In fitness, food, healthful eating, National Nutrition Month, Uncategorized, wellness on March 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

The more colorful, the better!  Every color has a different set of nutrients, and that means more health benefits for you.  So mix it up!


  • Reds, such as strawberries, tomatoes, apples: Reported to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They contain many nutrients, including the familiar lycopene.
  • Greens, such as spinach, kale, collards, broccoli, asparagus, dandelions: Considered a super (high nutrient) food, greens have been reported to do everything from boosting immunity to improving mood and increasing energy. They also keep you from aging, because their nutrients fight free radicals, those rogue cells responsible for disease and premature aging (i.e., wrinkling)
  • Oranges and yellows:  Ever notice that most moisturizers contain vitamin C?  That’s because this vitamin helps promote collagen formation, and the orange and yellows are loaded with it. They also include things like lycopene, which aids eye health, and the oranges and yellows work well with magnesium and calcium to bring you healthy joints and bone health.

NOTE:  While you might think of a lemon as an acidic fruit, it’s actually alkaline—and that’s important to know because you want to keep your blood’s PH well-balanced.  Disease thrives in an acidic environment, while it does not in an alkaline one.

  • Eggplant, grapes, blackberries, blueberries and other blues and purples. They’re loaded with vitamin C, fiber, lutein and reversatrol (that means you can have that glass of red wine.) These not only boost immunity, but they fight inflammation (so responsible for many diseases) and even improve mineral absorption.
  • Parsnips, bananas, mushrooms, potatoes and other whites: These nutrients increase immunity, balance hormones and reduce the risk of some cancers.


About Irene:

Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is an integrative nutrition and holistic wellness coach, speaker, writer and book author.  Her website is:

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  1. Your posts always make me hungry for more health food 🙂

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