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Green Juice Alternative – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 367

Green Juice Alternative – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 367

Green juice isn’t for everyone, but the good news is that there’s another way you can drink these important nutrients. Our Organic Greens Plus Hx is packed with powerful fruit and vegetable extracts but tastes like vanilla, making it a perfect option for picky people.

Are You Getting Enough Out Of Your Fruits And Vegetables? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 300

Are You Getting Enough Out Of Your Fruits And Vegetables? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 300

We all know that fruits and vegetables are very good for us, but one catch is that they may not be as nutritious as they once used to be. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have them in our diets. But it does mean you may want to turn to supplementation to help bridge this nutrition gap.

Eat The Rainbow of Colors For Good Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 261

Eat The Rainbow of Colors For Good Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 261


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To maintain our health and for better health, we need to focus on consuming the entire rainbow of colors offered by vegetables and fruits. More colors on our plates from fruits and veggies leads to better health. Additionally, we need to reduce our intake of salt, saturated fat and refined carbohydrates. We need to watch our red meat intake and when we do eat red meat, we need to remove any visible fat. 

Why colorful foods are essential for your health

Foods should not be monotone. That’s really important. You have to introduce a range of plant-based colors. This gives your body protection. It’s the phytonutrients in the colors, which are the pigments in plants that have a lot of activities. Some of these are polyphenols, like resveratrol and silymarin. Others are carotenoids, like lycopene and lutein

These nutrients are linked with a reduced risk of diabetes, some cancers, coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, poor immune system function and likely also autoimmune diseases. In general, they keep us healthy. They’re also connected to stronger bones, healthier skin and better vision. The list just goes on and on.† 

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Focus more on the veggies with some fruit intake. Vegetables are low in sugar. Of course, some of them do have sugar like sweet potatoes, but they certainly have the benefits from the pigments in there. Fruits, in general, have more sugar, so I tell people you really want to have a plant-based diet focused more on vegetables and salads and then have a couple of servings of fresh fruits, especially citrus fruits, apples, pears and berries. They’re super healthy.      

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Some important and nutritious fruits, vegetables and pigments

Let’s look at some fruits vegetables that offer important and powerful pigments: 

  • Carrots: Carrots come in purples, reds and oranges, but they are typically seen as orange in the grocery store. That’s the beta carotene. Beta carotene is very important because it is converted into Vitamin A, which is important for the auditory processing part of the brain. Vitamin A is also needed to create barriers to infection. Beta carotene is needed for your skin, vision, immune system and red blood cell formation as well.†  
  • Green Veggies: Green veggies in general offer ingredients that help you detoxify. If you look at broccoli, cabbage or cauliflower, they have indole carbinols that are broken into diindolylmethane that has antiviral activity against things like herpes viruses. It also has some ability to protect sexual organs in women and men. Green vegetables also contain ingredients that stimulate the production of glutathione, which is the mother of all antioxidants in the body.†
  • Yellow Veggies: Yellow veggies are really important for your vision and memory. You get zeaxanthin in yellow vegetables. Zeaxanthin is responsible for how quickly your brain processes information and it interacts with another carotenoid pigment called lutein to help you maintain your memory and great vision.†
  • Reds: The reds in tomatoes, ripe guava, ripe papaya and strawberries come from lycopene, a very deep red pigment. Hundreds of studies have shown that lycopene is involved with lowering the risk of many cancers. It has also been shown to help prevent the age-related swelling of a man’s prostate and is great for keeping the arteries in the heart clean of plaque. Lycopene is also unbelievably protective for the skin, helping prevent damage from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. There are also other reds, like the red in beets that comes from betacyanins and betalains. These are very powerful antioxidants that help restore circulation to an aging brain and are protective of the heart and circulatory system. Tart red cherries are full of anthocyanins and are remarkable for circulatory health.†
  • Yellow/Oranges: You can get these pigments in butternut squash and cantaloupe. That’s a combination of lutein and zeaxanthin. These pigments are responsible for healthy vision and for memory functions.†
  • Purples: You get purple pigments from berries. Ellagitannins, punicalagins and anthocyanins are really important for your brain health. They have antiviral activity, help protect you from radiation and are great for your circulation. Those purples like the blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are very important.† 
  • Cocoa: There are flavanols in cocoa that have been shown to help restore circulation to an aging brain. It’s good for your memory, mood and heart.† 
  • Green Tea: Green tea has catechins that have been shown to slow down the aging process. Older people that drink green tea have shown a decreased risk of developing frailty syndrome.†
  • Whites: White foods can be confusing. There’s Mother Nature’s whites, including cauliflower, parsnips and white asparagus, that are loaded with good ingredients, but the man-made white processed foods, like instant oatmeal, white bread and white rice, are stripped of nutrients.†     

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Tune into the full podcast episode to learn more about these important nutrients and when it’s time to supplement.

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What You Need To Know About Your Prostate Cancer Risk, Part 2 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 106

What You Need To Know About Your Prostate Cancer Risk, Part 2 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 106

On today’s episode, we are going to discuss additional changes you should implement throughout your life – especially dietary – that can help to reduce your risk of prostate cancer. 

New Study: Flavonoid-Rich Diet Protects Against Cancer and Heart Disease

New Study: Flavonoid-Rich Diet Protects Against Cancer and Heart Disease

According to researchers, consuming flavonoid-rich items protects against cancer and heart disease, particularly for smokers and heavy drinkers.

5 Foods That Can Activate Your Immune System

5 Foods That Can Activate Your Immune System

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As the temperature gets colder, your immune system is in over drive. It is important to know what you can do to keep your immune system balanced and healthy in order to avoid getting sick. Here are eight foods that, when added to a balanced diet, can support your immune system. Drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep throughout the winter months specifically, only further benefit your bodies ability to protect itself.

Citrus Fruits

Many people turn to vitamin C to to help build up the immune system, as this vitamin in particular is thought to increase the production of white blood cells. Popular citrus fruits include grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and lemons.

For those having trouble consuming vitamin C in their diet, a Vitamin C supplement can provide superior antioxidant protection. Orange-colored fruits and vegetables can provide support for your cells, metabolism and energy. Check out Dr. Pressman’s Oranges Hx®, complete with a fruit and vegetable blend, to round out the benefits of your diet.

Red Bell Peppers

Did you know that red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C than citrus fruits? They are also a rich source of beta carotene, the red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits that is converted in Vitamin A in the body. Beta carotene is both an antioxidant and a carotenoid, which means that it can protect the body from free radicals (boosting immunity) and keeps your eyes and skin healthy.

To get your beta-carotene boost, turn to superior Multivitamins that have been formulated to boost your energy and provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals. A superior, non-GMO Daily Multivitamin supplies beta carotene (vitamin A) to promote healthy immunity, energy and overall wellness.

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Broccoli and Spinach

Talk about superfoods! Broccoli has tons of important vitamin and minerals, including vitamins A, C and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber. Spinach is not only rich in Vitamin C, but it is packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene.

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You’ll want to find an organic-sourced yogurt that has “live and active cultures” printed on the label. This is because yogurt contains probiotics, the good bacteria that lives in your gut and plays a major role in stimulating your immune system to help it fight off colds, viruses and infections. Watch out for the sugar in certain brands of yogurt!

Probiotics are one of the most used supplements on the market today. But a superior source will contain non-GMO bacterial strains, be a vegetarian formula (free of milk, soy and wheat) and contain at least five species of CFU’s, meaning the strains of healthy bacteria can survive your stomach acids and make it into your gut.

What are some of your favorite immune-boosting foods? Leave us a comment below to join the conversation!