Red, Orange, & Yellow
Red: The color red in fresh produce usually indicates the presence of lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid, which is a color compound in fruits and vegetables that also has a beneficial role in health. Tomatoes are well-known for their high content of lycopene, as well as for lycopene’s protection of the prostate. Lycopene acts as an antioxidant in the body, neutralizing damaging free radicals. While many vitamin and phytonutrient structures are destroyed during heat processing (i.e. cooking), lycopene is actually made more abundant during the cooking process, making it uniquely available in high quantities in processed tomato products like sauces and canned variations. Lycopene is also present in bell peppers, watermelon, and pink grapefruit. Red produce is also rich in many essential vitamins and minerals such as folate and vitamin C.
Note that these compounds are fat-soluble, so eat them with a touch of a healthy fat like olive oil, nuts, avocado, hummus, or low-fat/low-sodium cheese.
Is is stretching? Is it poses? Is it meditation? Is it breathing practice? It can be all of the above, and much more.
Claims of the health benefits of yoga have existed for thousands of years. Many of the poses, or asanas, used today have been in practice for centuries. Some would say that yoga is more popular than ever, and with good reason. Numerous studies can now back many of proclaimed benefits, many of which you're probably already familiar with. You may have heard that yoga is an effective way to improve flexibility and strength, reduce stress, and even help you to sleep better. But here are just a few of the other possible benefits that recent research has uncovered:
- Improved memory & cognitive function
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced low back pain
- Improved physical function & mood with MS
- Reduced rheumatoid arthritis pain
- Reduction in asthma symptoms
And you don't need any special knowledge, training or experience to get started. All you have to do is show up.
“Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,” says Dr. Natalie Nevins, DO and certified yoga instructor. “The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.”
Hope to see you on the mat!