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Archive for September, 2015

Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is a nutrition-packed vegetable that can be used all year round to add a nutritional punch to your juicing. Although spinach will tint your juice green, the color change is worthwhile considering the many added benefits that spinach can contribute to your juicing mixture while adding little calories to the overall blend. Although you may lose a lot of the fiber content from juicing spinach, much of the vitamins and mineral still remain in the finished product.


One of the main vitamins that you can obtain from juicing spinach is vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential for blood health, especially your blood’s ability to clot properly.


Vitamin A is essential for your eyesight, especially your night vision and abilities to see color, juicing a cup of spinach can provide up to 377 percent of your daily requirements for vitamin A.


You can also obtain up to 84 percent of your daily needs of manganese through adding spinach to your juicing blends. Manganese is an essential mineral which contributes to many parts and processes in your body including bone health and healthy blood sugar levels, and helps with the absorption of other key nutrients such as choline and thiamin.


Spinach also contains up to 65 percent of your daily needs of folate per cup of the vegetable. Folate is a type of B vitamin that helps in the production of new cells as well as to maintain current cells in the body. This vitamin is especially important during pregnancy and infancy when cell production and division is occurring at an accelerated rate, states the National Institutes of Health.


Potassium is also prevalent in spinach, providing as much as 25 percent of your daily need in a cup of the vegetable. Potassium is used by your body in many ways including for muscle contraction, heart function, normal digestion and as an electrolyte capable of conducting electric signals in the body.


Iron can also be obtained through juicing spinach. Iron is important as it helps blood cells transport oxygen, and helps in the differentiation and growth of cells within the body. As much as 35 percent of your daily needs of iron can be obtained through a cup of spinach.


Calcium can also be obtained through juicing spinach, acting as a good calcium substitute for those who do not like, or are unable to eat or drink dairy products. Calcium is most known for its part in developing healthy bones in your body and preventing disorders such as osteoporosis.


Many other vitamins and minerals can be obtained through juicing spinach including vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin E, copper, magnesium, protein, zinc, selenium, niacin and omega-3 fatty acids.


George Mateljan Foundation: Spinach

Nemours Foundation: Vitamins

National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements: Folate

National Institute of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements: Iron


Juice of the Day:

Handful spinach

2 cups Watermelon

1 Pineapple slice

2 Blackberries

3 raspberries

1/8 cup Blueberries

1 Tbs Chia seeds

1Tbs Goji Berries


Benefits of Spinach




Health Benefits of Chia Seeds


You have probably heard how important it is to get enough essentials fatty acids (EFAs) in your diet. Some good food sources containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids include fish, shellfish, flax seeds, leafy green vegetables and walnuts. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to obtain enough of these fatty acids on a daily basis. Recently, an ancient seed has regained popularity due to its high nutritional value.

You may know Chia as the sprouts that grow on the porous clay figurines called Chia Pets, however there is much more to it than that! Chia has both nutritional and medicinal benefits. The seeds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids and are a great addition to a healthy diet.

Chia is a member of the mint family. The seeds are either white or black and both types are highly nutritious. Originally grown in Mexico and the Southwest between 1500 and 910 B.C., Chia seeds were an important part of the Aztec and Mayan diet. Aztec warriors used Chia as their main source of fuel during conquests. Medicinally, they also used it to relieve joint pain and stimulate saliva. Although once a major crop in Mexico, it was banned after the Spanish conquest due to its association with Aztec religion where it was used as an offering during religious ceremonies and ritual. Commercial production is increasing and you can now find Chia seeds online as well as in many health food stores.

10 Health Benefits of This Superfood

Supports Heart Health
Chia seeds can help reduce blood pressure. The seeds contain one of the highest known plant sources of essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6). EFAs cannot be synthesized by our bodies however, it is very important that we get enough to support our immune, cardiovascular, nervous and reproductive systems. EFA deficiency is quite common in North America.

Stabilizes Blood Sugar
Chia seeds slow down the rate at which complex carbohydrates are digested and then assimilated into the body. The soluble fiber helps to stabilize blood glucose levels resulting in steady, sustained energy. In one study on diabetic patients, Dr. Vladamir Vuksan of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, found that blood was thinner and less prone to clotting and blood pressure of participants dropped significantly, after three months of taking Chia seeds daily.


