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Published on March 29, 2018

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Five Good Reasons to Eat More Veggies

They offer key nutrients and vitamins.

If you are dealing with a health symptoms or want to maintain current good health, remember your body needs actual vitamins and nutrients to repair damage and restore your health.

One of the best ways to do fix things, or keep them strong is by increasing the amount of veggies and fruits in your diet. A good example is vitamin C; it’s critical for your immune system and it’s found in those colorful bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach as well as dark, leafy greens.

Certain kinds can help keep cancer away.

Cruciferous veggies are touted as a highly beneficial group because they are thought to play important roles in cancer prevention. They do this due to the fact they’re packed with phytochemicals called isothiocyanates.

Broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower and kale are a few examples from this superstar group of veggies. Add them and you’ll be doing yourself a flavorful favor.

They’re great sources of fiber.

Fiber not only aids you by helping you “feel full” but offers what your colon needs to keep it as healthy as possible. Fiber-rich vegetables can help with weight management, and they also help balance dietary absorption of sugar.

That means you’re better managing your blood-sugar level, a great thing to do. Fiber can also help prevent constipation.

Surprisingly, they offer protein.

Yes, that’s right, I said protein, and while many people are concerned about getting more, they likely don’t think of plants as a good source. According to Institute of Functional Medicine, a cup of cruciferous veggies, like cauliflower, can provide about three grams of protein. That’s about the same amount you’d find in a half-ounce of lean chicken breast.

Another bonus is that when you get protein from plant sources, you get all that comes with them, such as anti-cancer fighting nutrients you won’t find in a piece of meat.

Because your mom told you to!

Your mother may not have explained all the details about why you should eat them, but she knew vegetables are good. They’re not only powerful antioxidants, they also help support your body’s efforts to detoxify and work to prevent cancer and inflammation.

So you can thank Mom, and honor her instructions, and include more vegetables in your diet every day. When you do, you’re giving your body what it needs to clean up, to combat aging, to decrease inflammation and to prevent cancer.

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

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