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Bring Home a Watermelon Today and Juice It!

It’s time for our annual watermelon post. We see them everywhere now, at grocery stores and farmers markets waiting to be made into healthy, thirst quenching pitchers of juice for you, your family and friends.

Differences in Blood Glucose Indexes and Why This is Important

One of the more interesting things about watermelon is how the sugar content effects blood glucose.  A few decades ago a new index was developed called the Glycemic Index (GI). It measures how quickly the food item can raise your blood glucose level. But the amount of food used to determine the index number is larger than most people would consume.

Another way to measure the impact of various foods on our blood glucose is called Glycemic Load (GL). This new measure gives us a more realistic indication of what to expect when we consume, say, watermelon. For instance The GI of watermelon is 72, which is quite high. However the GL of watermelon is only 7. This is because watermelon is only 6% sugar and 91% water and this helps balance out your body’s response, glucose wise, to watermelon and it’s juice. Additionally, when you juice it with the rind, you are lowering the relative sugar content in a glass of juice even more.

Blood Pressure Lowering Effects Without Drugs

Another great part about making watermelon juice as opposed to eating it is the white rind. Most people do not eat that part, however this is where many benefits are found, especially the blood pressure lowering effect of

The body converts citrulline to the amino acid arginine by using enzymes. Arginine works with the heart and circulation system to maintain a healthy immune system.

This citrulline-arginine relationship also boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels, the very same thing Viagra does. This helps with high blood pressure and other heart problems. Watermelon has been shown in the latest studies to lower blood pressure just as effectively as drugs and with zero side effects.

The raw, natural water of the watermelon, rind and all, is loaded with enzymes, minerals and vitamins the body craves therefore you are doing yourself a big favor by drinking a glass of watermelon juice.

 

 

 

 

Beet Juice Is Shown To Lower Blood Pressure

This vegetable is showing up more often in the research as of late. It’s not even one of the “in” veggies or fruits or “the latest thing” either. But the fact is that red beets – whether made into juice, used in fresh salads or added to cooked dishes – pack a lot of power into such a small size.

4576333533_f5329acaf0_oThe most recent study written up in the American Heart Association web site, is showing that drinking beet juice can reduce blood pressure. The scientists tell us it has this effect by way of the nitrate it contains. Nitrates, converted into nitrites in the body, have the ability to improve blood flow by opening the arterial walls and making it easier for the Heart to do it’s job. The results also tell us that the effect from the beet juice lasts well past the hours when you drink it. Their tests revealed continued lowering of BP into the next day as well.

Study participants with high blood pressure drank 8 ounces of beet juice daily. The results showed a decrease in blood pressure of about 10 mm Hg. The researchers said, “Our hope is that increasing one’s intake of vegetables with a high dietary nitrate content, such as green leafy vegetables or beetroot, might be a lifestyle approach that one could easily employ to improve cardiovascular health,” said Amrita Ahluwalia, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a professor of vascular pharmacology at The Barts and The London Medical School in London.

Our own experience has shown that when making beet juice fresh, it’s good practice to start slowly with the size of beet used in the recipe. Perhaps a 1/4 of a beet at first, then work your way up to a whole beet as you become accustomed to their cleaning power. To receive the benefits of beet nitrates, evidence has shown we need less beets or beet juice if they are fresh because cooking of beets lowers the nitrate level.

Jay has been an advocate for making beet juice for decades. In past blog posts we have written about the power of beets. Jay has also made juice combo videos for us that use beets, he calls one of his recipes The Liver Mover. You can watch the video below.

 

9 Foods For Weight Loss

We’ve all read about this or that vegetable, fruit, fish, bean, nut, seed or tea that is purported to speed up the process of losing weight. After going through the research, I’ve prepared a list of the foods reported to have special properties when it comes to helping us with our weight loss goals.

All of these foods by the way, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. This is also an indication that these foods are disease fighting as well as weight loss promoting foods. Research is showing lower inflammation as one of the keys to good health and it’s a subject I’ll cover in a future blog post.

Avocados for weight lossAvocado – Can help satisfy your hunger with valuable mono unsaturated fat, similar to olive oil. Also contains fiber, protein and twice as much potassium as bananas. Good for skin and hair. Supplies vitamin E and B vitamins and folic acid.

