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International Women’s Day – Drink Living Juice

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On Tuesday, March 8, we observe International Women’s Day. As a Women Owned company, Living Juice takes pride in its roots and celebrates all of the women who brighten our days, sharpen our minds, and continue to inspire us in every capacity.

International Women’s Day has been observed, though not always widely, since the beginning of the 20th century. In 1908, women began to take to the streets to contest disparities in working hours, pay, and voting rights. 15,000 women marched through New York City streets to defend their rights to equality.

1909 marked the first year that International Women’s day was observed. Called National Women’s Day, it was celebrated on February 28th in accordance with the Socialist Party of America.

The holiday went global in 1911, when a decision at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen decreed that every year in every country a celebration would commence on the same day to press for their demands. The 100 women in attendance from 17 countries representing assorted socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and labor unions agreed to the decision unanimously. Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland all celebrated the holiday on the 19th of March. Just 6 days later on March 25th, the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City drew even more attention to the plight of women regarding labor conditions and beyond.

In 1975, the United Nations celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time. Two years later in December of 1977, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution officially proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day seen fit by member states.

In 2001, the internet boom saw women’s issues come back to the forefront. The internationalwomensday.com domain was launched to bring life back into the holiday, making the achievements of women visible for the world to see. The website provides essential resources and guidance for championing gender equality. Each year, new campaign themes for the global IWD website are developed for a worldwide audience. Further, the website serves as a charity vehicle: in 2020 a six-figure sum was fundraised, with 100% of the donations going to charities like the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and Catalyst Inc.

Attitudes are changing, but there is a long way to go in the fight for gender parity. Get involved, donate to fundraisers, and engage in conversation. At the very least, celebrate the women in your life whether they are CEOs, coworkers, friends, role-models, or mothers. None of us would be here without them!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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A Brief Introduction to Composting – Drink Living Juice

Composting: some people have been doing it for years (before it was cool), industrial companies and municipalities have been doing it for decades, but you may be hearing about it for the first time right now. What is this in-style process, and what does it do?

Composting is a process by which organic matter like food scraps and leaves naturally recycles into a rich fertilizer. It is a sort of weaponization of decay, where an ideal environment is created for decomposition, making the process shorter than it would be in nature. After worms, bugs, and bacteria go to work, the resulting decomposed matter looks like rich, dark garden soil. This is the final product, called compost, which is often referred to as “black gold” for the wonders it can bring to a garden.

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Reducing Waste

The average American family produces a lot of trash. 28% of that waste comes in the form of food scraps, costing billions of dollars in waste management and highlighting a broader issue around overconsumption. When you compost, you’re taking your waste out of the equation, and recycling it for good use: more fertilizer, lusher gardens, higher sustainability and a prettier view to boot.

Cutting Emissions

Landfills are massive emitters of greenhouse gasses. Methane specifically is released when waste undergoes anaerobic decomposition, where buried trash in a landfill is decomposed by organisms who don’t require free-flowing oxygen. Bio-gas is released by the process, containing a 50/50 split of methane and carbon dioxide. Composting cuts these massive emissions by circumventing anaerobic decomposition. Cities like San Francisco which have committed to divert waste from landfills into compositing programs have shown what the strategy can do: since 2012, San Francisco has avoided more than 90,000 metric tons of carbon emissions by large-scale composting.

Soil Health

Compost, or ‘Black Gold’, is rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, the three primary nutrients needed by garden crops. These nutrients boost soil’s water retention, productivity, microbiome and overall health.

Getting Started

While some composting is done on a large scale in industrial facilities, there are plenty of options to get it done at home. You can buy small ‘compost bins’ that eliminate much of the complexities of composting and make the process super easy to complete at home.

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How Stress Affects the Human Body – Drink Living Juice

The Problem

The feeling is universal: elevated heart rate, tense muscles, racing breath, and an overall sour mood characterizes the effect stress has on the body. But this isn’t an isolated experience felt by a small few. The symptoms of stress are all too common. In 2017, a survey from the American Psychological Association found that 71% of respondents reported experiencing at least one symptom of stress over the past month.

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Not all stress is bad. Sometimes we get stressed about a family member’s wedding or about the pressure behind starting a new job. This is a sort of motivational stress, more of anticipation, that our body is well equipped to handle. Long term, or chronic, stress can complicate this story. Over time stress has a measurable effect on both our mental and physical well being.

