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Lumi Organic, Raw, Cold-Pressed Juice Review

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Lumi Juice

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Lumi Juice:

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There are only a handful of bottled juices that I would buy for myself and my family. Lumi is one of those brands. Though showcasing extraordinary ingredients in organic, raw form, they’ve gained my trust as a brand that I can look to for a hearty, convenient boost of nutrition.

As you can see from their labeling, Lumi is certified organic, cold pressed–and to put it frankly & simply: they are just here to provide you with really good juice. No crazy ingredients, just transparent, honest to goodness juices that taste real because they are. I also want to point out that Lumi does a wonderful job of creating juices that are nutrient dense, but not loaded with sugar. Many juice brands use solely or mainly fruit, which certainly has a place in the diet, but should be consumed in moderation, just like anything else. Vegetables often have a higher nutrient content with less sugar–making them a better choice, more often. In other words, you can consume a hearty amount of nutrients through Lumi juices without the massive sugar rush.

The vibrant packaging is beautiful, (that factors into my opinion of a product so little, but I thought it was worth mentioning. I’m a color girl!) I love the smaller bottled juices they offer (like the Wahoo Orange, Piedmont Pineapple and Mountain Mint that I got to try)–I see those as a perfect morning boost or mid-commute energy boost.

My thoughts on Lumi are short and sweet because all I want you to know if that I love these juices! This brand is focused on the right qualities in my opinion: organic, raw and not loaded with sugar. I can buy these locally at The Fresh Market, but you can also buy them online through Lumi! I urge you to give them a try. Consuming fresh juice will allow you to appreciate the intricate flavors of nature, by themselves. It’s a beautiful thing!

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Garden of Flavor Cold-Pressed, Organic, Raw Juice + Probiotics Review

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Garden of Flavor

This is a review and giveaway for Garden of Flavor Juices.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Garden of Flavor:

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Cold Pressed Juices and Juice Cleanses

Nature has already done all the hard work of creating the healthy food our bodies crave for energy and well-being.

Garden of Flavor juices are cold-pressed, organic, never heated and made from fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts – just as nature intended.

So, with every sip, you’re feeding your body with living nutrients. All we do is mix up some delicious blends and pack them up for you to enjoy anywhere, any time.

Garden of Flavor founder Lisa is a Certified Holistic Educator through the State University of New York, SUNY Purchase College. She is also certified through the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Loma Linda, California, as a Coronary Health Improvement Project program director, as well as a Raw Food Chef. She is certified in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

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Green Harmony

About:

“Achieve inner harmony with the perfect balance of immune supporting probiotics, dark leafy greens and tantalizing taste. Delvering more active probiotics than yogurt, Green Harmony is the daily green juice that promotes digestive health while feeding and nourishing the body.

What’s in the Juice: Organic Cucumber, Organic Apples, Organic Romaine Lettuce, Organic Kale, Organic Celery, Organic Lemon, Organic Spinach, Organic Parsley and Over One Billion Deliverable Probiotic Cultures.”

Mean Green

About:

“The ultimate nutrient packed green drink full of chlorophyll that quickly lowers acidity and balances pH. These highly alkalinizing greens counter the damage done by the corrosive acidic waste products from meat, sugar, dairy and other processed foods.

Mean Green contains a significant portion of kale, the king of vegetables.

What’s in the Juice: Organic Celery, Organic Cucumber, Organic Kale, Organic Spinach, Organic Romaine, Organic Lemon.”

Turmeric Tonic

About:

“Energize and revive your senses with our crisp lemonade infused with three of our favorite ancient spices- cayenne, ginger and turmeric root. Turmeric Tonic is a refreshing juice containing immune supporting probiotics to promote digestive health and balance.

Drink Turmeric Tonic and experience a revitalizing, hydration sensation.

What’s in the Juice: Purified Water, Organic Lemon, Organic Blue Agave, Organic Turmeric Root, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Mint, Organic Cayenne Pepper and Over One Billion Deliverable Probiotic Cultures.”

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My Thoughts:

I am totally into the notion that our digestive systems are big-time important for overall health for two main reasons:

-Digestion directly effects the immune system

-Efficiency of digestion is vital in helping you retain the nutrients in what you eat

I feel good about the habits I’ve formed that help contribute to my healthy gut. Fermented foods and raw food containing probiotics are two great routes to pamper your digestion.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see a cold-pressed, raw, organic juice line that harnesses the digestive health-boosting benefits of probiotics in addition to hearty & robust fruits and vegetables. Hello drink wonderment!

