Juicing, Earthing, Antioxidants…Oh My!


The following is a post by natural health and footwear expert David Gelfand.

green-juiceIt wasn’t until recently that I had fully understood or begun to appreciate this newborn trend of juicing. I had slept through my alarm and was hastily throwing on my socks when I was startled by the clashing and spinning noise downstairs. As I made my way downstairs, I saw my mother standing in the kitchen with a brand spanking new machine in front of her. It was chrome, metallic color and looked pretty cool…whatever it was. As my mom stuck carrots and celery in the top, a cup below was slowly being filled with some sort of juice that appeared supplement-like. Something you’d see a bodybuilder adding protein to after a bout at the gym.


“David, take this with you on your way to work. It’s organic and full of antioxidants. You’ll feel great,” explained my mom.


“Whatever you say,” I replied as I rushed out the door, plastic cup in hand.


You know, it’s funny (but not surprising) how the words “organic” and “antioxidant” so quickly widen the eyes of listeners and readers. It’s a buzzword that spikes someone’s curiosity and takes them from skeptic to willing participant.


Despite my reluctance, the antioxidant-filled juice that my mom made me that morning was remarkable. It’s not always easy to get in 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, so a solution such as juicing is almost a no-brainer. Cooking and heating processed foods alters the chemical composition of foods in their natural state and, as a result, destroys their micronutrients. Eating naturally this way is a great source of organic and antioxidant-filled foods. I’ve added juicing to my daily diet, but what else can we do naturally to live an energetic life in optimal health?


While there are plenty of items you can spend money on to treat your body, it seems foolish to do so if you can get the same results at no cost.


There’s a growing concept in the medical community known as earthing or grounding. It’s relatively simple and based on nothing more than walking barefoot on the earth’s surface. That calm, peaceful feeling that you experience when walking barefoot has some science behind it.


Studies have shown that maintaining a direct connection between our bodies and the earth’s surface is beneficial to our health. Stresses and toxins in our daily lives create a harmful build-up of free radicals in our bodies. Too much of this can wreak havoc on our bodies’ healthy cells and create oxidative stress. Fortunately, we have the Earth, a giant magnet with an endless supply of electrons available to us.


Think of these electrons similarly to the micronutrients in juicing. They’re the natural antioxidants that our bodies need to neutralize harmful free radicals and stabilize our bodies’ frequencies. It’s this connection with the earth that allows us to balance our body and promote optimal health.

Juil Sandals

Juil is revolutionizing the footwear industry with their earthing shoes and sandals. Whereas most footwear insulates our bodies from the earth and prevent us from gaining all of the antioxidant-like electrons, Juil earthing shoes connect you directly to the earth’s surface. By placing copper “dots” in their footwear, Juil provides you with a natural conduit between your body and the earth’s surface.


To learn more about earthing and Juil, check them out at www.juil.com


DavidGelfandDavid Gelfand Bio – David is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has since joined the team at Juil. He works as a content and communications director, conducting ongoing research within the footwear and natural health industries. In his spare time, David spends his time traveling, reading non-fiction, and trying new wheat beers.


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