6 Benefits of a Juice Cleanse!

6 Benefits of a Juice Cleanse!

Get Rid of What is Holding You Back!

What is a juice cleanse? Juicing to cleanse your body is a popular method to give your body a rest and cleanse away toxins. Spring is the perfect time to detox, lose weight, and energize your body. It allows you to address your entire system with a good spring cleaning.

1. Colon Detox for Improved Gut Health

As you cleanse your digestive system with juices, you’ll get rid of colon waste that’s been building up maybe for months or even years. You can do just a juice fast or you can incorporate a complete colon cleanse. By cleaning out your digestive track , you’ll get rid of gas, bloating and mucoid plaque. As your digestion improves; you’ll absorb more nutrients from your juicing, supplements and your food because the majority of your nutrients are absorbed in the upper intestinal tract. As you improve the way you process food, you’ll gain more energy, better sleep and a happier mood. Juice detox helps to feed your friendly gut bacteria thus improving your overall digestive health.

2. Optimize Your Liver Health

The liver is our primary detox organ. It must filter everything from our blood. Fast food, junk food, sweets, fried foods, alcohol, coffee, animal fats and pesticide sprayed produce all impact the liver. It’s our hardest working organ. It can get completely overwhelmed with gunk. Overtime, it can develop stones just like the gallbladder along with a lot of congestion. It won’t be able to process hormones or produce enzymes like before. During it’s most active time around 3 am when it works the hardest, it may wake us up. A juice fast provides an excellent rest for the liver along with an abundance of antioxidants that help to bind up the toxins.

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6 Juices for Tiredness & Low Adrenals

6 Juices for Tiredness & Low Adrenals

6 Juices for Tiredness & Low Adrenals

Large numbers of people suffer from fatigue that is not relieved by rest and sleep. This is one indicator that the adrenals are stressed and not functioning well. Stress plays a big part in exhausting the adrenal glands. Stress also affects the liver leading to low orotic acid production. Deficiency of orotic acid causes calcium to be high. This may also interfere with protein synthesis and inhibit replication of cells. This leads to fatigue and low blood sugar. Low adrenal function can contribute to this problem in that the adrenal glands regulate mineral levels. Mineral levels would not be abnormal if the adrenals were functioning properly. (Do not take cod liver oil if your calcium is high.) 

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6 Reasons to Attend our Juice & Raw Foods Retreat

6 Reasons to Attend our Juice & Raw Foods Retreat

6 Reasons to Attend our Juice & Raw Foods Retreat

  1. Detox your body. Cleanse away the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing. Our retreat starts the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We offer a week of raw foods and veggie juices with 3 days of juice fasting that includes two shots of wheatgrass juice. Wheatgrass juice is very cleansing for the body. Vegetable juice fasting is also excellent for detoxing. It gives your digestive system a rest and provides plenty of antioxidants to detoxify the body.
  2. Healing. Our retreat offers an excellent opportunity to heal. Many people have been healed at our retreats. If you have a health condition that you’ve struggled with, I encourage you to come for healing.
  3. Emotional and mental detox. My behavioral medicine specialist husband teaches the classes emotional detox and mental detox. Many people have been enabled to let go of things that have dogged them for years because of these classes.
  4. Resilience training. My husband teaches resilience training to help you learn how to bounce back from stressful situations. He also demonstrates cardio biofeedback and heart rate variability.
  5. Purpose. In the class Who Am I, What Is My Purpose, you’ll see how purpose and health and quite directly related.
  6. De-stress and relax. The whole week is geared to helping you de-stress and take a “deep breath” again.
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Prebiotics, Probiotics & Gut Health

Prebiotics, Probiotics & Gut Health

Prebiotics, Probiotics & Gut Health

Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates (fiber) that induce the growth of beneficial microorganisms (probiotics) in the gut. In the gastrointestinal tract prebiotics can feed probiotics. Prebiotics are typically Inulin fibers that are not digested in your small intestine; therefore, they make it into your colon where they serve as food for the probiotics.

