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February 23, 2017

Why Endurance Athletes Are Drinking Tart Cherry Juice

After decades of mysterious powders and pills being promoted in the health industry, the latest trend is a little different - whole foods. The power of natural ingredients is making headlines and delivering results without the unsavory side effects of artificial products.

The health and fitness pros are getting back to the basics by focusing on the incredible potential of natural foods. In particular, endurance athletes are turning to tart cherry juice to improve their performance. Here’s why:

Reducing Pain

Most people who have hit the gym are familiar with the aches and pains that come immediately after a tough workout. Studies show that tart cherries are capable of facilitating recovery after a workout and also reducing post-run pain.

Joint issues plague many endurance athletes. Drinking tart cherry juice can reduce joint pain without the side effects associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

Cramps are also a painful problem for endurance athletes. Potassium is a mineral that helps regulate fluid levels, keeping endurance athletes properly hydrated. Potassium also prevents muscle cramping - and is found in high levels in tart cherry juice.

Improving Sleep

Serious athletes know that sleep is key to recovery and improving performance. Anyone with a non-stop lifestyle has experienced how much one bad night of sleep can affect the next day. This effect of poor sleep is only amplified when your day includes intense demands on your body.

Tart cherry juice contains melatonin, a phytochemical that is important in the regulation of sleep cycles. Drinking tart cherry juice before has been shown to improve both sleep time and sleep efficiency.

Fighting Inflammation

Endurance sports are hard on your body. It’s not uncommon for athletes to pop a few pain pills before or after a hard day of training, though this habit is rarely advisable. Tart cherries have a high concentration of anthocyanin, a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory properties that are comparable to NSAIDs like ibuprofen. 

Most workouts cause some level of inflammation, and this is a normal part of the process. When you’re training intensely over long periods of time, however, more serious damage can occur. Fighting inflammation on a day-to-day basis with tart cherry juice can help prevent issues with chronic inflammation and associated injuries.

For these reasons - and the great taste - athletes and non-athletes alike are turning to tart cherry juice for more enjoyable workouts and better sleep!

February 13, 2017

Health Benefits of Apple Juice - It’s Not Just For Kids!

Many of us grew up with apple juice in our lunch boxes, handed to us after a hard day of playing in the backyard, and a frequent feature at elementary school gatherings. While apple juice is a hit with kids because of it’s mild, sweet flavor, the health benefits are great for adults too!

Health Benefits of Apples

Apples are loaded with crucial nutrients and antioxidants. Antioxidants stabilize free radicals, a process that is important in preventing cancer. Antioxidants also have a great impact on heart health because they protect blood vessels. Did you know apples have the second maximum level of antioxidant activity in comparison with other commonly eaten fruits? Pretty impressive!

In addition to packing a serious antioxidant punch, apples are rich in flavonoids. Flavonoids are naturally occurring chemicals that help plants resist disease and bacteria and provide their colorful appearance. When you eat plant foods like apples, you take in these powerful nutrients. Flavonoids have been linked to preventing viruses, cancer, inflammation, and allergic reactions in the human body.

According to epidemiological studies, apples can play a large role in reducing the risk of variety of chronic diseases. Apples are the food most consistently associated with reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma, and type II diabetes when compared to other fruits and vegetables!

What other health benefits can you look forward to with a daily drink of apple juice? Improved digestion, reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and boosted liver health! Apples have proven themselves to be tasty and beneficial for kids as well as adults.

All Apple Juice is Not Created Equal

There are many types of apple juice on the grocery store shelves today. A quick peek at the nutritional labels will reveal that a serving of apple juice can contain 24 grams of sugar. Some brands even contain added sugar!

Edit Fruit Juice gives you the benefits of apple juice, without the harmful sugar. Drinking de-sugared apple juice is a great way to cure your sweet tooth, aiding you in your weight loss goals. We use an assortment of the best apple varieties, picked fresh from the trees of Michigan orchards. This helps us make the most flavorful juice, without the unnecessary sugar.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is still a great saying - but if you’re watching your sugar intake, make sure your apple juice comes from de-sugared Edit Fruit Juice.

November 08, 2016

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

With the holidays quickly approaching, everyone’s schedule tends to get a little crazy. At the time when we should be protecting ourselves from seasonal illnesses and watching our diet carefully to accommodate certain traditions, all the running around can get in the way.

If you’re trying to lose weight, the holidays can be especially challenging. Indulgent food is around every corner, and many people struggle with sticking to their healthy eating habits around family.

A few simple tweaks can help you enjoy the upcoming season without guilt and without sacrificing your health.

Focus on quality time, not food

While many holiday traditions involve food (and lots of it), the best parts of the celebration are usually the people you’re with. Shift the focus from food to having fun! Instead of baking five different kinds of cookies, take the neighbors flowers. Swap time sitting around eating sweets for a brisk walk as a family or some ice skating. Focusing on spending time with the people you love is as good for your relationships as it is for your waistline!

