How to Get Clear Skin the Easy Way

Ah yes, clear skin. It is something every woman (and man, too!) wants. It’s something typical Americans spend hundred of thousands dollars on each year. From countless face washes, to crazy expensive makeups, many will try it all in an effort to obtain clear skin. Let’s be honest, no one wants to feel that their face is unattractive due to unwanted blemishes or acne.

Trying to obtain clear skin can be one of the most frustrating processes, but what most people don’t know is that a lot of foods we eat can be used in our skincare routine! Many people fail to tie their diet and the state of their skin together, but it couldn’t be more true.

Below, we will highlight 3 of the best ingredients to move you towards your goal of clear skin.

3 Unparalleled Ingredients for Clear Skin

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most versatile ingredients as far as health, wellness, and overall well-being goes. You can use coconut oil as a remedy or ingredient to almost anything!

Coconut oil can get you on the path to clear skin by removing dead skin cells, strengthening epidermal tissue, protecting us from harmful sun exposure, and overall containing numerous antioxidant properties. You can apply coconut oil to your face to moisturize, remove makeup, and help heal scars left by acne.

Eating coconut is just as beneficial. When consumed, it is known to reduce inflammation and help nourish your gut. So lather it on and use it in your meals and you’ll be sure to see the benefits over time.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is as versatile as the above coconut oil and can help you obtain clear skin. Apple cider is another ingredient that can be applied to the face as well as consumed and both occurrences help lead you to healthier skin.

Benefits of apple cider vinegar include the ability to help kill bad bacterias, improvement of gut function which in turn helps lead to clear skin, and cleansing of the skin while helping to prevent future acne outbreaks.

So, go ahead and soak a washcloth in apple cider vinegar and apply to the face for an all natural astringent. Doing so will help reduce fine lines, make your skin feel smoother, and absorb excessive oils. In addition, applying the vinegar to blemish scars overnight can help reduce the scarring over time.

Aloe Vera

Among many other things, aloe vera can help you down the path to clear skin by fighting aging, moisturizing the skin, and treating acne. Aloe contains an abundance of antioxidants that include vitamin C and E as well as beta carotene. All of which help firm up the skin and reduce fine lines. It also is a great moisturizer because it leaves the skin very moist without feeling greasy.

It is known to contain two essential hormones (auxin and gibberellins) that have anti-inflammatory qualities, heal wounds, and stimulate new cells. Aloe Vera is known to help heal chronic skin problems such as acne and eczema.

And you can eat it! Did you know aloe vera was edible? It is even considered a superfood. Most nutritionists advise that a little goes a long way when it comes to health benefits, and you should always talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. A small shot of aloe juice in your morning smoothie sounds like a fun new ingredient to us! There really doesn’t seem to be a downside to adding aloe vera into your beauty routine so give it a try as soon as possible!

Overall Takeaway

Just like with a healthy food and exercise routine, it is important to keep an open mind when learning about what things can affect your skin. It is also important to experiment for yourself what works and what doesn’t. Everyone’s bodies and genetic makeups are different and this includes each of our skins, so what is bad for one person to eat, may be fine for the next.

It’s all about experimenting- taking away the foods that are known to be toxic to your skin and staying consistent with your health routine. A healthy lifestyle usually correlates with healthy skin. As always, the number one rule of thumb is really truly listening to your body and the signs it gives you.

Time to Detox? 7 Must-Have Ingredients

The liver is a vital organ that should be taken care of so it can take care of you! Our livers are so important because, among other things, they are in charge of distributing and storing essential nutrients, as well as removing dangerous and harmful toxins from our bodies. It is the birthplace of more than 100 enzymes needed for kidney, brain, and joint function. A healthy liver will keep you energized, boost your immune system, improve appetite and digestion, boost your metabolism by processing fats for you (and again, turn them into energy when needed), breakdown and process proteins, and store many of your essential vitamins such as B12 and vitamins D and E. Have you thought about trying a detox to get your body back on track?

Livers are strong organs (and one of the largest in the body, btw), but can be damaged like any other part of your body if you don’t take care of it. Damage can occur from excessive amounts of alcohol, tobacco, and excessive amounts of painkillers. It can also be damaged as a result of poor diet, hepatitis viruses, and even some autoimmune disorders. 

How Can I Detox in A Healthy Way?

The best way to help prevent damage to the liver is by eating a healthy, balanced diet and limiting alcohol consumption. That healthy diet should include as many of the amazing ingredients listed below that are known to be liver detoxifiers.

