Incorporating plenty of colours in your diet is one of the easiest and most effective way to ensure wellbeing and keep myriad of diseases at bay. This Holi, as you celebrate with colours, resolve to bring colours to your plate to stay in the pink of health. Follow this simple rule of rainbow eating to get a wide range of nutrients through your diet. Let’s take a look at some colourful options.
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Pomegranate: This juicy fruit can prevent Alzheimer’s and even slow its onset and progression, thanks to the miracle antioxidant compound punicalagin (a polyphenol) in it.
Carrot: The beta carotene in carrots is famous for not just keeping our eyesight sharp, but is also equally effective in keeping our lungs clear of toxins too.
Orange: Anti-oxidants and Vitamin C in this juicy fruit help throw the artery-clogging homocysteine out of your system. Vitamin C also helps neutralize free radicals in the body, lowers inflammation and boost the immunity.
Spinach: It contains thylakoids, which decrease cravings for unhealthy foods like sweets or fast food and thus, helping with weight loss.
Grapes: The component resveratrol in this juicy fruit helps inhibit the release of compounds that cause inflammation on the cell lining of the lungs and help keep the lungs fighting fit.
Green chilli: Capsaicin, the compound that gives the mouth-watering punch to chillies helps lower inflammation and keeps our cholesterol numbers tamed.
Eggplant: Junk food makes our gut acidic, and an acidic gut leads to most gastric diseases. Eggplant helps help moderate the PH level of our gut, makes our gastro system alkaline and thus, helps keep us healthy.
Purple grapes: Grapes contain the potent disease-fighting phytonutrients anthocyanin, and purple grapes are most concentrated in this. Anthocyanin are heart protective, effective cancer slayers and also help lower blood glucose by improving insulin resistance.
Beetroot: It is rich in antioxidant betaine, which has anti-inflammatory properties and keeps cholesterol levels in control.
Radish: Radish is a natural diuretic, so it perfect to cut the bloat, clean the kidneys, and also keep urinary tract infections away.
Cauliflower: It is loaded with diindolylmethane (DIM for short), a powerful functional nutrient that has a positive effect on our hormonal balance. It helps rid the body of excess estrogen, and thus helps prevent depression, weight gain and chronic fatigue.
Peanuts: These will get you your quota of good monosaturated fats. Plus they also contain oleic acid, the healthful fat found in the much revered olive oil - at much lower cost.
Turmeric: This spice contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds that help spice up our memory and keep Alzheimer’s away.
Papaya: It helps arrest ageing. Vitamin C, E, and carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene in papaya protect the skin against free radicals that lead to wrinkles and other visible signs of ageing.
Pineapple: It is a de-bloating food; perfect for the days you are feeling bloated as it is loaded with minerals (potassium) and enzymes that help cut the bloat and detoxify the body.
Cinnamon: Sprinkling just a pinch of cinnamon in your morning cuppa’ can work wonders as this spice activates essential enzymes in the body, which stimulate the cells to respond more efficiently to insulin and help prevent diabetes.
Clove: An organic expectorant, clove helps to break up phlegm in the throat and esophagus, and also help prevent respiratory tract infections.
Ginger: Helps stamp out air pollutants out of the air passages before they have time to irritate the lungs.
All of these benefits by following just a simple rule – eating more colourful foods. These delicious fruits, vegetables and spices will not only keep you healthy, but they will also add a ton of varied flavours to each meal. Next time you go shopping, try picking up as many colours as you can and protect yourself from a range of diseases.
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