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Make Your Own Health Drink

Updated on April 19, 2013
Getting ready to blend
Getting ready to blend
Here's the finished product. Delicious!
Here's the finished product. Delicious!

Health benefits of fruits and vegetables

Do you hate eating vegetables? Or, maybe you are saying like former president George W. Bush, "When I was a child my mother made me eat broccoli. Now I'm a grown man I don't have to eat broccoli." The fact is, whether young or old, we all need our vegetables. These foods contain important vitamins and minerals not found in meat, bread or the junk food we love to consume. They are useful in protecting our immune system thus preventing or fighting off many of the diseases that attack us. If you eat a balanced diet with a daily amount of fruits and vegetables, you would be getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Which brings me back to my question: do you hate eating vegetables? If you do and you want to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs, then why not drink your vegetables? You can use either a juicer or a blender to extract the juice. The choice is yours. With the juicer, you get less of the roughage, which may be better for people who are sensitive to fiber. With blending, all of the food is consumed. However, both methods allow a fast delivery of nutrients to your bloodstream and give your digestive system, particularly your stomach and pancreas, a much-needed break. To top it off, you will enjoy a delicious, high-powered drink that supercharges your body with the nutrients it needs.

Recently I bought one of these gizmos and I must say I'm quite happy with it. My reason for buying it was to reduce my carbohydrate intake and at the same time my LDL cholesterol without the use of medications. My doctor wanted to put me on a statin, which has dangerous side effects, such as liver damage. So I decided, no medications for me. I believe with proper diet and exercise I could lick this thing.

In the beginning, I drank my green juice, as I like to call it, every day, but it proved too much for my digestive system, so I switched to every other day. I have a glass in the morning and another at 11.00 a.m. I find that this keeps me full until lunchtime, which for me is around 12 .30, sometimes 1. 00. Then I have a salad and eat my regular dinner when I get home at night.

I don't know if my LDL has gone down because I haven't been to the doctor yet, but I know I am losing weight, my energy level has soared and my sleep has improved. Here's the combination of fruits and vegetables I have used so far:

  1. Kale - this is an excellent source of lutein, Vitamin C and folate, a B-vitamin. Lutein helps to prevent eye disease, Vitamin C is good for for healthy gums and teeth while folate is . important in the reduction of tumors in the female reproductive system and colorectal cancer. Cooking reduces the antioxidant power of lutein, therefore by extracting it, you retain this important nutritional value. Kale is also rich in dietary fiber which helps to prevent coronary heart disease.
  2. Spinach - like kale, spinach is rich in lutein, folate and dietary fiber. It also contains Vitamin A for healthy eyes and skin and helps prevent infection.
  3. Apples - You have heard the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." That's because this fruit is rich in flavenoids which prevent the DNA damage associated with free radicals. Apples, because of their fiber content, have been found to reduce cholesterol, gallstones and diabetes.
  4. Bananas - These are known for their high potassium content necessary for nerve and muscle function and to maintain a proper balance of fluids in your body. They are also rich in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system. Bananas also contain Vitamin B-6 needed to grow new cells, and manganese for healthy bones and metabolism. Because of its high fiber content, a banana helps to keep you full between meals.
  5. Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries - all rich in antioxidants which improve the absorption of Vitamin C for immune function. They also help to prevent some types of cancer.
  6. Pineapple - This fruit is rich in Vitamins and minerals which carry many of the benefits mentioned above. In addition, it is low in fat and cholesterol. Pineapple has the unique quality of helping to alleviate the pain of arthritis as well as carpal tunnel.
  7. Grapefruit - I usually add the juice of half a grapefruit as it is known for its weight-loss and cholesterol-fighting properties. Grapefruit also helps boost immunity and impedes the growth of prostate cancer cells.
  8. Carrot - This vegetable, rich in beta-carotene, is loaded with health benefits, among them preventing diseases of the eye, skin and heart, fighting cancer and reducing cholesterol levels.

In addition to the above, I add supplements such as flax seed powder, (cholesterol- reducing) chia seeds (cholesterol -reducing and blood glucose- controlling) and gogi berries (cholesterol reducing). These are all very healthful, but a word of caution: If you are taking any type of prescription drugs, please consult your doctor before beginning either juicing or blending or using any of the above supplements.

