FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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JUICE
SMOOTHIES
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JUICE

Q: What kind of juicer do you use?
Our juice is extracted using a centrifugal juicer. Traditionally, this is the most common type of juicer. These machines use a circular metal blade that spins against a mesh filter at high speed, separating the juice from the flesh using centrifugal force. During this process, the juice and pulp are filtered into separate containers.

Q: What makes your juice different from what I can buy at my local grocery store?
Most juice on grocery store shelves is pasteurized to reduce pathogens, This is typically done in one of two different ways: Through flash-pasteurization, a process that heats juice to high temperatures, or through high-pressure processing (HPP), which uses high pressure to achieve the same result. Unfortunately, both methods sterilize the juice and thus destroy nutrients and kill live enzymes. This also results in diminished flavor.

Q: What is the shelf life of your juice?
We think it’s best to drink our juices immediately after they are extracted and purchased, this is when nutritional value and flavor is at its peak. As soon as any juice meets the air it begins to oxidize, this causes live enzymes in the juice break down and die, compromising the juice’s nutritional value. Even though storing our juices in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed glass jar (filled to the top) slows the oxidization process, to take full advantage of the live enzymes and nutrients in your juice, we recommend consuming it as soon as possible after extraction.

Q: How fresh is your juice?
All of our centrifugal juices are made to-order with the fresh, high-quality produce.

Q: What are the benefits of drinking juice?
Freshly extracted juice offers us condensed essential nutrients in a low-calorie form, containing everything the standard American diet lacks with high-calorie, nutrient poor foods.

When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream letting your body efficiently absorb all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables in your juice. Natural, plant-based vitamins and minerals are very easily and completely absorbed by the body.

The stomach requires a lot of the body’s energy to break down food, and drinking juice gives your digestive organs a much-needed rest. When you consume raw juice, the breakdown process is reduce dramatically, cutting the time that food stays in the stomach. Liquid nutrients are digested and absorbed more quickly, and this is why you often feel the positive effects of juices right away. Every part of the digestive process is affected: from faster digestive breakdown in the stomach, to more efficient assimilation of nutrients entering cells, and even quicker elimination of toxins and waste by the colon, kidneys, and skin. In short, we become the epitome of a well-oiled machine when we regularly consume fresh juices.

We think it’s best to drink our juices immediately after they are extracted, this is when nutritional value and flavor is at its peak.  As soon as any juice meets the air it begins to oxidize, compromising its nutritional value. Even though storing our juices in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed glass jar (filled to the top) slows this process, to take full advantage of the live enzymes and nutrients in your juice, we recommend consuming it as soon as possible after extraction.

The best time to drink juice is on an empty stomach or at least an hour before eating a meal. This maximizes the amount of nutrients absorbed into the body. Of course, freshly extracted juice is still loaded with health benefits even if you can’t drink it during the recommended window.

Because fresh juice contains copious amounts of live enzymes, as well as bioactive vitamins and minerals, as you incorporate juice into your diet you may expect to experience at least some of these benefits, regardless of where you are on your health journey:

  • Better pH balance
  • Improved immune response
  • Slowed aging
  • Improved recovery and healing
  • Cellular detoxification and cleansing
  • Normalized body chemistry
  • Loss of excess body fat
  • More youthful skin
  • Brighter eyes
  • More energy
  • Better quality sleep
  • Improved mood and mental focus

 

SMOOTHIES

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Unlike juice, smoothies are made in a blender, and retain the natural fiber of their ingredients. Blending fruits and vegetables creates a thicker texture that you can almost chew. Both juice and smoothies provide your body with essential nutrients and live enzymes that help your body’s natural digestion and detoxification processes.

Q: What are “superfoods?”
Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are calorie light and nutrient dense. This means these foods pack quite a nutritional punch for their weight. Superfoods are a superior source of antioxidants and essential nutrients – nutrients that we need but cannot make ourselves.

Q: What superfoods are available at Thrive? 

SPIRULINA
Green super foods have the highest concentration of easily digestible nutrients, fat bringing compounds, and vitamins and minerals to heal and protect the body. Spirulina is a cultivated micro-algae that has been consumed by indigenous people in Mexico and Africa for thousands of years. It is one of the highest known protein sources on the Earth, containing 70% complete protein (cooked steak only contains about 25% complete protein).

  • High in antioxidants
  • Supports the immune system
  • Can help control blood sugar levels
  • Increases stamina
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral
  • Rich in protein, iron, and beta-carotene
  • Aids digestion by helping to establish healthy flora in the gut and intestines

CHIA SEEDS
Fruit and nut superfoods are high in antioxidants and fight free radicals in the body. Chia seeds are an ancient South American staple used to increase stamina and build strength. They not only contain protein, but a wealth of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals (notably calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and iron). Only 1TBS has more than 1/4 of the daily requirement for fiber. These tiny little seeds also aid in weight loss by expanding in your stomach and making you feel fuller for a longer period of time (1 chia seed absorbs about 9 times its weight in water).

