By Julia Fortune
Everybody knows the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and that can be attributed to the high amounts of fiber and water contained in the apple. But it isn’t just the apple that can keep the doctor away, all fruits contain high fiber and large amounts of water both of which are essential in detoxing and flushing your body. Fruits are also loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and many disease-fighting phytochemicals. Fruits help fight and prevent cancer.
All citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, fiber, water, and essential nutrients, but lemons are one of the superstars of the fruit world. It’s loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, and its liver cleaning abilities are legendary and the practice dates back centuries.
A glass of warn lemon water first thing in the morning and the last thing at night helps keep the liver clean and functioning properly. Sucking on a fresh lemon is a good way of ingesting vital nutrients as well as giving the liver a good jolt but please be cautious – too much lemon sucking can affect the enamel on your teeth! Try adding in some lime for a flavor change.
Are there fruits out there higher in vitamin C than citrus? You betcha! Tomatoes not only contain higher amounts of vitamin C, they contain large amounts of Lycopene which has shown to help to prevent prostate cancer. They are also packed with phytochemicals that have been shown to block the formation of carcinogenic compounds in the body.
Peppers are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Eaten fresh they are also very tasty. Now I’m not suggesting chomping down on fresh off the vine hot stuff, sweet peppers used as garnishes or as a snack are a healthy alternative to potato chips, etc.
Adding them to a stir fry along with your favorite hot pepper gives you a colorful and healthier dish. There are many types of peppers and they can grow most anywhere, check with your local grower for information on what’s best in your area.
If you’re looking for an antioxidant boost there is no better fruit than the superstar of the berry world – blueberries. Fresh off the bush, washed and mixed with nuts is a wonderfully healthy snack. All berries are good for you but blueberries by far lead the pack.
In my opinion melons contain higher fructose levels than most other fruits and contain more water so when the sugar craving hits have a slice of melon, especially watermelon. Ripe watermelon is about 95 percent water which aids in flushing toxins from your body and nothing quenches thirst better on a hot summer day than an ice cold slice of ripe watermelon. Be sure to check out how good fruits are for you in my book “Chronicles of a Cancer Survivor”.
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