One of THE best ways to maintaining good health is to eat a plentiful supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables supply your body with the vitamins and minerals and fiber that your body requires, but what’s more, they taste good! Fruit and vegetables protect your body against many illnesses and diseases, including heart disease, stroke, many cancers, and high blood pressure and go a long way to help guard against obesity. The antioxidants contained are even said to reduce the effects of aging.
Some people, while knowing the benefits, can’t seem to (for a number of reasons) eat the quantity necessary each day (around 4-5 cups) for the best health benefits. THE easiest way to get the quantity needed each day, if not getting it by eating fruit and vegetables as part of a meal or as a snack, is to juice them.Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juice is like taking a power hit of vitamins, minerals and fiber all at once! It’s hard to beat, and just so easy. Juicers start at a very low price, for a small hand juicer (search ebay, where a small manual juicer can be had for just $1!), and reach around $600 for a top of the range domestic juicer.
However you decide to juice your fruit and vegetables, you’ll love the flavors and textures and be able to disguise some of the vegetables with a pungent taste that you just know are good for you, but find it so hard to get them into your mouth! Quite often it’s possible to pick up fruit and vegetables, particularly fruit, at reduced prices just because there is slight bruising, which while affecting the look of the piece, is not going to affect the taste or benefits once juiced.
If at all possible, try and buy organic fruit and vegetables for added for the added bonus of the lack of pesticide and artificial fertilizer residues. The local farmer’s market is a great place to pickup fruit and vegetables from those that care more about the quality and lack of chemicals than do the large supermarket chains.
So, put something really enjoyable and healthy into your day: fruit and vegetable juice!