Six Ways Whole Foods Fuel Long and Active Years
The sad fact is that many have their retirement kidnapped by poor health. Americans with Medicare see an average of seven different physicians in a year. Even at age 55, more than half of people have more than one chronic health condition. These medical problems vacuum up money needed for more fun and meaningful activities. The pain and disability of illness are potent barriers to desired activities and quality of life. Yet much of this suffering can be avoided and even reversed.
Whole plant foods are healthy life span enhancers that work together as a powerful team. Here are six reasons why.
• Protective phytochemicals
• Perfectly packaged nutrition
• Inflammatory balance
• Durable, fracture-resistant bones
• Detoxification from toxic chemicals
• Optimize the functioning of your genes
Phytochemicals. Whole plants, including vegetables, fruits, beans, potatoes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, are brimming with health-boosting compounds called phytochemicals.
Plants form these natural chemicals because they are protecting themselves. Phytochemicals protect vegetation from harm, repel natural insect enemies, and allow plants to flourish.
The range of phytochemicals, eaten together in whole foods and forming a powerful team in your body, can encourage detoxification, neutralize the free radicals that damage and age your cells, balance your immune system, protect brain functioning, keep hormones at ideal levels, reduce blood pressure, and attack bacteria and viruses. You can’t obtain this impressive array of benefits, which supports a long and vigorous life, with animal foods, supplements, or heavily refined foods.
Optimal overall nutrition. Just as whole plant foods deliver the blend of natural phytochemicals your body is designed for, so these foods are the ideal source of the other nutrients that boost lifespan.
All plants need protein, fats, complex carbohydrates, and minerals to survive. All are dense with natural vitamins. As just one example, consider folate.