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Let’s Play, with Organic Holi Colours!

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Holi is right round the corner, and yeah, all of us love this festival of cheer, gaiety and colours, don’t we?

Wait a moment… The rising water scarcity in most regions of India and the awful colour hazards have dissuaded people to celebrate this festival, unlike the earlier times!

Nonetheless, we can still celebrate the festival of cheer, not with water though but with an alternative of replacing readymade perilous colours with organic holi colours. We could keep ourselves far remote from immersing in water, and instead smear each other with natural vibrant colours.

Beware of Chemical Colours

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As opposed to other festivals, Holi is one occasion where the clothes, matching accessories, make-up and brands don’t matter at all. However, one thing that does matter is the quality of the colours being used because a moment of incautious fun may amount to a lot of skin trouble later.

According to doctors, chemical colours have solvents such as tetrathyline, lead, benzene and aromatic compounds that can lead to dry skin. Dark colours like red, black and green have a high content of mercury sulphite, lead oxide and copper sulphate, which could cause skin ailment. Many are not aware of the harm chemical colours can cause. You may also develop rashes and allergy, hair could turn brittle and dry if not washed immediately after the colour is applied.

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The best possible way to enjoy Holi, without facing any risk posed by chemical colours, is to buy organic holi colours, which are made from extracts of flowers, tree barks and leaves. They do not cause any harm when in contact with the skin. Organic colours have a smooth and soft undertone, which when applied on the skin does not have any ill-effects.

Did You Know?

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The ancient India was completely aware of the benefits of the fragrant natural colours for our skin and health, and furthermore they ornamented its therapeutic value. The ingredients of Gulal were purposely chosen for their emollient qualities. In Vrindavan, Holi is still played with actual flower petals handpicked for its fragrance and colour such as rajnigandha, marigold and rose.

This Holi, Go Organic!

Today, it is hassle-free to buy Organic Holi Colours online or even at stores spread across the city. In the past few years, the awareness to use natural and organic colours has gone up immensely, due to its main advantage of being non-toxic and skin-friendly. An added benefit is that, these colours carry a natural fragrance to them and are available everywhere in different packages, carrying varied quantities.

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If you are wondering about the main components of natural and organic colours, in place of the heavy metal and oxide content, we have the answer for you:

  • Organic and herbal gulal is made from organic & natural herbs. The organic nature of herbal gulal makes it additionally useful and extra safe.
  • Green – is made from arrowroot powder mehndi leaves with natural fragrance.
  • Yellow – made of arrowroot powder, organic turmeric & natural fragrance.
  • Red gulal is made of arrowroot powder, red rose, roli, pomegranate & natural fragrance.
  • Orange gulal is made of arrowroot, Tesu flower, marigold and natural fragrance.
  • Pink gulal is made of arrowroot powder, pink rose & natural fragrance.
  • Indigo – is made of arrowroot powder, blue orchid flower & natural fragrance.

Preparing organic colours at home is another option to keep away from skin and hair problems. If one wants to enjoy Holi without the risk posed by chemical colours, try home-made natural colours like haldi which gives the yellow colour; it can be mixed with besan or gram flour to increase the volume. Flowers like marigold or yellow chrysanthemums can also be crushed to get yellow colour. Henna and leaves of gulmohar can also be dried and powered to get a nice green, and dried rose petals can be substituted for red.

Skin Care Tips for Easy Removal of Colours

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  • While playing Holi wear dark coloured clothes. This makes cleaning easier with less water usage as well.
  • Apply coconut oil on hair which acts as a protecting agent and prevents colours from penetrating deep inside the hair.
  • To prevent nails from being stained, coat it with a dark nail polish.
  • Moisturise your skin with organic creams or oil. The thick layer formed will not let the colours seep deep. Protect your face with sunscreen and lips with organic lipbalm.
  • Before heading for a bath, use a mix of gram flour, milk cream and a bit of lemon juice to fade the colours. You could also use wheat flour and oil on lemon wedges to remove colour. You can then indulge in a quick wash. For hair, use jojoba or coconut oil to remove colour. Use a face wash and then water to rinse your face.