Stock the fridge with healthy beverages and snacks

The holidays are hectic for just about everyone. With all the special events and extra tasks that pop up, it’s easy to reach for a cookie when you’re hungry and in a hurry. Plan ahead for moments of weakness by keeping your refrigerator stocked with healthy items you can grab on the go. Focus on low calorie snacks that require no preparation. Edit Fruit Juice is perfect to grab on your way to gift shopping, that school play, or the in-laws house.

Indulge in the really special items

It is unrealistic to expect yourself to turn down every holiday treat. If you love stuffing but are kind of indifferent to mashed potatoes, skip the carb-filled item you’re less excited about. Make the extra calories count by choosing items you only get once a year - and the ones that wait for the other 10 months.

Hydrate!

Hydrating before a meal has been shown to help you eat less. Sometimes what we perceive as hunger is actually thirst. Reach for water and other low calorie beverages like Edit Fruit Juice throughout the day to stave off hunger and help you eat what your body actually needs. For an extra boost, drink a low calorie beverage 15-20 minutes before each meal to feel full on less food.

 

September 27, 2016

How To Break A Cycle of Eating Poorly

For most people, spring is a time of drastic changes, including cleaning up their diet. But with all the sunny celebrations and vacations of summer, fall is also a great time to check in with your health. As summer comes to a close and the holidays are looming, this is a great time to evaluate your health and nutrition. How has 2016 measured up to your expectations and goals?

If your summer featured a few more BBQs and beers than salads, no worries. Noticing where you could improve your diet is the best first step! It can often be difficult to break a cycle of indulgent eating, but these tips can help:

  1. Preparation is Key

Fall tends to bring a more stable routine, so it’s the perfect time to add healthy food preparation to your to-do list. Finding healthy recipes, preparing meals on the weekends, and ensuring healthy snacks are available can go a long way in keeping you and your family healthy. Make it easy to make smart nutritional choices!

  1. Easy Swaps for Your Favorite Foods

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or difficult! A few tweaks can make any meal healthier. Substitute quinoa in the place of rice, salsa instead of creamy dips, olive oil and balsamic instead of processed salad dressings, and try Edit Fruit Juice instead of full sugar juice.

  1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Most of us have heard this advice before, but how often do we practice it? Making time to start your day right can encourage you to make healthy choices throughout the day. Plus, there are tons of health benefits to eating breakfast. Even if your meal is quick and simple, you’ll be better prepared to take on your day and make healthy choices later.

  1. Stop Drinking Your Calories

Liquid calories do little to make you full, and drinking caloric beverages every day can quickly add extra weight. Try keeping track of every drink you have in a week - how many of them have unnecessary calories? Once you know your weak spots, start slowly decreasing the amount of sugar and cream you add to your coffee, cut back on your evening wine, or swap juice and soda for Edit Fruit Juice.

  1. Hydrate

Many people consume extra calories just because they are thirsty. Start every morning with a glass of water, and make a point to drink 50 to 100 ounces of pure water every day. Keeping a water bottle at your desk can help serve as a reminder. Every time you feel thirst or hunger, reach for the bottle first and see if what your body really needs is plain old water.

Breaking a cycle of eating poorly doesn’t have to be difficult. These simple changes to your routine can get you back on track!

August 15, 2016

Which Common Fruits Are Packed with Health Benefits?

It seems like a new superfood pops up every week. When the buzz about nutrition benefits is constantly shifting from exotic options like goji berries or mangosteen, it can be easy to forget that regular, “boring” types of fruit are packed with health benefits, too! Grocery cart staples like apples, grapes, and cherries can pack a serious nutritional punch and help prevent common diseases.

The old saying about “an apple a day” keeping the doctor away might be true - at least when it comes to cardiologists. Apples and apple juice have been shown to assist in lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol while increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol. There is also research indicates apples can protect against asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), potentially because they are packed with flavonoid antioxidants.

Apples aren’t the only lunch box favorite that can help protect your health. Snacking on tasty grapes has benefits that apply to a variety of health problems, such as artery hardening, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Grapes do this by fighting inflammation in several ways, including acting as an antioxidant, reducing stress on cells, and blocking compounds called cytokines. Grapes are powerhouses for  polyphenols, including resveratrol. Reservatrol is good news for your heart health and prevention of lung, breast, and other types of cancers.

Tart cherry juice has been getting some attention lately for its amazing benefits. Tart cherries contain numerous antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, aid in cancer prevention, and fight heart disease. Before you run to the grocery store, note that you would have to eat a huge amount of tart cherries to get the same benefits as just drinking their juice. And unfortunately, one serving of this juice contains about 140 calories and 25 grams of sugar. Luckily, we’ve de-sugared tart cherry juice - as well as apple and grape juice - for you!

Fruit juice is packed with important nutrients to support better health. The thing your body doesn’t need is the extra sugar, which can lead to weight gain (and a whole set of associated health problems.) Get the benefits, without the excess sugar!

 

July 21, 2016

5 Scary Truths About Sugar

Many people are aware that too much sugar falls into the unhealthy eating category. Unfortunately, not everyone understands why the sweet stuff is so damaging - or all the ways in which it could be negatively affecting your life already! Read on to learn five scary truths about sugar, and swaps that can make your life healthier.

