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Organic! Inside and Out!

Rejuice & Annie Young Cosmetiques: A Perfect Combination
Last week we blogged about how great skin comes from a healthy diet. We really believe you are what you eat! Your skin is your largest organ, so it is important to also be mindful of the kinds of make-up and skincare products you use.  Conventional make up and skincare lines are full of chemicals, some proven carcinogens, that can disrupt our endocrine systems, and have been linked to Alzheimers and other diseases. (Check our link at bottom for more info) One of the key rules for makeup, and any beauty product, is basic and straightforward:
if you can’t eat it, don’t wear it!
At Rejuice we love all natural products that help us look our best. And nothing is more fun than a make-over! We visited our neighbor Annie Young Cosmetiques and received the royal treatment by Sharleen Young who made over our lovely juicermeister Dana using chemical free, organic make-up. 
Sharleen applying make up from the rms and ILIA lines. Just two of the organic skincare lines Annie Young Cosmetiques carries
The final result: Stunning!!!!
 
Sharleen Young and Dana Barrington
We are so happy to have Annie Young Cosmetiques as our neighbour on Sherbrooke (they are located at 4908 Sherbrooke West). It is great to see more people stocking products free from harmful chemicals and that are also not tested on animals. Sharleen sees the demand growing: "there are many people out there that are ingredient driven and when they discover that we carry organic products in the boutique they are very happy to have a place like this in Montreal" 
For a complete list of their skincare products, information on make up courses, and the  wide range of services they offer visit: http://annieyoung.com
And even 5 hours later, serving up smoothies and juices, and no touch ups, Dana still looks fresh and lovely thanks to Annie Young's amazing make-up! 
#behealthybebeautiful
visit: http://annieyoung.com

Informative article and 10 toxic beauty ingredients to avoid:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-cunningham/dangerous-beauty-products_b_4168587.html

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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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    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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      Part 3: Revive the Spirit: The Benefits of a Spiritual Cleanse

       
      To us this is the hardest part. Why? It is not just about watching what you eat, although that is a challenge, or finding forgiveness for yourself and others, a task that can take a lifetime, it is about seeing the bigger picture. To constantly be pushing beyond the limits of your vision, your perspective, and most importantly, and probably the most difficult part, to TRUST the unknown. 
      Often we feel like grains of sands balancing on a scale, the lightest shift in weight and we can easily become unbalanced. The task is to be more like the scale, the one who holds the balance of a life that is, at its essence, unpredictable. 
       
      To be able to take that leap of faith into the unknown. Without that leap, nothing happens. Ships are not meant to stay in harbors, they are meant to explore everything the sea has to offer.
      There is a great poem by Antonio Machado that goes…
      Mankind owns four things
      That are no good at sea:
      Rudder, anchor, oars,
      And the fear of going down.
      Fear. This is not an easy thing to overcome. So don’t. Just live with it. At Rejuice we subscribe to the 80/20 rule in all things. Perfection is a trap. You learn to walk by falling down. You are allowed to indulge, you are welcome to take that nap, to eat a piece of cake, to scream if you need to, what we wish for you, for us, is the courage to be afraid and do it anyways. To TRUST that there is something greater than our own needs, our balancing acts. That at the heart of our green revolution is LOVE.
       
      Grasp it. Hold on to it. It is all there for you. You are that pure energy. You are a force of nature.  
      Suggested Steps to Revive!
      What follows are practices. Do them each day, each hour, each minute if that is what it takes. The only way to discover which practices work for you is to do them. 
      Meditation. Meditation, prayer or contemplation is an important part of any spiritual tradition. It is the time to turn your focus inward while simultaneously expanding your consciousness beyond a sense of ‘self’ that encompasses everyone and everything.  
      Self-awareness. You can use meditation to become self-aware, but on a daily basis, the way you think, speak and act is important to recognize. Your sense of self is often defined by how other people treat you – yet this is not the real you! The real you – the soul, or higher self – can never be ugly, unlovable, stupid, unwanted, etc. When you’re aware of how you think and speak about yourself, you will be amazed at how your thoughts and language center on separateness instead of oneness.
      Become non-attached. Don’t mistake non-attachment for not caring and not loving. You can love unconditionally, and care deeply, without the neediness that comes with being attached to something. Attachment causes suffering because you fear loss. Remember, while nothing physical is permanent, consciousness is. Imagine loving something without “owning” it. Imagine a never-ending bond between you and someone you love, whether you are in physical proximity of each other or not.
      Accept change. Everything is changing constantly. Nothing will ever be as it was a moment ago. Don’t assume that change is bad. Things change, and how you perceive them determines whether you see them as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Set your intentions on seeing good; feeling good; experiencing good.
      Be curious and see the world from multiple perspectives. Look at the world with the curious eyes of a child – who does not judge or criticize, but who sees the good and the wonder in everything. Delight in your creations and in the creations of others. See the blessings in every difficulty and the joys in every sorrow. See “what is” from other points of view that will open your mind.
      Be present-focused; be here, now, instead of allowing life to pass you by while your thoughts are stuck in the past or wandering in the future. NOW is when you create your future!  
      We shall not cease from our exploration
      And the end of all our exploring
      Will be to arrive where we started 
      And know the place for the first time
      -- T.S Eliot
       #beHappybeHealthy

       

      Suggested steps comes from http://www.loveorabove.com/blog/spiritual-growth/

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      Renew, Recharge, Revive into Spring : A 3 Part Series on Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit!

