An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but in reality the modern human diet is woefully short of fruit and vegetables. The fuel you put in your body sets the tone for human performance. Fruits and vegetables are packed with the vitamins and nutrients every Entrepreneur needs to keep up with their demanding schedule. If you know you’re falling behind on your daily dose of fruits and veggies, you may want to consider juicing. With a high quality juicer, you can add your daily servings of fruits and veggies into your morning breakfast routine. It’s a great way to get the plant support you need.
Here are three of the great benefits juicing can offer.
Most nutritionists agree with the USDA recommendation of six to eight servings per day of fruits and vegetables. Juicing allows you to not only get those servings in your day, but allows you to absorb all the nutrients from fruit and vegetables without cooking or altering them. Raw veggies and fruit in the right quantities and combinations can make delicious morning drinks that you’ll actually enjoy consuming, with the added benefit of fast, efficient absorption of the plant’s nutrients. According to Dr. Mercola, found of Mercola.com, most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from vegetables. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition. Juicing breaks cell walls of whole foods, which make it easier for your body to absorb all the nutrients of the vegetables and fruits fast, usually within twenty minutes of consumption. It’s a nice, natural boost that will energize you in a sustainable way for the day ahead.
Meet The Serving Requirements
When was the last day you remember getting your full eight servings of fruit and vegetables in a single day? If you can’t recall, juicing is a great opportunity to win back the health battle. For example, a common green juice recipe found on JustOnJuice.com, requires one whole cucumber, four celery stalks, two handfuls of spinach, one whole apple, one entire carrot, and a quarter of a lemon. If you sat down to eat that raw, you’d have well over your daily fruit and vegetable serving requirements, as well as quite a plate to devour. However that entire ingredient list when processed through a high-quality juicer will yield about 16 oz of juice. That’s the size of a Grande drink at Starbucks. Entrepreneurs are all about function and efficiency, so in many ways juicing makes good nutritional and time saving sense.
Mix it up
When you juice your fruits and vegetables, you have the opportunity, in particular with vegetables, to mix up some fun and interesting things you haven’t tried before. If you aren’t a big Kale or Bok Choy fan, you can still easily introduce these dark leafy greens into your juice routine without them overpowering the flavor of your veggie cocktail. That means you’re adding new, packed sources of vitamins and minerals into your diet that you otherwise wouldn’t touch. You’re also doing this raw which means the nutrients are all there for you to absorb and use as energy throughout your day.
Adam Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, and Investor. He Co-FoundedYoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Matthew. Adam is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.
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