Whole Food Nutrition

As someone who has lived a life with mental & physical illness, it hurts my heart to see others suffering, and on top of it being told their only option is medication.
There are more options!
I am proof positive!
The key with any treatment is believing in it and having a positive mindset.
Not once in my life have I gone into a situation with a negative mindset and come out with a positive outcome.
With that said, I want to talk to you about Whole Food Nutrition, and Juice Plus. (It is not Juice - common misconception ;-)  

I don't want to sell to you.
My goal is to educate you, and have you benefit from Whole Food Nutrition as my son & I are.

Let's start with,
What is Whole Food Nutrition?
Phytonutrients. Antioxidants. Folate, Vitamins A, C, and E. Fruits. Berries. Vegetables.
...A huge salad bar in capsules. (I enjoy this imagery lol)
Unlike multivitamins, Juice Plus+ contains juice powders from 17 fruits, vegetables and grains, and therefore provides a far greater variety of naturally occurring vitamins, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients – even some of the fiber – found in the fruits and vegetables themselves.

Why do we need/want "these"?
Oxidative Stress.
Dr. Phillips, Sports Medicine, states, “I can't stress enough the critical role that the thousands of phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables play in helping protect our bodies from oxidative stress and free-radical damage – not only as a part of normal metabolism, but especially during exercise.” Athletes tend to focus on macro nutrition by loading on carbohydrates and proteins but Dr. Phillips tells us that micronutrition, which can be found in fruits and vegetables, is equally important for a fitness diet. He sees micronutrients as “the oil that makes your engine run” and explains that the body will break down without it.
My Personal Experience after Only a Month of Using Whole Food Nutrition:
I have exeperienced higher energy levels/less fatigue, more stable moods, more restive sleep, NO hangovers (weird, but seriously!), and my g.i. system seems to be happier.
My son started taking the gummies a little over a week ago and with him I am seeing increased energy levels/less fatigue, and a more stable mood.
This is only our short term results.
It takes the body 120 days to regenerate cells, so we can not wait to see the long term benefits! (If you follow my blog you will "recieve" updates on our health.)
(Published) Clinical research has demonstrated many healthful benefits of taking whole food nutrition supplements, or Juice Plus+.
The findings include:
Juice Plus+ delivers key antioxidants and other phytonutrients that are absorbed by the body.
Juice Plus+ reduces oxidative stress.
Juice Plus+ reduces key biomarkers of systemic inflammation.
Juice Plus+ supports a healthy immune system.
Juice Plus+ helps protect DNA.
Juice Plus+ supports cardiovascular wellness.
Juice Plus+ supports healthy skin.
Juice Plus+ supports healthy gums.
A little background info:
- Juice Plus+ was introduced in 1993, when most scientists and health professionals were only beginning to understand the importance of whole food nutrition.
- Juice Plus+ is made from fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables, and is carefully tested to ensure that no pesticides or other contaminants affect the natural purity of the product. The fruits and vegetables are juiced, and the juices are then concentrated into powders using a proprietary drying process that carefully maintains temperatures at levels that preserve as much of the original nutrient quality as possible.
- While the predominant ingredients in Juice Plus+ are the juice powders made from fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables, other naturally sourced ingredients are added to that juice powder base. These include a proprietary fiber blend and several phytonutrients that are added to ensure more consistent levels of key nutrients from season to season. All ingredients are listed on the product labels.
- All Juice Plus+ products are manufactured in certified facilities under the most exacting industry standards and are 100% compliant with all applicable regulations for foods and supplements. To independently verify this fact, both the manufacturing facilities and the products themselves (Juice Plus+ Orchard and Garden Blend capsules and Juice Plus+ Vineyard Blend capsules) have been tested and certified by NSF International’s Good Manufacturing Practices programs and Product and Ingredient Certification programs.

NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that helps protect consumers by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods. They have certified the Juice Plus+ products per NSF/ANSI Standard 173, the only accredited American National Standard for dietary supplements and functional foods. These requirements include:                   
  • Product testing for contaminants and heavy metals,
  • Label and formulation review to verify that what’s on the label is in the bottle, and
  • Manufacturing facility audits to ensure they operate using Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
  • NSF conducts on going testing to ensure that NSF-certified products such as Juice Plus+ continue to meet their rigorous quality standards.
- Juice Plus+ is not a vitamin supplement. Multivitamins contain a limited number of specifically selected vitamins and minerals. Often these vitamins are not even derived from natural sources.
- Juice Plus+ has been the subject of more than 25 published clinical research studies examining its impact on a variety of biomarkers of good health, from chemical markers of oxidative stress to key indicators of cardiovascular wellness. There are 4 additional clinical studies currently underway.

Clinical studies on Juice Plus+ have been conducted by university faculty affiliated with the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Georgetown and UCLA; Brigham Young University; the University of Arizona; the University of Florida; the University of Texas Health Science Center; the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; the University of Sydney in Australia; Tokyo Women’s Medical University; King’s College in London; Medical University of Graz, Austria; University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany; Yale Universtiy-Griffin Hospital Prevention Research Center; University of W├╝rzburg, Germany; University of Milan, Italy; Wake Forest University funded by the National Cancer Institute; University of Texas/MD Anderson; University of South Carolina; the University of Birmingham, England, and the Medical University of Vienna.

