Veggie Power

We’ve all been told to “eat our veggies” at some point. The power of food is quite amazing and vegetables are at the top of the chomping order. Most people lack variety, quality as well as plain and simple quantity of vegetables in their diet. If you want to regain health, lose fat and perform optimally, the first action on your list should be to get more fibrous vegetables.

What veggies do for us

The colours of vegetables are derived from a variety of chemicals called antioxidants, which are almost exclusively found in plants. Plants produce antioxidants to fight compounds, known as free radicals, that destroy healthy cells.

Since humans do not naturally build shields to protect ourselves against free radicals, we need to rely on those found in plants. The antioxidants in plants work in our bodies the same way. Therefore, we need to eat plants to borrow their antioxidant shields for our own cells. This is why vegetables should be the cornerstone of a healthy existence.

So, what vegetables should you eat? Here are four veggies that are available in Vietnam and should be a part of everyone’s diet:

Bok choy is a great source of vitamins C and A as well as bone-healthy vitamin K. Bok choy is a must-have, readily available vegetable in Vietnam that is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and many vital phyto-nutrients.

Broccoli is one of the true vegetable powerhouses. It is great for helping with blood pressure, sun damage, bone health, immune system function and cancer prevention, just to name a few.

Kale is the Incredible Hulk of veggies. This green bad boy can protect you from a wide range of diseases. The nutrients in kale play a vital role in both phases of the body’s detoxification process. One cup of kale provides approximately 10 percent of the recommended daily allowance of omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation, one of the major causes of disease.

Avocados are one of the world’s healthiest foods. Some even recommend using it as a fat replacement when cooking. In addition, it is also great in soups, smoothies or dips, while also being perfect as a baby’s first food. Technically avocado is a fruit, but I just couldn’t leave it off the list because of its amazing benefits and wide availability in Vietnam.

Phil is a health practitioner and expert in body transformation. His services are available at Star Fitness (Starfitnesssaigon.com), online or at your home. Contact him though www.Phil-kelly.com