Pressed Juicery: To Juice or Not to Juice?

If you’re looking to get healthy this year and feeling like your bad eating habits weren’t left behind in 2011, look no further. Although you can always count on Snooki to talk about big muscle Juice-heads, you don’t have to love the Jersey Shore to try this kind of “juicing”.

Juice cleanses have become increasingly popular in the recent months and with a new brand popping up daily, it’s tough to know where to start. Many juice cleanses rely on similar principles. This review will teach you more about Pressed Juicery, a company that is popular in Los Angeles, but you can use this information to help you understand other juice cleanses also, in case Pressed Juicery is not easily accessible to you.

Pressed Juicery offers its “drinkers” cold-pressed juices. What the heck is a cold-pressed juice? It’s a method of pressing produce to squeeze out the most nutrients and benefits from each fruit or vegetable that is used. It does not grind or cut through the produce like a traditional blender, preserving the essential vitamins and minerals when you drink each juice. This method also allows the juice to stay fresh for a longer time than when using a blender.

Just like any workout, it’s important to warm up before juicing. Trading out your Cheetos for celery is tough at first, but this cleanse makes it easy for you. If you were eating highly processed foods, large amounts of meat or dairy, or high levels of refined sugars, a cleanse from Pressed Juicery may shock your body. Make an attempt to eliminate some of the processed foods and sugars a few days before you start juicing.

Whether you’re a newbie or an expert, you’ll find a cleanse that’s right for you. To start, log on to the website at www.pressedjuicery.com and take a quiz that will help identify which cleanse is right for you. It probes you for your daily eating habits, vices, and more. Within seconds you’ll get a recommendation of a personalized cleanse. Next, you get to pick a variation of each juice to suit your likes (or dislikes).  Finally, you select a three or five-day option and you’re on your way. Novice juicers might want to consider the three-day cleanse.

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When you actually receive your juices in the mail, or after you pick them up locally, you should refrigerate them to help preserve freshness.Over the course of the next few days you enjoy each juice in the order described without eating any food in between. This can be difficult if you have never done a cleanse before. Typically, it’s not that you are actually hungry. It’s more that you are used to chewing and eating, which makes drinking liquids all day harder on your mind and body. If you stick to it, however, you will likely feel a surge of energy and feel good about what you are putting into your body. The second half of day two can get tough, but the protein juice (either almond milk, or a variation) is a great reward to look forward to. Many of the other juices are made with ingredients like Kale, Parsley, Ginger, Grapefruit, Strawberry, and Coconut-to name a few, so its hard to go wrong with any of the cleanses or juices alone.

The Bottom Line: Pressed Juicery juices taste great and are packed with tons of nutrients that many of us are lacking. During this cleanse, your body also gets a rest from the preservatives, dairy, meat, and sugars that many of us consume day after day. For many people, this can be exactly what they need to set out on a path to eating better and treating their body with a bit more respect. If a cleanse is too much for you, incorporating the juices into your diet and daily life can be another way to help you feel better about your health. If you’re hoping to lose a lot of weight or think this is a quick diet, you may be juicing for the wrong reasons. Any weight loss you have will probably be very temporary, and once you incorporate solid foods back into your diet you may see the weight return. It’s healthier and safer for you to start eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods after you finish this cleanse. The good news is, once you’re done you’re likely to feel energized and motivated to consume better foods. Speak to your personal physician before beginning this cleanse. If you have specific medical condition (like diabetes, or are pregnant) you should not do a cleanse.

As for cost, this cleanse is not inexpensive. Having said that, it combines several wholesome ingredients and makes juicing extremely convenient. It’s one of the easiest ways to get the benefits of fruits and vegetables if you can’t eat all of them daily. Many of the juices are also delicious, which is an added, and important benefit. If you’re not sure about committing to this cleanse, consider trying some of the juices separately and give it a test run. At the end of the day, your skin will look great and your body will feel rejuvenated!

Adult Acne: When Bad Skin Happens to Good People

There are a few things that we would all love to re-live from our younger years – half day’s at school, recess, and of course, dancing like a fly girl in the living room (ahhh, if only we all turned into J. Lo…). But one thing that we would all love to forget is teenage acne. If bad skin isn’t a thing of the past for you, don’t stress.

Adult acne is a common problem among women. There are several theories on what causes acne, what aggravates it, and of course, what cures it. Hundreds of research studies have been conducted on the subject and there is varying data. Although the exact cause of acne can vary amongst individuals, on a cellular level, typically acne is caused by a combination of inflammation, follicular obstruction, and accumulation of sebum. Sebum is produced from the sebaceous glands on the skin. It is an oily material that helps protect the outer layer and also gives skin its oily or waxy-looking appearance. Although somewhat protective, this material can also create a good environment for bacteria to grow, leaving skin congested. Congestion can then lead to whiteheads and blackheads that form large areas of acne. There is other physiology involved, but we all know how interested in detailed science most of you are!

What factors can trigger acne? Over treating you skin can do more harm than good. Using soaps, astringents, and harsh exfoliators can take sebum away from the skin’s surface and also cause trauma to the skin, which could lead to inflammation and worsening acne. Many people also dehydrate their “oily” skin, sometimes creating more breakouts and increasing inflammation. If you wash your face with a cleanser and your eyes are stinging like you just got sprayed with Mace, it’s probably too harsh for you.

Stress is a topic that really deserves its own article. Clinically, high stress has been linked to acne exacerbations and poor diet. If you’re under a lot of stress and getting very little sleep your skin may retaliate. Alleviate stress whenever you can, and recognize that when your stress calms down, your skin may also.

