Defy Aging and Reclaim Your Health With Phytonutrients

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The only thing practically everyone agrees about

when it comes to diet and nutrition . . . we need

to eat more plants.  It's proven that eating more

fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk for

many known disease such as heart disease,

stroke, Alzheimer's, cancer, and

psychological disorders.

 

Unfortunately, as our "modern civilization" shifted

to a culture of fast food and convenience, we

increased the amount of processed foods we

consume.  As a result, fewer servings of fruits and

vegetables are consumed each day.

 

The nutrients we eat each day fall into three

categories:

1. Macronutrients - includes carbohydrates, fats,

and proteins

2. Micronutrients - vitamins and minerals

3. Phytonutrients - natural protective chemicals

found in plants

 

Macro and micro nutrients are required by our

bodies.  It's the fuel used to perform all the

necessary functions for life.  Phyonutrients' aren't

essential for keeping you alive, but they are likely to

help you live a longer, higher quality life.

 

What are Phytonutrients?

 

A plate full of processed food will be various shades

of beige - chicken nuggets, crackers, french fries.

By contrast, A plate piled high with fruits and

vegetables will be colorful and flavorful due to

the phyonutrients they contain.

 

These phyto nutrients are the plants natural

defense system.  They also provide protective

benefits to our bodies when we eat them.

 

They allow biochemical reactions to take place

properly, creating healthier tissues and organs while

fighting off damage to our cells.  The result is a

strong immune system and a body that heals

quickly when ill or injured.

 

What foods are highest in phytonutrients?

  • Beets
  • Red bell peppers
  • Dragon’s blood
  • Indian gooseberries
  • Peppermint and cloves
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
  • Dandelion tea
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Flax seed

 

Keep in mind that cooking certain foods can reduce

the nutrient content - especially boiling and

pressure cooking.  Ideally, eat your fruits and

veggies raw or steamed.

 

How to consume more "super foods"?

 

I think we all know fruit and vegetables are good

for us, but the average american eats less than two

servings a day.

 

Why don't we eat more if we know how good they

are for us? Are the road blocks time? cost? taste?

 

Here are a few ways to get more phytonutrients

into your diet. You - and your family - might not

even notice.

  • Wash, cut, prep your fruits and vegetables as

soon as you get home from the store so they are

ready for quick snacks

  • Add extra vegetables and fruit to your salads

(avocados, beets, sliced apples, or berries)

  • Experiment with adding a variety of fresh

herbs to your meal

  • Make smoothies loaded with kale, cherries,

spinach, and almond milk.

  • Add additional vegetables in soups, stews, pot

roasts, and chili

  • Drink a plant-based protein shake or greens

powder drink

  • Grow your own garden!

 

Adding color to your plate is a sure way to promote

a healthy lifestyle and is better than any

anti aging potion, lotion, or pill out there.

 

So, next time you sit down to a meal, see how many

bright colors are represented.  Snap a picture of

your beautiful meal and tag us on Facebook

(@peakpotentialpt).  We can't wait to see your

beautiful, healthy, creative meals!

 

*These are the plant based protein shakes and

greens powders we use nearly every day.  They

are NOT a substitute for eating a wide variety of

healthy whole foods, but fill the gaps when we

just can't make it happen.

AdvoGreens Snack Shake

AdvoGreens Greens Powder