       

      At Rejuice, we believe that a healthy lifestyle incorporates all three elements – body, mind, and spirit. In fact, you can down as much green juice as you like, be able to arm balance like a Yogi, but if you live in a state of fear, anger, and sadness more than you embrace this one beautiful life you are given, then you are not reaping all the benefits from your otherwise healthy lifestyle.
      It is with this in mind that we begin our 3 part cleansing series with tips to emotionally cleanse and heal from the inside out.   
      Part 1: Renew the Mind: The Benefits of an Emotional Cleanse.
       
      It is now a well-known scientific fact that a placebo like a sugar pill can put a person into a deep sleep as effectively as a tranquilizer, if that person “thinks” they are getting the real thing. And research studies also reveal the link between anger and heart disease[1], and the role that emotions play in a person’s recovery. What all this adds up to is that our bodies are print outs of our minds. And what we think and feel is just as, if not more important than, what we consume. Take a simple example : If you bite into a lemon, the juice instantly makes your mouth water as salivary glands under your tongue start secreting enzymes and triggering digestion. But what happens if you just visualize a lemon? Scientists checked this out and found that the same salivary enzymes are produced, even though there is nothing to digest! 
      Magic? 
      Nope – it's the power of our minds! 
      The bottom line is this, the messages sent from the brain are more important than the physical presence of food or a pill. And every thought we think is being translated in our biology. According to Dr. Madan Bali, PhD, “The intelligence of the body expresses itself in only two ways  - thought or molecule. Like the thought of fear that creates stress hormones, likewise feelings of happiness can create a happy or healing molecule.”
      So the million dollar question is this “What is on your mind?” What kinds of thoughts consume you – is it worry, anxiety, frustration, grief, anger? For most of us, the bad thoughts outweigh the good. Being stressed, sad, or angry is a normal part of life, and it is healthy to feel the full spectrum of emotions. Every one of us reels from emotional stress from time to time. It’s when emotions go unchecked that mental, and even physical, problems can arise.
      After a long, hard winter it feels great to release any pent up emotions or frustrations that may have accumulated along with the snow, or perhaps it is time for you to release grudges, heal friendships, and find forgiveness. In the spirit of spring cleaning, here are our favourite methods (from Natural News writer Mike Bundrant) that can get rid of the clutter of old wounds, dust off those hurt feelings, and reveal your inner glow, that warm renewing light, the kind that comes from finding true peace within.  
      Recipe for an Emotional Cleanse
      The recipe will call to mind specific people and events and ask you to take certain actions, always erring on the mature expression of your emotions, rather than an immature expression. 
      Cleanse anger
      Identify the people at whom you are angry. Once identified, the recipe calls for you to write down the mature expression of your issue (not the immature one). Once you are clear on your adult position on the issue, the road forward will be obvious. 
      Cleanse guilt
      Identify people you have wronged and of whom you need to ask forgiveness. Identify specifically what you did or how you acted poorly toward each person and what, if any, restitution you feel is appropriate. Make plans to act on your insights.
      Cleanse negative memories you are holding onto
      Write a list of negative memories that still bother you. Once you have your list, review each memory completely and from a distance. Imagine you are viewing the memory as a neutral observer from a safe and comfortable distance. Ask yourself what there is to learn from each memory. Record your thoughts.
      Cleanse self-criticism
      Notice the specific words you use to criticize yourself. Take a paper and pencil and write the words self-criticism at the top. Then, write down all the phrases the come to mind that you use to beat yourself up. Don't censor yourself. Review each phrase, curious about its origins. Next, completely clear your mind by listening passively but intently to some mundane sound in your immediate environment (the sound of a refrigerator motor, a fan, the hum of your computer of the distant traffic). Once you are settled and clear, throw the paper away.
      Develop resources
      Finally, immerse yourself in a positive memory, seeing what you saw at the time, hearing what you heard and feeling what you felt. Imagine many, many more of these positive memories being scattered into your future. By ending on a positive note and casting positivity into your future, you set the stage for good things to come. Positive expectations and optimism are linked to health and longevity.
      The moral of the story: Take charge of your emotional health. Consciously process your emotions. Don't allow stress to dictate your state of being. When this happens, your mind and body become a habitat in which disease is more likely to flourish. This is a proven fact. 
      If you cannot complete the emotional cleanse on your own, get some help and support in the process. It is that important. 
      Stay tuned for Part 2: Recharge the Body: The Benefits of a Physical Cleanse
      #beHappybeHealthy
      [1] One Harvard study of 1,305 men with an average age of 62 revealed that the angriest men were three times more likely to develop heart disease than the most placid ones.
      Mike Bundrant is co-founder of the iNLP Center and host of Mental Health Exposed, a Natural News Radio program.
       Dr.Bali can be found at http://yogabliss.ca/
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