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Good Nature Family Meet Up – Austin

“Good nature Family Meet up – Austin” is a new series of live events that will bring our commercial juicing community together for a few hours of networking, juice tasting, giveaways, discussions, and special guests!

We are kicking it off at The Well restaurant in downtown Austin on May 11, 2022.

The Well in Austin TX

Event Details

  • Hosted by: Charlie Wettlaufer, Co-Owner of Good nature, Host of The Cold Pressed Truth podcast.
  • Date: May 11, 2022
  • Time: 2pm – 5:30pm
  • Price: $20 – tickets on sale soon
  • Capacity: Limited to 60 attendees

Special Guests

Come and mingle with your favorite juicing people! For the first event, we will feature the following special guests:

  • Ari Sexner: World renowned chef and juicing expert, author of The Juicing Companion. Get your book signed by Ari!
  • Jordan Rosendale and Lauren Mattice: The juice industry’s favorite sisters, founders of JK Juices and the JK Collective.
  • Your favorite Good nature peeps, including Eric Wettlaufer (CEO) and Rob Frey (Marketing Manager)
  • More to come!

Juice Tasting – WJC Qualifier

Taste fresh, unique recipes from juice bars local to Austin and surrounding areas. Vote for your favorite- the winner will receive an invitation to compete in the next World Juicing Championship at JuiceCon!

Door Prizes

Good nature will be giving away some goodies, including:

  • Good nature swag – t-shirts, hats, etc.
  • Signed copies of the Juicing Companion
  • Online credit for juice equipment parts and accessories
  • Grand prize of two tickets to the next JuiceCon! (up to $1,600 value)

Good Nature Family Meet Up - Austin
Good Nature Family Meet Up – Austin

The Venue

The Well blends top-tier nutrition, local and sustainable farming, and authentic flavors for a breakthrough culinary experience that redefines healthy food in Downtown Austin.

The Well is part of the Good nature Family, serving some of the most delicious and freshest cold-pressed juice in Austin, as well as a full food and beverage menu. Yes, cocktails too!

Located on 2nd street in downtown Austin, it serves as a great starting point to explore Austin. Walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and hiking / biking trails along Lake Austin.

How to Attend

We will be selling tickets soon – make sure you are on our mailing list to get the notification.

Why we Created This Event

It’s been to painful cancelling Juice Con twice in a row. We can’t bear to be apart from our juicing family any longer! This is meant to be a semi-local event, and if it goes well we will host future events in other parts of the country later (see more info below).

Future Events

We will be planning future events in other parts of the country, and even internationally. Keep an eye out for a California event later this year, and a East Coast event after that.

Once travel resumes normalcy, we will likely be planning a few events internationally in the biggest juicing markets.

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Norwalk Closes its Doors? | Goodnature

UPDATE (Nov 22, 2021): I have received confirmation from Norwalk ownership that they have indeed closed down their business for good.

There’s a rumor circulating that Norwalk has closed it’s doors for good and has gone out of business. This was posted on the Pure Juicer and Norwalk Facebook group on October 13th:

Norwalk closed for good post

Also, their website, norwalkjuicers.com, has been down for three days:

norwalk website down

So, the story seems to check out (for now).

I have mixed feelings about this if it’s true:

  1. Sadness. Norwalk has been around for decades, and played a major role in both starting and growing the cold pressed juice industry. It was invented and popularized by Dr. Norman Walker, with his books promoting juicing dating back as far as 1936. Lots of Goodnature’s customers started on Norwalks and eventually upgraded to Goodnature when they had the need for a commercial juicer (back when our smallest machine was the X-1). I wonder if Goodnature would even be around today if it weren’t for Norwalk clearing the path and educating the public about true cold-pressed juice.
  2. Frustration. Norwalk has done little to improve their product over the past 20 years. It’s essentially the exact same machine it was in the 1990’s. They allow their new competitor, Pure Juicer, to steal the market from them without putting up much of a fight. In my opinion, the Pure Juicer is almost an exact replica of the Norwalk juicer. They made some minor improvements and have better marketing and customer service. These are things Norwalk could have done to save their company. Additionally, Pure Juicer is reported as being made in China, and Norwalk is made here in the US.
    Just to be clear: Pure Juicer has done a great job at supporting the market as well. I don’t mean to diminish the fact that (I’ve heard) they provide great customer service and support, and build a decent product. I know how hard that is as a business owner myself.

