What you should know about the juicing craze

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Juicing has become extremely popular. Juice bars that serve up fresh and colorful liquid concoctions are popping up everywhere, and home juicing of fruits and vegetables is on the rise.

Green juice, often made with kale, spinach, fruits and other vegetables, is becoming a household name. Fresh-squeezed or pressed juice has become a diet drink obsession alongside smoothies and herbal teas. If you plan to join the masses, or maybe you already have, there are some things you should know about juicing to make sure it’s right for you.

Juicing is now a multibillion-dollar business. Juice diets or juice fasts have been used for years as an extreme approach to weight loss, but the newer juicing movement has roots in a growing emphasis on raw and plant-based eating.

There are many philosophies when it comes to juicing meal plans. Juices are often consumed in place of meals, but also can be enjoyed as a snack or refreshment.

While many juicing companies and juice enthusiasts tout fresh juice as an anti-cancer antidote that boosts the immune system and is beneficial for digestion, there is limited evidence that there are health benefits beyond those provided by simply consuming the fruits and vegetables whole.

Because the juicing machine extracts the juice from the produce, the nutrient- and fiber-rich pulp and skin is left behind. Because of this, juices should not be relied upon as a sole dietary source of fruits or vegetables.

To avoid wasting the fruit and veggie pulp, repurpose it by adding it to baked goods like muffins or breads for an extra fiber boost.

Since juices do contain the full calorie and sugar content of the fruit, it is important to consider how fresh juices may be contributing to overall daily calories consumed. One medium piece of fruit contains about 60 calories. This amount of fruit yields about 4 ounces of juice, so a 16-ounce serving of fruit juice contains about 240 calories. For some drinking juice multiple times daily, these calories can really add up.

Since a serving of non-starchy vegetables like cucumber, kale, spinach and parsley contains about 25 calories or less, consuming juices that contain veggies with fruits can help reduce the overall caloric content.

There are some safety concerns when it comes to following a juice-only diet. First, because fruits and veggies don’t have significant amounts of protein, juice diets can result in muscle loss, which often leads to a slowed metabolism and weight gain once a regular eating pattern is resumed.

Also, because the fiber is removed during juicing, the final product is low in fiber and may not be adequately filling. High-protein foods like Greek yogurt, almond milk, nut butters, flaxseeds and chia seeds can be added to juices to make them more nutritionally balanced.

Food safety precautions should be followed when juicing at home. Be sure to wash your hands before getting started. All produce should be cleaned thoroughly. When you are finished juicing be sure to clean and dry the juicer and all parts thoroughly to prevent bacterial growth. Since fresh juices are not pasteurized, they should be consumed as soon as possible to prevent food-borne illness. Ideally, drink fresh juice the same day it is made or at least within two to three days.

Fresh fruit and vegetable juices can fit into a balanced meal plan and help improve the overall quality of one’s diet. However, consumption of a juice-only diet is nutritionally inadequate, lacking in protein, fiber and many other nutrients. If you are interested in drinking more fresh juices, consider vegetable-based juices, which are lower in calories and still full of flavor.

LeeAnn Weintraub, a registered dietitian, provides nutrition counseling and consulting to individuals, families and businesses. This article by Ms. Weintraub was originally published at the www.dailynews.com. She can be reached at RD@halfacup.com.


Juicing: Healthy Detox or Diet Trap?

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Juicing – if you believe its avid fans – is a great way to detox the body, prevent disease and lose weight.

There’s something appealing about being able to blend up broccoli, kale and cucumbers and mask them with the sweet taste of strawberries. You get your vitamins without having to chow down on salad every day at lunch.

Plus you can tell everyone you’re juicing, which helps you look cool in today’s fitness-focused world.

But (you knew there was a “but” coming), you can’t juice all day, every day, and expect to stay healthy. We took to the experts to answer your most pressing juice questions:

What are some of the benefits of juicing?

New research shows eating up to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day can have a significant impact on your lifespan. For those of us who don’t have time to cut up or cook two servings with every meal, juicing is an easy way to consume them on the go.

“Many people don’t really like to eat fruits and vegetables, and this gives them a way to feel like they are doing something good for themselves,” says Gayl Canfield, director of nutrition for Pritkin Longevity Center.

Juicing provides all the same vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients as eating whole fruits and vegetables, Canfield says. And the water content can help you stay hydrated.

Juicing is also a good way to use up any about-to-spoil produce, which means you’re doing your part to stop food waste.

