Your gut loves yellow fruits and vegetables

YellowFruitAndVegetablesIt is well known by now that most Americans consume waa..ay too much cereal, bread and other refined flour products (think gluten, or glue), and waaaay too few vegetables.

What a reduction we would see in the chronic illnesses and obesity that plague us if the majority of our diet consisted of nutrient dense vegetables of many shades, each color offering its own special ‘treatment’ for a healthy body.

So if your tummy screams for Tums because of indigestion and other stomach problems you’ll be glad to know that your gut loves yellow fruits and vegetables, whose claim to fame lies in their protective healing qualities that promote healthy digestion. These vegetables and fruits are rich in beta-carotene, flavonoids, lycopene, many phytonutrients, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A and zeaxanthin, all nutrients which perform many functions in the body, including reducing age-related macular degeneration, lowering bad cholesterol and blood pressure, providing collagen for healthy joints, promoting healthy alkaline balance and working with magnesium and calcium to keep your bones healthy.

But we will focus on the gut, the center of our immune system where countless neurotransmitters are manufactured. Most people don’t know that many chronic diseases begin in the gut, so we don’t want a dysfunction there.

Carrots, for example, with their abundant vitamin A,  help protect the stomach from harmful micro-organisms. Regular consumption of carrots is known to help prevent gastric and peptic ulcers, indigestion and colitis. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology noted that adequate amounts of vitamin A  help prevent breakdown of the stomach lining by coating intestines and preventing inflammation. Chewing carrots increases saliva. Most of us don’t chew our food enough–which is very important for optimal digestion and the body’s absorption of nutrients.

Diarrhea can be treated naturally with carrot soup. Cook a pound of carrots in 6 cups of water, then puree it. The soup supplies fluid for dehydration and provides sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium your body needs with bouts of diarrhea.

Lemons stimulate healthy bowel movements and are a great detoxifier, especially for the liver. Many natural health practitioners recommend beginning the day with warm water and lemon juice.

Sweet potato is a vitamin A star among the yellow-orange group as it contains super compounds with maximum ability to convert vitamin A for the body’s use.

Other excellent yellow-orange foods include cantaloupe, yellow tomatoes and potatoes, pineapples, yellow summer and winter squash and yellow sweet and hot peppers.

So toss the Tums and eat yellow and orange fruit and vegetables every day. Create a rainbow of colors on your daily plate. Your gut and the rest of your body will love you for it.

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