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When Are Vegetables Better Than Water?

Yes, water is amazing and we should drink a lot every day! But, there are also a lot of people who claim they “don’t like to drink water.” No judgement πŸ™‚ I have some good news if you can relate!

When it comes to long lasting hydration, that can be accomplished with a steady intake of fruits and vegetables!

Yes, you can eat your water. And you should!

Vegetables and fruits are key for lasting hydration in the body because of one key component: FIBER!

The human body is 70-80% water and it’s really good at processing pure water. It goes in and out quickly!

Vegetables, on the other hand, take longer for processing/digestion.

The fiber in fruits and vegetables holds the water inside of us longer.

At least one full serving of fruits and vegetables a day will help your body stay moisturized.

Keep it fresh too! Tin canned fruit and vegetables are not nearly as good for your body system!

Remember, all body organs benefit from proper hydration. πŸ’§ Stay thirsty, Lighters.

How To Get Iron Benefits Into Your Body

The iron mineral is essential to life. That’s because it helps to form the red blood cells that are essential to the functionality of our bodies.

Anemia is a common condition that indicates your body lacks enough iron. As a result, you’re tired and cold all the time because your body is not strong enough to function optimally.

Now, for some reason, plant-based people are more prone to anemia. There’s an assumption that because iron is a blood mineral, flesh and blood would need to be consumed to get iron.

Of course, that’s not true. The Earth has everything we need to be healthy!

As a matter of fact, carnivorous iron consumption is the least effective way to get a dose of iron.

The foods with the highest amounts of iron happen to be certain fruits and vegetables. Surprise surprise!

Some iron rich fruits include:

  • Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Prunes
  • Blackberries

Dried fruits have a higher iron content because when the water level is reduced, the other components become more concentrated.

Iron heavy vegetables are easy to spot.

  • Leafy greens (spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, beet greens)
  • Beets
  • Beans

Beets are definitely on this list. After all, they are the same color as our blood. Don’t think about it too hard!

Other honorable culinary mentions: sesame seeds, molasses, pecans, pumpkin seeds.

Keep this in mind:

To get the most benefits from the above iron sources, consume them with some vitamin C rich foods.

Why Vitamin C?

Vitamin C and Iron are like friends who want to see each other succeed. When a vitamin C molecule senses that an Iron mineral molecule is nearby, it is attracted to it like a magnet. And then once they’re together, the iron is amplified, in a good way.

The body accepts this amplified iron much easier, it’s like the vitamin C reduces any barrier that is up. It’s all good.

Something else about the iron mineral… although it is a mineral that strengthens, also really needs to be protected. Very easily, it seems, iron can be leeched from the body.

The sure way to ensure that iron stays where it’s supposed to be – in Red Blood Cells – is to fortify the cells against free radical attacks. We can do this with vitamin C & also vitamin E.

Free radicals enter the body in various ways, including some cooking techniques and through environmental pollutions.

Antioxidants are good for protecting iron and all of the other minerals that our bodies thrive on.

About Minerals πŸ’Ž

Minerals are equally as important as vitamins when it comes to the human body.

Actually, there would be no body at all if it were not for minerals. The body is made of various elements found on Earth.

The human experience is made possible by the combination of sunlight, water, and Earth elements.

In the body, these mineral element molecules are what our bodies are made out of. Literally, yes. But, you can’t just eat dirt at gain the benefits. Some need to combine with other things to make them effective.

That being said, there are lots of minerals and trace minerals that all have names and functionality.

Here we can cover the popular ones (they are all important):

  • Calcium – It is indeed important for healthy bones, teeth, muscles to have a steady supply of calcium to use. Getting abundant calcium in younger years also provides some protection against osteoporosis in older years.
  • Chromium – is an essential part of digesting protein and sugar.
  • Chlorine – this one is also good for digestion, as well as healthy for the liver.
  • Iodine – helps to regulate the thyroid gland. Iodine also keeps balance in mental health.
  • Iron – Very important to the body as it helps to produce red blood cells. Every body organ and organ system is benefited from iron.
  • Lithium – Nourishes the brain and nervous system.
  • Phosphorus- This mineral is good for brain health. It also promotes healthy bones and teeth.
  • Potassium- good for muscle health, digestion, and a strong heart.
  • Manganese- keeps balance in the digestive system, nerves, brain and reproductive system.
  • Magnesium– helps to break down carbohydrates.
  • Selenium – Strengthens the liver and protects the body from free radicals.
  • Sulphur – Important for healthy skin, hair and nails.
  • Zinc- A very healing mineral. Important for cell growth and healthy body tissues.

While it is possible to gain all the minerals needed through diet, supplements are popular because it makes it easier. However, all supplements are not created equal. Synthetic minerals are not good. Look for minerals that are chelated (plant sourced and ready for the body to use.)

Additionally, specific health issues require higher amounts of minerals, which makes supplements a nice resource to have available.

About Vitamins!❀️

Obtaining nutrients is a big reason why we eat. Food is fuel for our bodies. The quality of that food fuel is what has the power to make us feel good versus feeling sluggish and crappy.

Vitamins and minerals are so essential.

Vitamins can be categorized by several properties but here at Easy Light Sources, we can just keep it simple – some Vitamins are oil-soluble and some are water soluble.

Here’s a quick rundown of most of all Vitamins:

  • Vitamin A – contributes to healthy body tissues, pretty hair & skin, and it also protects the cells.
  • Vitamin BMakes it possible for the nervous system to communicate with itself and with the body. Without B-vitamins, your body will not behave like you want it to.
  • Vitamin C – This one shows love to the human body by protecting cells, organs, and tissues from outside germs. Not only does it prevent infections, Vitamin C also provides healing benefits to a weakened immune system. Vitamin C also works really well with the mineral Iron.
  • Vitamin D – Essential for mineral absorption in the body. It comes from the sun! Remember: the sun is the ultimate light source!
  • Vitamin E – Having quality hair and skin is a benefit of consuming this antioxidant vitamin! It protects the cells from damage and free radicals.
  • Vitamin F – The body needs fatty acids for several reasons which include the processing and transportation of vitamins and minerals.
  • Vitamin G – Nourishes the nervous system!
  • Vitamin K – Nourishes the blood and liver. It also helps the nervous system. This one is well known for promoting healthy clotting abilities in the blood. Hospitals like to give this to brand new babies, minutes after they are born. It’s important to note, Vitamin K can be made by the human body. It is a by-product of the bacteria made in the gut (intestines).
  • Vitamin L – Further research is needed here, stay tuned!
  • Vitamin P – Promotes stomach health.

… That about covers the most common vitamins that start with the name Vitamin. Of course, there will be updates as more information is uncovered.

As always, thank you for reading.

For additional reading, check out this article on if plants can be used as drugs

Here are the books that were used for this article:

African Holistic Health by Dr. Laila Afrika.

Every Woman’s Book by Dr. Paavo Airola.

Microbiology in Action by J. Heritage, E.G.V Evans, and R.A Killington.