The Alkaline Diet: Eat the Rainbow by Life Water Ionizers
Food, not Skittles. Eating the Rainbow refers to including all different colors of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Besides adding color to your meals, eating all colors fruits of vegetables has a health benefit: Each color represents a different group of nutrients. By eating all colors of fruits and vegetables, you will get the health benefits of a more nutritionally complete diet. This article is the first in a series on eating the rainbow that will appear on the Life Ionizers blog this month. Below is a handy guide to the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables based on color.
An important note for arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferers
Regardless of what color they are, you should not eat Nightshade vegetables. Nightshades trigger the pain and inflammation of arthritis and the flare-ups of fibromyalgia. Stop eating nightshades, and you will likely feel significant relief from your pain in about 2 – 3 days.
Nightshade vegetables are:
- Peppers (except black pepper)
The Amazing Antioxidant Power of Purple Foods
Fight aging: The color purple in foods comes from a pigment called anthocyanin, a protective antioxidant. Put purple foods on your plate to help break the spell of aging. There are other antioxidants, like resveratrol, that can be found in purple foods as well. The benefits are many, discover all the benefits of eating purple food in this article.
Purple foods are also high in Vitamins C and K. Vitamin K is potassium, so eating a diet rich in purple foods can help you offset the sodium in your diet. Our bodies use potassium to balance sodium levels.
The blue foods: Yes! Blue is a natural color in food
There aren’t that many blue foods, but like purple foods, blue foods are rich in anthocyanin. Blueberries and blue corn are the most common blue foods. Other blue foods, cornflowers, borage, butterfly blue pea, are not common. All three are flowers, and are usually used as a decorative garnish.
Green foods. Your grandmother was right
Green foods include vegetables and all superfoods, like spirulina and wheat grass. Superfoods are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other beneficial nutrients. Green fruits vegetables are rich in a wide range of vitamins and minerals, so they should take up a substantial portion of your meal.
Looking good with yellow foods
Your eyes and skin benefit when you eat yellow foods, because they contain carotenoids which are good for vision and healthy skin, and may even help prevent some cancers. Yellow foods include mostly fruits like bananas, but also some vegetables such as corn and yellow peppers.
Orange, not just for Vitamin C
Oranges are the best known orange food, and it’s well known that oranges and other citrus fruits are a great source of Vitamin C. Other orange foods, specifically vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes contain beta carotene, which in foods (but NOT supplements!) has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers. Supplements with beta carotene haven’t shown any of those benefits, and may actually make a smokers’ chances of getting cancer worse!
Did you know? Alkaline water from a water ionizer triples the antioxidant benefit of Vitamin C!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away – Red foods
We’ve all heard it, but did you know there is actual science to back it up? It’s true! Red foods like strawberries, cherries, raspberries, watermelon, and tomatoes. The reason? Many red food contain antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanins. These antioxidant wonders are believed to fight everything from heart disease to macular degeneration to prostate cancer.