Fruit for Thought
BRINDA GILL gives you a long list of reasons to make frequent visits to the fruit market ...
“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy”, remarked the renowned scientist Albert Einstein. A simple sentiment, yet one that speaks volumes of the benefits of simple living, fruits and music!
From ancient times, fruits have been a popular food being easily found in nature, ready to eat, easy to digest, and packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements and energy! Fruits also aid digestion, cleanse the system and eliminate toxins, thus enhancing well-being. Citrus fruits are one of the richest sources of Vitamin C that helps boost immunity and improve health. And the attributes of fruits also make most of them great for topical application by themselves or blended with other natural ingredients.
Fresh fruits for a fresh you!
Consuming fresh fruits leads to reduced risk of several diseases and slows down the ageing process “The old adage -internal health for external beauty- holds very true. Nutritionally speaking, fruits are imperative for good health. And internal good health, in its turn, reflects on the skin, in terms of a clear, problem-free skin with a healthy glow. Fruits should be part of the daily diet, be eaten fresh and raw, along with the peels wherever possible so that all the vitamins and minerals are intact. However, if there is any medical condition, like diabetes, it is better to consult your doctor about the fruits that can be included in your diet”, says beauty pioneer Shahnaz Husain.
Juices – Nutritious and delicious!
Husain also suggests partaking fruit juices as they are rich in essential nutrients are easily assimilated by the body and are an excellent way of taking in valuable nutrients. Fresh fruit juices are used in nature therapy to cure various ailments, cleanse the body of toxins and activate the body’s natural healing process. Fruits should also be thoroughly washed before consumption.
Dry fruits – Packed with goodness
Adding fresh and dry fruits to the daily diet enhances health and when eaten in place of high-calorie snacks also help in weight loss. Fruits can easily be added to the daily diet by adding chucks of freshly cut fruit to breakfast cereals, to salads and curd, blending them to make juice or a smoothie, or simply eating them as is for their pure taste. The top fruits for good skin health are apples, blueberries, cranberries, grapefruit, Indian gooseberries (amlas), kiwis, lemons, litchis, mangoes, oranges, papayas, pomegranates, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelons. And with the widespread cultivation of fruits and speedy transportation one can now enjoy a variety of fruits grown across the world throughout the year!