The Juice Plus+ clinical studies conducted at these institutions have been published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals, including The British Journal of Nutrition, The International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, The Journal of Nutrition, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, The Journal of American College of Cardiology, Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition Research, and Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Here are some Medical Professional thoughts and opinions on Whole Food Nutrition:

*  Dr. Marla Friedman combines specialties in psychotherapy and nutrition in her private practice at the Center for Integrative Wellness in Glen Cove, New York. In this video, Dr. Friedman discusses how mental health can be tied to nutritional health.

In this video, Dr. Friedman discusses how depression, anxiety, mood disorder, insomnia, addictions, and other factors can be tied to nutritional health and ultimately improved with a proper diet. She elaborates, "Nutrition affects all parts of us, even the brain (especially the brain). Good nutrition affects memory, focus, concentration, and your mood."

Dr. Friedman recommends Juice Plus+ because she says the nutritional values of Juice Plus+ help support mental health and improve mood. Dr. Friedman says, "Improving people's nutrition with Juice Plus+ helps empower them to make their lives better. It helps them see that through nutrition, their bodies can heal and improve in ways that they did not know were possible."

* Dr. Tina Jones is a staff physician at Emory Adventist Hospital of Smyrna in Smyrna, Georgia, specializing in internal medicine. In this video, she encourages people to take ownership of their health through preventive health, emphasizing self-care through diet and exercise.

Dr. Jones finds people are not eating right and must learn how to eat healthy, quality foods to live a robust life. That’s why she recommends Juice Plus+ as a way to improve diet. Dr. Jones remarks, "Juice Plus+ strengthens the immune system. None of us know when health challenges will come our way. A nutritionally sound body heals itself better than a malnourished body can. Juice Plus+ adds the nutrition plus we all need."

* Dr. Richard E. DuBois is the former Chief of Internal Medicine at the Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, with a specialty in infectious diseases. Dr. DuBois expounds upon the importance of proper nutrition – especially from fruits and vegetables – to overall health.

Dr. DuBois emphasizes the need for patients to take personal responsibility for health and recommends taking Juice Plus+ as a good source of nutrition and means of achieving personal health. "Studies have proven that whole food, plant-based nutrition is the best source of micronutrients, in part because antioxidants and other micronutrients work together in ways we've just begun to understand. I tell my patients: Eat whole foods and take Juice Plus+ to bridge the gap between what you should and what you do eat," he says.

Among his many accolades, Dr. DuBois was awarded The Award of Excellence in Teaching at Atlanta Medical Center, where he was chosen as "most valuable physician" and re-elected to eight consecutive years as Chief of Internal Medicine. He has also served as President of the Georgia Society of Internal Medicine, the Infectious Disease Society of Georgia and the Medical Association of Atlanta.

For more Expert Testimonials, follow this link: http://sl35166.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/clinical-research/expert-testimonials.html
For more Clinical Research, follow this link: http://sl35166.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/clinical-research/juice-plus-clinical-research.html

For those who do not normally follow my blog/know my medical diagnosis:
Bipolar 1, Social & Generalized Anxiety, OCD Tendencies, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Chronic G.I. Pain & Distress, Chronic Vitamin D Deficiency, Tremors, Insomnia, Vertigo/Cyncopy - and the list goes on lol
With my medical team (psychiatrist, therapist, g.p., chiropractor, and the Director of Alternative Medicine for Kaiser Permanente), we came up with the following treatment plan for my varying diagnosis - healthy diet (as much as possible; organic, all natural, gluten free), daily exercise, effective sleep (routine), meditation/yoga, therapy (I went through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well), vitamins/supplements, medical marijuana, routine, chiropractory/massage/acupuncture, avoid stimulants & depressants; and the like. We chose an all natural treatment plan after almost 20 years of trial & error.
I have been RX free for close to 4 years now! (Minus a few hospital visits when I fell off the Wagon of Health ;-)

I researched vitamin/supplement companies for 6 months (January June 2014), before making my final choices on products (product is how I base(d) my decision). My research concluded that Juice Plus Trio was an effective choice, and addition to my regimen. Let me tell you, I do not regret my decision to start Juice Plus in the least!!! I feel GREAT!!! 
(If you reference previous blog posts, such as "Whirlwind", you will "see" my body has been through a lot of stress since adding the Trio capsules, and rather than taking a dump for a week, just keeps chugging! :-D Super stoked!!! And this is why I want everyone to experience the benefits of Whole Food Nutrition - total game changer!!! :-)

Going forward I will keep you updated on my health (as always lol), and our results from continued use of Whole Food Nutrition/Juice Plus. Hope you will all join us in the quest for Total Health :-)

Until next time friends,
Live. Laugh. Love! :-) <3



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