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JuiceRx - Local Love

Friday, October 10, 2014 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

The road to healthy can be long, tumultuous and frustrating, but it doesn't have to taste bad! JuiceRx, a local juice cleanse brand, shared some of their awesome juice concoctions with me to try this month. I will be the first to say that the idea of a magical juice cleanses helping you drop the pounds and inches in a week is a bunch of baloney. BUT, a brand that is meant to help you kick start your health, get you the nutrients you need and detoxify your body of the bad stuff is what JuiceRx is all about.

There is a lot of controversy about the so-called detox diets, especially due to the fact that many are not sustainable. Of course you will lose weight if you are not eating and only sustaining yourself on liquids. Yet, once you begin eating "normal" again the chances of you gaining are much higher. There is also some research that shows that you are slowing down your metabolism when you are on a prolonged cleanse. Yet, there are also some positives that relate to juice cleanses, especially when done under the supervision of your doctor and to help supplement your health rather than just as a crash diet.

Juice Cleanses are known to help those suffering from inflammatory diseases, allergies, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases or bloating. They are a great way to flush out the bad and help kick those sweet cravings. Yet, it's important to note that the juices are not just some magical elixir that automatically flush your body. It takes time and it is so important to drink a lot of water while on a cleanse in order to flush your body properly. The JuiceRX options are a switch up from your typical store bought juices and a much easier way to "juice" in general. As an at-home juicer, I know from experience the amount of time, produce necessary to make one serving of juice and the expenses that can come along with it. Let's just say it's a lot! It's worth it, but it can be a bit much for the non-experienced juicer.

These cleanses, raw foods and elixirs aren’t about fad, or fashion. They’re about high quality nutrition that encourages healing and youthful vigor to improve quality of life today, tomorrow, and well into the future. Unlike many cleanses and health foods, the JuiceRX flavors delight even the pickiest palate. I had the opportunity to try out the "Regular" one day cleanse that had a variety of green juices, fruit based juices and the amazing horchata juice. The juice I make at home tends to be a bit thick, but in comparison the JuiceRX juices were fine, easy to drink and pulp free. Which means your body absorbs it in less than 15 minutes. They use a specialty juicer that applies 5,000 pounds of pressure to fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to extract (that's what all that cold-press stuff means) their juices. This means you get the maximum vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and phytonutrients in every serving. Dean, the founder states that this press delivers 3 to 5 times more nutrition than any other juicing technique, with over 50 lbs of fruits and vegetable nutrients delivered in a 3 day cleanse! Who eats 50 lbs of fruits and veggies ever?

Did I mention how good they tasted? Seriously, this Mexirican was all about that horchata. I almost felt like I was cheating drinking it because it tasted like my favorite drink from my favorite hole in the wall taco place. JuiceRX has taken this Mexican classic and turned it into something that not only tastes amazing, but has managed to make it really good for you, too! They mixed up organic cashews, added a hearty dose of copper, which is known to support bone health and protects against free radicals and of course included cinnamon, which is also known for its cholesterol lowering and blood sugar regulating properties. So good!!

So, besides letting me try out their juices, the JuiceRX founder - Dean Kasal  - sat down with me to share his story. It's always amazing to me how entrepreneurs get their start and Dean, just like many others I've spoken with, started his business out of a personal journey. After years in the corporate grind, Dean was stressed and unhealthy. Facing a constant battle with Ulcerative Colitis and a life of prescriptions that ended up hurting him more than helping him, he was afraid of the life in store for him. After less than a year of popping prescription pills that promised to keep the disease at bay, blood tests revealed elevated liver enzyme levels indicating serious liver damage had occurred. As it turns out, this damage was caused by the pills that were intended to restore health. For someone as young as Dean was at the time, this news was mind blowing.

It was the wake up call he needed to make some life altering decisions to get himself back on the path to health. In 2009, in an attempt to find a natural and holistic way of healing, Dean began juicing. A year later he found himself completely cured of a disease that he was told was incurable. All because of his journey with juicing. He realized to feel better he had to do better for his body and that started by changing what he put into it. This led him to launching what is now JuiceRX. He wanted to share his journey and new found health with the world.

Now, nearly 5 years later, Dean has grown his local business in an amazing way. Now offering shipping nationwide and a new line of Raw Foods, he is set to continue to take on the health industry by storm. The FoodRX addition is a great take on the mail order food system. There are not many companies that offer both food and juice options. Typically, it is one or the other, but Dean saw a need and decided to give his customers what they were looking for: a raw food line that tastes good and is good for you. All meals are made fresh for you the day they are delivered. For best taste and maximum nutrition, enjoy within 6 days of delivery (not including delivery day for local deliveries). My favorite is the Southwestern Chili. Filling, spicy and best with the cashew sour cream! If you haven't checked out JuiceRx - do so today and give them a try, you won't regret it!

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