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Reclaim your SPRING! by Ingrid Zimmer, nd

Reclaim your SPRING!  We’re so thrilled to welcome back our guest blogger and new neighbour Ingrid Zimmer, nd who talks about  attaining your health and wellness goals as SPRING’s splendour surrounds us.

Ever feel that you’ve lost that extra SPRING in your step?  Spending a few months in our Canadian winter makes sticking to our health and fitness goals beyond challenging.  We crave comfort food, spend way too much time indoors in hibernation mode and ultimately pack on a few extra pounds.

SPRING is all about renewal and rebirth.  Who can help but be totally intoxicated by the smell of flowers blooming, the feel of the sun on your skin and the sight of all the beautiful colors that nature has to offer.  We, as humans, are but a microcosm of what takes place in the universe.

As plant cells regenerate and grow anew, so do the cells in our body.  Our cells and by extension, our bodies, crave the opportunity to be healthy.  How do we get there? How do we help our bodies do what they are meant to do during these inspiring SPRING months?

I know what you are thinking – cleanse and detox!  Absolutely! Doing a balanced, supervised cleanse or detox for a pre-determined period of time rids your body of accumulated toxins that lead to inflammation causing any one of the following symptoms:  weight gain, brain fog, allergies, fatigue, poor digestion and headaches to name but a few.  

 A cleanse or detox is a great way to reset and to jumpstart any long term changes we are looking to make.  The truth is, health and wellness should be incorporated into your day to day.  It’s a LIFESTYLE.  It’s all about balance and, in reality, finding what works for your own body and mind.  Let nature’s renewal motivate you to implement the long term changes you have been waiting to make.

No one can accuse me of not walking the walk of my own SPRING renewal.   I just recently moved into a new office at the Westmount Wellness Center.  I am thrilled to be a part of this progressive functional medicine based team.    While I’m continuing to offer my tried and true methods that have helped many, I’ve been very busy developing a new four week program that will balance your metabolism, mind and hormones.  Think weight loss, improved mental clarity and mood state, increased energy, uninterrupted sleep and much, much more!  This program is designed to reset our overworked, exhausted stress response system and addresses thyroid function as well.  It leads to long term lifestyle changes enabling you to be the best version of you. 

SPRING has sprung.  With that comes opportunity.  Opportunity for you to reset.  Opportunity for you to reboot.  Opportunity for you to make any short and long term changes that you need to live the life you were meant to live.  You’ve got this!

Yours in Vitality,

Ingrid

Xx

 

Ingrid Zimmer is a licenced naturopath who practices in the Montreal Area with a special interest in women’s health and wellness.  Naturopathy is a system of care that focuses on the root cause of illness – in other words “why” a specific condition may have developed.  Symptoms of illness are regarded and treated as the body’s reactions to poor living habits.  Ingrid’s approach is to look at and treat the cause of such symptoms ultimately eliminating them, restoring vitality and improving quality of life.  For more information or to book an appointment, she can be reached at her office in the Westmount Wellness Center at (514)448-9777 or at Ingrid@ingridzimmernd.com.

 

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Peace, Love & Rejuice

How to speak of love in 2017, inundated as we are with the images we receive from the media, the daily news of war and people fleeing their homes, and on a smaller scale the “hook up” culture brought to us by online dating and the rise of loneliness in a social network world. What then does it mean to love amidst all this suffering and hardship? And the bigger question, how can the love we all have inside of us, the love we all want, be a source of healing?

Intuitively, we know love when we feel it, in language we express it through metaphor - love is 2 hearts beating as one, love is a journey, a fire, love is stars aligning, love is the spice of life, an essential nutrient, the song in my heart!  

When we feel love, when we touch the skin of our beloved, when we create social bonds, oxytocin is released in our brain. Researchers sum up the reproductive importance of this so called love hormone by saying it "serves the continued propagation of a species," adding that through evolution its "repertoire has expanded to maintain a central role in more complicated aspects of reproductive behavior. For these reasons, we call oxytocin the great facilitator of life.” 

That certainly simplifies things!

Without love - we are nothing

With love - we feel that we can conquer the world.

Many thinkers have weighed in on love. Deepak Chopra wrote being whole, love knows no opposite. Holding a slightly different view, the great writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel wrote that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.

Economics says when you give something away you have less for yourself. Love says when you give something away, you have more. That is its magic. Love is expansive.

The writer James Baldwin, speaking at the height of the civil rights movement, defines love as the lifting of the veil, of no longer living in ignorance, in indifference:

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.” 

Maybe love is as simple as a wish expressed in a song, “what the world needs now, is love sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”

We wish everyone love, love that is whole, that knows no opposite, that is fueled with such daring that we no longer remain indifferent to the suffering of the people, and animals we share this beautiful planet with.

That is our valentine wish!

And if “93% of the mass in our body is stardust. Just think, long ago someone may have wished upon a star that you are made of.”

With love, Rejuice xo

 

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Reclaiming Your Groove

by guest blogger Ingrid Zimmer, nd

Welcome Back! The first week back from holidays is a reality check on so many different levels. It’s about back to work for the adults, back to school for the kids, tight schedules, deadlines and for many, it’s about adopting new health resolutions or picking up on old routines. Holidays are about fun, connecting with friends and family, enjoying and often indulging. Life is all about balance. You had your fun, it’s now time to get serious about that bloat and sluggishness you may be feeling and getting back on track for the New Year! While this can be overwhelming (depending on how much fun you had), it doesn’t have to be! Simply follow these easy tips and guidelines to help you reclaim your groove.

1) Drink 6-8 glasses of purified water a day. This will help your body eliminate the toxic load you have accumulated over the last few weeks. Our bodies are brilliantly designed with four channels of elimination – the kidneys, bowels, skin and lungs. Maintaining a high level of hydration helps the lymphatic system move these toxins out of the body. Add some fresh lemon to your water for an added boost!

2) Consume as much raw fruit and as many raw vegetables as possible. Nature has done a wonderful job of providing powerful nutrients that help the body break down and eliminate harmful substances found in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the chemicals we may put on our skin. A few suggestions to make this happen:  

  • Make sure that AT LEAST half your lunch and dinner plates consist of salad with as large a variety of veggies as possible.  
  • Have 16 ounces of fresh cold pressed vegetable juice as a snack.  
  • Start your day with a delicious fruit smoothie for breakfast.

Fruit and veggies are powerhouses that help our own enzymes and elimination organs move out the waste that has no benefit to our bodies.

3) Move every day. If you can’t make it to the gym, pool or studio, there are a few simple things you can incorporate into your day to increase your heart rate and boost your rates of metabolism and elimination.

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Intentionally park a block or two away from your destination.
  • Grab a friend and go for a walk.
  • Do some floor exercises while watching TV.

Your mind and body will thank you! Physical activity increases mental clarity, improves energy and releases feel good endorphins.

4) Eliminate sugar, dairy and gluten from your diet. When these foods are digested they become very sticky and gluey in your body. This slows down and prevents your body’s ability to absorb any good stuff you may be eating and hinders proper elimination. Remember that your intestines are very hot and humid. Waste that stays there for too long starts to ferment and putrefy. Think gas, bloat and weight gain…Temporarily removing these reactive foods will get you on your way!

5) Say goodbye to processed foods.  Processed foods are packed with chemicals and preservatives that interfere with our bodies’ natural processes. As a species, we were not designed to break down these substances in an efficient manner. Taking a break from these man made additives will free up the energy used to digest them allowing this energy to be used for cleansing and eliminating.

6) No Caffeine, No Alcohol! Seriously, you say?? Remember this is temporary. If you can’t do without your morning coffee, then limit your caffeine intake to just that one.  Same with alcohol. It is best to abstain completely.  If you must, no more than 1-2 glasses per week on separate days. Your liver will be working really hard filtering the toxins your body has been accumulating. We don’t want to layer any additional significant burden on its already demanding job!

7) Manage negative thoughts and stress.  High levels of stress predispose us to weight gain and affect our overall health. This is due to hormones produced by our adrenal glands. When we are stressed, the flight or fight response occurs and the body goes into survival mode by storing any calories that are not absolutely necessary. Taking this a step further, long-term stress and negative thinking result in an endless cycle of storing extra blood sugar as unwanted fat.  So don’t be hard on yourself, if you’ve had a temporary setback, so what! We are all human after all. In addition to being forgiving, try practicing some mindfulness techniques. As a start, try beginning your day by identifying something in your life you are grateful for. You would be surprised at how this simple exercise can set you up for a day of positive thinking!

So there you have it!  It’s all up to you. The ability to reclaim your groove is at your fingertips. Committing to some or all of these changes will have you feeling better in no time.  You’ve got this!

Yours in Vitality,

Ingrid xx

 

Ingrid Zimmer is a registered naturopath who practices in the Montreal area.  Naturopathy is based on the healing power of nature and by extension, the human body.  Ingrid focuses on helping her clients understand why they may be experiencing various health issues and symptoms and works with them in restoring wellness and vitality.  Ingrid has a keen interest in digestive issues and women’s health.  For more information, she can be reached at Ingrid@bluevitalityhealth.com.

 

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Happy and Healthy New Year!

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to reflect on your life, where you are at, and where you still want to go. It is also a time to evaluate your priorities.  

If you follow us on social media, you’d know that we have a motto in the form of a hashtag that we end each post with: #behappybehealthy. In other words, you need to be happy first, then the rest will follow.

As a vegan organic juice bar tailored for the optimization of nutrients to ensure the best possible outcome for your health, you may think we made a mistake and our tag should read #behealthybehappy! As the saying goes “if you have your health, you have everything” and while that is true, it is not the whole story. We all know a lot of seemingly healthy yet entirely miserable people. Health is more than the vitamins you put into your body, health is a state of mind.
 
It is scientifically proven that people with positive outlooks, who complain less, and practice gratitude enjoy not only a better quality of life, but better health – even with lesser healthy habits. That is because our stomach has been called our second brain and our feelings (happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, compassion) are translated on a cellular level in our bodies. So often if you feel sad, you say my heart hurts. That is not just a metaphor, it is reality:
"Terms such as “heartache” and “gut wrenching” are more than mere metaphors: they describe the experience of both physical and emotional pain. When we feel heartache, for example, we are experiencing a blend of emotional stress and the stress-induced sensations in our chest—muscle tightness, increased heart rate, abnormal stomach activity and shortness of breath. In fact, emotional pain involves the same brain regions as physical pain, suggesting the two are inextricably connected."  – Dr. Robert Emery and Dr. Jim Coan “Scientific American”
So according to science, your body not only digests the food you put into it, but it digests your emotions as well. And just like food is converted into energy in the body, negative emotions are translated into physical and psychological manifestations like anxiety, heartburn, lower back pain, and ulcers to name but a few. 
And undoubtedly,  one of the worst feelings our bodies “hear” from us is the all too common state of being hard on oneself. Like when you beat yourself up for missing a workout or eating “off the program.” Our bodies love us, and work so hard to keep us moving, laughing, and dreaming. Truly, we are miracles. Our bodies hate when we compare ourselves to others. When you think to yourself that so and so is more fit, weighs less, is a better parent, has more success, and so on, it is all a way of saying to yourself “ I am not good enough.”  Those feelings cause stress in our gut, causing us to feel a  “knot” in our belly of self loathing. Our body responds by releasing cortisol, clenching up the muscles, restricting blood flow, causing an inflammation response which in turn compromises the immune system. All this distressed response is because your body is trying to protect you from yourself and it goes into defense mode, using up all its energy to fight this perceived threat - which in reality is only unhealthy thoughts!
“If you truly want to change your life, you must first be willing change your mind!”
We believe this whole heartedly and this is why we stress good vibes. We want to radiate positive energy.  All the rest of it, the organic green juice, the vegan whole foods, we can help you with.  We will feed your body pure sunshine! We strive to make you feel the love we put into our food each time you walk through our doors or drink one of our smoothies.
But only YOU can choose to begin your day with a smile (we know it is not always easy) but there is always something to be grateful for and when you focus your attention on what you have, rather than what you perceive you lack, suddenly your life feels abundant. Each moment is a new opportunity to keep your heart open, to look up, because even when life feels at its most bleak (and we know, we all experience financial hardship, divorce, serious illness, loss of a loved ones) there is always, and we mean always something to appreciate - even if it is simply the way the light falls on a tree outside your window.  
The more you focus on the light, the more good things happen. Choose your thoughts, choose to see the abundance, the gift in every moment and before you know it, your body will tell you: you’re happy, you are that light, it was in you all along!
And to help you reach this goal, here are 3 science backed and easy tips to shift your outlook and begin to get more “happy” and “healthy” into your life in 2017. 
  1. Keep your focus in your heart. The mind will always race and if we focus on those thoughts we lose touch with our bodies. Just try it now - shift your attention from your head to your heart. You should feel an instant relaxation effect. Energy signals are transmitted from the heart to the brain and depending on how we feel, can affect us in either a positive or negative way.  For example, if you feel bliss, then your brain sends a signal that releases those happy go lucky neurotransmitters and this change is reflected in the rest of your body. So live from your heart, let it fill up with happiness.
  2. Before going to bed write a memory or event that made your heart swell with joy. This can be as simple as describing something beautiful in nature, that moment of peace you felt in your car, dancing to a favourite song, hugging your pet - whatever it is - take a few minutes and describe it . You will sleep better for it! There was a study where participants who were asked to do this for 21 days reported feeling more optimistic, less anxious, and even slept better — immediately after and three and six months after the study. Another study showed that participants who kept a gratitude journal for 10 weeks reported having fewer health problems and spent more time exercising. (http://www.stybelpeabody.com/newsite/pdf/gratitude.pdf)
  3. Wake up and think of 3 things you are grateful for, you can even say them out loud to really engage the senses. Do this before getting out of bed. And then SMILE! “Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. ... The feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well” (from Psychology Today).

 We wish you a  “#behappybehealthy” year filled with love.
xo Rejuice 

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Happy Holidays from Joanna and your friends at Rejuice!

Dear Friends:

As we come to the end of 2016, we reflect back on our challenges and triumphs and look forward to what lies ahead. Rejuice is, in the truest sense, a labour of love. While 2016 saw some significant challenges, we also experienced wonderful expansion. We added new items to our salad menu, acquired better equipment, and added the (oh so popular) avocado toast to the juice bar menu! As well, we worked to formulate new healing and energizing cleanses to try and meet the needs of our expanding clientele and introduced some great new cold pressed juices.

There can be no growth without growing pains and while we could have gone the way of many cold-pressed juice companies and began pasteurizing (HPP) our juices, which would extend shelf life and profits, we chose to stay true to our mandate – provide raw, living nutrition. No compromises. Rejuice is not about the bottom line, but about your health. And although we know we are not perfect, we are a work in progress and constantly guided and inspired by the customers who stay loyal and to the new people who discover us. Even when it is 3 a.m. and we are worried about the overhead, we know we are on the right path. It is your happy faces and your gratitude that makes us thrive. That is why we wanted to take this moment and just say thank you.

Our holiday wish for all of you is that you follow your hearts, that you don’t give up, that you commit to loving yourself and your beautiful body, and you experience the most joy, peace, perfect health and happiness in the New Year and always.

Be Happy, be Healthy xoxo

Love,
Joanna Barcessat
and the Rejuice Family

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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.
And most importantly: #behappybehealthy
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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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