Sugar Can Hurt Your Heart Health
Most people avoid sugar for weight loss reasons, but the damage it does to your body is much more than just cosmetic. It has been widely acknowledged that excess sugar can increase your risk for heart disease. A recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association displayed strong evidence that sugar can actually affect the pumping mechanism of your heart and could increase the risk for heart failure.

Sugar Could Sap Your Brain Power
Studies show that sugar intake can accelerate the aging process. Aging of the cells can be the cause of something as simple as wrinkles to something as dire as chronic disease. One of the more serious consequences of cellular aging could be the aging of the brain. A 2012 study found that excess sugar consumption was linked to deficiencies in memory and overall cognitive health. Find ways to decrease your sugar intake in order to keep your wits about you as you get older!

You Can Be Addicted - And Genetics May Play a Part
The term “sugar addict” is thrown around a lot, but it turns out your cravings may resemble more of an actual addiction than you think. A recent study showed that individuals who had genetic changes in a hormone called ghrelin consumed more sugar than those that had no gene variation. Ghrelin is a hormone that tells the brain you’re hungry. Researchers think that the genetic components that effect your ghrelin release may have a lot to do with whether or not you have a major sweet tooth.

Sugar Can Hide in “Healthy” Foods
Even if you avoid the usual sugary culprits like candy, cookies, ice cream, etc. you might be getting duped by other presumably “healthy” foods. Pantry staples like tomato sauce, salad dressing, and even bread can have loads of sugar. Juice is, of course, one health food that packs a major dose of sugar into every ounce. Did you know the typical juice metabolizes the same way as soda pop in the body? Try Edit Fruit Juice to get your juice fix - without all the harmful sugar.

The Average American Diet is Full of Sugar
The American Heart Association recommends we consume less than 10 teaspoons of sugar per day. The average adult American misses that mark (by a lot) and takes in about  22 teaspoons a day. The average child does even worse, with 32 teaspoons per day. It gets worse - the average American consumes 53 gallons of soda a year. Or to simplify it, that’s 565 cans of soda a year. Swap your soda habit for a sugar free beverage like Edit Fruit Juice.

While the “everything in moderation” approach to nutrition has some benefits, it’s clear that the dangers of sugar are very real. Start reading the labels of all your food to find out where sugar may be sneaking its way into your diet. Make healthy swaps, like trading juice or soda for Edit Fruit Juice, and you’ll soon be on your way to a slimmer waistline and better overall health.

July 20, 2016

Don’t Drink Your Calories

When you embark on a weight loss effort, you will find plenty of diets promising quick and incredible results. Nowadays, there’s a fad diet for every preference. Low-carb diets, low-fat diets, grapefruit diets, cabbage soup diets, the Paleo craze, and blood type diets, are just a few of the many options. No matter what diet you decide to try, they all have one thing in common that can make or break your success: you must consume fewer calories than your body uses.

The obvious place to start cutting calories is your food, but another way to cut calories may be to think about what you drink.

How Beverages Can Wreck Your Diet

Juicing is all the rage these days, and we can see why. Juice packs a nutritional punch, but it also has an alarming amount of sugar and plenty of calories. Other beverages don’t fare much better in the calorie department. The calories found in milk are far from insignificant. Two glasses of 2 percent milk a day (counting uses like on your cereal or in your coffee) contain about 40 fewer calories than the average candy bar!

Of course, there's also alcohol. Alcohol is exempt from regulations requiring a nutritional fact panel, so many people don’t even realize how many calories they are consuming with a nighty glass of wine or after work beer. Here’s a simple way to curb your wine habit: A bottle of wine a week could add roughly 10 pounds worth of calories a year! Same goes for a bottle of beer a night. Mixed drinks and coolers are even worse for your weight loss, since they usually involve additional sugary components.

When people get calories from solid food, they tend to feel more full and automatically reduce the rest of their food intake. When people take in liquid calories, however, studies show they don't compensate for them by eating or drinking less later in the day.

Make Better Drink Choices

Now that you know how damaging high calorie beverages can be to your weight loss efforts, how do you make better choices? Even a few simple swaps can have a positive effect on your health.

  1. Instead of using cream or whole milk in your morning coffee, swap for unsweetened almond milk.
  2. Don’t keep sugary beverages at home. Stock up on Edit De-Sugared 100% Fruit Juice to get the taste of your favorite juice with only one gram of sugar. 
  3. Drink water first when you’re thirsty, rather than reaching for a soda or sweetened tea right away. Quenching your thirst with a calorie-free beverage will make you less likely to overindulge.
  4. If Friday evening comes around and you find yourself in need of a cocktail, use an Edit De-sugared Fruit Juice in place of a sweet mixer. You’ll get all the flavor while drastically cutting your calorie intake!

Whatever approach you take to your diet, reducing unnecessary calories in your beverage choices is an easy way to encourage weight loss or weight management success. With these easy swaps and Edit De-Sugared 100% Fruit Juice, you won’t even miss the extra sugar and calories!