Juicing is low-calorie, right?

Not exactly. While juicing is probably low-calorie compared to a cheeseburger and fries, it’s a very concentrated source of calories.

A cup of pineapple, for instance, is about 83 calories, but a cup of pineapple juice is 120 calories. An 8-ounce glass of orange juice may contain as many as four medium oranges, Canfield says.

“Would a person actually sit down and eat four oranges in one sitting?” she asks. “But you can down that glass of orange juice in fewer than 5 minutes.”

And because the fruit is more concentrated, so is the sugar content.

A cup of pomegranate juice contains 37 grams of sugar, compared to just 12 grams in a cup of whole pomegranate.

Consuming your food in liquid form may also leave you feeling less fulfilled, meaning you’ll eat more calories than you would if you simply chewed the food, says Jennifer Nelson, director of clinical dietetics and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic.

Will it help me detox?

First, let’s start with why you think your body needs to detox. Your organs — particularly the liver and kidneys — and your immune system already work hard to rid your body of toxins.

“There is nothing in the medical literature to affirm that the body needs an outside source to cleanse itself,” says registered dietician Deborah Levy.

Still, some people say juicing helps them transition to healthier habits. It’s worth a shot — of juice that is.

For clients who insist on doing a cleanse, Levy recommends they limit it to three days.

Can I go on an all-juice diet?

You can, but it’s not a good idea.

“You want your diet to be balanced and healthy and to include protein, dairy, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fats,” Nelson says. “Some foods don’t juice properly — like fish or whole wheat bread.”

We’ll let you think about that yummy concoction for a minute.

When you juice fruits and vegetables, you’re “mechanically pulverizing,” them, Nelson says. Doing so separates the fiber from the juice. This fiber helps regulate your blood sugar levels after you eat a piece of whole fruit. Without fiber, the sugar in juice goes unchecked.

“The wonderful health effects of fiber — satiety value, gastrointestinal regulation, (bad) cholesterol lowering and blood glucose regulations are missing in the juice,” Canfield says.

Although going on a liquid diet might help you lose weight in the short term, it can seriously mess with your metabolism. And lean muscle mass starts to break down after just a few days — meaning your body will burn fewer calories overall.

“Very few people will ever voluntarily consume a liquid diet for life,” Nelson says, and the pounds will quickly pile back on once you re-introduce solid foods.

So what’s the bottom line?

Juicing in moderation can help you consume essentials nutrients, but it’s not a good way to detox or diet. Orange you glad you asked?

This article written by Jacque Wilson was originally published at cnn.com

Juicing vs. Blending: Which One Is Better?

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This is a question that we get asked all the time. Which is better: juicing or blending? Does one offer more health benefits than the other? Juices and smoothies both play an important role in any wellness program and we discuss the benefits of each in both of our films, Food Matters and Hungry For Change. We believe that both juicing and blending are very beneficial, but in different ways.

Here is a short comparison that explains the differences between the two as well as some of the specific benefits of each.

What’s The Difference?


Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce  and discards the indigestible fiber.  

Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. In fact, it makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.

This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber. The fiber in produce helps slow down the digestive process and provides a steady release of nutrients into the blood stream. Jason Vale calls juicing “A nutrient express!”

Freshly squeezed vegetable juices form part of most healing and detoxification programs because they are so nutrient rich and nourish and restore the body at a cellular level.

A word of caution: When you remove the fiber from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly. If you are only juicing fruits, this would cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and unstable blood sugar  levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more!Fiber is also filling and without fiber in the juice, some people tend to get hungry again quickly.


Unlike juices, smoothies consist  of the entire entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all and contain all of the fiber from the vegetables.
However, the blending process breaks the fibre apart (which makes the fruit and vegetables easier to digest ) but also helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. Smoothies tend to be more filling, because of the fiber, and generally faster to make than juice, so they can be great to drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast, or for snacks throughout the day.

By including the fiber in your smoothie, the volume will increase. Also, you can pack more servings of fruits and veggies into a single serving of juice than you can into a smoothie.

Fiber is also filling and without fiber in the juice, some people tend to get hungry again quickly.

Juicing and Blending Rules

1. It’s best not to combine fruits and vegetables (unless it’s apple). This can affect how well your digestive enzymes function.

