Candida Overgrowth Self Check List

 

Checklist for Candida Albicans

This is a great tool to check if you might have Candida Albicans yeast infection overgrowth (CO). Candida overgrowth is a serious issue. Poor diet, fungusy foods, antibiotic use, and consumption of meats that were injected with antibiotics lead to Candida overgrowth.

 

Candida Albicans yeast infection symptoms which are numerous and seemingly unrelated, can lead to confusion and mis-diagnosis.  Most people who have Candida overgrowth won’t be diagnosed…they will end up receiving prescriptions for symptoms…not the cause. Candida yeast steals nutrients from the food that you eat, and it poisons the tissues with waste material containing over 75 known toxins. Candida albicans is linked, directly or indirectly, to the following list of conditions and symptoms.

Review the 80 likely symptoms listed below to see if any apply to you. Give yourself ONE POINT for each of those which you have had persistently (for a month or longer, either currently or at anytime in the past).

Candida Symptoms

Digestive Troubles

  • Bad Breath,
  • Gas/Bloating,
  • Indigestion,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Constipation,
  • Intestinal Pain,
  • Low Blood Sugar,
  • Food / sugar cravings,
  • Mouth or stomach ulcers,
  • Allergies (Air or Food),
  • Food Sensitivities,
  • Heartburn,
  • Dry Mouth,
  • Receding Gums,
  • Hemorrhoids, rectal itch
  • Irritable bowel.

Behavioral

  • Anti-social Behavior,
  • Suicidal Tendencies,
  • Insomnia,
  • Depression,
  • Anxiety, high strung.
  • Irritability.

Skin & Joint Problems

  • Thrush, Diaper Rash,
  • Acne, Skin Rash or Hives,
  • Dry Skin & Itching,
  • Finger, toe or foot Fungus,
  • Athlete’s Foot,
  • Liver Spots,
  • Water Retention,
  • Joint Pain,
  • Muscle Aches,
  • Numbness.

Troubles

  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention Deficit Disorder,
  • Lack of Impulse Control,

Female Problems

  • Infertility,
  • Vaginal Yeast Infection,
  • Menstrual Problems,
  • PMS Symptoms,
  • Bladder Infections,
  • Endometriosis,
  • No Sex Drive,
  • Hormonal Imbalance,
  • Iron Deficiency.

Mental & Emotional

  • Dizziness,
  • Mental Fogginess, (Confused, spaced-out, blank stares, day dreaming)
  • Inability to Concentrate (Having to re-read the same thing twice)
  • Poor memory (Where are my car keys? or, Why did I come into this room?)
  • Mood Swings,
  • Headaches.

Immune Problems

  • Lethargic/Laziness,
  • Chronic Fatigue,
  • Asthma, Hay Fever,
  • Colds & Flu,
  • Puffy Eyes,
  • Respiratory Problems,
  • Chemical Sensitivity,
  • Epstein Barr Virus,
  • Adrenal/Thyroid Failure,
  • Cold/Shaky,
  • Ear Infections,
  • Chronic sore throat,
  • Post nasal drip,
  • Hair Loss,
  • Stuffed sinus (sinusitis),
  • Overweight,
  • Underweight,
  • Diabetes,
  • Burning Eyes,
  • Premature Aging,
  • Autism

YOUR ADDED SCORE IS _____ (one point per symptom)

0-4 points – Indicates variations of normal living (unless persistent and severe).
5-9 Points – Indicates a Clear Pattern shows likely development of CO.
10 or more - Indicates Strong Pattern and almost certain CO.

What’s the next step? There are medical tests to evaluate the levels of Candida in your system. You could start there.

Additionally, diet will help control the additional growth of Candida.

Candida Diet:

Click here for foods to avoid for Candida overgrowth.

Here are some great menu ideas from Pinterest: CLICK HERE

Besides a diet that will reduce the growth of Candida, a top-of-the-line probiotic will help kill the bad yeast. It’s important to use a probiotic that includes enzymes and follow that up with a magnesium supplement to prohibit the re-absorption of toxins.

Read here for more information about Candida Overgrowth detox.

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Foods to Avoid During Candida Detox

 

Here is the chart of foods to avoid while on the Candida detox. Candida is a fungus / yeast that causes adverse reactions in our body.  Leaky gut, auto-immune diseases, joint pain, migraines and headaches, stomach aches, digestive issues, memory and clarity trouble, mal-absorption of nutrients, itchy – rashy - pimply skin, and sleep and energy problems are just a few issues thought to be a result of Candida overgrowth.  A healthy dose of probiotics, a magnesium supplement, and dietary changes can have amazing results! Try this Candida detox today.

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Foods to avoid to help rid the body of Candida (Candida Detox) to fight intestinal Candida symptoms:

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FOODS TO AVOID
NOTES
SUGARS Sugar
Honey
Syrup
Chocolate
Molasses
Rice Syrup
Artificial Sweeteners
Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candida. Stay away from the soft drinks too. Always read food labels to make sure your food doesn’t contain sugar. Be careful – the aspartame in diet cola weakens your immune system can leave you vulnerable to Candida.
ALCOHOL Wine
Beer
Spirits
Liquors
Cider
Alcohol is high in sugars that can feed a Candida overgrowth. It also puts stress on your immune system.
GRAINS & GLUTINOUS FOODS Anything made with wheat, rye, oats or barley, e.g. white bread, rye bread, pasta.
Spelt products
Corn and corn byproducts
Rice
Many Candida sufferers have a high sensitivity to Gluten. Give your immune system a break and stay off gluten during your Candida diet. Corn-by products like popcorn tend to be contaminated with mold.
FRUIT Fresh Fruit
Dried Fruit
Canned Fruit
Fruit Juice
The high sugar content in fruit feeds Candida, even though they are natural sugars. Fruits like melon may also contain mold. A squeeze of lemon is OK.
VEGETABLES Potatoes
Carrots
Sweet Potatoes
Yams
Beets
Peas
Parsnips
This group of vegetables is very nutrient-dense, however they should be avoided until your Candida overgrowth is fully under control.
They then can be reintroduced in small portions one at a time.
MEATS All pork products
Cured meats
Processed meats
Smoked or vacuum-packed meats
Pork contains retroviruses that survive cooking and may be harmful for those with a weakened digestive system. Processed meats like lunch meat and spam are loaded with dextrose nitrates, sulfates and sugars.
FISH All fish except for wild salmon and sardines
All shellfish
All shellfish and most fish contain alarming levels of heavy metals and toxins. These will suppress your immune system and leave you vulnerable to Candida. Studies have shown that farmed salmon contain high levels of PCBs, mercury and other carcinogenic agents.
DAIRY PRODUCTS Cheese
Milk
Cream
Buttermilk
Whey products
Almost all dairy should be avoided except ghee, butter, kefir and probiotic yogurt. Milk contains lactose so it should be avoided. Kefir and yogurt are better because most of the lactose disappears during the fermentation process.
ADDITIVES & PRESERVATIVES Citric Acid
Anything you don’t know or can’t pronounce!
The manufactured, additive form of citric acid is derived from yeast. However the natural form, as found in lemons and limes, is OK on the diet.
Additives and preservatives can disrupt your friendly bacteria and allow the Candida yeast to flourish.
OTHER BEVERAGES Coffee
Black & green tea
Diet & regular soda
Energy drinks
Fruit Juices
Caffeine can cause your blood sugar to rise, but the main problem is that it weakens the adrenals and can impair your immune system. Coffee also contains mold. Even decaf tea and coffee are to be avoided, as they contain residual levels of caffeine.
NUTS Cashews
Peanuts
Pistachios
This group of nuts contains a high amount of mold, which can inflame your Candida problem.
BEANS Beans and other legumes
Chickpeas
Tofu
Soy cheese
Soy milk
All soy products
The combination of being hard to digest and high in carbs rules out beans from the first stages of the diet. They can be reintroduced later on in small portions. Soy products are mostly forbidden, as the majority of soy is genetically modified. If you can find non-GMO tofu, it should be OK to eat.
MUSHROOMS / MOLDS Mushrooms
Truffles
Mushrooms don’t “feed” Candida as some websites claim, but eating some fungi can cause an inflammatory reaction if you are already suffering from Candida. On the other hand, some medicinal mushrooms are actually OK on the diet and have strong immune-boosting properties. Good examples are Reishi and Maitake.
CONDIMENTS Ketchup
Mayonnaise
Regular Mustard
Relish
Horseradish
Soy sauce
Ketchup, tomato paste, and spaghetti sauces all contain high amounts of hidden sugars. Condiments generally do tend to be high in sugar, and they can exacerbate your Candida. For an alternative salad dressing, try coconut aminos or a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing.
VINEGAR All vinegars, except for Apple Cider Vinegar Vinegar is made in a yeast culture, depletes the stomach of acids and can also cause inflammation in your gut. However, one particular vinegar (unfiltered apple cider vinegar) can actually be helpful in combating a Candida overgrowth.
FATS AND OILS Peanut oil
Corn oil
Canola oil
Soy oil
Peanut, corn and canola oil are contaminated with mold. And most soy beans used in soy oil are GMO.

