You may be wondering … what’s all this chatter about phytonutrients and why are they so vital to my diet? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find your answers. I did a study on the importance of phytonutrients and found out some pretty amazing information regarding their significance. Did you know that if they are missing from your diet, the consequences can be quite weighty? No pun intended of course! First of all, let’s discuss what phytonutrients are. They are vibrantly colored plants and foods carrying bioactive chemical compounds proven to be beneficial to our health and well-being. The antioxidants found in these plants protects the cells in our body, from the damaging effects of oxidation. These phytonutrients have also been proven to be a powerful blow to fat. In the journal of Nutrition Research, they discuss a study that included women eating raw fruits and vegetables, verses another set of women, who ate health food bars. The results were pretty astounding. On an average, the women who ate the raw fruits and vegetables (filled with phytonutrients) lost 22% more fat than the group who ate health food bars.
How do phytonutrients work:
1) They fight infections in the body that lead to inflammation, which in turn leads to fat storage.
2) They have enzymes that detoxify the body and strengthen the liver.
3) They provide a power boost to the thyroid and adrenal glands.
4) They empower the genes that turn off fat storage, and promote fat burn to occur instead.
5) They trigger the body’s internal mechanism to eat less, yet have the feeling of being full.
6) They create vital sources of nutrients which fight cancer cells
7) They strengthen red blood cells
What are some foods that contain phytonutrients:
1) Fruits such as: apples, apricots, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and kiwi
2) Cashews, sunflower oil, sesame seed oil and flaxseed oil
3) Vegetables such as spinach, kale, lettuce, green beans, asparagus, parsley and brussel sprouts
4) Watermelon, squash, carrots, cantaloupe and tomatoes
5) Onions, leeks, shallots, celery and garlic
6) Red grapes, green grapes, red wine, peanuts and almonds
7) Avocados, black olives, green olives, olive oils and bell peppers
Begin filling your diet with the above foods and watch the weight disappear. Not only will you experience predominate weight loss … you’ll also feel energized, experience clarity in your thoughts, manage stress much easier, and feel an overall feeling of wellness in your body. Studies have also shown that people who have incorporated phytonutirnets into their diets have also seen improvements in glucose control, decrease in high blood pressure, the lowering of bad cholesterol with an increase in good cholesterol.
Another important key factor to incorporate in to your diet is water! Make sure you drink at least 64oz. of water per day in order to flush out your colon and promote proper distribution and permeation of the phytonutrients that are being passed through your body, (by your newly incorporated foods you are eating). I have been very satisfied with the results so far! I hope you will make the change and be encouraged by the positive results that are certain to occur in your life as well! We only have one body … let’s try to care for it as best as we can. Here’s to your health!