12 Healthy Reasons to Eat Fruit [Infographic]

12 Healthy Reasons to Eat Fruit
Infographic
Need a few more good reasons to eat a variety of fresh fruit?

Aside from being rich in naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, organic fruit has an abundance of phytochemicals - phytonutrients that are being studied and strongly linked to preventing and healing a wide array of medical conditions and chronic diseases.

This infographic illustrates 12 excellent fruit choices, including health benefits associated with each one:

❤ Apples
❤ Bananas
❤ Blueberries
❤ Cherries
❤ Grapes
❤ Kiwi
❤ Mango
❤ Oranges
❤ Peaches
❤ Pineapple
❤ Strawberries
❤ Watermelon

Remember to buy organic whenever possible!  Organically grown fruits and vegetables are more nutrient dense and have far fewer harmful pesticides and other toxic substances than conventionally grown produce.

Related:
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Top 10 Superfoods for Exceptional Health
15 Foods to Include in an Every Day Diet
Low Calorie, High Fiber Summer Fruits and Veggies
Clean Food Labels

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12 Mental Benefits of Exercise [Infographic]

12 Mental Benefits of Exercise - Infographic
Need some motivation to workout regularly ... or at least more frequently?

Exercise isn't just great for the body and physical health - most of us are aware that exercise builds lean muscles mass, strong bones, a flexible spine and hamstrings, and aids in weight loss including the dreaded belly and back fat.

But maybe we don't realize how working out on a regular basis (and in some cases, just a single session) confers very important mental and emotional health benefits.

In fact, according to research, regular exercise (together with regular meditation) is strongly associated with healthy brain function and has been implicated in preventing certain chronic diseases like Alzheimer's.

This infographic very nicely summarizes twelve mental benefits of exercising regularly:

❤ Elevates Mood
❤ Releases Tension
❤ Builds Confidence
❤ Increases Pain Tolerance
❤ Improves Brain Capacity
❤ Improves Character
❤ Develops Self-Discipline
❤ Aids in Substance Addiction Recovery
❤ Combats Depression
❤ Reduces Anxiety
❤ Produces a Natural High
Improves Concentration

Related:
Brain Foods
Healthy Fats for the Brain
Brain Threats and Protectors

Infographic source and more information at Tread Mill Reviews - Mental Benefits of Exercise.

The Detox Summit - Free Online Event

The Detox Summit Free Online Event
The Detox Summit is a free online event hosted by Deanna Minich PhD in collaboration with the Institute of Functional Medicine.  "Detox" is a term that means many different things to different people, from drug and alcohol detoxification to nutritional detox, or cleanses using food, smoothies and juices.  The Summit brings together 30 experts in the areas of medicine, nutrition and personal growth to discuss all aspects of detoxification to help participants (listeners) return to a healthy state of wellness.  During this event, participants can expect a well-rounded, credible approach to a much-debated issue and to learn to navigate their way through today's toxic terrain by recognizing toxins, what to do about them and how to change their lives for a healthier lifestyle, as well as:

The Detox Summit - The Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Learn about environmental toxins in food, air and water
  • Understand internally generated toxins, like thoughts, emotions and behaviors
  • Recognize toxins and eliminate them
  • Focus on breakthrough solutions to gain more energy and vitality
The conference will be broadcast from August 4 - 11, 2014 and will feature the following experts who will discuss and address the following issues:
(For more information and to register go to The Detox Summit)