Pears – Loaded with fiber, one pear has up to 15% of daily recommendation. It’s filling and helps to lower cholesterol. Eat with the skin on. That’s where much of the extra fiber resides. Anti-oxidant and phytochemical rich.

Wine –  Studies show people who drink wine have less belly fat than liquor drinkers. Red wine contains the anti-oxidant resveratrol which is purported to stop fat storage for 90 minutes after drinking. No alcohol consumption at all is also associated with weight loss however. Therefore don’t drink to lose weight but if you do drink alcohol, wine is reported to be a better choice.

Grapefruit can help you lose weightGrapefruit – Helps to steady and lower insulin production which can lead to less fat storage especially around the belly. Studies show eating grapefruit before a meal can help with weight loss.

Apple – High in anti-oxidants and fiber. Helps steady insulin production for less belly fat storage. Eaten before a meal, it has been shown that people will eat fewer calories overall. Eating an apple a day turns out to be a great idea.

Sardines - Nutrition powerhouse and great bargain. High in protein to help normalize blood sugar and promote less betty fat through better insulin sensitivity. High in omega 3s for cardiovascular health and help balance omega 6 intake. Because they are small and in the sea for such a short time, they pose less of a mercury contamination concern than salmon and other larger fish.

Green Tea daily alternative to coffeeGreen Tea -  Studies show people lost weight drinking multiple cups per day. Loaded with anti-oxidants. Long history of health-promoting properties.

Almonds – Research is showing they can help with weight loss, calorie for calorie, in place of eating crackers or other high carb snacks. Also a handful is a great appetite suppressant.

Oranges to juice or eatOrange –  Jam-packed with nutrition and can aid in weight loss as well. Flavonoids to decrease inflammation. High levels of folic acid and phytochemicals to help prevent cancer and heart disease. Vitamin C for the immune system, eye health, heart health, blood vessel strength and blood pressure. Whether you eat or juice oranges or tangerines, keep as much of the white as possible. It contains herperidin which decreases inflammation, opens up blood vessels and normalizes cholesterol levels.

We also wanted to mention our new Jay Kordich 7 Day Jumpstart to Healthy Weight Loss Program. You can read more about it in last week’s blog post by clicking here.

 Jay's Weight Loss Program

 

 

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Eight The Liver Mover

This is Day Eight of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.  Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Eight –  Liver Mover

Over 40 years ago Jay Kordich created one of his signature drink combinations simply using beets and apples. He calls it The Liver Mover. In the video below Jay makes this drink and talks about the importance of making sure your liver is performing at top efficiency. He says “Your liver is one of your key organs and it’s imperative it’s functioning properly for optimum health.”

Through the benefit of years and also recent clinical studies about beets, we now know even more about the benefits, not only for eating beets, but also beet juice. Research now indicates beet juice can improve brain function, especially in older adults.

Beets are high in nitrates that stimulate circulation to benefit intestinal health, blood pressure and exercise performance. In a recent study daily beet juice consumption was shown to improve blood flow, especially to the frontal lobe of the brain where cognitive function is more critical as we age.

Jay’s Liver Mover is easy to make using his PowerGrind Pro juicer and provides measurable benefits. It’s tasty too! The recipe is 1/2 beet and one or two apples.

Now here’s Jay:

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Four Watermelon Juice

This is Day Four of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.
Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Four – Watermelon

When drinking watermelon juice made with the skin and the white rind, your body is receiving beneficial nutrients not available if eating only the red part, known as the meat of the watermelon.

Important research about phyto-nutrient Citrulline

Most people avoid eating the white part of watermelon because it isn’t sweet tasting. Scientists have discovered the white rind has , one of the rising stars among the phyto-nutrients now being studied. The body converts citrulline to the amino acid arginine by using enzymes, and arginine works with the heart and circulation system to maintain a healthy immune system.

This citrulline-arginine relationship boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels, the very same thing Viagra does. This helps with high blood pressure and other heart problems. Watermelon has been shown in the latest studies to lower blood pressure just as effectively as statin drugs do and with zero side effects.

Why should you care about Lycopene?

Watermelon is chock full of phyto-nutrients which are naturally occurring compounds that are bioactive, this means they react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions and healing. One of the stars of the phyto-nutrients is Lycopene.

