Health Experiment with Juice Plus. When will this inflammation go away?!

Fruit blend, vegetable blend, berry blend

Fruit blend, vegetable blend, berry blend

This is Juice plus! I had a good friend introduce it to me, and read many good things about the benefits of these pills. This is another chapter of my health journey. I was already on a health journey, but after a car wreck, my journey has turned from being healthy to healing from injuries and treating pain the holistic way of course. I have said before that I am not against medicine and all the good it does, but this is my life choice. If I didn’t look for holistic ways to heal from pain, then I would be on pain medicine weekly while never treating the source of the pain. So this post is going to be on why I’m taking Juice Plus and what other things I’m doing to heal from pain. I will give an update on the list of things that it showed to help or didn’t show to help. First is a list of things that are  not fun to deal with as a young 20 something trying to live life. I’m determined to take the time to listen to my body in the journey to healing.

Health Issues:

1.) Inflammation of the lower spine and tail bone causing pain from daily ground impacts such as walking, running Haha! or jumping…I forgot what jumping feels like anymore.

2.) Neck stiffness and pain

3.) Head aches

4.) Fatigue which really messes with your productivity.

5.) Insomnia

6.) Limitations on lifting, pulling or carrying anything over 10 pounds.

7.) Muscle soreness/ joint pain

8.) Nerve damage

If I am to be honest with myself, this is only the major things I am aware of that are a health issue right now in my life. I do not focus on what I cannot do, but what I still can do.

I think our society has trouble dealing with people who are not “fine” in their lives physically. There are some that play a victim in life, but you can’t judge all by those few.  I lived with back pain for years from surgery and was happy to find doing Zumba in the water took away my back pain from gaining muscle. The step back now is the inflammation has stopped me from working out even in the water. I did work out for three straight months and did not gain any muscle. Thanks inflammation…..so it is not as simple as some may think.

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So since Juice Plus has real fruits and vegetables that help with things such as stubborn inflammation, why not? Here is a simple description of their claims for health improvement. As any other holistic product, you will have research and people saying it works and others saying it is all a scam. I have to wonder if it does not work, then why have people shared testimonies on it working for them? One size does not fit all in health or education. It is better to try things for yourself to see if they work or not for you. If it does not work then what is the harm is adding some extra fruits and vegetables in your diet?

These are their clams. http://www.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/clinical-research/juice-plus-clinical-research.html#.Vc6ZjvlViko

The most I’m interested in helping with is the inflammation though.

SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION

Ease chronic disease through healthy diet, proper nutrition

Juice Plus+ has been shown to support a healthy inflammatory response.

Chronic systemic inflammation is invisible, and can contribute to an increased risk for developing chronic health conditions. Investigators at the University of South Carolina found Juice Plus+ significantly decreased levels of three key biomarkers of inflammation.

I feel if I can reduce the inflammation then I can be active again and gain muscle to help with daily limitations. Before the car wreck I was a size 7 from easy gained muscle from Aqua Zumba. After the car wreck I lost all my muscle and went back to a size 3….this is a problem for me.

So this is another thing added that will hopefully help me and someone else out there thinking of trying juice plus or needs help in recovering from similar issues.

Here is a list of things I do to help with inflammation and staying healthy.

1.) No processed food 80/20 rule Eat 80% organic with 20% allowed from out of control situations.

2.) Anti-inflammatory diet, meaning foods with omega 3’s, brightly colored produce, spices such as turmeric and rosemary        used.

3.) No hydrogen oils, only coconut and olive oil

4.) No Dairy. GOT INFLAMMATION?

5.) Limit on processed sugar

6.) Glut-amine (repairs torn tissue, 10g a day)

7.) Adjustments to the spine and neck

If these changes scare you, then check out some of my recipes on my blog to show I don’t go without good food, I just replace the fake stuff with the real stuff. I still have brownies! I just make them with real whole ingredients!

I started taking juice plus before but had trouble implementing it into my routine. I have taken half a bottle over several months, then my pain became worse from too much daily activity and stress. Which is why I’m determined to use what I invested in my health and take the pills daily from now on. I will update after taking the pills consistently for two months.

Do you have any personal experience with Juice Plus or advice on inflammation? Please comment and share! Questions welcomed as well.

Here’s to Keeping it Real ~Ms. Shawna

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