How Color Affects Us

syn_sensory-inputThe Language of Color

Did you know that color has a language all of its own?  Color has a profound effect on the mind and behavior and body.  All color is energy and it has a physical effect on us.  The reactions to color can be predicted with startling accuracy.  Depending on our personality type, there is a potential effect towards positive or negative psychologically.

This question pertains to the condition known as synesthesia. This condition describes how our senses work together. For example – with respect to sight, taste and smell – seeing a color may evoke any number of other sensations.  Color plays a multitude of roles in the natural world, used to entice, to camouflage, or to warn other creatures. Colors signal harvest time, breeding conditions, and the change of seasons, from the first greens of spring to the brilliant, beautiful reds and browns of the fall.  Each sense has a pathway to the brain.  These paths are parallel to each other as you can see from the illustration.  Flavonoids are incredible sensory chemicals.  Just as flavonoids are not just for the attraction of insects, they also send signals to us.  Green may bring strong images or memories of the smell of grass, lemon yellow may recall a sour taste. Pink may convey sweetness and so on.

In this series, we will explore the effects that color has on us and how each sense and its pathway to the brain is involved and interconnected and how it communicates messages to us on a psychological and physical level.

On a psychological level – brain-happy-chemicalsColor plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite. When used in the right ways, color can even save on energy consumption.  As a powerful form of communication, color is irreplaceable. Red means “stop” and green means “go.”  Brain chemistry is only now being understood to a greater level.  There is a dance of neurotransmitters and hormones inside your body determine the bulk of your moods and personal satisfaction. As a society we’ve gradually shut down the production of these substances with our diet and lifestyle choices. The result has been a dramatic increase in depression, eating disorders, suicide rates, substance abuse, and general unhappiness that affects every part of your daily life.

On a physical level:  1a361f64fb6e97b67f2ad8f1853efd0aHave you noticed the central role food plays in your life? From the time we are born, we develop a deep association linking food with emotions.  We move through life linking food to emotions. We celebrate holidays, weddings, graduations, and promotions with food.  We use food to express, suppress, and deal with love and we drown our sorrows and many other emotions. Food powers your life. It fuels all bodily processes that enables you to move, think, and breathe. There is no aspect of your life that is not influenced by what you eat.  Consider how strength, agility, coordination, endurance, speed and level of performance are all powered by the foods you eat. Natural food gives natural energy.  What you eat determines how you tackle your daily physical activities, including housework, your job, school, homework, shopping, caring for a family and exercise.  Eating healthy enables body movements to be executed with ease. A poor diet with unhealthy food choices can make each movement a major effort filled with stress, strain, and pain.  Which lifestyle sounds like the way you would like to live?  It isn’t easy to change the habits of lifestyle.  We sometimes need help.  Jumpstart your health with a good supplement of your choice.  Just make sure it is a good, reliable brand.

Color Affects Taste and Smell.  Nature has a clever way to highlight the nutrients in foods: different nutrients actually impart different colors to the foods they’re in and as they ripen they produce a scent.  Just the sight of food fires neurons in the hypothalamus, the front part of the brain that coordinates both the autonomic nervous system and the activity of the pituitary, controlling body temperature, thirst, hunger, and other homeostatic systems, and involved in sleep and emotional activity.  If you ask my daughter, my shopping partner, how she would describe her grocery shopping experience with me, she would probably elaborate on my attention given to this one small area of the store with all of the brilliant colors in the fruits and vegetables in the produce section.  I spend most of my time there salivating with excitement on the experience I will have in eating these bright-colored foods.  The sense of life drops considerably when proceeding to the other areas of the store.  Are you drawn to certain colored foods?   

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In plants, these substances provide pigmentation and help filter UV rays. They also help protect the plants from microbe, fungus, and insect attacks; and help plants survive frost and droughts. Additionally, they help promote or inhibit the growth of certain plant parts, including seeds and pollen tubes, and are used as chemical signals to tell plant cells when to stop or start doing things.  Flavonoids are a group of plant metabolites thought to provide health benefits through cell signalling pathways and antioxidant effects.  They are essential pigments for producing the colors needed to attract pollinating insects.  These biological pigments are pigments produced by living organisms. They can be found in many plants, including flowers and even in our skinBacteria are colored by pigments. All biological pigments selectively absorb certain wavelengths of light while reflecting others.

