Some of you know that I signed up to try Juice Plus. This is a whole-food supplement (fruits and veggies) that is taken much like you’d take your daily vitamins. It’s been around for a while and there’s lots of science to back up their claims, but. For those of you who don’t know me, I was raised to question everything, so I had to try it myself before I could honestly recommend it to any of my friends, family or associates. Here’s the shortened version of my experience so far:
My kids and I began taking Juice Plus in April. If this stuff was as great as I had been hearing, I wasn’t about to deny my kids the possible benefits. Plus, each adult can sponsor a child to get the stuff for free! So, I started them on it as well. I’m not a big fan of swallowing a bunch of pills, so I opted for the chewable form for myself and the kids. Yes, SUCH the mature choice, I know. I figured I could split my “dose” and give my youngest part of my regiment. I got the kids all set up, we even started a calendar they could initial when they took their Juice Plus. It was a way of getting them into a routine and making some fun of it as well. (When the calendar didn’t have any spaces were they forgot, they would get a small prize.)
Things immediately went very well. The “chews” are really good, they taste like their little gummy treats, so there was no problem getting them to take the Juice Plus. Right away, I discovered I would have to order a children’s order for my daughter because she was so into having the same thing as her brother. Frankly, I wasn’t wanting to share my “dose” with her anyway. I’m a sweet-aholic and they were becoming my evening “dessert.” ;)
We are generally, a heathy bunch for the most part, so I didn’t expect some miraculous result. It also takes 6 months for your body to completely replace all the cells in your body, so we’re still in the process of building the benefits of Juice Plus. With that being said and knowing this, I was still seriously disappointed when me and the kids got sick about a month into taking Juice Plus. In my head, this was going to be the answer to relieving us from all the germs kids spread around amongst themselves doing whatever kids do. Like I said, we are generally healthy, but I have to say, there doesn’t seem to be a cold that goes by without stopping at our house and turning into an ear infection, upper/lower respiratory infection, etc…. SO. I was bummed.
We didn’t give up and continued taking our Juice Plus as directed. Reflecting back on the cold that weaseled it’s way around the family, I have to say, it didn’t last very long. For me and the kids it was the mildest one yet. My mom was not interested in Juice Plus and said she would “see how things went” with us. Have to say, she also got that cold and boy, she got it bad. I will, out of respect for her, not go into detail, but that’s when I started to realize we might be onto something. (sorry, Mom…)
School gets out and the sniffles become less of a threat due to better weather and less hand-to-other-kid’s-snot ratio. Grant had fewer allergy attacks and it wasn’t from the lack of pollen, this year has been crazy! We continue to take to Juice Plus, rarely missing a day.
A couple weeks ago, I felt a little under the weather. My throat was doing weird things, I had a headache and have been informed that I was more irritable than usual. (me? never.) I immediately started taking a few more chews a day and adding extra Elderberry to my diet. I fought it for a while, but inevitably, I had a day where my nose went bazerk, running all over the place, my eyes were itchy and I sneezed give or take, a trillion times. Dangit. I’m taking all this Juice Plus and I’m NOT supposed to get sick! And here I am, SICK. UGH. Not cool. So, I loaded myself up with Hyland’s Homeopathic Cough and Cold, and went to bed. (Which by the way, is THE BEST for kids and adults. Can’t recommend it enough.) Next day, woke up with a slightly stuffy nose, realizing I had slept through the night without so much as a sniffle. Wow. Interesting. Maybe it was just an allergy attack?!? Didn’t have any symptoms the rest of the day. (I think I sneezed once, only because my makeup powder went up my nose.) So, I blew it off thinking it was just a really bad allergy attack and was super happy it was gone, whatever it was!
Two days later: Ava: “Mommyyyyyyyyyyyyy…… I don’t feel good. My nose is burning…” Great. Ava has a cold. So, I guess I really did have a cold. Hm. But it only lasted one day. WOW. SO, off to make Ava more comfortable. She basically went through the same thing did. One day of the sniffles and then, POOF! She woke up totally fine! I couldn’t believe it! Grant NEVER got it!
The only thing we have been doing differently is taking Juice Plus! I have to give credit where credit is due. There are a few of my friends that swear by Juice Plus, but I had to see some serious results before I could honestly recommend it myself. They’ve done extensive research on how Juice Plus can also greatly benefit those that have auto-immune disorders. It seems to help with the joint issues and swelling. Juice Plus is very simple. It’s whole foods made bio-available in a convenient size. Juice Plus helps to bridge the gap between the fruits and veggies you are supposed to eat, and what actually gets consumed. Here I go sounding like a saleswoman, but I have to say, so far so good! I would absolutely give this stuff a try! Juice Plus can only do good, it’s organic and healthy. Yes, I signed up to be a distributor, so you can get it through me… contact me if you have any questions or are interested in giving it a go. This is not a vitamin and doesn’t interact with any medications! It’s FOOD! :)