Hello My Friends
Welcome To The Vitality Project!
As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project
I am sure that you have heard of the benefit of consuming more fruits and vegetables and the impact that has upon human health. Common citrus foods include oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. Typically, oranges, tangerines, clementines and grapefruit are eaten in raw, whole form. However, lemons and limes are normally used as a garnish, in cooking or in various juice preparations.
Citrus foods are very beneficial to human health because they contain some key essential nutrients, one of the most important being vitamin-C. Vitamin-C is extremely important because it is a water soluble anti-oxidant which allows it to work freely in a liquid environment. It absorbs dangerous free radicals which can develop from high levels of chemical contaminants, inflammation and normal cellular metabolism. Vitamin-C is also extremely important in the immune response as it stimulates your white blood cells to become more active and attack foreign invaders. If you have read any of my articles regarding iron, I have stated that vitamin-C is necessary for the absorption of iron from the foods you eat. Even if your consumption of red meat is considered high, if your intake of vitamin-C is lower, the amount of iron absorbed will be much less. The increased intake of citrus foods is also quite important because the higher amounts of vitamin-C that are consumed will also allow your body to manufacture collagen. Collagen is an essential component of skin, connective tissue and blood vessel walls. Hence the increased intake of vitamin-C can repair skin damage caused from U-V rays, repair wounds internally or externally and help prevent your blood vessels from damage caused from cardiovascular disease. High amounts of vitamin-C can be found in whole oranges, grapefruit or from the freshly squeezed juice.
The consumption of citrus foods is also a very good idea because of the high amounts of flavonoids which are found in the inner skin of the fruit. These compounds are potent free-radical scavengers which can decrease inflammation and help protect your cells from continual free-radical damage. The bioflavonoids contained within various citrus fruits have very important anti-cancer properties which have been shown to decrease cancer cell growth. Extracts of citrus bioflavonoids have also been demonstrated to protect the liver cells from the ravages of chronic alcohol exposure.
I recommend that you consume at least 1 serving of citrus fruit or juice with pulp on a daily basis. You may need to consume 2-3 servings per day if you have an increased need for the antioxidants contained within the citrus fruit. If you are exposed to toxic chemicals, smoke, have a chronic disease, infection or you are a vegan, the daily requirement for vitamin-C may be greater.