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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Fresca is our number one selling juice during the summer. Our Georgia Grown watermelons make the sweetest tasting, most refreshing juices available anywhere. And just like all of the cold-pressed juices at Journey Juice, we do not add any water or sugar to our watermelon juice. We just add a splash of fresh squeezed lemon juice, which acts as a natural preservative. But did you know how nutritious watermelons are? Even though they are made out of more than 90 percent water, watermelons are a vegetable/fruit combo superfood.

Did You Know . . .

  • Watermelons contain twice the potassium of a banana; But only half the sugar.
  • Watermelons contain more lycopene than a tomato.
  • Watermelons contain choline, magnesium, Vitamins A, C, and B6;
  • Watermelons contain a healthy dose of Citrulline, which converts to L-arginine once digested, then to Nitric Oxide. Nitric Oxide is a vasodilator, which means it is great for your cardiovascular system. Not only does Citrulline help Nitric Oxide improve your blood pressure, in one study (Urology. 2011 Jan;77(1):119-22.), Citrulline supplements were given to patients suffering from mild erectile disfunction. The natural Citrulline was shown to be more than 80 percent as effective as Viagra, without the side effects.
  • Watermelons contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants in addition to Lycopene, which work like COX-2 inhibitors like Ibuprofen, without the liver damage (http://www.albany.edu/faculty/cs812/bio366/Cyclooxygenase_ppt.pdf).
  • Cold-pressed watermelon juice performed better than gatorade in tests on athletes’ recovery after workouts (http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/is-gatorade-bad-for-you).

Watermelons have been around since the ancient Egyptians grew them more than 5000 years ago. Every part of the watermelon is edible. In fact, the rind and seeds are even more nutritious than the juicy red meat though not as delicious. Sprouted watermelon seeds are one of our favorite healthy snacks. One ounce contains 11 grams of healthy fat, 10 grams of protein and no sugar. Compare those numbers to your favorite protein bar.

Remember in the summer heat, preventing dehydration begins long before your workout. If you are planning a big workout or run in the heat, proper preparation begins the night before. Don’t eat processed foods; don’t drink too much alcohol; get enough sleep; and drink a Journey Juice cold-pressed Watermelon Fresca. The next morning, in addition to plenty of water, drink another Watermelon Fresca one to two hours before your workout. You will be amazed at your performance in the heat.

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Intermittent Fasting

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How to get the most out of your Journey Juice Three-Day Cleanse

Does the idea of not eating anything solid for three days sound crazy to you? For those of you who do a juice cleanse regularly, that’s no big deal, right? But for those of you who eat three meals a day — even if you eat ‘healthy’ meals, the idea of not consuming anything but liquid juice for three days — that’s nine meals skipped — is crazy.

If you are reading this blog, and you like Journey Juice, you already know how good you feel after drinking just one juice. But are you drinking a Journey Juice in lieu of a meal, or in addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner?

Consider incorporating intermittent fasting into your juicing regimen to get the most benefit out of your three-day Journey Juice Cleanse. There are hundreds of studies citing the advantages of intermittent fasting. Fasting every other day has been shown to oxidize fat, reduce body weight, and lower triglyceride levels. *Klempel, Monica C.; Kroeger, Cynthia M.; Varady, Krista A. (2013). “Alternate day fasting (ADF) with a high-fat diet produces similar weight loss and cardio-protection as ADF with a low-fat diet”. Metabolism 62 (1))

There are two parts to the basic premise of the benefits available from fasting:

  • Humans have been the same (in evolutionary terms) for the last two million years or so. We did not start eating three square meals a day plus snacks until recently. And the quality of the three squares plus snacks in America has reached a nadir so low, our government has had to force the healthy minority to pay for the unhealthy majority’s healthcare.
  • Our digestive systems require huge amounts of energy to work properly, especially when so many foreign (synthetic) substances are bombarding Americans’ bodies daily. The harder your digestive system works, the faster your body ages.

If you are eating three squares plus snacks every day, in evolutionary terms, your body is working overtime to digest all that food. And if some of that food is of suboptimal quality, your digestive system is working even harder and your immune system is slowly being degraded one fast food meal and one donut at a time.

When you consume Journey Juice, your body loves you because all of the nutrients from the more than three pounds of organic fruits and vegetables in each bottle, have already been separated from the apples, carrots, cucumbers and more, so your digestive system expends very little energy getting those nutrients into your bloodstream. And if you fast every other day, or one or two days per week, or for 20 hours each day — any of those methods work well — your digestive system gets to take a break during that time and all this incredible stuff happens inside your body that may have never happened before, if you have never gone more than 20 hours or more without eating.

