Veggies are carbohydrates wrapped in fiber; fiber helps get rid of waste, and prevents constipation by allowing for smooth motility in the digestive tract. Americans eat double the recommended intake of sodium. Therefore, it is imperative to counteract the excess of salt with eating more vegetables which are high in potassium and water.
Vegetables help aid in youthful looking skin, prevent signs of aging due to the vitamin C— which helps to create collagen— and phytonutrients aid in the prevention of cell damage from sun exposure and stress. Veggies like tomatoes, carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and oranges contain beta carotene that also aid in the protection from sun damage.
Stress is a big factor in our society due to the fast pace and quick demands of life. It is noted that when we are stressed we tend to make unhealthy eating choices and over eat with processed fatty foods. During stressful times, magnesium and vitamin C are quickly lost. Therefore, it is important to load up on vegetables since they contain those very important nutrients, as well as omega- 3 fatty acid and some b vitamins that help aid in the fight against anxiety and depression. Veggies like mushrooms, leafy greens, potatoes, and bell peppers contain potassium and magnesium which aid in reducing blood pressure.
Vegetables are imperative in bone health because they aid in bone protection and production due to the vitamin K, magnesium, and potassium that some of them contain. Vegetables like dark leafy greens, broccoli, and green peas contain calcium and vitamin K. While veggies like mushrooms, asparagus, chard, kale, onions and garlic contain vitamin D.
It is important to maintain vegetables a big part of your diet due to all of the wonderful benefits for the body and weight management. The New Year is right around the corner and it’s a great time to start making changes for a healthier and happier you. Weight loss/management can seem overwhelming, so take us up on a free consultation. We are here to help you every step of the way to guide you with nutritional support visits, appetite control medication, HCG, or fat- burning shots. Feel free to give us a call to Premier Medical Weight Loss at (949)388-7450 to help you figure out what customized program is best for you!