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    • quildon profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Joseph 

      4 years ago from Florida

      @Jackie Lynnley I'm so happy that you found relief for your pain through fruit and veggies. Thanks for stopping by.

      @Anil and Honey Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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      Anil 

      4 years ago from Kerala

      Dear writer it is more useful and awesome hub, It is more helpful especially today thanks

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I drink fruit and veggies and it has done wonders for me. Wiped out almost all pain number one! Great article.

    • quildon profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Joseph 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Hi caseymel, Thanks for stopping by. I'm sure you'll have a juicer soon enough.

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      caseymel 

      4 years ago from Indiana

      I wish I had a juicer!

    • quildon profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Joseph 

      5 years ago from Florida

      @Rose Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      @Elisha You are right. Juicing or blending is one of the healthiest ways to consume fruits and veggies. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Elisha Jachetti 

      5 years ago

      Hello, thanks for the hub to remind us that juicing is always one of the healthiest ways to consume fruits and vegetables and can really help enhance health.

    • quildon profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Joseph 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for dropping by, vespawoolf. I'm staying as far from those cholesterol meds as I can get. I'm glad you can at least get your husband to drink his veggies. Mine's the same thing. Thanks for sharing my hub.

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      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Very insightful article. You offered some very important information about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I really enjoyed reading about the health benefits of these fruits and veggies! My husband also doesn't like to eat his veggies, but he does drink them in the form of green smoothies. This is a good reminder of how useful they are in a weight loss program. The side effects of cholesterol medications are so severe that some people can't tolerate them. This is a much better alternative! Thank you for sharing. Voted up, up and shared.

    • quildon profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Joseph 

      5 years ago from Florida

      @livingsta Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I approach it.

      @vocalcoach Now that's discipline. I avoid meat, but eat fish and I do indulge in a little sweet now and then. Keep it up! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I love my veggies! I avoid all meat. When I crave something sweet, I have an apple or banana. Thanks for sharing this wonderful health drink.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      livingsta 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Useful and interesting hub. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Voted up and sharing!

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      fzraomccgw 

      5 years ago

      There is noticeably big money to understand about this. I assume you made specific nice points in features also.

    • quildon profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Joseph 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Good for you, sarifearnbd! Thanks for your comment.

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      Shariful Islam 

      5 years ago from Bangladesh

      Fruits and vegetables are so good for our health! I eat a lot of them. Thanks for the valuable information sharing.

    • quildon profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Joseph 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks, dialogue!

    • quildon profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Joseph 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Mekenzie, thanks for stopping by my hub and leaving your comment. I keep forgetting to buy the protein powder. A friend told me it helps to keep away hunger too. I'll look out for your link.

    • quildon profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Joseph 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi hawaiianodysseus, Thank you and I agree, my LDL should be down. I've been walking as well, but not as often as you or as much as I would like because of work. No, I don't crave junk food because I don't eat meat.

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      Angela Joseph 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi kidscrafts, I'm glad someone agrees with me on statins. I wish more people knew how bad they are for the liver. Bring back your juicer by all means and let's compare notes. Thanks for your comments!

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      dialogue 

      5 years ago

      Healthy hub, i like the information. It is useful, thanks for the good share.

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      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Guildon, I have the same gizmo and I make many different types of shakes and smoothies. I like how you listed the health benefits of the fruits and veggies you highlighted.

      I also add protein powder and fiber to mine and it is amazing how it has helped my system.

      I wrote a hub with recipe's for weight loss smoothies which goes along nicely with your hub. I'm going to link yours to mine. :)

      Great Job; the 'gizmo' makes getting your veggies in so easy!

      Voted Up ++

      Mekenzie

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Guildon!

      Congratulations on the weight loss, and I'm willing to lean towards a favorable outcome on your LDL count as well. Do you find yourself craving junk food every now and then? If so, what are your strategies? Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful hub! Aloha!

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      kidscrafts 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub Guildon! Fruits and vegetables are so good for our health! I eat a lot of them but I should bring my juicer back from the basement to my kitchen. I don't remember why I brough that down.... that definitly means it has been too long!

      I am sure that your LDL must have start to go down. My doctor call that cholesterol "lousy cholesterol"... an easy way to remember ;-)

      You are completely right to stay away from statin; it's very bad for the liver!

      I love all the details you gave about the properties of different fuits and vegetables!

      Voted up and interesting!

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