Jeffrey Bland, PhD - Father of Functional Medicine, Author
The Biochemistry and History of Detoxification
  • History of detoxification
  • Detailed description of how the body eliminates toxins, especially through the liver
  • How nutrients improve detoxification
Mark Hyman, MD - Bestselling Author, Functional Medicine Expert
Metabolic Disturbances and Detox
  • Relationship between chronic disease and toxicity "Diabesity"
  • Health effects of toxins like sugar and food chemicals
  • Power of a detox to promote health and healing
David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM - Bestselling Author, Renowned Neurologist Brain Health Expert
Toxicity and Brain Function
  • Relationship between diet and brain health
  • Why carbohydrates, especially sugars, and toxic to the brain
  • Why the type of fat you eat is so important for health and detox
Alejandro Junger, MD - Bestselling Author and Founder of the Clean Program
The Many Approaches to Detox and Coming Clean
  • The necessity of detox for health
  • Why detox needs to be personalized to the individual
  • Juicing vs. food vs. supplements for detox
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
Autism and Detox
  • Toxic exposures of all types and their effect on the brain
  • The emerging connection between autism and toxicity in pregnancy
  • Overcoming chemical burden in the unborn and children
Elson Haas, MD - Practicing Physician of Integrated Family Medicine, "Father of Clinical Detoxification", Author
Staying Healthy with Nutrition and Detox
  • Incorporating traditional medicine approaches into a nutritional, biochemical detoxification
  • The importance of following the cycles of nature, seasons and the body's rhythm in detox and healing
  • How to personalize a detoxification by becoming aware of the body's needs
Soram Khalsa, MD - Board Certified in Internal Medicine
The Environment is Toxic and It's Making Us Toxic:  Epigenetic Influences
  • Sources of toxicity in our daily environment: focus on the home and food
  • Importance of detox before conception and pregnancy
  • Keeping our children free of toxins by taking everyday precautions in our environment
Kelly Brogan, MD - Boarded in Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine/Reproductive Psychiatry and Integrative Holistic Medicine
Toxicity and Impact in Women and Children's Health
  • How women can take precautions to become less toxic
  • Dangers of inflammation to mother, fetus and child
  • Top recommendations for cleaning up the womb
Kara Kitzgerald, ND - Faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine; Private Practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Labs to Assess Toxin Load
  • Best labs to assess your exposure to heavy metals and other environmental toxins
  • Tests you can ask your doctor to run to see if you are toxic
  • Compelling clinical pearls on how to address heavy metal and environmental toxicity
Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSC, CLS - Professor of Neuroimmunology at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies; Chief Scientific Advisor for Cyrex Labs, LLC
Cutting-Edge Diagnostics for Toxicity
  • Environmental triggers and the effect on the immune system
  • Understanding how the immune system responds to toxins
  • Labs to detect the presence of autoimmune reaction
Michael Stone, MD, MS - Family Physician, Faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine
Methylation and Toxicity
  • Importance of methylation in detoxification
  • How to assess with lab tests whether you are methylating properly
  • Physical signs that your body is toxic
Sayer Ji - Author; Educator; Founder of GreenMedInfo.com
Transcending the Detox/Retox Cycle through Radical Nourishment
  • Simple yet potent diet and lifestyle detox tweaks to get you clean
  • Health myths that lead to toxic overload
  • Why we're in a post-organic era, and what to do about it
David Wolfe - Masters in Nutrition, Health, Eco, Nutrition; Natural Beauty Expert
Nature's Solution to Toxicity is Food
  • Epigenetics of eating and connection to health
  • Super foods for detox
  • Impact your immune system through medicinal mushrooms
Jeffrey Smith - Author, Filmmaker, Executive Director
GMOs as Food Toxins
  • Why GMOs are toxic to the body
  • How to avoid GMOs in your food choices
  • How to eat a low-GMO diet
Tom O'Bryan, DC
Gluten as a Toxin
  • Why gluten is a toxin in the current food supply
  • What is leaky gut and how does it relate to toxicity and gluten
  • Eating intolerant foods and inflammation
JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS - Author, Fitness Expert
The Virgin Diet: Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast When You Drop Toxic Foods
  • How food intolerance is the real cause of weight gain and poor health
  • Toxic foods and which ones are holding your health hostage
  • Connect the dots between what you eat and how you feel
Marci Shimoff - Best-selling Author
Detoxing and Happiness:  How to Raise Your Current Happiness Level