The following benefits of intermittent fasting have been proven in multiple studies: *http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/85/4/981.full.pdf

  • Helps promote insulin sensitivity – Optimal insulin sensitivity is crucial for your health, as insulin resistance or poor insulin sensitivity contributes to nearly all chronic diseases
  • Normalizes ghrelin levels, also known as your “hunger hormone”
  • Increases the rate of HGH production, which has an important role in health, fitness, and slowing the aging process
  • Lowers triglyceride levels
  • Helps suppress inflammation and fight free radical damage

In addition, exercising in a fasted state can help counteract muscle aging and wasting, and boost fat-burning. Once your body gets used to fasting, you can exercise while fasting for even better results.

Contraindications of intermittent fasting:

Individuals who are hypoglycemic, diabetic, pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid any type of calorie restriction until your blood sugar or insulin levels are regulated. Please consult your physician before changing diets.

Juicing and fasting should not be attempted ‘cold-turkey.’ While it is possible to go directly from consuming a SAD diet (Standard American Diet) to juicing and fasting, we do not advise it. If you drink Journey Juice on a regular basis, and fast on a regular basis, your body will love you. And you will love your body. But if you eat fast food regularly, drink Frappi’s, and believe that wheat toast with margarine is good for you, it is imperative to ween yourself off of those foods before starting a juice cleanse or a fast. It is very possible your body will revolt and make you very sick with the change in diet. This is the natural detoxing process which can be very uncomfortable, so we advise changing diets prior to beginning a juice cleanse or fast.

Please email us with any questions about juice cleanses or intermittent fasting. We would be happy to discuss these amazing natural methods of detoxing your body and losing weight.

Remember: Life’s a Journey. Make it Juicy!

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Benefits of Juice Cleansing

Juice Cleansing or Juice Fasting and sometimes affectionately called “Juice Feasting” can work wonders for your body, mind, and soul. In allowing your body to rest, it can allocate energy to its natural cleansing and detoxing processes. So much of our body’s energy is focused solely on digestion the 3 + meals we are consuming daily. FYI it takes ballpark 18 hours to fully digest and eliminate 1 meal, wow! Coldpressed juice skips the long digestion process because the insoluble fiber has been removed. Healthy and easily digestible soluble fiber remains as well as plentiful amounts of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and water.

Chia Fresca, Pineapple Breeze, and Just Greens
Chia Fresca, Pineapple Breeze, and Just Greens

We have three cleanse levels available Beginner’s, Juicer’s (Intermediate Cleanse), and the Epic (for Advanced results). We also have Juice Boxes and Custom Boxes for people to buy in bulk.

We believe in the power of living whole nutrients found in vegetables, fruits, nuts & seeds! Come and Journey to a better you! Cheers 🙂

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Journey Juice Does Black Friday 2013!

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Yup! We’re joining in on the madness! At 6 AM on Friday morning, we’re opening up our doors at our shop on Prince Ave. and we’re offering a bunch of great Black Friday specials! Come on down to get massive discounts on Journey Juice Boxes, Free Coolers, and even Free Bottles!

In order to get a sneak peak at what our crazy/mad/insane deals will be like this Friday, you’re going to either have to Like Us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter, Instagram, OR Sign Up for our Mailing List! We’ll send out the sneak peak close to Thanksgiving!

Cleanse Your Thanksgiving Over-Eating Away With A Fresh, Organic Journey Juice!

See you on Friday!

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Journey Juice Vends The 6th Annual Jittery Joe’s Fall Classic Century!

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The 6th Annual Jittery Joe’s Fall Classic Century @ Terrapin Brewery is growing each year in popularity! This race is a kid-friendly-family event for cyclists of all ages and ability. There is a 31 mile ride and 60 mile ride option. Registration is closed online, but you can register the morning of the event between 8:30AM-10AM for $35 (either race distance). The race starts at 10AM. We’ll be sampling and vending Journey Juice during registration and post race! Fuel up with the pure energy of raw fruits and veggies! There will be a post race party with live music and prizes! We hope to see you there!

October 26th 2013

Terrapin Brewery
265 Newton Bridge Road
Athens, GA
Event Time: 8AM – 3PM

Visit Online @: Jittery Joe’s Fall Classic Century. Athens Area Habitat for Humanity. Jittery Joe’s Coffee. Terrapin Beer Company.

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Journey Juice to Give Free Samples at “In Their Shoes” Breast Cancer Walk

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“In Their Shoes” Breast Cancer Walk @ Athens Regional Hospital on Prince Ave. The event will take place on October 26th, 2013 from 8AM-11AM. We will be vending our juices in front of the hospital and giving free samples in support of breast cancer prevention. We believe in the power of raw juice for healing and restoring the body. Come out and walk to support a good cause and to try samples of our delicious juices!

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Athens Regional Hospital
1199 Prince Ave
Athens, GA 30606

Visit http://www.athenshealth.org/InTheirShoes for more details!

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Journey Juice On The Open Road

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Journey Juice is proud to announce our newest team member Stephan Hirsch. Stephan is an international Pro Cyclist from Germany. Currently, Stephan is training with the prestigious United Health Care team in Athens and came into our store after passing on his daily rides. Once he tasted our juices and heard about the nutritional benefits; he was hooked. We are happy to sponsor him on his cycling journeys around the country, as he wins races and promotes the healthy fuel of whole fruits and vegetables. GO Stephan!

