Orange Juice and Inflammation – What 21 Studies Reveal

With so many different fruits and vegetables to juice and enjoy, I sometimes forget how simple it can be. Take orange juice for example, a breakfast classic. Who doesn’t love a glass of fresh squeezed OJ? Unfortunately, those that don’t understand the power of fresh juice have often put fruit juice into the same category [...]

Heart Healthy Gingered Swiss Apple Juice

Swiss chard is a mineral-rich, mild-tasting leafy green vegetable with many health benefits. It grows easily and does especially well in the cooler Spring and Fall weather. I love walking into my backyard and harvesting a handful of those large, red-veined, glossy dark green leaves with beautiful red stalks for a juice. The delicious, gingery [...]

Pre-Workout Apple Beet Carrot Energizer Juice Recipe

This twist on the classic A-B-C juice (apple-beet-carrot) is designed to fuel your workout, hike or run. The ingredients have many health benefits, but here is how they will support your energy, endurance and hydration while you sweat it out, step it up or power on. Beet Juice for Endurance Beets contain nitrate which your [...]

How to Maintain Your Plant-Based Diet on Vacation

Eating a healthy plant-based diet when you are at home and in total control of your food is easy. But maintaining your healthy way of eating when traveling or on vacation presents some challenges. My husband and I just returned from a five-day getaway to Pensacola Beach, Florida. (We had planned on Maui, but due [...]

Beet Juice for Blood Pressure + Beet Juice Recipe

When it comes to a healthy heart and blood pressure, is beet juice or cooked beets better for you? It’s a good question. Years ago, researchers proved that beet juice increases athletic endurance. It does this by increasing the level of nitric oxide (NO) in your blood, which increases blood flow, gas exchange, mitochondrial biogenesis [...]

Plant-Based Diet and COVID-19 Severity

Can a heart healthy plant-based diet lower the odds of getting seriously sick with COVID-19? Yes - by a landslide - according according to a new study published in MBJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health. The study included 2884 healthcare workers, mostly physicians and all with high exposure to patients with COVID-19, from six countries - [...]

Fruit and Vegetable Juices for Cardiovascular Health

Wondering if juicing fruits and vegetables is heart healthy? Wonder no more. After reviewing over 100 studies on fruit and vegetable juices and their impact on cardiovascular health, researchers concluded that the answer is YES, juicing is good for your heart. “Some juices might be used as potential supplements for cardiovascular protection, especially mixture of [...]