of us have all the food we want to eat. Modern food
technologies are providing more food choices and greater availability
than ever before. Unlike many other areas of the world that suffer
from nutritional deficiencies caused by a scarcity of food, Westerners
most often suffer from diseases of excess food consumption. We tend
to over-consume meats, dairy products, fats, sugars, and highly
processed items, to name a few. This results in under consumption
of whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables, which contain
protective factors that help prevent the development of degenerative
diseases. Some of the diseases now associated with the standard
Western diet are heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity,
adult onset diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, and colon diseases.
way to improve your diet is to eat less meat and
dairy products and add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your
daily diet. One of the easiest and most nutritious ways to add them
is in the form of juices. Because juices are chock-full of nutrients,
low in calories, and virtually free of substances that contribute
to many diseases (such as saturated fat), they are excellent supplements
to the diet. For people of all ages, from children to the elderly,
they make excellent vitamin/mineral supplements because they are
easily absorbed. And an added bonus is that they taste delicious!
may be asking the question, "How do I begin
to add juices to my diet?" You can start immediately by using
juices as replacements for non-nutritious beverages such as sodas,
coffee or alcohol.
are a few other suggestions:
- When you come home from work and want to reach for a cold beer
or cocktail, make a refreshing glass of juice instead.
- On a Saturday afternoon when you're thirsty for a fizzy drink,
make your own "pop" by juicing your favourite fruits
and adding sparkling mineral water.
- Prepare energizing fruit drinks in the morning when you first
get up, and break your fast the proper way, with a food easy to
- For your mid-morning coffee break, avoid coffee or tea (except
herbal tea) which stress the body. Instead, take your favourite
juice combination to work in a thermos and have a juice "pick-me-up"
- For your bedtime snack, instead of milk and cookies, add a tranquillising
glass of juice like celery and carrot that will help you sleep
and won't put pounds on while your dreaming.
- Drink carrot juice with your meals for a great way to add pro-vitamin
A (beta-carotene) and carotenoids to your diet.
- Kale and broccoli juice, mixed with apple or carrot, is an excellent
source of calcium, as good as, if not better than, milk.
- Fresh orange and citrus juices are potent sources vitamin C
- Apple juice is a good source of potassium and other soluble
fibre, and pectin, a fantastic diuretic (water absorber).
- Try some of the breakfast drinks that incorporate fruit juices.
- Vegetable juices make a nice addition to soup stock.
- Juices can make healthful sauce bases.
- Fresh fruit juices can be made into a number of gelatine and
all, make sure your juicer doesn't sit on the shelf
and collect dust while your arteries collect plaque. Form the habit
of juicing right away. It's the most economical, nutritious way
to supplement your diet with extra nutrients.
Get Creative! You may come up with a prized recipe. But more importantly,
you will benefit with award-wining health and natural beauty.