Herbs

Milk Thistle Seed– Milk thistle has been used for hundreds and hundreds of years to cleanse and support the liver and gallbladder. It helps with digestion, bile production, detoxification from poisons like alcohol, and even can heal damaged liver tissues.

Dandelion Root– Dandelion root, to many’s surprise, is beneficial for the liver because it helps fight fatty liver and cirrhosis, and also stimulates bile flow.

Turmeric– Turmeric is a wonder herb/spice that we actually blogged about in detail recently. One of its many positive attributes is protecting the liver by helping stimulate enzymes that flush out toxins. Like milk thistle, turmeric can even aid in healing damaged liver tissues.

Greens/Cruciferous Vegetables

Arugula– the sulphureous chemicals in arugula are said to strengthen the liver and stimulate circulation. Arugula also has diuretic properties.

Cabbage/Brussel Sprouts/Broccoli– Cruciferous veggies are great for the liver because they contain sulforaphane, which strengthens detoxification enzymes in the liver. Eating cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale) regularly, will certainly help improve liver function.

Fruits

Grapefruit– Grapefruit is high in vitamin C and antioxidants which naturally support cleansing of the liver. You can increase liver detoxification by consuming grapefruit regularly.

Citrus Fruits– Citrus fruits are similar to grapefruit in the sense they are high in vitamin C and have many antioxidants, which naturally help cleanse the liver. Citrus fruits also contain limonin, which is a compound that has strong anti-cancer agents (bonus)!

As mentioned earlier, living a healthy lifestyle – including a healthy and fresh diet, exercise, and limiting alcohol and harsh drugs- is key to maintaining a healthy liver. On top of that, consuming any or all of the above liver-friendly  ingredients can assist you in protecting that liver. And if you are struggling at all with how to incorporate these helpful detox ingredients into your meals, please head over to Get Juiced, as we include a majority of these ingredients on our menu!

Turmeric : What Is It and Why Do I Need It?

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice derived from a plant that is most commonly used in Asian dishes and is the main spice in curry (it’s also what gives curry its yellow color).

On top of being used as a spice, turmeric is known to have natural medicinal properties.

One of the main active ingredients in this herb is called curcumin. Curcumin is a high level antioxidant, as well as a powerful anti-inflammatory. These benefits makes turmeric highly desirable for so many people.

What’s the scoop with inflammation?

Acute (short-term) inflammation in the body is normal and actually beneficial as your body inflames when it’s protecting itself from foreign invaders. By doing so, your body is repairing any damage that is being done by the foreign invaders.

However, when inflammation is chronic (long-term), it can be lethal on your body. When chronic inflammation settles in, your body is in a continuous state of attacking itself. 

Inflammation is really not great for your body, it is now said to play a major role in most chronic diseases. This includes autoimmune diseases, cancers, metabolic syndrome, alzheimer’s, heart disease, and many, more.

Turmeric can really help?

As serious as many of the diseases listed above are, turmeric really is known to help. The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are so strong that they’ve been compared favorably to many anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

This is awesome news because it is a natural remedy, meaning it comes without all of the negative side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. The serious side effects of many drugs include stomach ulcers, ringing in the ears, and swelling. They are also known to increase blood pressure, and possible liver and kidney damage. 

You can clearly see why finding natural remedies, like turmeric, is so important.

What else can Turmeric do for me?

On top of the high anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric has countless other benefits.

For one, it is successful in disinfecting cuts and burns due to its antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. In doing so, it increases the healing time of wounds and helps to repair damaged skin.

This plant can help the liver, and it’s been said to increase metabolism. (We all know that an increased metabolism helps with managing weight issues.)

Turmeric has even been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

In numerous studies done on mice, this well known plant spice has shown a decrease in the progression of multiple sclerosis. It has even shown a decrease in the progression of alzheimer’s disease, among many other positive studies.

Well-known Advocates

You betcha! Gwyneth Paltrow has spoken openly about her love of turmeric and how it can be made into lattes and teas. Victoria Beckham has mentioned mixing it with aloe vera for her skin. Former supermodel, Rachel Hunter, also recommends turmeric for any and all skin issues. And finally, even queen Beyonce has been rumored to be a big fan of the spice.

BRB, going to grab some turmeric…

As you can see, there are countless health benefits deriving from this wonderful herb and it can be consumed and used in a variety of ways. From cooking, to lattes and teas, to ice cream, to facial washes, to cocktails – turmeric is awesome. It’s a spice that has been around hundreds of years but has just now been picking up steam in the health and wellness world.

