Benefits of Having Orange and Yellow Foods in our Diet

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Sumeet: So, what is the color of the day?

Sam: The color today, last week we did Red, this week we are doing Orange / Yellow. So those kind of fall under the same category. And that specifically when you think of orange, a lot of people you'll think of like a carrot. Carrot is known for their carotenoids. Sorry, that was a hard word. That then when we think of that, that's specifically related to our eye health. So eating foods that are orange and yellow are generally known for increasing our eye health because they have protecting agents that basically protect from sun damage or just like pollution, all the toxins that our eyes are exposed to every day. So a lot of these fruits and vegetables, some of them that we'll talk through now have this component to them. 

Sumeet: So you're saying that these orange or yellow, all of them have carotenoids or there are few specifics, like carrots?

Sam: They all have a little bit of it, but some of them are much more potent. And there's specific ones that if you are wanting to focus on eye health, then like I said, that's just like the case with all these fruits and vegetables is usually there's a lot of crossover. But specific ones are more specific to a need, a specific health need that we have. Yes. So as we just said, carrots, emphasis on the vision component. They also are super high in vitamin C. Carrots are found everywhere.  They're great as a snack, they're great in soups, they're great in salads. You can very easily incorporate them into your day to day life.

Another orange is an actual orange and that is very very high in vitamin C. So vitamin C immunity, it helps with your energy. Orange is one of the more common foods that has a lot of vitamin C. Orange and lemon as well. Like for myself, I every morning squeeze lemon juice into my water because that is a really easy way to increase, boost your hydration, get a little boost of vitamin C to start your day, and just helps you be more energized. 

And then we also have tomatoes, which are a variety of different colors. But we see a lot of orange, yellow and red there. Again, vitamin C. We also have vitamin K, that's pretty high in oranges, I mean, in tomatoes. 

And then another really powerful orange color is sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have vitamin B6, which is really important. It helps boost our serotonin, it protects our brains, our bodies. It also has vitamin A, vitamin C, and some vitamin K as well. So those are a few.

There is also turmeric, and I know we touched a little bit on turmeric last week, turmeric and ginger. So turmeric, yellow, ginger has the brown skin, but once you peel it down, it's orange, orangey yellow, both of them are. And these two ingredients alone are super powerful, but then together even more powerful. They're both talking on the immunity piece, super strong for our immunities. They both help with inflammation. And so as like a dynamic duo, we have the turmeric for the inflammation and then the ginger also inflammation, but it also has properties that just bring ease and balance into our body, specifically into our gut. And there's just so many strong, powerful nutrients in both of these foods that make our bodies, it's just like boosting. If you ever want an immunity boost, you should just always have those two ingredients and they can be used in a variety of foods. It's super common in Indian food. They incorporate a bunch of spices, and spices in general have so many compounds and nutrients. And so when different compounds I think we touched a bit about on this last week, but when different compounds come together, it creates even more. It's just like one thing stands alone, can do one thing, but then when you combine, it creates a whole new whatever. So it's a creation. 

Everything is constantly, and then our bodies just feel it and love it. And you can feel for when I eat pickled ginger, I can feel my gut and my stomach, the difference. And it feels very often like it's just kind of like helping bring everything into balance. And when you're listening to your body, you will feel these things, but you just really need to start to connect and tune in. And a lot of us neglect that, which then leads to why we all struggle with these health effects and have these negative health impacts. So if we're listening more, we would have less of that for sure. 

Mike: Yeah. Turmeric, obviously it's anti-inflammatory. So usually a lot of these, especially these days, they're putting turmeric on just on anything like mayo. Sometimes, I feel like even in the restaurants, pepper, salt and turmeric, they need to start doing it.

Sam: I know they should. Yeah, because it could turn anything yellow though. Yeah, then you're yellow. 

Mike: Pretty strong yellow, what do you call, a coloring agent. It really stains on the clothes. But see, however strong the color is, but it is that much beneficial. Every little bit of turmeric everyday, it maintains the muscles. So more function. It's like a coffee every day. 

Sumeet: You brought up a point just now, Turmeric maintains the muscles. What does that mean?

Mike: So basically anything that has anti-inflammatory effect, that inherently maintains the well-being of the muscle. Because let's say you walk and it produces a certain amount of lactic acid, and lactic acid produces inflammation. So let's say you walk here to the gate and you come back, you feel tired, right? It's natural, right? So when you have these ingredients in your diet, you tend to feel less painful. 

Sam: Even inflammation of your heart it's important, inflammation of anything.

Mike: So essentially and also, you know how amazing the human body is made, muscle - strong muscle, let's say calf muscle, your glute, anything, shoulder. And these are hard muscles. And like you mentioned, heart muscle. Right? And these small sensitive muscles, they all take the same components and they don't have different names for these things. Structure looks the same, but when you look at it, functionality are completely different. That is something nobody can decode. All we can do, we can talk about all this natural stuff, but that is something else. But whenever these things are functioning, definitely there is certain amount of inflammation causes. And you eat any food, anything. Right? So these supplements, especially turmeric and capsicum like I said, those things reduce inflammation. Basically your threshold of taking pain, it's a little bit high when you when you start consuming this because these things maintain the muscle.

Sam: Right. It's like a natural version of having people use Advil to reduce inflammation. This is a natural, more long term solution because you can't have Advil every day or else your liver is going to give out. 



If you missed Samantha's and Mike's discussion on Eat The Rainbow, you can still watch the full episode here (Part 2 - Orange / Yellow) -->