By Bernice Alhassan
We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It’s not as easy as you think. It’s important to know how and when to eat fruits.
What is the correct way of eating fruits? Eating fruits are best done before your meals on an empty stomach rather than after like most people do. When you eat fruits this way, it plays a major role of detoxifying your system, supplying you a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.
Fruits are the most important foods. However, when you eat a meal before a fruit, it prevents the meal from going straight into the intestine. In the meantime, the entire meal rots, ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil. So please eat your fruit on an empty stomach or before your meals.
I’m sure you’ve heard people complain – every time I eat watermelon, I burp or when I eat banana, I feel like running to the toilet, etc. Actually, all this will not arise eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Graying hair, balding, nervous outbursts and dark circles under the eyes will also not happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.
When you need to drink fruit juice – drink only fresh fruit juice, not from the cans. Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up. Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all. Cooking destroys all the vitamin contents of the fruit. However, eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised your friends tell you how radiant you look!
Some of the fruits that have particularly special effects are:
Apple: An apple a day, they say, keeps the doctor away. Although, an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has anti-oxidants and flavanoids which enhance the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risk of colon cancer, heart attack and stroke.
Orange: Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risks of colon cancer.
Watermelon: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They also are a key source of lycopene – the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & potassium.
Guava & Papaya: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also richer in fiber which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene which is especially good for your eyes.
Carrots: One of the richest sources of carotene. Carrots are also very good for the eyes. What’s more? Carrot juice if taken in the morning (on an empty stomach of course) is very beneficial. It develops immunity, prevents premature aging and has anti-cancer properties as well.
Pineapple: The juice is very rich in vitamin C. it also contains vitamins A & B. taken with honey it is effective for sore throat.
Tomatoes: contains iron and are rich in vitamin A. Recommended for those who want to reduce their weight. It combats cancer as it has a high amount of antioxidants.
Cucumber: cools our body and is very good for those who want to lose weight. They work as astringents, cooling and brightening agents of the skin. It can be used in natural face packs also.
Lemons: protect your heart, controls your blood pressure and are excellent for the skin and hair, Works as a bleach for the skin. Lemon juice mixed with warm water and honey can be taken daily, first thing in the morning to have a clear complexion. It can be taken for weight reduction also.
Bananas: contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and carbohydrates. They make an excellent face pack especially for dry skin. Add a few drops of olive oil or honey to banana pulp and use as a face pack.
With all these awesome properties, and then some, imagine losing it all simply because we do not do it right. Eating fruits is only as good as eating it right. Develop a habit of fruiting. There’s a huge reserve for you to choose from and making it a habit will be beneficial to you over the long haul.