I regularly speak about the impact that juicing has had on my life and events throughout the UK and internationally. Even when I present at business events and share the Natural Juice Junkie backstory (and show my before and after pictures) I almost always get audience members asking me questions about how I reclaimed my health.
One question I am often asked is…
“Why should I juice? Why don’t I just eat the fruits and vegetables instead?”
When I ask audience members if they know fruits and vegetables are good for their health the answer is loud and clear… “YES”
Despite this most people don’t eat enough plant-based foods.
The National Diet and Nutrition Survey published in May 2014 shows that 70% of UK adults eat fewer than five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Children in particular have started to eat less fruit and vegetables and in 2011 only less than 1 in 5 of them managed to eat 5 portions a day.
Perhaps scariest of all, an article published by The Guardian in 2005, revealed that 6.6% of adults and 4.7% of children include ZERO fruits or vegetables at all in their diet.
A UK government report, Living Well for Longer, published in 2014 says “too many people die too early from diseases and illnesses that are largely avoidable” and estimates two-thirds of deaths from cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and liver disease are entirely unnecessary.
Can increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables keep you healthy?
Research suggests it does. In a study published in 2014, University College London researchers analysed information from more than 65,000 adults aged 35 years or older, who responded to the Health Survey for England.
Researchers followed up participants for an average of 7.7 years after their initial participation and found that people who ate seven or more portions of fruit or vegetables a day had a 33% reduced risk of death FROM ANY CAUSE.
This included a 25% reduced risk of death from cancer and a 31% reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease when compared with people who ate less than one portion per day
Get your 5-a-day for breakfast
If you asked me to sit down and eat half a cucumber, 2 or 3 sticks of celery, a big handful of leafy greens (such as spinach, kale or romaine), a chunk of ginger, half a lemon, half an avocado and an apple or 2 for breakfast there is no way I could do it. Yet, I get the nutrients from all this produce almost every morning.
As the father of modern juicing, Jay Kordich, famously says, it is the juice of the fibre that feeds you. Put another way, it is not strictly true that we are what we eat. We are, in fact, what our cells manage to absorb from what we eat.
When we juice we separate the nutrient rich water from the fibres of the food we make the nutrients easy to consume and also easy for our bodies to assimilate.
Juicing the allows me to flood my body with nature’s finest nutrition each morning by drinking a single glass.
NOTE: Avocados don’t juice. If you decide to try the breakfast recipe mentioned above juice all the ingredients expect the avocado, then but the juice in a blender with the avocado flesh and blitz until smooth.
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