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Help Increase Bone Density!

Don't let your bones suffer unnecessarily! The body's need for calcium is essential, but a calcium supplement may not be the solution. Instead, treat your diet as medicine. Individuals who consume 5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day have a higher bone density. Let us tell you why...

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism explains that consuming a more alkalized diet can improve bone health by reducing the excretion of calcium from the body. As the body matures with age, it becomes more challenging to eliminate acids produced by metabolic processes. Bones begin to break down and release minerals like calcium in a process called bone resorption as a way to neutralize the acid build up. In general, most vegetables and fruits are alkalizing whereas animal meats and all processed foods are acidifying.This is a natural process and the body thus regains what it needs through diet. That is why it is essential to treat your diet as a means of nourishment.

Our juices are loaded with naturally occurring calcium as well as a long list of other minerals and vitamins. We'll keep your body alkalized, so it doesn't have to rely on the fabric of your bones to eliminate the acidity from eating too many of the wrong foods.

Here is a list of some great high in calcium foods to add to your diet:
Celery, Collard Greens, Arugula, Kale, Tomatoes, Spinach, Oranges, Dates, Figs, Apricots, Almonds, Sesame Seeds, Soybeans


Enjoy More Sweet Navel Oranges

Have you ever had a moment with an orange? The round bulk of it cupped in your hand as you begin to peel it, and the dust like bits of white (the bioflavanoids, which actually help you absorb the vitamin C) spray out and tickle your nose with its sweet aroma? You know what I'm talking about right? As you proceed to peel, tiny streams of juice flow from your palm to your wrist. And you may even attempt to salvage the juice by licking it off. In that moment, your senses are alive! Food does this to us, especially fresh simple foods from the earth. Real food invites us to discover it as it reveals its qualities of texture, smell and taste.

The navel orange is a fascinating fruit for many reasons. It opens up the senses especially through its intensely sweet and soothing smell. It's also a wonderfully nourishing fruit and most appropriate when eaten in season because of its warming quality.  Navel oranges are loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C (don't forget the additional bioflavanoids in the white pith which help with Vitamin C absorption), Vitamin B Complex, which help support healthy cell function, increased immune function and help balance your mood.

There are foods that we eat for the benefit of our body and there are foods that we eat for the benefit of our pleasure. It's always nice coming upon the edible gems that give us both. Oranges do that. Increase the warmth of your blood, turn up the the volume on your immune system and delight your taste buds this month by eating/drinking more navel oranges. We've got them on the menu this week and they're sweet, sweet, sweet!

SING IT TO THE BEET!

Maybe you heard us singing out praises to beets before, but this week we're all about 'em and we're reminding you why. Beets have a way of FLIRTING with our mood. With its combination of minerals, elements, amino acids (like Tryptophan, also found in CHOCOLATE), Beets provoke the production of sex hormones and also give us a sense of well being.

While we're on the subject of flirting and chocolate, if Valentine's day is your thing, here's a fun myth to explore...
In ancient times, they believed that if two people ate from the same beet they'd fall in love and be tied together for life. That gives our famous "BEET LIPS" a whole new meaning!

LOVE yourself a little extra this month by drinking fresh beet juice! Beets are a wonderful liver tonic and overall very cleansing. Keeping the liver nourished and toxin free is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. It is true, beets are high in sugar, but their natural sugar digests slowly and energizes your body in a gentle and natural way. If you commonly experience an afternoon energy drop, try sipping a beet juice and you'll find your energy renewed.

Turmeric Protects Cells Against Radiation!

Juicey Lucy's is giving a tip-of-the-hat to Turmeric! As many of you are aware, it is critical for those of us on the West Coast to adjust to the continuing increased radiation exposure and food contamination due to Japan's tragic nuclear disasters. The effects of radiation work on a cellular level and many sources say creating a plan to optimize your organs for detoxification is an excellent preventative method. Combating the effects of radiation by supporting our cells is exactly what our humble spice, turmeric, accomplishes! What better way to enjoy turmeric – the ultimate antioxidant – than in your fresh-pressed juice? Protect those cell membranes with a toast to turmeric every week!
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