Did you know there are higher concentrations of lycopene in watermelon than in tomatoes? We know lycopene is an anti-oxidant that protects the heart, the prostate and the skin. It’s an amazing nutrient for the body. Watermelons are also an excellent source of vitamin C, of beta carotene, great for potassium and magnesium.

The Secret for using a Juice Machine

Nobody eats the white rind of a watermelon, but you can juice it along with the red part and receive 100% of the food value. While citrulline is mostly in the white, it’s also in the red in smaller amounts along with lycopene and many other nutrients. Therefore if you can’t juice it, eat watermelon and still receive many benefits.

Here’s Jay using his PowerGrind Pro juice machine making a thirst quenching glass of watermelon juice.

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Three Cranberry Apple Juice

This is Day Three of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. We will also include nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.  Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Three – Cranberry Apple Juice

Two decades of science has shown how cranberry juice can heal urinary tract infections and help to cleanse the bladder, kidneys and prostate. More studies are showing anti-inflammatory effects and another that says the juice itself is better than extracts for fighting infections.

Now research says drinking a lower calorie version of cranberry juice could lower blood pressure. The new findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions. Click on the links above for more details on all of the research.

The Answer To Low Calorie Cranberry Juice You Make At Home!

Jay Kordich tells us “Take charge of what goes into your lower calorie cranberry juice by making it yourself with your own juice machine in your own kitchen. With my recipe, if you want less sugar in your juice, simply use less apples. Add some water, maybe some Stevia or raw honey and pour over ice for a great tasting and healthy drink.”

With this recipe you control how tart the juice is by how much of each ingredient you use. Unlike most commercial cranberry juice, no refined sugar and nothing artificial is added.

CRANBERRY-APPLE JUICE
2 cups Cranberries
2 Apples
Ice

LOW CALORIE CRANBERRY-APPLE JUICE
2 cups Cranberries
1 Apple
1/2 cup water
Stevia or raw honey to taste, if needed.
Ice

Here is a video with Jay making Cranberry Apple Juice with his PowerGrind Pro juicer.

Cranberry Juice Lowers Blood Pressure

Over the past two decades there have been numerous studies that looked at cranberries and their juice. Most of the research revolves around how cranberry juice can heal urinary tract infections and help to cleanse the bladder, kidneys and prostate. Reports are also showing anti-inflammatory effects and a study that says the juice itself is better than extracts for fighting infections.

There is an impressive amount of positive information about the restorative properties of cranberry juice. Now it appears the scientists have even more investigating they want to do.

Low Calorie Version of Cranberry Juice Lowers Blood Pressure

New research is pointing toward a benefit as yet not studied in cranberry juice. It has now been shown that drinking a lower calorie version of cranberry juice could lower blood pressure. The new findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions.

Participants were given either low calorie cranberry juice or a placebo drink every day for eight weeks. Blood pressure measurements were taken at the start, mid point and end of the study. At the conclusion readings showed a significant lowering of blood pressure from 121/73 to 118/70 for those drinking the juice. There was no change in those drinking the placebo.

Cranberry juice is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Both of these attributes have been associated with lower blood pressure in other studies. This new research is another great reason to purchase fresh cranberries for juicing during the fall season.

Jay Has The Answer To Low Calorie Cranberry Juice You Make At Home!

Jay Kordich tells us “Take charge of what goes into your lower calorie cranberry juice by making it yourself with your own juice machine in your own kitchen. With my recipe, if you want less sugar in your juice, simply use one less apple. Add a 1/2 a cup of water to the glass or ice and no other sweetener or maybe some Stevia like Linda and I have been using.”

With this great tasting recipe you control how tart the juice is by how much apple or water you use. Unlike most commercial cranberry juice, no refined sugar is added.

CRANBERRY-APPLE JUICE
2 cups Cranberries
2 Apples

LOW CALORIE CRANBERRY-APPLE JUICE
2 cups Cranberries
1 Apple
1/2 cup water
Stevia to taste, if needed.

Here is a video with Jay making Cranberry Apple Juice with his PowerGrind Pro juicer.

It’s Watermelon Season so Go For It!

