Oranges make tasty treats, ++ they’re packed with feel-good health benefits! Luckily, oranges + lemons are in *peak* growing season right now. Early spring months produce the ripest + juiciest citrus fruits. Hit up your local grocery store or fresh market + pick up your fav citrus fruits. Your stomach + body will thank you later! : ) —
1] POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT
Citrus fruits contain antioxidants that defend your body from illnesses, damage, + disease. Antioxidants can prevent heart disease, diabetes, + cancer from developing inside your body because they fight against harmful radicals [your body is pretty cool, right?!]. Antioxidants are naturally found in vegetables + fruits — especially oranges, limes, lemons, + grapefruits. Antioxidants prevent inflammation in your body, creating a healthier, stronger you! Don’t forget that you gain up to 5x more antioxidants from consuming a whole fruit, rather than drinking fruit juices + concentrates. Processed juices lose their nutritional value — squeeze your own orange juice for breakfast! Fruit-infused waters, like the grapefruit, orange + blueberry water [yum!], make for an easy intake of your daily citrus fruits + antioxidants!
2] FIBER FOOD
Citrus fruits are packed with fiber! Around 60 percent of fiber found in citrus fruits lower cholesterol + prevent blood sugar spikes. A cup of orange slices equals to about 4 grams of fiber + a woman needs around 14 grams for every 1,000 calories! Citrus fruits, like oranges + grapefruits, are low in calories, but extremely filling. To absorb maximum nutrients, each citrus fruits raw + not in juice form. The fiber from the actual fruit slows down digestion [you’re full for longer!], so your body can fully absorb the nutrients. Not yet used to eating fiber-rich foods? Take it slow + eat small portions of citrus fruits to avoid negative side effects, like digestive problems + bloating [not fun!]. With a constant influx of fiber, your body will maintain stable blood sugar levels + you’ll lower your risk for disease. Fiber for the win! ; )
3] COLD DEFENDER
Instead of drinking fruit juice or stocking up on cold medicine, find your vitamin C in citrus fruits! Vitamin C produces collagen that improves your skin’s elasticity + structure, ++ it strengthens your immune system. High doses of vitamin C shorten + lessen cold symptoms. Lemons are also major super fruits, ++ one lemon’s juice supplies a third of your vitamin C for the day! Lemons also detox the body of any impurities + support proper digestion. Looking to heal up after a cold? Sneak some lemon into your tea or warm water [try the Fireside Spice Tea blend!] to fill up on vitamin C + boost your immune system.
4] SKIN + HAIR ENHANCER
Citrus fruits make us *feel good* + look even better! Citric acid kills bacteria on the skin, while leaving it fresh + squeaky clean. Lemon juice acts as a natural toner for the skin. Add one part of squeezed, *fresh* lemon to half part tea tree // coconut oil + 2 parts clean water to create your own toner! Lemon fights acne + brightens the face, ++ it’s *au naturale.* Citrus fruits make your skin glow [natural highlighter? ; )], while battling wrinkles + smoothing the skin’s surface. Citrus fruit juice can combat dry, damaged hair + stimulate hair growth. Thank you, vitamin C! : )
Stock up on oranges, lemons, + grapefruits this spring to reap the benefits of citrus fruits! Share on Instagram your love for *everything* citrus — inspire other #CHAARGies to become a little fruit-obsessed : ) #CHAARGon
++ Brittany Bluthardt [@brittanyblu_inchaarg] // Butler University