The word “Chia” comes from the Mayan language and means strength. Chia seeds are a balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber. It is said that 1 tablespoon of Chia can sustain a person for 24 hours. Athletes have reported that Chia seeds help them perform at optimal levels for much longer periods of time.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties 
A number of arthritis sufferers have reported reduced pain and inflammation after a few weeks of taking Chia seeds. The high concentration of omega-3 helps to lubricate joints and keep them supple. Additionally, Omega-3s are converted into prostaglandins which are known to have both pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects.

Weight Loss
The essential fatty acids contained in Chia seeds helps to boost metabolism and promote lean muscle mass. The seeds are sometimes added to food to provide bulk and nutrients while adding very few calories. For these reasons, many people have found Chia quite useful in weight loss and weight maintenance.

Detoxification and Elimination
Similar to psyllium, the swelling action of Chia in the body helps to cleanse and soothe the colon, and absorb toxins while lubricating and strengthening peristaltic action.

High Quality Protein
Chia seeds contain about 20% protein, a higher percentage than found in many other grains such as wheat and rice. Chia seeds contain strontium which helps to assimilate protein and produce high energy.

Chia seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants containing even more antioxidants than fresh blueberries. The high amounts of antioxidants in Chia seeds also keep the oils from going rancid – contributing to a long shelf life.

Provides Fiber and Other Nutrients
Besides EFAs, Chia seeds also provide fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.

Brain Power

EFAs are known to make cell membranes more flexible and efficient making nutrients more readily available and nerve transmission more efficient. This helps to improve brain function (including memory and concentration).

Source: What’s cooking in America

Here is a great way to receive the benefits of Chia seeds:

1 Swiss chard Leaf

1 Beet
1 Carrot
1 Apple
Juice from one Lemon
1 Tomato
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
1/2 tablespoon flaxseed
6 Almonds
1 tablespoon Goji berries
1 tablespoon Maca powder
Ice Water



Red Cabbage

16 Health Benefits of Fresh Cabbage Juice

1. Cabbage Juice is full of phytonutrients that rid the body of free radicals that cause damage to cells.

2. Cabbage Juice boosts the bodies ability to detoxify all the toxins we have in the world today and thus also help to prevent diseases such as lung, colon, stomach, and prostate cancer.

3. Cabbage Juice contains lactic acid which is a great disinfectant for the colon.

4. Cabbage Juice is a great anti-inflammatory agent helping to rid your body of arthritis and other degenerative inflammatory diseases.

5. Cabbage Juice works wonders for asthma and even bronchitis… boosting the healing ability of your respiratory tract.

6. Cabbage Juice works wonders for gastric ulcers and diverticulosis and for healing digestive problems in general. Cabbage Juice contains sulforaphane that kills off the bacterial causing peptic ulcers and Cabbage Juice helps protect the GI tract from gastric reflux. Cabbage Juice also contains the amino acid glutamine that is very important for good digestive health. And Cabbage Juice contains iodine, and even chlorine that are great for protecting the GI tract from invaders.

7. Cabbage Juice boosts the immune system and also works to promote and regulate T cells, and helps in the treatment of allergies because of a chemical called histidine. Glucosinolates which is found in Cabbage Juice also stimulates the immune system.

8. Cabbage Juice lowers cholesterol and it also detoxes the liver, and Cabbage Juice is a powerful antioxidant. A Japanese study showed that if people drink Cabbage Juice it reduced their LDL or bad cholesterol drastically.

9. Red Cabbage Juice is full of amazing amounts of Vitamin C… thus helping to fight off bacterial and viral infections. Red Cabbage contains between 5 to 6 times the Vitamin C that green cabbage contains. Also contains anthocyanin a great antioxidant.

10. Plus Cabbage Juice contains sulforaphane one of the most important chemicals for fighting off cancer… plus Cabbage Juice is rich in iron.

11. Cabbage Juice works to slow the conversion of carbs and sugars into fat and thus helps you to lose weight.

12. When you drink Cabbage Juice you also get the nutrients into your system much faster… cutting absorption time down from hours to little more than 10 to 15 minutes.

13. Red Cabbage Juice contains lots of Omega 3 fatty acids that lowers your cholesterol and triglycerides too. Thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and lowering blood pressure too.

14. Cabbage Juice also contains lots of magnesium, potassium, calcium, and some sodium too. All important for hormone production, heartbeat regulation, lowering blood pressure, and for good bone development.

