Since my site is geared towards the average person trying to start their journey on an organic and healthy lifestyle, I hate posting too many basic posts with information a lot of us already know, but most of the inquiries and questions I receive are on the “why” we make the decisions we make when it comes to choosing health food and holistic remedies over typical western living and medicine. I try to always explain things in the easiest ways to understand, and I think above all else, those why’s are crucial in understanding a healthy lifestyle and those why’s are the reasons you will continue on your journey.
example: Most people know grapefruits are healthy for you. They are a vitamin C filled fruit that helps boost immunity and help fight the common cold. But why? What is in grapefruit that makes it an antioxidant? Why is it important to incorporate this citrus fruit into your diet? What is in a grapefruit that makes it so wonderful? I don’t just want you to pick up fruits and veggies or make choices based on “thinking” something is good for you. I want you to have the knowledge and understanding to choose confidently and share with others around you. I think being informed is what separates you from everyone else in life.
As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C protects our bodies against oxidative stress caused by free radical damage and the inflammation associated with allergies, asthma and arthritis. Oxidative stress can also cause a number of other severe medical conditions, such as heart disease and stroke, and has been connected to a host of cancers, such as mouth, throat, lung, stomach and colon. Vitamin C also helps to replenish the amount of vitamin E in the body. Grapefruit contains a compound called d-limonene that prevents the formation of and dissolves kidney stones. One study from the British Journal of Nutrition found that women drinking a half a liter to a liter of grapefruit juice every day lowered the pH levels of their urine, thereby decreasing the risk of developing kidney stones. Grapefruit is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, a powerful ally in the fight against free radicals that cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is associated with many different types of cancer. Studies have shown grapefruit juice to be effective against lung cancer by impeding an enzyme that activates cancer-causing chemicals. In colon cancer it encourages the cells to actually damage themselves and encourages the production of healthy cells. A recent study found a compound in grapefruit called naringenin to be effective against prostate cancer too, as it helps repair damaged DNA in human prostate cells. Lycopene is a carotenoid that gives grapefruit its red color and another antioxidant in its arsenal. A group of phytonutrients in grapefruits called limonoids help prevent tumors by promoting an enzyme that causes the liver to expel more toxins from the body. Many studies have also shown that limonoids aid against cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, and stomach. The pulp of grapefruits contains glucarates, a type of phytochemical that has been shown effective against breast cancer. Grapefruit, which itself is fat free, contains a high number of fat-burning enzymes. Studies have shown them to alter insulin levels, thereby affecting metabolic rates. It’s not sure whether this explains how they cause weight loss, or if there’s something to them that satiates the appetite in some other way, but studies show they do work. The high amount of vitamin A in grapefruit endows it with powerful antioxidant properties to combat skin damage. Grapefruit helps maintain adequate moisture levels in the skin, protecting it from dryness, psoriasis, acne, and wrinkles. It evens skin tone, brightens naturally, and leaves you with a glowing complexion.