Friday, July 18, 2008

Fruity Diet

I have been trying to stick to eating lots of fruits and veggies ever since my doctor told me I should watch my cholesterol....I am almost 23 and since the pregnancy ended I haven't been able to pick up my health as it was before due to stress, depression and so minute I am motivated to exercise and eat healthy, one minute all I want is to give up and just drift away....yepp....

So I decided I will motivate myself to eat healthy with facts, I now do research on everything i eat and how it benefits me to keep myself going with this diet.

I am not a big fan of grape fruit to be honest, but knowing its' benefits I am very determined to add it to my everyday dose of fruits.

Grape fruit cuts cholesterol like a super sharp knife, I remember when my dad had high cholesterol, all he ate everyday after meal was grape fruit and in no time soon he was free of cholesterol.

Last but not least, off course I had to take shots of it, another way to keep me motivated =)
Here are some captures I tried while cutting the luscious deep red grape fruits yesterday.

The grapefruit is a large citrus fruit related to the orange, lemon and pomelo. Grapefruits are categorized as white (blond), pink or ruby. However, this terminology doesn't reflect their skin color, which is either yellow or pinkish-yellow, but rather describes the color of their flesh.

Rich in the Nutritional Powerhouse Vitamin C

Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. Vitamin C-rich foods like grapefruit may help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms; over 20 scientific studies have suggested that vitamin C is a cold-fighter. Vitamin C also prevents the free radical damage that triggers the inflammatory cascade, and is therefore also associated with reduced severity of inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. As free radicals can oxidize cholesterol and lead to plaques that may rupture causing heart attacks or stroke, vitamin C is beneficial to promoting cardiovascular health. Owing to the multitude of vitamin C's health benefits, it is not surprising that research has shown that consumption of vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Prevent Kidney Stones

Want to reduce your risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones? Drink grapefruit juice. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that when women drank ½ to 1 liter of grapefruit, apple or orange juice daily, their urinary pH value and citric acid excretion increased, significantly dropping their risk of forming calcium oxalate stones.

Grapefruit Boosts Liver Enzymes that Clear Out Carcinogens

Grapefruit juice significantly increases the production and activity of liver detoxification enzymes responsible for preparing toxic compounds for elimination from the body.

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