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JUICING 101: FACT vs. FICTION

There is a ton of information on the internet and elsewhere about the benefits of juicing and cleansing.  Sometimes it can be difficult to discern fact from fiction.  We encourage our customers to get as much information as possible by immersing themselves in the culture of juicing.  For our part, we have sought to clarify some of the common myths we encounter in our business.

THE FAST FIX MYTH

While it is true that the majority of people lose weight during a cleanse, it is not possible to lose 20 lbs with a juice cleanse. You will be taking in fewer calories than normal throughout the course of your cleanse and that will result in weight loss and flattening of the stomach, but this is not a “quick fix” that will allow you to shed all extra pounds that may be desperately trying to lose. Juice cleansing allows your body to detoxify while resetting your taste buds and hunger cues. It is important to have realistic goals and expectations as you begin your cleanse.

I HAVE TO STARVE

Even experienced cleansers usually feel hungry at some point during a multiple-day cleanse. However, that does not mean you must feel a sense of hunger in order for the cleanse to be effective. In fact, it is typical for the sensation of hunger to dissipate as you move through the cleanse and your digestive system takes a much needed rest. At this point, your body starts to feel lighter and more energized, while your mind starts to experience improved clarity.

TOO DIFFICULT

While cleanses can be challenging, they are not that difficult to complete with some discipline.  In fact, doing a juice cleanse can make your life a lot easier for a few days as you no longer need to deal with food shopping, prepping, and cooking meals.  Everything you’ll be consuming over the course of a three-day cleanse is included and ready to drink.

SUPERFOODS

The term “Superfood” is used to describe those foods with high phytonutrient content that are believed to confer significant health benefits with few negative properties.

acai berry, baobab, barley grass, bee pollen, black shilijit, blue majik, cacao, camu camu, cayenne, ceylon cinnamon, chia seed, chlorella, chaga, cordyceps, D3, iodine, fulvic acid, ginger, ginseng, grass-fed whey,  green coffee bean, goji berry, gotu kola, hemp seed, incan spirulina, lucuma, maca, MSM, mucuna, noni, tumeric, vanilla bean, wheat grass.

Be a Super Human! Rich in nutrients or phytochemicals, SUPERFOODS
are understood to confer significant health & disease-fighting benefits. *

Acai:

Commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon, this delicious berry has 500x the antioxidant levels found in blueberries. Also rich in amino acids and omega fatty acids, the Acai Berry is believed to help with anti-aging, weight loss, disease prevention and skin health.

Baobab:

Native to tropical regions of Africa, this fruit is rich in vitamin C, potassium, fiber, iron, magnesium and zinc. Baobab is believed to help with anti-aging, preventing heart disease and cancer and protecting against inflammation-related conditions like arthritis.

Barley Grass:

With medicinal uses dating back thousands of years, barley grass has 11x more calcium & 15x more protein than a glass of milk. A great way to get your greens in for the day, Barley Grass is believed to prevent cancer and help strength and stamina.

Bee Pollen:

Found on the bodies of bees, this superfood is considered one of nature’s most complete foods containing nearly all nutrients required by humans. Boosting energy levels, Bee Pollen is also believed to help with allergies, weight control and digestion.

Black Shilajit:

Discovered high in the Himalayan Mountains, this multi-mineral consists of 4,000 year-old decomposed plant matter. Consisting of over 70 important biological minerals, Black Shilajit is believed to have properties that increase energy, strength and libido.

Blue Majik:

High in antioxidants, this nutrient-rich aqua botanical helps prevent the formation of free radicals in the body. Blue Majik is believed to alleviate chronic inflammation which is closely associated with arthritis, heart disease and joint disorders.

Cacao (Raw):

The raw form of chocolate, it has all of the health benefits without the added sugar and fat that make processed chocolate so unhealthy. Rich in antioxidants and minerals, Cacao is great for lowering blood pressure or a pre-workout vasodilator!

Camu Camu:

Native to rainforest habitats, this berry is known for its unusually high levels of vitamin C. Just 100g of camu provides 47x more Vitamin C than an orange, making this superfruit great for boosting your immune system and preventing disease.

Ceylon “True” Cinnamon:

Native to Sri Lanka, this distinctive herb is different from what we typically consume in North America. Having much lower levels of coumarin, Ceylon Cinnamon is believed to help stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels in the body.

Chaga:

High in pantothenic acid, this powerful medicinal mushroom is great for restoring the adrenal glands. It is also believed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating properties that are believed to confer many health benefits.

Chia Seed:

Dating back to Mayan culture, “chia” means strength. Packed with omegas and fiber, these seeds help with brain function, cholesterol and inflammation. The ability to absorb liquid 12x its weight makes chia seeds great for appetite suppression and weight control.

Chlorella:

Known for its incredible nutrient density, this fresh water green algae contains more chlorophyll than any other plant on earth. Also packed with beta-carotene, protein and EFAs, Chlorella helps alkaline levels, builds immunity and reduces inflammation.

