Let me start off this blog by saying that if you hate fruits and vegetables, there is an easy way to consume them (and to consume your required daily serving of seven different fruits and vegetables). A commercial blender is the best investment you can make in your health. All you need to do is plop five different vegetables and a couple of fruits into your blender, pour in some orange juice, and let her rip. You’ll have a soup fit for a health king. Adding apples, pears, kiwi fruit, and berries to your smoothie will make the vegetables and greens palatable, and you won’t have to do a whole lot of chewing.
So, what are the benefits of fruits and vegetables? Besides fighting heart disease, cancer, and degenerative disease in general, fruits and vegetables give us long-term energy throughout the day, without the jolts and spikes that coffee does, and the fiber in fruits and vegetables helps us make regular bowel movements. When our bowel movements are regular, we feel better and have a better gut ecosystem. The health of our gut is important to the rest of our body.
Fruits and vegetables are chock full of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients, but they’re also full of special plant-based substances that protect our cells and help our bodies function better. Phytonutrients and other biochemical substances in fruits and vegetables protect us from the damaging effects of radiation, pollutants, and irritants, and they can help protect us against cancer. The powerful antioxidants that protect the plants from the sun’s UV rays can protect us when we consume them.
Fruits and vegetable consumption was a primary staple of Jack LaLane’s regimen, and he lived into his mid-90s. When was the last time you heard about someone living into their mid-90s without a serious health problem along the way?