Color can affect your mood, but there is one, specifically, that can help you feel empowered and also boost your health.
Orange You Glad I Mentioned it?
That’s right! Orange is a powerful color that when used in décor, fashion, or your snacks or meals, can effect positive change. The color orange is associated with rejuvenation. Seeing an orange flower or wearing orange socks are apt to make you feel more confident or even empowered.
The color red is considered a stimulant. It is filled with energy. The color yellow is cheerful and jovial. Orange is the combination of red and yellow, making it a blend of positive physical energy and happiness. Orange relates to gut instincts rather than just the reactions of red (physical) and yellow (mental). It’s uplifting and comes from a deep place within. When we trust our “gut”, we can feel empowered.
From a spiritual viewpoint, orange is a symbol for a rising sun. It’s a metaphor for creating a new beginning. Orange is equated with a certain level of maturity and allows a person to feel confident within herself. The color is associated with rejuvenation, which helps to balance energy and maintain good health.
The benefits of eating orange-colored foods are numerous. Beta-carotene is a pigment that gives food its orange color. The vitamin A derived from the beta-carotene is an antioxidant, which decreases the risk of cancer and heart disease.
There is a bevy of commonly recognized orange fruits and veggies from which to choose. Obviously, there is the orange, the namesake of its color—high in vitamin C. Carrots are probably the most popular and are rich in beta-carotene and fiber. Sweet potatoes are downright trendy, replacing the white potato (even in chips!) Benefits from this yummy root-fruit are vitamin A, B’s, C, potassium and an assortment of other minerals.
Butternut Squash, pumpkin, (and their seeds) are super orange health boosters. Papaya is delicious and its enzymes promote good digestive health. Guava is another orange fruit, which contains lycopene (the well-known tomato antioxidant.) It also contains over 50 percent more potassium than a banana. Apricots also contain potassium, along with fiber and iron.
As with most veggies and fruits, practice eating them with a small amount of “good fat” so all their vitamins are fully absorbed. Extra-virgin olive oil drizzled on a roasted sweet potato with a dash of Himalayan pink salt is deliriously delicious. And worth mentioning, don’t overdo the vitamin A as not enough is known whether too much can be toxic. Clearly, when you turn orange, you know you’ve ingested enough beta-carotene.