fruits-and-vegetablesEvery morning I swallow a small handful of vitamins including calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, and a broad-spectrum muti-vitamin. Why? Because I have a hard time eating enough fruits and vegetables to meet the recommended daily allowance for optimal nutrition. Not only are they expensive, I don’t particularly care for many of them … and today’s plants don’t contain as much nutrition as they used to.

The whole idea of vitamins reminds me that not only did God provide all that plants needed to survive and in turn provide food for the future animals he would create (see one of my previous posts on plants), He also made sure those plants were packed with all the vitamins and minerals we need for optimum nutrition.

There have been several interesting charts circulating the internet that show various vegetables next to the body parts they help support … with interesting similarities between their appearance. A sliced carrot resembles the pupil and parts of an eye and contains vitamins that improve blood flow to the eye. A walnut resembles the brain and research shows that many nuts help improve brain function. Slice a tomato in half and see the four chambers … and remember that they contain lycopene that helps keep hearts healthy. Kidney beans – shaped like kidneys – are full of enzymes that reduce sulfite build up and therefore clean your kidneys in addition to other benefits. Celery, bok choy, and rhubarb resemble bones … and contain the high percentage of sodium necessary to replenish a body’s need for sodium and potassium to keep bones strong. Sweet potatoes look like the pancreas and can help keep blood sugar steady. Onions and garlic resemble individual body cells and help clear waste materials from our cells. And the list goes on and on.

But what about other benefits found in plants? Aloe vera plants help heal burns. Ginger is used to relieve nausea. Marigolds were used to treat wounds and willow bark was used as a form of ancient aspirin. A quick online search yields thousands of natural or herbal remedies from plants to help you sleep, ease menopause, clear up urinary tract infections, relieve arthritis, and more.

It reminds me of something Paul wrote: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV)

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)

Creation declares that God provides all we need to for a healthy life.

What about you? Do you eat enough fruits and veggies every day? Why or why not? 

Creation Declares – Vitamins
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