Dr.Pargat S. Bhurji: A Rainbow A Day Keeps Doctor Away

Dr Bhurji

Our parents were right when they were telling us to eat Vegetables. The Change in pattern of eating our food has Implications of Enjoying Progress in Science and Choices of food we have especially in Canada.

Making Vegetables part of daily meal plan is Crucial for the whole family and Especially for the children.

Spring is around the corner, we will be seeing sun and Rainbow too, but as humans we are part of Nature and can simply apply those external things to our help to build our Inner self and each and every cellular in a happy mode with Rainbow diet.  When I say Diet, this is not the diet which someone has to do to watch weight etc, this is crucial for our health and wellbeing physicality, Mentally & Spiritually.

So let us Explore what this Rainbow is.

It is seven colours which we need to Incorporate on a daily basis in terms of Fruit & Vegetables to get all the Trace elements, Vitamins, Minerals, Fibre and Anti Oxidants.

Eating raw Vegetables & fresh fruits is what we have been doing as human species for thousands of years. Cooking & processing food is relatively a modern concept. Our body is designed to extract nutrients from raw food along with the fibre it has.

So Lets start Color wise

Red/Bright Pink:

Apples, cranberries, cherries, bell peppers, pomegranates, raspberries, tomatoes, strawberries, papayas, grapefruit, watermelons, and guavas are great sources of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. The nutrients in these foods may also help fight heart disease and some cancers.

Orange: Oranges, bell peppers, carrots, pumpkins, peaches, apricots, sweet potatoes, goji (wolfberries), and cantaloupes contain beta-carotene, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. All these choices enhance your immune system.

Yellow: Lemons, mangos, corn, pineapples, bananas, yellow bell peppers, and squash contain beta-carotene, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They also contain important immune-enhancing properties.

Green: Kale, spinach, dark leafy lettuce, seaweed, avocados, zucchini, brussels sprouts, asparagus, peas, and broccoli contain chlorophyll and carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, which have antioxidant properties. Many of these green foods also contain vitamins (including folate), minerals (like iron, potassium, and calcium), and fiber. They help prevent cancer (particularly of the lung and colon), reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, and protect your eyes.

Blue: Blueberries, bilberries, black currants, eggplants, and blackberries contain flavonoids, phytochemicals, and antioxidants as well as a pigment called anthocyanin, currently being studied for its role in protecting the body against harmful carcinogens. These foods also contain fiber, which is helpful in the prevention of colon cancer, and they have ant diabetic properties.

Violet/Indigo: Grapes, black beans, black cherries, prunes, raisins, boysenberries, mangosteens, passion fruit, purple cabbage, plums, and flowers from sage, rosemary, and thyme plants contain flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamin D, phytochemicals, and fatty acids (essential to proper brain function).

In addition to these foods, white foods (such as onions, garlic, chives, scallions, and leeks) contain allicin, an element that helps fight high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Allicin also increases the body’s ability to fight infections and inhibits the growth of prostate, stomach, and colon cancer cells. Horseradish contains glucosinolate (an anticancer and antibacterial compound), as well as calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.

Incorporating these colorful “super foods” into your diet can help you improve or maintain your health. As “whole foods,” they are created by nature so each one is rich in many different nutrients and vitamins. Eating well is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Discover how much fun it is to be good. “Paint your plate” and eat from the rainbow every day!

Good luck & Start being healthy with a Glowing  Rainbow.