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In my book, Why Fresh Vegetables and Fruits Lead to a Healthy Body, I discuss how to get tasty fresh fruits and vegetables easily into your daily diet to obtain an optimal level of alkalinity, enzymes and minerals in your body. If you have weight you want to lose, eating fresh whole foods will give you a solid, long term solution that will sustain itself over time.  When we remove processed foods (chemicals and additives) and replace it with fresh whole foods, extra weight will naturally fall off. Another benefit of eating fresh whole foods can be improved overall more youthful, and healthy appearance.  I also found a renewed physical strength and lost the aches and pains I felt while eating processed foods.

Acid-alkaline imbalances can lead to disease, including cancer and diabetes. Acidity is largely caused by diets high in processed foods. Many staples of the American diet—processed foods, meat, dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, refined sugar, and wheat—are acidic. Alkaline foods balance acidic foods, but most of us don’t consume enough alkalizing food. This is the reason that the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and many other health organizations recommend a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Why are fruits and vegetables so important? Because they are high in minerals that help to keep your body in the alkaline state that medical research has shown is the ideal internal environment for achieving and maintaining optimal health.

Enzymes are needed for the digestive system to work.  Digestive enzymes break down the food we eat, releasing nutrients for energy production and cell growth and repair.It is a sad fact that 90 percent of the food Americans buy is processed food.  Diets heavy in sugar, cooked, and processed food, deplete your body’s ability to make enzymesFortunately, you get many enzymes from Fresh Living Foods. These foods directly help with your digestive process. The more Fresh Living foods you eat, the lower the burden on your body to produce the enzymes it needs, not only for digestion, but for practically everything. Cooking food above 118 degrees kills most enzymes. There are two basic ways to increase enzyme intake. First is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables which are a good source of enzymes. Fermented food like plain yogurt and miso, intake improves body’s enzyme status. The other way to increase enzyme status of the body is by intake of enzyme supplements.  These supplements range from $8 to $45 per bottle/month.

 

Minerals found in fruits and vegetables are imperative to our body health. Fresh fruits and vegetables are an inexpensive and easy way to get these minerals into our families diet through tasty smoothies.  My book includes recipes on how to optimize your mineral intake through fruits and vegetables. Just a few of the minerals I discuss in my book; Potassium, is essential for the body’s growth and maintenance. Phosphorus, is necessary for the formation of bones and teeth and of the nerve cells. Magnesium, is needed for bone, protein, making new cells, activating B vitamins, relaxing nerves and muscles, clotting blood, and in energy production. Calcium, eases insomnia and helps regulate the passage of nutrients through cell walls. Iron, “The major reason we need it is that it helps to transport oxygen throughout the body,” says Paul Thomas, EdD, RD, a scientific consultant to the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. Sodium, is required by the body to regulate blood pressure and blood volume. It helps regulate the fluid balance in your body. Sodium also helps in the proper functioning of muscles and nerves. Zinc, This metal is important in a number of key activities, ranging from protein and carbohydrate metabolism to the immune system, wound healing, growth and vision. Copper, Copper is involved in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron and the formation of red blood cells. It also helps supply oxygen to the body. Manganese, is essential for proper and normal growth of human bone structure. It is a very effective mineral in aiding in the increase of the mineral density of spinal bone. This is especially true and useful for post-menopausal women. Selenium, is a part of several enzymes necessary for the body to properly function. Generally, selenium functions as an antioxidant.  Antioxidants protect cells from damage.

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