Color arises frcb44cdb9ab9c2fe681a397607b3e5c17om the way the pigments react with light.  Biological pigments in plants exist in a wide variety of forms, some with highly complex and large structures. Over 600 naturally occurring carotenoid structures have been identified, as well as over 7,000 flavonoids, including over 500 anthocyanins.

I am excited to raise a whole new appreciation for our colorful world and all of its bounty and benefits.  All color comes from light.  Consider where the light comes from.  From the word of this light, all of creation and its beauty was made.  Genesis 1:3, 31 says. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light…31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

  1. Color Matters
  2. Causes of Color
  3. Daily Super Food Love

The Stinking Rose, Garlic


The Stinking Rose

5-health-benefits-of-garlicGarlic is even known as “the king of all vegetable plants”.  As you read further,
you will see why.

Garlic is well-known and has been one of the most important medicines in the East and West for over 5,000 years.  It is known for its medicinal action and uses in so many ways.  Have you heard of this old folk tale that states:  “Eat onions in March and garlic in May, then the rest of the year, your doctor can play.”

  1. Immune System Garlistimulates white blood cells so our bodies can fight disease.  Garlic inhibits growth of bacteria (23 kinds) as well as fungus and yeast (60 types) Its effectiveness against skin infections like boils.
  2. Garlikeeps blood vessels healthy Lowers cholesterol and reduces blood pressure. Minimize heart ailments and strokes.
  3. Garliprotects against cell damage It helps restore memory. It can extend life expectancy.
  4. Garlic helps Detoxify Heavy Metals in the body
  5. Garliis a natural penicillin
  6. Garlic may Improve Bone Health
  7. Garlic‘s anesthetic Benefits Can serve as a topical antibiotic to remove the bacterial growth and minimize inflammation.

When you get a chance, listen to this godly lady, Barbara O’Neill, share some of her valuable tips:

Body Science & Nutrition Discovering Good Health: “Poultices and Their Applications” (Complete) PBMC – YouTube

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WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Layers of benefits! Onions


The onion has layers on health benefits.

Heart health:  natural blood thinner and lower blood pressure.  Onions may prevent plaque build-up in arteries, heart attacks, and strokes.

Anti-inflammatory:  relaxes the airway muscles and helps relieve those who suffer with asthma and those who deal with rheumatoid arthritis.

Immune system:  onion’s antioxidants help encourage a strong immune system. Onions also reduce allergic reactions.

Anti-Cancer:  inhibit cancer cells in “breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, endometrial, and lung tumors.”

Digestion:  Helps keep you regular.  Onions contain a special type of soluble fiber which promotes good bacteria growth in your intestines, and may help reduce the risk of developing gastric ulcers.

Regulating blood sugar:  The sulfur in onions helps lower blood sugar by triggering increased insulin production.

Bone density in older women:  Lowers risk of hip fracture.


First chill the onions for 30 minutes. Then, cut off the top and peel the outer layers leaving the root end intact.


Green onions may interfere with blood thinning drugs.

Onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion. It’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator. It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit.  Because they are a magnet for bacteria, they make a good poultice for bacterial infections.

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.


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Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 7.54.03 PMBroccoli

One of the good mood foods is broccoli which has stress-relieving vitamin B6. It also contains folic acid which is important in fighting depression.  These little trees also have 2 days’ worth of vitamins C and K in each serving.

1. Cancer prevention: Broccoli has cancer fighting, immune boosting properties. A combination of anti-flammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties, work together in cancer prevention.  Research is strongest showing a decrease in prostate cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer and ovarian cancer.

2. Cholesterol reduction: Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.

3. Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Known to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body.  Broccoli has a phytonutrient (flavonol) called Kaempferol, helps lessen allergy-related substances. Broccoli has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as an anti-inflammatory.

4. Powerful antioxidant: Of all the cruciferous (cross bearing) vegetables, flowering vegetables with four equal petals arranged crosswise, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids (colorful pigment chemicals) necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively.

5. Bone health: Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

6.  Heart health: The anti-inflammatory properties may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.

7. Diet aid: Broccoli is a good carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.

8. Detoxification means cleaning the blood.  Thorough chewing of raw Broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables increases metabolism, protects against oxidative stress, neuroinflmmation, and cell death, which may benefit neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease.  Isothiocyanates helps to enhance the removal of dangerous toxins that threaten our cells.