Environmental Awareness Amongst People

Gradually, more and more Indians are choosing to turn to a more organic and less wasteful way of playing Holi. By using safe, natural colours we not only save our skins but also help save our environment and conserve our biodiversity. When these colours percolate into the soil and water they do not add toxicity to our blue planet, and cause no harm to the myriad life forms that live in the soil and water. Thereby, we also popularise the diverse plants and trees that give us these colours, and live life the Natural Way.

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So here’s wishing you all a Happy and Safe Holi!

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Flaxseeds: A Modern, Miracle Food for Good Health!

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Well, we have tried nearly every fruit, nut, leaf and seed to maintain our health or to turn healthier. But have you tried flaxseeds yet? If you are answering with a negative, you have been doing something wrong, all this while! Want to know why? Read further.

Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fibre, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3. The best form to consume flaxseeds is in its ground-form. Sometimes, eating the linseeds as whole could pass through the digestive tract, undigested.

The seeds come from flax, one of the oldest fibre crops in the world – known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China. It’s a great source of healthy fat, antioxidants and fibre. If we are to go by what modern research says, evidence suggests that flaxseeds are a solution to lower the risk of chronic ailments like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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#FlaxTrivia: It was King Charlemagne of the 8th century who believed strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed, which made it famous as an essential nutrient in everyone’s diet. He demanded his loyal subjects eat the seeds regularly and also passed laws to make sure that the same happens.

Though flaxseeds contain everything that is essential for your body’s development, there are certain components that you could consider before buying flaxseeds online in India:

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  1. Fibre: Linseeds contain both, soluble as well as insoluble fiber which is necessary to function the body system from within.
  2. Lignans: Flaxseeds contain both, plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities that is almost 5-7 times more than most other plant foods.
  3. Omega 3 fatty acids: Each tablespoon of flaxseed provides nearly 1.8 grams of plant omega fatty acid which are the “good fats”, much required for our physical functioning.

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As far as various ailments are concerned, flaxseeds can help reduce the risk of many fatalistic ailments from occurring such as:

  1. Cancer

Today most people are under high risk of suffering from cancer and since this disease does not have any form of cure, and tends to bring a person only closer to death, through pain; it is a sad sight.

Although, consuming flaxseeds can help drastically since they have a protective effect against breast, prostate and colon cancer. There are two essential components, i.e., Omega Acids and lignans in flaxseeds which contribute for this to happen.

  1. Cardiovascular Diseases

Omega 3s is helpful for the body’s different mechanisms, especially to normalise the heartbeat and anti-inflammatory actions as well as lowering the blood pressure levels. Also, the amino acid content in the flaxseeds contribute towards hardening of the arteries and help to keep the WBC’s from sticking towards the walls of the blood vessels.

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Eating flaxseed daily may also help your cholesterol levels. The level of LDL or “bad “cholesterol in the bloodstream has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

  1. Diabetes

For people who suffer from diabetes, it is best advised to have a good intake of lignans. To ensure this takes place, anyone who has diabetes, if includes flaxseeds in their regular diet do not have to worry. Essentially since, Lignans help in improving the blood sugar on modest levels that are good for Type 2 Diabetes patients.

But Then, Flaxseeds aren’t your Magic Pills! Why?

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After reading all of the above, do not rush to get your flaxseeds, available online and across various stores. You may want to believe that Flaxseeds are the mystery food solution to every health problem you face. And though we do not want to disappoint you, it is necessary to realize that there is no such one foodstuff that can guarantee good health.

It can majorly contribute in the improvement of your health, if you keep your diet conditioned in a favourable manner. But a healthy lifestyle also counts while making smart dietary choices!

Seedy-Caution!

 Though there are no specific side effects about consuming flaxseeds in your diet, it is often advised for pregnant and lactating women to avoid any supplements.

How To Buy and Store Flaxseeds?

Buy it ground, or grind it yourself. Flaxseed, when eaten whole, is more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested, which means your body won’t get all the healthy components. If you want to, you could grind flaxseed yourself, and the little coffee grinder could help best!

