This time of year here in Utah it’s not only cold outside, but colds are getting inside. I swear sickness is bound to happen and we are huge advocates to do everything we can to keep it out of our house: humidifiers, washing hands, and drinking The Original Wellness Drink—Florida Orange Juice!
Orange Juice Growing Up
Growing up, orange juice was a staple in our house. You could always look in our fridge and find it. Thinking about it, it all makes sense: we rarely got sick, had lots of energy, and had strong bones. Do I think that OJ was the main reason for these results? No, but I would definitely think it helped. Daily
I remember when I broke my arm. The doctor looked at the x-ray and said, “You’re doing something right because looking at your bones I see calcium surrounding your break.” I like to say it’s because of all the fortified OJ I was drinking because it’s not from milk (I’m lactose intolerant). I needed to get calcium into my diet at that age, and this was the way we were able to do it.
Constantly I was drinking orange juice, but also have been incorporating that into the morning routine for my kids. The nutrition, taste, and consistency is a great way to help with preventative measures during cold and flu season.
Nutrients We All Could Use
There is something about drinking a delicious glass of Florida Orange Juice and knowing that you are getting a great collection of nutrients into your body. Have you ever looked at all the benefits that come from 100% orange juice? Well, let’s do it:
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C’s antioxidant activity helps to mitigate inflammation, which is associated with many chronic diseases.
- Magnesium: Plays an important role in helping generate energy, as well as maintaining normal blood pressure, heartbeat, and nutrient levels.
- Thiamin: Crucial for energy metabolism for cell growth, development, and function.
- Antioxidants: 100% orange juice features vitamin C, carotenoids, and flavonoids with powerful antioxidant properties.
- Vitamin A: Maintains healthy cell growth, vision, and immune function.
- Vitamin B6: Helps the body make antibodies to help fight disease, and assists in converting food into energy.
So many benefits that come with adding 100% orange juice into our routine, these stood out most to me this time of year. It isn’t always easy to get the kids to take a daily vitamin, but it is easy to get them a delicious glass of Florida Orange Juice.
It is recommended 8 ounces of 100% fruit juice per day for adults and older children, and 4-6 ounces for younger kids each day. Does that mean you need to drink this much every single day? Not at all! This is just the suggested, but with kids you want to make sure to limit their intake. 100% orange juice can help meet fruit intake recommendations while providing an entire daily recommended dose of vitamin C and significant amounts of other essential nutrients in one 8-ounce glass. This really makes getting those vitamins in a lot easier than a chewable pill that I always tend to forget about.
The Original Wellness Drink
Isn’t it funny all the drinks that we drink trying to be healthy: celery juice, Kombucha, pickle juice, I could go on and on. At the end of the day though, 100% orange juice is The Original Wellness Drink. It’s been served at our tables for years, but I think we tend to forget all the benefits that come with it.
In our home, if one of us gets sick, six of us gets sick! That is why we are always making sure to have plenty of Florida Orange Juice in our home. It’s a lot easier to work on being preventative with the benefits of drinking orange juice. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy a delicious glass of OJ?
I take great confidence in knowing I’m taking care of my family, both now and for their future. Along with other measures, every glass is just one-step closer to keeping those pesky colds away!