IG: When you think back to what you ate today, yesterday, three weeks ago or even last year, how different is the food on your plate? Some people naturally include a wide range of diverse food when choosing their meals, but for many of us, it’s easy to fall into a trap of eating the same foods daily. By eating a varied diet, you’re more likely to ensure that you consume adequate amounts of all essential nutrients. This not only reduces the risk of nutritional deficiencies, but it also provides numerous health benefits, like: ๐Ÿญ. ๐—” ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—š๐˜‚๐˜ The gut microbiome is incredibly important to your overall health, and it’s best to have a varied population. The best way to achieve this variety in the gut? Eat a diet filled with assorted foods. ๐Ÿฎ. ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† & ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ When you eat the same food again and again, you increase your risk of developing a food intolerance or allergy to that food. Researchers determined that a decrease in food diversity at 6 and 12 months of age had an association with hay fever & asthma. Another study found that infants who ate a diverse diet rich in veg & fruit, as well as meals prepared at home, had fewer incidences of food allergies compared to children who consumed a less diverse diet. ๐Ÿฏ. ๐—ก๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† Numerous studies reviewing high intake of fruits & vegetables find correlated health benefits, including preventing heart disease & cancer. When you consume a variety of food, you gain from thousands of phytonutrients acting together to provide you with many advantages to your health, some of which have yet to be identified. ๐Ÿฐ. ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป Inflammation is associated with several chronic illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. One study found that a variety of fruit & vegetable intake was inversely associated with lower amounts of the inflammatory biomarker, C-reactive protein. In this study, ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ. Wondering what’s in my hand? They’re West Indian Raspberries I foraged in Hawaii!

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Laura Franklin, CNP, CFMHC

Laura Franklin, CNP, CFMHC

Functional Medicine Health Coach & Holistic Nutritionist at Fresh & Frank Wellness
Laura Franklin is the owner of Fresh & Frank Wellness and curator of freshandfrank.com.
She is here to preach what she practices and help you to prepare amazing whole food meals from scratch, grow your own organic food and optimize your lifestyle and environment to promote the most vibrant, glowing and energetic you.
Laura is currently based in Dundas, Ontario, Canada but works remotely with people from all over the world!
Laura Franklin, CNP, CFMHC

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