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The Secret Ingredient Part 2: All about the PH!

Our bodies are amazing! They are self regulating machines and if given the proper fuel and rest they will perform brilliantly for us.  We have organs and systems in place to keep the body in a state of balance - constantly taking in the nutrients we need and filtering the waste and toxins from our system. It’s incredible when you stop and consider how hard your body is always working to sustain and maintain your overall health.
And while the body includes a number of organ systems that are adept at neutralizing and eliminating excess acid, but there is a limit to how much acid even a healthy body can cope with effectively. 
If you have been anywhere near a juice bar or health food store in the past 10 years you have probably heard the term “alkaline”
Here (via Kriss Karr) is a breakdown of the whole acid-alkaline balance for the uninitiated :
The body maintains a delicate acid-alkaline balance. Everything from healthy cells to cancer cells to soil quality and ocean life is affected by pH. The term pH stands for “potential hydrogen” which is the measure of hydrogen ions in a particular solution. In our case, that “solution” refers to our body’s fluids and tissues. As with most health-related barometers, balance is everything. Proper pH varies throughout your body for many reasons. Saliva is more alkaline, while your urine is normally more acidic, especially in the morning. In addition, your body regularly deals with naturally occurring acids that are the by-products of respiration, metabolism, cellular breakdown and exercise. So clearly the goal is not to think of acid as “bad” and alkaline “good.” 
By far the most important measurement is your blood. For optimal cellular health, your blood pH must be slightly alkaline with a pH between 7.365 and 7.45. Our bodies are programmed to maintain this range no matter what, since even the slightest dip or rise in pH can have seriously dangerous consequences. Now here’s the possible problem: The Standard American Diet (SAD) is rife with acidic substances and foods—meat, dairy, highly processed food products and refined sugar. Environmental toxins can be acidic, too, and sadly, those are pretty hard to avoid. Most folks are shovelin’ in the acid multiple times per day with tons of sugar, processed foods, factory farmed animal products, etc. One of the biggest pitfalls of the SAD is the toll it takes on the body, especially the digestive system, liver, and kidneys. Inflammation, allergies, arthritis, skin problems, constipation, bowel issues, stress (physical & mental) and chronic disease LOVE this diet. Excess acidity also sets the stage for bad bacteria (like yeast and fungus) and even viruses that wreak havoc on our health.
We can potentially tilt the pH scale in the alkaline direction with a diet filled with mineral-rich plant foods. By eating a more alkaline diet (leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, avocados, green juices and smoothies) as opposed to an acidic diet (high in animal products, processed carbs, refined sugar, energy drinks, etc), we flood our bodies with alkalinity, vitamins and other nutrients. Healthy food creates healthy cells. Conversely, junk goes in and junk comes out. 
Rejuice is an alkaline food dispenser. Aside from our cold pressed organic juices, smoothies, and salads, our dressings and sauces are especially formulated to help maintain the healthy acid/alkaline balance you need to be at your best.  
Our motto “Don’t make your body work hard to maintain its pH balance”
 Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
One of our favorite ingredients found in our salad dressings and sauces is Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. This unpasteurized organic apple cider that contains protein enzymes, which give the vinegar a cloudy appearance. These live cultures help alkalize the body, and like probiotics, replenish beneficial bacteria that crowd out yeast. Even though vinegar is acidic, when we take apple cider vinegar it has an alkaline effect in our bodies. The fact that apple cider vinegar causes our pH levels to become more alkaline could play a large part in it’s curative properties. It also reacts to some toxins in our bodies, converting them into less toxic substances. Our bodies need a slightly alkaline pH balance to be healthy 
Apple cider vinegar is said to be a natural remedy for many ailments. In 400 B.C.E Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) knew about apple cider vinegar’s antibiotic properties and recommended it to his patients for its healing properties. Since then it’s been valued by many cultures right up to modern times. 
Tahini
Raw organic Tahini is our dipping sauce of choice for our wraps and it is also the main ingredient in our Tastu sauce that accompanies our dragon bowl. This is because Tahini is easily digestible because its high alkaline mineral content neutralizes the acid end products of the protein. Because of its non-acid nature, tahini is an ideal protein source for people with weak digestive systems, invalids and young children, and is an excellent source of quick energy for active people and athletes. Tahini is also a good source of essential fatty acids (EFA), these EFA’s are used in helping to maintain healthy skin. It is a great source of vitamin E which helps to reduce the rate of ageing in body cells. Tahini is one of the highest sources of methionine, an essential amino acid, and also contains lecithin, which reduces the levels of fat in the blood and also protects against environmental toxins such as nicotine.
 
