Dans le Jus / Healing

Natural Sunscreen! Foods that Protect Your Skin!

As the final instalment in our series on skin care, we bring you amazing foods that have been shown to increase the skin's ability to protect against UV damage. These foods contain antioxidant compounds that help fight free radicals.
The science: Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs.
To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants
Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principle micronutrient (vitamin) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Additionally, selenium, a trace metal that is required for proper function of one of the body's antioxidant enzyme systems, is sometimes included in this category.
Our bodies cannot manufacture these micronutrients so they must be supplied in the diet.
In addition to broad spectrum sunscreens that block UVA, UVB rays (we recommend natural products like Lavera sunscreens that are paraben-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free and contain both physical and biological UV filters), load up your diet with these amazing foods:  
Red and Orange Fruits and Veggies
Beta-carotene — another type of carotenoid found in red and orange produce — has been linked to reduced reactions to sunburns , and flavanoid-filled orange and pink citrus fruits have also been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against UV rays,
 
Green Leafy Veggies
Fresh herbs — specifically parsley, basil, sage, and rosemary — are packed with  free-radical fighting and skin-protecting antioxidants. Dark leafy greens such as spinach and swiss chard are all full of antioxidants like polyphenols and carotenoids, which may also naturally protect the skin from sun damage. One study found that eating green leafy vegetables helped prevent the reappearance of skin cancer in people who had previously suffered. 
 
Green and Black teas
Green and Black teas (which actually start as leafy greens) are packed with polyphenols that can help stop cancer development by limiting the blood supply to the cancerous area. Some studies have found that green tea can help prevent non-melanoma skin cancer.
 
Dark Chocolate
Flavanoids found in dark chocolate may improve the skin’s ability to protect against some types of skin damage, including UV-induced issues like sun burns. And it tastes delicious! 
Nature really has provided us with foods that nourish and protect. Eating a whole food plant based diet naturally enhances every aspect of your mind, body, spirit. Good for you and good for the planet! Eat well and enjoy the sunshine!
 
#behealthybehappy
The food references come from Kate Morin's article posted on the greatest website. For the links to the studies behind these claims visit: http://greatist.com/health/6-food-groups-will-protect-you-sun
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Getting that Juicey Glow! Inside and Out!

We spend fortunes on fancy creams, trips to the spa, and expensive hair products. But a much more effective and less expensive way to improve your outer glow is to feed your inner glow. Radiance starts from within. healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables provide your skin, hair, and nails with the nutrients they need to be strong and lustrous. 
At Rejuice we have seen the results of a healthy diet and lifestyle in the faces of our beautiful customers! Natural, glowing complexions at every age! 
Meet Olga, one of our lovely regulars and an amazing artist! 
Juicing does not just benefit your organs, help protect against disease, and give you added energy, it also makes your skin, hair, and nails radiant!
Say Hi to Maureene, our new friend. A retired nurse and current app developer!
Rejuice Prescription for Glowing Skin:
Our RADIANT GREEN SMOOTHIE:
Apple, Banana, Romaine, Celery, Spinach, Lemon
Why You Will Glow:
Apple: Contains antioxidants that prevent cell and tissue damage, wrinkles and aging.
Banana: Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin E. Bananas are a rich source of fiber, minerals, magnesium and potassium; they help in proper blood circulation in our body and build immunity from within. Opt for a facial using a freshly mashed banana mixed with honey to get glowing skin. 
Romaine: Six leaves provide more than 100% of your Daily Value of Vitamin A, which revitalises skin by increasing cell turnover. 
Celery: Incredibly hydrating, celery contains a bevy of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, chlorophyll, folic acid, and vitamin C, all of which are great for your skin. 
Spinach: This leafy green vegetable is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach is loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling. Spinach is also a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Lemon: Packed with Vitamin C, it aids in the build up of collagen in our skin which is responsible for maintaining the skin’s youthfulness.
    Cheers from Joanna - Naturopath and the founder of Rejuice!
    So throw away those overpriced creams and enjoy a delicious and nutritious juice that will benefit your entire body - inside and out! 
     #behealthybehappy
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    Love: Organic Style. Rethinking our Relationships!

    At Rejuice we love organic whole foods because they are grown without pesticide sprays and other harmful chemicals. And in its highest application, organic food has no synthetic fertilizers or artificial dyes, nothing extra that's not required and it's handled in a way that preserves some of the integrity of what nature created.
    Going organic is about honoring the reality that sustainability can only occur if the relationship between the land and the people is healthy. And that we acknowledge the connection between ecology (the "study of home") and the health of the people who live in that home.
    Why not extend that same philosophy to our relationships? Why not have organic relationships, free of the toxic fillers that degrade the quality of our precious time here on earth. Non organic relationships, the kind marketed to us as aggressively as processed foods, are based on possession, fear, superficial structures, oppressive and negative ideas, that result in emotionally undernourished people. And so our world is filled with angry lovers, spreading their emotional toxins. 
    It does not have to be this way. That is the beauty of our species, we can change our environment both externally and internally. 
    The solution: organic love! Love that is closest to our true nature. That follows the same principles of sustainability and ethics of organic foods.  