 

Overall – just keeping these foods to a minimum when you are trying to eat healthier is a great idea.  Candida detox is a healthy eating plan for most people, as it limits sugars and processed foods.

Organic, Natural Face Cleanser

 

Here’s the deal…it’s not easy to create all organic, natural, home-made products for your family. But, if you start small and try different recipes, you’ll find your groove.

How to Make Organic Natural Face Cleanser

The recipe I use for cleaning my face is pretty simple. I use coconut oil to get my eye make-up off with a cotton square or cotton ball.

Face cleanser:

1 tsp. of coconut oil

1 tbsp. of baking soda

a little warm water to mix with

Gently – apply the paste to your face…let it sit for a bit…rub GENTLY!  Wash off.  Then, I follow with an apple cider splash, just to return the skin to a balanced pH level.

Things to add:

essential oils, cinnamon, sea salt (fine grain), lemon juice, honey, steeped green tea, sugar, ginger. bath oats, almond milk, yogurt…

You can add any of these ingredients to freshen, detox, help with acne and blackheads, or sooth red / dry skin.  Just experiment with different ingredients, but the base of the coconut oil, baking soda, and water followed with the apple cider vinegar is all you need to clean your face, tighten your pores, and get rid of those nasty toxins.

Did you know???

Up to 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed in as little as 26 seconds? Aluminum, chemicals, toxins, artificial ingredients…of the over 10,000 “accepted” ingredients that we might put on our body, only a handful have actually been tested. The FDA doesn’t regulate anything that doesn’t make any health claims. The stuff that smells so yummy and suds up so nicely? Chock-full of dangerous chemicals that you don’t even need! Get back to the basics of caring for yourself.

How long will the natural face cleanser last?

Once you find a recipe that you are happy with, it should be super easy to mix up enough for a week at a time. It isn’t an exact science, so you can’t really go wrong. Just add a dollop of coconut oil, a big scoop of baking soda, and mix in a glass or BPA-free container. As long as you are adding oils and dry ingredients (like cinnamon or nutmeg…) it will last for a while.  Consider the shelf-life of the products you add. For example, almond milk should be added fresh.

Check out how to make natural, organic face powder here

 

Make your own face powder

 

Why do I make my own face powder? It’s pretty simple! As I venture through the safe – healthy – organic – natural living transformation, I have started thinking about some of the basic things that I use every day that interact with my health.  I started with food…and medicine. I use as much organic and non-processed foods as possible.   I still fall short every day: Cheez-its, tortillas, and gold-fish run through our house on a regular basis.  We still eat frozen waffles, frozen pizza, and regular ice cream, but we do our best.

Make your own face powder

The first thing to know is that things you put on your skin are absorbed into your body in about 26 seconds.  People think that skin is waterproof – and toxin proof, but it’s definitely not. Up to 60% of what goes on your skin is absorbed.What’s even worse…is that toxins that go in through your mouth are filtered. Kidneys, liver, etc…filter out much of the junk that goes in. Through the skin? It goes directly into your blood stream.

What’s in skin care products?

