There’s a certain gratification when going down to your local Farmers Market to select your produce. This goes back to a tradition which began centuries ago, where local farmers would barter their fresh fruits and vegetables at flea markets in trade for much needed commodities and other food staples. As a result, they’ve recently gained immense popularity in every major urban areas of large cities.
Attending one on any given Sunday, or at any time for that matter, with the sun shining off your shoulder, to select, purchase, and then bring home bagfuls of local fresh food, which are usually organic fruits and veggies.
The glow comes from knowing that you’re supporting your local neighborhood farmers while realizing the extreme health benefits which comes with the freshly hand picked produce that you buy.
The majority of all this fresh food which is available at these farmer markets are usually expertly harvested, being carefully picked for freshness and purity. As a result, they’re offered to you at their peak freshness which feeds your mind, body, and soul with pure natural nutrients.
Monounsaturated Fats are a type of fat which is extremely good for the brain as well as beneficial for the heart. There are preliminary reports that prove when replacing saturated and trans fats with the healthier monounsaturated fats, it improves cognitive function. The best sources for this fat includes olives and avocados.
Polyphenols are a group of plant chemicals which helps in preventing prominent neuro-degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Studies in cell cultures show that polyphenols will also protect neurons by effectively reducing the oxidative stress along with cell damage.
The best sources of fruits which are rich in polyphenols include: blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, red grapes, and apples.
Soluble fiber is the type of fiber which is usually found in barley, oats, legumes, and select fresh fruits and vegetables. This fiber helps in lowering LDL cholesterol, which is the “bad” unwanted type, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. It’s also thought to protect against other health issues such as stroke.
Some of the best examples of the fruits and vegetables which are particularly excellent sources of soluble fiber are: strawberries, blueberries, celery, carrots, and cucumbers, being the best.
Contributing To Your Senses
Attending these farmers markets which are usually outdoor festivals are a feast for the senses. The rich hues of color and the aroma of fresh berries, the succulent sweet taste of peaches, the sheen of the ripe tomatoes on the vine, the samples of freshly made jams and honey. Research supports that these sensory stimulants helps in keeping your brain young and alert.
This is the same multi-sensory stimulation process which is also used as therapy for dementia patients. This approach uses various lighting effects, different aromas, soothing music, and textured objects for therapy. Some studies suggest that doing so improves thinking as well as bettering the mood of those who suffer from dementia.
There’s further evidence that this type of mental stimulation may also delay the prevention of other neurological conditions. It’s been proven that just the “setting” is able to boost the ability to form new neurons directly in the hippocampus area of the brain which is usually affected by Alzheimer’s.
This therapy can also potentially reduce the levels of tau and beta amyloids, which are proteins which forms abnormal or excessive deposits in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
Supporting Local Farmers’ Markets
Besides all of the nutritional benefits which these fresh foods provide, there’s also the psychological and the social benefits as well. These farmers markets are excellent natural meeting places to interact and socialize with your local neighbors as well as the vendors, providing an economic communal setting.
What this provides is a common sense of supporting each other which in turn contributes to personal well-being, knowing that you’re supporting each others welfare. Connecting with others in these settings promotes a sense of bonding which develops into a healthy trust.
Diversifying What You Eat
The majority of dietary guidelines all emphasize consuming a variety of different fruits and vegetables for maintaining better overall health. All foods which are usually found at these farmers markets.
Once people, especially kids, are familiar with what they’re eating, they are more than likely to try them and even like them, and the benefit is that they don’t even realize that it’s healthy for them.
There’s no better way of becoming familiar with the different varieties and variants of the different fruits and vegetables which are locally available than taking a drive down to one of these local markets. It then becomes a routine which provides the unique opportunity to be able to converse directly with the growers of the produce, while learning more about the process.
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