One of the increasing changes seen in the health industry is the booming popularity of fruit smoothies and juices often being sold from franchises. I first became interested in fruit juicing when I bough my first Jack Lalanne Power Juicer after seeing one of those television adverts. I was sold by this guy whom seemed to talk so much sense about nutrition, exercise and fitness. Indeed, he is still going as strong today as ever and the old videos which you can find on Youtube are as relevant today as they were then.

The disadvantage of buying these drinks from a franchise is that you have no real control of what goes into them and they are free to increase their prices as they wish. I, for one, like to know exactly what goes into my drinks, prefer to use the best quality ingredients and also drink them at a fraction of the cost that these places charge. Jack Lalanne is also very strict about controlling what types of fruit and vegetables and the quality that goes into the juices. It is also possible to make the juices a lot healthier with just a few simple additives to the ingredients.

Juicing has many benefits but one of the best is that it has allowed me to promote a much healthier and well balanced diet to my kids. As more a more children refuse their fruit and vegetables in favor of junk foods and artificially enhanced sweet fizzy drinks, juicing is a great way to get them to take their daily quotas. This unhealthy diet is causing a lot of our children to become depleted in essential nutrients and vitamins and they place extra stresses on the organs in the body. It is no surprise, therefore, that there is an increasing incidence of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and colon cancer to name just a few.

Many children refuse fresh fruit or vegetables as their taste buds are not accustomed to the tangy bitterness. Juicing, however, gets rid of a lot of this unpleasantness and so encourages kids to consume more fruit and vegetables than they would otherwise. With Jack Lalanne power juicers, I have found that they are robust enough to process many different types of fruit and vegetables, with the minimal amount of maintenance, so you can increase the variety of juices you produce. It is important to look for stainless steel components which do not corrode.

Don't be fooled into thinking that it is only children that can benefit from juicing. Adults have a lot to benefit also. Not only do they give you all those essential vitamins and nutrients, they are also high in antioxidants which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancers. They can improve energy levels and many people report feeling and looking younger after drinking juices for a while. They are also great for cleansing and ridding the body of toxins. For this reason many people will go on a juice fast from anywhere from a day to a few days to help clean the body out.

From a financial point of view they can also be very cost effective as they can work out cheaper than buying fizzy sodas. You do not get the sugar cravings either which you do from these artificial drinks. My health has benefitted immensely since investing in that Jack Lalanne power juicer and I would recommend anyone to try it out for themselves and start experimenting with some recipes.