Probiotics benefit your hormones as well as your intestinal tract. Various studies have discovered that prebiotics can aid in weight loss and even help to reduce stress. If you lack prebotic fiber, then probiotics are not as likely to help your digestive system because the prerequisite material is absent. Probiotics help to control the harmful bacteria population of the gut. Research has shown that higher intakes of prebiotic foods can increase numerous probiotic microorganisms, including Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, L. reuteri, bifidobacteria, and certain strains of L. casei or the L. acidophilus-group.

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Health and Weight Loss Breakthrough!

Health and Weight Loss Breakthrough!

Detox: Your Key to Health and Weight Loss

Detoxification means cleansing your blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin. But when these systems are compromised or overloaded with toxins and waste, impurities aren’t properly filtered and the body is under duress. 

I recently listened to Joel Osteen on SiriusXM as I was driving. He told the story of a remote village in Africa where the people suddenly started getting very sick, some even died. A team of investigators were sent out from the closest major city to determine what was making the people sick. When they tested the water, they found that it was contaminated. They looked and looked for the source of the contamination but could not find it. Finally, they sent divers up the mountain to the source of the stream to see what they could find. They discovered that a mother pig and her piglets had fallen in and drowned. They were stuck right at the opening where the water flowed out. 

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Turmeric for Healthy Skin 

Turmeric for Healthy Skin 

Turmeric for Healthy Skin 

I’ve written about the amazing benefits of turmeric for your health. Today, I’m excited to share with you the great benefits turmeric for your skin.

This bright yellow spice gets its health benefits from curcumin, the bioactive component of turmeric. Turmeric’s various antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components can provide a healthy glow and luster to your skin that comes from the inside. Turmeric is one of those spices that can revive your skin and get rid of a dull winter complexion. And if you add turmeric to your juice and apply as a face mask so you can get your glow back twice as fast.

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Healthy Homemade Meals for Dogs

Healthy Homemade Meals for Dogs

Healthy Homemade Meals for Dogs

My purpose in teaching about  juicing and healthy eating is to help you prevent disease and/or heal your body if you lose your health.  

Being a dog lover, I also long to see the same for our little furry friends. Last week my neighbor gave me a report on healthy eating for dogs and how this helps prevent cancer in dogs. In a 2005 study of Scottish Terriers with bladder cancer called transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), those dogs that got veggies three times a week or more had a decreased risk of cancer, and carrots were the most common vegetable given. In this particular study, Scotties that ate more green leafy vegetables and yellow-orange vegetables had a decreased risk of TCC. A staggering 1 in 1.65 dogs and 1 in 3 cats will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

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Easter Green Salad Recipe

Easter Green Salad Recipe

Can an Anti-Inflammation Diet Really Work?

Diet Changes Gave Her a New Life

I’ve come a long way from being told I am prediabetic and have high cholesterol. I had been struggling to go up a short flight of stairs. Now I am enjoying life. I hike, dance the night away, rock climb, skate, and water ski. This is all because of changing my eating habits and juicing. —Iris

Easter Green Salad with Figs and Balsamic Dressing

Serves 4

Salad

  • 1 head green leaf lettuce or 4 handfuls baby spinach

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 dried figs, stems removed
  • 1/2tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1–2 cloves garlic

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Season to taste and toss enough dressing to lightly coat the salad.

