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You May Not Always Have to Give Up Things for Health

By Tom Herrin

A lot of times, when people think about just what they may need to do to improve their health, they seem to focus on those things that need to go on the sacrifice list.  It is true that many times it is the case.  Certainly sweets and fatty foods are sometimes in that group that may need to be trimmed back in order to make progress.  Fortunately for many, there are some foods that could be a favorite and and could be added in greater amounts.  Tomatoes are food that many love.  They are also a food that does not lose its beneficial properties when processed into something else.  This makes for a great combination.

They Can Provide Some Good Vitamins and Minerals

When most people think of a good source of Vitamin C, they likely think of oranges or some other citrus fruit.  Tomatoes can provide as much as 40 percent of the daily requirement for Vitamin C.  it is a natural antioxidant that can help to fight disease.  Tomatoes also contain Vitamin A, potassium, and iron.  

They Can Help Protect the Heart

The potassium plays a big role in helping to keep blood vessels flexible so that they can expand under pressure.  This can help to maintain blood pressure at a good level.  Tomatoes also contain lycopene.  It helps to prevent LDL and triglycerides from getting to serious levels.  These can cause arteries to harden which reduces their abilities to expand.  Combining the effects of these two things can mean there is less pressure working against the heart as it pumps blood.

They Are Good With Almost Anything

Most of us have eaten tomatoes as part of good salad.  They are also pretty good sliced on hamburgers or sandwiches.  They are almost everywhere in salsas.  I like ketchup on lots of things.  We use stewed tomatoes in chili, soups, beans, and all sorts of other dishes.  We learned to like them crushed, by accident, with noodles and sausage.  This happened when it was all we could find at a convenience store once when we were on a camping vacation.  We love it and eat it quite often.  Find some small ways to include a few more tomatoes on your menu and enjoy a little boost to your health.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Elk Grove, Calif.

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