There was a moment when I thought Norwalk had a chance. A couple of years ago I opened my email inbox to see a “New Product Announcement” from Norwalk. I wondered – “Is it something smaller? Bigger? Cheaper? More efficient? What is it??” And to my disappointment, it was actually not a new juice machine at all, but a set of stainless steel popsicle molds. That’s what you guys have been working on? Pure juicer is taking your market away from you and you R and D a popsicle mold? I don’t get it.

Either way, Norwalk will always hold a special place in my heart as an originator and leader in our space. Farwell.

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Introduction to Adaptogens | Goodnature

Welcome to the World of Adaptogens!

Adaptogens. It’s a term we have been hearing a lot lately, but what does it really mean? And what does it have to do with juice and smoothies? If these are some of the questions you have (and even if they’re not), you’re in for a real treat! Join me over the next few months as we explore the world of adaptogens in this educational blog series.

In each post we will dive deep into a featured adaptogen, covering its history and background, the science and health benefits, where to get it, how to use it, and even some recipes!

landscape artist rendering of introduction to adaptogens

What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are plants that promote balance by helping the body adapt and resist stress.

Certain plants have compounds that give them the ability to resist stressful environments by adapting. When we utilize these plants, they have the unique ability to ‘adapt’ their function according to the specific needs within our bodies.

From medicinal mushrooms to herbs and roots, adaptogens have been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese healing.

Dr. Israel Brekhman (aka “Father of Adaptogens”), a respected research scientist and medical doctor, devoted his whole career to the study of adaptogenic herbs and their effects on health and wellness. Brekhman and his colleagues defined adaptogens as natural plant substances that:

  1. Increase the body’s ability to cope with internal and external stresses
  2. Exhibit stimulating effects after both single-time use and prolonged use, leading to increased working capacity and mental performance under stressful and fatigue-inducing conditions
  3. Normalize the functions of the body
  4. Are safe and have no negative side effects

Why Should We Use Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are experiencing a resurgence in mainstream wellness, and for good reasons.

Adaptogens not only help us improve our response to stress, but they also support our mood, energy levels, and immune function. These protective agents can help us manage stress and find balance in a natural way, increasing our overall health and wellness. Plus, they are a great way to supercharge your already-healthy juices, smoothies, and bowls!

Stress is a Major Contributor to Illness

Medical research estimates as much as 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related, with emotional stress being a major contributing factor to the six leading causes of death in the United States: cancer, coronary respiratory heart disease, accidental injuries, disorders, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. 1

We live in a world where heightened intensity is the norm, and we are constantly bombarded with compounded stressors, which can cause our bodies to be in a constant state of “fight or flight”. When our body is in this chronic stress state and stress hormones remain elevated for too long, our immune system begins to deteriorate. Our body makes fewer immune cells and the immune cells that it does make are less mobile and less effective.

Now more than ever, it is extremely important to find ways to help our bodies adapt and resist stress.

Here is a short list of some popular adaptogens and their health benefits to give you a sneak peek at just how amazing they are:

  • Ashwagandha: Commonly known as “Indian Ginseng”, ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs of Ayurveda, used for its abilities to fight stress and increase stamina. It is also found to be effective against depression, preventing and slowing loss of brain function, and stopping cell growth in certain cancers. 2
  • Chaga: This nutrient-dense “King of Medicinal Mushrooms” is known to improve the body’s response to stress, boost immunity, increase energy, reduce inflammation, promote healthy skin, fight and prevent cancer, and is used as a remedy for a plethora of other ailments . 3, 4
  • Cordyceps: This potent mushroom stimulates energy to fight fatigue and is also known to boost athletic performance by increasing endurance. Studies also show that it enhances aerobic capacity and respiratory function. It is anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants, giving it powerful anti-aging properties. 5, 6, 7
  • Ginseng: The ginseng plant has energizing properties that help the body handle stress and contains high levels of compounds that reduce inflammation, improve memory, and boost immunity. 8
  • Reishi: This powerful mushroom has relaxing properties that help relieve stress and anxiety, and promote feelings of well-being. It also is known to reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, and boost immunity. 9, 10
  • Tulsi (Holy Basil): Originating in India, tulsi is a wonderful herb with relaxing properties that can calm anxiety and reduce the effects of stress. It is also rich in antioxidants and compounds that reduce inflammation, boost energy, and support the immune system. 11

You can find more boosters and adaptogens in Chef Ari’s book The Juicing Companion. Get it here! The Juicing Companion

Sourcing Adaptogens

There are many different ways to source adaptogens, whether you decide to forage them, grow your own, or purchase from a supplier.

