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Three Simple Steps to Better Health, Part I – Eat Your Veggies

“So, doc, what’s the easiest thing I can do to improve my health?”

This is a question new patients ask me a lot. Like them, your blood pressure may be a bit high… you may have put on a few pounds… or maybe you’re feeling a little run-down lately. Whatever it is, you realize that something isn’t quite right.

Usually that something is small and easily corrected. So, starting today, I’ll share with you my Three Simple Steps to Better Health. All three are inexpensive and easy to do, but can have a big impact on your health.

The first of my three steps is advice your mother probably gave you: “Eat your veggies.”

More Benefits Than You Can Count

Fruits and vegetables are packed with healthy nutrients, fiber and flavor. But America’s taste for junk food has led us away from getting enough of them. In fact, a study in The Journal of Nutrition found that most of us are 2 servings shy of the 5-serving minimum we need every day.1

Yet fruits and vegetables provide so many benefits:

They’re loaded with fiber, which improves digestion and can help you lose unwanted pounds.

The antioxidants in dark fruits and veggies fight damage to your cells – and even your DNA – caused by free radicals.

The federal government says that people who eat more fruits and vegetables have fewer heart and circulation problems.2

Just trading in your French fries for a side salad is a step in the right direction. But here’s another step that can really get you more health benefits.

Making Good Foods Even Better

So how do you make healthy fruits and vegetables even healthier? With one simple step: Go organic.

Organic foods are grown without man-made pesticides and commercial fertilizers. And, boy, does it make a difference!

Researchers in Washington compared the nutrients in organic crops with non-organic. They found the organic veggies had lots more vitamin C, iron and magnesium. And the protein in organic crops was higher quality. The non-organic crops, on the other hand, contained more unhealthy nitrates and heavy metals.3

A team of Italian scientists looked at the antioxidants in fruit. When they compared organic to non-organic, they found much higher levels of antioxidants in the organically grown fruit.4

And, believe it or not, the more commercial fertilizer a farmer uses on his fields, the lower the nutritional quality of the food grown there. That’s what Swedish researchers reported in the journal Acta Agricultuae Scandinavica.5

More nutrients isn’t the only good reason to go organic. Poisonous pesticides are sprayed on non-organic crops all the time… but not on organic. In fact, a report in Science magazine found 97% less pesticide use with organically grown crops.6 And when you consider that pesticides can disrupt hormone activity7 – and even cause DNA damage8 – it just makes sense to choose organic produce.

But let’s be honest. Most of us don’t get five servings of fruits and veggies every day – even if we do eat organic food. So what’s the answer?

Getting Your Greens on the Go

There’s an easy way to get the benefit of green veggies – even if you can’t get your “5 a day.” And that’s with concentrated greens.

Superfoods in a capsule, concentrated greens give you Nature’s nutrients in a form you take on the go. I recommend Bestlife Herbals’ Organic Pro Green Formula. You get all the benefits of healthy greens, plus the reassurance of organic ingredients.

Imagine getting a whole day’s worth of greens in two little capsules. But they’re little capsules with big benefits. Organic Pro Green Formula helps:

Boost levels of protective antioxidants like vitamins C and E9

Get toxic heavy metals out of your system10

Lower artery-clogging cholesterol11

Fight inflammation and promote a healthy heart12, 13

Keep your brain sharper and clearer14

With all those benefits working for you, you may just want to use Organic Pro Green Formula even when you do get your five servings of fruits and vegetables.

So remember: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. And make them organic as often as you can. For extra “green power,” Organic Pro Green Formula is my supplement of choice.

Getting the health benefits of fruits and vegetables is one easy way to boost your health. In our next installment, you’ll discover Step II… and why this one important step to better health isn’t as scary as you’ve probably been led to believe.

Best Life Herbals Wellness Team

Best Life Herbals

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