PREPARING FOR A JUICE CLEANSE

The best way to succeed in anything that you do, is to make sure you have a plan. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. With health and fitness, a more accurate description would be to have a realistic plan. Don’t plan on losing weight overnight! At Green Press we aim to help you to reach your goals and help you reach a state of healthy well-being.

To help you achieve these goals, we offer a complimentary nutritional assessment so that we can give you tips on how to improve your health after your cleanse is over. We will provide some dietary and lifestyle recommendations based on the information you provide on your assessment. The assessment is completed by a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is kept confidential.

Our goal is to place the least shock on your body when starting a juice program. For this reason, if you aren’t sure if you want to do a complete juice fast or a program where you can eat you can always email us at info@greenpress.ca or call us in store to get some advice.

The best way to prepare for a juice cleanse is to clean up your diet by slowly eliminating fast foods, processed foods, packaged foods, junk foods, reduce caffeine intake, alcohol, and refined sugar. This will ease your way into a juice cleanse or fast.   If you intend on doing a juice fast, it is highly recommended that you start with a juice cleanse, the program where you are still able to eat food to ease your way into the fast to avoid sudden shock to your body.

If you have any questions please speak to one of our nutritionists in store, or email us at info@greenpress.ca

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

Fresh fruit and vegetables have remarkable healing properties. At Green Press we have created juice concoctions that are both delicious and nutrient packed. We select ingredients that have health benefits both physically and mentally and combine them with nature’s sweet tasting fruits to create a more appealing health drink.

Activated Coconut Charcoal

Activated Coconut what?! Yup! That’s right! Activated coconut charcoal has been used for thousands of years to soak up poisons and improve intestinal health. Beyond the use in hospitals as an antidote for drugs and poisons, activated charcoal is used as a global remedy for general detoxification, digestion issues, gas, and bloating.

Activated coconut charcoal works by binding to toxins and gas and helps remove them from the body. It can absorb up to 100 times its weight in toxins! It can clean the CRAP out of you!!

Apple

A very common saying we all know, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. There is truth behind it! Now, combine the apple with a concentrated amount of other leafy greens like spinach and kale and you have a nutritional powerhouse of a drink.

Apple’s have anti-oxidant properties, help with cardiovascular health, & blood sugar regulation properties. They also taste great so we love adding them to our juice!

Aloe vera

The inside flesh of aloe vera is a gel like substance with numerous benefits. It is an excellent addition to your diet to maintain healthy digestion. Aloe vera supports a healthy digestive system, supports a healthy immune system, and assists in antioxidant support. Aloe vera also has over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and fatty acids! Aloe vera contains all 8 essential amino acids that are essential for our bodies.

Aloe, just like seaweed and chia seeds is a gelatinous plant food. The main benefits of these plant foods in your diet is that these gels move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way and get eliminated through the colon.

Aloe is also a great for alkalizing the body and helps balance an overly acidic diet.

Concerned with your skin? Well aloe vera has got you covered! Known for its skin healing properties, its no secret why aloe is one of the primary ingredients in the cosmetic industry.

Beetroot

The rich color is due to the high content of betacyanin, which significantly helps reduce homocysteine levels. Beets are a very powerful blood and liver cleanser. They are loaded with Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and C.

Beets are very alkalizing to the body. Beet juice can act as a powerful solvent for inorganic calcium deposits that can cause arteries to harden. The cellulose content helps to ease bowel movements and can help relieve constipation.

Beets contain choline. This can help detoxify the liver, as well as help with alcohol detox. When beets and carrots are combined, they have the ability to improve the health of both the kidney and gallbladder organs.

Carrot

Carrots have a bad reputation for being high in sugar, but they also act as a blood sugar regulator. We realize the paradox, but anyone with normal blood sugar levels should not have to worry about the sugar content in carrots as it wont cause any adverse affects. Those with diabetes are given specific juices to match their dietary intake recommendations based on their conditions.

Carrots have an excellent source of Vitamin A, vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6. They contain numerious phytonutrieints including lutein, & lycopene.

Carrots are a great way to improve eye-sight, very important for the detoxification process in our body, helps reduce inflammation, increases the immune system, and promotes kidney health.

Celery

Celery juice has been associated with reducing blood pressure. Celery contains a compound called phtalides, which work to help relax the muscles around the arteries, One of the most important benefits it has is that ability to balance the body’s pH. It has a very alkalizing effect on our body. Celery juice makes the perfect post work out drink as it helps athletes replace lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body.

The mineral content in celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system.

Cucumber

Cucumber contains about 96% water, a high percentage of Vitamin A, C, folate, manganese, potassium, molybdenum, silica, & sulfur. Cucumbers help in regulating the body’s blood pH, and neutralizing acidity in the body.

Cucumber juice is a great diuretic, which promotes the removal of waste through urination as well as assists with dissolution of kidney stones.