This doesn’t seem to matter too much in green juices and smoothies, but vegetables like carrots, beetroots, broccoli and zucchini don’t combine well with fruit due to their high starch content. 
In his book Food Combining Made Easy, Dr. Herbert Shelton explains that starchy foods have to be eaten alone because starches are digested with enzymes different from those used for any other food group. Combining starchy foods with fruit may cause fermentation and gas. However, Dr. Shelton found that green leafy veggies combine well with pretty much everything.

2. Try to drink your juice or smoothie straight away. After 15 minutes, light and air will destroy much of the nutrients. If you can’t drink it straight away, transfer to a dark airtight container until you’re ready.

Using The Right Equipment

To get the most benefit from your juices and smoothies, it’s important to use the right equipment. Invest in a good-quality juicer. Cheaper, centrifugal juicers introduce heat and oxygen and destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fruits and vegetables. While it may cost you a bit more initially, a premium cold-press juicer will produce a superior-quality juice and allow you to extract more from your fruit and vegetables, saving expense in the long-term.

The machines themselves will also generally last longer. In contrast to the rough extraction of centrifugal juicers, mastication or cold-press juicers compress fruit and vegetables to ‘squeeze’ out their juice.

The same goes for a blender. You want a blender that is gentle on your produce and doesn’t heat up the enzymes as it’s pulling apart the fibres. We spend money on gadgets, clothes, restaurants and other luxuries so, if you can afford it, investing in your health by buying a quality juicer or blender is totally worth it.

Juicing for Health and Weight Loss

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Ready to give juicing a whirl? It’s an easy way to get more fruits and veggies into your diet.

Before you get started, you should know a few things about what you can expect juicing to do for you, and what’s just hype.

The Biggest Advantage

“If you’re not big into fruits and vegetables, it’s a good way to get them in,” says nutritionist Jennifer Barr, RD, of Wilmington, DE. You should still eat fruits and vegetables, too, says Manuel Villacorta, RD, founder of Eating Free, a weight management program.

Aim to eat two whole fruits and three to four vegetables a day. Choose them in different colors,  so you get a good mix of vitamins and minerals, Barr says.

Fiber Factor

When you juice, you don’t get the fiber that’s in whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing machines extract the juice and leave behind the pulp, which has fiber.

So you don’t miss out on the fiber, you can add some of the pulp back into the juice or use it in cooking.

Barr adds it to muffin batter, or to make broth for cooking soup, rice, and pasta. That’s “going the extra step to fortify your meals,” she says.

Do You Need a Juicing Machine?

Juicers can be expensive, ranging from $50 to $400. Some more expensive juicers will break down a lot of the fruit by grinding the core, rind, and seeds, Barr says.

You may not need a juicing machine to make juice. You can use a blender for most whole fruits or vegetables to keep the fiber. Add water if it becomes too thick, Villacorta says. You’ll want to remove seeds and rinds, and some skins.

Once your juice is ready, it’s best to drink it the same day you make it, for food safety. Wash your blender or juice machine thoroughly, so it’s ready for your next batch.

Watch the Calories

How many calories are in your juice? That depends on what’s in it.

“You could be taking up to four fruits, and now the calories start adding up. If you use vegetables to juice, the calories are a lot less. If they use mainly vegetables, add an apple or kiwi for flavor. Calories are a concern if it’s pure fruit juice,” Villacorta says.

You can make your juice more balanced by adding protein. Some good sources are almond milk, Greek yogurt, flaxseed, and peanut butter.

This article, written by Anna Nguyen, originally appeared on WebMD.com

Do You Need Personal Accident Insurance?

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Many people assume that they do not need personal accident insurance because nothing is going to happen and if it does then they will deal with it. However, unfortunately when something does happen they may not be the only ones dealing with it. Their spouse, family, children, co-workers, and friends may also be left to deal with it and this can be a huge burden on everyone involved. It is simply not possible to predict what will happen in life and every day someone dies of an accident. What happens to that person’s family? They are left dealing with the emotions of losing someone suddenly, as well as planning a funeral and trying to manage everything else. It becomes too difficult to handle for the people who are left behind.

Personal accident insurance can cover an individual if they become blind, deaf, hemiplegic, paraplegic, or quadriplegic. It also helps if someone loses the use of their extremities. You don’t have to be married to qualify for personal accident insurance coverage. You can be single and making plans for your future. You are still protecting those who love you. If you are married, you can cover yourself, your spouse, and your children as well. You need to be between the ages of 18 and 69 to be eligible for insurance coverage and you must also live in Australia.