    When we feed and support our own happiness, we are nourishing our ability to love. That’s why to love means to learn the art of nourishing our happiness. Understanding someone’s suffering is the best gift you can give another person. Understanding is love’s other name. If you don’t understand, you can’t love. 

    Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh

    Organic love recognizes that it is in our best interest as human beings to respect and nourish the lives around us, as we respect and nourish our own. To feel deeply the pain of others, as pain and suffering is a universal phenomenon and it helps to explain our connection to others. Empathy teaches you understanding.

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is carrying a great burden. 

    The following 10 ways to strengthen your love from www.tinybuddha.com align with the principles of organic love. Like organic foods these tips emphasize wholeness, moving away from toxicity, cultivating a healthy terrain, understanding the natural ebb and flow of time, and letting nature take its course.
     
    Use relationships to teach you how to be whole within.
    Relationships aren’t about having another person complete you, but coming to the relationship whole and sharing your life interdependently. By letting go of the romantic ideal of merging and becoming “one,” you learn as Rainer Maria Rilke says, to love the distances in relationship as much as the togetherness.
     See your partner for who he or she really is.
    The romantic tragedy occurs when you view the person you are in love with as a symbol of what they have come to represent, the idea of them. When you realize that more often than not you don’t really know your partner, you begin to discover who they are and how they change and evolve.
    Be willing to learn from each other.
    The key is to see the other as a mirror and learn from the reflection how you can be a better person. When you feel upset, rather than blame your partner and point fingers, remain awake to what has yet to be healed in yourself.
     Get comfortable being alone.
    In order to accept that love can’t rescue you from being alone, learn to spend time being with yourself. By feeling safe and secure to be on your own within the framework of relationship, you will feel more complete, happy, and whole.
     Look closely at why a fight may begin.
    Some couples create separateness by fighting and then making up over and over again. This allows you to continue the romantic trance, creating drama and avoiding real intimacy. If you become aware of what you fear about intimacy, you’ll have a better sense of why you’re fighting—and likely will fight far less.
    Own who you are.
    We generally grasp at romantic love because we’re yearning for something that is out of reach, something in another person that we don’t think we possess in ourselves. Unfortunately, when we finally get love, we discover that we didn’t get what we were looking for.
    True love only exists by loving yourself first. You can only get from another person what you’re willing to give yourself.
     Embrace ordinariness.
    After the fairy-dust start of a relationship ends, we discover ordinariness, and we often do everything we can to avoid it. The trick is to see that ordinariness can become the real “juice” of intimacy. The day-to-day loveliness of sharing life with a partner can, and does, become extraordinary.
     Expand your heart.
    One thing that unites us is that we all long to be happy. This happiness usually includes the desire to be close to someone in a loving way. To create real intimacy, get in touch with the spaciousness of your heart and bring awareness to what is good within you.It’s easier to recognize the good in your partner when you’re connected to the good in yourself.
    Focus on giving love.
    Genuine happiness is not about feeling good about ourselves because other people love us; it’s more about how well we have loved ourselves and others. The unintentional outcome of loving others more deeply is that we are loved more deeply.
    Let go of expectations.
    You may look to things such as romance and constant togetherness to fill a void in yourself. This will immediately cause suffering. If you unconsciously expect to receive love in certain ways to avoid giving that love to yourself, you will put your sense of security in someone else. Draw upon your own inner-resources to offer love, attention, and nurturance to yourself when you need it. Then you can let love come to you instead of putting expectations on what it needs to look like.
     
    Love should be like breathing. It should be just a quality in you – wherever you are, with whomsoever you are, or even if you are alone, love goes on overflowing from you. It is not a question of being in love with someone – it is a question of being love. Osho
    #behealthybelove
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    The Amazing Benefits of Outdoor Workouts!

    Nature HEALS!

    Hey Juicers! Spring has finally sprung and a great way to celebrate the season is by getting out of the gym and into nature! 

    "Spending time in nature has been linked to improved attention spans (short and long term), boosts in serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) and shows increased activity in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, emotional stability, and love (whereas urban environments do the same for fear and anxiety)." Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Plus, you'll not only boost your calorie burn, you'll hit muscles you won't reach with gym machines.  