The silicon and sulfur content in cucumber are important for the promotion of hair growth.

Cucumbers are very hydrating, and help with many skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

E3 Live

E3 Live is one of mother nature’s most nutrient dense food. E3 Live, an all organic super food, is a blue green algae that provides 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. It is a very rich source of chlorophyll.

E3 Live benefits:

– increased energy and endurance

– supports a healthy digestive system

– faster recovery time after exercise

– long lasting energy boost (Step aside Red BULL!)

– supports healthy skin, nails and hair

Ginger

Ginger has been used traditionally as a healing herb throughout the world. Ginger has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can act as anti-coagulant, which in turn can reduce your risk for atherosclerosis. Ginger is very effective in reducing nausea, heartburn, and indigestion.

Ginger helps with reducing the symptoms of flue and cold and can help boost your immune system. It also adds bite when added to juice.

Kale

If you haven’t already heard of Kale, and all the great benefits it contains here is our quick summary. Kale contains a very rich source of chlorophyll, which makes it a very healing vegetable. It contains Omega 3 ALA, rich in calcium, copper, iron, potassium, and Vitamin B1, B2, C, E and K.

Kale’s high source of calcium may help with increasing bone density. Kale helps with reducing the inflammation in the body as well as improving the hemoglobin level in one’s body.

Kale even has PROTIEN! Yes, that’s right! Many people are under the impression that vegetables don’t have any protein in them, however they do. When these vegetables are juiced, the protein content is significant and in a concentrated form in each bottle of juice.

Lemon

Although lemons are acidic, they have an alkalizing effect in our body. Lemons offset the bitter taste of some leafy greens, and with the high content of Vitamin C, makes it the perfect natural preservative to add to our juice to increase its shelf life. At Green Press we believe that drinking these vegetables should be raw and in their natural form without having to add or tamper with the final product. Adding lemon juice to our drinks reduces the rate of oxidation, thus making it an essential component to our juice.

Orange

Well known for its high Vitamin C content make the perfect addition to any cold pressed juice to enhance flavor while adding nutritional benefits of its own.

Oranges protect against free radical damage and significantly helps boost your immune system.

Parsley

These tiny leaves are chlorophyll rich and considered a nutrition powerhouse. Parsley is very high in vitamin A, B, C and K, folate and iron. It also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. The high chlorophyll content in parsley makes in an excellent blood purifier. The vitamin C allows the body to easily absorb the iron content present in parsley.

Adding parsley to juice is also a great way to help reduce bad breath (halitosis), which is a sign of a toxic colon.

Parsley is beneficial for a wide range of problems such as helping with helping with urinary tract problems, reduces bloating, supports hair health, and heart health.

Pear

Pears are a great source of Vitamin C, boron, and potassium. Pears are loaded with phytonutrients, which include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoids. Pears have a very low acidity making them fairly easy to digest.

Pineapple

Added to our cold pressed juices brings the tropics right into the bottle of juice! Pineapple’s are very high in Vitamin C, manganese and copper.. Pineapple contains bromelain, found in the core of the pineapple, which is very important for the digestion of protein in our body. Pineapples contain enzymes that help with digestion in the intestinal tract.

Pineapples are very refreshing, delicious and have antioxidant protection while providing immune support.

Spinach

Leafy greens like spinach are highly beneficial to add to juice. Spinach is great for cleansing the body. It is one of the most nutrient packed vegetables containing an excellent source of chlorophyll, vitamins A, B complex, C, E, & K. Spinach is high in iron, combining spinach with lemon for the high vitamin C content makes the iron easily absorbable.

Spinach is very alkalizing to the body and works as a great anti-inflammatory. It assists the body with improving digestion health.

Turmeric

Looks like ginger on the outside, but on the side is a deep orange colour. Turmeric is has been traditionally used in Indian and Chinese medicine to treat flatulence, jaundice, menstrual problems, bloody urine, hemorrhage, tooth aches, bruises, chest pain, and colic conditions.

Turmeric is a very strong yet safe anti-inflammatory that has been effective treatment for improving liver function, cardiovascular health, brain health (protection against Alzheimer’s Disease) lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation in joints and inhibiting cancer cell growth.

What is cold pressed juice and why is it better than regular juice?

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The cold pressed method that we use involves a two step process that first crushes the produce then squeezes the juice out of it. Other juicing methods create heat during the juicing process,which destroy enzymes and nutrients. Our juicer is a hydraulic press that helps keep the enzymes and nutrients intact, as well as reduces the amount of oxidation of the juice to help keep it fresh.

Why do you use glass and not plastic?