Guardian Insurance has been in business for many years providing insurance coverage and peace of mind for those who need it most. Insurance is something that you don’t normally buy until you are ready and Guardian understands that and offers the ultimate coverage plans to ensure peace of mind for you and coverage benefits for those who mean a lot to you.

Even if you didn’t get out of your home and never got into a vehicle to go anywhere, there is still a chance of an accident occurring in the home. In fact, many accidents occur inside the home and not outside. That is because people let their guard down when they are in the home and that is when they are more vulnerable for accidents. Everyone needs to have personal accident insurance to protect them from these˜what if’s’ in life.

Guardian Insurance can provide protection that will cover you no matter what. Now that you know you need to have personal accident insurance coverage how much insurance is going to be enough? Guardian Insurance agents can help you come up with an amount that you can feel comfortable with but determine what your yearly salary is per year and multiply that by five. This will give you an estimate of how much insurance you may need. You can go as high as seven but five is ideal and usually more within range. It may seem like you are covering a lot but the fact is, if something was to happen to you and you are the primary income provider then your family will need to be protected and able to recover before they can create another means of income.

As you see, protection is something that everyone needs. Protect you and your family today with personal accident insurance.

This article was originally written by Jon Elder at www.freemoneywisdom.com

Wellness Revolution Growing Consciousness

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The wellness revolution and the growing consciousness about the juice we drink says a lot about who we are.

In the matter of juicing, celebrities and chefs endorse the healthful wonders of juicing fruits, vegetables and herbs. Health advocates list health benefits such as detoxification of the liver and colon, boosting your body’s immunity, weight loss and cancer prevention.

The ever popular and fashionable, juicing entered the mainstream market through our living room as we watch primetime TV. It’s supposed to be a domestic thing to buy the pricey and shiny little appliance perched on the kitchen counter.

Juicer type

The masticating juicer is the newer type in the market but with specialized extraction method to please health buffs and juice lovers. It is the kind of juicer you watched Jack LaLanne demonstrating on TV.

Cold press extracts the most juice from fruits and vegetables. It works by slowly crushing and pressing the fruit or vegetable to extract the juice and reducing the pulp and skin into a dry state.

No other type of juicer works with exceptional efficiency to extract milk from nuts such as cashew and almonds into fresh milk juice. It also works smoothly to extract green juice from wheat grass.

It packs fresher nutrients into the juices because the slow crushing and pressing motion produce less heat and does not break down nutrients.

Big business in juicing

Now, big business is in on the juicing trend, part of a $50 billion a year health and wellness food market. It’s even in the news on Reuters.

Starbucks, the nation’s favorite coffee brand, bought Evolution Fresh for $30 million dollars. Howard Schultz understands America’s fascination with fresh juices and will set up more juice bars in the West Coast, where Evolution Fresh is based.

More people are turning to healthy freshly-pressed juices from caffeine. Starbucks must have recognized this trend, too. On the other hand, the enthusiasm on juicing has encouraged many to grow their own fruits and vegetables in their backyard.

Juices from fruits and vegetables give you a concentrated cocktail that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Others share smoothie recipes online to go along with their varied taste in juicing.

They are a good source of nutrition and energy. Finally, juices are a low-calorie intake that helps you get rid of fat, extra weight and allergies, and re-invigorate your metabolism to maintain a healthy weight.

As the wellness revolution became a growing consciousness, many people are now taking charge of their own health by eating the right food to stay healthy.

This article, written by Janet Grace Ortigasoriginally appeared on http://visualseocopy.com

Janet Grace Ortigas is the founder of marketing and media website http://visualseocopy.com. She is a journalist, copywriter and Health Editor of Guardian Express LV.

Typhoon Haiyan Victims in Estancia Experienced Zija Miracle Part II

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This article is the second installment about Zija Miracle Foundation’s relief effortin Estancia, Iloilo following the November 8 calamitous Typhoon Yolanda, known by its international code name Typhoon Haiyan. It was made possible through additional donations by ZIJA U.S.A.

Earlier, Zija Miracle Foundation was among the non-governmental benefactors that donated millions in pesos in relief aid to Tacloban City, Leyte.

On December 17, a team of eight volunteers consisting of representatives from Manila, Cagayan De Oro City and Iloilo City embarked on a mission to distribute relief goods in Estancia, Iloilo.

The objective was to help barangays that have received lesser attention and aid by relief agencies. This matter was suggested by Vice Governor Raul “Boboy” C. Tupas during prior visits to his office at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Further assistance was offered by the Vice Governor by sending his political affairs consultant, Angel Briones, to guide the Zija volunteer team to villages in Estancia.

