Fruit Juices, Smoothies and Shakes for your Health

 
A FUN and EASY way to get more vitamins & minerals into your diet is by drinking freshly made fruit juices, vegetable juices, and by blending thick and frothy smoothies and shakes from frozen fruit.

Health benefits of drinking freshly made juices

Freshly made juices are a tremendous source of bio-available vitamins and minerals which are thepartners of enzymes and co-enzymes. Vitamins activateenzymes and without vitamins, enzymes could not carryout their work, and we could not live.

Enzymes act as catalysts in hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that take place throughout your body, and are essential for digesting, absorbing and converting food into body tissue. Enzymes produce energy at the cellular level and are critical for most of the metabolic activities taking place in your body every second of every day.

Another benefit of drinking fresh juices and smoothies is that your body can absorb MORE of the vitamins and minerals then if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole! Many of the nutrients are TRAPPED in the fiber and by blending fruits and vegetables, you break down the fiber and release the vital nutrients.

Example:

When you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate a small percentage of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, a LARGE percentage of the beta carotene can be assimilated by your body.

Of course, you still need to eat whole produce because fiber is also an important part of your daily diet.

Meeting you or your children’s need for energy and nutrients is essential for good health. Children who do not meet their needs for energy may stop growing and gaining weight. In severe situations, they can develop a condition which is life threatening called protein energy malnutrition. Vitamins and minerals are only required in very small amounts, but a diet insufficient
in these can cause SEVERE deficiency diseases.

You may be showing signs of malnutrition if you …

  • feel tired and weak.
  • feel like you never have the energy to clean your home, make meals or even do the dishes.
  • have difficulty losing or gaining weight.
  • can’t easily get to sleep.
  • feel stressed and/or nervous.
  • feel drowsy during the day.
  • sometimes can’t concentrate, you’re mind feels numb, or you get confused easily.
  • have problems with your digestion.
  • have constipation and/or hard dry stools.
  • have mood swings, or get easily upset.
  • don’t have patience for anything.
  • sometimes feel depressed.
  • have overly dry or oily skin.
  • sometimes have nausea and/or abdominal pain.
  • have annoying eye twitches.
  • bruise easily.
  • have muscle cramps and/or low back pain.
  • sometimes get cracks and sores in the corners of your mouth.
  • notice that your nails have become thin and/or brittle.
  • are losing your hair.
  • have water retention.
  • have uncontrollable temper outbursts.
  • don’t eat a well-balanced nutritious diet EVERY DAY

Natural vitamins in juice

Natural vitamins are found only in living things, that is, plants and animals. Your body, with a few exceptions, can’t manufacture vitamins. They must be supplied in your food or in dietary supplements but supplements can’t replace food, especially fruits and vegetables which provide thousands of substances, some of which have well-known functions, and some whose rolesin the human body are not yet understood or recognized.

Vitamins and minerals …

  • reduce your risk of getting a stroke or heart attack!
  • strengthen your nails!
  • improve your hair condition, strength and growth by providing certain essential nutrients to the hair follicle!
  • beautify your skin by keeping it smooth, soft and disease-free!
  • provide essential compounds that are necessary for growth, health, normal metabolism and physical well-being! Without them, you would die!
  • promote normal growth and development!
  • maintain bone density and strength!
  • regulate blood clotting!
  • help in the function of nerves and muscles, including regulating a normal heart beat!

When it comes to choosing a healthy diet for theirchildren, many parents don’t realize the important rolethat beverages play. For example, fruit flavored drinksand soft drinks are not a substitute for real fruit.Many of these drinks only contain 10% real fruit juice.The very best drinks are made from whole fruit and youcan make great fruity healthy drinks at home.

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