9 of 10 Americans Are Missing Two Key Items in Their Diet
CDC Report: 9 of 10 Americans Are Missing Two Key Items in Their Diet
If 9 out of 10 Americans came down with a disease, it would be more than an epidemic. It would be a disaster. And that’s exactly what a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows. 9 of 10 Americans are missing two key items in their diet.
Getting enough can transform your health…
- They slash your risk of heart problems
- They encourage healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels
- They promote sharp vision and clear thinking
- They can help you lose weight and build muscle
- They boost immune health and encourage growth of healthy gut bacteria.
And that’s just for starters. They’re critical sources of vitamins and minerals. They boost your antioxidant defenses. And they keep your digestive system in top shape.
“They” are fruits and vegetables. And before you roll your eyes, consider this…
In several states, the average adult gets barely 7% of the vegetables they need for good health. And 9% or less of the fruit.
Imagine trying to drive from New York to Los Angeles on less than 10% of the gas your car needed for the trip. You wouldn’t even make it to Pittsburgh before your car conked out.
Californians grow the lion’s share of our fruits and vegetables. They barely manage to get 17% of the fruit and 13% of the vegetables they need every day. And California beats every other state.
No wonder so many Americans have health problems! Our bodies are starving for critical nutrients.
Luckily, there are easy ways to boost your fruit and vegetable intake.
Juicing is an easy way to concentrate the powerful nutrients in vegetables. Drinking 12 – 16 ounces of fresh vegetable juice can provide significant amounts of essential vitamins and minerals. You’ll also get lots of phytochemicals that help boost your immune defenses.
Kale, chard, spinach, and other dark greens are a good base for juicing. You can add red peppers for vitamin A… broccoli for lutein and sulforophane – an antioxidant that fights abnormal cell growth… or beets to promote healthy vision. Experiment to find what tastes good to you. And vary what you juice to get the goodness from a variety of vegetables.
Don’t juice your fruits, though. The fiber in fruits helps your body deal with the high levels of sugar. Eat fruits whole to get the maximum benefit – without driving up your blood sugar levels.
An even easier way to boost your intake of key nutrients from vegetables is a “greens formula.”
An organic greens formula typically takes concentrates of young grasses and combines them with other greens to provide high levels of nutrients that may be missing from your diet.
Young grasses – such as barley and alfalfa are high in key vitamins and mineral and easy to digest. Combining young grasses with single-celled plants such as chlorella and spirulina, a natural greens formula can fill much of the gap left by a diet short in fruits and vegetables.
Of course, your best option is to get the 7 servings of fruits and vegetables your body needs every day. But, with how busy you are, that can be a challenge. Juicing – or a green nutritional supplement – can provide a little insurance.
The bottom line for you should be to get yourself into that 1 in 10 that get enough of these two key food groups. When you do, your chances of staying healthy go way, way up.
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Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team