Here is a list of four reasons to eat more vegetables, particularly leafy greens:
Vegetables give the body fiber. Fiber helps keep blood sugar steady (especially important for diabetics), lowers bad cholesterol, and ensures regular bowel movements by preventing toxic buildup in the digestive tract. This can prevent the development of digestion problems, including constipation.
2. Vitamins & Minerals
Vegetables contain important nutrients, also known as phytonutrients, that give you energy, help make hormones, break down food, and can keep your skin, hair and bones healthy and strong.
3. Prevent Disease
The antioxidants alone in the vegetables play an important role in disease prevention by protecting the cells in the body from oxidation and free radicals. Without the antioxidant protection, the body is vulnerable to rapid degeneration and aging.
4. Lift Your Mood!
As pointed out above, the nutrients in vegetables have been shown to possibly improve brain chemistry enough to lift your mood. If you’re feeling low, look at your diet. Are you getting enough fruits and vegetables?
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