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Colour your plate this Holi!

Gifting your gut a Holi experience could make your body healthier and ever!

All these years, we have celebrated Holi with colours that only decorate the surface of our bodies. But at &Me we have always believed in rectifying our body right from within.

How about you let your gut experience a blast of colours this Holi?

How would your gut respond to colourful food?

Fruits and vegetables owe their characteristic colours to phytonutrients which help protect the plant from germs, bugs and harmful rays of the sun. In certain cases, the colourful-ness also helps with attracting bees and flies which will then help the plant to grow further and bear fruits.

If these phytonutrients can be of so much importance to the plants, imagine the abundance of nutrition that it could pack for a human body?

Red fruits and vegetables for example have phytochemicals like lycopene and ellagic acid that have been proven to reduce and reverse the complications of prostate and esophageal cancers.

The best way to get these pigments into your bodies would be through whole foods like: cranberries, strawberries, watermelons, red peppers, pomegranates, grapes, cherries.

Orange and Yellow fruits and vegetables are packed with carotenoids and Vitamin C. The most prominent carotenoid is the beta carotene which converts into Vitamin A in the body to improve eye sight.

Oranges and other citrus fruits contain other orange pigments that improve blood circulation and reduce stress.

Fruits rich with these pigments: Oranges, Lemon, Mango, Papaya, Corn etc

Green fruits and vegetables are quite literally the best things for every human. From having phytonutrients like isothiocyanates, isoflavones and Vitamin K that help with bone health, there are cruciferous vegetables like broccoli that improve immune function while darker green vegetables like Kale improve mood. Lighter shades of green, like in Kiwi helps cure insomnia and help repair any sort of DNA damage.

Fruits and mainly vegetables rich with these pigments: Asparagus, Broccoli, Spinach, Peas, Green Grapes, Brussel Sprouts.

Purple fruits and vegetables are loaded with anthocyanins and antioxidants. Foods with these pigments fight the signs of ageing and are also anti-cancerous. They also help improve memory and reduces risk of Alzheimer’s

Food rich in anthocyanins are mainly- purple cabbage, blackberries, prunes, plums, figs etc

White and Brown foods, though looking dull on the outset, pack a punch of nutrients too!

They have compounds that help lower cholesterol, make bones strong and also fight cancer.

Example of food rich in these pigments and colours: Mushrooms, Potatoes, Garlic.

So this holi, liven up your plates with colourful food for your gut and tag us with #Colouryourplate. Talk to us about the colours of &Me drinks that are your favourites!

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