Today is a beautiful sunshiny day with a gentle breeze. Larry and I just got back from taking a stroll out in the woods of our property. We sat on a log in the sunshine enjoying one another’s company. It is so peaceful and calming just to enjoy nature as God put it around us.
Yesterday we both had appointments for our teeth to be cleaned and a dental exam. Everything looked good for both of us so that was a wonderful relief. We are so thankful we have our own teeth and do what we can to take care of them.. brushing twice a day and flossing every day. I try to use the water pik each night.. I believe it helps keep my gums healthy. It has been determined that gum disease can lead to other serious health issues such as heart disease so I do what I can.
As I mentioned in my last post, Larry is scheduled for a heart catheterization next week so we will hopefully find out the reason for the chest pains he has been having. Originally it was scheduled for this week but was pushed out. Waiting for medical tests and then waiting for results are two hard things to do but it seems we are at their mercy.
Meanwhile we are going to look at colors …
Carotenoids, Food Colors and Health… Green, Orange, Red, and Yellow
When you sit down to eat do you consider how the colors on your plate will affect your health? What do these colors mean to long term health? That will be the discussion in today’s article.
What do I mean when I say green, orange, red, and yellow foods? Mainly I will be discussing fruits and vegetables that have colorful flesh so I will not be discussing apples, bananas, or potatoes as their flesh is pretty pale in color. It doesn’t mean that apples and bananas or even potatoes do not provide nutrients; it just means they do not provide carotenoids.
Now what are carotenoids? There are many known carotenoids which are found in the human food chain of fruits and vegetables. These carotenoids are important to our health because of their protective power. Studies have shown that people who eat diets rich in carotenoids from natural foods are healthier and have fewer chronic illnesses.
Carotenoids are often thought of as ‘nature’s crayons’ and are the fat soluble colors found in fruits and vegetables. We are all exposed to free radical oxidation from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and when our body burns calories to produce energy. This free radical oxidation causes damage to our cells which puts us risk of developing illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and general immune dysfunction.
You have probably heard of Lycopene, astaxanthin, beta-carotene, lutein, and other names of carotenoids. I’ll not try to name more but the major point is that they all work together to protect our cells. Carotenoids are not interchangeable for one another. They may have specific functions but do not function well if alone or isolated. It is important that we take them in as a family as they are in the food nature has provided for us.
Let me give you an example of how they function. Lutein and zeaxanthin both play a big role in protecting the back of the eye from developing macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in the elderly. Yet neither lutein nor zeaxanthin work alone, they need one another as well as the entire family of carotenoids to fully protect the eye.
Another example is Lycopene which has been shown to prevent cancer and heart disease. Here again the Lycopene does not work alone, it must be accompanied by the rest of the carotenoids as found in tomatoes and watermelon.
I mentioned earlier that carotenoids are fat soluble. They are powerful antioxidants that have the ability to neutralize free radical oxygen thus reducing damage to the fatty part of our cells as well as reducing the risk of developing namely cancer and heart disease.
Some major carotenoid rich fruits and vegetables are:
- Leafy greens such as kale, collards, spinach, Swiss chard, mustard and beet greens
- Red, orange, and yellow peppers
- Sweet potatoes and yams
- Chili peppers
Add good health to your life by adding colorful fruits and vegetables to your daily intake of food. How many servings of colorful fruits and vegetables do you eat daily? Ideally we should be eating a minimum of 5 servings and ideally as many as 13.
What can you do to enhance your carotenoid daily intake? I suggest a supplement in addition to your actual food intake that far exceeds any other of its kind.. (GNLD)Neo-Life’s Carotenoid Complex.
(GNLD)Neo-Life’s Carotenoid Complex (3 capsules daily) has been proven in government USDA studies to:
- Boost overall immune response by 37% in just 20 days.
- Increase natural killer cell levels by more than 21% in just 20 day.
- Reduce blood lipid (fat) oxidation. Blood lipid oxidation contributes to arterial blockage that can lead to heart disease and stroke.
- Prevent the oxidation of cellular lipids (fats) by 44%. Oxidation of cells can contribute to the onset of cancer and other diseases.
Just recently a new study by Harvard Researchers and National Cancer Institute shows that carotenoids protect against breast cancer.
Why do you need to consider (GNLD)Neo-Life’s Carotenoid Complex in addition to eating healthy serving of colorful fruits and vegetables?
- Each capsule provides a variety of carotenoid “family members” as they naturally occur in the human food chain in fruits and vegetables.
- Each capsule has our exclusive blend of carotenoid-rich extracts and concentrates derived from whole tomatoes, carrots, spinach, red bell peppers, strawberries, apricots, and peaches.
- Our unique formula has been tested and shown to deliver at least 15 powerful carotenoid family members.
- Our advanced technology yields a 98% extraction efficiency processed under low-temperature and our oxygen-free encapsulation guarantees high potency of lipid-soluble carotenoid nutrients.
- One capsule of Carotenoid Complex equals the antioxidant power of 800 IU’s of vitamin E.
- Each capsule has a natural base of pure olive oil which promotes ingredient stability and helps optimize carotenoid absorption.
- Each capsule contains pure lecithin from soybeans which helps stability of nutrients and aids in digestion.
- There are no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners; truly 100% natural.
- Each capsule provides the complete carotenoid value of an optimal serving of a wide variety of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables.
- Each capsule is well qualified to fill the gaps in your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
Here are some tips for more success:
- On T-Tapp Twist, tuck a little more and keep ribs up when twisting to the side.
- Many people straighten knees while pumping arms behind the back on Primary Back Stretch. Stay aware and keep knees bent. Think “ribs up” on each pump. Tighten glutes to help NOT lean forward on the arm pumps.
- On plies, it’s very important to make sure both feet are turned out equally (one tends to want to turn out more.)
You can eat carbs without gaining weight if you have a strong core.
Add a drop to herbal tea to help and aid normal digestion.
Massage several drops on abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe minor stomach discomfort for motion sickness.
Rub one drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (be careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of neck to relieve head pressure.
Have you used peppermint oil? If so, what do you use it for?
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Pat has been married to the same man for over 51 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle. This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition. Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others. Her goal is to share with others the things she has learned and is still learning about having the BEST REAL HEALTH possible.
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