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Joulebody Cleanse Review

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JouleBody

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Joulebody:

“Joulebody was created to support the founder’s, Yvette Rose’s philosophy based on the concept of RADICAL BALANCE. In Yvette’s words, “You can still have chips and a cocktail if you eat your greens and move your body. Treat your body like an investment and it will reward you greatly.”

Energize: Acai Berry Juice

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WHY WE LOVE IT: We needed to make something sweet yet beneficial to your body as you explore the idea of juice cleansing. Filled with anti-oxidents, this juice is great as a morning “healthy option” drink. A smoothie filled with berries, greens, chia seeds and of course our signature Joulebody Cleanse Mixture. Our juices are different because they are infused with herbs like turmeric and cayenne as well as blended seeds and whole food veggies, for a full balanced liquidized meal!

BENEFITS:

  • A great meal replacement in the AM to help start your day with the right nutrients
  • Blueberries and strawberries research studies show improved antioxidant defenses in body systems
  • A University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study in mice showed that the polyphenols found in blueberries can break down belly fat
  • Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Leafy greens are rich in fiber, an important nutrient for weight loss because it keeps you feeling full and helps control your hunger
  • Add in the chia, flax, hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds and get even more fiber and protein the body needs to help remove toxins in the body

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 16oz of Juice

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: PET, BPA Free plant based plastic bottles

GOOD FOR: Antioxidants is what we need if we want to fight any kind of disease. These ingredients are said to be filled with just that so drink up!”

Citrus Juice

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WHY WE LOVE IT: Drink up! With our signature juice. Made with a combination of Turmeric, Cayenne, Mint, lemon, Grapefruit, and maple syrup our version of the “Master Cleanse” is sure to have you feeling like you just took an energy shot. Great to drink whether you are cleansing or not.

BENEFITS:

  • A strong antioxidant, lemon juice is also a mild diuretic so by adding lemons to your water it can help support your liver and kidneys in their natural job of flushing out toxins
  • Lemon juice contains high levels of potassium and vitamin C
  • Cayenne has “capsaicin”, which has been proven effective against pain.
  • According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, can be used to relieve pain, for psoriasis, and weight loss

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 16oz of Juice

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: PET, BPA Free plant based plastic bottles

GOOD FOR: ZING! Right to your blood. A little bit of cayenne, a little natural sweetener and a whole lot of vitamins to suppress your appetite while replenishing the body.”

Green Juice

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WHY WE LOVE IT: With a combination of leafy greens such as collard, kale, swiss chard and chlorella, you can consider yourself good on getting your daily dose of greens.

BENEFITS:

  • Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Leafy greens are rich in fiber, an important nutrient for weight loss because it keeps you feeling full and helps control your hunger
  • Add in the chia, flax, hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds and get even more fiber and protein the body needs to help remove toxins in the body
  • Studies show kale has cancer fighting phytonutrients

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 16oz of Juice

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: PET, BPA Free plant based plastic bottles

GOOD FOR: Greens are just that, powerful! And this is filled with all sorts of greens and chlorophyll for a detoxifying feeling.”

Ginger Bar

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WHY WE LOVE IT: Our detox meal replacement bars have enough calories to replace a meal, ton’s of fiber and natural plant based protein. All ingredients we’ve chosen in our meal replacement bars help supplement a healthy, anti-inflammatory, and weight loss regime. All of these ingredients have been studied by innovative doctors and said to help our bodies heal at the cellular level. Now has 1 year shelf life. Flavors are robust because we don’t use preservatives – ALL NATURAL

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 6 Ginger Bars

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: Joulebody Bar Box

GOOD FOR: Ginger has been scientifically studied to help lose excess weight. Also help regenerate radiant skin with the anti-inflammatory ingredients of cayenne and turmeric.
No Wheat. No Gluten. Vegan. All Natural.

INGREDIENTS: buckwheat Flour, goji berries, chia seeds, flax seeds, Joulebody Cleanse Mix, Himalayan salt, organic raw sugar, ginger, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, coconut oil, water.”

Watermelon Gazpacho

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My Thoughts:

My interaction with Joulebody has been so pleasant–I’m inspired by the founder’s story (Yvette) and the generous woman I’ve communicated with (Yelena) has been very kind and helpful. I also love the mantra and ideals behind JouleBody: “Yvette Rose’s philosophy based on the concept of RADICAL BALANCE. In Yvette’s words, “You can still have chips and a cocktail if you eat your greens and move your body. Treat your body like an investment and it will reward you greatly.”

Incredibly complex and unique is how I would describe these juices, bar and gazpacho. There are so many different flavors going on (all of them so healthy and beneficial to wellbeing). Taste-wise, the flavors are a bit robust and are not overly sweet. I have a pretty accepting palette for all sorts of flavors, but I’d imagine some people might find the flavors interesting. For me, I can tolerate the lack of sweetness knowing that it’s better that my body is getting more nutrients, sans the excess sugar. The gazpacho was particularly awesome in taste–I had a hard time not eating the whole batch in one sitting; it’s fresh, zippy, delicious and a great use of fresh veggies and fruit!

For example, the Acai Berry juice contains berries, greens and a variety of fibrous seeds (like chia, hemp, flax and pumpkin) that truly make these juices a complete, balanced meal. The citrus juice is the one of these three that is a bit lighter, and it meant to be more of a true, detoxifying liquid detox, as it contains lemon, grapefruit and the healing benefits of turmeric. All of them make fantastic additions to your diet and can help you to reach optimum health. I am a huge proponent of plants to heal and nourish the body. I love that my beliefs align with JouleBody’s.

In regards to quality, I was told that the ingredients used in JouleBody are “mostly all organic.” This is good to hear, but I wish that was a bit more transparent on the labeling if that’s the case. As a consumer, transparency is refreshing and I love when a company states, up front, what you’re about to eat/drink. I appreciate that they use mostly organic ingredients, I’d just like to see that confirmed on the label. I love the BPA free bottling–kudos for that. One more thought on the ingredients; an actual ingredient list for each product was hard to find on the website. If I’m someone buying Joulebody drinks for the first time, I’m going to want to see the full ingredient list, since I won’t have the product in hand.

I’d recommend these products to someone needing a healthy reboot. Since the ingredients are mostly organic, JouleBody is above average int he cleanse & detox department. They also offer programs and full meal programs for those interested in incorporating more than just juice and bars into their detox strategy.

 

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Raw Generation Juice Cleanse Review

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Raw Generation

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About Raw Generation:

“Never Heated, Pasteurized, or Pressurized (HPP)

Raw Generation Juices NEVER  heated, Pasteurized, or Pressurized (HPP). Our juices are NEVER exposed to heat of any kind…they are truly 100% raw. Flash freezing is the best way to preserve vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micro flora without effecting taste or nutritional value.

Any form of Pasteurization, including High Pressure Pascallization (HPP), lowers the nutritional value of foods by raising temperature. Don’t be fooled by claims of “Gentle Pasteurization” either… that’s marketing hype to disguise the fact that the product has been heated.

Never Diluted

Our juices are made with 100% fruit and vegetable juices. We never add water so you can be assured you are getting the maximum amount of nutrition in each bottle.

No Harsh Chemicals Used

We use a safe and natural cleaning solution of water and vinegar to wash our fruits and vegetables. No harsh chemicals are used. What would be the point of drinking our juice if it were filled with a chemical residue?

No Preservatives or Additives

That means absolutely no chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, flavors, etc, etc. Nothing is added to our juices. Our ingredients are picked out of the ground or off a tree- fruits and vegetables ONLY!

Separation is Natural

Since our juice is freshly made with no fillers, binders, or chemicals it will naturally separate. Just give it a good shake before you are ready to drink it and it’s ready to go. This juice settles. You shouldn’t.

Opaque Bottles

We purposely stopped using clear bottles. Why you ask? Because clear bottles let in sunlight that destroys the nutrients faster than in opaque bottles. The choice was simple! We’re using opaque bottles so our juices stay as fresh as possible so you can get what you are after… high quality nutrition to help you lose weight and feel great!

BPA-Free Plastic Bottles

We use BPA free plastic bottles. You are drinking our juice because you want the health benefits right? So why would we sell it in a plastic leaching bottle? Plus, you can take these bottles anywhere! Rest assured that you are drinking nothing but juice from fruits and vegetables.”

In regards to the quality of the ingredients, I learned this about Raw Generation’s fruits and veggies:

“We purchase all our fruits and vegetables from a local wholesaler. Are products come from all over some local some not so local. We triple wash everything we produce to insure we remove any residue.”

To get started with Raw Generation, use the code “RUNONORGANIC” for 40% off!

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“Jessica”

About:

“Packed with the cleansing nutritional power of leafy spinach, kale, and collard greens, this specially formulated juice also includes bright notes of lemon and apple for a clean, sweet taste.

Each leafy green vegetable is bursting with a wide array of minerals (lacking in most peoples’ diets) and provides all essential amino acids, which means you get a nice dose of complete proteins! This is the best juice to incorporate into your daily diet and will give you noticeable results in a matter of a few days.

INGREDIENTS: [50% leafy greens: kale, spinach, collards], apple, carrot & lemon juices.”

“Elizabeth”

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“Our Elizabeth blend brings you a daily dose of our soothing and stimulating green juice blend. The result helps rid your body of harmful toxins while promoting optimal health you can feel from the inside and see on the outside.

Hydrating cucumber and aloe invigorate and refresh your vital organs and tissues, while the enzymes in sweet, ripe pineapple support optimal health and digestion.

INGREDIENTS: cucumber juice, pineapple juice, aloe vera juice.”

“Carolyn”

About:

“Replenish important vitamins & minerals with the delicious and filling juice. This nutrient-rich juice blends fruits and vegetables has absolutely no preservatives or added sugar.

The Carolyn contains apples, high in beta-carotene, malic acid, and vitamin C. The beets within the beverage boost fiber, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. Carrots are high in B vitamins and Folate.

INGREDIENTS: carrot juice, apple juice, & beet juice.”

“Cecelia”

About:

“This juice quenches thirst and packs a powerful punch of antioxidants with a blend of carrot, ginger, and fresh squeezed orange juices. Not only does the juice help rid your body of toxins found in many of the foods you eat, it also provides your cells with components that help them heal and rebuild.

Ginger, a root rich in anti-inflammatory properties, gives the juice a little kick. The carrots are high in B vitamins, beta-carotene, and vitamin A (great for a healthy liver) and vitamin C. Oranges have a long list of nutritional benefits, such as being high in C & B vitamins, phytochemicals (powerful antioxidants).

INGREDIENTS: orange juice, carrot juice, & ginger juice.”

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My Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to trying Raw Generation juices after reading the story of how it all started. Moreover, I thought it was neat that they have a juice called “Jessica”–even though it has one too many “s” 😉

I really enjoyed the juices in regards to their flavor profiles and combinations. I like that “Elizabeth” contains aloe vera juice, “Cecelia” is a bright, orange smack-in-the-face, “Carolyn” gives you the hearty, robust goodness of beet juice, & “Jessica” loads you up with a bunch of leafy greens.

The creativity with the bottling (and using BPA-free bottles) along with the use of ultra-healthy ingredients like kale, ginger and aloe vera make me a fan of these juices. However, it’s hard for me to REALLY get on board with a brand that does not strive to always use organic ingredients.

I understand it is a much more costly route to creating juice. But, I always believe that proper and adequate nutrition is worth every dollar. Thus, I’d really be happy to continually support Raw Generation if they started using all organic ingredients. For that matter, indicating that the juices contain non-gmo ingredients would be a good first step in the right direction. For me, it’s hard to justify buying these cleanses when there are several other brands who make organic juice cleanses for about the same price.

I also get that it may be shocking to see such an unfavorable review for juice that is entirely made of fruits and vegetables. What can I say, my standards are very high. I aim for organic juice whenever possible (it’s always possible) 🙂

Califia Farms Review

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Califia Farms

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Califia Farms:

“We’re Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the better beverage company that squeezes and presses fruits and nuts from the orchards of the San Joaquin Valley to bring you beautifully bottled goodness – all proudly boasting the Non-GMO Project Verified Label. Led by industry veteran Greg Steltenpohl, Califia Farms has changed the game in the alternative dairy industry, introducing a line of Almond milks in chic, modern carafes reminiscent of classic milk bottles. Califia Farms’ instantly iconic packaging now symbolizes quality, great-tasting alternatives to traditional dairy, translated stylishly and deliciously into our Iced Coffees with Almondmilk. Our California Citrus Juices come in 48-ounce carafes of refreshing Orange Juice, Lemonade, and Lemon-Limeade.

We’re a California-Company through and through, with our Bottling Plant and Operations based in Bakersfield, and our Sales and Marketing Teams working out of our Headquarters in Pasadena. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of  warrior queen Califia who ruled over a kingdom on the mythical island of California. Spanish conquistadors believed they had discovered Califia’s bountiful island when they first explored California.”

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Unsweetened Almond Milk

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“Fresh from the fields of Califia comes the purest and tastiest Almondmilk you’ll ever have.  As a grower-owned company we use only varietal almonds from California, picked at the peak of their flavor.

Our simple recipe gives you what you want and leaves out what you don’t – it’s all love at the breakfast table.

Made from non-genetically engineered almonds.

Ingredients: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds).

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Orange Juice

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“Can you feel the sun on your face?  Close your eyes. Take a sip of our Premium Pure Squeezed Orange Juice. Follow your taste buds into our delicious blend of Valencia Oranges and other California varietals. This is the fresh taste of the heart of California, right from our family farm, squeezed smack in the middle of our groves.  Califia brings you the best, freshest, tastiest and most true… and we do it all with love.

Ingredients: California Orange Juice With Orange Juice From Concentrate.”

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Lemonade

 About:

“You have a work of art in your hands. Our Pure Squeezed California Meyer Lemonade is artfully balanced and perfectly refreshing. The Meyer Lemon is the muse to our craft: its sweetness inspires us; its zip makes us feel alive; it lights up our senses with an intoxicating aroma. Califia brings you the Meyer lemon’s beauty in a bottle. We pick our fruit at the height of its season, capturing the taste of summer for you to sip and savor. Enjoy this true Southern Californian treasure, from Califia to you with love.

Ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors.”

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Lemon Limeade

About: 

“You have a gift from the sun in your hands. Our Pure Squeezed California Lemon-Limeade is a heavenly fusion of two citrus varietals. We pick our fruit at the height of its season, bringing you the sweet and tangy taste of summer in a bottle. Take a refreshing sip… let the summer linger a little longer. Your body will thank you. Enjoy this true Southern Californian treasure, from Califia to you with love.

Ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, Lime Juice From Concentrate, Ginger Juice, Natural Flavors, Monk Fruit Extract.”

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My Thoughts:

I had yet to try any Califia Farms products before receiving these generous coupons from the brand. I typically seek out organic juices and milk. Since Califia Farms is not organic, it was not on my radar, so to speak. However, don’t write them off completely. If you generally buy your citrus juices from a big box grocery store, chances are that Califia Farms juices are higher quality than those. This is because Califia Farms products are all certified non-gmo, which not all juices and plant-based milks can claim.

Obviously, non-gmo AND organic is the goal. These products are most of the way there, with their simple ingredient lists. My only scrutiny is the use of the phrase (natural flavors). I’m someone that would like to know precisely what those are.

Taste-wise, these juices and milks I tried are delicious-with the orange juice and unsweetened almond milk being my favorites. They are also very versatile. I love using the almond milk (I prefer unsweetened because I like to to limit extra sugar) in smoothies, protein drinks and in fruit bowls. The orange, lemon and lemon-limeade juices are great by themselves, or mixed into a frozen, sorbet type of drink (juice + ice then blend).

In conclusion, I think Califia Farms products are good (not great) in that they boast a non-gmo label. I look forward, though, to seeing organic ingredients. In that case, I would become a regular customer, as my local Whole Foods always has plenty available for purchase.

 

Garden of Life Supplements Review

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Garden of Life Supplements: Organic, Non GMO, Raw, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free

This is a review of Garden of Life supplements.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Garden of Life supplements are the single most exciting line of supplements that I have recently discovered. Qualities like the aforementioned (organic, gluten free, etc.) make them tops. They are readily available at my local health food stores like Whole Foods & Natural Grocers, which is an added bonus. I had tried this company’s  “Raw Meal” before, but they were generous enough to provide me with samples of a range of many other products they create. My fiancee can vouch for my excitement when I received this box in the mail (contents pictured above). 🙂 Here are the products that I have been implementing into my daily intake:

Raw Meal Replacement:

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“Garden of Life® RAW Meal was formulated to be a snack or meal replacement that satisfies hunger, is naturally filling and provides energy, all while providing the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that you would find in a healthy meal of raw foods. RAW Meal provides the nutrition of a well-balanced, healthy raw meal in one delicious serving.

Why Choose RAW Meal?

RAW Meal goes beyond organic by providing live probiotics and enzymes, Vitamin Code® RAW Food-Created vitamins and minerals, as well as nutrient Code Factors such as beta-glucans, SOD, glutathione and CoQ10, enabling natural recognition by your body.

Containing 26 superfoods from RAW organic seeds, sprouts and greens, RAW Meal provides 34 grams of protein, 9-16 grams of fiber (depending on flavor) and a healthy 2.5 grams of fat making it an excellent choice for “weight conscious” individuals. RAW Meal also offers 20 Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals providing at least 100% of the Daily Value of 16 key nutrients.

Just as important is what’s NOT included in RAW Meal. It is gluten-free, dairy-free and lactose-free. It has no fillers, no synthetic nutrients, no artificial flavors or sweeteners and no preservatives.

What are the Key Benefits of RAW Meal?

A convenient meal-on-the-go, RAW Meal is suitable for almost anyone including those on vegetarian or vegan diets, those on low carbohydrate diets or those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey or other protein sources. RAW Meal offers the following:

  • Provides the nutrition of a well-balanced, healthy meal
  • Naturally filling, satisfies hunger, provides energy
  • Excellent source of RAW organic, plant-based protein (34g) – including all essential amino acids
  • Excellent source of 20 Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals – RAW Food-Created Nutrients and RAW Food-Chelated Minerals that enable targeted delivery and natural recognition by your body
  • Excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber (9-16g) depending on flavor
  • Provides live probiotics and enzymes for healthy digestion
  • Made exclusively from RAW natural, plant-based, whole foods – uncooked, untreated, unadulterated
  • Contains 13 RAW organic sprouts, 4 RAW organic cereal grass juices, 5 RAW organic fruits, spirulina and chlorella
  • No Trans Fats

RAW Meal naturally satisfies hunger and increases energy, making it great for those looking to manage their diet and looking for a convenient alternative to the pre-packaged or fast-food meals that dominate our on-the-go lifestyles.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I came across this product initially in searching for a supplement that would provide me with the range of vitamins and minerals that I perhaps do not otherwise get enough of from my daily diet. I was excited to read the ingredient list on this product. Like all Garden of Life products that I have used thus far, the ingredients are recognizable, organic, raw, non-gmo (and the list of positives goes on). Products like this one excite me more than I can adequately articulate–knowing that I am getting so many quality components in each dose of Raw Meal is a great feeling. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to try more Garden of Life products after discovering Raw Meal.

Raw Fit: High Protein for Weight Loss

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†

Why RAW Really Matters:

Heat can denature proteins, reducing their availability to your body. But Garden of Life’s USDA Certified Organic plant proteins are different; always gently produced at low temperatures, without any added fillers or carriers (like maltodextrin which can come from GMO corn) preserving their complete amino acid integrity and whole-food, Certified Organic, Non-GMO goodness.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This product intrigued me because of my recent interest in being more conscious of how much sugar I am consuming on the average day. I had been effectively eating less sugar by sensibly (not neurotically) eliminating extra sugar and empty calorie foods like bread. This product helps keep that effort going. This mixture contains fewer carbohydrates than the Raw Meal. I use the Raw Meal, Raw Protein and Raw Fit in a rotation sort of manner in my diet (about 1 serving of each per day). This Raw Fit is also different from Raw Meal in that it contains a green coffee extract blend that has made a splash lately in the world of health discussions due to its supposed ability to help optimize the body’s ability to get rid of extra sugar in the blood stream. On a side note, I prefer the taste of the Raw Meal over this Raw Fit blend.

Raw Organic Green Superfood

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“Capture the power of the sun with Perfect Food RAW, packed with the power of 34 nutrient-dense, RAW, organically grown greens, sprouts and vegetable juices for the RAW ENERGY you need every day. Just think of it as RAW organic veggie juice in a bottle.

How Can You Benefit from Perfect Food RAW?

Perfect Food RAW is RAW, whole food nutrition providing naturally occurring antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and dozens of phytonutrients. Bursting with prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes to support healthy digestion and nutrient absorption,† Perfect Food RAW is the convenient and sensible way to get your veggie juice every day.

Perfect Food RAW provides foundational nutrition your body craves to support:

  • RAW Energy
  • Immune System Health
  • Healthy Detoxification
  • Healthy Digestion and Elimination
  • Healthy Blood Sugar Levels†1

What Goes Into Perfect Food RAW?

Young cereal grass juices such as Barley, Alfalfa, Oat, Wheat, and Kamut are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. The green juices in Perfect Food RAW are grown organically, harvested at their nutritional peak, immediately juiced and dried at low temperatures. The RAW, organic cereal grass juice powders contained in Perfect Food RAW are loaded with chlorophyll and trace minerals for energy and support of already healthy blood sugar levels.†1

Each serving of Perfect Food RAW contains over 17 nutrient-dense veggie juices that are freeze-dried using a gentle process that maintains nutrient potency and freshness.

Perfect food RAW also contains over a dozen organic raw sprouts. Sprouting is a term that refers to the process where you unlock the nutrient potential within a seed and is a great way to increase the digestibility of seeds, nuts and legumes while maintaining their raw nutrient density.

Finally, Perfect Food RAW contains a host of live probiotics and enzymes. Enzymes are present in all raw foods and enhance the body’s ability to digest and assimilate the nutrients our food contains while probiotics are key to the optimal function of our digestive system.

Why Choose Perfect Food RAW?

Almost as important as what you get from Perfect Food RAW, is what you’re not getting. Perfect Food RAW is:

  • RAW
  • Vegan
  • Dairy Free
  • No Fillers, Added Sugars or Herbs
  • No Synthetic Chemicals

This means every single ingredient in Perfect Food RAW lends nutritional weight to the formula.”

My Description & Thoughts:

For severals years now, I’ve been a big fan of using organic, powdered greens in my daily drinks because of the amazing benefits of greens (these greens range from sea greens like spiraling and chlorella to spinach, kale & barley). Again, the ingredient list of this product is impressive. One serving is chock full of green power. I like to mix this powder with the Raw Meal in my blender bottle for an extra boost of greens every day. The flavor from the cacao makes the greens yummier than expected.

Raw FucoThin Green Coffee Extract

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“Help make your diet and exercise program more effective, naturally, with fücoTHIN® GREEN, the complementary power of clinically studied, clinical potency RAW Concentrated Fucoxanthin PLUS RAW Green Coffee Bean Extract.

