Eat more fruits

Eat More Fruits

A Healthier You Day 11

Eat Fruits at least 4 times a week – ideally, with every meal.

Health Benefits of Fruits

  1. Fruits aid digestion because they contain high amounts of dietary fiber. Fiber also improves bowel movement and facilitates weight loss since it keeps you full for a long time. NB: If eating fruits upsets your stomach, try boiling them before eating to break down excess fiber responsible for the upset.
  2. They are a natural source of sugar (mainly complex carbohydrates) which is a source of fuel for cells and bodily functions. So, instead of filling your system with processed sugar, you can use fruits like dates, blueberries, and pineapples to sweeten your foods.
  1. They are rich in antioxidants that combat free radicals in the body. By fighting free radicals, these antioxidants keep your heart healthy, fight cancer cells, and prevent inflammation in different body parts.
  2. They are also rich in important minerals such as magnesium, which facilitates your body’s absorption of calcium. Calcium is the mineral that strengthens the bones and prevents osteoporosis.
  3. Fruits are also a rich source of vitamins, especially vitamin C. You can call this vitamin the superhero vitamin. It is responsible for the following functions in the body:
  • The growth and repair of body tissues. Hence, vitamin C also sees to the healing of wounds.
  • Iron absorption – this process is vital for red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body.
  • Healthy teeth and gum maintenance.
  • Formation of collagen – the protein that keeps your skin taut to prevent wrinkles.

Tips To Help You Eat More Fruits

  1. Buy fruits whenever you see them
  2. Whenever you crave unhealthy foods, buy fruits instead.
  3. Commit to eating one type every day. You can do two or more.
  4. Fall in love with fruit salads and smoothies.
  5. Never run out of fruits at home.
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