We like it RAW
There are two main types of tahini, hulled and unhulled. Hulled tahini does not contain as much calcium, protein and vitamins as unhulled. Raw tahini contains more nutrients than roasted tahini. 
Tahini contains all the essential amino acids, making it a high quality protein, plus it is rich in calcium, lecithin and B vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15. B Vitamins play an essential part in the running of the body. They promote healthy cell growth and division, including that of red blood cells, which will help prevent anemia. They also support and increase the rate of metabolism, enhance immune and nervous system function as well as helping to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone. Recent studies have also shown that Vitamin B can help protect against one of the most deadly forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer, but only when consumed in food.
Calcium is an essential mineral for forming and maintaining healthy bones. “Our key finding is that higher total calcium intake is associated with a decreased risk of digestive system cancers,” said Dr. Yikyung Park, a cancer epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute. In fact the findings showed that high calcium intake was associated with a reduced overall cancer risk especially amongst women. Tahini has a higher concentration of calcium than any other food.
A Balanced Diet
Eat a diet of 60-80% alkaline-forming foods and 20-40% acid-forming foods.
 
 
 
In addition to including more raw organic apply cider vinegar and tahini in your diet here are two easy ways you can begin to support pH balance now:
  1. Start your day with a tall glass of lemon water and stay hydrated.
    While lemons are acidic in their natural form, lemon water is alkaline-forming in the body. Drench your cells in alkalinity each morning with two cups of lukewarm, filtered water with ¼ fresh-squeezed lemon. Yes, there are fancy (and expensive) water ionizers out there, but you can also alkalize your water by simply adding lemon.
  2. Eat more raw foods and drink green juices and smoothies.
    Leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, certain fruits, nuts and seeds, certain grains and seaweeds flood our bodies with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and phytonutrients—and alkalinity. Unhealthy cells (like cancer cells) or viruses, bacteria and other nasty microorganisms hate oxygen. They prefer an acidic diet high in animal products, processed and refined foods, and synthetic chemicals.
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The Secret Ingredient Part 1: Keep it Short & Sweet

A healthy happy lifestyle is all about choices; choosing to surround yourself with loving people; choosing to see the good and if necessary, to help make things better; choosing to keep active, and perhaps most importantly; choosing which foods to put into your body. 
There is a saying: with every bite of food you are either feeding disease or fighting it. 
While for our taste this sentiment is a little extreme (our stomachs are not a battleground), nutrition does play a major role in our overall health. That is why we are committed to using food that heals & tastes delicious. Food that makes you healthy & happy! In this ongoing series we will explain the rationale behind our choice of ingredients. In this post we discuss the sweet stuff!
We all know now that sugar is not our friend. It can have harmful effects on metabolism and contribute to all sorts of diseases. (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/4/899.short). 
And, just because a food is labeled “vegan” or “organic” does not immediately mean it is good for you. Many vegan branded cookies, cakes, dressing, and meals are loaded with “organic” sugars including pure, refined, cane, unrefined, evaporated, brown, and most misleading of all agave nectar! 
This is what we have been able to round up about agave by reading through various published studies and expert blogs.
First off:

The sweetener sold as Agave nectar is NOT truly “nectar” – it is a refined, processed sweetener made from Agave nectar.

