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Cooked Versus Raw Food: Which is Better?

At Rejuice we get asked this question a lot and so this week we looked at credible sites and scientific studies comparing the two. And what we found was ..
There is no hard evidence to support either view.
Some of the research found that the people who ate raw vegetables were healthier overall, while others cited better results with cooked vegetables. 
What was clear was that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables (cooked or raw) overall had lower rates of disease - especially cancer. 
The take-away for us was to understand that some foods contain more nutrients cooked, and some had more nutrients raw.
Cooking:  softens the plant matrix (tough cell structure of plants), which helps to release more phytochemical compounds. Thus, depending on the vegetable being cooked, the cooking method, and the phytonutrient compound being studied, conservative cooking  (steaming, making soup) can provide greater nutrient availability. We also increase the plant proteins in the diet, especially important for those eating a plant-based diet with limited or no animal products. 
Veggies you should definitely turn the heat on for include carrots and asparagus because cooking makes it easier for our bodies to benefit from some of their protective antioxidants, specifically ferulic acid from asparagus, and beta-carotene, which we convert to vitamin A, from carrots.
 
A study published in The British Journal of Nutrition last year found that a group of 198 subjects who followed a strict raw food diet had normal levels of vitamin A and relatively high levels of beta-carotene (an antioxidant found in dark green and yellow fruits and vegetables), but low levels of the antioxidant lycopene.
So roast your tomatoes slowly or make a cooked sauce  because it helps to break down the plant cell walls, allowing us to better absorb the antioxidant lycopene - 

shown to have antioxidant properties and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

 
The rest is a bit confusing. For example, while some studies cited that some veggies, like broccoli were healthier raw than cooked, others noted that

 heat damages the enzyme myrosinase, which breaks down glucosinates (compounds derived from glucose and an amino acid) in broccoli into a compound known as sulforaphane. On the other hand, indole, an organic compound, is formed when certain plants, particularly cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, are cooked. According to research in The Journal of Nutrition in 2001, indole helps kill precancerous cells before they turn malignant.

Another reason to turn up the heat sometimes:
Humans are the only primates that cook their food. Raw foods have a low caloric yield, which imposes “a tradeoff between body size and number of brain neurons, which explains the small brain size of great apes compared with their large body size.” Cooking our foods allowed us to spend less time feeding. Cooked food provided a greater amount of brain neurons and drove humans to evolve with an increased brain size and functioning capability. Essentially, this might mean that humans would not have evolved were it not for cooked foods.
As always, the important thing is BALANCE!
 Balancing raw foods with cooked foods is your best strategy for overall health and wellbeing!
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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
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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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Juice Up Your Sex Life: Superfoods That Turn Up The Heat!

 
As the old adage goes - you are what you eat, so why not eat your way to a hotter, sexier, sweeter tasting you! 
Here are 4 great foods to help strengthen your libido, enhance sexual performance, and boost your energy:
1. Mangoes: If any fruit can be considered sexy it is the mango! Not only does it look exotic, but it's featured in the Kama Sutra. Called the "Love fruit," delicious Mango has aphrodisiac qualities,  increases virility in men and the Vitamin E, which is abundantly present in mangoes, helps to regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive.
2. Pineapples: This fruit has an enzyme called bromelain, which increases sex drive and can also give you more sexual energy. As an added benefit, anecdotal evidence (just google it friends) suggest that pineapple makes you taste sweeter!
3. Kiwi:  Loaded with vitamin C (twice the amount of oranges) to help increase both libido and fertility. Two kiwis supply you with 150 percent of the vitamin C you need each day. Not only that but Kiwi's helps to thin your blood, and a healthy flow of blood throughout the body also improves your sex life, ensuring firmer erections and  more powerful orgasms.
4. Kale: Increases your sex drive by balancing hormone levels, which in turn gives you a great deal of energy. The high vitamin C levels in kale help the body to absorb iron, form blood cells and assist the metabolism of the adrenal gland, all of which contributes to better sexual performance. In addition, the iron in kale provides oxygen-rich blood to carry the nutrients and hormones that you need to your sex organs for pleasure and endurance.     
Rejuice prescription for a better sex life:  Mango Blast Smoothie!
 Eating a whole foods plant based diet helps keep your body and mind in top condition so you can spend more time doing the things you love!
#beHealthybeSexy
 
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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.  
 
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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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    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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    Your Guide to ReFUEL After Your Work-Out!

    ReJuice’s Top 5 Tips to ReVitalize!

    Success in reaching your work out goals depends as much on how you choose to refuel your body as it does just getting your butt to the gym. 

    Any resistance or strength training actually causes damage to muscle fibers as our body replaces weak muscle fibers with more functional ones. Training harder is not enough, you need to put adequate nutrients in your tank, so you can get the results you want! Doing a spin class or high intensity training? Then you need to refuel with protein and replace nutrients. Hot Yoga? Sip something super hydrating! Your workout does not end at the gym, by fuelling smart you get results!

    Here are our recommendations for the optimal post work out fuel:

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    After a butt-kicking interval class laced with weights, plyometrics, and cardio, you need to replace the carb, fat, and protein stores you’ve burned through. If you don’t refuel properly, your muscle tissue will break down.

    Recommendation for major replenishment after a cardio workout: Rejuice's COCO ALMOND BUTTER CUP: Coconut Milk, Almond Butter, Cacao and Dates with added Vegan Protein! 

     

    2.

    Calcium rich drinks are ideal after toning classes like Pilates and Barre. Women doing these types of classes to strengthen their bones can really benefit from a nutrient rich smoothie that includes calcium rich greens.

    Recommendation for calcium rich bone and muscle refueling after a toning and strength training workout:  Rejuice's GREEN SMOOTHIE: Banana, Mango, Pineapple, Orange, Romaine, and Kale

    3. 

    Intense weight training can leave you hungry – so fuel up with a strawberry rich smoothie with chia and add protein powder to restore and build muscle.

    Recommendation for intense weight training session: Rejuice’s CHIA STRAWBERRY BANANA DELIGHT: Strawberries, Banana, Mango, Coconut Milk and Chia Seeds with Vegan Protien

    4.

    After Yoga - you don't need protein because not a lot of muscle is being broken down. You do need to rehydrate. So drink lots of water and go for a juice blend with beets, carrot, apple, ginger, and lemon. Beets can help lower blood pressure. They also contain tryptophan, which can help keep you and your mind calm and relaxed long after savasana is done!

    Recommendation for replenishment after a moderate Yoga workout: Rejuice's BEET-LICIOUS: Beets, Carrots, Celery, Apple

    5.

    After really hot yoga, you need extra hydration and nutrition. Mango, a true superfood, to rescue! The antioxidant and mineral content of Mango make it an ideal addition to any post workout regime. Chock full of Vitamin A, copper, and potassium, the tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body. The potassium in banana's and the electrolytes from coconut water help to restore the bodies balance after all that stretching and sweating.  

    Recommendation for major replenishment after a Hot Yoga workout:  Rejuice's MANGO MARGARITA: Mango, Banana, Coconut Milk and Lime

    Finally, we have great news here at Rejuice. Studies show that to curb excess inflammation and muscle soreness......

    Ginger!

     

    According to a recent study: "Ginger has been found to decrease eccentric-exercise–induced inflammation and delayed onset muscle soreness. In vitro studies have found several chemical constituents in ginger, such as gingerols, shogaols, paradols, and zingerone, that block the production of inflammatory compounds and inhibit enzymes that increase pain and inflammation in the body"1 

    Another great reason to have a post work out shot of ginger at Rejuice!

    Cheers! #beHappybeHealthy

    What do you drink after a workout? Share your recipes with us!

     

     

    1. Black CD, Herring MP, Hurley DJ, O’Connor PJ. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) reduces muscle pain caused by eccentric exercise. J Pain. 2010;11(9):894-903.


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    Introducing our New Youtube Site and First Video Blog!

    Joanna got together with videographer David Adelman and put together her first video blog explaining the difference between cold-pressed and fresh pressed juices. Check it out here and visit our new Youtube site for ongoing updates at  Rejuice Sherbrooke

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