In this new blog, we dive into my favorite topic, brain health. As a board-certified neurologist for adults and children, I have seen thousands of patients struggling with symptoms that affect the quality of life, including headaches, fatigue, pain, cognitive difficulties, insomnia, anxiety, and more. After my residency, I earned my Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology (focused on pharmaceutical residues in our drinking water), and then I completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine. These two degrees, along with my medical degree, taught me that many suffer from daily exposures to toxic substances over decades of life.
Five years after my fellowship, I opened my own practice to combine the best of Western and integrative medicine, something for which I hold a great passion. It has been a rewarding experience to see patients thrive and improve brain health when focusing on lifestyle changes. This integrative approach, plus a broader acceptance of food as medicine and plant-based diets, make me optimistic about lifestyle changes and brain health.
Centuries ago, Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Our juicing and plant-based communities intuitively know what this means and have personally experienced the impact fruits and vegetables have on our bodies. But there is also a disconnect between the benefits of food and the medicine prescribed for wellness (and illness).
Including fresh juice as part of a well-balanced diet is an important way to achieve a healthier, more energetic, and disease-free lifestyle. Fresh and raw foods are rich in proteins, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins, enzymes, and minerals, the most essential building blocks for our body. My hope is to explain the cold press juicing process and to educate you about why true cold-pressed juice is so much better than juice made by any other process.
Cold press juicing is a two-stage process that involves the grinding and pressing of fruits and vegetables. This process is the same one that has been used for centuries and to this day for apple cider and extra-virgin olive oil production. It is the tried and true method to extract delicate flavor esters, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients from produce.
To juice fruits and vegetables is to optimize what nature has provided for our longevity and continued well-being. Numerous studies support the health benefits of juicing, including tremendous anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogenic effects. Juicing can be a very important part of a healthy lifestyle, whether it was for preventative or therapeutic purposes. It can reduce our risk of many chronic illnesses that plague Americans, including stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, depression, pain, obesity, and autoimmunity.
A common way to make nut milk is using a high speed blender to blend up nuts and water together, then strainthe blended nut mixture using a nut milk bag and press as hard as you can. An easier way is to put the nut mixture in a PURE press cloth and use the 5000 lbs force from our PURE press to conveniently squeeze the last drop of nut milk out – completely pulp free of course.
Did you know that you can make raw organic nut milk while using your PURE Juicer only?
Did you know that making pesto dates back to the ancient Romans?
They ate a paste called moretum which was made by crushing cheese, garlic, and herbs together. The first mention of a recipe for pesto can be found in an Italian book dating from 1863 called La Cuciniera Genovese. Pesto is traditionally prepared in a marble mortar with a wooden pestle.