If you choose, as most people do, to purchase your adaptogens, you will want to get them from a source you trust. If you are unfamiliar with who that might be, look for organic, high-quality brands. These brands can usually be found at your local health food store or online apothecaries.

Here is a list of some of my favorite suppliers and brands, most of them offer bulk/wholesale pricing:

How To Use Adaptogens

Adaptogens come in many forms, and sometimes the same adaptogen is available in a variety of different forms. How do we know which one to use?

From teas to extracts and whole plants to powders, many times the form you choose will depend on how you want to incorporate it into your regimen.

Form Works well with…
Powders smoothies, smoothie bowls, plant-based milks, raw snack bars, baked goods
Extracts juices, smoothies, plant-based milks, most applications
Whole (dried, fresh) teas, restorative broths, and soup stocks

What’s Next?

The articles to follow will be all about specific adaptogens, so make sure you are on our mailing list to get them sent directly to your inbox. I will also post all the articles here as they get published, that way you can bookmark this page and have access to the whole series.

The World of Adaptogens Blog series

What adaptogens are your favorite and why? Which ones would you like to learn more about? Let me know in the comments below!

References:

  1. Life Event, Stress and Illness, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3341916/
  2. An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/
  3. Anticancer activity of subfractions containing pure compounds of Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) extract in human cancer cells, https://synapse.koreamed.org/articles/1051060
  4. Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes as assessed by comet assay, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15630179/
  5. Cordyceps militaris improves tolerance to high intensity exercise after acute and chronic supplementation, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5236007/
  6. Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial and assessment of fermentation product of Cordyceps sinensis (Cs-4) in enhancing aerobic capacity and respiratory function of the healthy elderly volunteers, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02836405
  7. Protective effects on mitochondria and anti-aging activity of polysaccharides from cultivated fruiting bodies of Cordyceps militaris, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21061463/
  8. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition., Chapter 8, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92776/
  9. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of immuno-modulation by Ganoderma lucidum, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16230843/
  10. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition., Chapter 9, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757/
  11. Tulsi – Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/

The information shared in this post is a combination of my personal experience, research, and knowledge as a certified holistic health coach, and is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or to be considered a substitute for professional medical advice.

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Gerson Therapy Juice Recipes | Goodnature

For many years, juicing has been used as a treatment by people with cancer, and some even claim that their cancer has been cured by consuming fresh, raw juice. In this article, I not only share the Gerson Therapy juice recipes, but also what I’ve learned about juicing on the Gerson Therapy Diet.

A few years ago when my Mom was diagnosed with Leukemia, I started researching the correlation between juicing and curing cancer.

I found juicing to be the main component of many holistic cancer therapy protocols, including the widely known Gerson Therapy. In order to learn more about the therapy, I bought a few of their books and then enrolled in their online course.

Clicking the links below will take you to the different article sections.

apple beet carrot abc juice next to a juicer on a table

What is the Gerson Therapy?

The Gerson Therapy is based on the idea that the body has the potential to heal itself and it needs to be in a balanced state in order to do so. Dr. Gerson believed that the body develops cancer when it is compromised by a buildup of toxins that changes the cell metabolism. In order to restore the body, bring the cell metabolism back into balance, and activate its healing powers, the therapy focuses on detoxing. This is done by adhering to a strict organic, plant-based diet, taking supplements, and doing daily coffee enemas.

History

The Gerson Therapy was created by Dr. Max B. Gerson, who first developed it as a treatment for his migraine headaches. Over time, Dr. Gerson discovered that his therapy was helping his patients with other conditions including tuberculosis and even cancer. In the years following his passing in 1959, Dr. Gerson’s daughter, Charlotte, co-founded the Gerson Institute in San Diego, California. In order to provide in-patient care, Gerson offers a licensing program for treatment centers, including CHIPSA Hospital in Mexico, also known as the Gerson Hospital.

