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Why You Should Eat More Purple Fruits and Vegetables

Why You Should Eat More Purple Fruits and Vegetables


basked filled with luscious blue or dark red fruit and vegetables does much more than look good in still life paintings or on your kitchen counter. It contains a wealth of incredible health benefits.

The top benefactor in purple foods is their antioxidant content. The powerful health benefits of antioxidants are only too well known: they neutralize the agents of aging and disease, and keep you looking younger longer. Now consider this: According to the USDA , potatoes with the darkest colors have more than four times the antioxidant potential than other potatoes.  Remember: The darker the fruit or vegetable, the more antioxidants it has.

Prunes, purple cabbage, eggplant, blackberries, black currants, purple onions, concord grapes: all of these have a natural purple pigment that contains flavonoids, including reservatrol, which keeps blood pressure in control and boosts immunity from certain cancers. The skin of a black grape, for example, has this pigment, called anthocyanin. In cranberries, the purple pigment is seen to benefit those suffering from infections of the urinary tract.

There is evidence that purple foods improve heart healthvision, and brain power. Recent studies found that adults who eat purple and blue fruits and vegetables have reduced risk for both high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind); they are also less likely to be overweight.

So, with so many wonderful reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables of the purple family, get more of them into your daily diet. And don’t stop at eggplant and berries. Exciting purple varieties of corn, asparagus, figs, potatoes and such are yours for the tasting and enjoying!

By Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman’s book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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Using Color to Empower Your Life

Using Color to Empower Your Life

Most of us feel passionately about color. We love some and are repelled by  others. Our tastes also change over time. I remember how passionately I loved  blue as a child and, as an adult I couldn’t get enough of yellows, golds and  earth tones. My most favorite colors now are  Indigo blue combined with  gold and pumpkin-orange. They absolutely make my heart sing and it never ceases  to cheer me up when I see this combination.

The ancient art of Feng Shui acknowledges the profound affect of  color on our  physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Colors are  connected to the five  elements from the natural world; fire, earth,  metal, water and wood. They play  a significant role in balancing and  healing every aspect of our lives. In  paying attention to the colors we  are attracted to, we are tuning into our  body’s natural instincts which can help us come back into alignment.

This is called the Five Elements theory and it is at the foundation  of Feng  Shui and Chinese medicine. These elements have objects, shapes,  seasons, body  organs, chakra’s and colors connected to them, but the color component is often  the most powerful.

The chart below lists the element, what it is about and what colors will  enhance it. Surrounding yourself with colors from the element that you are  working with will strengthen your energy field. You can do so  by wearing more of this color and/or bringing it into your living space. Just  make sure that you don’t overdo the fire or water element in the bedroom which  should always have more of the earth element to promote groundedness and solid  sleep. (See Feng Shui for the Bedro

The Colors of the Five Elements and How to Use them


Fire: when you are working with issues around decisiveness,  assertiveness, motivation and passion, or lack there of, bring fire colors into  your living space and wear some fire colors. Fire Colors: The  entire red spectrum which includes pink, red, orange, coral, purples. Red’s  however can come in many different hues. The ones closer to red will have more  energy, think fuchsia. Those with more blue will be cooler,  such  as purple. Pastel pinks are considered the metal element with a hint of  fire. Wear pink to inspire lightheartedness and romance (Feng Shui for Romance).

Earth: When you are working with fertility issues, being and  feeling more grounded in your life and getting organized. Earth  Colors: Taupe, gold, yellows, medium brown, terracotta and earth tones.  Gold is considered the happiest color on the planet. Think ‘sun‘.

Metal: When  you are working with mental  clarity such  as focusing on a new project at work, studying a new  subject or when you need  some back bone. Metal colors are important  when you feel the need to lighten up  and develop your child-like qualities and/or you are working with children. Metal Colors:  whites and pastels (pink, light green,light  blue, light yellow) and metallics.

Water: When you are  working on developing your  spirituality, practicing mindfulness,  connecting to intuition and learning how  to tune into the synchronicity  of the universe. Water Colors = Black, dark gray, dark and navy blue, dark green, deep  purple and Indigo. Blacks can be overwhelming so don’t overdo them, especially  in the bedroom!

Wood: When you are  working on personal growth, growing or  expanding your business, planting  the seeds for a new project or working with  health and/or family  issues. Wood Colors: medium green and  medium blue, turquoise. Medium blue is the most favorite color and actually  belongs to the wood element, not water. Darker blues  belongs to the water  element.

If you would like more information on how to work with color and the Five  Elements, I am offering my readers a free copy of my Color Five Elements  map (PDF format) like the one shown  above.  Click here for your free copy.

By Erica Sofrina, author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western  World.  Erica Sofrina is an Interior Design and Feng Shui specialist and founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. One of her specialties is  color consultations for home and business.

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