I fell in love with Garden of Flavor after reading their mantra: “Nature. We have nothing more to add.” It’s perfect–& it tells me that they have a good head on their shoulders, so to speak, in regards to healthy nutrition. No bogus ingredients, just the good stuff.

Along with my belief in fruits and vegetables, I am a firm proponent that herbs and spices can really have a massive & positive effect on your wellbeing and livelihood. Garden of Flavor includes cinnamon, turmeric, parsley, mint and ginger in their drinks. The Turmeric Tonic they sent me to try had a zippy, light zing to it. What a combination of flavors! The lemon, ginger, mint, turmeric, agave & cayenne made for a complex yet really enjoyable drink.

Whenever I need that extra boost of pep in my stem, or just an overall lively, refreshed feeling, I look to greens. I drink at least one huge jar of homemade, blended green drink every day, but I also value the convenience of having a bottle in the fridge ready to drink. Also, Garden of Flavor adds more goodies to their green drinks that make it an even more power-packed drink. I found the Mean Green to be a big green punch in the face (the best kind) with a zesty lightness from the lemon. The apples and cucumber in the Green Harmony take a little bit of the green edge off, if you find that a big much if you’re new to raw, green juice. Sometimes I just want the greens, no sugary taste, just earthy goodness. In that case, I’d pick the Mean Green. Otherwise, the Green Harmony does the trick. That’s not to say that the Green Harmony is loaded with sugar since it contains the apples–it’s not. You can just tell a tiny bit of difference in the sweet aftertaste.

Garden of Flavor juices offer all of the specs that I look for at this point in my life when I consider nutrition. They’re organic, raw, living, cold-pressed. Basically, they GET IT! They get what the body needs. They’ve bottled it–and they’ve done it well.

Kudos to Garden of Flavor for creating a fresh, health-serving take on the increasingly more common cold-pressed juice. I will be coming back for more! I can’t wait to try all of the other juice combinations.

Raw Gaia Organic Skin Care Review

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Raw Gaia

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Raw Gaia:

“Raw Gaia stands for something unique and not easy to achieve when you rely on the high street.

And that’s beautiful, radiant, glowing skin…

Forget false claims and promises that you’ve probably tried with products that have failed you time after time – like most people that eventually find us and wish they had sooner!

With principles based on 100% natural, 100% organic and 100% pure, beneficial ingredients, we do WITHOUT the things that every other skincare or cosmetics manufacturer still includes…

And this includes the ingredients that will make your skin worse!

Having been established for nearly 10 years, we serve people from all over the world in every capacity and since our products go such a long way you don’t need to invest a fortune in products that will actually work to relieving you of your skin condition…

Or just allow you to vamp up your beauty regime to gain an unbelievable goddess-like glow of youth and radiance while at the same time transforming the appearance (not just the condition) of your skin.

The products you use on your skin and the food and drink you consume on a daily basis will mean the difference between being or becoming a walking Goddess regardless of age, and an everyday high street brand switcher.

Choosing to empower yourself to the “Walking Goddess” option will align you with yourself far more than you could ever imagine.”

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Hemp Oil

About:

“Hemp seed oil is an emollient which is non-greasy and works perfectly as a moisturizing compound with excellent moisture balancing properties.

Using Hemp seed oil is a great way to achieve soft, smooth and hydrated skin. Hemp seed oil prevents moisture loss on a physiological level and doesn’t merely “coat” the skin as do other oils. It contains the ideal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 based on our cells needs. Hemp so closely matches our own skins lipids, it is able to penetrate inside our cells and lubricate the surface between them, thus bringing the EFA’s into the body. For this reason EFA’s have been proven to play a preventative role in skin aging and a healthy moisture balance.

Thanks to its high amount of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids), hemp seed oil has excellent anti-inflammatory qualities. It therefore helps to relieve conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema as well as healing skin lesions, balances dry skin and combats skin inflammations.

Hemp is also the only plant oil containing Vitamin D, which is necessary for Calcium absorption and especially useful to vegans. Hemp seed oil contains 57% linoleic (LA) and 19% linolenic (LNA) acids and antioxidants in the form of vitamin E and carotene. Phytosterols, phospholipids, as well as a number of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sulphur, potassium and phosphorus are also found in the oil.”

Moroccan Lava Clay Mask:

About:

“Sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Moroccan Lava clay has been used for hundreds of years as a natural beautifier.

Moroccan Lava Clay is a light brown clay with wonderful exfoliating, cleansing and detoxifying properties. It has a remarkable ability to draw out excess oils and impurities from deep within the skin thanks to its high levels of “ion exchange”.

It is also highly nourishing for the skin thanks to its high mineral content and unique composition including Silica, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.

Because Moroccan Lava clay has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-microbial and antiseptic qualities, it is a great skin cleanser and can be use daily as a face wash. The regular use of Rhassoul clay may also help to improve the appearance of skin troubled by Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne and Rosacea.

Studies have shown that Rhassoul helps to:

  • improve skin texture
  • reduce dryness and flakiness
  • improve skin elasticity and firmness, and
  • Remove dead skin layers, therefore leaving the skin nice and smooth.

Because of its amazing qualities it is not surprising that Rhassoul clay is used by prestigious spas and loved by people from all over the world.

Directions for use

a) Blend one to two teaspoons of Rhassoul clay and enough water (or floral water) to make a creamy face mask. Wash face with warm water and apply the mask. Do not let the mask dry out so apply a moistened cloth or sponge over the face to keep the mask damp. Leave for about 5 to 10 minutes (but no longer than that). If the skin looks inflamed after the first application, don’t worry, this is just a detox symptom and a good sign! Apply the mask once a week.

b) As a face/body wash: Mix one to two teaspoons of clay with water, to form a mixture similar in consistency to liquid soap. Apply the prepared clay to the wet face/body. Massage the area covered by clay for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Ingredients:
 Sun-dried Moroccan Lava clay only.
70g.”

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My Thoughts:

I can’t say enough positive things about Raw Gaia skin care. I’m pretty sure I fell in love with these products before I ever received them in the mail. Truly organic & pure skin care is so refreshing and exciting to me. Your skin can thrive if you give it nutrients straight from nature. I love that Raw Gaia obviously believes this as well.

Though I have used hemp oil on and off for a few years as a dietary supplement (in smoothies & shakes as a healthy source of fat), this is the first time I’ve used it as a facial oil (moisturizer). I require no “selling” in terms of why hemp is a great choice for health. I’m completely on board with this superfood. It’s a readymade healer for both the inside and outside of the body–and I couldn’t wait to try it on my skin. The verdict is: my skin all but sang when I applied it for the first time. There’s such a delicate balance of trying to find an oil that soaks into skin well, keeps it moist & nourished, but also doesn’t leave skin feeling goopy. Often times, when you get your hands on the real stuff (organic, raw & pure), all of those issues go away–it works magically on skin & soaks in just right. It also helps to balance my skin’s oil production.

After many years of washing my face morning and night, I have (in the last 6 months or so) started keeping it to once a day. In the morning, I simply mist my face with water + essential oils (filtered water + peppermint + rosemary + tea tree + lavender essential oils), but do not wash it off. In the evening after I’ve worked out, I wash my face with an organic cleanser and follow up with a fairly generous amount of facial oil. There’s an incredibly good feeling using products that are pure as can be. This way, I simply never have to worry about the ingredients being questionable–and I can rest assured that my skin’s health will reflect that.

I use this clay mask by pouring a small amount into my hand + a few drops of water to make a paste. I have a handy little paintbrush-looking mask application brush that I use to apply it to my entire face (minus the eye sockets). I leave it on until it gets dry (about 5-10 min) and then use it as an exfoliant as I wash it off in the shower. 5-10 minutes might sound like a long time–here’s what I do: apply it, take your time and make a green drink or smoothie, then by the time I’m headed back to the shower with my drink, the mask is ready to wash off (and then I drink my green drink in the shower (the ultimate!) :).

Tell me you don’t get excited knowing that Raw Gaia makes even more organic, cold pressed oils?! Jojoba, reshape, etc. These products would make an incredible gift to your loved ones, and for yourself, alike!

 

Love Grace Foods Juice & Superfood Cleanse Review

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Love Grace Foods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Love Grace Foods:

Welcome to Love Grace, a small company with a big impact.

Our mission is to provide a higher level of vitality and life-force for all with optimal nutrition. Our products are pure, unpasteurized and full of love. With gourmet juices, smoothies, and elixirs we support our customers in reaching their health goals with ease and excitement.

We think health should be fun and delicious. 
All products at Love Grace are chemical-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and Kosher Certified. Unlike other heated juice, we find our raw and organic juice contains vital nutrients, enzymes, and biophotonic light energy that will revitalize and energize your body instantly. Our juices and cleanses are made-to-order with a cold-press extraction for maximum nutrients, bio-availability and lifespan.”

Purify

About:

A natural diuretic flushing out toxins and brightening the skin, Purify also protects the body from free-radicals. Coconut water floods the blood with electrolytes and vitality leaving you refreshed and re-mineralized. The combination of coconut water and the chlorophyll from the green juice creates the ultimate transfusion.”

Restore

About:

Hello Vitamin A, C, K! This diverse array of veggies rebuilds cellular integrity with an abundance of phytonutrients. Parsley, a great source of Vitamin K for strengthening bones and creating the foundation for a strong nervous system. Chlorophyll found in all green plants and juices safely eliminates toxins on a cellular level while flooding the body with super rich minerals and nutrients. We love chlorophyll!”

Longevity Tonic

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Considered a master herb, the shilajit in this elixir has been used for centuries for its potent anti aging properties. Users may enjoy a stronger immune system, increased libido, and much much more. Get yourself mineralized!”

Green Sunshine

About:

We couldn’t eat enough salad to get the phytonutrients available in this drink. We love kale with its anti-cancer properties and high doses of calcium and vit B’s.”

Super Cider

About:

Sweet and warming. Full of anti-cancer and anti-Alzheimer’s properties. Loaded with tons of minerals to beautify hair, skin, and nails. The juice for people that don’t even like juice. An absolute favorite!”

Probiotic Smoothie

About:

“Good bacteria is key for a strong immune system and optimal digestion. Probiotics help your body to create vitamins and eliminate toxins. Kids love it! Yes!”

Green Protein Smoothie

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This complete protein source gives you sustained energy and the building blocks for creating strong tissues. A combination of superior superfoods and nourishing greens, it’s the ultimate feel good smoothie.”

Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

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Great for the transfer of nutrients and energy! An abundance of magnesium, calcium, and iron, this smoothie is full of choice superfoods to enrich a diet with longevity and vitality! Oh and it’s chocolate.”

Ginger Bomb Elixir

About:

This cure-all with its anti-bacterial and antiviral properties will keep you fired up and feeling incredible. Keeps the metabolism up and the internal fire strong while juice cleansing! Thank you Ginger Bomb!”

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My Thoughts:

Ahhhh—what a refreshing spread this was to try and enjoy. Love Grace Foods is a superfood & juice cleanse I had only briefly heard of prior to trying. I have been SO impressed with this brand, their ingredients, their blends and their friendliness. These juices and superfood concoctions are truly amongst the very highest quality I’ve ever tried, along with being unique and tasty.

All Love Grace Ingredients are organic and raw (music to my ears!). Where do I sign up for a lifetime supply? 🙂

This cleanse (which I accompanied with other organic food throughout the day) lasted three days. Love Grace has an order that they suggest consuming these juices and I stuck to it. Each of these blends are incredible in their own right, but my two favorite parts of the day were the Smoothies and the Ginger Bombs. The blends that are just fruit & veggie juice are incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating, but they are not quite as satisfying, calorie dense and filling as the smoothies–so I really looked forward to those each day. The Ginger Bomb is an absolutely awesome ginger smack upside the dome. Its hard to describe until you taste it yourself. You INSTANTLY feel lifted and energetic.

There are only a few lines of juice cleanses that truly get my biggest stamp of approval for organic quality, taste, and friendly and passionate blogger relations. Love Grace is amongst those few. I am delighted to have tried them and look forward to consuming many more of these in the future.

I can’t recommend these drinks enough to someone looking for an incredibly healthy boost. Losing a few pounds is just the extra icing on the cake, so to speak. The real important benefits are the energy boost, internal cleanse, digestion break and the glow it gives your skin. Dive right in and give Love Grace a try. I’m sure glad I did.