  • Clinically Studied Ingredients and Potency
  • Naturally Boosts Metabolism – No Jitters
  • Powerfully Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
  • Minimizes Fat Storage
  • Increases Lean Body Mass

fücoTHIN® GREEN is the first 100% natural, RAW, Whole Food supplement to combine the fat burning power and glucose support of two clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural thermogenics: Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin) and Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract).

Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin): Non-stimulant, natural fat burner, clinically studied to boost metabolism, minimizing fat storage and increasing lean body mass without causing jitters.

Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract): Clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural fat burner with 50% Chlorogenic Acid for powerful support of healthy blood sugar levels.†”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’m not generally a huge fan of supplements that act as catalysts in weight loss. That said, a lot of those products are chemical ridden and made of synthetic ingredients. I recently read a piece on naturally occurring foods and extracts that help regulate blood sugar and help optimize the body’s ability to get rid of sugar and fat in a magazine from a local grocery store. It’s funny that I happen to come across this product right after reading about green coffee bean extract, as I had a peaked interest in this sort of product. I had bought a bottle of FucoThin on my own and was excited to get another bottle from Garden of Life to sample more. In the 3-4 weeks that I have been using this product, I have definitely noticed a difference in the amount of bloat in my stomach. For example, after I eat a meal, my body seems to process the sugar and fat more efficiently, lessening the discomfort from fullness that I might typically feel. I love that this product is helping my body optimize the effectiveness of my exercise and current diet. I’m very happy with this product and the ingredient list.

Raw Cleanse

Garden of Life’s Description:

“For those looking for the ultimate cleanse experience, RAW has always represented the standard. RAW Cleanse from Garden of Life features uncooked, untreated and unadulterated ingredients that are designed to support your body’s natural digestive and detoxification systems.

Why Choose Garden of Life RAW Cleanse?

RAW Cleanse is a breakthrough in total digestive system cleansing, active in the entire digestive tract beginning in the mouth and ending with elimination. Designed as a fast-acting internal cleansing system that works in synergy with your body’s own detoxification system, RAW Cleanse is an easy-to-use, triple detox formula that defends, detoxifies and eliminates toxins from the body in only one week.

RAW Cleanse features cutting-edge ingredients that are delivered to you RAW — the ultimate standard for quality. RAW Cleanse is ideal for anyone looking to experience extraordinary health and is suitable for those on vegan or vegetarian diets.

What’s Included in RAW Cleanse?

RAW Cleanse is a comprehensive, fast-acting, RAW cleanse program that provides full-body detoxification in only seven days and is as easy to use as 1-2-3.

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Step 1 – RAW Cleanse Toxin Defense – Optimal Oral Health and Immune System Support

Toxin Defense is the first step in the RAW Cleanse experience, supporting optimal oral health and overall immune system function.† Toxin Defense contains a unique combination of oral and intestinal probiotics that work in the mouth to help inhibit harmful toxins from traveling further in the body.† This “point-of-entry” defense contributes to overall immune function and promotes microbial balance in the gastrointestinal tract for proper digestion and elimination. The clinically studied intestinal probiotic contained in Toxin Defense helps to support healthy bowel function, elimination and a healthy gut-associated immune system.

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Step 2 – RAW Cleanse Organ Detox – Natural Detoxification of Organs and GI Tract

Organ Detox is the second step in the RAW Cleanse experience, supporting normal removal of environmental toxins and pollutants from the body, as well as internally generated waste by-products.† Organ Detox is formulated with RAW milk thistle, RAW Food-Created glutathione, cysteine, glycine, glutamic acid, melon juice concentrate, a rich source of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and catalase, plus vitamin U. This antioxidant, enzyme and amino acid rich formula supports healthy liver biotransformation and excretion of environmental toxins (and their metabolites) normally introduced into the body in small amounts.

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Step 3 – RAW Cleanse Digestion & Elimination – Toxin Capture and Removal

Digestion & Elimination is the third and final step in the RAW Cleanse experience, helping to catch and hold undesirable compounds in the digestive tract and facilitate final transport from the body. Digestion & Elimination contains 800mg of RAW Food-Chelated magnesium to draw water into the colon for effective movement of intestinal bulk.† RAW organic flax and chia seed act as bulking fibers to absorb toxins and pollutants while RAW organic coconut fiber lubricates and facilitates intestinal flow and creates a positive microbial balance in the body.

RAW Cleanse is a gentle, seven-day cleanse that works first to support the health of the entire digestive tract, and then aids the liver in removing toxins. Finally, RAW Cleanse aids the digestive system in trapping the toxins transporting them out of the body.

Finally, there is a cleanse formulation that meets the RAW standard of excellence, and that’s Garden of Life RAW Cleanse.