And you better believe Get Juiced is on the turmeric train and includes the ingredient in a few of our items (such as the ‘Turmeric Shot’ and the ‘Get Snappy’ Juice). So by all means, come in, try it out and let the healing properties begin working their magic.

Top 6 Best Fruits and Vegetables to Look For This Summer

Although they may vary slightly, depending on your region, it’s important to have an understanding of what the best fruits and vegetables are for every season throughout the year.

Why be “in the know” about seasonality of produce?

Here are a couple reasons:

  1. If a fruit or vegetable is in season, it’s typically more fresh than any other time of year.

For example, Florida blueberries are in season during the spring months, so you know if you are buying Florida blueberries around that time, you will have the freshest, best tasting product. Finding blueberries in the fall or winter means they are likely from another region or have been stored somewhere.

  1. When a fruit or vegetable is in season, there is typically an abundance of the product, which can drive costs down at the grocery store, as they have so much to get rid of before it goes bad.

Let’s face it, nothing tastes better than juice from a fresh, ripe fruit or vegetables.

Here are 6 of the best fruits and vegetables to be on the lookout for this summer.

Blueberries

Blueberries are the most nutrient dense berries. They contain fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. Sometimes called the “king of antioxidant” foods, blueberries can also reduce DNA damage, which may help protect your body against aging and cancer.

Domestically, blueberries are in season from April to September.

Cherries

Cherries are bursting with antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, all of which can help support a healthy system and may reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. States known for their cherries are California, Washington, Wisconsin, and Michigan – but we all look forward to those Flathead cherries here in Montana in the spring/summer!

Cherry season begins in May and extends through August throughout the country.

Peaches

Peaches store a broad range of nutrients that are vital to healthy functioning of the body. Some of these nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B1, B2, and B3. The peel of a peach possess significant antioxidant properties. Peaches also possess anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.

Peaches are commonly in season from Mid-May to Mid-August.

Watermelon

Watermelons are mostly water, about 92%, but this refreshing fruit is also soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamin A, B6, and C, along with tons of lycopene, antioxidants, potassium and amino acids.

Watermelons are in peak season from May through September.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are a very healthy, refreshing vegetable with a mild taste. For these reasons,  they are a great vegetable for juicing. Cucumbers are anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, with cancer prevention properties. They are high in vitamins A, B, and C which can all boost your immune system, give you energy, and make your skin glow.

Cucumbers are said to be most in season from early June through August.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are good for your heart, kidney, hair and skin, prevent several different types of cancers, help maintain strong bones, provide essential antioxidants, and even known to help repair damage caused by smoking.

Depending on the type of tomato, most varieties are in season during the summer months.

Now that you are in the know on what the best fruits and vegetables are in the coming months, check out the summer menu at Get Juiced – we keep it fresh!

10 Juicing Ingredients to Boost Your Mood Now

Do you need to boost your mood? Have you ever been accused of being moody? Don’t lie to us, because surely, we all have at one time or another.

We get defensive, we cast the blame off of us and onto the other person, but usually, deep down, we know the accuser is right. The issue is that a lot of times, we know we are indeed being moody, but we aren’t 100% certain why and we also aren’t sure how to change the moodiness.

What many people don’t realize is that there are many healthy foods that can actually assist in boosting your mood.

A 2012 study done by the University of Warwick in conjunction with Dartmouth College found that within a group of over 80,000 individuals, happiness and mental health rise in an approximately dose-response way with the number of daily portions of fruits and vegetables. While in some cases it rounds out at the recommended five per day, well-being appears to peak at seven.

Boost Your Mood With These 10 Juicing Amazing Ingredients

Citrus.

The biggest reason citrus fruits can be such great mood boosters is because of the large amounts of vitamin C. A deficiency of this vitamin, which much be replenished within the body on a daily basis, has been associated with irritability, depressive moods and generally low levels of energy.  The instant burst of vitamin C that fruits like oranges and grapefruits provide are like a fast track antidote to reduced energy levels and blue mood.

Banana.

Bananas are high in vitamins B6, A, and C, which combined with high levels of fiber, tryptophan, potassium, and healthy carbohydrates make for a great mood enhancer.

Coconut.

Coconuts contain medium-chain triglycerides that our bodies process and use as brain fuel. Event the scent of coconut has been shown to reduce stress levels and lower anxiety. It is a very minimally processed food that will provide you with a boost in energy and mood.

Ginger.

On top of being a mood booster, ginger has been shown to improve memory and clarity. Ginger boosts serotonin levels in your body, which in turn enhance your mood.

Kale.

