There is always talk of the importance of consuming greens and citrus fruits to help balance blood pH. This is true, and our juices offer loads of this. But I thought I’d dwell a little deeper into how body pH is affected, and why keeping it neutral is so important…
I’m sure you’ve heard of the “ying yang” principal? It is an Asian philosophy that describes how seemingly opposite forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and give rise to each other in turn. Yin and Yang are not opposing forces, but rather complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole as part of a system to create balance.
When things get out of balance, a sign usually appears to make it known, and to me, some of the best examples of this principal at work lie in health and eating.
To me, health signifies balance. But the concept of “health” is so relative. To many of us, when we hear the word “health” we shy away and feel intimidated, thinking that we could be healthier, look healthier, stronger, skinnier. I am a huge culprit of this, often bringing myself down for not being healthy enough, considering all the knowledge I have of food and nutrition. On the other hand, you get some people who are obsessively “healthy”… Following a sugar-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, caffeine-free, carb-free, fat-free, alcohol-free, organic-only, vegan-only, 4 hours-of-exercise and 2 hours-of-meditation-a-day type lifestyle. That is what people (like me) often feel guilty about not achieving. But is that balanced? And if it is NOT balanced, how can it be considered healthy?
Regardless of what floats your boat in terms of health, your body tries to maintain a balance of influences within itself: when your stomach is empty, you experience hunger. When you are lacking certain nutrients, you tend to crave certain foods. When you need sleep, you feel tired. Many things come into play, and the examples just given are basic. But when it comes to the “ying yang” of illness and wellbeing, the 3 most important factors are a balanced emotional state, hot and cold, and… the chemical balance between acid and alkaline conditions in the blood and tissues.
Acid and alkali are opposites. When they meet in equal amounts they cancel each other out. Problem is that it’s easy for the body to become too acidic, and not something that can simply rectify itself. The signal it sends out when there is imbalance, is illness.
Therefore, regardless of the degree of effort you put into living “correctly”, when your body is in pH balance, you are less likely to get sick and can regard your immune system as being “healthy”. I came to realize this about 2 years ago when I fell very ill and was later diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I was also told that my system was off the charts acidic. The ironic thing is that I fell ill at a time that I was following the most obsessively “healthy” principals ever, and the sicker I fell, the stricter I became with myself to try and rectify my symptoms.
My body began to heal the day that I let go of all the rules and just started being kinder to myself. On paper, the foods that I started enjoying were too acidic and inflammatory for someone with such an acidic blood pH and high antibody levels, but I began to realise that it’s not always about what the books say and more about what makes a person feel good. One of the disturbances of pH is destructive emotions and negative thoughts. I now believe that you can put the healthiest food into your body but if you are obsessive about it, you are being negative. Obsessions and negativity cause stress, which leads to disturbance. On the other hand, if you lovingly enjoy your “bad” foods in moderation, they trigger positive emotions, which can only promote balance! We here at KoldpressJUICEko are all about balance and our juices provide the perfect nutritional boost that you may need to attain this balance in your day-to-day life.
And so we come back to the “ying yang” principal. Honour the force and feed your body what it is asking for (good or bad), not what your mind says is right (or wrong?).
May the force be with you…
We recently launched our new mint chocolate nut milk, Spearmint Rhino and added a powerful ingredient. This ingredient is also the reason why our nut milk is creamier than any other in town. It has such a powerful effect on the body and has kept us all feeling so good, it cannot be the last time we use it in our fitness-focused products.
“MCTs” are medium-chain triglycerides – a special type of saturated fat that digests more easily than regular long-chain triglycerides (fats found in omegas, meats, fish, eggs, poultry nuts & seeds). Because MCTs easily digest and fat is the best fuel, they have an almost instant thermogenic effect on the body. This means that the body burns fat rather than sugar for fuel, giving athletes more endurance. Coconuts are naturally made up of roughly 60% MCTs, hence why coconut oil is regarded as a fat-burning-fat. The MCT concentrate that we use is extracted from coconut oil. Smaller amounts of MCTs can also be found in a few other foods containing saturated fats such as butter, whole milk, cheeses and full cream yoghurt.
MCTs have a long list of benefits. Use them to:
- Reduce stored body fat – they stimulate thermogenesis and increase your metabolic rate
- Subsequently increase your energy levels
- Think more clearly – your brain cannot store energy and needs a constant supply. MCTs rapidly feed the brain cells to keep you focused
- Improve your mood – MCT’s improve gut health and the production of serotonin in the gut, which increases your happy hormones
- Manage weight – these fats are burned as fuel instead of being stored as fat, but they keep you full all the same
- Balance hormone levels – the body needs various types of fats to create hormones, and MCT is one of the best as it is also anti-inflammatory
- Fight bacterial infection & viruses – MCTs are anti-viral-fungal and -bacterial
- Improve digestion and increase absorption of fat-soluble nutrients
Our team loves to exercise and have straight-up noted to have better endurance and more energy when we consume MCT oil. Give it a try and stay tuned for an exciting new range showcasing MCTs coming soon.
After two years of fueling and energizing Dubai with the original twelve juice gems, it was time for some new friends to join the party. We did loads of research, started sourcing some functional ingredients to play around with and then spent time listening to good tunes in the kitchen and experimenting with flavours (and colour… is it even a koldpressJUICE if it isn’t good looking?).
And so, “The Beach House” Spring/Summer 2018 collection was born. These babies are fun, fresh and fruitier than the originals. They are also highly functional. Each juice has its own story, personality and nutritional offering.
THE BEACH HOUSE
Fast approaching our new best-selling juice. We needed some grapefruit in our lives and felt that you probably did too. Our founder also has an interesting obsession with pink-orange pantones… naturally, creating such a JUICE was inevitable. In my opinion, a daily dose of this juice is all you need to keep your immune system supported, liver clean, cellulite reduced and metabolism on fire.
Apple, lemon & ginger is a staple combination that was calling us up to join the KPJK collection. We upped its functionality ten-fold, and subsequently its flavor profile, by adding juniper essential oil and elderberry extract. These funky ingredients have given our new yellow juice a beautiful floral tone and even sunnier disposition.
This juice is the juice served at KPJK team poolside parties. We wanted to share this with everyone else. Celery, red grapes, lime and a dash of pomegranate. There is no juice more refreshing on a hot summers day and pairs so well with a swimming pool… and perhaps a splash of alcohol.
Inspired by a recipe found on a visit to Babylonstoren farm in the beautiful Western Cape of South Africa. This juice is very rustic and all things red. The red cabbage gives it the deepest, darkest purple colour. We leave it to you to make up the rest of the story.
Introducing our newest nut milk. Definitely the most functional product in our range (for now). We had loads of fun with this one. We knew it was time for a chocolate nut milk, because who doesn’t love chocolate? Ours is minty chocolate… But we also love to move, so we made this one with energy and endurance in mind. We have added ashwagandha – the best adrenal adaptogen on the planet if you ask me – as well as MCT oil (see my post on this ingredient) for long-term endurance and thermogenesis.
One of our partners is greatly involved with the rehabilitation of rhinos in Africa. For every Spearmint Rhino sold, we donate a portion out of our own capacity to Rhinos Without Borders. Please visit www.rhinoswithoutborders.com for more information.
Keep your eyes peeled and pressed for info on new ranges launching later this year.
Have a fab summer, stay fresh and keep juicing!
Cara (The Juice Girl)