The Importance of FRUIT

Eat a variety of fruit everyday. 2 – 4 cups a day would be perfect.

   I am getting close to the editing portion of releasing my book – – THE HAPPINESS EFFECT – – A self help book explaining why our current synthetic and processed food and medicine is killing us, how fruit, vegetables, and herbs work with our body naturally creating zero unwanted, unnatural side effects, and positive momentum. You can eat the healthiest food everyday and you can still be unhappy and unhealthy, why? Because if you are not being grateful, and living with positive intention, you will never be balanced. The way I approach life is that you must:

  • Get your body right, 
  • To get your mind right, 
  • To keep your life right.

So please enjoy this post and I look forward to hearing some comments. 

     Please leave some feedback and let me know what you think about; the subject, the writing, the concept… etc. Good, bad, or great responses are encouraged. THANK YOU. For stopping by and getting involved! 

Here is an unedited excerpt from chapter 13, enjoy and let’s hear what you think about it! 

Every time you eat or drink, 

you are either feeding disease 

or fighting it.” 

Heather Morgan, MS, NLC

13

FRUIT

     Fruit is probably my favorite, go to food for snacks, and for their health benefits. I love my veggies and herbs because they are very balancing and touch all three Life Centers. However fruit generally contains more protein than herbs, is high in fiber, and natural sugar. Fruit also has some heavy antioxidants, and high vitamin and mineral content per serving, and they are obviously sweeter than herbs, or vegetables. Fruit is my sugar snack substitute. You will notice however, that just like vegetables and herbs, fruit will also improve all three Life Centers.    

     The purple colored fruit are overflowing with antioxidant properties making them a source for anti-cancer benefits. Science is proving that purple fruit and vegetables are amazing at controlling free radicals (Zombie cells) giving your body a complete package for cancer prevention. You should eat some purple fruit or vegetables every day. 

     What is an Antioxidant, you ask? Great question. The simple answer is:  “Antioxidants are molecules that attack free radicals.” A free radical (Zombie cell) is a molecule that is unstable, or deformed (think cancer). This deformed molecule can then attack other good cells. These deformed molecules not only attack cells, but they can transform good cells into free radicals causing a chain reaction that leads to cancer and eventually death. 

     When you think of free radicals, visualize a zombie. A zombie can attack and kill you, and they can attack and transform you into another zombie. Free radicals do the same thing. Attack and kill, or attack and conquer. Either way you and your cells lose. 

     So if you don’t want to become a zombie and die of cancer, you might want to start eating some fruit. Especially the purple and red varieties. As I mentioned earlier, you should eat a purple fruit every day. Purple and red fruit also contain phytonutrients called Anthocyanins. These little fellows really attack the free radicals and are found in large quantities in red and purple foods. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: “Eat a purple fruit everyday and this will keep your cancer away”. Maybe it was a saying about apples? I think you get the idea. You need fruit in your diet every day. 

     Let us begin with one of my favorite fruits that some people say is a vegetable, and it is actually both a fruit and a vegetable. Do you know what it is? Yep, a tomato. The confusion comes from the description of fruit. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica; “Tomatoes are fruits that are considered vegetables by nutritionists. Botanically, a fruit is a ripened flower ovary and contains seeds. Tomatoes, plums, zucchinis, and melons are all edible fruits.”

I am listing tomatoes in my fruit section. I mix tomatoes into my fruit smoothie. So to me, they are a fruit. You may call them whatever you like, just include them in your diet. Amazing health benefits!

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  1. Tomatoes: (Solanum lycopersicum) 

      Lycopene is the standout nutrient in tomatoes. Lycopene is a strong antioxidant and tomatoes have a lot of it. It is said that eating tomatoes will prevent cancer. I’ve also heard a celebrity chef state that a combination of tomatoes and olive oil eaten weekly could prevent many forms of cancer.     

