June – National Hug Holiday Week (June 7-13) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

Tip: Reach out and give a hug today, tomorrow, forever for a healthy heart!

‘Tis the human touch in this world that counts,
The touch of your hand and mine,
Which means far more to the fainting heart
Than shelter and bread and wine;
For shelter is gone when the night is o’er,
And bread lasts only a day,
But the touch of the hand and the sound of the voice
Sing on in the soul alway.
(by Spencer Michael Free)

Increase your time in the produce section to up your intake of Vitamin C and beta-carotene for healthy living!

  1. Fight cholesterol-Vitamin C improves HDL levels, wiping out some of the cholesterol from your bloodstream. Eat raw onions and garlic to lower total cholesterol levels and raise protective HDL (high density lipoprotein), decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  2. Reduce the risk of colon cancer, stomach cancer, cancer of the mouth, larynx, throat, and esophagus with a diet rich in beta-carotene.
  3. Boost immunity by elevating glutathione (a natural antioxidant in the blood to boost immunity).
  4. Reduce the risk of stroke-women who eat at least 5 carrots a week are 70% less likely to suffer a stroke than are those who eat carrots once a month.
  5. Provide a low-fat source of iron and calcium with fruits and vegetables.
  6. Improve digestion
  7. Control sugar levels.

The Lucky 13: celery, cabbage, broccoli, (dark) leafy greens, peas, apples,
pears, prunes, tangerines, strawberries, carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets