Total Cleanse – What Makes Juicing so Effective for Health

The following is a guest post from Ed at Total Cleanse. Take some time to visit his site, it's a treasure of information!

Juice has long been popularized for its health benefits as well as its taste, but how much truth and real world benefit is there to juicing then... say... simply taking a multivitamin and buying store bought juice? The biggest and most important factor to this is something called “bioavailability”, which simply means how easily and proficiently the body can absorb the nutrients that’s being provided to it. Juicing has been found to be one of the most effective ways to transmit nutrients from source to body due to its' inherent freshness, and without all the food matter such as fiber that the body normally has to break down being present. This tends to promote the passing of vital nutrients instead of absorption.

This brings us to a key point here, fiber is extremely important to your diet, especially for maintaining a cleanse brought on by proper juicing. You simply don’t want to have fiber present when your juicing because you want all the vital nutrients to be fully absorbed and not blocked and passed by fiber. Hence the need to get your fiber from other sources like eating fresh fruit and veggies themselves and consume them without being juiced, and from whole grains, and other wholesome sources of fiber.

The other important factor here that contributes to overall “bioavailability” is the active and live enzymes present in the juice that contribute greatly to the absorption of juice after the fibrous material is separated. Store bought juices- even when lightly pasteurized - lose the vast majority of its enzymes due to their very delicate nature, and therefore most of the vitamins and nutrients still present in juice pass through your system with only minimal absorption, thus defeating its purpose (other than to provide a nice sugary beverage to enjoy). Also even if juice is not pasteurized or modified in any way, the active enzymes have a very short life span and die out quickly and should truly be consumed right after juicing for maximum benefit.

The reason vitamin pills and supplements don’t work too well is for similar reasons as the store bought juice, not only are these vitamins simply going into your system in the condensed form of a pill - thus lacking naturally occurring enzymes, they also are man-made or synthetic, and not nearly as beneficial as naturally occurring vitamins. So as you can see, juicing and then drinking fresh juice right afterward is truly the best way to get the most out of your juicing for health benefits, and it also tastes a lot better!

The Snake Oil Salesmen Are Hard At Work!

Have You Heard About Acai Berry?

If you have, well, I'm not here to knock it's many potential benefits. I'm not here to tell you that it's a load of bull, nor that juicing with Acai berries can make you feel like you could throw a motorcycle 25 feet straight up in the air. However, when it comes to the many scams on the internet, the Acai Berry diets and concoctions have quite a few losers and unscrupulous websites attached, so beware.

Like I said, I'm not writing this as anything other than an overview of the potential health benefits of the acai berry. It is one of the most nutritionally dense fruits out here in the Great Big World. Arguably, it is extremely beneficial to heart health. It's even full of awesome superfood-ness, like Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids. These 2 fatty acids are to high cholesterol as a distorted guitar is to a Kenny G concert. So yes, I've done my research, and yes, there are levels of circumstantial and clinical evidence that Acai Berry Fruit may be all that (and a bag of juicers). ;)

My little tiny consumer warning is this: There are literally hundreds of unscrupulous offers being made online regarding this product. I bring this up after a few emails that ended up in my inbox. Mostly the emails were warnings by fellow trainers, but some were by readers that have been duped into one shady deal or another - deals that will keep charging you for a substandard product no matter what you do to cancel your order. One reader has yet to receive any product at all, after ordering some incarnation of an Acai Berry Diet - and it's been over 6 months.

If you're a regular reader, you know that I preach and preach how you are always so much better off heading to a trusted, authority site (Amazon anyone?) as opposed to scooping up some of the overly hyped, super sexy scam sites claiming they are offering the best deals on Acai Berry supplements, or any other weight loss and/or nutritional product. In the first place, authority sites are all about customer protection, in the second, they normally sell frikin everything, and thirdly, I have yet to be disappointed in my one preferred site - Amazon.

Acai, Resveratrol, and a few other notable vitamins and supplements have been in the news lately as potential weapons in the battle against anything from cancer to sun damaged skin. Whether or not they offer any benefit at all to your internal organs and/or your ability to fight disease is still up for debate, however I always say it's best to try something that has some plainly obvious nutritional value. The Acai berry/fruit has within it nutrients known for their generous health benefits. Having said that, it's no mental leap to suggest we should be buying it, eating it, and juicing it right along with broccoli, Oranges and Wheatgrass.

So, one last time, I'm not writing to promote Acai, or slam it's benefits. I've included some Amazon links here for you to check it out, but more to get you going to the right place to find it. This article is actually just to warn everyone I know and all my Uber Cool subscribers that the people/companies making wild claims and trying to sell you on some forced continuity Acai Berry Diet, well they are - by and large - knuckleheads. Snake Oil Salesman my fair and gentle readers, nothing more.

And so, this has been an official shout out to anyone that reads my small and humble site on the regular, because you should be warned.

Guys and gals, I'll say it yet again. When the offer seems too good to be true, believe me it is! If you want to try Acai, or Resveratrol, or any of the latest greatest vitamin and mineral fads, get them only from reputable sites or stores (again, Amazon anyone?) stay away from the shady looking Acai sites, or do diligent research before committing to an order. Heck, email me and I'll check it out for you.

Ok, I've ranted enough. Go and make a juice why don't ya! Cheers!

The Acai Blues
  • 6 oz Acai Berry Juice
  • 1 handful Blueberries
  • 1/2 handful cranberries
  • 1 green apple (w/skin)
  • 'nuf said. It's delicious!!