & fruits also contain specific antioxidants & nutrients that impact sugar levels positively, making it a healthy addition to the daily diet plan.

The Fruits and Vegetables that help control blood sugar & are especially good for diabetics are;
Good For Skin n Hair
If you keep your body healthy on the inside, the results will show on the outside. Unbalanced diets and wrong foods not only create deficiencies, but lead to a build-up of toxins and wastes in the body. This hampers the efficient functioning of the various systems in our body and is reflected externally on the skin, in the form of beauty problems, like acne, spots, dark under-eye circles, dehydrated skin, and hair problems like dandruff, weak falling hair & premature graying.

Fresh fruits & veggies contain essential nutrients and water content ,that will provide you with optimal health. To be more specific, vegetables & fruits that are orange and yellow, red and green are helpful in promoting healthy hair, nails and clear glowing skin.

The Fruits and Vegetables that help improve Skin and hair health are as follows
Pro Digestives
Digestion is the way your body breaks down food particles to be more easily absorbed into the blood stream. A number of things can complicate digestion, like the kind of foods you eat, medications, allergens, stress, illnesses and dehydration. Poor digestive system can lead to gas, bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhea as well as poor absorption of nutrients. Fiber, particularly insoluble fiber, which is present in abundance in fruits & veggies can help prevent constipation by bulking up stools and it keeps the food moving through the digestive tract. Eating at least 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables each day will provide you with the daily recommended level of fiber.

The nutrients in fruits & vegetables have anti-microbial properties that prevent growth of harmful microbes at the same time promotes growth of good bacteria in the intestines. Certain foods protect against gastrointestinal discomfort, while other foods have enzymes that promote digestion

Adequate water intake coupled with a balanced diet with a good intake of a variety of fresh fruits & vegetables, generally goes a long way toward promoting healthy digestion. And remember never to skip meals, no matter in how much ever hurry you are in, have your food or munch on an apple or a pear or have a quick salad, instead of the unhealthy processed foods.

Some of the foods that keep your gut healthy & helps improve digestion are ;
Anti Cancer
An anti-cancer diet is an important strategy you can use to reduce your risk of cancer. Fruits and vegetables contain many cancer-protective nutrients, including vitamins, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. These nutrients may offer protection against the development of certain types of cancer, some can even help inhibit cancer cell growth or reduce tumor size.

However there isn't a single element in a particular food that does all the work and the best thing to do is eat a variety of foods. Overall, leading a cancer free lifestyle means focusing on healthy diet, remaining physically active and abstinence from smoking.

The Fruits and Vegetables that helps reduce risk of cancer are as follows
Weight Loss
The best way to lose weight is to eat small portions frequently, as research shows that people who eat every 2 to 3 hours have less body fat and faster metabolisms than those who eat only 2 or 3 meals per day. But frequent eating doesn’t mean snacking, Rather than munching mindlessly, make each mini-meal complete -- with a serving of vegetables & fruits as they in addition to being healthy may in fact help you lose weight by making your body temperature rise, keeping insulin levels low or oxidizing fat

High fiber foods helps body burn fat as the body takes more energy to break it down, using up energy & boosting metabolism in the process. Also, foods that are rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits help your body burn fat quickly and boost your metabolism. Certain foods like capsicum contain compounds that help erase up to 100 calories a day by binding to nerve receptors and sending fat-burning signals to your brain.

In fact, just the act of chewing fruits& vegetables can increase your calorie burn by up to 30 percent.

Some Fruits and Vegetables that can help in weight loss / maintaining healthy weight are ;
Mood Enhancers
Our bodies are delicate balances of chemicals, hormones and neurotransmitters. Food not only sustains life, it determines the quality of that life. Fruits and vegetables are integral sources of nutrients essential to balancing mood and improving mental acuity.

Studies have shown several vitamins and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables—including folate and flavonols—to improved mood, and their complex carbohydrates, may increase concentrations of brain serotonin which has been linked to feelings of well-being and happiness.

On the whole eating more Fruits & Vegetables can relax your mood, act as anti-depressants, lower anxiety & anger levels and have a calming effect on the body.

