In a recent blog I wrote on healthy lunch boxes for children, I brought up the point made in another article I had read about how you should not eat fruit with other food. As my knowledge on this particular opinion was non existent and I plead guilty to eating fruit after just about every meal, I decided to investigate further.
Well, seems like I have been doing it all wrong!
The new thinking is that fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach as it will then play a major role in detoxifying the system as well as giving you lots of energy for weight loss and other activities.
Fruit should go straight through the stomach into the intestines. But when you eat fruits at the end of a meal, it cannot do so. Your meal is busy being digested but if fruit is added to equation, the entire mass of food begins to spoil. Not nice!
This is partly the reason why your stomach can bloat or you can suffer from gas. Even greying hair, balding, nervous outbursts and dark circles under the eyes are all blamed on eating fruit after your meal but I find the first two a bit much to stomach (if you will excuse the pun).
It is definitely worth trying out this way of eating and see for yourself what happens. Sounds like a possible answer to the problem of irritable bowel syndrome.
The importance of fresh raw fruit
Meanwhile, this is a golden opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of eating fresh, raw fruit and of course fresh fruit juice. Avoid cooking fruit because the nutrients and vitamins can be easily destroyed. Fresh fruit juice should be drunk slowly so that it mixes with your saliva before you swallow it. A 3-day fruit fast is a great way to de-tox your whole body. Try it!
Here are some of the good things about different everyday fruits, many of which are anti-cancer but remember that to get the medicinal benefits, you need to eat a generous helping every day. For example 2 to 4 oranges or a handful of berries each day:
– we all know the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay” and while apples are not great for vitamin C, they have antioxidants and flavonoids that enhance the activity of vitamin C helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attacks and strokes.
• Kiwi Fruits
– delicious to eat and full of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E and fiber plus plenty of Vitamin C.
– equally delicious with the highest total antioxidant levels of all the major fruits. They protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.
– daily oranges help to keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent and dissolve kidney stones plus lessen the risk of colon cancer. Along with grape fruits and other citrus fruits, they assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
– these wonderful thirst quenchers are also high in glutathione which is great for boosting the immune system. Another plus is the presence of lycopene which is a cancer fighting oxidant, as well as Vitamin C and potassium.
– these tasty fruits are high in vitamin C as well as fiber which helps prevent constipation.
– this orange colored fruit is rich in carotene which is good for the eyes and is rich in vitamin C.
– another berry that is full of goodness. It improves memory and brain function. All berry juice is especially good at boosting gum health.
– these protect prostate health and are great for improving heart health and blood circulation. They work on reducing cholesterol levels and are high in anti-cancer oxidants.
– this fruit has rich sources of vitamins A, C, B6 and folate in addition to essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. Grapes contain flavonoids that are very powerful antioxidants, which can reduce the damage caused by free radicals and slacken ageing.
– they target the health and function of the womb and cervix in females while providing a good source of fiber, vitamin B2, C, E, copper and potassium. They are also an excellent source of pectin, which is a water soluble fiber.
– this fruit increases the mobility of male sperm and their numbers and can even overcome male sterility. They are good source of potassium, dietary fiber, calcium and manganese.
All the colors of the rainbow
We should all eat as many different colored foods each day as we can and you only have to look at the list of fruits above to see just about every color under the sun. But buy organic whenever possible because they are safer and come without the risk of pesticides and chemicals, particularly those without a thick skin.
Fruit is good for the skin too. Blend together bananas, strawberries and honey until it makes a paste texture and apply to the face for 15 minutes before rinsing off.
The phytonutrients of the fruit will nourish and rejuvenate your skin.