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Be encouraged … take heart … encourage others!

Ever feel stuck or discouraged concerning your health, your weight, your shape … your life?

I want to encourage you that what you put in your body today counts.

You can create healthy habits that will continue for a lifetime, and although you may face challenges at times, your body and those you encourage by your success will thank you for it.

Yes, you WILL encourage others!

Is Organic Produce Healthier and Does it Really Matter?

The web is abuzz with news of a recent meta-study (published in The British Journal of Nutrition – June 2014) that proves that organic produce is healthier than conventional. The study analyzed data from over 300 peer-reviewed articles and found that:

  • Organic crops have lower pesticide residues (the frequency of pesticides in conventional foods was 4 times higher than in organic food)
  • Organic crops are higher in some antioxidants such as phenolic acids, flavanones, stilbenes, flavones, flavonols and anthocyanins. Antioxidants are linked to lower risks of cancer.
  • Organic crops had significantly lower levels of toxic cadmium compared to conventional crops.

So, the question is – should you and I switch to eating exclusively organic?

The answer, surprisingly, is not that simple… It all depends!

Fact: most people are not eating the right kind of food. Most eat too much meat and fatty dairy,  and too little plants; too many processed snacks, too little real foods; almost only refined sugars and flours, instead of whole grains.

Modern eating habits have a much more profound effect on most people’s health than does their decision whether or not to buy organic produce.

For the majority of us, going organic is “like doing advanced Algebra when you are still struggling with the multiplication table” (fooducate.com). We should start with the simple, basic decision to eat more vegetables and less junk food.

Don’t misunderstand me, the organic movement is super important. It does matter: sustainability, animal welfare, reduction of pesticide and hormone use ; these are all important on a regional, national, and global level. Organic produce is our choice, too.

It’s just that “organic” sometimes blinds people as to what they can do to improve their diets. There’s a lot you can do to eat healthier, starting with conventional foods. For example, if you think you need more antioxidants – just eat more fruits and vegetables.

If you can afford organic produce, then go for it … and enjoy!

If not, don’t use that as an excuse not to buy conventionally grown fruits and vegetables… and eat them!


People often ask: “Is Juice Plus+ organic?” For those who eat ONLY organic produce, that’s a fair question; for the rest… !? After reading my post above, you fill in the gap.

Oh, and is it? Here’s my reply: “Juice Plus+ is better than organic!”

You see, every batch of Juice Plus+ is tested and certified to be free of every toxin known to man. Whereas “organic” produce may still have permissible (by the USDA) traces of insecticides, etc., Juice Plus+ does not.

Organic produce may be free of toxins, but if the produce is picked too soon, before ripe, the nutrient value will be much lower.  Juice Plus+ produce is picked at peak of ripeness and processed quickly, to retain the nutrient levels of the original fruits and veggies.

Juice Plus+ has earned the “seal of approval” from NSF International, “the Public Health and Safety Company.”

Lastly, the quality of growing and the process of manufacture also ensures that the essential nutrients remain intact and find their way into all Juice Plus+ products.

After 21 years of eating Juice Plus+ we sleep well at night knowing that we are getting “better than organic” fruits, veggies, berries and whole grains, every single day.

4 Reasons to Take Juice Plus+

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Having ‘eaten’ Juice Plus+ for 21 years, we recognize its value as a convenient, inexpensive way to get more whole foods into our diet. But it’s so much more than that. The implications of that reality are exciting, and it presents so many reasons to take Juice Plus+. Here are some of our favorite reasons we’ve heard people explain why they take Juice Plus+.

1. To live a healthier life.

Most of us don’t eat the amount of fruits and vegetables we should. Luckily, Juice Plus+ can help bridge that nutrition gap. Research and medical professionals have found Juice Plus+ positively impacts:

  • Dental health
  • Cardiovascular wellness
  • Skin health
  • Immune system function
  • Inflammation

And we’ve noticed Juice Plus+ also often leads to other smart lifestyle decisions, such as eating healthier and exercising.

Hear Jan Roberto, M.D., discuss how Juice Plus+ can lead to longer, healthier lives in this video.

2. To set a good example.

Those with children know that when it comes to encouraging healthy habits, actions speak louder than words. What better way to demonstrate your commitment to a healthy lifestyle than by taking Juice Plus+?

