Living Magazine doTERRA Summer 2017 - Page 9

Season antioxidant activity within a matter of days. * We buy “fresh” fruits and vegetables because of superior taste and perceived nutritional benefits, but unless it is October, that crisp Fuji apple you just took a bite out of wasn’t fresh at all. June through August, instead of baking your famous apple pie for dessert, take advantage of seasonal freshness and try peach instead. Roasted acorn squash may sound delicious, but replace it with zucchini, which is at its nutritional peak in the summer. Take advantage of the abundant summer growing season by picking up some truly fresh raspberries and sugar snap peas for the family to snack on. Your health and your taste buds will thank you. * Benefits of In-Season Produce Along with a more pleasant aroma and taste and better nutrient profiles, in a display of Mother Nature’s brilliance, in-season produce often contains higher levels of specific constituents that are in greater need that time of year. For instance, summer fruits tend to have a higher water content so that you can meet hydration needs while enjoying the warm season weather. Watermelon and strawberries have the highest fluid content of any fruits, at approximately 92 percent water per volume, narrowly outpacing other summer fruits, such as grapefruit and cantaloupe. Similarly, summer cucumber and zucchini are nearly 96 percent water. Research has shown that refueling with summer fruits and vegetables actually rehydr ates you better after a workout than drinking water or even most sports drinks thanks to the precise combination of water, amino acids, electrolytes, and vitamins that are lost through perspiration. * Due to extended darkness and cold weather, we tend to need more dietary vitamin D throughout the fall and winter; not surprisingly, some of the best sources of vitamin D, such as portabella mushrooms, are at their peak in the fall. A recently published review and meta-analysis has also provided some evidence that foods high in vitamin D may support the proper function of the immune system, reducing risk for all those winter season health threats. * Mother Nature knows what she’s doing. SEAS G TI N I T A E ONA L PS u to help yo ing guide w ro g ’s te eason. k your sta uce is in s d 1. Chec ro p t a h w ight to the determine or go stra t e k r a m rmer’s a local fa 2. Visit farm. n source: a nsportatio ra T . s e ic r in-store p nds to be ention to tt a y a P  roduce te p n 3. o s a e in-s isn’t free; . cheaper ers by cale farm s - A). ll a m s l ulture (CS loca ic r r u g o y A d rt e o rt Suppo 4. Supp ommunity ivity. joining a C family act t a e r g a arden for our own g y t n la P  5. * For research references email: / 9