  • A powerful process to open your heart and dissolve pain, heartache and emptiness
  • Take a fresh approach to deal with negativity in your mind, relationships and environment
  • Take away tips on essential happiness habits to live a life of freedom, joy and ease
Thomas Moore, PhD - Bestselling Author
Detoxing the Soul
  • Is there a role of toxins for the health of our body and soul?
  • A call to look at toxins as a messenger of greater personal growth
  • The toxicity of beliefs we choose
Char Sundust - Teacher, Healer and Speaker in the Native American Tradition, Founder, Sundust Oracle Institute
Living in Harmony with Nature as the Ultimate Detox
  • Mentoring your mind by uniting with nature's rhythms
  • Importance of recognizing the whole within the sum of its parts and within each other
  • Ways to come into union with the spectrum of nature for greater happiness and soul satisfaction
Rainbeau Mars - Actor; Author; Health, Fitness and Beauty Expert
The Full-Spectrum of a SuperStar Cleanse
  • How to do yoga without stretching: The importance of "being on the mat"
  • Physical and mental ingestion is the key to living properly: beauty and food tips
  • Tips to unleashing the SuperStar within to break through toxic habits
Mary Ellen Chalmers, DMD - Functional Medicine Dentist; Faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine
Functional Dentistry: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Oral Inflammation and Toxicity
  • Your mouth is a telltale of your toxic burden and health
  • Dental materials, disease and root canals can contribute to patient inflammation and toxic load
  • Controversies around mercury amalgam and safe removal/replacement
Joseph Pizzorno, ND - Founding President of Bastyr University, the Leading Naturopathic University; Author of 10 Books
A Naturopathic and Functional Medicine Approach to Detoxification
  • Detoxification is a foundational principle of natural and functional medicine
  • Sources of toxic mercury in the environment
  • A complete protocol for removing mercury
Garry Gordon, MD, DO, MD(H) - Co-Founder of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM); President of Gordon Research Institute (GRI), Father of Oral Chelation
Survive and Thrive in a Toxic World
  • Toxins are the single, most common, underlying factors contributing to ALL diseases
  • The impact of the depletion of the earth's electromagnetic field
  • Energy medicine therapies, daily oral chelation and detoxification protocols
Joel Kahn, MD - Clinical Professor of Cardiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Founding Member of the International Society of Functional and Metabolic Cardiovascular Medicine
Get Heart Smart Before Your Ticker Gets Sicker
  • Heavy metal is for music not your heart: role of toxins in hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • How toxins make your heart unhealthy
  • Tips to protecting your heart from the buildup of toxins
Kristi Hughes, ND - Associate Director of Education at the Institute for Functional Medicine
Sequencing a Detox
  • How to do a detox safely
  • Doing Detox in a functional medicine way: what does that mean and how to do it
  • Using dietary supplements during a detox:  which ones and how to take them
Aviva Romm, MD - Board Certified Family Physician, Certified Midwife, Herbalist, Author
Toxic Shock:  How to Minimize the Risks of Living in a Chemical Stew
  • Getting over your fear of herbs and how to use them safely in a detox
  • Learn about key herbs that positively influence detoxification
  • Minimize risks and repair the damage from environmental exposures with herbs
Lise Alschuler, ND - Board Certification in Naturopathic Oncology
Cancer Processes and Detoxification:  Focus on Glutatione
  • The start of cancer and disease can come from oxidative stress
  • Toxins and cancer: the connection
  • How to increase better energy by boosting glutathione, the master antioxidant, in the body
Frank Lipman, MD - Founder, Eleven Eleven Wellness Center; Author
Building a Better Microbiome:  Gut Bacteria and Detox
  • Optimizing your microbiome to prevent obesity and chronic diseases
  • How to make the gut inhospitable to intruders
  • Using a detox protocol to strengthen your digestion and boost your microbiome
 Amy Myers, MD - Practicing Functional Medicine Physician and Founder of The Myers Way
Thyroid Dysfunction, Autoimmunity, and Toxins
  • The thyroid and its sensitivity to toxins
  • Signs that the thyroid is sick and what you can do to help thyroid health
  • How toxin load can lead to autoimmune conditions
Terry Wahls, MD - Board Certified in Internal Medicine; Physician and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Iowa
Dietary Approaches for Autoimmune Toxicity
  • Toxins can turn on or silence genes related to autoimmune diseases
  • Food that can help lessen toxin burden in autoimmunity
  • The Wahls Diet™ improves the detoxification enzyme efficiency and effectiveness




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