Monthly Archives for: January 2014

January Is Time to Cleanse!

by Helen Vernier and Mary Kloberdanz

In today’s world we absorb unwanted toxins, which can limit our body’s potential. Juicing floods our system with powerful nutrients and antioxidants that eliminate toxins by providing nutrition on a cellular level. Doing a juice cleanse is a great way to take control of your health by detoxifying your body and resetting your relationship with food. January is a perfect time to cleanse, as we focus on renewal and rejuvenation.

When embarking on a juice cleanse, it’s important to prepare yourself. In the days preceding your cleanse, you should be sure to drink eight glasses of water and to only eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and eggs. Once your juice cleanse starts, make sure to take good care of yourself. Use your juices as meal replacements, and try not to eat anything else, as it slows down the juice cleansing process. If you feel you must eat, stick to organic fruits and veggies or soaked nuts and seeds. And remember: continue to drink lots of water. Don’t over-exert yourself and make sure to take plenty of time to relax.

Lucky for you, fresh, healthy, 100% organic juices are available at our very own Alfalfa’s Market Juice Bar. We’ll juice everything for you and also blend up a nutrient-dense smoothie to help curb your appetite. We have various cleanse programs to pick from, ranging from the one to seven days in length. We’ll make your juice fresh and ready for you to pick up!

Alfalfa’s juice cleanse offers the variety needed to support the body each day, as it relies on just juice. “The Nutrifier” combines eight ingredients into one perfectly balanced juice. The kidney-supporting citrus helps to push out unwanted toxins by acting as a diuretic, while the ginger warms and stimulates the digestive system, and fruits and vegetables round out its overall nutritive properties. “The Mighty Cleanse” is packed with eight varieties of greens, all strong in flavor and bitterness, which help detoxify the liver and bring homeostasis to organ functions. “The Beet of Life” is rich in flavor and color! By nature, it is satiating for the stomach and the heart, because it promotes blood circulation and oxygenation. Finally, “The Night Cap” is truly satisfying. It helps to curb hunger at the end of a day of cleansing and is packed with protein, fiber, and raw sweetness. All of these drinks combine to help detoxify, relax, rejuvenate, energize, and renew the body. 

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Oatmeal Month

January happens to be Oatmeal Month, so why not add this amazing breakfast item to your daily routine? Here are just a few reasons:

Did you know that oats have been proven to reduce cholesterol levels, and therefore reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension? They also have special antioxidants called tocotriencols, which aid in the production of vitamin E.  Those who are looking to control blood sugar levels can eat oats, because they slow down digestion and prolong the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This property of oats also makes them good for people who are trying to control their weight, because they feel fuller longer. The phytoestrogen compounds in oats have been linked to decreased risk of hormone-related diseases such as breast cancer. In addition to all these benefits, oats are also rich in carbohydrates, making them perfect for runners and other athletes. For those who have a gluten sensitivity, oatmeal is a perfect part of a balanced diet, because oatmeal is naturally gluten-free. Finally, be sure to make your oatmeal the old-fashioned way and forego the instant kind, as these kinds usually have added sodium and sugar.

 With all these amazing benefits, it’s hard to pass up a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on a winter morning!

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