Julia’s Inn: Eating healthy: An array of colors offers health and vitality

By Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz, N.D.
Teacher of Naturopathic Medicine

Spring (I think) is finally here, and it is time to get your gardens ready. With the drought in California and GMOs in our grocery stories, if you do not have a garden, then I would highly rethink starting one. I know many friends and clients who live in condos and apartments that have container gardens or are in a co-op; there are a lot of possibilities. If you need a name for a co-op, please call my office, and we will be glad to give you farmer Dan’s contact information.

Let’s look at the array of colors that give you health and vitality. To eat healthy, your plate needs to be a rainbow of health-boosting, metabolism-reviving nutrients.

1. Red: The rosy hue of the luscious produce comes from the lycopene and antioxidant family. This protects skin from sun damage, decreases the risk of heart disease and certain forms of cancer. The red fruits and vegetables are rich in powerful flavonoids that fight cancer and reduce heart attacks. (1)

2. Orange & Yellow: These colors are immune boosters. The carotenoids convert into vitamin A in the body. Who would ever realize eating mangos and butternut squash helps the immune system? (2)

3. Green: Did you know that every vegetable in the green spectrum is low in calories and high in fiber? If you want to lose weight, green is the word. You get a lot of nutrition in a low-calorie package, and it fills you up. The chlorophyll in greens may help ward off cancer and has alkalizing benefits to help you bring your pH back into balance. (3)

4. White & Tan: Don’t let their look make you think boring. They are loaded with anthoxanthins, which have been shown to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and heart disease. Many of the foods in this category contain allicin, which may reduce the risk of stomach cancer and inhibit tumor growth. (4)

5. Blue & Purple: These dark beauties have phenolics and resveratrol that reduces the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease while improving the memory. (5)

With all the disease and illness that is in our lives today, why are we not getting back to basics and realizing that God has given us foods to heal our bodies? Instead of taking a statin to lower your cholesterol, why not eat the foods that will naturally do this and detox your liver? There is no guarantee what will happen tomorrow. You are given today; what are you going to do with it? Let’s start by taking care of our health.

If I can help you with your health needs naturally, please call my office to make an appointment.

1) Ashley Koff: Registered Dietitian

2) Frances Largeman-Roth: Registered Dietitian

3) Ashley Koff

4) Frances Largeman-Roth

Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz is a Naturopathic Practitioner who in the year 2000 found out she had breast cancer. She did not do the chemical therapy or radiation and is celebrating her 14th year cancer-free. She specializes in helping people with auto-immune disease. You may reach her in her Rockford office at (815) 962-3326.

From the April 16-22, 2014, issue 

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