Cordyceps:

Native to Asia, these fungi have been used in traditional Tibetan medicine for thousands of years. A great natural energy source, Cordyceps are believed to have natural properties that assist with preventing cancer, respiratory issues and kidney/liver disorder.

Dulse:

Grown on the northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, this amazing seaweed is rich in iron, magnesium and protein. Dulse contains at least trace amounts of every known mineral and is very high in electrolytes helping to balance fluids in the body.

D3 (Vitamin):

D3 is the form of D vitamin that the body actually utilizes and doesn’t have to convert to a useable form. Studies have shown that a majority of Americans are deficient in D vitamin, known to support immunity, bone strength, organ health and brain function.

Fulvic Acid:

One of the byproducts of natural decomposition, Fulvic Acid is an organic natural electrolyte. Enhancing the availability of nutrients in the body, Fulvic Acid helps the body to digest and absorb the vitamins and minerals present in the foods we eat.

*  These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Ginger:

Utilized in traditional Asian medicine for centuries, the ginger root is primarily composed of starch with small amounts of protein and fatty acids. Ginger helps alleviate nausea and motion discomfort. It also assists with reducing inflammation in the G.I tract.

Ginseng:

A slow-growing perennial plant, this herb traces its roots to ancient Chinese medicine. Known as a natural stimulant, Ginseng boosts the immune system, helps to reduce stress levels and is believed to have properties that are capable of lowering blood sugar levels.

Goji Berry:

Native to southeastern Europe and Asia, the “wolfberry” has been thought for centuries to prolong youthfulness and life.  Rich in vitamin A and antioxidants, Goji Berry promotes a strong immune system and good vision – and helps combat heart disease.

Gotu Kola:

A member of the parsley family, this plant has been used for medicinal purposes over centuries in India, China and Indonesia. Now mostly associated with strong memory function and increased longevity, Gotu Kola also assists with wound healing and skin problems.

Grass-Fed Whey Protein:

No sweeteners. No growth hormones. No antibiotics. No GMOs. More humane for the animals and healthier for the environment, grass-fed whey has the same amount of protein, but significantly higher levels of CLA which is known to help burn fat and retain lean muscle.

Green Coffee Bean:

The raw or “unroasted” coffee bean. Researchers believe the extract has properties that assist with weight loss and fat burn. Green Coffee Bean has the same caffeine “boost” as traditional roasted coffee but without the harsh effects of the acidity.

Hemp Hearts:

A nutritious and versatile food, these seeds are a complete source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. Hemp Hearts are also high in omegas which are beneficial to brain health, circulation, blood pressure and inflammation.

Lucuma:

Native to the Andean valleys or Peru, this subtropical fruit is rich in nutrients like beta-carotene, iron, zinc and B3 vitamin. Sweet-tasting but low in natural sugars, Lucuma does not create blood sugar spikes and helps with immune system health. 

Maca:

Growing at altitudes above 10,000 feet, this hardy root plant is an adaptogen, helping cells to resist outside stressors. Also known as “Peruvian ginseng” in some circles, Maca is a natural immunity booster and is believed to improve endurance, stamina and sexual health.

MSM:

One of our favorite superfoods, MSM does it all! An organic form of sulfur, this compound increases the permeability of cell walls, allowing nutrients to more freely enter and toxins to exit.  This speeds up almost every reaction in our bodies, translating to numerous health benefits.

Mucuna:

Found worldwide in the woodlands of tropical areas, this plant produces pods containing the pre-cursor L-dopa, which later converts to dopamine in the brain. Amongst its many health benefits, Mucuna has properties believed to help with energy, mood and libido.

Noni:

Native to small evergreen trees grown in certain regions of Asia and Australia, this fruit is high in phytonutrients, selenium and vitamin C. Known as an immune system boost, Noni has properties believed to help with headaches and migranes, hypertension and cholesterol. 

Spirulina:

Once a food source for the Aztecs and Mayans, these algae are truly remarkable. Rich in protein and a vast array of nutrients, Spirulina is basically a daily vitamin in a teaspoon. Best known for its ability to boost the immune system, it has a wide range of health uses and benefits.

Turmeric:

Once a food source for the Aztecs and Mayans, these algae are truly remarkable. Rich in protein and a vast array of nutrients, Spirulina is basically a daily vitamin in a teaspoon. Best known for its ability to boost the immune system, it has a wide range of health uses and benefits.

Vanilla Bean:

Grown in just a few places around the world, these beans grow on small yellow-flowering plants part of the orchid family. High in antioxidants, the Vanilla Bean has properties believed to assist in strengthening the immune system and relaxing muscle tissue.

Wheatgrass:

Prepared from the common wheat plant, Wheatgrass provides chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes.  One of the world’s most ancient foods, wheatgrass helps with alkaline balance, hemoglobin production and body detoxification.

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