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Above is a photo of Stephan (center), 1st Place at the Flowery Branch Pro Criterium! We wish him good luck at the Georgia Cycling Grand Prix this weekend July 23rd-28th!

You can check out Stephan’s personal website as well as an awesome little blog post that he wrote about Journey Juice by clicking HERE.

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Journey Juice Will Be At AthFest!!!

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AthFest is one of those events that defines this city. Downtown Athens explodes into a celebration of good music, good food, and shared community experiences. AthFest consistently brings newness, freshness and anticipation. And this year (2013, in case you forgot) heralds the arrival of Journey Juice (which would be us)!

Journey Juice is proud to have the opportunity to showcase Athens’ very own cold-pressed, organic, unpasteurized juice shop. The initial response to our juices at the Athens Farmers Market and in the first two weeks of our store opening (grand opening is delayed until mid-August) has been very encouraging. To say that Athenians have been thirsting for organic and healthy fruit and veggie juices would be an understatement. Thank you! Press a little healthy into your AthFest weekend and grab a Journey Juice!

We will still be attending the Athens Farmers Market as well as keeping our storefront open on Friday and Saturday. Our menu for the weekend will be: Beet Zinger, Greens + Apple, Mellow Melon (Honeydew, Cucumber, Pear, Mint), Spiced Apple (Apple, Cinnamon), and our Chia Fresca (Chia Seeds, Lemon, Agave, Filtered Water). Come on out and we’ll either see you at the shop, at the market, or rawkin’ out!

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Four Markets Down- Time To Open

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Journey Juice has successfully attended four Athens Farmers Markets! It’s amazing to look back just a little over a month ago and see how far we’ve come. In as little as four weeks, we’ve successfully built a little buzz around town, have a hit flavor that people can’t seem to get enough of (Beet Zinger) and as of posting this, we’re currently at 143 Facebook Likes, and we haven’t even opened our doors yet. Amazing. We cannot thank our fans and supporters enough. We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the support of our friends, family, and the greater Athens community. We feel very blessed to be among such supportive and eager people. Feels great to be among you.

Okie dokes, now onto the news: As always, we will be at the Athens Farmers Market this Saturday! Come by to sample our creations and pick up some Cold-Pressed Juices!

And in other news, we are opening our front doors this coming Monday (June 3rd). This is a soft-opening, to work out the kinks in the system, so please don’t expect us to put on a flawless show. It’ll be a little rough around the edges, but you’ll be able to buy organic, cold-pressed juice all week! Our tentative hours are going to start at 7:00am – 8:00pm Monday thru Saturday! Come by and show your early support! Feedback is always welcome! We’re very excited to get this shop up and running!

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Second Athens Farmers Market- Dodged The Rain

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After some massive earth-shaking, we successfully beat the Weather Man and pushed the oncoming thunderstorms till later in the afternoon! This made for a very comfortable and sunny Farmers Market. We sold out of nearly all our flavors! Thanks everyone! We’re going to be running a much smaller menu this week, so please don’t be disappointed if your favorite flavor isn’t there (it’ll probably show up next week). We will be juicing many more bottles of our Beet Zinger and Pineapple Breeze this time so we don’t run out at 10:00 am again.

This Saturday looks to be even better than last, so please come out and get your Organic, Cold-Pressed Juice from Journey Juice!

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First Athens Farmers Market- A Rainy Success

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Thanks to everyone who came out to brace the cold, rainy weather with us this past Saturday and tried our juice! We had a lot of fun and it’s safe to say that with all things considered, our first Athens Farmer’s Market was a rainy success. We’re hoping for a sunny Market this Saturday – so we’d love to see y’all come out! We’ll have tons of free samples.

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Hello World- We Are Journey Juice

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Imagine a world full of healthy people happy and strong. This quality of life begins with the quality of food that sustains it. A transition from highly processed foods to a more whole food diet must occur. Unfortunately the average American does not consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Our mission is to spread the juicing lifestyle far and wide, improving lives one person at a time. A juicing lifestyle means juicing daily for good health, whether it be with a centrifugal juicer or nutrient-dense pressed juice, the point is to get the life-giving juice inside the body.

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Monsanto Wins DuPont Loses- Monsanto Seizes Full Rights of GM seed patents.

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From Natural News:

[shadow_box]Apparently discontent with its more than $13.5 billion-plus in annual sales, genetic modification kingpin Monsanto has been trying for the past four-or-so years to extract billions more dollars from rival DuPont for alleged patent infringements involving its genetically-modified (GM) Roundup-Ready soybean technology. And the agri-giant has apparently achieved this goal, having recently settled its longstanding feud with DuPont in exchange for a massive $1.75 billion royalty payout to be delivered over the course of the next 10 years, according to reports.

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