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Milled = ground = flax meal. Don’t be confused by the different product names for ground flaxseed such as “milled” or “ground flaxseed” is the same thing as “flax meal”.

Buy either brown or golden flaxseed. Golden flaxseed is easier on the eyes, but brown flaxseed is easily available in most supermarkets. There is very little difference nutritionally between the two, so the choice is really up to you!

Find it in stores or on the Internet. Many supermarket chains now carry ground flaxseed (or flax meal). It’s usually in the flour or “grain” aisle or the whole-grain cereal section and is often sold in 1-pound bags. In India, it might be difficult to find it in supermarkets at certain places, although flaxseeds are available online in India.

You can buy flaxseeds online at www.naturalmantra.com

Check the product label. When buying products containing flaxseed, check the label to make sure ground flaxseed, not whole flaxseed, was added. Flaxseed is a featured ingredient in cereals, pasta, whole grain breads and crackers, energy bars, meatless meal products, and snack foods.

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Add flaxseed to a food you habitually eat. Every time you have a certain food, like oatmeal, smoothies, soup, or yogurt, stir in a couple tablespoons of ground flaxseed. Soon it will be a habit and you won’t have to consciously do anything about it!

Use it in baking. Substitute ground flaxseed for part of the flour in recipes for quick breads, muffins, rolls, bagels, pancakes, and waffles. Try replacing 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the flour with ground flaxseed if the recipe calls for 2 or more cups of flour.

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Keep it in the freezer. The best place to store ground flaxseed is the freezer. Freeze pre-ground flaxseed in the bag you bought it in or in a plastic sealable bag if you ground it yourself. The freezer will keep the ground flax from oxidizing and losing its nutritional potency.

Whole flaxseed keeps longer. The outside shell in whole flaxseed appears to keep the fatty acids inside well protected. It’s a good idea to keep your whole flaxseed in a dark, cool place until you grind it. But as long as it is dry and of good quality, whole flaxseed can be stored at room temperature for up to a year.

Hence, Flaxseeds are the best option to incorporate as a part of your everyday diet, and also make some good changes towards your lifestyle. Making your life healthy ensures longevity of your life and keeps you away from the pain of the diseases and the related money swallowing hospital bills!


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How essential are Essential Oils to your Life?

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What are Essential Oils?

First off, they are not really ‘Oils’!  They are in fact the natural, distilled essence of plants that contain fragrant elements. Plus, they are not even ‘oily’! They are called ‘essential’ because they contain the unique fragrance of the plant they are taken from.

What is most attractive about essential oils, apart from their very obvious perfume, is that they are possibly the most potent source of natural medicinal inputs your medicine cabinet can have! They are also used in cosmetics & foods, but that’s another story.

As a firm believer in holistic living and a healthy lifestyle, you would really benefit from getting to know more about these ‘oils’.

Let’s look at some popular Essential Oils & their Uses

Natural Essential Oils are refreshing and fragrant. They are known to support the respiratory system and to soothe muscles after exercise. Used in potpourris, diffusers or in bath water, they also stimulate the brain and reduce stress and fatigue.

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Lavender Oil is used in perfume and in aromatherapy. It has a calming effect which aids in relaxation and is good in the treatment of respiratory infection.

Used in aromatherapy, Rose Oil has healing properties that include decreasing of blood pressure and breathing rate, which is good for stress and anxiety relief.

The exotic and sweet Jasmine Oil is great for a number of health uses including childbirth, depression, respiration and fertility!

Rosemary Oil is used in perfumes, as food flavoring and improves memory.

Its use as a tonic, tranquilizer and digestive aid makes Cinnamon Oil a very popular essential oil.

Frankincense Oil is a very healing essential oil used for depression, infection and to boost the immune system.

Peppermint Oil is a fresh boost to use in alleviating indigestion, colds, stress, headaches, low energy levels and sore muscles.

The strong, sweet, woody scented Eucalyptus Oil is used in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties uses.

As you can see, the uses of Essential Oils are many. They certainly make life much more painless and easier. If you do not have a good range of essential oil based products in your medicine chest, it’s time you looked to Natural Mantra’s treasure trove.

Check out our wide array of offerings – 15 different brands and over a 100 essential oil offerings & aroma candles at www.naturalmantra.com/!

Healthy Shopping!

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The Unquestionable Wisdom of Indian Heritage – Jai Hind!

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On the occasion of India’s 67th Independence Day, let us look back at India’s long and illustrious journey through the centuries. It’s long. And illustrious, yes! So let us focus on just  a few aspects of our heritage that touch our everyday lives and help us be #healthy, #happy, #sane & sorted people in this rushed bad, mad world!

Let us look at some traditional Indian practices we should go back to!

Eating with our hands

Indians traditionally use their hands to eat. Be it rice, roti or any other type of food. The benefits of the practice are that it is:

Great for your digestion

Keeps all the five elements of your body in concert.

The skin sends data to the brain about the temperature, texture of the food and this acts like a catalyst in the action of generating the necessary salivary juices.

Eating with the hands, one can verify the temperature of the food before and it can prevent one from burning of the mouth.

Hands behave as energetic cleansers when the food passes via hand to mouth. A similar kind of tradition is followed in many religions where people eat after placing their palms above the food.

Sitting on the floor and eating

Sitting on the floor and eating has a number of health benefits –

Aids in proper digestion

Improves your posture

Hastens your metabolic rate

Helps you lose weight, since you concentrate on the food & mindful eating

Strengthens the heart & improves circulation

Sitting cross-legged relaxes the mind & calms the nerves

Helps you bond with loved ones.

Ayurveda

It was the first science to highlight prevention as an important objective before cure of diseases. Food, shelter, sleep and sex are the  necessities of life and Ayurveda mentions the right quality and quantity of each of these parameters along with benefits. By introducing the concept of Dincharya (Daily Routine) & Ritucharya (Seasonal routine), Ayurveda emphasises the importance of maintaining health through following routine and not just taking necessary measures when disease strikes.

Yoga 

Yoga treats illness by addressing the root cause and preventing relapses. It has proven benefits in physical as well as psychological symptoms with regular practice.

Meditation

 The earliest scripture of meditation is available in the Vedas. Some experts even believe that it’s the capacity of meditation that allows a person to improve his focus and attention. It’s something that differentiates humans from animals. Today, people from all over the world practice and preach meditation

There are many other traditional Indian beliefs and practices, as well as a whole range of ayurvedic means and products to achieve your life goals. Check them out at http://www.naturalmantra.com. The Independence Week #TheFreedomSale is on right now, offering up to 68% discounts on the entire range of organic goods on the site!

Happy Independence Day!


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Win the Battle of the Bulge. How to go from #Fat to #Fit in 8 Yummy Ways!

 

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Are you in the great #Battle of the #Bulge #crisis? Is #BellyFat giving you #sleepless #nights?

Why Do People Get Belly Fat?

Fat seems to always head straight for the waistline, doesn’t it? Belly fat is not just a natural part of the aging process. Other factors make you more likely to get belly fat as well.

What is Belly Fat really?

More women than men gain belly fat. How much fat you gain, and where, is influenced not only by age, but also by family history, hormones and birth weight. Belly fat is also more common in women who’ve given birth or undergoing menopause. You see, belly fat is not just about the soft, cushy subcutaneous fat that you can see and touch. It has yet another layer called visceral fat that forms deep inside your abdomen, around your organs. Subcutaneous fat is like a storage area for all of the calories you aren’t using, but visceral fat cells are biologically active, increasing your insulin resistance and putting you more at risk for certain health problems.

What Health Risks?

Belly fat is more than just an aesthetic problem. Medical experts know that it can shorten your life. It is linked to several chronic conditions, including heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, dementia and breast and colorectal cancers.

Trimming It Down

Sonakshi Sinha did it…You could be next!!! Visceral fat is easily trimmed if you exercise. However, targeting belly fat with sit-ups and other abdominal exercises won’t do the trick. These exercises simply tone your abdominal muscles. Bur exercising every day burns belly fat when coupled with a reduced-calorie diet comprised of healthy foods in appropriate portion sizes.

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Well, here are 8 #Superfoods that cut belly fat!!!

Green tea: Shrinks your waistline. The #Flavonoids have natural #AntiInflammatory properties, and the compound #EGCG helps reduce body fat.

Foods rich in Omega-3: Food sources of #omega-3s include #walnuts and #flaxseed.

Garlic: #Garlic controls #bloodsugar and #insulin levels. Thus your body can maximize fat burning for energy, resulting in reduced belly fat. It is also a #thermogenic that boosts #metabolism.

Mint: One tablespoon #honey, a pinch of #pepper, and some crushed #mint leaves steeped in hot water soothes the abdomen, dissolves fat and boosts metabolism. The result – a flat #tummy!!!

Cinnamon: #Cinnamon is a great fat burner. Drink the steeped cinnamon powder with honey in water before breakfast and before bed-time for best results.

Watermelon: #Watermelon contains 82 per cent water, which helps your stomach not crave for food. Watermelon is also rich in vitamin C.

Apple: Eating #apple also helps reduce belly fat. It helps your stomach feel full because it contains potassium and many vitamins. So, eat an apple in breakfast to get the desired tummy size.

Banana: #Bananas are also rich in potassium and multivitamins, and help you to resist the food cravings. Plus, banana boosts the metabolic rate, thus melting belly fat.

You can supplement these with what #Mother Nature has given in plenty, as in these products from #NaturalMantra!

Enter the fray with gusto! It’s courage, hard work and discipline that will help you win the battle with #BellyFat!

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Celebrity Fact from healthmeup.com

 


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It’s called Liquid Gold – a Miracle Beauty Elixir! But what is Argan Oil really?

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#Argan#Oil is native to exotic #Morocco, and is extracted from the# kernels of the #ArganTree. It has been used as a #health booster and #cosmetic treatment for ages, and it has a colorful history!

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This tree is found only in Morocco. So rare is the tree that it has created tremendous demand for Argan Oil. But no one would have heard of it, if #Hollywood #actresses had not revealed it as their beauty secret. The rest as they say is history!

Since it is an endangered plant, the #MoroccanGovernment is taking steps to plant more of these trees. The authorities started promoting this valuable oil worldwide because it supports women’s cooperatives, providing a livelihood to thousands of women across Morocco.

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The benefits of this oil are so numerous that it is universally called #LiquidGold. But its origins were pretty humble! In fact, the traditional method of argan oil #extraction involved a race, the #Berbers, of ancient Morocco who collected undigested argan pits from the waste of goats which climb the trees to eat their fruit. The pits were then ground and pressed to make the nutty oil used in #cooking and #cosmetics. Thankfully, not any more! Today, Argan Oil is #PressExtracted, with an initial #manual process that makes the end-product so precious. The process is incredibly time-intensive. It needs approximately 50 kilos of Argan#berries and 20 hours of work to produce half a litre of the finished oil!

What makes it so Valuable?
The bright golden yellow and silky smooth cosmetic argan oil is rich in beneficial #nutrients including #fattyacids and #VitaminE.
It’s good for the hair and skin, making it a popular cosmetic choice for many celebrities. It’s not just for the rich and famous, though – anyone can reap the Argan oil benefits for their body.

Some Common Uses

1. Skin Moisturiser

It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating, thus a great natural moisturiser.

2. Hair Conditioner

It is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier – the ideal hair conditioner. Also treats split ends and tames frizzy hair.

3. Sleek and Shine Styling

Argan Oil is a natural styling agent. It makes hair more manageable and adds a healthy, attractive shine to any hair style.

4. Anti-Aging

It gives skin a youthful glow, reduces visibility of wrinkles. Its anti-oxidant effect makes it the ideal anti-aging product, restoring elasticity and leaving skin plumper and softer.

5. Dry Skin Conditions & Acne

Argan Oil prevents dryness and irritation. It soothes skin, and when applied to afflicted skin, provides relief and helps heal.

6. Protection and Healing

The antioxidants in argan oil are generally beneficial for healing skin which is irritated, cracked, damaged or even burned. It reduces inflammation, soothes pain and increases healing rate.

7. Pregnancy

Argan oil increases the elasticity of skin due to its vitamin E content. On application, it reduces chances ofdeveloping stretch marks during pregnancy.

8. Foot, Hand and Nail Treatment

Argan oil’s softening properties are ideal for brittle nails, dry hands and cracked, hard skin on feet.

9. Lip Moisturiser

It ensures lips stay plump, soft and supple during dry winters. .

Just one bottle of this miracle oil is extremely versatile and can be used for all these benefits. It is sure to change the way you live your life!

But there’s more to this wonder oil! It is considered a must in the kitchens of Morocco!  They drink a bit every morning at breakfast, pour it on their fish, drizzle it on salads and creamy desserts…but they’ll never ever heat it!

Well, it’s time you gave the lie to all those so-called #miracle oils… it’s time you reaped the benefits of Liquid Gold!!! This #magical potion is not a long, long journey away for you – you can just click a button and buy Argan Oil from Natural Mantra!

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Join the Rainbow Brigade – Eat a Rainbow! (Oprah Winfrey does too!)

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Better nutrition means cutting out the bad, most certainly! But adding in the good is the good part! But what is healthy food? You can’t go wrong with anything that has bright, vibrant colors—think fruits and vegetables, in Rainbow Colors!!! Oprah has endorsed this often.

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Red or rosy-hued fruits and vegetables offer an important antioxidant called lycopene, with health benefits like protecting the skin from sun damage, decreasing the risk of heart disease and certain forms of cancer.
Cooked tomatoes have more lycopene, so ketchup, sauce & salsa are not only fun but are good too! Red Bell Pepper pack twice the vitamin C and 9times as much vitamin A as green ones, fighting everything from asthma to cancer to cataracts.

Orange
The vitamin C in orange fruits & vegetables has phytonutrients known to lower blood pressure and contain strong anti-inflammatory properties. Juice is good, but the real fruit is even better, and the peel is bestest!!!.
Also recommended are Sweet Potato, with beta-carotene & fiber, Carrot, with the richest carotene content ever and Cantaloupe!

Yellow
Close relatives to orange foods, they are also rich in carotenoids. They are shown to decrease the likelihood for such diseases as lung cancer and arthritis, decrease inflammation in the joints, improve the functioning of the respiratory system.
Yellow Bell Pepper provide two and a half times the amount of vitamin C you’d get from an orange.
Pineapple, Corn, loaded with thiamin, which plays a central role in energy production and cognitive function, Banana, loaded with potassium, which strengthens bones, Yellow Squash with its dollops of fiber, manganese, magnesium and folate are great health troves.

Green
Green foods deliver vitamins capable of strengthening bones, muscles and brains. And they an amazing source of antioxidants that, among other benefits, promotes healthy vision.
Avocado, bursting with monounsaturated fats are great for your heart.
Zucchini, a diverse source of nutrients, has omega-3, copper and more, while Brussels Sprouts is one of the strongest natural cancer-fighters. Asparagus, can promote the growth of healthy bacteria in our large intestines, while Romaine Lettuce offers a bouquet of benefits – everything from bone-strengthening vitamin K to folic acid, essential to cardiovascular health. Broccoli have two days’ worth of vitamins C and K in each serving, Kale is a low-calorie source of calcium, and Spinach is one of your best sources of folate, which keeps the body in good supply of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Green Peas abound in vitamins and minerals, plus more fiber than most whole-wheat breads.

Blue, indigo and purple
These foods get their colors from the presence of a unique set of antioxidants called flavonoids, known to improve cardiovascular health and prevent short-term memory loss. They promote new cell growth, fight disease, have Vitamin C & folates.
Blueberries, Eggplant, Blackberries are heroes! Beets derive their color from a cancer-fighting pigment called betacyanin and is rich with fiber, potassium and manganese; while Plums have also been shown to help the body absorb iron better.

True, a lot of these good components are available through organic health supplements, but it is good to have a basic diet that is naturally healthy too, especially for children!

Ready to go grocery shopping? Now you know you need to look for the rainbow to eat!

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Source of information: Men’s Health Magazine