Bob and I often have people tell us how good our skin looks. That we have a healthy glow. We have always attributed this to taking our Juice Plus daily and eating lots of fruits and vegetables in our diet. We have a green shake made with kale and other greens from our Tower Garden, seeds such as flax or chia, rice milk, fruit and 1 scoop of Complete shake mix for breakfast every morning. For lunch we have another Complete shake which we often add fruit in order to have a variety of flavors. Dinner is mostly a vegetarian meal of more vegetables, fruits and non gluten grains.
I recently read an article that explained why people were noticing our “glow”. This article explained some of the more noticeable ways the foods we put in our bodies, including fruits and vegetables, can affect how we look, feel, and what we excrete. If you have ever experienced asparagus pee (characterized by a potent sulfur smell), garlic body order (when every pour of your body seems to be exuding the stench of garlic), pine nut mouth ( a metallic taste in your mouth), or a nutmeg high (too much is hallucinogenic), you know what I’m talking about.
Most of the food effects discussed in this article are harmless, if less than welcome. But it got Bob and I thinking about the positive effects fruits and vegetables can have on our bodies and what they tell about our overall health.
Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Sweet potato skin
What it is: The healthy glow you get from eating lots of sweet potatoes or other carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables.
What Causes It: Carotenoids (the yellow-red pigments in fruits and veggies such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins, red peppers, and carrots).
What’s Happening: A diet high in carotenoids has been shown to support skin health by giving your complexion a rosy glow after just six weeks of increased consumption. These plant pigments accumulate in your skin, literally changing its color. That’s a good thing, because carotenoids are antioxidants, which means in addition to making you look better, they’re also protecting your skin against UV damage.
Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Blueberry brain
What It Is: The mental clarity you find from eating blueberries every day.
What Causes It: Anthocyanins (the red, blue, and purple pigments in fruits and vegetables like blueberries, purple cabbage, and beets).
What’s Happening: Anthocyanins are thought to increase signaling in the brain. That could be why eating them has been shown to support mental health, improving memory, learning, and mood. ,
Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Apple breath
What It Is: The sweet breath you get from chomping on apples.
What Causes It: Fiber.
What’s Happening: When you eat crunchy, high-fiber foods, your mouth makes more saliva, and the oxygen in saliva inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Apples also support oral health because they’re particularly effective at cleaning your teeth, removing the food particles that bacteria so love.
Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Leafy green eyes
What It Is: The visual clarity that comes from consuming plenty of leafy greens.
What Causes It: Lutein and zeaxanthin (the yellow pigments in leafy greens like kale and spinach, as well as some yellow vegetables such as corn).
What’s Happening: Numerous studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin support vision health. Specifically, they protect against age-related macular degeneration — the leading cause of blindness in people over 55. These pigments actually collect in the macula of the eye, where they act like a shield to filter out damaging UV light.
Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Broccoli mood
What It Is: The good mood that comes with being a regular broccoli eater.
What Causes It: Folate.
What’s Happening: Folate, also known as folic acid when consumed in supplement form, is an essential B vitamin. Folate deficiency has been linked to depression. This may be because folate helps the body make neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, which support mood health.
While you may not want asparagus pee or pine nut mouth, I’m guessing you’d love to have sweet potato skin, blueberry brain, apple breath, leafy green eyes, and broccoli mood! Have you noticed what positive effects eating fruits and vegetables has on your health? To read the full article click here.