Spring is here! The flowers are blooming everywhere, and just like nature, we want to blossom, too. This time of year encourages us to get moving and reach our fitness goals. It's a great time to start.
We all know that what we eat affects how we feel and how much energy we have. That's why healthy, tasty meals go hand-in-hand with exercising and motivation. See how these in-season fruits boost your workout and your culinary pleasure.
Here are some of the phenomenal benefits of this sweet fruit.
- High in magnesium, potassium, and folate needed to convert carbohydrates into energy
- Increase blood flow to the brain
- Prevent blood clots
- Enhance heart health
- Reduce free radical skin damage during those brisk walks and runs in the morning sunshine.
- Relieve arthritis and gout symptoms because of their anti-inflammatory properties so you can keep exercising.
Only ¼ cup a day provide these benefits so enjoy them in your yogurt, salad, cereal or just as a nutritious snack.
These small gems are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, providing health perks to enhance workout performance.
- A study found that drinking tart cherry juice for 7 days before and during a running event minimized post-run muscle pain. Cherries relieve soreness you experience after a workout by reducing inflammation.
- Lower high blood pressure. Your blood pressure usually spikes during weight lifting. Consuming cherry concentrate before working out could help regulate blood pressure, the effects lasting up to 3 hours.
- Help keep arteries flexible improving blood flow throughout the body and brain
- Contain melatonin which helps regulate sleep cycles so you'll feel refreshed and ready to go every day.
Cherries are a delicious way to stay on top of your fitness routine.
Tangy and sweet, this fruit contains a high amount of bromelain, an enzyme that reduces severe inflammation. It also:
- Contains high amounts of thiamine which increases energy production.
- High in magnesium and potassium, both needed in higher amounts when you exercise.
- Provides speedy recovery after a strenuous workout or needed surgery. That way you can get back to your calisthenics more quickly.
- Promotes strong bones
- Boosts the immune system.
If you have a hard time getting the sweet meat off the large seed of a mango, try natural products that already have mango pieces prepared for you. Here's why they're an awesome fruit to include in your diet to support health and keep you moving.
- Lower bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Regulate blood sugar levels
- Help prevent night blindness. Nice to know if that's the only time you can get your run in.
- High in vitamin E that helps protect cells from free radical damage and even stops the production of free radicals.
- Help alkalize the body because of the tartaric, malic, and citric acid they contain.
- Anti-inflammatory, protecting you from disease and muscle pain.
Freshly ripe or dried apricots are an outstanding way to enhance your exercise and health these ways:
- Help balance your blood pressure and electrolytes, very important when you're exercising a lot.
- Increase your stamina by improving respiratory health. They act as an expectorant, their stimulating effect actually helps asthma, too. Just make sure you get the sulfite-free version of the dried fruit, since sulfites can be irritating to some.
- Prevent irregular heartbeat
- Prevent anemia.
This little fruit gives you a powerful dose of minerals and nutrients, so keep a bag of them on hand, whether dried or fresh.
Did you know that citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemons, limes, and oranges actually boost brain health? Read what else they do. They're high in fiber and over 100 phytochemicals they contain help you:
- Stabilize your blood sugar, especially if you have your fruit with protein.
- Lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Reduce homocysteine levels, a hormone causing inflammation that damages your heart.
- Protect your digestive system from esophagus to colon.
- Keep you hydrated since they're 90% water.
- Reduce free radical damage of your DNA
- Lessen symptoms and duration of a cold
- Support the body's production of collagen
The rewards of this fruit group are hard to pass up. They add zest and flavor to any food and drink. Squeeze a lemon or lime wedge in your water or tea, or an orange slice in your coffee. It's good! Cut some oranges to put in your salad, or try ¼ of an orange, skin and all, chopped into your yogurt with blueberries and flaxseed. Delicious stuff. Citrus fruits definitely help you stay healthy and fit.
Remember when people used to shy away from avocados if they were counting calories or trying to lose weight? Those days are gone. Avocados are packed with nutrients that protect your health. Here's how:
- Surprisingly, they help you lose weight. People who eat avocados have lower weights, BMI's, and less belly fat.
- Reduce your risk of heart attack because they're high in monounsaturated fats, B6, C, E, and K vitamins.
- Have more potassium than bananas, an essential mineral you need to help regulate fluid balance and muscle contraction, a must if you're physically active.
- Loaded with healthy fiber, so they leave your hunger satisfied.
- Increase your HDL cholesterol level, (the good kind)
- Help your body absorb antioxidants from other fruits and vegetables, so slicing it up into your salad, topping your favorite meal with some guacamole or putting it in a smoothie is a superbly healthy thing to do. Good job!
Eating healthy can taste incredible. Don't hesitate to eat this highly nourishing and savory fruit.
Unlike refined sugar, the fiber, nutrients, and minerals fruits contain far outweigh their sugar content. Moreover, they can help manage struggles with high blood sugar if used in moderation. Their healing, rejuvenating abilities make them an important part of any healthy lifestyle. Enjoy these powerhouses while they're in season and feel the difference.