From our Children’s Health Study, we’ve learned that most families who take Juice Plus+:

  • Eat healthier
  • Visit the doctor less
  • Miss fewer days of school and work
  • Take fewer over-the-counter and/or prescription drugs
  • Are more aware of their health and wellness

In this video, CHS participants share how Juice Plus+ has impacted their families.

3. To enhance performance.

When you train hard, your body needs micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables to protect against damages of oxidative stress. Our research has found Juice Plus+ helps to reduce oxidative stress in the body. So it’s no wonder professional athletes like Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors take it!

In the following powerful video, learn how Juice Plus+ helps young triathlete Winter Vinecki—and what that means for Team Winter, her prostate cancer awareness non-profit organization.

4. To inspire healthy living.

Helping improve the health and lives of family, friends and even strangers is an honorable and fulfilling mission, and it’s easy with Juice Plus+.

Watch the video below to hear our team discuss the Juice Plus+ corporate mission of inspiring healthy living around the world.

My family will continue to eat Juice Plus+ forever, because we know what it has done for us. My 68th birthday is coming up in a few days and I am in that tiny population my age that takes no medication of any kind, and can live life to the full! I also love that we are privileged to help people feel good, look good, make money and have fun!

Recognizing Special Mothers on Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day tomorrow, we not only want to recognize and thank all mothers, but share a heartfelt story of one of our own Juice Plus+ doctors, Dr. Tina Jones. Doctor Jones lost her mother to heart disease at a young age and since then has committed herself to helping others live a healthier lifestyle, including her own family.Dr. Jones always had a desire to be a doctor, and her passion grew even stronger when her mother had a heart attack at the age of 39. Like most medical students at that time, Dr. Jones did not learn much about nutrition, but she came to believe that her mother’s health problems were rooted in her diet. “My mother was a wonderful cook but she was a Southern cook,” Dr. Jones says. “Her family was from Orangeburg, South Carolina, and she cooked and ate Southern food her whole life. It’s what I grew up eating, too.”

Soon, Dr. Jones realized if she wanted to be there for her own children, it was time to make some lifestyle changes. She began studying and learning the importance of a healthy diet and the importance of adding fruits and vegetables to our diets on a consistent, daily basis. Of course, her inspiration to become healthy wasn’t only rooted in the loss of her mother, but for her own children as well. As a young mother, Dr. Jones began fixing her children fruits and vegetables at a young age, helping them acquire a taste for fruits and vegetables very early in life. She even added Juice Plus+ to her family’s diet as well.

Jones reminds us, “If you want to be well, you have to eat well − and most people just don’t eat well. They don’t eat fruits and vegetables consistently and they don’t eat a wide variety.” For Tina Jones, living a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about feeling well, but having the ability to watch her children grow up, go to their graduations and weddings, and watch them fulfill their dreams.

Dr. Jones is just one of many inspirational mothers doing their part to help their families live a long, healthy life. This mother’s day, we want to celebrate all the moms out there promoting healthy living among your families – whether its preparing a healthy snack, getting the family outside for physical activity or making sure your family takes their Juice Plus+!

Superfoods Anyone?

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Every day we get 26 powerful superfoods – carefully grown, better-than-organic, vine-ripened, nutritionally dense, gently dehydrated fruits, veggies, berries and grains.

Then  drinking our daily shake (or two!) adds another 15+ superfoods.

Could this be the reason we are SO healthy? In our late 60s, taking no medications, living life to the PLUS+!

From Farm to Capsule

Juice Plus+ is second to none in terms of quality, effectiveness and affordability.  It’s  “the next best thing to fruits and vegetables” only because it’s dehydrated fruits, vegetables, berries and grains – it’s not exactly the same as “the real thing”. Yet it is SO powerful, because it’s made from the very best produce, grown in the very best conditions, by the very best farmers we can find.

Here are some of them:

Spring into Healthier Nutrition

Spring is here – finally!

On Monday we left New Zealand’s late summer weather, arriving back after about 36 hours of travel, to a wintery drive back over the Colorado mountain passes on I-70.  We have had more snow this week here at 7000 feet,  but also 60+ degree temps., so we are looking forward to springing into summer. Some of you are already there – good for you!