Your period might not be a question mark anymore, but if it’s accompanied by acne, it’s probably equally unwelcome. Acne flares (and sometimes temper flares) during the premenstrual time are common among women. If you struggle with this type of acne, you should speak to your doctor about options to regulate your hormones and improve your skin. In addition to treatment, be sure to try to avoid rubbing or picking at your skin, as scars can take several months to resolve. Clinically, darker scarring typically occurs in individuals with darker complexions.

 Consider these other tips to help your skin look better:

Eat Well: Diet can make a bigger difference with your acne than you might imagine. “You are what you eat” is an old but unfortunately somewhat true statement. Some studies suggest that consumption of milk may play a role in acne exacerbations, but there have only been minimal randomized control trials to test this theory. Having said that, many women often note that decreasing their dairy intake has reduced their breakouts, so if you’re consuming a significant amount of milk and cheese, consider cutting back. Whether it’s chocolate, French fries, cheeseburgers, or peanut butter- there is no real data to support that a specific food causes acne, but if you know that your skin and Double Stuffed Oreo’s are frenemies, avoid the foods that make YOU breakout. Make sure you’re getting enough fruits, vegetables, protein, and fats (yes, fats) in your diet to keep your skin resilient and help it heal from acne. Also, remember to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated from within and cleanse your skin from the inside.

Less is More for Makeup: Often makeup is used to cover up bad skin but it may be causing your breakouts. Be sure to use foundation or powder that is oil free. Using a powder foundation can help your skin breathe while it’s healing from bouts of acne. Do your best to also maintain a cleansing routine to remove your makeup adequately. If you can make updating your Facebook status a priority, washing your face and removing your makeup should be right up there with it. Regardless of the method you use, try not to vigorously scrub your makeup off or use a cleanser that leaves your face parched.

Moisturize:  Derek Zoolander wasn’t kidding when he said, “Moisture is the essence of beauty”. It is often thought that reducing the skin’s natural oils can help prevent acne. Unfortunately, severely dehydrated skin can actually create more breakouts. Depleting your skin of its natural oils with harsh cleansers and astringents can trigger your skin to create more oil and clog pores. Make an effort to use a moisturizer with SPF during the day under your makeup and a thicker cream at night after you’ve washed your face. Re-hydrating your skin, particularly overnight, can restore and repair acne blemishes and improve scarring and skin tone from post-acne changes. Many moisturizers contain Retinoids, which can help acne and also have been shown to help reduce the signs of aging. Before you begin using these types of products, consult a physician because these are not for everyone, and should not be used if you are pregnant, or have certain other conditions.

Ask for Help: If you have been struggling with your skin, talk to a doctor about your concerns. Millions of women suffer from acne. Whether you’re 14 or 40, acne can be very debilitating and take a serious toll on a person’s self-esteem. If you’ve tried several things and are still suffering, you may need a more detailed evaluation of your skin. You may even require prescription medication, or further hormonal evaluation. A doctor can provide you treatment tailored to your needs.

Sleep Deprivation: Is Your Beauty Sleep Turning Ugly?

If you’ve been catching reruns of the original 90210 instead of catching up on sleep, you might not be alone.  Dozing off at work, partying hard, or leaving permanent handprints on your snooze button could all be related to sleep deprivation. We all toss the term around, but sleep deprivation is a common, and serious problem.

Sleep deprivation is a consistent lack of sleep over a certain period of time. When a person does not get enough sleep, they accumulate a sleep debt. Sleep debt can cause fatigue, irritability, loss of concentration, and fatal accidents. Sleep debt can be calculated by allowing a person to sleep and wake up naturally. When this is done over a period of a few weeks and averaged, a number of “ideal” hours of sleep can be calculated for each individual. Each day that you sleep less than your ideal number, you are building a sleep debt. Eventually a significant sleep debt can affect your daily life. In addition to losing focus, feeling exhausted, looking haggard, and being less efficient, sleep debt can have other major consequences. When the body feels enough sleep deprivation, you may find yourself falling into microsleeps. This is sleep that lasts only a few seconds during periods where the body is not as physically active or stimulated. This means microsleep can occur during important meetings or even while driving.  In fact, according to one study people who slept less than four hours or greater than 10 hours had a higher mortality rate.

Another reason you might want to make catching some Z’s a priority is that inadequate sleep has also been shown to cause increased appetite, overeating and weight gain.  Multiple studies and trials have shown that sleep deprivation can cause hormones in the body that regulate hunger and satisfaction to become negatively affected.  One particular study showed that people who slept less than 8 hours had a higher percentage of body fat. So before you reach for that 100-calorie pack to satisfy your hunger, think twice because you might want to reach for your pillow instead. Here are some tips to make sure you are sleeping better:

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene: It’s not what you think. Although regular showers are always a plus, sleep hygiene has to do with what you do to get ready for bed. Who doesn’t like catching a little Chelsea Lately before hitting the sack? Harmless, right? Watching TV right before bed makes it difficult to quiet the mind, get to sleep, and stay asleep. Instead, try reading or listening to some relaxing music before bed. This is likely to help you sleep better and stay asleep.

Avoid drinking: A booze jacket may keep you warm in cold weather, but it might keep you up all night. Drinking alcohol before bed makes sleep less restful and often causes breaks in sleep overnight. It can sometimes help you fall asleep but you may end up waking up throughout the night and feel much less rested in the morning. Not to mention, too much alcohol can give you a terrible hangover, among other things.

Work it out: Getting regular exercise has been shown to help people get to sleep faster and stay asleep. Avoid working out right before bed because this may give you a surge of energy. If you can’t hit the gym in the morning, give yourself at least 2 hours before you plan to sleep to finish exercising.

 Don’t underestimate the power of getting enough rest. Adequate sleep can help improve your memory and keep you looking healthy, so hide your remote and get to bed!