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Healthy Habits: Grapefruit

You may pass this tropical fruit by because it is tart compared to most but what it lacks in sweetness, it makes up for in nutrition. Grapefruit provides more vitamins and minerals than all other citrus.

Here are some of the many health benefits of adding grapefruit into your diet: boosts the immune system, improves digestion, balances pH/citrus is an alkaline producer, cardioprotective, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, strengthens bones, speeds up healing, anti-inflammatory, cancer preventative, prevents colds & flu, can help with treating asthma, promotes healthy skin, hair & nails, eases joint pain, alleviates headaches & stress, can prevent birthing difficulties, helps treat cystic fibrosis, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, helps with blood sugar control/can prevent insulin resistance and helps with weight loss & management.

Fresh grapefruit is rich in electrolytes, antioxidants and phytonutrients, as well as B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, copper, iron, fiber and Vitamins C, A and E.

If you are one who really likes the flavor of this fruit and enjoys eating it fresh then that is really the best way to get the most nutritional value and health benefits. You can also fresh squeeze the juice and stir in some local honey, coconut sugar or molasses to balance out the flavor, if needed.

I don’t recommend purchasing juice unless it’s 100 percent organic juice with no additives at all whatsoever. The best way to have the juice, is to buy the organic grapefruits and juice them. If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a blender and a strainer.

Make sure to leave in as much of the pulp as you can when juicing. You can also add the leftover pulp into a fruit smoothie. Or, you can make a fruit juice slushy by adding ice, some other juices and blending.

Be Well and God Bless,

Jennifer Wimmer

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