Even skin care products that claim to be organic or all-natural still contain things like petroleum, sodium laureth sulfate, propylene glycol,  and parabens.  These ingredients are known to be carcinogens. These products are not regulated by the FDA – since most of them don’t claim to cure or prevent diseases.  Only 13% of the over 10,000 ingredients found in personal care products have even been tested.

Made with Organic Ingredients

A product can be labeled “Made with Organic Ingredients” when only two of the twenty ingredients used were organic.

How to make your own face powder

It’s super easy and way cheaper than grocery store powders (Cover Girl, Almay, etc)…and way, way cheaper than department store and specialty powders (Clinique, MaryKay, etc). Here’s what I use… Arrowroot flour (you can also use Cornstarch, but I like Arrowroot better) Organic ground Cinnamon, Organic Dutch Cocoa. That’s it! For real.  It’s that easy. Storage isn’t a problem. I use a Ball short wide-mouth glass jar, but any short, wide-mouth container would work. I use a big powder brush. I dip the brush into the powder and blend onto my face. Easy. Safe. Pure.

Blending and Juicing Tips

 

 

Juicing and Blending Tips

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If you are considering – or if you have already started – juicing or blending for clean eating, health and wellness, or weight loss - this is a great spot to start!

Blending and / or Juicing Tips

1. Don’t combine too many fruits with your vegetables (unless it’s apple). This will affect how well your digestive enzymes function.

When working with green juices and smoothies, it’s not quite as important, but starchy vegetables like carrots, beetroots, broccoli and zucchini don’t mix well with fruit due to their high starch content.  Mixing starchy foods with fruit may cause fermentation and gas. Green leafy veggies like kale and spinach combine well with pretty much everything.

2. Drink your juice or smoothie right away. After 15 minutes, light and air will begin to break down many of the nutrients.  If you are planning on storing your drink, fill it up to the top (to reduce exposure to oxygen) of a dark, airtight container.

The Right Equipment for Juicing and Blending


Juicing Machines

To get the most benefit from your juices and smoothies, it’s important to use the right equipment.  As far as blending and juicing tips, there is a lot of thought that goes into your purchases. A good-quality juicer is worth every penny. The less expensive, centrifugal juicers introduce heat and oxygen and destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fruits and vegetables. A top of the line, cold-press juicer will create a superior-quality juice and allow you to extract more from your fruit and vegetables, saving expense in the long-term. 

Also true for a blender. A gentle blender that doesn’t heat the enzymes is key.

When buying something that you will use daily – you’ll want to buy something great. You are making a long-term investment in yourself and loved-ones.  If you break down the cost, it’s really not that bad.

I’m not talking about buying a commercial $1,200 juicer. But a $300 juicer should do the trick.  That’s less that $1 a day…if it only lasts a year.  I’ve had mine for almost two years, I use it five times a week – that’s $.50 per day.  It’s totally worth it. I imagine that I’ve saved quite a bit of money on health items and doctor appointments as well. I’m sure it evens out in the wash.

Clean eating…at its best!

Check out prices on Amazon, Overstock, and even eBay. They will often have great prices on last-year’s item.

Be sure to buy new!

Here are some more clean eating tips: https://www.pinterest.com/normamac/clean-eating-tips-tricks/

Also, we watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead…that was a huge game changer for us.  We looked up Fat Sick and Nearly Dead recipes and 3 day detox juicing recipes…and really studied everything we came across.

Hopefully, these juicing tips for beginners will help you get started.

Comment below – what is your favorite juicing or blending recipe? What is your number one tip?

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Juicing Vs. Blending

 

What’s The Difference Between Juicing and Blending?

Juicing and blending are buzz words in healthy living lifestyles – from weight loss and energy boosters to micronutrients and cell health.

What is the verdict: Juicing vs. blending?

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JUICING

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

The goal of juicing is to let your digestive system have a rest from breaking down all the food…and be able to absorb more nutrients. Without the body’s need to sort through the fiber – you will actually be absorbing more nutrients than eating all of the food whole.

On that note, it’s very difficult to eat as much vegetables as necessary to begin with – but, having the nutrients delivered to your gut in ready-to-absorb form is one way to ensure that you DO get all you need.

