What Are Phytonutrients and What Do They Do?

When I first saw this ad below, I knew Shakeology must be pretty good. However, most “good for you” things out there these days, especially in powder form, have extra added nasties in them. Of course I was a bit skeptical, so I decided to dig a bit further. But you have to admit, this does look like it would be good for you…

I immediately started researching the ingredients and then came across this video:

Imagine my excitement when I found out that not only did this product NOT contain nasties, but it has some of the world’s best superfoods, which also means it’s full of antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics, adaptogens, digestive enzymes, and those wonderful PHYTONUTRIENTS!

In my research lately, I have found some amazing information about phytonutrients.

First of all, you must know that they are in whole foods ONLY ~ whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, etc. They are NOT in white, processed foods or even starchy potato products.

Phytonutrients help regulate your metabolism. They also help you achieve your optimal weight. The coolest thing they do is promote healing. If your diet is made up of animal products and processed foods alone, you are not promoting health or healing in your body. You must have the benefits of the phytonutrients.

Essentially, phytonutrients are healing plant chemicals. “Phyto” means “plant” ~ so phytonutrients are the nutrients found in plants. Did you know all plant foods contain carbohydrates? So see, not all carbohydrates are bad for you! You must eat the right carbs for them to be beneficial, though.

Here is a good rule to live by, if your ancestors didn’t eat it, than neither should you!

Put it back and choose a better option. You also need to eat variety and colorfully. The richer the color, the more phytonutrients. As Mark Hyman says in his UltraMetabolism book, “These phytonutrients turn the genes that control weight and metabolism on and off and help prevent every known chronic disease of modern civilization.”

So, before you pick up that bag of potato chips for the kids, wouldn’t a snack of apple slices or carrots be a better alternative?!?!

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jessbioCMW What Are Phytonutrients and What Do They Do?Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own business in the fitness industry. She has 3 special needs children, with one child with an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, and research with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

What Are Phytonutrients and What Do They Do?

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