There are many reasons we use glass. Firstly, juice tastes so much better in glass. We’ve experimented the same recipes in glass and plastic and found that there was a significant difference in the way the juice tastes after 2 days. Plastic is extremely harmful for the environment, and for our bodies too! The chemicals that can leach out of the plastics into your juice are endocrine disrupters and can play around with hormones. Yuck! You don’t want that! Yes, even BPA free plastic bottles can leach estrogen mimicking compounds into the food. Look it up! And besides… Why would you pay so much for organic produce and then place it into a plastic bottle. The whole point is to avoid chemicals and pesticides

Do you pasteurize your juice?

No we don’t use any sort of pasteurization. No HPP either! For this reason we must issue this Warning: Our products have not been pasteurized and, therefore, may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.

What is HPP?

We do not use this method of pasteurization either. HPP= High Pressure Pasteurization. HPP is a method of food processing where food is subjected to very high pressures, with or without the addition of heat, to achieve microbial inactivation. This is done to elongate the shelf life of the juice. We do NOT use HPP or any other pasteurization methods as this destroys some of the nutrients and enzymes in the juice.

Are you 100% organic?

Yes, all our products are 100% organic. We also try to use local produce whenever possible to support our local farmers. Buying local produce is also very important to us to support our local farmers.  Whenever possible we always buy local organic.

Can everyone do a juice cleanse/fast?

No. Cleanses and detoxification programs are not meant for everyone. Our juices contain no preservatives or additives however our juice cleanse/fast programs temporarily restrict protein and fat. Therefore, pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and elderly are not advised to do a juice fast. Incorporating green juice into one’s daily diet is recommended for these groups of people as this does not restrict the remainder of the diet.

Can I still eat while I am juicing?

Depending on what program you chose, we do have options where you can still eat on your cleanse. We have created a juice cleanse program where you are still able to eat and enjoy three juices per day. We have listed out foods that you can eat and foods you cant eat during this program. When you are doing a juice fast you should only be drinking juice

What is the difference between a juice cleanse and a juice fast?

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At Green Press, we have differentiated between the two because different people have different health/fitness requirements and goals. A juice cleanse consists of both juice and some foods, whereas a juice fast is strictly juice with no foods allowed during this program. Due to the drastic change in diet that one would experience going from their normal diet to a juice fast, at Green Press we have created a program that allows for some food during the cleanse. Please see list of foods allowed and foods to avoid. A juice cleanse is also a great way to ease into a juice fast for those who would like to do a juice fast.

What kind of foods can I eat during my cleanse and what should I avoid?

If I am having severe symptoms should I stop my cleanse/fast?

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Depending on how severe your symptoms are, always remember that it may get worse before it gets better. It takes a few days for your body to get rid of toxins, hence the symptoms, but the symptoms eventually go away and you start to feel the benefits of the cleanse. Try to get as much rest as possible during the cleanse is this is an essential part of cleansing.

Will I lose weight?

It is important to note that you may lose weight, but the purpose of a cleanse is not solely for weight loss. The purpose is to kick start your metabolism and cleanse out any toxins lingering around that may halt your weight loss. Cleansing will help you get rid of toxins as well as set you on your way to healthy eating and living. Most of our clients to lose weight and keep it off if they continue with a healthy diet after the cleanse is complete. It is very important to continue with eating healthy to maintain the benefits you receive during the cleanse.

Can I continue to incorporate green juice into my diet?

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Absolutely! Every bottle of 500 ml juice gives you 2-3 lbs of produce per bottle. Health Canada recommends 7-10 servings of vegetables per day. Many people have a difficult time reaching that target with a busy and hectic lifestyle. Juicing is a great way of incorporating a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet as well as an easy and effective way to get those daily vegetable requirements.

Can I cleanse while I’m sick or on medications?

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Cleansing while trying to overcome an illness is not recommended as it is important to consume a balanced diet that includes protein to ensure proper immune function. We do offer immune booster elixirs to help you recover quicker. Please speak to one of our Nutritionists for more information. Most medications are okay to be taken during a cleanse, however, just to be safe please ensure you list any medications you are taking and for what reason on your assessment form as some of our ingredients may interact with certain medications

Can I still exercise during my cleanse/fast?

Yes and no. Yes, if you are doing a juice cleanse, where certain foods are still permissible you will find that you still have energy for physical activity, and if you would like to continue with your workout regimen you are encouraged to do so. Anyone doing a juice fast is not advised to engage in high intensity exercise due to the restriction in calories and decrease in protein in diet. Stick to walking, swimming, yoga, stretching as these are great forms of light exercise during a juice fast.

What should I eat after my cleanse is over?

You should continue with a healthy diet avoiding processed foods (pasta, bread, prepackaged foods, prepackaged soup, dressing), refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, dairy, soda, and refined flour. You should ease off your cleanse similar to how you eased in, but with closer attention to what you are eating to continue into a healthier lifestyle.

You can always ease off your juice fast with our juice program where you can eat. We provide you a list of foods that you can have and foods to avoid.

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