Have you ever heard the saying to “Eat your fruits and vegetables”? While it might seem nagging to you, there is a good reason why you should follow this advice. “Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss” (Harvard.edu).
“How much is plenty of fruit?” you may ask yourself. Would an apple of day and a bowl of peas be enough? It really depends on your age, gender and how physically active you are. For example a 50 year old female who exercises more than an hour a day needs 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables a day.
To see how many fruits and vegetables a day you need to eat, and how much actually counts as a cup, use this handy calculator at http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/fruitsvegetables/howmany.html.
If you are the type of person who simply do not have the time in the day to fit in two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetable into you daily diet, you can find it more convenient to purchase fruit/vegetable combination juices at your local grocery store. V8 is one of the most popular brands out there. However, you might also consider juicing.
With its rise in popularity, many people make their own healthy fruit/vegetable combinations. Using a combination of recipes, you not only will provide your body with enough nutrients, you are also helping you immune system out, preventing disease, strengthening your organs but also are making your skin and hair healthier.
Any vegetable will work when you juice. However some should be avoided if you suffer from specific medical conditions. They are listed below:
If you are on blood thinners avoid asparagus, kale and cabbage.
If you suffer from kidney stones avoid beets, spinach and kale.
If you have an enlarged thyroid avoid cabbage, broccoli and radishes.
If you are taking anti-depressants avoid spinach.
If you want to clear up your acne, try this skin cleanser juice. Cut up three carrots into thin slices. Cut up 1 tomato, I sliced cucumber and 1 broccoli stalk into slices. Put all into a juicer or blender. Add a half of cup of watercress or parsley. Juice or blend all the ingredients. Note: If you are using a blender, it is best to process the carrots first in a food processor so you do not burn out the motor in the blender. You can also substitute spinach for the watercress and asparagus for the carrots.
You can help your body fight infections by making a cocktail out of 1 carrot, a cup of grapes, a cup of blueberries and a half inch piece of chopped up ginger root. All these have infection and bacteria fighting properties.
As we age, our memory is not what it used to be. We tend to be more forgetful, whether it is forgetting that doctor’s appointment or what we went to the grocery store for. Not only is there a juice that will help improve our memories, the ingredients are also effective in preventing and reducing Alzheimer’s disease. For this drink, slice three carrots, two broccoli stalks and two asparagus stalks. Put these in juicer or blender. Add a half inch piece of chopped up ginger root, a half a cup of parsley and a tablespoon of kelp powder and blend.
It is good to clean your digestive system and liver from its toxins. Here is an excellent detox juice to try. Cut up a cup of cabbage, cucumber, parsley, asparagus and celery. Put these in a juicer or blender. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and blend.
Another cleansing juice is blending three chopped up beets with a celery stalk, a half cup of dandelion greens and a cup of watercress.
Do you go for a cup of coffee when you wake up. Try this juice for needed energy. Put five strawberries, a banana, a cup of yogurt and a cup of orange juice in a juicer or blender. Blend until all the ingredients are mixed well. Another healthy combination is blending two sliced up carrots with two peeled oranges.