For those who cannot afford the cost of the in-patient cancer treatments or cannot travel to these facilities, Gerson Institute does offer a web-based treatment option with Certified Gerson Practitioners (GPCs). You can try to follow the Gerson Therapy on your own at home; There is even a chapter dedicated to it in The Gerson Therapy book.

Getting Started on Gerson Juicing

A typical Gerson patient’s regimen consists of making and drinking raw, organic juice once per every waking hour of the day, up to thirteen (13) 8 oz juices per day. Therefore, consuming large amounts of fresh, cold-pressed juice is a major component of the Gerson Therapy diet.

To make juice according to the Gerson way, they have some pretty strict guidelines:

  • All produce MUST be organic
  • Stick to the three main juice recipes and optional breakfast citrus juice recipe
  • If you are missing a recipe ingredient, do not substitute, just omit it
  • Use a “two-stage” or “two-step” juicer that grinds, then presses (with the exception of juicing orange)
  • Juice oranges with a manual reamer-style citrus juicer
  • Make fresh juice every hour of the day
  • Consume juice as soon as it’s made, do not store it

Eric Freeman, head chef at the Gerson Institute, teaches that “Gerson juices have to be completely smooth and pulp free for optimal nutrient absorption.”

Goodnature M-1 Juice Press
The Goodnature M-1 Juice Press

Gerson Juicer

All of Goodnature’s juicers use the required two-step technology of grinding, then pressing, making them a great choice for use in the Gerson Therapy. There are quite a few other advantages of using a Goodnature juicer including:

  • Easy and quick to assemble and clean
  • Pulp moves directly from the grinder to the press bag, no need to manually move the pulp from bowl to juice cloth to machine, and no folding!
  • More sanitary with compostable bags, and no scrubbing and freezing!
  • Less mess, no kickback and pulp shooting out onto the ceiling
  • No sharp blades
  • Commercial grade, high quality machines, built in the USA
  • Family owned business has been designing and manufacturing cold-press juicers since 1976

My Mom started off juicing daily on an Omega masticating juicer but has since upgraded to the Goodnature M-1. She tells me all the time how much she loves making juice now and that it’s no longer a chore, “…plus, I get more juice from my carrots and the taste is so much better…I could never go back to using another juicer.”

Many others that take their health seriously also use the M-1 for juicing at home.

“I have been waiting to get a Goodnature press for quite a few years (after discovering that is what made the juices so special at a few places I had juice from). Finally Goodnature came up with this smaller one, the M-1, and I LOVE it! Managed to fit it in my small home kitchen with no real counters, beautiful to look at, easy to clean, easy to use. I have had many juicers over the years and nothing compares to the taste of juice from this juicer. We now have juice a few times a day. For me this is healthcare. I wish every household could have one! Really life changing!!!” — Cynthia W.

Gerson Juice Recipes

Follow the guidelines as shown above to make these cold-pressed juice recipes according to the Gerson Therapy protocol.

Per the Gerson website, “Every day, a typical patient on the Gerson Therapy consumes multiple, 8 oz. glasses of three main juices: carrot, carrot-apple and the Gerson green juice.”

Carrot-Apple Recipe

  • Yield: About one 8 oz serving

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 medium carrots
  • 1 Granny Smith (green) apple

Directions:

  1. Wash the produce.
  2. Cut the tops and bottoms off of the carrots.
  3. Core the apple, removing the apple seeds.
  4. Grind the carrots and apple together and press.

Gerson Green Juice

  • Yield: About one 8 oz serving

Ingredients:

  • ¼ head romaine
  • Small wedge of purple cabbage (1″x1″x2″)
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • ¼ medium green bell pepper
  • 6-8 leaves watercress
  • 2-3 leaves escarole or endive
  • 1-2 leaves swiss chard (no stem, mostly fiber)
  • Red or green leaf lettuce
  • 2-3 beet top greens (small, inner leaves)

Directions:

  1. Wash the produce.
  2. Core the apple, removing the apple seeds.
  3. Grind the ingredients together and press.

CARROT Juice

  • Yield: About one 8 oz serving

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Wash the carrots.
  2. Cut the tops and bottoms off of the carrots.
  3. Grind and press.

Resources

Here are some additional resources if you want to learn more about the Gerson Therapy.

The information shared in this post is a combination of my personal experience, research, and knowledge as a certified holistic health coach, and is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or to be considered a substitute for professional medical advice.