The warm days of June are punctuated by sweet flavors of fresh fruit that ripen during summer months. But did you know that in addition to tasting delicious, summer fruits are remarkably good for you?
Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett reminds us that fruit is one of the best sources of antioxidants, which are substances that help keep our bodies healthy and strong. She also reminds us to eat a balanced diet, including plenty of vegetables that are also high in antioxidants.
Here are some delicious summer fruits you can enjoy even more this season knowing how healthy they are for your body:
Strawberries – These luscious red symbols of summer help prevent cardiovascular disease, improve blood sugar balance, and with their anti-inflammatory properties, help prevent certain types of cancer and other ailments.
Blueberries – A “superfood,” blueberries contain one of the highest antioxidant capabilities of most fruits and vegetables. Studies have indicated that blueberries might also help minimize age-related ailments including dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Some studies show that blueberries may help increase motor skills and our ability to learn.
Peaches – These sweet golden globes contain 10 different vitamins including vitamin A, important for vision, vitamin C and potassium, which is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves and digestive system.
Watermelon – The quintessential symbol of a carefree summer, watermelon packs a wallop of lycopene, one of the most powerful antioxidants. Watermelon contains vitamins A, B and C, potassium and magnesium. Although its sweetness might make you think it’s dangerous for your waistline, a cup of this refreshing fruit only has 46 calories.
Tomatoes - Often thought of as vegetables because they’re not sweet like other fruits, tomatoes are chock full of lycopene, one of the most powerful and natural anti-cancer substances. Enjoy a cool summer salad covered with tomatoes and know you’re helping yourself in more ways than one.
Cantaloupe – Cantaloupe tastes like a decadent dessert, but one cup of the honey-sweet fruit contains 120 percent of the U.S. recommended daily value of vitamin A, and 100 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a satisfying snack for dieters: one cup of cantaloupe is only 60 calories.
Remember that, although healthy, fruits also contain large amounts of sugar, so be sure to eat a balanced diet while basking in nature’s summer bounty.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.