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Color Your Menu With Berries for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

Without a little care, the daily menu can become more than a little monotonous.  Most people try to provide those basic necessities that help maintain good health.  It is a significant challenge.  Habits are hard to break, but adding variety can make the daily routine less predictable and something that family members begin to look forward to.  Looking for the new item each day can make that menu more interesting as well as healthier.  Giving family members the opportunity to acquire tastes for a greater variety of foods can help them to be more accepting and willing take on challenges.

They Are Full of Nutrients

It is no secret that berries are packed with vitamins and other nutrients.  An example is blackberries.  They contain good amounts of Vitamin C, manganese, copper, Vitamin K, and folate.  People may strike gold with strawberries, which contain 150 percent of the RDA for Vitamin C.  Another good thing is that most berries are really low in calories, so there are no worries there when eating them.  Compared to the common prepared treats, there is no competition in the calorie category.

They Can Help Fight Inflammation

Plenty of health problems are caused by excessive inflammation.  Some berries seem to be able to reduce it.  This can help with general swelling or something that causes it in the blood vessels which can contribute to higher blood pressure.  This is a common factor in heart disease.  When blood pressure is increased, it creates stress on the heart.  Anything that can keep it lower can bring about better overall health, and it has become one of the most common health issues of today.

They Can Fit Well into Most Diets

With the relatively low calorie content in berries, they are ready-made for inclusion in almost any diet.  They can be wonderful at breakfast with milk and cereals.  They are always good baked in cobblers or pies.  They add a special flavor to fruit salads.  Many people have them in smoothies.  They are usually a big hit as a snack.  There are so many kinds of them that you can have a different kind everyday for quite some time before you ever have to repeat.  Pick up some today, and try them out on your family.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.


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