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I recently shared an article by the Gut Health Doctor Dr. Megan Rossi recommending we eat 30 servings of vegetables a week. Let’s talk about why that’s so important!

What We’re Missing

One of the biggest deficiencies in the Standard American Diet is fiber, despite the fact that we know fiber has many health benefits.

Another major deficiency issue in the SAD are micronutrients. You know… Those pesky vitamins.

While it’s certainly possible to take multivitamins and fiber supplements, science tells us over and over again that the best source for our nutrients are…

You guessed it! PLANTS!

Eating 30 Plant Points a Week

Most of us have heard that we should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That’s a great place to start.

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But 30 plants points a week encourages us to include more diversity into our diet, which provides a larger diversity in nutrients.

As your counting your plant points, count one point for each portion of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans and pulses), nuts, and seeds that you eat.

You can also count 1/4 point for each serving of herbs and spices.

Better Gut Health

Another key benefit to eating 30 plant points a week? Better gut health!

Individuals who ate 30+ different types of plant-based foods per week had a more diverse mix of gut microbes than those who ate less than 10.

The Gut Stuff

As Dr. Rossi points out, when we feed our gut more diverse plant foods, we’re also feeing it microbes. Diversity means our gut has more ability to…

  • Train our immune cells
  • Increase our resilience to infection
  • Strengthen our gut barrier
  • Communicate with our brain
  • Balance our blood sugar
  • Lower body fats

Sounds pretty good to me!

30 plant points a week
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I’ve learned from experience that you can’t take your gut health for granted! 30 plant points a week has been a life saver for me, and it can for you too.

How are you doing with the Love Your Body Challenge? Drop me a comment, and let’s chat!

Tanya

Author, Speaker, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in Tennessee

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