Now winter (mostly) and the holiday season are behind us, and  spring is fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to start eating healthier, so we feel and look at our best this summer.

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In the short video clip below, eating strategist Lyssa Weiss offers advice and tips to tune up your diet in time for the warmer weather. Like us, Weiss recommends incorporating Juice Plus+ into your family’s diet to help them get more nutrients from fruits and vegetables and reduce the symptoms of the common cold.

Farm Fresh Nutrition

Farm Fresh Nutrition
Juice Plus+ Starts with Farm Fresh NutritionEach capsule and chewable is the product of high-quality plants and seeds, well-cultivated fields and orchards, and the best fruit and vegetable farmers. After our fruit and vegetable varieties are grown, harvested, cleaned, juiced, and dried, they are blended into nutritious Juice Plus+ products that are part of a healthy diet. Want to know where your Juice Plus+ nutrition comes from? Watch How Juice Plus+ is Made below.

Family Farm Grown

Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables for the Best Quality Nutrition

We start with farm fresh produce – the highest quality fruits and vegetables we can find. We work wherever possible with midsize family farms run by some of the best fruit and vegetable farmers in North America, which helps us provide the best quality nutrition. We inspect farming operations – from the process of handpicking to the natural control of weeds and insects – to make sure we deliver the best quality nutrition so you and your family can experience the healthful benefits of Juice Plus+.

Carefully Preserved

We Preserve them after Harvest For The Best Nutrition

Fruits and vegetables lose much of their nutritional content when they’re picked early and shipped long distances. We solve that problem by locating our juicing and drying facilities as close to our farmers as possible.  Where that’s not close enough, we utilize a process called Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) to ensure the freshness of each fruit and vegetable. Once the produce has been harvested and cleaned, it goes through our proprietary Juice Plus+ juicing and drying process:

– We start with whole food.

– We juice the whole fruit or vegetable, including peels, leaves and seeds, whenever possible to harvest the greatest amount of nutrients.

– We don’t shortcut the drying process, like others do.

NSF Certified

Expert-Tested and Expert-Approved To Ensure The Best Nutrition

Careful testing and independent experts ensure the natural purity of our finished products. Juice Plus+ is produced at state-of-the-art facilities that meet or exceed highest food industry standards for blending, encapsulating, and packaging.

Our standards are reviewed and our facilities inspected by NSF the public health and safety company. Not-for-profit NSF also inspects and certifies our products, as confirmed by the NSF seal on every Juice Plus+ bottle or pouch. As NSF-certified products, all Juice Plus+ products undergo independent testing that ensures they meet and exceed strict guidelines and deliver only the best quality nutrition.

How you and your family can benefit from Juice Plus+.

Low-Carb or Low-Fat?

North Americans in record numbers are dieting to lose weight – an estimated 50 million of us will go on a diet this year. The sheer number of diet books on the market today – more than 1,200 at last count – makes losing weight  overwhelming as well as confusing.

Many people are trying to fight the fat by cutting out the carbs. According to a recent survey, low carbohydrate diets are already being followed by 17 percent of Americans, a number that is growing by the day.

lowcarbWhat exactly are “low-carb” diets? Generally speaking, they are based on restricting the consumption of processed and refined carbohydrates, especially sugars, breads, pastas, and starchy vegetables.

There are numerous variations on the low carbohydrate theme. They differ in their recommendations as to just how low one’s carbohydrate intake should be and whether all carbs are created equal. One of the most popular allows unlimited consumption of protein and fats – including bacon, cheese, eggs, and butter – along with very limited quantities of all types of carbohydrates, even fruits and vegetables.

katzDavid L. Katz, M.D., of the Yale Preventive Medicine Research Center in New Haven, Connecticut is a nationally known nutrition expert and nutrition spokesperson for the American College of Preventive Medicine. He warns against any approach to losing weight – low-carb or low-fat – that doesn’t correct the energy imbalance that ultimately causes people to gain weight. “If you want to lose weight, you need to ingest fewer calories than you expend,” he explains.

