7 Reasons why you should drink a GREEN JUICE EVERYDAY

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Green juices are the rock stars of the health world. They condense several servings of fruit, vegetables, and other superfoods into a single, easy-to-consume drink. Because so much is packed into one drink, green juices are incredibly nutrient-dense and have an impressive list of health benefits.

That’s why they have so much appeal. There is simply no other way to provide this many benefits and nutrients in a single serving. Nothing compares.

Here are seven benefits you can expect with a daily green juice.

1. Alkalizes the Body

Your body’s pH is like the Goldilocks principle. It can’t be too acidic. It can’t be too alkaline. It needs to be just right (between 7.35 and 7.45 pH).

Your body has natural buffer systems that keep it within the ideal pH range. But when you drink alcohol or consume processed foods it can cause your body to become more acidic.

In response, your body has to pull buffering minerals from elsewhere in the body to maintain your pH. This can result in a wide range of issues including weak bones, fatigue, stiff joints, and digestive problems.

Consuming plenty of green vegetables helps maintain alkalinity. And the easiest way to do that is with a green juice every day.

2. All-Day Energy

When you’re feeling tired, what’s the first thing you reach for? Coffee? A risky energy drink?

While some caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee are perfectly healthy in moderation, they aren’t a remedy for the real reason you’re tired.

An estimated 9 out of 10 people are lacking in key vitamins and minerals (1). When your body is starved of nutrients, it simply won’t work the way it should, leaving you feeling fatigued.

Green juices are the perfect remedy. They provide a near-instant lift in energy. And unlike caffeine or synthetic stimulants, there’s no late-afternoon crash.

3. May Delay Aging

If you don’t eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, and herbs, you are missing out on a key component of wellness: antioxidants.

Antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage, which contributes to physical aging. Studies have linked oxidative damage to the development of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more (2). And the best source for antioxidants is found in fruits and veggies.

In fact, an analysis of 95 studies by scientists from Imperial College London showed remarkable protection against a range of diseases when 10 servings of fruits and vegetables were consumed daily (3).

This protective benefit only came from plants. Green juices give you multiple servings of nutritious superfoods to boost your antioxidant intake.

4. Improves Gut Health

Your gut is the foundation of health. It can be the difference between depression and happiness (4). It affects nearly every aspect of your health. That’s why it’s critical to take steps to ensure your gut is healthy, and drinking green juice supports gut health.

That’s because green juices contain digestive enzymes and prebiotics. Some higher quality green juices even contain probiotics, good bacteria that are recognized for supporting gut health.

All these substances can dramatically improve the health of your gut.

5. Enhances Detoxification

No matter how careful you are, your body is constantly exposed to toxins. They can be found in drinking water, household furniture, food, and the air you breathe.

All these toxins put a huge strain on your liver. Green juices help because many of the ingredients can support a healthy liver.

For example, studies have found that cruciferous vegetables like broccoli can improve phase II detoxification in the liver (5). This means your liver will be more efficient at quickly getting toxins out of your body.

By consuming a green juice every day, you can give your liver a fighting chance against all the toxins you’re exposed to on a daily basis.

6. Supports a Healthy Immune System

Green juices are one of the best ways to support a healthy immune system because they are packed full of nutrition.

Much like a car needs gas, oil, and lubricants, your immune system needs specific nutrients to run properly. Nutrients that must be constantly replenished. If they aren’t, things stop working.

Zinc deficiencies, for example, can make you significantly more susceptible to catching a cold or flu (6). A daily dose of vitamin C is also a must to help keep your immunity strong. Drinking a green juice every day is an easy way to replenish the nutrients your immune system needs.

7. Bioavailable Nutrients

You may be wondering if you’re covered with a multivitamin. The sad truth is, most multivitamins are cooked up in a lab using harsh chemicals and solvents.

These “nutrients” are little more than artificial vitamins which aren’t absorbed well.

Green juices, on the other hand, contain natural vitamins and minerals in their most bioavailable form. With nutritional co-factors and enzymes intact, they are easily absorbed. Your body simply gets more out of a green juice than it does a standard, run-of-the-mill multivitamin.

Go Green with Organic Superfoods

Green juices are one of the best ways to nourish a healthy body. They provide a wide variety of nutrients that can improve your immune system, energy levels, detoxification efforts, gut health, and much more.

To get the most benefit out of your green juices, go organic. For a quick and easy way to make delicious green juices every day, opt for an organic green juice powder with 44 superfoods to optimize your health. Best of all, you can be on your way to a healthy, tasty juice in under a minute.

 

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5 Simple Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

For us at MG Surfline™ a love for our oceans demands our involvement in the fight to protect them and we aspire to be a part of the solution.