     There is also a good amount of vitamin A, B6, C, K, and beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. Tomatoes only contain 10mg of sodium and 2.7mg of sugar per four ounce serving. I eat at least five cherry tomatoes most days. They are one of my favorite plants to grow. There is nothing better than going outside to your own garden and grabbing some fresh ripened tomatoes that you grew. Let’s see how they help our three life centers:

      HEAD:  

  • Reduces cognitive impairments
  • Increases memory
  • Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia
  • Improves eyesight

       CHEST:   

  • Aids respiratory system
  • Increases blood circulation 
  • Regulates blood sugar (anti diabetes)
  • Strengthens your heart muscles

       GUT:     

  • Improves digestion
  • Tomatoes have probiotic properties to help regulate bacteria in your stomach
  • Improves liver and kidney functions 

     Tomatoes have been around for thousands of years. It seems that the Aztec nation was the first to cultivate them around 500 AD. From Central America they traveled to Spain and Italy and eventually became a staple food for many cultures. 

Garden Hack:

     If you grow your own tomatoes you can taste the amazing flavor of fresh picked tomatoes. Pick your fruit in the morning. There is a noticeable difference in the flavor of a morning harvested fruit, versus afternoon or evening harvested fruit. The morning harvested tomatoes will have a sweeter flavor, I guarantee it. Try it and see for yourself…… more to come…

My book “THE HAPPINESS EFFECT” Coming soon. Stay tuned by joining my email list. Thank you for stopping by, and reading to the end! You are the BOMB! 

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Author: Stephen T. Radentz

     In 2004, having fallen and fractured my spine, I began a slow death spiral as an addict to legal opioids. For the next eight years, I battled depression and stomach ulcers. At the end of every month, I would face withdrawal symptoms, as well as the fear of running out of medication.      At one point, I was prescribed 1080 total pills every month! More than half were opioids, while the rest were prescribed to fix the problems opium was causing.      In 2012, I was rushed to the emergency room with bleeding ulcers. This happened again in 2014. I had lost almost 40 pounds during this time period. I was killing myself.      One night at the end of the month in 2014, I was facing imminent withdrawal sickness. Let me tell you: withdrawal sucks! I was not eligible for a refill but I needed the drugs. I grabbed a gun and went to a nearby pharmacy. I sat outside that store for about an hour. Finally, I decided that the best thing I could do would be to break away from the addictive drugs. I went home, went through some withdrawal sickness, and started planning my strategy.      It took me another two years to successfully get free. Eleven years after beginning my journey with opioids, I was able to beat the addiction through the use of medical marijuana, changing to a mostly natural-food diet, focusing on positivity and gratefulness, and getting outside in nature. I have been pharmaceutical free since 2016      Over several years of extensive research, I learned that medical marijuana could help with eliminating opioid addiction while reducing withdrawal symptoms and providing natural pain relief. I discovered that there was proven science backing up marijuana as medicine. I researched cannabis and hemp: their uses, benefits, and side effects, and how cannabinoids help the human body create homeostasis naturally, without side effects, addiction, or overdose issues.       As a master grower, I was aware of plant nutrient needs, and I realized that they are very similar to human nutrient needs. I began researching fruits, vegetables, and herbs extensively. Learning that nature provides all the nutrients a body needs. Consuming a variety of organic foods everyday will keep your body in a perfect state to fight off disease. As my body healed I was able to focus on my mind as well. You must; get your body right, to get your mind right, to get your life right.       I have also studied many current and historical positive thought mentors. Learning that, "we are what we think we are", as well as negative thoughts attract negative things, and positive thoughts attract positive outcomes.       I combined all of this knowledge to devise my theory on; The Three Life Centers of the body. Keeping these three areas balanced will keep your life balanced.      Medical marijuana helped reduce my drug withdrawal symptoms, enabling me to eliminate opioids, and I credit it with saving my life..      Because of my success eating and medicating naturally, maintaining positivity and gratitude, while embracing nature, I decided that I wanted to help educate others, and assist them with their own health and life issues.      I've been an advocate for medical marijuana legalization since 2014. I have lobbied senators, traveled statewide to speak on behalf of the cannabis community, and appeared in local forums, to share my journey and bring people's awareness to the benefits of medical marijuana, natural dieting, and positivity.       With this website, my goal is to dispel some myths, while educating you on a plant that has numerous health benefits (cannabis). Simplify your diet to achieve balance and good health through nature. Help you to create an environment of positivity and gratitude, and encourage you to get outside experience nature. I will even share some hidden gardening tips. 

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