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Exceptionally high in Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Helps to regulate insulin levels

GOJI BERRIES (pronounced “goo-chee”)
Goji berries are grown on vines in the protected valleys of inner Mongolia and Tibet. These little red berries are the most nutrient-dense fruit on the planet; one of the most potent super foods. Rich in vitamin C, goji berries have 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges (actually more than any other fruit). They also contain an ideal balance of protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber and contain 18 amino acids (all 8 essential ones), and 21 trace minerals.

  • Rich source of antioxidants
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral
  • Known for increased longevity
  • Boosts libido
  • Contains vitamin C, zinc, riboflavin, iron, and selenium

ACAI BERRY POWDER (pronounced “ah-sigh-EE”)
Acai berries have long been part of the staple diet of the tribes in the Amazon, a sought-after berry for energy, stamina, skin health, and heart health. These berries have powerful antioxidant properties thanks to high levels of anthocyanins (pigments also found in red wine).

  • Exceptionally high antioxidant ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity: a method of measuring antioxidant capacities in biological samples in vitro)
  • Boosts longevity
  • Packed with vitamins, minerals, and plant sterols (thought to lower cholesterol)
  • Healthy monounsaturated fats (rare for a berry), including Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids
  • Rich in protein

MACA POWDER
Maca powder comes form the Maca root, a flavorful ancient superfood from Peru. Maca has been cultivated for over 2000 years and was consumed by Inca warriors to increase strength and endurance. This malty, earthy root is a member of a very special class of plants known as adaptogens, reputed to help the body adapt to its environment and resist the harmful effects of stress. This nutritious food has traditionally been used to gain sustained energy, promote sexual desire, support fertility, and enhance immune system strength and function.

  • Helps improve mood
  • Protein-rich
  • Helps build red blood cells
  • Decreases recover time after workouts

RAW COCOA NIBS
Raw cocoa beans are an unprocessed form of chocolate and contain possibly the world’s most concentrated source of antioxidants found in any food. They are also extremely high in magnesium, a major mineral we are most commonly deficient in even when following a balanced diet.

  • Exceptionally high antioxidant ORAC value
  • Excellent source of minerals, particularly magnesium, iron and calcium
  • Boosts mood

COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil’s saturated fat is one of the medium-chain fatty acid variety, which digests more easily and it utilized differently by the body than other saturated fats (such as fat in butter, meat, and eggs). Other saturated fats are stored in the body’s cells, while the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver where they are converted into energy.

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral

ECHINAECA
Herbs as medicine are essentially body balancers that work with body functions to heal and regulate itself. The Echinacea herb is used as a natural antibiotic and immune system stimulator, helping to build up resistance. It is effective because of its ability to stimulate the lymph flow in the body. Lymphs run parallel with our bloodstream and carry toxins out of the body. Most recently, the herb has grown in popularity for treating infections and cancers.

MATCHA GREEN TEA POWDER
These chlorophyll-rich leaves are handpicked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder. The health benefits of matcha tea exceeds those of steeped green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.

  • Exceptionally high EGCg antioxidant ORAC value (EGCg is the most widely recognized cancer fighting antioxidant)
  • Increases energy levels and endurance
  • Promotes metal clarity, memory, concentration and calmness
  • Contains vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium
  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Helps the regulate blood sugar
  • Has thermogenic properties and promotes fat loss

FLAXSEEDS (or ground flax)
Flaxseeds are nutritionally unique and offer unique health benefits not found in most other seeds within the seed food group. This uniqueness relates to three specific nutrient aspects: Omega 3 fatty acids, lignans, and mucilage (gum) content.

  • Number one source of Omega 3 fatty acids in all foods
  • Exceptionally high in fiber (lignans are fiber-like compounds that also produce antioxidant protection, while mucilage content refers to a water-soluble, gel-forming fiber that can provide special support to the intestinal tract)
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Excellent source of antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory

HEMP SEEDS (hemp hearts)
Hemp offers a complete source of plant-based protein, essential fatty acids, and many minerals. Hulled hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts) are small, nutty in flavor, and can be eaten in their raw form. They are a wonderful bodybuilding food for for strength, endurance, cardiovascular health, and joint health. Hemp is also among the most alkaline-forming of all nuts and seeds, helping balance the chemistry of the body as an anti-inflammatory food.

  • Rich in protein
  • Rich in essential acids, particularly, Linoleic and Omega 3 and 6
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure

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Q: Why organic?
We strive to use locally sourced and organic ingredients, whenever possible. This desire comes from our shared belief that the best ingredients make the best food. Organic farming uses methods that minimize the use of toxins while building soil quality and protecting water quality. Additionally, buying organic supports chemical and pesticide-free practices that are healthier for our farmers, our planet, and our consumers. Lastly, we feel that organic foods have more intense and delicious flavors.