Living with a spinal cord injury means that my health is the absolute biggest factor in my life! If I am not healthy, but body won’t function. While health is super important to everyone. Us living with spinal cord injures have many complications and one of the biggest ones, is having a low immune system.
In 2011,I experienced one hell of a year. I was literally in and out of hospital both in Australia and when I was in America for my recovery. I almost lost my life on one occasion, and the doctors could never give me answers.
So after finally having enough, off I went to see a naturopath, who ran lost of test to check my deficiencies and intolerances. I was then put on a mixture of vitamins and supplements that have helped me astronomically, however they can be physically sickling to take all at once.
So someone suggested that instead of taking them in tablet form, I get them in either liquid or powder form and mix them into a smoothie!
I can happily say that I have not had a hospital visit since February 2012 and I am probably the healthiest I have been in my entire life!
Mixing smoothies has become the easiest, and tastiest way for me to get all the nutrients I need in one go. They are also a nutritional alternative to your normal boring breakfast, because if your anything like me, it’s difficult for me to eat breakfast of a morning as I already generally have so much going on and it’s usually the last thing on my mind.
So if you too want some yummy nutriants and breakfast alternatives, keep reading to find out why Smoothies are the way to go!
WHY SMOOTHIES ARE HEALTHY
While some smoothies are packed with fat, sugar and calories, other smoothies are very nutritious and offer you a wealth of nutrients. Smoothies made with fresh fruit or vegetables, low-fat yogurt and 100 percent juice supply much more nutrition than those made with ice cream, sherbet and chocolate syrup. Knowing what makes some smoothies so healthy can help you make the most nutritious choice the next time one is on your menu.
Increase Your Fruit and Vegetable Intake
Many people find it difficult to eat the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables recommended for good health. Smoothies can help you eat plenty of fresh produce because you can blend many different varieties together in one glass. One smoothie can contain two or three servings of fresh fruits or vegetables, which can help you eat plenty of these nutritious foods. Smoothies also encourage you to eat a larger variety of fruits and vegetables because you can add new types that you may not have tried before.
May Help Prevent Disease
The fruits and vegetables you put in your smoothie contain a wide range of nutrients that may help ward off disease. One of these nutrients is phytochemicals. Pat Crocker reports in her book, “The Smoothie Bible,” that adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your smoothie is one way to increase the amount of phytochemicals, the beneficial compounds found in plant foods, to your diet. Increasing your intake of phytochemicals may cut your risk of many dangerous health problems, including cancer, heart disease and arthritis.
Packed with Vitamins
When you load your smoothie with a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, 100 percent juice and nonfat yogurt, you are adding many different vitamins to your diet. Depending on what fruits and vegetables you choose, you will get several vitamins from your smoothie. Orange fruits and vegetables, such as carrots and cantaloupe provide vitamin A for healthy eyes. Citrus fruits, pineapple and tomatoes provide vitamin C for a healthy immune system. Add some wheat germ for a boost of vitamin E or a banana for a dose of B vitamins.
Loaded with Minerals
Smoothies that use fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthy ingredients, supply a wide range of beneficial minerals as well. Fruits and vegetables contain a good amount of fiber for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. Nonfat yogurt supplies calcium and protein for your smoothie and spinach adds magnesium and iron. Other minerals present in most fruit or vegetable based smoothies include manganese for healthy bones and nerves, phosphorus for healthy muscles and potassium for the health of your heart.
So get out that blender and whip up some yummy smoothie goodness!
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