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According to the RIVERSIDE SPINE AND WELLNESS CENTER, “With sufficient dietary phytonutrients, you can help prevent chronic disease, strengthen the immune system, combat the effects of obesity, and obtain numerous anti-aging benefits.”

Okey-dokey, you have my attention.  What the heck is a phytonutrient?

“Many phytonutrients are powerful antioxidants that circulate throughout the body, scooping up and neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are a normal byproduct of cellular metabolism, but too many of them will cause a lot of problems.”

Fine, but what is a phytonutrient?

“Fresh fruits and vegetables provide numerous health benefits, many of which are based upon the actions of biochemicals known as phytonutrients.”

Oh, okay.  Thanks.  So now what do I do?

“From a basic perspective, adding fresh fruits and vegetables of all types to your daily diet is a very smart way to help improve your current levels of health and well-being. Fresh fruits and vegetables are so important that many national agencies and organizations have promoted the “five to stay alive” rule – these groups recommend eating at least five portions of fruits and vegetables each day.”

Can you tell me more?

Super-Foods200“In recent years, media pundits around the world have proclaimed the extraordinary value of so-called super foods. Blueberries, broccoli, and especially kale have been described as possessing remarkable, almost magical, properties.”

Okay.  I see where you are going.

“Resolving to follow the “five-to-stay-alive” plan will add literally missing ingredients to your daily health regime. As you upgrade your nutrition, you’re automatically upgrading the functioning of all your body’s systems.”

Thanks!

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