Learning about phytonutrients is a big part of the Vital Life Program.
What are Phytonutrients?

Phytonutrients are natural compounds found in plants, their cells, and other chemical strings. These are some of the most powerful defenders of our health.

Studies show people who enjoy a plant-based diet have reduced risks of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. In essence, our body loves phytonutrients! They stimulate enzymes that help rid the body of toxins.

In addition, phytonutrients:

  • Boost the immune system.
  • Improve cardiovascular health.
  • Promote healthy estrogen metabolism.
  • Restrict growth of cancer cells.

Fruits and vegetables are a rich, colorful, and diverse source of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients can also be found in whole grains, legumes, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, and teas. Basically, if it grew out of the ground and has a leaf it has phytonutrients!

How to Incorporate Phytonutrients Everyday:

  • Strive to eat one new plant food per week (fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, etc.)
  • Stock up on frozen vegetables for easy cooking.
  • Keep fruits and vegetables within view. This way you will remember to eat them.
  • Keep fresh cut vegetables handy and ready to eat in the refrigerator.
  • Keep a fruit bowl on kitchen counter, table, and desk at work.
  • Pack fruit and vegetables to go. Pop in your purse or briefcase to eat as a snack.
  • Choose fruit or berries for dessert instead of sugary goodies.
  • Have dishes with lots of vegetable varieties such as stir-fry, soup and salad in your
  • Choose darker vegetables over lighter to maximize nutrient content.
  • Switch from mashed white potatoes to sliced carrots or mashed cauliflower.
  • Toss in red pepper, tomato sauce, garlic, onions or broccoli to omelets.
  • Add rinds of oranges or lemons to water, chicken, and fish.
  • Try a little bit of every color at a salad bar.
  • Be generous with your use of spices.