“Any diet that doesn’t do that will not stand the test of time.”

fatcaloriesDr. Katz extends an important caution to low-carb dieters in this regard: be smart when it comes to consuming new low-carb products. Low-carb offerings, from crustless pizzas to bunless burgers, are popping up on restaurant and fast food menus everywhere. In grocery stores, low- or reduced-carb products – including low-carb beer, cereal, cookies, chocolate bars, chips, pork rinds, even low-carb marshmallows – are flying off the shelves, while their “high-carb” counterparts are seeing dramatic declines in sales. Last year, for example, Nielsen reported sales of instant rice were down 8.2%; pasta, down 4.6%; and, white bread, down 4.7%.

Dr. Katz says that it’s a case of history repeating itself. “Why don’t low-fat diets work? Snackwells, that’s the answer,” he explains, referring to a popular line of reduced-fat cookies and crackers.

It’s not all about Snackwells per se, of course. In fact, our focus on lowering fat has led Americans to reduce their consumption of fat from 40% of  calories in 1968 to 33% in 2000, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We have similarly reduced the amount of saturated fat in our diets from 18% to 11%. So why are more than a third of Americans overweight or obese today, and why has that percentage continued to grow?

It’s because, in terms of body weight, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) the average amount of fat in the American diet has actually increased from 81 grams to 83 grams per day, even though the percentage of calories from fat has gone down. How is that possible? It’s because the number of calories the average person eats has increased as well, from 1,989 to 2,153 calories per day. A low-fat diet only “works” (in terms of losing weight) if you reduce the percentage of  calories from fat while maintaining or reducing the total number of calories.

The same problem could occur with low-carb diets as well. Dr. Katz describes the problem this way: “as the food industry produces more and more products labeled ‘low-fat’ or ‘low-carb’ Americans line up to eat them.“ There are 3,800 alories produced in the U.S. every day for every man, woman, and child in America.

“We eat too much because there are too many calories available.” says Katz.

Another potential problem with low-carb product offerings is that there is presently no FDA definition for the term “low-carb.” This allows food manufacturers to make low-carb claims about products that may not be so low in carbohydrates after all.

Lisa Sanders, M.D., also from the Yale Preventive Medicine Research Center, believes that regardless of which side health professionals are on in the low-carb/low-fat diet debate, the reality is that “patients are using these [low-carb] diets. We need to work with that.” That’s where  Juice Plus+ can play an important role, both for low-carb dieters and the health professionals who look after them.

Dr. Katz recommends Juice Plus+ and, in my opinion, everyone needs Juice Plus+. But certainly no one needs Juice Plus+ more than the low-carb dieter. The problem is that while no one questions the nutritional value of the thousands of antioxidants and other phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables, fruits and vegetables contain carbohydrates. Low-carbohydrate diets recommend that you eliminate or drastically reduce the consumption of all fruits and most vegetables other than a few green leafy ones.

In a very real sense, the nutritional baby is getting thrown out with the carbohydrate bathwater. Low-carb diets typically “allow” only four or five of the 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains used to make  Juice Plus+. The few that they do allow tend to be ones like spinach, parsley, and kale that most people don’t like anyway – especially people who are being told that they can eat as much meat, butter, and cheese as they want.

newbottlescapsulesJuice Plus+ is the perfect addition to any low-carb diet because it helps provide the wide variety of healthful antioxidants and phytonutrients that can only be found in fruits and vegetables. Our recommended daily serving of Juice Plus+ – two Orchard Blend, two Garden Blend and two Vineyard Blend capsules – contains only 3 grams of carbohydrates. For perspective, the most popular low-carb diet limits carbohydrate intake to 20 grams a day, a mere fraction of the 250 grams of carbohydrates that the average person takes in.

Doctors and dieters concerned about the potential negative nutritional implications of low-carb dieting should take a serious look at  Juice Plus+. Juice Plus+ is also perfect for everyone watching the fat content of his or her diet, because Juice Plus+ contains no fat at all.

Despite the emerging popularity of low-carb diets, major disease prevention organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, still recommend that we eat at least nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day, preferably more.

So, the diet debate rages on. But whether you believe that low-carb or low-fat is the best way to shed pounds, there’s one thing you can count on: the nutritional goodness of  Juice Plus+ will be a good fit with any diet you choose.

Of course, all this talk about dieting misses the mark. The only way to be truly healthy and achieve our perfect weight, is to make the right choices every day: the choice to ‘eat clean’. That’s what our Transform2014 program is all about – learning the make the right choices, and making that a habit; for a lifetime.

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