    Here are a few of our favourite outdoor exercises!  
    Park Bench Push-Up Trio
    Targets chest and shoulders
    First, put your feet on the park bench and your hands on the ground, belly down. Do 10 push-ups this way. Then switch and put your feet on the ground and your arms on the bench. Do 10 more this way. End with 10 regular push-ups completely on the ground.
    Park-Bench Dip
     
    Targets triceps, shoulders, core
    Sit on a bench and place your hands on either side of your hips. Slide your butt forward, supporting yourself with your hands. Bend elbows, bringing upper arms almost parallel to ground, then return to starting position. Keep lower back close to the bench throughout the exercise. Complete 12 to 15 reps.
    Park Bench Step-Ups
    Targets abs and arms
    Keeping your right foot on a bench, step up and down with your left foot, bringing your leg to your chest. Then keep your left foot on the bench, and do the same with the right foot to complete the set. Repeat 20 times.
    Tightrope Walk

    Targets Calves, Quads, Core

    Find a curb or fallen tree with a smooth surface that is at least 6 feet long. Raise arms out to sides and walk across the "tightrope" until you reach the end (or go at least 6 feet). Turn on the balls of your feet; walk in the opposite direction. Continue for 3 minutes.

    In today’s age of high technology, research shows that our hunger for the natural world still endures. In fact, our connections with nature could just be the best medicine for people of all ages—improving our health, happiness, and well-being.
    #behealthybehappy!
    Sources: http://appalachiantrials.com/scientifically-supported-reasons-get-outside/
    http://news.health.com/2014/09/29/health-benefits-of-nature/
    http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/lose-weight/total-body/outdoor-workouts-30-minutes/
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    Veganism 101: Iron. Are you getting enough?

    One of the first questions vegans and vegetarians get asked (after where do you get your protein) is "how do you make sure you get enough iron in your diet?"
    At a glance:
    Iron is an essential mineral required to maintain good health 
    Iron is found in every cell and has the following main functions:
    Formation of red blood cells
    Cofactor of enzymes and other proteins involved
    Transports oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body.
    If you don’t get enough iron you may feel tired and not have the energy to do the things you want to do. You may also look pale, be irritable and have trouble concentrating. Since iron is critical for brain development, a lack of iron may lower children’s ability to learn.

    How much iron you need depends on your gender, age, and (for women) how heavy your period is.  

    Recommended Dietary Allowance Iron intake (in mg per day)

    Life Stage

    Males

    Females

    7 to 12 months

    11

    11

    1 to 3 years

    7

    7

    4 to 8 years

    10

    10

    9 to 13 years

    8

    8

    14 to 18 years

    11

    15

    19 to 50 years

    8

    18

    51 years and over

    8

    8

    Pregnancy

     

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    Iron comes in two forms: heme and non-heme. Heme, which makes up about 40% of the iron in animal foods, is easily absorbed by the body. Vegan diets contain only non-heme, which is less readily absorbed. And so the concern: 
    Are vegans and vegetarians at risk for iron deficiency?
    The Short Answer: NO
    In fact, what the research has shown is that there is much more to this picture. Plants have nonheme iron, which is more absorbable when the body is low in iron and less absorbable when the body already has enough iron. This allows the body to regulate its iron balance. On the other hand, meats have heme iron, which barges right into your bloodstream whether you need it or not. The problem is that many people have too much iron stored in their bodies. Excess iron can spark the production of free radicals that accelerate aging, increase the risk of heart disease and cause other problems.  
    SO a high absorption rate is not necessarily a good thing as the body has no mechanism for disposing of excess iron. In other words, iron from plant foods is more beneficial to the body because its absorption remains safely regulated. Whereas iron from animal sources can accumulate to levels which could be harmful. As well, there is no research that shows that vegans or vegetarians suffer higher rates of iron deficient conditions than the rest of the population. (See the footnote at the end of this post for the science behind these claims)
    Maximizing Absorption:
    The absorption of iron is affected by the presence of other foods in the gut. Calcium, tannins, phenols (found in chocolate, tea and coffee), proteins, for example in cow’s milk and egg, all have a tendency to hinder the absorption of iron. Phytates (phytic acid) found in grains, bread and pasta also have a similar effect. 
     
     
    Vitamin C - ascorbic acid - helps to increase the absorption of iron and, in particular, the non-heme form of iron prevalent in the vegan and vegetarian diet. To increase your iron absorption substitute your morning cup of tea or coffee with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. If you are concerned about low iron levels, try to combine vitamin C-containing foods with your iron-rich meal.  
    As always, it is important to consult your physician and a simple blood test will tell you where your iron stores are at.
    But the take – away here is that most people can get their iron needs met by eating a healthy whole food plant based nutrient rich diet.  
     
     #beHappybeHealthy
    The footnote:
    Although vegetarians have lower iron stores, adverse health effects have not been demonstrated with varied vegetarian diets in developed countries. In fact, moderately lower iron stores reduce the risk of some chronic diseases (Hunt, 2003). It is well known that many meat eaters are oversupplied with iron, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and certain cancers (Leitzmann, 2005).
    Hunt, J.R. 2003. Bioavailability of iron, zinc, and other trace minerals from vegetarian diets. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 78 (3) 633S-639S.
    Leitzmann C., 2005. Vegetarian diets: what are the advantages? Forum on Nutrition. (57) 147-156).

      Iron Content of Selected Vegan Foods can be found here: 

       http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.php

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