Shopping List Check the Pantry

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce or 4 handfuls baby spinach
  • 4 dried mission figs

Check the Pantry

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Black peppercorns
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt

From The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet

 

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Detox Toxic Fat & Lose Weight

Detox Toxic Fat & Lose Weight

Detox Toxic Fat & Lose Weight

When you remove toxins, you will lose weight and feel better. Fat soluble toxins are more difficult to remove than water-soluble toxins that can be flushed from the body easily. Fat-soluble toxins include heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, food additives, pollutants, plastics and other environmental chemicals. They must become water-soluble for the body to eliminate them completely. These toxins get stored mostly in the fat cells and the liver. With toxins stored in the fat cells, it is difficult to lose weight. The body will hold onto the fat as much as possible to protect your delicate tissues and organs. If the pathways of elimination such as the intestinal tract or the lymphatic system are not functioning optimally, this makes it even harder to get the toxins out of the body. If your diet is deficient in fiber, up to 94% of the bile – along with its toxic baggage – gets reabsorbed back to the liver to be recycled.

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Turmeric Juice for Diabetes, Arthritis, G.I, & Cancer

Turmeric Juice for Diabetes, Arthritis, G.I, & Cancer

Turmeric Juice for Diabetes, Arthritis, G.I, & Cancer

The main component of turmeric is curcumin, which has been show to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It is effective in helping a variety of conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and cancer.

Diabetes

You can lower blood sugar and reverse insulin resistance with turmeric. A 2009 study published in Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications showed how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes. The study found that curcumin is literally 400 times more potent than a common diabetes drug in activating AMPK, which improves insulin sensitivity and helps reverse Type 2 Diabetes. Curcumin has also been proven to help reverse many of the issues related to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia. Also, one of the most common complications of diabetes is damaged blood vessels, which cause blindness. A study found that supplementing with curcumin can delay this complication because of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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Oxlates, Juices and Kidney Stones

Oxlates, Juices and Kidney Stones

5 Natural Steps to Avoid Kidney Stone Formation

I have had numerous emails of late from people worried about oxalates in the juices they drink. Oxalates (or oxalic acid) are naturally occurring compounds in foods like spinach, kale and chard. They are also produced in small amounts in the liver. The role of oxalates is to provide protection for plants – everything from harmful bacteria to insects and animals.

Oxalates are correlated with the formation of the most common type of kidney stones – calcium oxalate stones. These form when oxalates bind with calcium in the bloodstream.

Most people do not need to be concerned about oxalates in the diet. However, if you have a health condition that requires you limit oxalates, then you do need to follow some nutritional guidelines.

Aah, Cranberry to the Rescue!

Here’s a suggestion from a study in 2003 that rarely gets mentioned when people discuss oxalates and kidney stones. Cranberry juice has antilithogenic (stops the promotion of calculi) properties and should be used in managing calcium oxalate formation of stones in the urinary track (urolithiasis t). So in plain English what this means is that you should drink some unsweetened cranberry juice in addition to your green juices, berry, celery or beet juice to prevent kidney stones especially if you are so prone. I like to mix about 1 TBSP unsweetened cranberry juice in a glass of purified water or sparkling water. And you’ll get an added bonus; it also acts as a diuretic. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14616463

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Need a Kidney Detox? Take the Quiz!

Need a Kidney Detox? Take the Quiz!

Need a Kidney Detox? Answer these important questions.

I recently did two liver cleanses. I ended up with some kidney symptoms afterward. That’s not so unusual actually.  When toxins come pouring out of their hiding places, the kidneys can get quite overloaded trying to expel all the toxins. I’m now going for a kidney/bladder cleanse.

You may need to cleanse your kidneys and bladder, too. We should cleanse these hard-working organs at least once a year. Find out if your kidneys need some cleansing.

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • dry skin, skin rashes, hair loss
  • inability to focus, fuzzy vision
  • fatigue, lethargic feeling, drowsiness
  • heart palpitations, high blood pressure
  • incontinence, kidney stones, urinary tract infections
  • decreased urine flow and increased nightly urination
  • burning or painful urination, dark-colored urine
  • itching, sleep problems, metallic taste in the mouth
  • nausea, coldness, fever
  • swollen joints, stiff neck, cramps
  • abdominal or lower back pain
  • poor appetite, anemia

Here’s what you can do to cleanse your kidney and bladder:

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