15. Cabbage Juice contains Vitamins A, E, C, K and Vitamin U and it also has almost all of the B vitamins too including Folate.

16. Fermented Cabbage Juice also works well for controlling candida infections.

Remember Cabbage Juice should be diluted with water — 4 parts water to 1 part Cabbage Juice or with other vegetable juices or fruit juices to improve the taste.
Source: Paul Haider – Master Herbalist

Here is how I enjoy Red Cabbage

1/8 cut of Red Cabbage
1/2 Cucumber
1 Anjou Pear
1 Lemon (peeled)
1 inch size Ginger
1 tablespoon Goji Berries
1 tablespoon Hemp Seeds
Ice Water

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Most fruit stands carry a variety of red pears including Bartlett, Anjou, Red Crimson and Comice. Like their green counterparts, red pears are a low-fat, cholesterol-free food. What differentiates the two is the antioxidant compounds found in the skin of red pears. Red pears have a high concentration of the phytonutrient anthocyanin. Anthocyanin has anti-aging properties, promotes heart health and protects against cancer. Red pears are also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, potassium and copper.

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Here is my Juice today using the Red Pear:

Handful of Spinach

1/4 cup Blackberries

1/4 cup Raspberries

1/4 cup Blueberries

3 Strawberries

1 Red Pear

1 Peach

1 Tomato

1 Banana

2 Pineapple Slices

1 Tbs Goji Berries

1 Tbs Maca Powder

Red Pear


6 Health Benefits of Eating and Juicing Beets

1. Beets are natures Viagra

Seriously. One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. And that’s not just urban legend – science backs it up. Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.

2. Beets are high in many vitamins and minerals

Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid. These are but a few of the many nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can be found in beets and beet greens. Beets are particularly beneficial to women whom are pregnant, as the vitamin B and iron are very beneficial to new growth cells during pregnancy and replenishing iron in the woman’s body.

3. Beets cleanse the body

They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer. Nuff said, right? Tastes good and prevents cancer? Sign me up!

4. Beets help your mental health

Beets contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression. It also contains trytophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate. Beets can also lower your blood pressure. So if you’re already steamed about not eating beets, you can get a two-fer by diving into them right away.

5. Beets are used as a stomach acid tester

How in the world does that work? Glad you asked. If you are eating a lot of beets or beet juice, and your urine turns pink, guess what? You have low stomach acid. Urine still clear? Get juicing (use the greens too)! Nutritionists use beets and beet juice to test stomach acid levels, so stay ahead of the curve by adding beets to your diet now.

6. Beets are a high source of energy

At the same time they are low in calories and high in sugar (although the sugar is released into your system gradually, as opposed to chocolate). Very few foods found in the natural world are as beneficial as beets in this regard.

Beets are a wonderful addition to any dietary need. With their high volume of nutrients, delicious taste, and multitude of uses, anyone can jump right into beets without missing a beat.

Source: Full Circle

Here is a great way to juice using Beets:

Handful of Swiss Chard

1 Beet

1 Carrot

juice from one lemon

1 Gala Apple

1 inch size Ginger

1 Radish

1 Tomato

1/2 Tbs Hemp Seed

1 Tsp Goji Berries

1/2 Tbs Flax Seed

Ice Water



What Is a Goji Berry?

Source: Web MD

The goji berry is also called the wolfberry. It is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that’s native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hopes of living longer.

Over time, people have used goji berries to try and treat many common health problems like diabeteshigh blood pressurefever, and age-related eye problems. Goji berries are eaten raw, cooked, or dried (like raisins) and are used in herbal teas, juices, wines, and medicines.

 I think you will find this recipe to be refreshing, enjoy.

Mixed Greens

1/3 Cup of Raspberries

1/3 Cup of Blueberries

1/3 Cup of Blackberries

1 Cup Strawberries

1 Cup Pineapple

1 inch size Ginger

Handful of Italian Parsley

2 Tbs Goji Berries

1 Tbs Chia Seed

2 Tbs Wheat Germ

Ice Water



Replace a meal with this juice

Juice of the Day…

Handful of Mixed Greens

1 Carrot

1 inch size Ginger

1 Tomato

1 Orange

1 Gala Apple

1 Banana

1 Tbs Chia Seed

1 Tbs Goji Berries

2 Tbs Granola

1/2 Cup Almond milk

Ice Water

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