The Fruits and Vegetables that help uplift mood are as follows
Good For Eyes
Carrots are good for the eyes, but so are leafy green vegetables and several colored fruits & vegetables. These foods contain antioxidant carotenoids like beta carotene (pro-Vitamin A), lutein & zeaxanthin and other compounds, which can improve vision, increase visual range & may help stop or slow certain eye diseases especially age-related eye diseases like cataract and macular degeneration.

Studies show of about 20 carotenoids found in human blood, only lutein and zeaxanthin are found in the visual system, suggesting they play a "special role" in human vision.

Research shows adequate intake of lutein and zeaxanthin early in life could help the development of a healthy, normal visual system in children. This has lead to an increased urge in parents to try and improve their children’s eyesight with fruits and veggies, from an early age itself.

The Fruits and Vegetables that helps improve eyesight are as follows
Good During Pregnancy
Eating a variety of green, red, orange, yellow, purple, and white fruits and vegetables will ensure that both the mother & baby will get a variety of nutrients especially antioxidants. Key vitamins include folic acid, which helps prevent neural tube defects and promotes a healthy birth weight, as well as several other nutrients which is needed for fetal development, as well as overall health of the mother.

The fiber content of fruits and vegetables also provides a number of benefits, like prevent constipation and hemorrhoids, two common problems during pregnancy.

Another advantage of eating across the fruit and veggie spectrum is that during the later stages of pregnancy, the baby is 'tasting' the foods the mother eats through the amniotic fluid. So if you expose your baby to a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables in the womb, you'll increase the chance that your baby will recognize & accept those flavors later on.

The Fruits and Vegetables that are beneficial during pregnancy are as follows
Natural Coolants
To beat the heat, don’t just rely on icy carbonated drinks to cool your body which are loaded with sugar and in fact dehydrate the body instead of hydrating! Instead, include minerals & vitamin-loaded fruits and vegetables to your diet. They are the best natural coolants to refresh your body and prevent dehydration in the scorching heat.

These foods have high water content that keep your body hydrated, have essential minerals that maintain electrolyte balance especially compensate for electrolytes that are lost when you sweat, contain essential nutrients and are low in calories which means you can eat them all you want without worrying about putting on those kilos.

The Fruits and Vegetables that are Natural Coolants for the body are as follows
Healthy Teeth and Bones
Munching on crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath. Also, they have properties that helps protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.

The most important thing is that Fruits and vegetables have an alkaline effect on the body. If you eat a highly acidic diet, your body will need to remove calcium from your bones and teeth where it is stored in order to keep to keep your body chemistry balanced and prevent you from developing an overly acidic condition

Plus they contain Calcium, Vitamin C, K, phosphorous, magnesium & potassium all of which directly affect bone health. They also contain phytoestrogens, and other unidentified dietary components which can prevent osteoporosis especially in post menopausal.

The Fruits and Vegetables that helps keep teeth and bone healthy are as follows
Blood Pressure Regulators
Blood pressure is one of the most important measures of your long term health, if not the most important. More than your weight, the range of your blood pressure can give you a quick picture of your health.

Increasing consumption of fruits & vegetables which contain soluble fiber help to keep your blood vessels clear from plaque build-up. Also these foods contain potassium which helps to balance out the negative effects of sodium and helps regulate blood pressure.

Further, methods should be practiced to reduce stress in your everyday life. Activities like regular exercise, taking a walk, meditation can all help to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

The Fruits and Vegetables that help maintain normal blood pressure are as follows
Immunity Boosters
Fruits and vegetables are storehouses of Vitamin C which have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & anti-viral properties and in general boosts immunity.However Vitamin C being water soluble dissolves in water and is not stored by the body hence we require a continuous daily supply in our diet. Also it is very important to prepare these foods correctly, as water-soluble vitamins are easily destroyed or washed out during food storage or preparation.So for better intake of Vitamin C, have the vegetables raw ( where possible) and have fruits daily.

Apart from just vitamins and minerals,the phytonutrients, antioxidants, fibers, oils and acids in fruits and vegetables, which give them their various flavors and colors, are also responsible for their many health, healing and immune- modulating properties. These bioactive compounds are used by the body to directly combat inflammation and infections and support detoxification and immune cell function through a multitude of mechanisms, many of which have yet to be fully understood.

Some foods that help boost immunity are ;
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