By guest contributor Barb Swanson
(author of Beyond Foods: The Handbook of Functional Nutrition)
Some Populations Live Decades Longer Than Average. Follow Their Wisdom
Populations of people who live the longest have been identified as living in Blue Zones. Researchers have found several common practices that contribute to their longevity and health. One of the practices they all share is that plants are the mainstay of their diet. Summer is the perfect time for you to use their health and longevity practice. Local farmers’ markets and produce helps nourish your body with fresh fruits and veggies. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, electrolytes and more.
Learn more about Blue Zone Diets
Here are a few health benefits of adding plants to your diet.
Digestion: Science shows that a happy gut feeds a happy mind via the gut-brain axis. Fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber, a key component to healthy digestion.
Supports Your Summer Glow: Summer is the season to show off the glow of your summer skin, the largest organ of the body. Glowing skin starts with the foods you consume. This summer, eat foods that contain plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C. These nutrients help support healthy collagen, which is essential for smooth, youthful skin. For more C, turn to fruits, including citrus and strawberries. For essential fatty acids, choose avocados, nuts and seeds.
Beat the BBQ Bloat: Summer BBQs often feature foods that cause bloating. Beat the bloat and discomfort by eating food enzymes before (and after, when needed) a heavier meal.
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