Suggestions while cleansing:

  • Drink at least the recommended 64 ounces of filtered water each day.
  • Eat fresh fruit, vegetables particularly crucifers and bitter greens (such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, endive and radicchio), seeds, nuts and lean protein- organic whenever possible, with wild caught fish.
  • Increase your healthy fat intake by adding 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon each of organic coconut oil, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil and olive oil per day to your diet.
  • Keep high allergen foods, such as dairy and wheat products to a bare minimum.
  • Eliminate caffeine, tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
  • Eliminate added sugar, refined flour, processed foods and fatty food with trans fats.
  • Eliminate skin care products with ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  • Use natural cleaning products.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Cleansing the body from the inside is something I’ve made a priority in my life, for sure. However, I normally do it using lemons, coconut vinegar, and naturally alkalizing foods like that. This 3-step cleanse sounded like a great idea, and I couldn’t wait to try it. Basically there are 3 mixtures and you ingest each of them once a day.

Step one is a packet of powder; GOL recommends that you empty it onto your tongue and add a bit of water to swish for 45 seconds before swallowing.

Step 2 is in capsule form; GOL recommends that 3 are taken before breakfast and 3 are taken at dinner.

and Step 3 is a powder; GOL recommends mixing two scoops of this mixture with water and drink one hour before going to bed.

Each of the steps are easy to ingest. I have felt less sluggish, more vivacious, more energetic, and truly “cleansed” since using this raw detox.

Raw Probiotic for Women

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“A RAW, full spectrum, whole food probiotic formula specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women. RAW Probiotics Women offers 32 “original” probiotics specifically formulated for women to support vaginal health and overall digestive function. Delivering probiotic-created vitamins, minerals and prebiotics, RAW Probiotics Women also delivers dairy-digesting enzymes to help break down lactose and casein.

RAW Probiotics Women goes Beyond Probiotics offering a broad range of benefits specifically targeted for women:

  • Supports colon health, bowel regularity and overall digestive function
  • Supports gut-related immune system function and overall immune system health
  • Supports healthy microbial balance by promoting healthy bacteria in the gut
  • Supports healthy nutrient absorption and assimilation
  • Relieves occasional gas and constipation
  • Supports vaginal health and healthy thyroid function
  • Emerging science suggests vitamin D supports breast health

What you see on the label is what you get in the bottle—temperature controlled cold storage and delivery from the moment the probiotic cultures are harvested until you swallow your first capsule—ensures that your probioticsArrive Alive!™1

RAW • GLUTEN FREE • NO BINDERS  • NO FILLERS • NO CARRIERS

RAW Probiotics—The Next Generation of Digestive Health

Garden of Life introduces RAW Probiotics—an innovation that goes Beyond Probiotics—whole food probiotic formulas providing 30+ powerful probiotic strains, along with probiotic-created cofactors including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and prebiotics. RAW means our probiotics are uncooked, untreated, unadulterated; with no binders or fillers.

Original Probiotics

Inspired by the Father of Probiotics, Elie Metchnikoff, RAW Probiotics provides probiotic strains found in Bulgarian Yogurt and Eastern European Wild Kefir—as recommended by Metchnikoff based on his study of Bulgarian longevity in the early 1900s and the probiotic-rich cultured dairy they consumed. RAW Probiotics provides RAW fruits and veggies sourced directly from the region where Metchnikoff made his probiotic discoveries.

My Description & Thoughts:

I haven’t always been aware of how important it is to take care of our digestive health. Essentially, if our digestive system isn’t functioning at a high level, then the organic, nutrient dense foods we strive to eat are not being readily absorbed by our digestive tract.

This supplement helps keep our digestive tract in tip top shape, and maintains the balance of “good bacteria” in our stomach and intestines.

Neglecting this part of our health can ultimately result in uncomfortable episodes of acid reflux, gastritis, and other pain staking illness; you can dodge them by implementing a supplement like this.

Organic Golden Flaxseed

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Garden of Life’s Description:

“Organic Golden Flaxseed Benefits:

  • Promotes Healthy Digestion and Regularity
  • Promotes Heart, Breast and Brain Health
  • Supports Healthy, Balanced Hormones

One Serving of Organic Golden Flaxseed Contains:

  • 3g of Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid ALA)
  • 1g of Omega-6 (linoleic acid LA)
  • 1g of Omega-9 (oleic acid OA)
  • 98mg Antioxidant Lignans (SDG)

RAW Organics is a line of USDA Certified Organic, RAW foods reflecting Garden of Life’s commitment to:

  • Re-nourish our country with wholesome, Certified Organic, Non-GMO whole foods brought to you at affordable prices.
  • Re-invigorate the backbone of our culture—family farmers—providing them with guaranteed contracts and fair wages.

Our premium Certified Organic Golden Flaxseed is grown for us in North Dakota on pristine and virgin soils. Our family farmers have been growing flax for generations. Our flax goes through a unique five-step cleaning process that gently filters all impurities, leaving behind only the purest, freshest, Certified Organic Golden Flaxseeds. To unlock their goodness, the flaxseeds need to be milled and that’s where we really shine—using state-of-the-art, cold-milling methods that preserve all of the nutritional value without releasing the valuable oils which can cause the seeds to go rancid.”

My Description & Thoughts:

For several years now, I have been eating flax and chia seeds daily because of the healthy fats they provide my diet. This is the first batch of Garden of Life Flaxseed that I’ve gotten my hands on, though. Since I am trying this after being happy with several other GOL products, I trust the quality and source of the seed. I use this seed in my smoothies and fruit bowls—it adds a hearty, nutty flavor. On a side note, I’ve earned that nuts and seeds, alike, are more easily absorbed by the body if soaked in water prior to consumption. Because of this, I soak all of my chia, flax and hemp seeds in water (it becomes a sludge-y mixture) before I add them to my smoothies.

Reed’s Ginger Brew Kombucha Tea Review

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Goji Ginger:

-Reed’s Ginger Brew Ingredient List:

“Raw organic Kombucha (spring water, organic sugar, organic oolong tea, organic yerba mate tea) organic fresh ginger root, organic lemon juice, organic goji berry. Free Preservatives, Gluten & GMO’s.”

My Thoughts: 

I love the goji flavor in this one, it provides a light fruitiness that compliments the ginger well.

Hibiscus Ginger Grapefruit:

-Reed’s Ginger Brew Ingredient List:

“Raw organic Kombucha (spring water, organic sugar, organic oolong tea, organic yerba mate tea) organic hibiscus, organic fresh ginger root, organic pink grapefruit juice. Free of Preservatives, Gluten & GMO’s.”

My Thoughts:

There is a lot going on in this one–all good, though. The floral taste of the hibiscus and the citrusy punch of the grapefruit make this one a great wake-me-up flavor.

Lemon Ginger Raspberry:

-Reed’s Ginger Brew Ingredient List:

“Raw organic Kombucha (spring water, organic sugar, organic oolong tea, organic yerba mate tea) organic fresh ginger root, organic raspberry juice, organic raspberry puree, organic lemon juice. Free of Preservatives, Gluten & GMO’s.”

My Thoughts:

I love raspberries. This flavor gives me my raspberry fix, along with an extra brightness that comes with the lemon.

Cranberry Ginger:

-Reed’s Ginger Brew Ingredient List:

“Raw organic Kombucha (spring water, organic sugar, organic oolong tea, organic yerba mate tea) organic fresh ginger root, organic cranberry juice, organic raspberry juice. Free of Preservatives, Gluten & GMO’s.”

My Thoughts:

Simple, cranberry, yummy. This is a great flavor, ladies especially, to replace plain cranberry juice, which is known to benefit the digestive & urinary tract.

Pomegranate Ginger:

-Reed’s Ginger Brew Ingredient List:

“Raw organic Kombucha (spring water, organic sugar, organic oolong tea, organic yerba mate tea) organic fresh ginger root, organic pomegranate juice concentrate. Free of Preservatives, Gluten & GMO’s.”

My Thoughts:

This flavor is similar to the goji and the raspberry flavors in the other drinks aforementioned. It is yummy, fruity and refreshing.

Coconut Water Lime:

-Reed’s Ginger Brew Ingredient List:

“Raw organic Kombucha (spring water, organic sugar, organic oolong tea, organic yerba mate tea) organic coconut water concentrate, organic lime juice concentrate. Free of Preservatives, Gluten & GMO’s.”

My Thoughts:

This is an excellent change of pace from coconut water, which I consume frequently. The lime is suprising, zippy and detoxifying.

Passion Mango Ginger:

-Reed’s Ginger Brew Ingredient List:

“Raw organic Kombucha (spring water, organic sugar, organic oolong tea, organic yerba mate tea) organic fresh ginger root, organic passion fruit juice concentrate, organic mango juice concentrate, organic orange juice concentrate. Free of Preservatives, Gluten & GMO’s.”

My Thoughts:

The perfect summer drink combo. The passionfruit and mango together remind me of summer by the pool–delicious.

Cabernet Grape:

-Reed’s Ginger Brew Ingredient List:

“Raw organic Kombucha (spring water, organic sugar, organic oolong tea, organic yerba mate tea) organic cabernet grape juice concentrate, natural flavors. Free of Preservatives, Gluten & GMO’s.”

My Thoughts:

Grape juice with a effervescent twist–that is what this flavor brings to mind. Delicious, filling and rich.

It is challenging to write unique feedback on each of these flavors because they are all good! Each one has its own unique variation in flavor, but there are all very enjoyable. Check out Reed’s Ginger Brew’s website to find where you can shop for this unique selection of flavors.