Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Power of Fruit

Fruit – something good to me and for me. Yes, this wonderful and powerful food item we seldom think about has been right under our noses for centuries, or millenniums. Sure, we may nibble here or there on fruit, if it’s served to us, but many of us don’t eat fruit on a regular basis, as in everyday.

A friend of mine once encouraged me to read a small, paperback book entitled “Healing Fruits & juices From the Bible” by Brian Edwards. At $1.95, it was well worth it; enough to change my life. Are you ready for a new, healthier you? Read on.

Fruits are naturally low in fat, contain no cholesterol and have plenty of fiber. Get a load of the power of fiber: it wards off cancer, diabetes, heart disease and controls cholesterol. Who wouldn’t consume as much of it as possible? There’s more. Did you know that in order for your body to successfully eliminate garbage and poisons, your blood cells need to be free of fat and synthetic chemicals from junk food? Fruit delivers your blood from such enemies by cleansing and fortifying it, paving the way for the oxygen, vitamins and minerals it needs to fight disease, maintain your health and boost your energy. Life is in the blood – use the power.

Let’s look at the benefits of some particular fruits, starting with apples; the healing power is amazing. They contain the soluble fiber, pectin, which forms into jelly-like substance in the digestive tract. This substance then attracts enemies such as cholesterol and eliminates them from our bodies. Some major benefits are low cholesterol, which helps maintain normal blood pressure; low blood sugar; and a decreased appetite, which helps control overeating. If you experience nausea from eating certain types of apples, as I do, eat pears instead. They also contain a healthy amount of pectin, along with lots of potassium, which helps keep the lid on high blood pressure. Speaking of potassium, it’s married to the banana. Eat plenty, and give high blood pressure a swift, and maybe even fatal kick.

In addition to pectin, oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits contain the power of vitamin C. Heart disease is warded off by vitamin C. It gives a deathblow to cancer-causing chemicals called nitrosamines, and it gives the immune system a boost. My mother made me take vitamin C each day during high school. Guess what? The common cold and I were practically strangers. You probably need another testimony: a British friend of mine, Pauline, worked with me in Chicago for two years; I don’t remember one common cold attacking her body during this time. Her secret weapon was a glass of orange juice every morning. Of course, fresh squeezed orange juice is even better. Hurry, get to the store and stock up.

Even more power for the immune system is found in melons, which are rich in beta-carotene and good for preventing cancer and heart disease. Add to this a super dosage of fiber, and I’m convinced to eat more melons. Mangoes, papayas, peaches and apricots also boast the benefits of beta-carotene, along with others.

Last, but not lease, berries are our friends, as they provide sweetness and weight loss power! Raspberries and blackberries are richly blessed with insoluble fiber, which regulates the digestive system, particularly potassium, and it has been proven that blueberries and blackberries are good for treating diarrhea.

Of course, there are other ways to help maintain a healthy life, like eating vegetables and grains and exercising regularly. Those topics deserve articles of their own. In this one, I strongly encourage everyone to take advantage daily of this precious, natural gift. Start today and experience the power – eat fruit.

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