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health – The Urban Juicer Blog



If you’re anything like me, some days you just crave a good starch: pasta, mashed potatoes, bread…you name it. Unfortunately, those foods are not especially valuable for long-term nutrition. They provide quick bursts of energy, but a crash is usually pretty imminent. Thankfully, there’s a healthier substitute that I think will satisfy your craving! Enter: the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes share many qualities with white potatoes, but with a healthier spin. Let’s take a look at 5 of the top health benefits that sweet potatoes have to offer: Big On Beta Carotene Sweet potatoes are packed with a carotenoid called Beta Carotene. Carotenoids are the pigments that give red, yellow, and orange produce their color. When consumed, the body converts a sweet potato’s Beta Carotene into Vitamin A. In fact, one big sweet potato provides 100% of the FDA’s daily recommended value of Vitamin A! As far as its practical…

Bee Pollen is a 100% natural source of nearly every nutrient that humans need to live well! Each granule of bee pollen is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, lipids, flavonoids, and protein, making it a powerfully potent tool for improving one’s health. You may be familiar with the fact that local honey (because of bee pollen) provides relief from environmental allergies, but allergies are just one of many conditions bee pollen has shown to remedy. Let’s take a look at some other proven benefits of consuming bee pollen: Let’s start by talking about a surface-level benefit—literally. Bee pollen is often used in ointments made to soothe irritated and inflamed skin caused by eczema and psoriasis. The enzymes and amino acids present in bee pollen help regenerate damaged skin cells and protect them from future damage.  Secondly, bee pollen is a great digestive aid. Its enzymes assist in breaking…

Activated Charcoal is recognized as an age-old remedy for victims of poisoning. Activated charcoal also started showing up in health-focused foods and beverages as a way of combatting the toxins that we ingest in processed foods each day. It may just be a fine black powder, but activated charcoal packs a powerful punch when it comes to promoting digestive health. What is it, and how does it work? Food-grade activated charcoal comes from coconut shell-based charcoal. It becomes ‘activated’ when the charcoal is brought to extreme temperatures in the presence of steam. This process produces millions of micro-pores on the surface of the carbon. Each pore is so small and complex that just one teaspoon of activated charcoal has the same surface area as half a football field. That’s crazy! It’s these microscopic pores that allow activated charcoal to do their job. Activated charcoal is an adsorbent (not to be…