Agave in its highly processed form consists of undesirable chemical reactions that involve free radicals… that is, molecules with unstable electrons. This process destroys all of the health promoting properties of the Agave plant, and instead produces the concentrated syrup available on store shelves that is falsely claimed to be healthy. The manufacturing process is similar to how other unhealthy sweeteners are made, such as High Fructose Corn Syrup.
The end product is a highly refined, unhealthy syrup. Agave nectar is about 85% fructose, which is much higher than plain sugar  (source http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf3027342)
The only good kind of processed agave is the fermented kind aka TEQUILA! 
Even good old jump on the bandwagon Dr. OZ recounted his recommendation on agave:
"Over the past few months, I’ve become increasingly concerned about a sweetener that I’ve recommended on my show in the past. After careful consideration of the available research, today I’m asking you to eliminate agave from your kitchen and your diet. Here’s why.
We used to think that because agave has a low-glycemic index and doesn’t spike your blood sugar like regular sugar does, it would be a good alternative for diabetics. But it turns out that although agave doesn’t contain a lot of glucose, it contains more fructose than any other common sweetener, including high-fructose corn syrup. Initially, we thought moderate amounts of fructose weren’t unhealthy, but now we know better."
At Rejuice, the only non whole food sweeteners we use are Maple Syrup & Raw Unpasteurized Honey. 
Why? Because honey and maple syrup are minimally refined – what you buy is pretty close to what you’d find in nature. And these 2 are loaded with nutritional benefits and when used in small amounts are healthy alternatives to agave and other processed sweeteners. 
Honey:
Honey naturally contains nutrients and enzymes that have a variety of health benefits and medical uses. Perhaps that’s why it has been used as a folk remedy throughout history. However, these health benefits are specific to unpasteurized honey.
Raw honey contains antioxidants called phenolic compounds. Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals (found in agave).
Phytonutrients provide both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, which help you maintain good health. Because honey is made from plants, it also has phytonutrients. These valuable nutrients are unique to raw honey and disappear when honey is heavily processed. 
Maple Syrup:
When used in appropriate amounts, maple syrup's nutritional benefits can include the ability to lower inflammation, supply nutrients and better manage blood sugar. 
Several studies have found that maple syrup is a decent source of antioxidants. One study found 24 different antioxidant substances in maple syrup  (http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/publications?id=28297 ) Antioxidants are substances that can neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative damage, potentially lowering the risk of some diseases.
Rejuice Recommendation: Agave is best shot in a bar, with good friends, preferably while celebrating the opening of the new hot yoga studio down the street. 
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Cold Buster! Ginger, Lemon, Cayenne!

THE COLD BUSTER
Imagine! Just 3 simple ingredients combine to make a shot that is so full of antioxidants and vitamins, it gives you energy, regulates your blood sugar, provides relief from pain, nausea, and indigestion, strengthens your immunity, contains antiviral properties, and can help you lose weight!
The combination of Ginger+Lemon+Cayenne cleanse, detoxify and boost metabolism. 

All three contain immune supportive properties. Lemon, cayenne and ginger all contain antioxidants, which boost the immune system and protect from free radicals -- a cause of aging that can even lead to cancer over time. The high vitamin C content in lemons and their antiviral properties boost immunity to colds and the flu, or help you get over them faster.

Finally, this shot will wake you up in the morning or give you an energy boost whenever you drink it, thanks to the stimulating aroma of lemon combined with the thermogenic effects of capsaicin and ginger that increase blood circulation.

Some specifics: While we can write pages on these ingredients and their benefits, listed below are a few highlights:

Lemons

Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C and Potassium.  Lemon aids in liver detox and alkalizes the body.  Lemon juice is also a mild diuretic, so adding it to your water is going to help flush out toxins.

Cayenne  Pepper

Cayenne Pepper is also known for raising the body's temperature and regulating blood sugar along with stimulating the circulatory system and aiding digestion.

 Ginger 

Ginger detoxifies and disinfects the body. Ginger is a powerful immune booster, warming the body and ridding the lungs and sinuses of toxins. Ginger has anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. Research has shown that these compounds can also protect against diseases, such as ovarian, prostate and colon cancer.

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Bottled is Better! Here's Why.....

There’s juice and there’s cold pressed juice! 
 Cold pressed juice contains up to 5X more vitamins, minerals, and enzymes!  There’s no better quality, better tasting, nor nutrient rich way to extract juice from produce! 
Our fresh organic produce is cold pressed and immediately bottled to ensure a 72 hour shelf life. Nothing processed, pasteurized or refined! No HPP (High Pressured pasteurization that extends the shelf life to more than 30 days)
Most juice bars use a conventional “centrifugal juicer,” a high-speed spinning blade that separates the juice from the pulp. This process creates a lot of friction, which in turn creates high heat, and oxidation, destroying vital nutrients and living enzymes.
At Rejuice, we use a Norwalk juicer. The tremendous pressure exerted by the Norwalk Hydraulic Press gently and completely extracts the natural fruit sugars, vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes, and other vital elements.  All the while, minimal amounts of friction heat, or oxidation occur. The Cold Press makes for one vitamin packed, super juice!
We are not cutting corners - the process of cold pressing is labor intensive but it’s well worth it!
We are deeply passionate about providing our clients with the most nutritious juice on the planet! After all, we feed it to ourselves and our families! We cold press our juice so we can deliver FRESH RAW ORGANIC LIVING JUICE in every bottle!
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All about that Grass! The Origins and Benefits of Wheatgrass!

 
Wheatgrass Juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available today. Dr. Birscher, a research scientist, called chlorophyll “concentrated sun power.” He said, “chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs.” However, to get the full benefit, the chlorophyll must come fresh from a living plant. That is why Rejuice fresh presses the juice from the living plant as you order.  
Where does wheatgrass come from?
Its origins can be tracked back to more than 5000 years ago. Back then, Egyptians allegedly considered the young wheat shoots sacred and readily consumed them for the positive effects they had on their health and vitality. Wheatgrass has also been used for thousands of years in India, as part of Ayurvedic medicine. It’s popularity hit the Western world back in the 1930s, thanks to Charles F. Schnabel, an agricultural chemist who used the fresh cut grass to nurse dying chickens back to health. What’s particularly amazing is that the sick hens consuming it not only recovered, but also started laying an egg almost everyday instead of every three days – basically increasing their egg production three fold! About two decades later, wheatgrass was brought back into the spotlight by Ann Wigmore, an ordinary woman who consumed it, in combination with other various weeds, to heal herself of colon cancer. She went on to found the Hippocrates Health Institute, where her use of wheatgrass as a key food both popularized its use and spurred continued interest in the young grass.
Read on to discover 7 amazing benefits of consuming wheatgrass on a regular basis
1. Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
2. Chlorophyll contains enzymes and super- oxide dismutase, a copper-containing protein found in mature red blood cells. This enzyme decomposes superoxide radicals in the body into a more manageable form, thereby helping to slow down the aging process.
3. Wheatgrass seems to have some positive effects on blood sugar levels. In animal studies, it increased both insulin production and sensitivity and, overall, helped the body be more efficient at dealing with glucose. These are definitely interesting findings since better regulation of blood glucose can help balance your energy levels and curb food cravings, both of which can have a direct impact on your waistline and overall wellbeing.
4. Wheatgrass juice can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.
5. Wheatgrass juice is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open because it is high in magnesium and fiber.
6. Science has shown that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.
7. Drink wheatgrass juice for skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis. 
What our wheatgrass juicing clients tell us is that they feel an increase in strength and endurance, renewed health and an overall sense of well-being. You can't get much better than that! Of course, wheatgrass alone won't be effective if your overall diet is full of overly processed/deep fried/factory farmed food. It is just one essential part of an overall healthy lifestyle!
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