What Happens To The Body When It Doesn’t Get Enough Exercise

Exercising rocks

Many things happen to the body when it doesn’t get enough exercise. Unfortunately, it goes way beyond gaining weight. It’s important to remember that even a little bit of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Continue reading to learn more about the dangers of inactivity. No one is immune!

Energy Levels

Mitochondria are energy producing structures, which live in the cells of body tissues, organs and muscles. These amazing little structures need carbohydrates and oxygen to work properly. Since mitochondria are required for all bodily functions and movement, you definitely can’t live without them.

Mitochondria levels drop when your heart isn’t working at its full potential and your oxygen levels are diminished, due to lack of exercise. Fatigue occurs when energy production is slowed down and the body requires the same amount of energy to get work done.

Bone Issues

Bones love a workout, almost as much as they love calcium. The lack of weight-bearing exercise causes bones to lose density and the ability to properly store calcium. Less calcium in your bones means more of a mineral build up in organs such as your kidneys, the cause of kidney stones.

If the period of inactivity is long enough bones eventually began to weaken. This oftentimes results in osteoporosis, which leads to a much higher risk of painful bone fractures.

Muscle Problems

Just like bones, muscles benefit from a good workout. One of the first signs of being out of shape, due to inactivity, is loss of strength and muscle tone. When muscles are idle, blood flow slows down and the exchange of waste products and nutrients decreases. Less mitochondria results in lack of muscle coordination.

Without exercise, the “electrical” connection between your nerves and muscles is sporadic at best. How does this affect you? You’ll typically find it more difficult to move around with the agility that you once could. It can also mean decreased strength and an increased risk of muscle injury, because of shrinking muscle mass.

Heart-Related Difficulties

Whatever your age, it’s important to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Even though your heart muscle is different from your skeletal muscles, the same health-related principles apply. Without proper exercise, the heart muscle shrinks. This makes it difficult to adequately distribute blood throughout the body and causes the heart to work much harder to get the blood to where it actually needs to go, especially in your hands and feet.

Sluggish blood flow can lead to plaque formation in the blood vessels. This, in turn, sometimes causes high blood pressure, dizziness and circulation problems. All of these conditions are potentially dangerous if left untreated.

As you can see, inactivity causes havoc in and damage to your body. This is especially true for individuals who already deal with chronic conditions, because it typically only makes things worse.

In many cases, periods of inactivity are inevitable. But, the sooner you can participate in even a light exercise regimen, the better off your mind and your body will be.

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What is Juice Plus+?

What is Juice Plus+?

Juice Plus+ is a whole food-based nutrition system that helps you bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you actually eat. Made from juice powder concentrates from 30 different fruits, veggies, and grains, Juice Plus+ is simple, easy and available in both capsule and gummy chewable form. Not a multivitamin, medicine, treatment or cure for any disease, Juice Plus+ is made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule to provide natural nutrients your body needs to be at its best.

Watch this video for a short introduction.

Ingredients

Juice Plus+ is made up of thirty raw, vine-ripened fruits, veggies, and grains in capsules or chewables. It’s juicing made easy! You get all the health benefits of juicing without all the mess and yucky taste. Don’t like to swallow capsules? Simply open the capsules and pour the powder contents directly into a smoothie or yogurt.

Did you know that the current dietary recommendation is to consume between 12-15 fruits and vegetables EVERY DAY?

 

 

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How We Source

The Juice Plus+ farmers grow the produce used, both sustainably and with incredibly high standards. The produce is grown to the peak of ripeness which yields the highest possible nutrient content. This makes a huge difference over the average produce you find at your local grocery store.

Due to transit times from farm to store, most produce you find was picked well before ripening. And although produce can ripen during transit, it doesn’t produce any more nutrients during that time. That’s why vine ripened is so important!

Take a look at this video of actual Juice Plus+ farmers.

In addition, each Juice Plus+ product is NSF certified, a rare standard of product testing. That means that a third party company randomly tests the products in 2 areas:

  1. The products have to contain what is on the label
  2. They are stringently tested for heavy metals, mold, and bacteria

Research

Juice Plus+ is the most researched nutritional product in the world. For over 20 years, Juice Plus+ has been researched all over the world at the most prestigious hospitals and universities.

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Research areas

Other Options

Juice Plus+ Complete

Juice Plus+ Complete Shakes are one of the easiest and tastiest ways to get healthier all while saving time and money. The simple and nutritious powdered shake mix can be blended with plant milk or even water. It’s low fat, low sugar, low glycemic, gluten free, vegan and made of 100% non-GMO plants. It has 13 grams of Protein, 8 grams of fiber and wonderful ingredients. Available in Dutch Chocolate and French Vanilla.

Omega

Juice Plus+ Omega BlendOur newest product is the Juice Plus+ Omega Blend, a plant-based, full spectrum omega blend containing omegas 3 (extracted from algae, not fish = no fishy aftertaste), 5, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids, fully balanced as they are in nature and cold pressed in a vegetarian capsule to preserve the nutritional quality and integrity of the plant oils.

Get Started with Juice Plus+

We can’t wait for you to dive in on your Juice Plus+ Journey. Get ready for a new and easy way to fill you and your family’s body with total body nutrition.

And now thanks to the Family Health Study program, children ages 4-18, plus college students up to age 26, get Juice Plus+ for free with an adult order.

Just pay shipping!

If you are ready to start you and your family on Juice Plus+, place your order directly at Juice Plus+ or call Rachel at 314.496.8303.

Watch what one mom has to say…

Spread the Word

Can’t get enough of Juice Plus+? Share us with loved ones or host a Facebook event and earn an opportunity to receive $200!

We are also looking for others to join our mission of ‘Inspiring Healthy Living Around the World’. For just $50, you can start your own Virtual Franchise.

There is no inventory to carry and no quotas to meet.

Check out this amazing video of why we share Juice Plus+ with everyone we love and care about!

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Meal Delivery Services – Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, Sun Basket

Meal delivery services have become popular for combining convenience with fresh food. Our family has used 3 different meal delivery services and have enjoyed trying new foods and eating a variety of cuisines.  The meals come in various stages of preparedness, usually just requiring some dicing and then cooking.  The average estimated time to prepare is 25-35 minutes. This post will outline our experience with each company.  For each company, we enrolled in 3 meals a week for 2 individuals.

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh allows you to sign up for 3, 4, or 5 recipes for two people each week, or 3 recipes for four people. If purchasing less than 5 recipes per week, you choose your meals from the 5 total for the week. There is also a Veggie Plan with 3 vegetarian meals per week. Hello Fresh shipped their meals with all ingredients for 1 meal boxed together. This made it very easy to pull those ingredients when ready to prep the meal. The meal selection was good, but we no longer use Hello Fresh as the quality of their ingredients became worse and worse. We would receive rotten vegetables and meat that was brown. When contacting customer service, they would always place a credit on our account for a portion of the meal cost to replace the bad ingredient.

Save $40 off your first box – www.hellofresh.com/?c=LVVQLV. Pricing starts at $8.74 a meal.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron was the second company that we tried and one that we still use regularly. They provide a selection of 6 meals to choose from each week, but the selection of certain meals will eliminate other options. The meals are very easy to prepare with only some minimal prep, such as dicing potatoes, grating cheese, removing stems from kale, or pressing garlic.  The ingredients for all three meals are lumped together in the delivery box, not separated by meal. Although, the ingredients are individually wrapped and labeled with the exception of garlic, lemons and limes. Pricing starts at $8.74 a meal.

Comment with your email for a chance to win a free delivery.

Blue Apron also provides how-to videos on their site, plus options to order corresponding wines and cooking tools.

Updates to Blue Apron (as of 4/9/18) – Blue Apron has expanded their weekly meal selections to include up to 9 options. And no more eliminating some meal options when others are selected. You can know select any 3 meals for the week that you choose. With this update, we are now using Blue Apron on a more frequent basis.

Sun Basket

We have only been using Sun Basket for a short time, but they are a great new entrant to the field. Each week you get to choose from 11 different recipes, with no restrictions. You can even select to receive multiple of the same recipe. This would be a great option for a dinner party or when having company. When selecting your meals, each recipe indicates if it is paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, or vegan. There is even a breakfast option. Like Hello Fresh, the ingredients for each recipe are packaged together in paper bags. Pricing starts at $9.99 a meal. Get 50% off Family Meals from Sun Basket! Fresh organic and non-GMO ingredients and kid-friendly recipes delivered!

Inside view of new delivery
Sun Basket – Shipments are insulated to keep the ingredients fresh. The 3 meals are individually packaged, with the exception of large ingredients. Meat is packed separately below a cardboard divider.
Individual recipe
Sun Basket – The ingredients for each recipe are individually packaged.
Recipe Card
Sun Basket – Each recipe comes on its own recipe card, with full instructions.
Ingredients
Sun Basket – All ingredients are individually packed, labeled and ready to go.
Finished Product
Sun Basket – The finished product

Updates to Sun Basket (as of 4/9/18) – Sun Basket has become my overall favorite entrant into this category. They continue to provide at least 11 meal options each week, with numerous gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and soy free options. They no longer provide the recipes on cards, but rather, you get a cookbook with the recipes for all the meals that you could have selected for that week.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to review any of these companies nor did I receive free product, but these are all referral links which will credit me if you choose to sign up. 

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Salad in a Jar – Learn to Make Your Own

Salad in a Jar

One of my favorite ways of building community and supporting a culture of healthy eating is to host Salad in a Jar parties. On a monthly basis, I invite families to my home, ask them each to bring a salad topping to share, and we prep up to a week’s worth of salad. I provide kale (straight from my Tower Garden), spinach, and mixed greens. It’s always fun to see what people will bring to share, everything from carrots, beans (black, garbanzo), onion, and peppers to chicken and various cheeses and seeds. It’s typically the ladies prepping salads in the dining room, with the men and kids playing outside, but the kids love to pick out ingredients for their own salads too! When they get to prep it, they are much more likely to eat it.

Salad in a Jar Prep

Prepping a Salad in a Jar

Jar Size – I prefer using pint size mason jars. You can stuff a lot of ingredients and greens in a pint size jar, but the downside is that you must empty into a bowl to eat. Quart size jars are good if you are prepping a salad for your entire family or want to shake it up and eat it straight out of the jar.

  1. Dressing – You can always add dressing when serving, but sometimes it is convenient to have it all in one. So dressing is the first ingredient in your jar. It takes just a thin layer to cover your entire salad.
  2. Wet Ingredients – These are ingredients that are already wet and can withstand soaking in dressing until served. Examples: Tomato
  3. Hearty Moisture-Resistant Veggies – The next layer should be hearty veggies that create a thick layer between your wet ingredients and greens. You want to keep your greens as dry as possible until you are ready to serve. Examples: Carrot, Onion, Zucchini
  4. Soft Veggies Examples: Avocado, Bell Pepper, Corn
  5. Protein Examples: Chicken, Egg, Tuna, Beans, Salami
  6. Greens – This is the main event. I recommend leaving half of your jar empty to fill with greens and you can really stuff them in. Examples: Spinach, Romaine, Kale, Mixed Greens
  7. Cheese, Nuts, Grains – Just like your greens, you want to keep your cheeses, nuts and grains dry until serving. Examples: Walnuts, Quinoa, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds

Of course, every layer is optional and you can mix and match as much as you want.  If the greens stay dry, the salads will keep for up to a week.

Salad in a Jar ExamplesSalad in a Jar Examples

What are your favorite salad ingredients?

 

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6 Easy Ways to Eat More Greens

Go Green

March is traditionally thought of as a green month, given St Patrick’s Day and spring coming soon, but greens are not always our favorite or easiest thing to eat. Given that kale, spinach, chard, and other greens  provide a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and K, iron, magnesium, potassium, and folate and other B vitamins, it’s time to cycle them into our daily routine. Read below for some helpful tips on easy ways to eat more.

Go Green

  1. Add to your smoothie – Add spinach or kale to your smoothies. Whether making a green smoothie or adding to your fruit and protein, a little green adds a lot of nutrition without affecting the flavor much.
  2. Add a small salad to every meal – No matter what you cook for dinner, throw together a quick salad with spinach, kale, mixed greens, broccoli, nuts and your favorite dressing. When dining out, ask for a small house salad. You’ll start your meal off right and get some greens in too.
  3. Add to your breakfast – Spinach or bell pepper can be added to your morning scrambled eggs or omelet.
  4. Top your pizza – Whether making your own or heating up a frozen pizza, throw some spinach on top.
  5. Swap bread for lettuce – Make any sandwich into a lettuce wrap.
  6. Buy bagged – If rushed for time, buying bagged greens can reduce the time it would take to wash and chop.

 

What is your favorite way to add some extra greens in during the day?

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National Nutrition Month – My Families Juice Plus+ Experience

No better time to start a blog on family health & wellness than National Nutrition Month. Through this blog, I’ll be sharing recipes, fitness ideas for the whole family, and my family’s journey with Juice Plus+.

My 2 year old son and I began taking the trio capsules and gummy chewables in 2014. Although very skeptical, it wasn’t long before my husband jumped on board. I joined the Juice Plus+ company as a distributor in December 2014, thinking that I just wanted to share it with my family and close friends. But as a learned more about the research behind Juice Plus+ and my family’s own experience, I knew I needed to share with even more people.

Research

There are currently over 30 published research studies from leading hospitals and universities around the world, with more being completed everyday. My favorite studies show that Juice Plus+ is bioavailable. That means that your body is receptive to absorbing the nutrients in Juice Plus+. Eighteen publications found significant increases in blood levels of antioxidants and other phytonutrients. There are also research findings related to heart health, healthy gums, immune system, DNA, oxidative stress, healthy skin, systemic inflammation, and lung health. You can read more about the research findings here – Juice Plus+ Clinical Research.

My Juice Plus+ Experience

With a 5 year old in preschool, the biggest thing we’ve noticed since taking Juice Plus+ is that he has never missed a day of school due to sickness.With all the bugs that go through early education (and school in general), this support to our immune system has been huge! With him not missing school, it means fewer days away from work for me too.

Since moving to St Louis in 2004, I was a daily Zyrtec user with year-round allergies. I am happy to report that I have taken 1 (ONE!) Zyrtec in the last 13 months!

What health benefits do you think that Juice Plus+ could provide for your family?

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