Including five servings of nutrient-rich fruits and veggies in your daily diet has been shown to slash a person’s blood pressure by 11 points, plus cut your risk of a heart attack, stroke, and even cancer by up to 30 percent, say Yale researchers. (A piece of fruit, like an orange or apple, counts as one serving, as does a half-cup of vegetables like baby carrots, corn, or peas.) But most Americans are only consuming about two servings daily, a shortfall that’s sickening up to 400,000 of us annually, report the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fix: If you're having trouble fitting enough fruits and veggies into your diet, bridge the gap with juice. Just eight ounces of fruit juice at breakfast, and eight ounces of vegetable juice at both lunch and supper can effortlessly add three servings of produce to your daily diet, say scientists at UCLA. Bonus: This simple strategy will more than double your intake of health-boosting antioxidants too! Just be careful not to overdose on high-sugar juices like orange juice.