Inflammation is our body’s natural immune response. It is the amazing way that our bodies self-heal. However, as we have discussed over these past few weeks, chronic inflammation is at the root of most degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Inflammation is also caused by exposure to and accumulation of free radicals. Free radicals can come from pollution in the air, chemicals on and in our food and water, and toxic behavior, such as smoking. Free radicals are also linked to premature signs of aging and cancer. Fortunately, there are antioxidants!
Antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E help to battle the free radicals that we are exposed to pretty much every time we breathe and prevent further damage to our cells caused by inflammation. While there are tons of fruits and vegetables that are antioxidant-rich, berries in particular are an excellent source of flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that has been proven to help minimize inflammation in the body. Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, and cherries are packed with flavonoids and a subclass of antioxidants called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have been linked to protecting our bodies against chronic diseases.
It is truly amazing how much an impact, negative or positive, your diet can have on your health. Eating a diet that is rich in antioxidants, omegas, and plant-based protein can significantly reduce inflammation in your body and thus significantly reduce your chances of suffering from a life-altering disease or condition. Sometimes it is hard to get enough antioxidants and other important vitamins and minerals into our daily diet though. We are busy people and, while it shouldn’t, sometimes our health and nutrition give way to convenience. Do you get the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables? Who has time to eat three to five servings of vegetables and two to three servings of fruit every single day?
The dilemma is often that we know we need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but our daily schedules don’t always make that easily obtainable. Fret not though! The solution to this dilemma might be the easiest solution, ever; Juice Plus+. The Parker family has been taking juice plus for well over a decade. It is something that we believe in so much, not only because of the extensive research and scientific findings, but because we have experienced firsthand the health benefits. Juice Plus+ capsules contain juice powers (certified organic and non-GMO) from 30 fruits, vegetables, and grains that offer whole food based nutrition. Your daily dose of antioxidants like beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin C and E, as well as other essential vitamins and minerals are now easier than ever to get in every day. The benefits go far beyond just helping to prevent chronic inflammation though.
While, unfortunately, there are certain health issues that might not be able to be prevented due to strong genetic influences, we do actually have a lot of control over our health. It all comes down to decisions. You get to decide what you eat and drink, how much you exercise, and whether or not you start taking Juice Plus+. If this is something that interests you, talk to Dr. Blake or Honi. They both can offer you a wealth of information about this incredible product. Reducing inflammation, strengthening your immune system, and improving your oral health doesn’t get much easier than this!