Even with the best of intentions, few of us actually purchase, prepare and consume the recommended six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Even the most well constructed diet will still lack a number of vital nutrients important for good health. The ongoing depletion of the nutrient content in commercial farmlands and the damaging effects of cooking and preparation results in us consuming produce that has lost much of its nutritional value. Add exposure to stress, pollutants and the consumption of highly processed foods and it all points to an acid/alkaline imbalance within our bodies.

But it’s not all bad news. While the foods we consume can have a negative impact on the delicate acid/alkaline balance within our bodies (meat, sugar, alcohol, coffee, table salt etc), the right foods can also restore your ph levels and help return you to vibrant health. Most fruits, and land and sea vegetables are wonderfully alkalizing and literally slow down the aging process. The real problem is that we just don’t get enough of them.

Green foods
As long standing veterans of the health food category, green food supplements continue to gain in popularity, offering a wonderful bridge between food and supplements. Made up primarily of whole food concentrates and extracts, green food supplements are nutritionally denser than the foods we consume, and contain a wide variety of vegetables that would otherwise never make it to our table. Vital to a green food supplement’s value is that the balance and harmony that nature builds into whole foods is maintained; something that is compromised when individual nutrients are extracted and isolated.

No matter how carefully we shop, cook and plan our diet, it will always be challenging to consume the quantity, quality and variety of vegetables that our bodies need in order to maintain optimum health. Vegetables also take time to purchase and prepare, and even then, they don’t excite everyone’s palate; there are only so many culinary possibilities with kale, even with a gifted chef in the kitchen.

For these reasons, vegetables don’t play a huge role in our fast food world.  However, they are nutritional powerhouses that we must include in our diet. This is where green food supplements make their greatest contribution. Each small scoop contains the nutrient content of 6 to 8 servings of fresh vegetables. Green drinks are highly alkaline and contain significant levels of phytochemicals and trace nutrients. Green food supplements make a tremendous contribution to our nutrient intake, but we must remember that they are intended to complement the foods that we consume, not to replace the value of a balanced diet.

Fruit and berry concentrates
As significant a role as green foods play in our diet, there is a whole other side of the plant kingdom that offers similar nutritional density that must be considered. Fruits and berries are loaded with
phytonutrients, polyphenols and natural antioxidants. In fact, berries have the highest ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), so their importance can’t be overstated.

Surprisingly, despite their more pleasant taste, fruits and berries are neglected nearly as badly as vegetables. An apple a day might sound like a good dietary strategy but it falls well short of what we actually need. Especially when you consider our eating habits and the rate at which the nutrient content in our foods is dropping. If the minerals are lacking in the soil it means they will also be lacking in our food.

While newer to the marketplace than green foods, fruit and berry supplements are now being recognized for the tremendous nutritional punch that they pack. At a glance, a green food and a berry supplement may appear to make similar nutritional contributions, but they are in fact quite different.  Green food supplements provide all of the nutritional impact of vegetables, while berry supplements provide all of the nutritional impact of fruits. There is no question that we need both.

The best of both worlds
Progressive offers a complete strategy to help provide the phytonutrients you need with VegeGreens and PhytoBerry.

VegeGreens is a comprehensive blend of over 60 land, sea and cruciferous vegetables, as well as super green foods, EFAs, pre and probiotics, enzymes and herbal co-factors. A daily dose is equivalent to six to eight servings of vegetables, and offers a full spectrum of nutrient-rich and highly alkaline foods that help cleanse and detoxify the body.

PhytoBerry is a highly concentrated, high ORAC, fruit-based beverage that features over 40 whole fruit concentrates, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids and herbal extracts.  It is specifically designed to support and protect all of the major organs and body systems.
VegeGreens and PhytoBerry have both been professionally formulated, energetically balanced and are 100% all natural.

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