We are committed to protecting our Oceans and invite you to do the same.  Let’s implement solutions that we can all work together as a global community.

 

 1. REFUSE single use plastic:
Say no to plastic bags, water bottles, straws, disposable utensils and cups.

When shopping try buying less of the plastic pre-packaged products, choose items that come in glass containers and instead of buying plastic wrapped meat and veggies, buy meats from the butcher wrapped in paper and pack your veggies loose in a reusable shopping bag.  Remember ingesting food packaged in plastic may expose you to harmful plastic chemicals like BPA.

2. REPLACE plastic products with reusable long lasting alternatives & REUSE everyday plastic products when possible:

Here are some ideas:

Plastic shopping bags – replace & bring your own reusable bags.

Plastic water bottles – replace with metal/glass reusable bottles.

Plastic containers, zip-top bags & tupperware – replace with glass containers.

Plastic lined cups & plastic lids – replace with a to-go stainless steel thermos mug.

Plastic plates – replace with paper plates.

Plastic utensils – replace with reusable bamboo to-go utensils.

Check out our blog post on 7 HEALTHIER & BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO SINGLE USE PLASTIC.

3. RECYCLE, it really does make a difference:

Imagine plastic products as a resource to be captured and used, instead of waste to be disposed of.  If you must use plastic, choose the most commonly recycled plastics: #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE).  You would be amazed at all the products that are being created with what we recycle.  Make sure to check your community guidelines for recycling properly.

4. GET INVOLVED in your community:
Join your community at local beach clean ups.  We announce our beach clean ups in our News section, stay up to date and join us!  If you see trash at the beach, in the park or in the water pick it up and dispose of it properly.

Join non-profit organizations and get involved in changing legislation.

Promote corporate responsibility by asking businesses to take responsibility for their products and their packaging.

5. Be a conscious consumer & SUPPORT sustainable businesses:

As consumer we have the power to change the world.  Every time you make a purchase you are casting a vote for what you want and how you want the world to be.  Vote for companies and products that are made responsibly. Sustainably and ethically is the way business should be done.

Learn more on how we turn recycled plastic bottles into amazing waterwear and our ongoing efforts for a plastic free ocean.

 

8 Sad Truths about Plastic Pollution in our Oceans

As a professional kitesurfer and marine biologist I have had the opportunity to travel around the world.   From my local beach in Florida to the beautiful beaches of my home country, Costa Rica, to the exotic islands in the South Pacific, sadly I’ve seen 1st hand that there is no shoreline untouched by plastic pollution.

We live in a time where not only our ocean’s health is threatened, but so is our way of life.  The very thought of a world where the ocean had become too unhealthy to enjoy it terrifies me.  I would be completely heartbroken and devastated if one day the only things our unborn grandchildren will know of the oceans are the stories we tell them… How the ocean once made us feel alive, free and happy.

The global issue of ocean plastic pollution is a pressing reality and it adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and us.

Plastic Pollution Facts:

1. Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in the oceans, making up to about 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces.  80% of that plastic pollution comes from land.

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2.  According to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation report, it is estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.   Due to ocean currents garbage floating in the ocean gathers in 5 giant patches, the largest being the Great Pacific garbage patch, estimated to be twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one.  The report also suggests that by 2050 there may be more plastic in the ocean than fish!

3. Plastic is approximately 90% of all trash floating in the oceans.

4.  Plastic does not biodegrade.  Instead it is broken down into smaller pieces by the sun. Some float yet some sink affecting the entire water column.  It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade.

5. Plastic pollution has a direct and deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of seabirds and sea turtles, and marine mammals are killed each year after ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it.  Almost half of all seabird species, 22% of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic found in or around their bodies.

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6. Plastic pollution affects human health too.  Plastic chemicals such as BPA (Bisphenol A) can be absorbed by the body and may be linked to certain cancers, can alter hormones and have other potential negative effects on human health.  Most packaged food and beverage cans are lined with BPA and dietary intake is believed to be the biggest exposure point in adults.

7. Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.  A staggering 50% of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.

8.  Despite a growing worldwide demand for plastic, only 5% of the plastic produced is recycled effectively.  Approximately 40% of plastics go to landfills, and a third of these plastics end up in fragile ecosystems such as our oceans.  Landfills are among the biggest contributors to soil pollution.  About 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled.

These Sad Truths have motivated me to make personal and professional changes to the way in which I choose to live.  I’m constantly doing research and investigating new ways to live as sustainably as possible.

The global issue of plastic pollution is a driving force behind all our operating decision at MG Surfline™.  We made a company pledge when we first launched and hold true to our mission.

The good news is there is hope and there are simple ways to rise above plastic that we can all work on together as a global community.  Join us in our mission for a plastic free ocean.  Learn how you can make an impact with these 5 Simple Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution.