Dr. Anna Jetton
Let's Celebrate National Veggies Day!
Did you know that every June 16th is National Fresh Veggies Day? The holiday was started to help create awareness about the benefits of eating fresh vegetables. These days, many people opt to eat process or fast foods, neglecting to get enough servings of veggies that offer the nutrients they need to be healthy. The more fresh vegetables you eat, the healthier you will be – it’s really that simple. So, this June 16th, make a commitment to eat more fresh veggies. Support your local organic farmers or think about growing your own veggies in your backyard or maybe a local community garden. Health Benefits of Eating More Fresh Vegetables Your mother was right when she told you to “eat your veggies!” Veggies are loaded with vitamins, mineral and antioxidants that offer many health benefits. Here are some of the top health benefits of eating more fresh veggies: Decrease Inflammation Fresh, organic vegetables are one of the best foods to eat to decrease chronic inflammation. Scientific studies have now concluded chronic inflammation is the root cause of most diseases. Improved Blood Pressure According to the CDC, roughly half of American adults have high blood pressure. Eating more potassium-rich foods can offset too much sodium (salt) in the diet. Heart and Gut Health Veggies contain a lot of beneficial fiber, which is great news, because most of us aren’t getting enough. High fiber foods can help your heart and gut health. Eating more veggies can also boost your immune system, improve your eyesight, improve your skin, and help your mind stay young and working optimally! Veggies to Enjoy This June! Now that you know just some of the health benefits of eating more vegetables, here are some that are available in June:
Happy – and healthy – eating! SOURCES: