According to Hippocrates, “Food is Medicine”. If that’s the case then vegetables are one of the most potent natural “medicines” you can consume.
Here is a list of 6 health benefits that come from consuming more veggies on a daily basis.
NOTE: veggies should include dark greens, legumes, red and orange veggies, and starchy veggies, consumed either fresh, canned, dried, or frozen.
1. Better Gut Health
Vegetables are high in fibre, which means your digestive system will work more efficiently and regularly when your vegetable intake increases. However, as dietary fibre intake increases, your water intake will need to increase to avoid constipation.
2. Better Life Expectancy
Consuming more than five servings of veggies and fruit per day can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and early death. What’s more is that researchers concluded that if everyone were to eat 10 servings of fruit and veggies per day (that’s equal to 800 grams or 20 ounces), 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide could be prevented.
Eating green, leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce and chicory) and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower) may all help in the prevention of heart disease, stroke, and early death.
3. Better Looking Skin
Eating more vegetables can enhance your skin’s texture and appearance. Phytonutrients, vitamin C, and high water content hydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles.
Phytonutrients can even act as an all-natural anti-ageing method by preventing cell damage from stress, sun, and environmental toxins.
Red and orange veggies are the best for better skin because of their beta carotene content that protects the skin from sun damage.
4. Better Overall Health
Eating vegetables can help you from getting sick more often.
Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and can protect your body from infections. Sweet potato, carrots, spinach, lettuce, tomato, and watermelon are all packed with Vitamin A.
Eating veggies packed with Vitamin C aid your body to heal wounds and maintain gum health. You’ve heard your dentist say it before — keeping your gums healthy is key to keeping your overall body in tip-top shape.
5. Better Stress Management
Eating vegetables when you’re stressed can help replenish lost magnesium and Vitamin C, which we can lose while stressing out. Veggies also give you omega-3 fats and Vitamin B, both proven to reduce anxiety and depression.
6. Better Bone Health
Vegetables play an important role in bone health. Not only a good source of calcium, they provide other nutrients important for bone health including magnesium, potassium, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. In addition, fruits and vegetables can help to have an alkalising effect on the body.