Benefits Of Eating Fruits And Vegetables

Let me start off this blog by saying that if you hate fruits and vegetables, there is an easy way to consume them (and to consume your required daily serving of seven different fruits and vegetables). A commercial blender is the best investment you can make in your health. All you need to do is plop five different vegetables and a couple of fruits into your blender, pour in some orange juice, and let her rip. You’ll have a soup fit for a health king. Adding apples, pears, kiwi fruit, and berries to your smoothie will make the vegetables and greens palatable, and you won’t have to do a whole lot of chewing.

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So, what are the benefits of fruits and vegetables? Besides fighting heart disease, cancer, and degenerative disease in general, fruits and vegetables give us long-term energy throughout the day, without the jolts and spikes that coffee does, and the fiber in fruits and vegetables helps us make regular bowel movements. When our bowel movements are regular, we feel better and have a better gut ecosystem. The health of our gut is important to the rest of our body.

Fruits and vegetables are chock full of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients, but they’re also full of special plant-based substances that protect our cells and help our bodies function better. Phytonutrients and other biochemical substances in fruits and vegetables protect us from the damaging effects of radiation, pollutants, and irritants, and they can help protect us against cancer. The powerful antioxidants that protect the plants from the sun’s UV rays can protect us when we consume them.

Fruits and vegetable consumption was a primary staple of Jack LaLane’s regimen, and he lived into his mid-90s. When was the last time you heard about someone living into their mid-90s without a serious health problem along the way?

Exercise Extends Your Lifespan

Research is building that exercise extends your lifespan, and the opposite is true as well (not exercising and sitting for long periods of time can shorten your lifespan). In fact, some medical researchers are saying that sitting is the new smoking.

A new study found that exercise extended the life expectancy of all people, including those who were morbidly obese.

People who take part in some kind of moderate to strenuous physical activity live longer – no matter how fat they are, a study published in the PLoS medicine journal found.

Scientists from the National Cancer Institute led the study. The study found that people who engaged in at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise or 1.5 hours of vigorous exercise weekly lived, for the most part, three to four years longer than people who didn’t exercise at all.

Moderate exercise includes activities in which you are able to talk, like walking very briskly, and vigorous physical activity is defined by the inability to carry on a conversation easily, such as jogging for a long period of time or running very fast.

When the exercise amount was doubled, the life expectancy increased, but the benefits started to plateau after that.

There have been several studies done that have shown that regular exercise over a long period of time can lessen the risk of heart attack, lower blood sugar, and improve lung function. Furthermore, exercise can increase bone and muscle strength in old age.

Regular, lifelong exercise will reduce your chance of an early death and increase your life expectancy, but it probably won’t extend your lifespan to the max. There are even some studies that show that making sedentary people exercise will increase their life expectancy, no matter how old or out of shape they are.