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Putting Your Nutrition on a Smooth Path

By Stephen R. Farris

We've all been enamored with fitness, off and on, probably our entire lives. Who hasn't vowed as a New Year's resolution to spend the next year getting into shape. We try all kinds of different diets, exercises and some things we would never want to talk about. 

Healthy Past

Growing up I remember first being introduced to the fitness craze through television. Does anyone remember The Jack Lalanne Show? The show ran from 1951-85, featuring the show's namesake, Jack Lalanne. Referred to as the "Godfather of Fitness," he would lead us all in exercises. He wanted the whole household to join in. I haven't really thought about it until now, that he actually introduced us to juicing. In today's age the game has drifted towards smoothies, although juicing is still around too.

It caught on with the bodybuilding community as well in the 1960s and in movies and advertisements featuring the likes of Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger; you would sometimes see them making some type of blended drink for breakfast. Do raw eggs ring a bell?

Health Today

Nutritional drinks have come a long way from the early times, but the concept is basically still the same. Throw some cubed ice in a blender, add some fruit, maybe a few leaves of green veggies, then blend until smooth. There you have it, a delicious, healthy drink. But now they're called smoothies.

Making smoothies is much better for you than juicing too. With smoothies you retain all of the nutrients and minerals from the fresh fruits and vegetables, whereas juicing tends to discard a lot of them.

You might be thinking that making fresh smoothies everyday can get expensive, since fresh fruits and vegetables have a short shelf life. Plus going to the grocery store every few days adds to your cost as well. However, there is a trade-off. Go ahead and buy fresh, but also purchase frozen fruits and vegetables. Most berries and certain fruits are seasonal and are not always available at the store, but they can be found in the frozen food section, even when they're not in season as a fresh product.

To get you started, try visiting with your local chiropractor. Not only do they help with pain relief in your back and joints, they can provide nutritional advice and may even have a killer smoothie recipe for you to try out!

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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