Eat Healthy, Eat Smart: Fruits and Vegetables that Support Different Body System

Different Body Systems

What do these body systems do?

Disorders

Foods that support these Body Systems

Skeletal (Bones and Joints)5

 

Holds the bones and joints together in the body for movement5

-Osteoporosis: breaking down of bones.5

+Broccoli9

+Cabbage9

+Okra9     

+Raisins9

+Prunes9

+Figs9

+Dried Apricots9

Nervous (Brain and Spinal cord)5

 

 

 

 

Composed of neurons that help sends electrical responses through the body5

-Epilepsy: can lead to seizures.5

-Parkinson’s Disease: prevent movement.5

-Alzheimer’s Disease: disrupts memory.5

+Avocadoes3

+Beets3

+Blueberries3

+Broccoli3

+Celery3

 

Muscular (Muscles)5

 

Helps with motion inside and outside the body5

-Polymyositis:

loss of strength in skeletal muscles.5

+Citrus Fruits11

+Kale11

+Broccoli11

+Bell Peppers11

+Brussels sprouts11

+Potatoes11

+Spinach11

+Tomatoes11

+Strawberries11

+Cantaloupe11

Respiratory (Lungs)5

Gas exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide5

-Influenza: the flu.5

-Pneumonia: harmfully impacts the lungs.5

-Asthma: difficulty breathing.5

-Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): a long-term illness that results in a hard time breathing.5

+Beets6

+Peppers6

+Apples6

+Pumpkin6

+Turmeric6

+Tomatoes6

+Blueberries6

+Red Cabbage6

+Edamame6

+Swiss chard6

+Lentils6

Endocrine (Brain)5

Release hormones that aid in growing, sleep, and procreation5

-Diabetes: the body does not make a sufficient amount of glucose.5

-Hypoglycemia: lack of blood glucose.5

-Hypothyroidism: thyroid glands do not make enough hormone called thyroid.5

+Spinach2

+Broccoli2

+Turnip greens2

+Kale2

+Asparagus2

Immune (Lymph nodes, Thyroid) 5

Helps fight against diseases in the body5

-Allergies: body reaction to the environment.5

-Lupus: immune cells attack themselves.5

-Arthritis: hurting of the joints in the body.5

+Citrus Fruits (Grapefruit, Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Tangerines)10

+Red bell peppers10

+Broccoli10

+Garlic10

+Ginger10

+Spinach10

+Turmeric10

+Papaya10

+Kiwi10

Cardiovascular/ Circulatory (Heart, Blood Vessels)5

Allow blood to flow throughout the body5

-Cardiovascular Disease: health problems in the heart.5

-Arteriosclerosis: when fatty components block the arteries.5

-Stroke: a stoppage in the blood vessel towards the brain.5

-Hypertension: increased blood pressure that overworks the heart.5

+Spinach8

+Kale8

+Collard greens8

+Strawberries8

+Blueberries8

+Blackberries8

+Raspberries8

+Avocadoes8

+Beans8

+Tomatoes8

+Garlic8

+Edamame8

Urinary (Kidney, Bladder)5

Get rid of bodily waste in the form of urine or feces5

-Kidney Disease: not functioning correctly kidneys.5

-Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): bacteria are found in the urinary pathway.5

-Kidney Stones: stones present in the urinary pathway.5

+Pears12

+Bananas12

+Green beans12

+Winter squash12

+Potatoes12

Integumentary (Skin)5

A barrier that shields the body from the external environment5

-Acne: red pimples on the body.5

-Warts: pimples result from a virus.5

-Eczema: skin becomes cracking.5

-Vitiligo: absence of skin pigment.5

+Avocadoes1

+Tomatoes1

+Beans1

Reproductive (Sexual Reproductive Organs)5

Bearing children5

-Cervical Cancer: tumor present in the cervix.5

-Prostate Cancer: tumor present in the prostate.5

-Yeast Infection in Vagina: fungus present in the vagina5

-Sexual Transmitted Infections and Diseases5

-Endometriosis: uterus tissues grow outsides instead of inside the uterus.5

+Beans7

+Lentils7

+Raspberries7

+Blueberries7

+Strawberries7

+Avocadoes7

+Asparagus7

 

Digestive (Stomach, mouth, esophagus, small and large intestines)5

Absorb nutrients from food consumption5

-Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): hurting the stomach and uncontrollable diarrhea.  5

-Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): stomach aches move up the esophagus.5

-Crohn’s Disease: problem with the inner layer of the digestive region.5

+Apples4

+Fennel4

+Papaya4

+Beets4

+Ginger4

+Cabbage4

+Spinach4

+Broccoli4

+Brussels sprouts4

+Peppermint4

 

Disclaimer: Please consult your primary care physician about the information provided in this blog.

Citations

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  10. Ritcher, A. (2020). 15 foods that boost the immune system. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/foods-that-boost-the-immune-system
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  12. Urology Care Foundation. (2018). 10 foods your bladder will fall in love with. https://www.urologyhealth.org/healthy-living/care-blog/10-foods-your-bladder-will-fall-in-love-with

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