Muscles react first. Acute stress is often met by a reflex: we tense up. Too much tension can lead to chronic tightness or migraine-type headaches.

The respiratory system follows. Elevated breathing occurs as the airway between the nose and the lungs constricts. For people with pre-existing respiratory conditions like bronchitis or emphysema, this can become an issue.

Stress is a facet of the fight or flight response, which also effects the cardiovascular system. The blood vessels that direct blood to larger muscles and the heart dilate, increasing the amount of blood moving through the body at a given time. Blood pressure skyrockets.

Some people also experience gastro-intenstinal distress. Bloating, pain, and nausea are all common. In more intense scenarios, even vomiting can occur.

At the heart of all of these impacts on various systems is cortisol, the hormone that is released when we undergo stress. In small doses, cortisol is harmless and triggers necessary responses. When we are constantly stressed, however, cortisol hangs around too much and begins to wreak havoc on our long term health. High levels of cortisol have been linked to anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart diseases, sleep issues, weight gain, and memory impairment.

Fighting Back

There are three solid strategies that can help mediate chronic stress.

Having a healthy social support network is essential. Confiding in those you trust can lift the burden of stress off of your shoulders, and you’re sure to find out that everyone at some point experiences the same symptoms.

Physical activity is a must. Exercise releases dopamine, takes your mind off of stressors, and is a hobby focused on progress. Positive change can lift you out of a slump.

Finally, never neglect sleep. We need to rest to perform at our best, and a good night’s sleep can better prepare our bodies to handle the physical symptoms of stress.

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Wim Hof – Drink Living Juice

A Quick Background on Wim Hof

Wim Hof ​​found stillness in the cold. While battling grief in the wake of his beloved wife’s suicide, he felt drawn to icy water. Immersing in it brought a rush of adrenaline, a spike and then deep subsiding of heart rate and, ultimately, clarity.

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Impressive Feats

He now seeks to champion the remarkable healing properties of deep breathing and cold water immersion. What’s even more impressive? Wim isn’t kidding around. His feats prove just how serious he is about his philanthropic mission, because not only has cold water and breathing helped his mental health, its also allowed him to train his body to withstand incredible extremes. He ran a half marathon in the Arctic, barefoot, wearing only shorts. He swam underneath solid arctic ice for over 66 meters. He climbed Kilimanjaro in shorts. He’s withstood complete immersion in a container buried in ice cubes for hours.

The Proof

Wim doesn’t want to be seen as a charlatan, preaching a fake art for financial gain. He goes out of his way to invite science into his practices. He also lives by his motto, ‘what I am capable of, everybody can learn,’ by running a school where students can learn his ways.

In 2014, a scientific study at Radboud University in the Netherlands was conducted on Wim Hof ​​practitioners and Hof himself. The goal was to see if Wim’s claims about the teachability of his methods were true: could anybody do what Wim does? Researchers injected 12 of his students with an endotoxin. Like Wim Claimed, the results showed that all 12 were able to control their sympathetic nervous system and immune response to the toxic. Anti-inflammatory mediators were 200% higher, while pro-inflammatory mediators were 50% lower than the control group. Researchers concluded that the Wim Hof ​​method had important implications for “conditions associated with excessive or persistent inflammation, especially autoimmune diseases.” (Knox et. al. 2014).

In 2018, another study was conducted on just Wim himself, aiming to uncover which brain function allows him to withstand such cold temperatures. Results showed that areas of his brain associated with pain suppression, self-reflection and well being were all activated.

Wim is a true wellness warrior, not just championing the methods that helped him recover metnall from a tragic life event, but also living to serve and give the same gift to others. His social media pages radiate positivity as he implores his followers to join him and find stillness in the cold.

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Fruit Facts – Drink Living Juice

At O2Living, we talk about fruit a lot. It is fruit that goes into our juices (along with some veggies), and it’s fruit that delivers the many benefits of cold pressed juice.

But where does all this fruit come from? How does it grow? What kind of climate does each species like? Let’s take fun dive on a few key types of fruit to learn something new.

Apples

A staple in American households, the apple is synonymous with the general term “fruit”. It’s everywhere in pop culture: one a day apparently keeps the doctor away, we bob for them at state fairs, and we smother them in caramel at farmer’s markets.

But they aren’t originally from the orchards of upstate New York. In 1929 a Russian scientist named Nikolai Vavilov traced the apple genome back to a wild apple in the Tian Shan Mountains of Kazakhstan. These apples, like ours today, grew on trees but instead of in carefully cultivated orchards they were found in vast mountaintop apple forests stretching for miles. Most apples found here probably didn’t taste too good– it wasn’t until later, with careful gene selection by groups like the Romans, that apples like these became palatable.

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Bananas

Another huge player in the fruit world, bananas are the single most grown fruit on Earth by metric tons. They grow only in hot, tropical climates– it is no wonder that they originated in the dense jungles of the

Malay Archipelago in Southeast Asia. Though they grow in what are called “Banana Trees”, these plants aren’t actually trees at all. They’re more like a giant herb, closer related to lilies and orchids than a mighty oak. This doesn’t mean they don’t have size, however, as a banana tree can reach 40 feet in just nine short months.

It’s hard to overstate the impact of bananas on human life. Over 500 million people worldwide depend on banana cultivation in some way for their livelihood, and even more probably consume it. High in potassium and other nutrients, it’s no wonder why.

Orange

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A main player in our delicious Carrot Kick, oranges are another fruit powerhouse. Delicious and refreshing, they’re grown in subtropical and tropical climates. You can see Valencia oranges growing on the arid streets of Spain or large oranges growing in the tropics of brazil. Globally, they account for 70% of the world’s citrus fruit production. In fact, since 1987, oranges are the most cultivated fruit tree globally.

Originating from ancient southeast Asia, some form of the orange that we know today has been cultivated for thousands of years. North America didn’t use to have orange trees until the Spanish dragged some seeds aboard their galleons in the 1500s, where they would plant the first orange trees in St. Augustine. 300 years later, opportunistic salesmen in Los Angeles would be planting and selling oranges to hungry gold miners. With that, the orange had taken over.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Drink Living Juice

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Each year, the month is used as an annual, worldwide health campaign to boost awareness and raise funds for research into the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of the disease. You might notice local football teams donning pink socks and uniforms, 5k races with a pink theme, or schools and workplaces holding “wear pink” days. The purpose of these events is, of course, awareness.

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Origins

Founded in 1985, the designation of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month was a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical company Imperial Chemical Industries. From the start, the main goal of the partnership and subsequent national campaign has been the promotion of mammography, the testing procedure is most effective in early detection and prevention of breast cancer.

What is Breast Cancer?

Though women are by far the most affected by breast cancer, it is actually possible for men to get the disease. In 2009, the third week of October was dedicated as “Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week” in an effort to raise awareness about the often overlooked prevalence of it in men.

Like all cancers, breast cancer is a result of cells gone haywire– rogue mutations, whether random or brought on by outside influence, cause breast cells to begin growing abnormally. More rapid and erratic than healthy cell division, these mutant cells grow out of control and begin to form a lump. This lump is the telltale sign of cancer: a tumor. It is possible to get a benign, or non-life threatening, lump. However the presence of one may indicate a higher chance of developing malignant, or life threatening, cancerous tumors.

Breast cancer can spread rapidly if cancerous cells make their way into the bloodstream or lymph system. Lymph vessels carry lymph fluid, critical for immune health, out of the breast. Cancer cells can hijack this lymph highway and hitch a ride to other lymph nodes, where they’ll begin to metastasize.

Prevention

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer but there are steps you can take to increase chances of early detection. Testing is the best option. After around 45 years old, it’s recommended that women begin getting regular mammograms.

Men and women alike, regardless of age, should be familiar with their bodies enough to spot an abnormality. Cancer is just that– abnormal cells forming abnormal lumps– so being aware enough to get something out of the ordinary checked out is crucial in early detection.

Our Involvement

To do our part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ll be swapping the black caps on our cold-pressed juice bottles for pink. We’ll also be donating a portion of our sales to The Susan G. Komen foundation, a fantastic breast cancer organization focused on patient navigation and advocacy, resource allocation, and research funding.

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Mammograms – Drink Living Juice

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. At Living Juice, we’re doing our part by swapping out our traditional black caps for pink ones, and they’ll stay that way until November.

Science is still searching for a full-stop cancer cure. There are to mitigate it and certainly some promising ways practices like surgery or chemotherapy, but right now early detection is still integral in improving survival rates. The best tool currently at our disposal for finding cancerous breast tissue cells is the mammogram.

Why Mammograms?

Before you can even feel a lump (an indication of mutated, cancerous cells), mammograms can detect an abnormality. The smaller the lump, and the earlier it’s detected, the easier it is to treat. When a mammogram is used to look for cancer in women who don’t show any symptoms, it’s referred to as a screening mammogram. X-ray images are usually taken from 2 different, standard angles.

A diagnostic mammogram is done when she’s experiencing symptoms or, alternatively, after cancer is detected in screening. For these tests, more than two images are taken to gain more information about the detected lump.

What Can Mammograms Detect?

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The x-ray images have the ability to detect abnormal tissues or areas in the breast, but they don’t automatically prove that these abnormalities are cancerous. They’re more of an early phase of diagnosis that provides doctors with enough basic information to move forward with testing.

These machines are specifically for breast tissue: they aren’t just general x-rays. Importantly, they emit lower radiation does than normal x-ray machines by including a compression mechanism that flattens the breast tissue to get a clearer image at lower doses. This lower dose means the benefits of regular mammography outweigh the potential risks of radiation. For some context, we’re exposed to about 3 millisieverts (or mSv, a radiation measure) just from our natural surroundings. A total radiation dose from a screening mammogram is about 0.4 mSv– about the same amount of radiation that we’d get just from existing for 7 weeks.

Newer Technology

A newer type of mammogram, instead of taking two images, takes many images in an arc to build a three-dimensional image of the breast. Studies have found this technique to lower the need for additional testing and is a promising alternative to traditional 2d mammograms.

With this information about breast cancer detection, make sure to do your part to spread awareness and provide support any way you can. Talking about it is one thing, but getting active in your community through charity or fundraising events can really help to make an impact.

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The Deal with Sugar – Drink Living Juice

The United States celebrates Halloween in just under a week. Carved pumpkins will glow on front stoops, and kids will take to the streets to garner as much candy as humanely possible. It’s a fun holiday, and also a perfect way to spotlight a certain carbohydrate that characterizes candy: sugar.

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Added Sugar

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration revised the Nutrition Facts label to list both “Total Sugars” and Added Sugars.”

Added sugar is exactly what it sounds like. It’s sugar that is added in the baking, mixing, or general food production process. As a nutrient, it’s pretty inert, providing only calories and just about nothing else. While sugar isn’t necessarily a bad thing, extra and processed sugar does little good for our bodies and should be consumed as a rare treat.

Natural Sugar

Found in whole foods like fruits, naturally occurring sugar comes with nutritional benefits like antioxidants and fiber. This doesn’t mean gorge with abandon: like most things, moderation is key.

Artificial Sweeteners

The jury is still out as to whether or not artificial sweeteners have an edge over added sugar. While some studies show that they reduce the chance of obesity, others show that they do not reduce and may even increase weight gain over time. This could be a result of increased cravings for sweets or a shift in gut bacteria, telling us that sweeteners don’t necessarily do a great job of replacing sugar cravings.

How Much?

Sugar itself isn’t harmful. Instead, it’s how much we consume that often is. The human body doesn’t need added, processed sugar to function properly. In fact, the increase of sugar in our diets over the past 30 years has contributed directly to the obesity epidemic. Processed sugar with all of its calories adds up and results in weight gain.

The American Heart Association recommends keeping your daily intake of added sugar low. This means no more than 6 tablespoons for women and 9 tablespoons for men. To put that in perspective, a can of Coca-Cola has around 4 tablespoons of sugar in it.

The Bottom Line

Eating less sugar, with the important exception of whole fruit, is probably the way to go. Avoid processed foods and stick to whole ones. Eat foods high fiber like fruits, veggies, and whole-grains. Pay attention to nutrition labels and be conscious of what you put into your body: on Living Juice’s labels, you’ll notice zero added sugar.

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A Brief History of Halloween – Drink Living Juice

What’s the deal with Halloween? When did we start getting dressed and shoving our faces with assorted sweets? Today we’ll take a short trip through history to examine one of America’s biggest non-religious holidays.

It is celebrated every year on the 31st of October, and it is generally agreed among scholars that Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Not far from our present-day traditions, these ancient Celts would light big bonfires and wear terrible costumes to ward off ghosts and evil spirits. For them, the day marks the end of summer and the symbolic acceptance of the coming cold winter months. At that time, severe weather and a lack of crop harvest often caused illness and death, so the Celts believed that the night of October 31st was the time when the lines between the living and the dead became blurred.

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Then came the Romans, who occupied and ruled Celtic lands for more than 400 years. Roman holidays were combined with Samhain, giving rise to new traditions. The holiday began honoring Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees, which likely explains our contemporary tradition of bobbing for apples on Halloween.

We can hold these festivities about 2,000 years ago, so it’s understandable that the holiday will change over time. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III officially designated November 1 as a day to honor the saints of the Catholic Church. It wasn’t long until Halloween began merging with the ancient traditions of Samhain.

Strict Protestant beliefs restricted the adoption of Halloween in America until the second half of the nineteenth century, when an influx of new immigrants helped popularize Halloween throughout the country. By the 1930s, Halloween was a secular holiday focused on parties, games, candy, and public mischief. The holiday became primarily geared towards young adults, as trick-or-treating took root as a way to engage and excite children, and thus a new American tradition was born.

Nowadays, Halloween is almost synonymous with candy. In fact, a quarter of the candy sold annually in the United States is bought on Halloween. Like any treat, candy is good in moderation, especially if you eat it on a day like Halloween when the sugary snack is just a tradition. But in the case of excessive consumption of processed sugar in candy, it is extremely harmful to your health, and directly contributes to weight gain. If left unchecked, it can cause a series of other health issues.

It’s best to stick to an organic and delicious cold-pressed juice.

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How to Conquer a Thanksgiving Day 5k – Drink Living Juice

Buckle up, Thanksgiving is on its way. For most people, this means a hearty feast with close friends or family. For others (perhaps more enthusiastic), Thanksgiving Day includes a 5km morning run, or “5km” as it is casually referred to. This is the American way to gain calories in the later afternoon.

5 kilos isn’t necessarily a small feat. Without the proper training and preparation, 3.1 miles can be a daunting endeavor. So, even though the 8-day notice might not be long enough to train properly, you can use this general framework the next time you decide to shoot for a race around the 5k mark.

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The table below is made for beginners, so it assumes that your ability to basically run is virtually non-existent. Feel free to increase your mileage or speed, but remember the basic principles that apply to nearly all fitness plans, regardless of discipline or sport: Be calm when you’re supposed to go easy, and work hard when you’re supposed to go hard. Full tilt training every day is a recipe for disaster, and studies have shown that incorporating more “easy days” than “hard days” results in faster finish times for long-distance runners. Basically, stay disciplined and know when to call him back.

week 1

Day 1: Run for 5 minutes, walk for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.

the second day: rest or via train.

Day 3: Run 6 minutes, walk 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.

the fourth day: comfort.

Day 5: Run 7 minutes, walk 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.

the sixth day: rest or via train.

the seventh day: comfort.

week 2

Day 1: Run 7 minutes, walk 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.

the second day: rest or via train.

Day 3: Run for 8 minutes, walk 1 minute. Then, run vigorously for 1 minute, walk for 2 minutes, and repeat 3 times. Finish the 7-minute run, and the 1-minute walk.

the fourth day: comfort.

Day 5: Run 9 minutes, walk 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.

the sixth day: rest or via train.

the seventh day: comfort.

the third week

Day 1: Run for 10 minutes, walk for a minute. Repeat twice.

the second day: via train.

Day 3: Run for 12 minutes, walk 1 minute. Then run vigorously for one minute and walk for two minutes. Repeat 4 times.

the fourth day: comfort.

Day 5: Run 13 minutes, walk 1 minute. Repeat twice.

the sixth day: rest or via train.

the seventh day: comfort.

fourth week

Day 1: Run for 15 minutes, walk 1 minute. Repeat twice.

the second day: via train.

Day 3: Run for 17 minutes, walk for 1 minute. Then add two intervals where you run vigorously for one minute, and walk for two minutes.

the fourth day: comfort.

Day 5: Run for 19 minutes, walk for 1 minute, run for 7 minutes.

the sixth day: rest or via train.

the seventh day: comfort.

The fifth week

Day 1: Run for 20 minutes, walk for 1 minute, run for 6 minutes.

the second day: via train.

Day 3: Run for 15 minutes, walk 1 minute. Then run vigorously for one minute and walk for two minutes. Repeat 3 times.

the fourth day: comfort.

Day 5: He ran 26 minutes.

the sixth day: rest or via train.

the seventh day: comfort.

the sixth week

Day 1: Run for 20 minutes, walk for a minute. Then run vigorously for one minute and walk for two minutes. Repeat twice.

the second day: rest or via train.

Day 3: Run for 30 minutes.

the fourth day: comfort.

Day 5: Run for 20 minutes.

the sixth day: comfort.

the seventh day: Race day. Run 3.1 miles.