Indeed, many typhoon victims in recipient barangays shed tears as they received the relief goods, saying they didn’t expect to receive more help.

Coming around the season of holidays, Zija Miracle brought “spaghetti package” to cheer up the victims and their family.

The Super Storm Revisited

On November 8, breaking news on Typhoon Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda) that flashed on TV and on the Internet focused world attention in the widespread calamity in Tacloban City, Leyte and neighboring places.

In graphic images, the bustling city was made to bear the Apocalyptic brunt of the super storm, code name Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. Cars, ships, rubble, debris and dead bodies were strewn everywhere as storm surges swept a kilometer inland knocking down people, power lines, communications, homes and buildings.

But super typhoon Yolanda didn’t just stop in Tacloban City. With undiminished fury and power, it barreled down to the West hitting islands in Central and Western Visayas with unprecedented destruction to life and property in its wake.

In the Province of Iloilo, a part of Western Visayas region, hardest hit by the disaster was the town of Estancia. It lies 135 kilometers North of the provincial capital, Iloilo City. Similar to the situation in Tacloban City, thousands in Estancia were left homeless and exposed to the elements in the first few days after the catastrophe, drawing mass evacuation to schools and other government facilities. However, there were far fewer casualties. Food and shelter were in short supply as haggard and hungry evacuees overflowed in evacuation centers.

Incidents of looting and overrunning of relief aid convoys by hungry survivors were reported as people scamper for food in the days immediately following the raging weather. Worse, thousands of homeless fisherfolks lost their motorized banca or fishing boat, their means of livelihood before the storm came. Then more bad news: oil spill from the power barge is spreading and polluting rich fishing grounds and corals, dashing hopes of a swift recovery and rehabilitation for the helpless masses.

Environmental tragedy

Storm surges during Typhoon Yolanda knocked off Power Barge No. 103 from its offshore moorings. Power Barge No. 103 of NAPOCOR (National Power Corporation) is estimated to weigh 10,000 tons and laden with 1.2 million liters of bunker fuel.

Turbulent giant waves at the height of Yolanda snapped the offshore mooring lines and tossed up the huge power barge ashore, about a hundred meters away. As a result, the barge was marooned along the shoreline and its hull punctured and leaking 200,000 liters of bunker fuel.

A turn for the worse, the oil spill wasn’t contained rapidly and caused an environmental impact that aggravated by the devastation wrought about by the strongest storm ever to hit land. The fuel leak formed an oil slick that spread over to the waters of other townships along the coast up to a hundred kilometers to the South. It threatened the mangroves, animals and fishing grounds.

As expected, the oil slick on the water turned stale and produced an offensive stench that was unhealthy for people living in the immediate area. Testing of air quality by the Department of Health on November showed elevated levels of benzene and ordered residents to evacuate.

Due to the desperate plight of affected folks, the UNHCR set up an emergency evacuation center called by the locals as tent city for 1,200 individuals inside NIPSC (Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College) campus in Barangay Botongon, Estancia, hundreds of meters away from the shoreline. The hardy Ilonggos, as the locals are called, coined a name for the ‘tent city’ as Yolanda Homes.

Zija Miracle Relief Aid Volunteer Team

Team Leader, Ramir Valenzuela, Manila
Members: Marissa Reyes, Manila
Girlie Laya, Cagayan de Oro
Rose Villarta, Lanao Del Sur
Bernard “Bernie” Combong, Cagayan de Oro
Ringgo Maglunsod, Cagayan de Oro
Morvil Villarin, Iloilo City
Transport: Rey Mantac, Owner/Driver, RC Transport
Security: Jesse Alarcon, Estancia, Iloilo

Recipients Barangay:

Brgy. Capt. Edgardo Gonzales, Brgy. San Roque, Estancia, Iloilo
Brgy. Capt. Eric Ramirez, Brgy. Tabuan, Estancia, Iloilo
Brgy. Capt. Dexter Bacus, Brgy. Botongon, Estancia, Iloilo

Lemuel Roem J. Alarcon is a Licensed Insurance Consultant of MAPFRE Insular. He’s an SEO copywriter, blogger, marketing consultant and entrepreneur. He maintains a blog on copywriting at http://coffeemillcopy.wordpress.com. He’s also a co-founder of a marketing and media agency http://visualseocopy.com

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