The Health Benefits of Fresh and Local Produce

Here is Wisconsin its summer time.  Middle August happens to be one of the best times to find locally produced, fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets and in some local grocer’s aisles.

 

I LOVE WALKING AROUND DOWNTOWN AND GETTING SUPER FRESH FOOD!!

 

It is a biological fact that when you harvest a plant it starts to die.  Fruits slowly rot (think over-ripe strawberries), veggies dry out and go limp and beautiful flowers start to wither and die.  This also means that the nutrient values of foods decrease the longer it has been sitting in a produce bin.  Yes, we can extend the shelf life of produce by refrigerating it but even then nutrient levels in food are slowly dwindling.

 

Buying fresh food from local sources is the best way to guarantee that the food you eat has lots of health promoting nutrients.  Even better, grow your own food!  If you have never gone out to your garden, picked some berries or harvested some veggie, then gone inside and prepared it you are missing out of one of life’s great joys!  Fresh food tastes better too because, well its fresh!

 

With such an abundance of fresh food there are many, many options for things to make.   I recently sent out a great recipe for open face cabbage sandwichs that make for a great summer snack!  If you don’t my email updates sign up at the Cooking Chiropractor home page.

I also suggest trying out the recipe for this great summer salad, which could only come from Wisconsin!

 

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Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+

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