Because kale is chocked full of magnesium, it is one of the best natural anti-depressant foods around. It’s also rich in iron, chlorophyll, B vitamins, and Vitamins A and C. Eating nutrient-dense foods, like kale, has been directly linked to improved mood health, depression relief, and lower amounts of anxiety.

Lemon.

Just the smell of lemon can boost your mood and brighten your outlook on the day. Give this a try each morning or afternoon and see what kind of effect it has on you.

Mango.

Mango contains vitamin B6 which, like ginger, increases serotonin levels in your body. In turn, your mood is elevated and you should have a better general sense of well being after eating mango.

Chamomile.

Many consume chamomile in the form of chamomile tea. Chamomile is known to have a calming effect and be another natural anti-depressant. Drink Chamomile tea to see a boost in mood and relaxation.

Asparagus.

Asparagus is full of folate, a B vitamin that can lift your spirits and help ward off irritability. Asparagus also contains high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid linked to improved moods.

Raw Cacao.

Among many other essential nutrients, Cacao contains anandamide, which is a mood enhancing compound (actually referred to as the bliss molecule) that can give you a sense of euphoria when consumed.

Eating a healthy, nutrient based diet – including juicing – surely will not solve all of your life problems. It also may not completely turn your attitude around, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to try these foods in hopes of boosting your mood. At the very least, you will be providing your body with essential nutrients it needs on a daily basis.
Many of these mood boosting ingredients listed above are included in our newly released, 2017 Spring Menu, so check us out and please feel free to provide feedback on how these ingredients boosted your mood!

 

How to Boost Energy by Juicing: Top 5 Ingredients

There are a variety of products on the market that claim to be energy enhancing. Instead of trying to convince yourself that these products work, and throwing away your money, you should simply look to your diet first. If you are a juicer, you know that there are many amazing, beneficial ingredients that you’ve come across while juicing. You’ve probably tried things you’ve never dreamed of trying and found that you like, and also dislike, many. You have probably purchased vegetables and fruits you’ve never heard of in order to boost energy levels, and have been more adventurous in the kitchen than you ever thought you could be.

With so many different fruits and vegetables, the combination possibilities for juicing are endless. A quick google or Pinterest search will provide you thousands of different juicing recipes to try. While we have many favorite recipes (we’ll save those for another day), we want to share with you our top 5 favorite ingredients that will actually enhance your energy level. These are in no particular order, and are just a handful of our favorite ingredients that we try to incorporate in as many drinks as possible when juicing.

 

Boost Your Energy with These 5 Amazing Juicing Ingredients 

Ginger

Ginger is great for the digestive system, and boosts the immune system. It also enhances the function of your circulatory system, which typically results in a boost in energy.  Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and a natural pain reliever for chronic pain conditions like arthritis. Ginger is even beneficial for the common cold or headache.

Spinach

Spinach is high in iron, which is key in producing energy in our bodies. It is also high in niacin and zinc as well as protein, potassium and fiber. Spinach is filled with vitamins C and E, but also vitamin K, which can help maintain a healthy nervous system. It is an excellent source of manganese, which can keep blood sugar levels steady and healthy. Consuming spinach at lunch is a great way to avoid that afternoon energy crash.

Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. They can improve healthy heart function, reduce cholesterol, fight obesity, boost liver defense, and even protect brain cells and increase memory function.  Blueberries are a fruit that are low on the glycemic index so they won’t give you intense blood sugar spikes like some fruits will. 

Kale

Kale is an MVP in the juicing world. This dark green leafy vegetable has strong cancer fighting abilities, and is packed with calcium, iron, and vitamin K. Kale is also known for  the antioxidant Lutein, which promotes healthy eyes. Kale increases heart health and muscle growth, among many other tremendous attributes. Kale contains L-tyrosine, which is an amino acid known for its ability to naturally boost energy levels.

Apple

Apples are awesome- not only do they taste great, but they, similar to blueberries, are a low glycemic fruit which helps control blood sugar levels. They also help with digestive health and are thought to be useful in fighting several cancers due to their polyphenols (found in the peel of the apple). Apples are high in vitamins A and C and carry a significant amount of carbohydrates and fiber which means you will stay more energized and feel full, longer.

As you can see, the above 5 ingredients are powerhouses in the juicing world (or in the health field in general). On top of increasing your energy level, these ingredients are chocked full of other fantastic vitamins, antioxidants, and healing elements.

You really can’t go wrong when including these in your daily juicing recipes.

Try a few out and get a feel for how your body responds. If you feel a boost in energy, continue on with those ingredients as often as you can. Now, get off the couch and get some juice!

Get Juiced makes it super easy, and our staff is excited to talk more with you about it.

 
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