The bright orange of pumpkin; the deep green of broccoli, the golden yellow of lemon, and the rich red of watermelon. Did you ever stop to think about what these colors mean?
These vivid colors are indicators of phytonutrients — natural plant compounds that support life for that plant and plant-eating humans as well.
The human body needs phytonutrients in a different way than it needs other nutrients like protein, vitamins, and minerals. Phytonutrients are able to provide electrons for the free radicals swooshing about in the body, preventing oxidation and organ stress. Oxidation can lead to illnesses including heart disease and cancer. So in other words, eating plenty of natural fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors each day can lead to a longer life and better health.
But statistically, we Americans are unadventurous diners. Potatoes account for over 25% of the vegetables consumed here each year. Technically, potatoes are a starch and have very little to offer compared to so many other colorful produce items. Sadly, more than 90% of us in the USA do not meet the daily minimum suggested intake of fruits and vegetables.
Time to turn this around! This fall we have a plethora of colorful squashes and fall fruits and vegetables available here in California. Enjoy something new every day. If that is too lofty a goal for you and your family, make it once a week. Why not plan to make some colorful roasted root vegetables for your Thanksgiving table? Check out Sprouts or Trader Joe’s for some cost-effective, healthy ideas for colorful, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn so different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is also a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.