Dans le Jus / organic

Re-Juice Into Gear and Chase Away Those Winter Blues!

We made it through December, the cheesy Christmas music, the shopping frenzy, the Hanukkah guilt (what you call Gelt). We toasted the New Year, hoped for the best and are well into breaking our resolutions. Even Valentine’s day has passed us by, leaving the usual causalities (Yes, I ate 6 red velvet cupcakes by myself while the cats silently judged). And so we find ourselves in late February, sinking in slushy pools or slipping on the ice, the cars are dirty, the roads are a nightmare, the snow never seems to stop, and it’s cold, as a matter of fact, it is “frette en criss” cold!!!

Even our beloved Habs cannot make up for this weather…
You got it my friends, 'tis the season to be…FED UP!
Lucky for you, we here at Rejuice have been busy in our juicy labs combing the research for the best ways to re-gear and beat those Winter Blues: 
Follow the Swiss and Frilyftsliv!

People from Sweden and Norway hold the act of connecting with nature in the highest esteem, a philosophy known in those parts as “friluftsliv”. Those who want to experience “friluftsliv” spend a lot of time outdoors, immersing themselves in the landscape and admiring the splendor of nature, no matter the temperature. Getting outside and connecting with the natural environment will help ease a moderate case of SAD because it will give you an appreciation of the climate and elements of the cold season.
Indulge in some Raw Organic Dark Chocolate!

Treat yourself to some rich, dark chocolate, it helps boost serotonin levels easily when eaten in moderation. Serotonin is known as the “feel-good hormone” and is produced when the body is exposed to sunlight, but chocolate makes for a sweet substitute.

And most importantly…. Juice Away Your Blues!

New studies show that fresh fruits and vegetables contain powerful mood elevators that promote mental and emotional health without the side effects of medication. Leafy greens such as spinach and kale, and root vegetables, like beets and carrots, are packed with the “happy minerals” like magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. These guys help regulate stress related hormones and bolster immunity.
Eat well, feel better!
We can’t predict when winter will end. It kind’a makes us feel like Bill Murray in “Groundhog day”! And we swear sometimes it’s snowing HORIZONTALLY. So while we shovel out our cars, and tighten our scarves, our best advice – embrace the season, spend time doing what you love with the people that warm your heart! Most of all #beHappybeHealthy
Spring is right around the corner!
XO Rejuice
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Keep Calm and Go Organic!

3 great reasons Rejuice uses organic produce, and why you should too!

The number one reason people tend to avoid organic produce is price. These consumers are not convinced that the benefits outweigh the cost. Our hope is that after reading the following, you may find that there is a much dearer cost to your health, your families, and the planets, in opting for conventionally farmed produce.

Before we begin, note that when we say organic, we mean farming practices that rely on crop rotation, compost, biological pest control and that excludes synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators or hormones, livestock antibiotics, food additives, and genetically modified organisms. As opposed to conventional farming practices that not only utilize all the above practices but that are heavily dependent on pesticides. The sad reality is that even the inactive ingredients in herbicide and pesticide brands have been found to be just as toxic, if not more so, than the active ingredients, and these ingredients aren’t tested for human health impacts before being released.

 

There are many reasons we can give you why organic is better, but we are counting down our top 3 reasons:

 

  1. Organic Food Contains More Nutrients! The facts: According to a recent study by the Globe and Mail and CTV Newsof the nutrient quality of fruit and vegetables, compared to 50years ago, today’s regular fruit and vegetables contain dramatically less vitamins and minerals. The average potato has lost 100% of its vitamin A, 57% of its vitamin C and iron, 28% of its calcium, 50% of its riboflavin, and 18% of its thiamin. Similar results applied to 24 other fruits and vegetables. For broccoli, all seven nutrients fell, including a 63% decrease in calcium and a 34% decrease in iron. In April 2001, a US study examined 41 comparisons of the nutrient levels in organic and regular foods. In every case, the organic crops had higher nutrient levels - 27% more vitamin C, 29% more iron, 14% more phosphorus. At the June 2001 meeting  of the American Chemical Society, a chemistry professor reported that organic oranges contained up to 30% more vitamin C than regular oranges, even though they are half the size. (Conventional orange trees are fed nitrogen fertilizer, causing the fruit to absorb more water, which makes them bigger.) In a French study, a cancer specialist studying the nutrient qualities of food grown in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France showed that for the twelve foods where his study is complete, the organic foods showed increased quantities of vitamins A, C, E, and the B group, increased elements such as zinc, increased minerals such as calcium, and increased fibre.

 

  1. Organic Farming Protects the Climate and Wildlife! The facts: Organic soil is full of living creatures, which carry carbon. In soil experiments across the globe, organically managed plots stored muchmore carbon than the conventional plots. In the Broadbalkexperiment, soil fertility increased by 120% in the manured plots, versus 20% in the chemical plots. The same results occurred in the Swiss experiment. A study in California’s Central Valley showed that as well as producing similar yields and suffering similar pest damage, organically managed fields produced 28% more organic carbon. By storing more carbon in the soil, organic farmers help to stop global climate change. A report by Britain’s Soil Association shows that wildlife is substantially richer and more varied on organic than on conventional farms. A typical organic field has five times as many wild plants, 57% more species, and 44% more birds in cultivated areas than a regular farm. Two 1996 studies show that organic farms have twice as many skylarks, and twice as many butterflies. Every time we eat an organic lettuce or tomato, we help restore wildlife.

And the #1 reason: 

Organic Food is Safer: The facts: Farmers in Canada, Kansas and Nebraska who use the pesticide 2,4-D suffer a higher rate of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a cancer). The same applies to dogs that play on lawns that have been sprayed. In Sweden, exposure to phenoxy herbicides has been shown to increase the risk of contracting lymphomas six-fold. In the US, the death rates from myeloma (a cancer) are highest in rural farming areas18. And so it goes on. Migrant farmworkers suffer an abnormally high rate of multiple myeloma, stomach, prostate and testicular cancer. Organic farming carries none of these risks. There is a strong association between breast cancer and exposure to chemical pesticides. Atrazine, a common ingredient in pesticides, causes breast cancer in rats, chromosomal breakdown in the ovaries of hamsters, and hind-limb deformities in frogs. A Finnish study showed that women whose breasts stored the highest levels of a lindane-like residue were ten times more likely to have breast cancer than women with lower levels. (Lindane is a pesticide). 

We can end all this by shifting to organic food. We can be healthier. Our children can be healthier. Our farmers and farm workers can be healthier. Frogs, worms, butterflies, skylarks and the soil itself can be healthier. All that it takes is to turn away from chemically grown food, and embrace organic food

                                                                                                                       Guy Dauncey

 

#behappybehealthy

 

The information above all comes from Ten Reasons why Organic Food is better by Guy Dauncey. You can read the original article here: http://www.earthfuture.com/earth/cg-tenreasonsorganic.asp Guy Dauncey is the author of Earthfuture: Stories from a Sustainable World (ecotopian short stories, summer reading!) and Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change, winner of a Nautilus Award at the New York Book Expo (New Society Publishers). He lives in Victoria. www.earthfuture.com. First published in Common Ground Magazine, August 2002

Other sources: Rhodes, Nick Organic Farming for Wildlife on Kansas Farms Published: Spring/Summer Issue – My Wildlife Magazine

 

 

 

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