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The Healthiest Vegetables
September 30, 2014

My last tip was about using ice and heat for pain. If you missed it there is a back issues link at the bottom of this email.

Today's tip is in response to the question: What are the healthiest vegetables to eat?

It's an important question, especially as vegetables are probably the healthiest foods you can eat AND because few people eat enough of them.

You shouldn't need convincing of the need to eat vegetables - they are loaded with so many vital nutrients and the fibre they contain has a cleansing, sweeping action as it moves through the digestive system, helping to get rid of waste and toxins.

The healthiest vegetables include:

Most of the leafy greens

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage

Root vegetables such as carrots, onions, turnips and parsnips

And, as I've mentioned before, cooked vegetables are better than raw. Raw vegetables are too hard and fibrous to eat enough of and to digest properly, and in Oriental medical terms they are too cold or too yin for the body.

Suitably cooked vegetables still contain plenty of nutrients and because they are softer you can eat more of them.

If the thought of eating 6-9 cups of cooked vegetables every day is difficult, there are things you can do like topping them with a healthy sauce or gravy.

Bottom line: If you aren't eating plenty of cooked vegetables every day (6-9 cups or 2/3 of each meal) you are missing out on a simple way to improve your health and to prevent ill health.

Any questions let me know,

Matthew

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About the Author

Matthew Scott is a professionally trained Chinese medicine practitioner from Australia. In 2000, after ten years in private practice, Matthew went to China to further his studies for a few months. He has been there ever since, immersed in the culture, raising a family and showing people worldwide the Chinese way of health.

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The content of this email is not to be considered as medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified health professional before starting or changing any health or fitness program.

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