It’s the heat of the summer. The time of year when many great tasting and health promoting fruits are in season. Which brings us to today’s tasty subject, watermelon. Whether you eat watermelon or juice it, the benefits are outstanding.

Interestingly however, when drinking watermelon juice, made with the skin and the white rind, your body is receiving beneficial nutrients not available if eating only the red part, known as the meat of the watermelon.

Most people avoid eating the white part of watermelon because it isn’t sweet tasting. Scientists have discovered the white rind has , one of the rising stars among the phyto-nutrients now being studied. The body converts citrulline to the amino acid arginine by using enzymes, and arginine works with the heart and circulation system to maintain a healthy immune system.

This citrulline-arginine relationship boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels, the very same thing Viagra does. This helps with high blood pressure and other heart problems. Watermelon has been shown in the latest studies to lower blood pressure just as effectively as statin drugs do and with zero side effects.

Watermelon is a powerhouse of taste and nutrition with most of the benefits concentrated in the white rind. It’s in the red too, but in smaller amounts, but with a juicer, you get ALL the benefits of the watermelon.

Watch Jay using his PowerGrind Pro juice machine making a nice glass of watermelon juice. Doesn’t it make you thirsty?

Important Differences between Fruit and Vegetable Juices

Fruit and vegetable juices are the cleansers, energizers, builders, and regenerators of the human system. Specifically, fruits are our cleansers and energizers and vegetable juices are our builders, and regenerators.  Freshly extracted fruit or vegetable juices will supply all the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, protein, and some fats critical to increased vitality! Adding live juices to one’s diet as a daily routine, many claim brings them a rejuvenating effect and help the disorders such as obesity, cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, alcoholism, and smoking. Supplying the body with easily absorbable nutrients, so that anybody, even with compromised immune sytems or assimilation challenges, juicing penetrates into our intestinal walls, making assimilation almost immediate. This is because when you juice freshly made fruit or vegetable juices, they are 100% pre-digested.  For the elderly, fresh vegetable and fruit juicing is essential!
As we age, our assimilation factors decrease due to digestive weaknesses and illnesses we incur as we grow older.  Some say that as we reach the age of 70 years old, most of us can only absorb 20% of the nutrients we consume through eating.  Not so with juicing.  No matter the age, juicing is 100% absorbable.
For most health conditions, juice fasting is the best method to transform health quickly and effectively, no matter our age.  However, as we age, we are also more susceptible to detoxification symptoms as we start to juice more and more power juices such as greens, carrots, beets, etc.,.
This is why combining these vegetables helps ease some of these symptoms when we add neutral fruits to the mix such as apples.
Through juicing at least 1 quart of power juices daily, thousands of individuals have claimed they have experienced major relief from serious diseases such as cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, obesity, alcoholism and even smoking. Because juice fasting quickly and efficiently removes toxins and excess fatty tissue while supplying a full spectrum of nutrients, (such as antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minearls, enzymes and micronutrients), it has an advantage over any weight-loss program. Juicing literally –nourishes every cell of our body and floods the body with nutrients that energize the body’s natural regenerative abilities.
Here is one of our favourite juice combinations that effectively help our immune system and our overall health ~ at any age!
(for 2) ~ (Organic Only Please!)
10 medium sized CARROTS
4 leaves SWISS CHARD
1 LIME with the skin
1 large Cucumber (unwaxed)
1 BEET with its greens
1 large, yellow, red or green Apple
This tonic contains a powerhouse of cleansing properties that anyone can drink on a daily basis, except for children under three years old.
Here’s to Power Juicing!
Jay Kordich

Beets for Liver and Brain Too!

One of the key drink combinations from Jay uses beets and apples which he calls The Liver Mover. In the video below Jay makes this drink and talks about the importance of making sure your liver is performing at top efficiency.

New research now indicates beets can improve brain function as well, especially in older adults. Beets are high in nitrates that stimulate circulation benefits to intestinal health, blood pressure and exercise performance. In a recent study daily beet juice consumption was shown to improve blood flow, especially to the frontal lobe of the brain where cognitive function is more critical as we age.

Jay’s Liver Mover is easy to make using his PowerGrind Pro juicer and provides measurable benefits. It’s tasty too! The recipe is 1/2 beet and one or two apples.

Now here’s Jay: