Superjuice your life!
Natural Juice Therapy (NJT) has been around in one guise or another for many centuries. It has been used by some of the world’s most renowned leaders in nutritional therapy for use in the prevention and treatment of disease.
NJT uses the unique blend of healing properties found within the natural juices of fruits and vegetables to aid the body to optimum health. A healthy diet with fresh juices made at home can be an ideal way to detoxify the body, lose any extra weight, and maintain good health.
Some people limit their diets to drinking fresh juice for a period of time to perform a juice cleanse. Others include juice to supplement their meals daily. Can this be too much of a good thing? Is juicing unhealthy?
Fresh juice contains numerous vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that are necessary for optimal health. The nutrients in fresh juice help to boost the immune system, support metabolism and promote cell growth. Antioxidants in homemade juice also help remove cancer-causing free radicals.
Fruits and vegetables that are used for juicing provide so many nutrients the body needs, but juice from this produce does not contain everything the body needs. There is little or no protein in juice from produce. Juicing also removes most of the fiber contained in produce which may be beneficial short-term but detrimental long-term.
So a long-term juice fast may be detrimental to your health due to a lack of protein and fiber. But for those who want a prolonged juice fast it’s possible to add a protein supplement to the juice like spirulina.
Spirulina protein powder is made from fresh-water algae and is one of only a handful of complete plant-based protein sources. See our store page for our recommended products.
Another option for adding protein to fresh juice is to use whey protein powder. Protein can be added with soy milk or almond milk. Even with adding protein, the homemade juice is still missing healthy fats and fiber.
Fiber is an essential part of the diet. The fiber we consume helps us eliminate waste. When we consume fiber with other foods, the fiber slows the absorption of sugar and helps prevent blood sugar level spikes.
Just fruit juices can cause a rise in blood sugar level spikes which can be dangerous for people with diabetes. This is why juicing around 80% vegetables to 20% fruit is recommended. Many vegetables are low in sugar and more nutrient dense than fruits.
Short-term juice fasts have several benefits. A short-term juice fast can be performed as a cleanse, to kick-start weight loss, detoxify, or help recover from illness.
Shopping List ‘Juice on the go!’
‘Suggested 'Boosts'’ 50g Spirulina Supplement 50g Superfood Supplement 50g Probiotic (friendly bacteria) Supplement 50g Wheatgrass Supplement
3 lemons (wax free if possible) 2 limes 35 apples (not Granny Smiths, they don’t juice well) 3 medium pineapples 1 banana 3 avocados (ripe) 2½ cucumbers 5 carrots 4 sticks of celery 1 head of broccoli 1 raw beetroot 1 courgette 1 large stem of fresh ginger root 1 bag watercress 1 bag spinach 1 bag kale 1 bag or pot fresh parsley 1 bag alfalfa sprouts (found in any good health shop) 1 jar of cinnamon (this will last all 7 days) 200g unsweetened bio-live yogurt or dairy free alternative 50g of powder wheatgrass (see store for options) Lots of ice cubes (buy from the freezer department or make at home) 1 bulb of fresh fennel 1 small bag or pot of fresh mint
Essentials Handy juice bottles available Available from the online store.