For those with a sensitive digestive system or illness – this is extremely helpful. 

Fresh vegetable juices provide healing, detox, nourishment, and restoration at the cellular level.


A word of caution:   If you are juicing only or mostly fruits, a rapid spike in blood sugar and unstable blood sugar  levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more! Be sure to juice mostly vegetable and low-glycemic fruits if needed.

Fiber is also something that helps with feeling full, and it slows the digestion process – so you might feel hungry again soon. However, once you get used to juicing, your body won’t be sending “eat” messages out, since you’ll be getting way more nutrients.

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BLENDING


Smoothies or blended foods consist  of the whole fruit or vegetable (skin and all) and contain all of the fiber from the vegetables.
The blending process breaks down the fiber – but provides a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. Smoothies from a blender are more filling, since the fiber is included.  For some, blending is faster to make than juice, making them a better choice for on-the-go snacking or breakfast. 


Equipment and “rules” are next…but, if you’re serious about your health – it might be that you want to do both. Juicing and blending are excellent methods of delivering a nutrient-rich food source to your body.

More on juicing…here

Basic Juicing Tips

 

If you think you might want to try juicing – here are some basic juicing tips.

Juicing Tips

1 – Be sure to wash your produce thoroughly

Organic or not – there is all kinds of stuff on your veggies and fruits.  I wash my fruit before I peel it as well – cutting through a grapefruit or lemon rind that is covered with crud just pushes the germs and grime right through the fruit.  I soak my veggies in a tub of water and baking soda.  It saves water, allows for thorough inspection of the leaves, and helps retain freshness during storage (I wash, cut, and bag 5 – 7 days worth of juicing produce).

2 – Line your pulp basket

Line your basket with a plastic or paper bag if you want. I don’t as I generally either re-use the pulp for sauces and such…or compost. In Austin, we don’t use plastic bags at the grocery stores – we have to bring our own re-usable ones – so plastic bags are a valuable item around here.

3 – Size the produce for the juicer

Once you cut the produce – it starts to lose nutrients.  I usually just chop off the bottom of the stalks of the leafy things, peel the beets and cut into small pieces, and leave everything else whole.

4 – You can re-juice your pulp

If your pulp still seems moist or if you happen to get big chunks of produce in the basket – you can re-juice. Sometimes, I’m amazed and how much that second round can get out of the produce.  The first round chops it up pretty small so that the next pass will get every last bit of liquid.

5 – Drink up your juice

You’ll want to drink it as soon as possible to get maximum benefit.  Juice can be stored for up to two days…MAX! Try to fill the container up to the top for storage. Oxygen in the container will cause more breakdown of nutrients.  Keep it in the fridge and remember that this juice has no preservatives – so it will break down and go bad much quicker than you are used to.

6 – Cleaning your juicer

For me, this is the worst part of juicing.  That’s why I’ve passed this job on to my husband.  After spending time preparing the produce and juicing…and fixing dinner for everyone else in the family, I don’t want to do any cleaning. My husband cleans out the juicer. It’s something you’ll want to do right away. And, the smell of fresh juice is fairly strong. Not bad – just strong. However, the smell of produce pulp that is not taken out of the house within a few hours…that can be pretty pungent in a yuckier sort of way. Compost or freeze the pulp soon after juicing.

 

More on Juicing here!

Organic or not for juicing?

 

Juicing tips – organic or non-organic

 

Juicing for Health

Here are some more juicing tips:

Using organic products adds to the benefits of juicing. Organic foods are more expensive, but you don’t want to negate the pros of juicing with the cons of consuming pesticides. Honestly, I use organic carrots, celery, kale, and sometimes beets. But it’s tough to get a lot of organic foods. Using a farmers’ market helped – but they could still be expensive! Also, shopping at Sprouts, Trader Joes, and other small venues (opposed to the high-end organic grocery chains) was more affordable than I thought.

Another option not to overlook is your local grocery store.  We have HEB here in Austin – and they offer a pretty decent organic selection.  Since I usually buy the same foods for juicing each week – it’s easy to stay in budget.  Also, the idea of juicing is to cut out some of the junk we eat – so filling up on $2.00 worth of organic kale is going to cut the cost of chips and pasta from your diet.

Whether or not you use organic might change the way you prepare your vegetables. I peel non-organic carrots and beets, but not the organic ones.

I wash all the veggies and fruits we eat in a bucket of baking soda and water.  It’s less water used, and I feel like the stuff gets cleaner.  I just fill a dish tub with a little baking soda and water, then soak and swish the cut veggies for a few minutes.  That way, I can inspect the leaves and nooks and crannies of the kale. Then, I just lightly rinse and pat dry. I dump the water bucket in my garden…less wasted water.

In other good news…Dr. Colin Campbell, PhD, author of “The China Study” discovered in his studies that a plant-based diet trumps cancer causing chemicals present in conventional farm raised products. So, if you really can’t afford or locate organic…it’s still better to juice than to not.

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Here’s what we juice most nights:

Kale

Carrots

Celery

Brussels Sprouts

Beets

Green apple

Red apple

Grapefruit

Bok Choy

It sounds like a lot, but we only use a little of each. So, for the week, I buy one bunch of each item…wash and sort on Sunday afternoon…then I’m done for the week.

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Even more on juicing!

 

 

Why I Picked Juicing

 

Why I Picked Juicing

There are many benefits to juicing. Why did I specifically pick to juice? I’m not even really sure, to be honest. It started back in 2011. My best friend, Brandi, and I were in a weight loss contest. We were both determined to win.  Picked a healthy-eating diet, but it was very low-calorie.  She picked a juicing diet. I was intrigued I had never really heard of juicing.  She recommended some documentaries – the main one being Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.

I watched the videos, read a ton of books and articles, and learned about the benefits of adding juice to our diet.

Over the next few days, I’ll talk about different things concerning juicing…depending on what research comes up that interests me. But, the main thing to know is the WHY of juicing. Coming soon (be sure to subscribe to get updates): recovery juicing, juice storage, juicer vs. blender, importance of fiber, what to juice, etc…

What’s so great about juicing?

Why is juicing for health so important?

Live juices (not canned or bottled) are full of active enzymes that our body uses to convert nutrients into energy used for cellular growth, repair, and health. That’s the “you are what you eat” of dieting. That’s the way our cells stay healthy.  Something to think about:  nothing new is ever made.  All the base elements and “stuff” has always been around and will always be around. The cells that are replacing old and dying cells in our bodies have to come from somewhere. Where do they come from? What are they made of? The stuff we eat…that’s the answer. We eat stuff – it gets broken down. It gets filtered through our body…and new cells are created from the stuff.  Plain and simple.  You truly are what you eat. Live, healthy, organic, fresh? Or dead, canned, and processed?

What are Plant Enzymes?

All of the enzymes are lost when you cook live food. This goes for all plant life.  There are some plants – like spinach – that release good properties when cooked.  Cooking food isn’t all bad. But, a majority of our food needs to be raw.  Cooked, “dead” food requires the body to work extra hard to create the enzymes that are needed to convert that food into beneficial nutrients.  We need those nutrients for cellular regeneration.

Commercial bottled juice has been pasteurized and has no active enzymes.

The only way to get the enzymes and the full benefits of juicing for health is with fresh vegetables.  Another option is the powered green juice – something you can buy at health food stores. If it has been cold processed, it retains the active enzymes. Reconstituting it with water or juice will activate the needed enzymes. You can drink this as a substitute, or add it to your home-made juice.

Vegetable juicing with fresh, live vegetables is loaded with minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and oils. These are just a few of the wonderful benefits of juicing.

Scientists haven’t come close to identifying all of the benefits of raw, organic food.  They are still figuring out what is in vegetables that our body needs.  There are literally 1000s of undiscovered natural chemicals that are contained in whole, live plants.

Nutrition experts are just learning the full benefits of juicing.  One think I discovered: it’s just as healthy and much more do-able to juice than to consume all the vegetables needed daily. It would be difficult to consume all of the different foods (carrots, brussel sprouts, spinach, kale, bok choy, apples, celery, just to name a few)- but juicing provides most of the needed nutrients in 8 – 12 ounces.

More juicing information here…