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Eating the Rainbow with the Phytonutrient Spectrum.

by | Mar 20, 2023 | Functional Medicine, Getting Healthy, Gut Health, Home/Blog, How to Get Healthy, Nutrition

Without question, one of the easiest, most effective ways of augmenting your health is to include more colourful plant foods.

Why is this? Because the chemical compounds found in the pigment of plants have pretty powerful health-promoting properties. By now I’m sure we’ve all heard that curcumin, from turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory? Well curcumin is the plant chemical in the yellow/orange pigment.

And there are literally hundreds of these beneficial plant chemicals (aka phyto-chemicals or phytonutrients), divided in to 6 colour families.

There is a lot of research in to each of these chemicals, but all you need to know to get started is – eat all 6 colours of plant, as often as you can. Minimally once per day, and if you can manage it, one each with each meal!

The Institute for Functional Medicine has created some very handy resources on this subject that I’d like to make available to you here:

Here is a handy list of plant foods and the properties that each colour has for you to use to create your shopping list each week:

Phytonutrient-Spectrum-Foods

Here is a recipe guide and meal plan if you’d like more detailed help of how to eat colourfully!

Phytonutrient-Spectrum-Rainbow-Recipes

And here is a more detailed dive in to the science if you are a details person who loves to know the background and WHY (like me!).

Phytonutrient-Spectrum-Comprehensive-Guide

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Robyn is a Clinical Nutritionist with a specialised interest in the Functional Medicine approach to health. Robyn is very involved with the field of Coeliac Disease, Gluten-Reactive Disorders and Autoimmune Disease. Her passion for the healing power of food, has led her to work with complex cases, involving multiple diagnoses, and chronic health issues such as ME, auto-immune diseases and fibromyalgia. She also has a passion for working with the growing tide of chronic, lifestyle mediated illness; diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, and runs a lifestyle intervention clinic for these issues. Robyn works with patients to nutritionally support their bodies, so that they can heal. She has successfully helped many people around the world improve their health and increase their quality of life. Robyn sees clients in London, Tokyo and New York, and has a virtual practice that allows her to work with people all over the world.

Robyn Puglia
FdSc DipION IFMCP
mIFM mBANT

My mission in life is to share my knowledge in order to help people heal. I love to unravel the health stories and the biochemistry to get to the heart of the problem, and to help support nutritional and lifestyle changes that have the ability to transform people’s health. I have seen incredible changes in the health of my clients, and I hope to do the same for you.

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