Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Top 10 - Why we juice!

Why do we juice?  Why put in all this effort... what is the true gain of juicing fresh produce?

First and foremost... I do it for my family and I do it for me!

When it comes to health benefits... here are my 'Top 10" and why we here at JUL Juice do what we do!

  1. Energy - A clean and clear system operates much more efficiently to sustain energy throughout the day.  The easily consumable energy within juice allows for fast energy without the crash!
  2. Clear mind - Regulated blood sugar and reduced stress/stimulation on the adrenals helps to allow the necessary blood flow to the brain without "stimulating" the system.
  3. Weight loss - Highly efficient organs and systems create an environment where extra weight can now "drop off" to only what is needed.
  4. Better sleep - A clear mind and higher functioning body all equate to a more restful sleep that is uninterrupted by indigestion, discomfort and stress.
  5. Regulated mood - Even blood sugar and more even hormone releases equate to a more regulated mood throughout the day.
  6. Satisfied hunger - Highly concentrated nutrients tell the body that it is full and does not need that "extra" serving.
  7. Clear, glowing skin - A system clear of toxins will show in the body's largest organ... the skin!
  8. Increased immune system - High doses of nutrients and antioxidants help clear the system of toxins and increase the body's natural disease fighting powers.
  9. Reduces inflammation - Reduces risks and helps heals damage caused by toxins and disease.
  10. Hydration - Drinking high volumes of liquids on top of a healthy intake of H2O replenish the body, helps build and sustain blood which creates a clean and clear system.
I figure... even if I get a handful of these benefits, it is still a giant leap in the right direction.  Juicing has changed my life, changed the way I think about life and has created an avenue to help me control my health, my weight and my life.

What an amazing path... Go and seek the change!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Juicing for Stress

Reduce that stress and "chill-out!"  Has anyone told you this lately?

Well, it may be time for a mini-intervention.  If you are like me, you can't just ignore your kids or tell your
boss to "back-off."

Stress has horrific affects on the body that are sometime irreparable.  For instance:

  • Increased signs of aging
  • Adrenal overload
  • Stomach pain/ulcers
  • Muscle pain/strain
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • And so much more...

So then what do you do?  You juice... of course!

A really simple stress-reducing juice, right away in the morning and then again either for dinner or shortly after will help to calm that mind.  Try this routine if you are feeling squeezed by life and need some relief from the constant stress.

No More Stress Juice Routine:

  1. Sit down... take a deep breath and just be for 30 seconds.  Set a timer and just BE.  Try to empty your mind and tune out all around you.  Focus on NOTHING.
  2. Get up, do some head/neck rolls and juice the following:
    1. 1 white potato (med-large)
    2. 1 carrot
    3. 1 tomato
    4. 1 stalk celery
    5. Handful of spinach
    6. 3 stalks parsley
    7. Juice and either pour over ice or drink at room temperature
  3. Smile :)
  4. At night, steep a cup of chamomile tea and relax and enjoy it.  Ask someone to watch the kids for 10 minutes, or wait until they are asleep and sit in a quite place and enjoy.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Citrus Cooler - June is here!

June is here and it's time to start thinking... COOL!

Here's a great recipe to cool you off, to keep that immune system in peak shape and to cleanse the system.

1 grapefruit peeled
1 blood orange peeled
1/2 lemon peeled
1 mango peeled/pitted
1/2 cucumber
1/4 bunch mint

This is also a great one to make in advance or to share with the family.  Make a jug of it on Sunday night and enjoy as a morning treat all week.

Happy almost summer!