Food is Medicine: How Juicing Can Help Your Overall Health

I’ve been juicing for years and love experimenting with different combinations of fruits and veggies. My favorite go-to blend has always been beet, carrot and apple – so refreshing! So, you can imagine my level of excitement (very high) when I learned we would be filming the current episode of “Your Health” out at Kaleidoscope Juice. And our visit did not disappoint!

Owner and founder, Alexandra Maw, shared her inspiring story as to how she started her successful juice and smoothie bar business, which by the way, just recently opened its seventh location in Gilbert, Arizona.

Way to go, Alexandra and team! I absolutely love meeting and celebrating women entrepreneurs who are using their businesses to make a difference in the community. As Alexandra mentioned, food is medicine, so making sure to incorporate clean, healthy, organic ingredients regularly into your diets is so very important for your overall health. Juice or smoothie, anyone?! 🙂

Tips for Better Heart Health  

There’s a lot to be said about maintaining a healthy heart and we share several tips on the latest show. Our hearts work hard for us our entire lives, so showing it some TLC is imperative.

Here are some tips for better heart health!

  • Aim for lucky number seven – in a recent study, adults who slept 7 hours a night had less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who slept 5 hours or less or those who slept 9 hour or more.
  • Get up and move – the American Heart Association says being physically active is one of the most important things you can do to prevent heart disease and stroke. An easy goal to remember – 30 minutes a day, five times a week. So get up, and get moving!
  • Dental hygiene matters – did you know gum disease can put you at risk for heart disease? Practicing good dental hygiene, especially flossing, is important. Periodontitis, a type of gum infection, may increase the thickness of the blood vessels in the neck and eventually lead to heart diseases. Research shows that nearly 80 percent of the American population has some form of gum disease and that people with gum diseases have double the risk of having heart conditions.

Making Informed Food Choices

Do you know what to look for when reading food labels? Naturopathic doctor, Emily Poccia, shares tips on best practices on reading food labels. The most important thing to look at is the product ingredient list, by looking at the order of the list, you’ll know how much of that ingredient is in the food.

We invite you to watch the newest episode of “Your Health” on Cox Cable’s YurView channel – tune in Sundays at 4:30 pm, Mondays at 10:30 pm, Wednesdays at 7 pm, and Saturdays at 10 pm. Of course as always, check your guide for the channel number in your city.

Have some healthy tips you’d like to share with me and the Your Health team? Connect with us on the Your Health Facebook page, we’d love to hear from you!

As always, stay healthy friends!

Erica Cardenas (@ericacardenas1)