Extra information:  The compounds glucosinolate (secondary metabolites necessary for metabolism) contact with plant myrosinase (an enzyme) and increases the amount of isothiocyanates (compounds against oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and cell death) when absorbed.

9. Alkalizing– a healthy alkaline balance where our bodies internal fluids affect every cell in our bodies.  Germs are less likely to get a foothold and cause problems with yeast, fungus, and molds.

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Yellow, The Vision Vitamin

I start this Color Me Beautiful series with the color yellow.

Yellow is the most visible color and is the first color the human eye notices!  Yellow’s stimulating nature and high visibility to the eye is the reason why many road signs are bold yellow (contrasted by black text).  This is another reason why restaurants use the color yellow in their signs.  It is known to stimulate appetite and triggers the feelings of happiness and friendliness, warm like the sun.  Maybe this is why we feel so good when the sun is out.

th-9Likewise, I hope this Color Me Beautiful series stimulates you to introduce and increase your plate with more of the colors of the rainbow.
Imagine with me why certain fast food places use yellow and red colors;  Take Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), McDonald’s, Burger King and the other fast food establishments in the image on the left for instance.  These colors are just one marketing ploy that are eye-catching and get your attention to roll in to their establishment for that quick fast food.  Why not stick with real fast yellow food?  Here are some really good reasons why?

Yellows come from The Latin word Lutein lutes means “yellow”.

This plant chemical is geared to protect the eyes by modulating light energy.  The yellow color of the human macula lutea (literally, yellow spot) in the retina
(from Latin rēte, meaning “net”) of the eye is the third and inner coat of the eye which is a light-sensitive layer of tissue. results from the lutein and zeaxanthin it contains.

Lutein nicknamed “the eye vitamin,” is a carotenoid antioxidant phytonutrient (plant nutrient), which ranges from yellow to red pigments.  It is an essential nutrient for normal vision.

Eye protection – The central part of the retina, called the macula, contains macular pigments in which lutein is concentrated. The yellow coloured pigments protect the retina from damage of the photo-oxidative affect of high-energy light.

Heart health – Lutein can also reduce the risk for artery diseases. Studies have shown that persons with the highest lutein intake showed the lowest artery wall thickening.

Skin protection – Lutein can also reduce the risk of skin cancer and sunburn.

Digestion – Yellow foods are associated with digestion.  Proper digestion allows for the absorption and assimilation of nutrients, so your body can function and carry out the countless chemical reactions it needs to on an ongoing basis. Nutrients from foods you eat provide your body with the energy it needs to run, walk, eat, breathe, and read these words. When the process of digestion is impaired, nutrient imbalance and deficiency can result, leaving your body without the fuel it needs to function properly. Over time, there can be downstream effects of ill health such as lowering your risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, constipation, and colon cancer..

Carotene is a pigment that absorbs blue and indigo light, and that provides rich yellows and oranges.

benefits-of-lutein-and-zeaxanthinLutein and Zeaxanthin (fat soluble) are carotenoids that are found in relatively high concentrations in the retina.  Lutein’s yellow color blocks blue (UV) light from absorption.  Because the macula is yellow in colour it absorbs excess blue and ultraviolet light that enter the eye, and acts as a natural sunblock (analogous to sunglasses) for this area of the retina.  Both Lutein and Zeaxanthin helps protect the eye from ultra-violet (UV) damage, and prevents free-radical damage to the retina and the lens of the eye that is associated with diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.  Studies have also indicated that lutein improves heart health, protects our skin against UV damage, reduces diabetes induced oxidative stress, and possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.  Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in the liver, ovaries, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, testes, adrenals, and many eye tissues.

002f0eccb487f585c82aa61ff8e6be0cYellow foods are commonly considered the eyesight foods because they contain vitamin A. Beta-carotene, which can be converted into vitamin A, is a component of these foods as well.   Since eyesight is dependent on the presence of vitamin A, it is considered the “vision vitamin.”  Our eyes use the yellow pigment lutein as an antioxidant, especially in the macula, in the center of the retina at the back of the eye contains a lot of lutein.  This protects the eyes from the UV sunlight rays.    It also also seems to lower the risk of developing Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).  Vitamin A also help strengthen your immune system and prevent infections like the common colds. Moreover, this nutrient is also one of the best substances that can help you age gracefully.  In addition, they may have high levels of vitamin C, and some contain omega-3 fatty acids according to Kasik-Miller, a clinical dietitian at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

…Natural Sunblock (think yellow/orange-red like the sun) The yellow pigment, lutein, is also known to absorb excess light energy to prevent damage to plants from too much sunlight.  Our skin uses the yellow pigment lutein to recharge the antioxidants that protect the glands that make the oily lubricant that keeps the skin supple and wrinkle-free.  If we consume our leafy greens and other yellow pigment foods, these protective antioxidants protect our skin from oxidative damage.  This is why our ancestors most likely did not use sunscreen lotions.  Antioxidants reduce the risk of many health problems associated with aging, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, cataracts and macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and others.

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Sunlight is very important for our skin.  Americans tend to be deficient in Vitamin D3 because we are inside more than we are outside. Please visit my Vitamin D Council board for more information about this topic.  Americans are also afraid of the sun lathering up with all those sun screens.  If we are wise and respect the power of the sun, there is no need to buy all those chemically filled sunscreens that short-circuit the benefits of the suns rays that create an atmosphere that brings damage to the skin.  Here are other sunscreen options.

Yellow appears to have important antioxidant functions in the body including vitamin C, beta carotene, and vitamin E that guard the body from damaging effects that can destroy cells and play a role in many diseases

….Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body in light therapy treatment.

…The cream to light yellow crystalline solid (Ellagic Acid) may help protect against cancer by neutralizing the cancer- causing chemicals.  Surprisingly, Ellagic Acid is hidden under the red color of a number strawberries, raspberries, and pomegranates.  It also helps by reducing DNA damage and helps regulate blood sugar response.  But studies of this acid have mainly been done in the laboratory, so its benefits for human health is an unknown.
Yellow lutein may help protect against atherosclerosis (buildup of fatty deposits in arteries), the disease that leads to most heart attacks.
Yellow lutein is a carotenoid with antioxidant properties. It’s known to reduce oxidative stress and neutralize free radicals in various organs, including your skin.
Yellow (under the color green) ~ Lutein

Another interesting fact about yellow is how it is hidden under the top layers of green serveimage-39in your leafy greens – they have 15-47% of lutein, but a very low content (0-3%) of zeaxanthin.  This is why we get the different colors of tree leaves in the fall.  This means that those leafy greens also contain this yellow pigment to bring you all of the great benefits of this beautiful nutrient.  The body cannot absorb lutein without the help of fat, so when eating your leafy green salads or smoothies, include a type of fat like Avocado, coconut oil, or a nut of your choice.

Zeaxanthin – xanthin, a yellow coloring carotenoid present in the retina of the eye and in many plants.

The two major carotenoids in the human macula and retina are lutein and zeaxanthin.  In our periphery vision, Zeaxanthin declines more rapidly than lutein.

On a Spiritual note:  There exists an old saying in American culture: “The eyes are a window to the soul.”  Matthew 6:22 (KJV) says, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”

Let your eyes feast on this yellow that can trigger the feelings of happiness and friendliness, warmth like the sun.

serveimage-38Take care in what you allow your eyes to see.  May the light of the Lord’s words help you to be a light bringing sunshine to someone else as Matthew 5:16 (KJV) says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Yellow Fruits & Vegetables and some quantities of either Lutein or Zeaxanthin or both:


  1. Yellow bell peppers – low amount of lutein (12%) but no Zeaxanthin. The highest amount of Zeaxanthin (8% Lutein 37% Zeaxanthin = 45% total) was found in Orange Peppers.  
  2. Yellow zucchini (or vegetable marrow – 30-52%) These compounds help scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals
  3. Yellow tomatoes (39%-sun dried)
  4. Maize (Sweet corn) – (60% of lutein and 25% of zeaxanthin)
  5. Bananas – the banana skin contains lutein.  Some people prefer to boil the peel for 10 minutes or so before eating it, putting it through a juicer or blending it with other fruits. In Asian countries, banana peels are cooked with their flesh or fried on their own.  Banana peels are packed full of serotonin which boosts your mood and helps you feel happy. Some studies have shown that in just three days, eating 2 banana peels can raise your serotonin level by nearly 15%. Plus, the banana peel can help you sleep easier because of the tryptophan found in it. Tryptophan is the sleep-inducing amino acid.  Bananas contain pectins and fructooligosaccharides(FOS). Pectins have been studied for their effects on blood sugar levels, and FOS is a prebiotic that provides food for the healthy bacteria in your lower intestine.

6. Lemon (10.344ug) – lutein may help protect against atherosclerosis (buildup of fatty deposits in arteries), the disease that leads to most heart attacks.

7. Squash – (2401.3μg/1 cup) listed in the top ten for lutein and zeaxanthin

8. Grapefruit (10.169ug)

9. Mellon – 27.058ug honeydue; 26.25ug cantalope

10. Apples with skin (28.985ug)

11. Pears – (78.32 mcg)

12. Pineapple contains bromelain, a proteolytic substance that breaks down proteins, and it therefore can aid in digestion.  Look for pineapples that are heavy for their size, free of soft spots, bruises, and darkened areas, and they should have a fragrant, sweet smell at the stem.

NOTE: BEST FOODS FOR LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN: (As noted above, green leafy foods surprisingly contain these beneficial nutrients)  

Kale, spinach (47 mole% lutein), Swiss chard, collard greens, turnip greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, beet greens, radicchio, summer squash (all varieties), watercress, green peas, persimmons, winter squash (acorn, butternut, etc.), pumpkin, broccoli (22 mole%), brussels sprouts (27 mole%), lettuce (22 mole% – especially dark lettuces), asparagus, corn, green beans, okra, artichokes, green bell peppers.

Raw Beet Smoothie

  • Servings: 2 smoothies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pretty-Raw-Beet-and-Coconut-Smoothie-600-2Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
Makes: 2 smoothies
  • 2 medium uncooked beets, quartered
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup coconut milk (shake the can well before you open it to mix the cream with the milk)
  • 1 cup water

Note: I used half measurements and added Plexus Slim.  Want to know more about the Beet’s and Carrot’s benefits?  Beets & Carrots

What’s Up Doc? Carrots


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What’s Up Doc?   

Bugs Bunny’s Carrot that’s what! 

Carrots are the second most popular type of vegetable after potatoes, and are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world, partly because they grow relatively easily and are very versatile in a number of dishes and cultural cuisines.  In central Asian and Middle Eastern countries, but they were viewed as more of a medicinal herb than a food.  The average American eats only one cup a week.

Early carrots (some believe they may even date back to early Egypt) were not orange. Instead, they came in a variety of colors like purple, white, red, yellow and black. The orange carrots known and loved today are the result of cross breeding red and yellow carrots, which was done back in the 16th century.  Choose carrots with the deepest, darkest orange color as they contain the highest levels of beta-carotene (the deep rich yellow, red, orange, and purple colors in fruits and vegetables).  The name beta-carotene is derived from the Latin name for ‘carrot’.  The word “carrot” has its origins in the Greek word “karoton,”

The History

Bugs bunny’s favorite food became associated with strong eyesight during World War II when the British Royal Air Force managed to gun down German aircrafts even at nights. The air force fabricated a story of how their skilled fighter pilot John “Cats’ eyes” Cunningham attributed his excellent night vision due to a carrot-enriched diet.  Although there is certainly some truth to the war propaganda regarding night vision, beta-carotene is found in much higher concentrations in leafy greens such as spinach.  Even though it started as a myth, having carrots do help in maintaining healthy eyes.

Here are the TOP 8 nutritional benefits of Carrots:  A 113%, Biotin 20%, K 18%, Fiber 14%, Molybdenum 14%, Potassium 11%,
Vitamin C 10%, Vitamin B6 10%.

  1. Improved Vision Vitamin A is very important for healthy eyes and is essential for the maintenance of visual function protecting against macular degeneration and senile cataracts, including protection against macular degeneration and senile cataracts.  The only carotenoids found inside the retina of the human eye are the xanthophylls (lutein and zeaxanthin)(pigments yellow, orange, and red).  Nature’s Pharmacy has a way of showing you it’s benefits through its foods.  A slice of carrot looks like a human eye.
  2. Anti-inflammatory Carrots are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, both of which are believed to fight inflammation. Vitamin A being fat soluble needs a fat to help absorb its benefits in the blood.  As little as 3-5 g of fat appears sufficient to ensure absorption.
  3. Anti-aging: The high level of beta-carotene in carrots acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells.
  4. Healthy Glowing Skin (from the inside out)
    Vitamin A protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of Vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, uneven skin tone.
  5. Healthy Skin: Increases blood in your scalp and increasing hair growth. necessary to build healthy fats in the skin to keep it supple and moist. Lactating mother’s consuming high biotin foods reduced symptoms of cradle cap in nursing infants.
  6. Bone Density for proper blood clotting. One of the proteins found in bone, especially linked to our bone mineral density (BMD) Vitamin K helps our body keep Potassium process in check.
  7. Fiber (soluble): soluble fiber ~ is soft and sticky, and absorbs water to form a gel-like substance inside the digestive system.Flushing out the toxins
    1. It cleans out the colon, by helping it pass smoothly through the digestive tract.  Cleansing the body, Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. 
    2. It produces a hormone called glucagon to reduce blood sugar levels. 
    3. Reducing cholesterol levels because of the soluble fibers bind with bile acids.
  8. Molybdenum It is a unique part of the protein in our food, providing oxygen-based energy production offering detoxify unwanted contaminants.
    • essential for antioxidant protection 
    • plays a unique role in the structure of our connective tissue.
  9. Blood Sugar Regulation Biotin Bplays a major role in your blood glucose production, keeping your blood sugar at healthy levels.  Involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates and regulation of the amount of insulin and glucose that is being used and metabolized, helping those with Diabetes.
  10. Potassium an electrolyte is a mineral required to help conduct nerve impulses, regulate the rhythm of the heart and control muscle contraction. 
    • It also plays a part in maintaining bone health and fluid balance. 
    • Prevent Stroke – It is recognized as a means to prevent stroke by 2/3 and hypertension. The beta carotene in the carrots is what provides this protection. their antioxidant activity. Carotene prevents cholesterol from becoming toxic and being able to form plaque and clots in the arteries promoting good circulation. 
    • It supports healthy blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels, allowing more blood, nutrients, oxygen to flow to the vital brain areas stimulating neural activity and increasing cognitive function as well as muscle functions as in cardiovascular health and various heart diseases.  
    • It is necessary for maintaining optimal fluid balance levels inside and outside the cell and for the contraction of heart muscles.
    • Bone strength – bone cells in charge of bone demineralization—they help take minerals out of the bone and make them available for other body functions.
    • Helps arthritis, sore back muscles, rheumatism or sprains and bruises.
    • Type-2 diabetes Potassium stimulates the production of insulin.
    • many types of cancers 
  11. Vitamin C Boosts immunity, stimulating the activity of White blood cells (WBCs), also called leukocytes or leucocytes, are the cells of the immune system that are involved in protecting the body against both infectious disease and foreign invaders.
    Vitamin C Boosts immunity.  Vitamin C is also essential for the maximum absorption of iron in the body.
  12. Brain Health Vitamin C is necessary to make certain neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are the signals that carry thoughts, feelings, and commands around our brains and throughout our nervous system like to produce serotonin, a hormone that plays a critical role in wide variety of body systems, including the nervous system, endocrine system, immune system, and digestive system.  Our moods, daily bodily rhythms (including sleep-wake cycles), and experiences of stress and pain depend on serotonin.
  13. Promotes a healthy metabolism, neurological brain health, mood enhancer.
  14. Vitamin B6 and magnesium together help in reducing anxiety, especially in women who suffer from anxiety during the pre-menstrual periods.
  15. Cancer Prevention Carotenoid antioxidant power that helps reduce free radicals in the body. Carrots contain phytonutrients called polyacetylenes and other components that inhibit cancer growth.  Lowers risk in colon and prostate cancers, has been seen from researchers in lung, breast, and colon.
  16. A Powerful Antiseptic Vitamin C, Water-soluble antioxidant, helps the body develop resistance to infections. 
  17. Prevent Heart Disease beta and alpha-carotene (orange-red pigments) and lutein (deep yellow pigment), which are antioxidants that fight cholesterol and also help reduce the risk of a heart attack.  Reducing cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots binding with bile acids.  Jump over to the benefits of orange colored foods and yellow colored foods.  alpha and beta-carotene into vitamin A for the maintenance of healthy skin and bones, good vision, and a robust immune system.
  18. Healthy Teeth and Gums Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or tooth paste.  Carrots stimulate gums, triggers a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid forming and cavity forming bacteria.  The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.


  • Avoiding storing them near apples, pears or potatoes, as the ethylene gas they release may turn your carrots bitter.
  • Remove green tops prior to storing them in the fridge.  They will cause the carrot to wilt faster.  But don’t throw them away.


Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within. 

You cannot buy it in a bottle.

The Beetroot

dbba655e5d5c7e1266e4a543d6794584July, 2014, LWC DeRoos Drumbeat

The Beetroot 

This rugged, grungy-looking root is a beautiful crimson power food.  It is packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, choline, folic acid, iodine, manganese, organic sodium, potassium, iron, calcium, copper and phosphorus.  Just like Popeye’s spinach power food, beets are the red spinach.

Beets are one of the best sources of both folate and betaine. These two nutrients work together to lower levels of homocysteine in your blood reducing the inflammation that can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease.

Beet leaves and stems are also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants preventing oxidation and cell damage.

Beets prevent oxidation of LDL and protect the heart against heart attack and stroke.  “Look and feel younger!” “Reverse the aging process!” “Boost your energy!”

Beets have an abundant supply of folic acid which plays an important role in fetal development. It is required for the formation of the spinal cord and protects the child from congenital disorders.

Beets have mineral silica to absorb calcium efficiently to help you prevent conditions like osteoporosis.  (Drink one glass of beet juice a day)

Beets are a great food for diabetics because it breaks down sugar at a slow rate preventing rapid increase in blood glucose levels.

Beets are loaded with iron, a mineral that is important for the formation of hemoglobin that transports oxygen to various parts of the body. With regular intake of beets, you can easily treat as well as prevent iron deficiency anemia.

Beets are the natural Viagra releasing nitric oxide into the body, increasing blood flow. It also has boron, a mineral that is important for the production of the male hormone testosterone.

Beets have rich stores of soluble fibre, acting as a natural laxative. It sweeps the colon and helps regulation of bowel movements.  A Howard University study shows a reduced tumor growth rate by 12.5 percent in breast cancer and helps prostate cancer patients.

Beets boost signal transmission from the brain to different parts of the body. A study carried out by the University of Exeter, UK, showed that drinking beet juice could help proper functioning of the brain and beat the onset of dementia.

Eat them fresh and raw, not from a jar. Heating beets actually decreases their antioxidant power. Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as enzymes (proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions).


For a simple single-serving salad, wash and peel one beet, and then grate it on the widest blade of a box grater. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon.  (I like mixing carrots and beets grated and putting in raisins, 1T. Vegenaise/Mayo as a variation.)

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within. 

You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Red Sweet Bell Pepper

June, 2014 DeRoos Drumbeat

What is higher in Vitamin C than an orange

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the Christmas ornaments of the vegetable world.

A partial list of health benefits:

1. Red Bell Peppers are high in Vitamin C.  C is anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. The riper it is the more vitamin C.  Note: Heat destroys vitamin C.

Vitamin C in it helps in the formation of collagen, which is a structural fiber that is needed by the body to hold everything together.

2. Red Bell Peppers are high in Vitamin A.  A is anti-oxidant, anti-infection for front line barriers (eyes, skin, nose, throat, lungs) against infection, cataract prevention.

3Red Bell Peppers are high in Vitamin B6.  B6  promotes a healthy metabolism, neurological brain health, mood enhancer.

4. Red Bell Peppers are high in Folate.  Folate serves as anemia prevention, supports cell production, nerve function, helps prevent Alzheimer’s.

5. Red Bell Peppers contains an enzyme sulfur.  This enzyme sulfur is an enzyme that serves as a basis for anti-cancer conditions.

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.

You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Go Bananas!

April, 2014 DeRoos Drumbeat


If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again.

1.  Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin – the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.  The banana’s shape does kind of smile at you doesn’t it? Bananas are a rich source of both vitamin B-6 in serotonin, which helps keep the mood stable and bright, which also help your brain make these important neuro-chemicals.                                                                                

2.  Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout for a powerful energy punch while sustaining your blood sugar.

3.  Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps by eating a banana.

4.  Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.

5.  High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

6.  Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.

7.  Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel.

8.  They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.

9.  Magnesium is beneficial for improving your brain function because it is a mineral that helps facilitate the electrical activity between the nerve cells in your brain and needs to offset stress.  It also helps the brain dispose of the waste byproduct of protein metabolism, ammonia. By reducing the brain’s ammonia levels, magnesium improves your ability to focus, according to The Franklin Institute.  It converts dietary fatty acids into DHA, a substance found within brain cell membranes.

10.  Fiber in Bananas helps to stabilize overall health and ensure that the digestive system is functioning smoothly.



Going bananas doesn’t sound all that bad after all.

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.