Frequently Asked Questions
Why drink raw juice?
Drinking fresh raw juice is beneficial for a huge number of reasons. One internet search will offer an overwhelming number of pages dedicated to juicing and consuming raw foods in general. You may get lost in what seems like a new language and as with everything, there is a lot of contrasting information out there. Simply put, it is a quick and easy way to add more nutrients to your diet. Yes, consuming whole foods is obviously key to a healthy balanced diet also, but it would be very hard to eat the massive amount of produce that goes into one juice in one meal alone. Today's standard Western diet is high in processed foods and tends to be lacking in micronutrients and overloaded with macronutrients like protein. Hence, juicing is just an easy way to meet your RDA of vitamins and minerals.
Occasionally replacing a meal with a juice gives your digestive system a break, while your body still gets the nutrients it craves. The lack of fibre in the juices means the vitamins and enzymes bypass the digestive system and quickly enter the bloodstream. This gives the body time to concentrate on healing rather than digesting. This 'healing' is what makes juicing so beneficial. Long term experiences often reported are clearer skin, increased energy levels, improvement in mood, and even reversal of serious illnesses. Yes, juicing can be so powerful that a Dr. Max Gerson created a special treatment using cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices as one of the main elements. This therapy can help treat degenerative diseases by boosting the body's own natural healing abilities. (http://gerson.org/gerpress/the-gerson-therapy/)
What is the difference between a smoothie and a juice?
A smoothie tends to be a blended mix of whole fruits. Juices are extracted from the whole fruit or vegetable. The bulk of the fruit and vegetables are removed from juices allowing you to heavily increase the amount of produce you can consume in one go. Fibre is of course one of the most important elements of every diet, but by taking it out of a drink (and still eating a fibre rich diet) you can drastically up the number of nutrients you consume without taxing your digestive system. For example, eating 5 large carrots would take time and energy to break down whereas one glass of carrot juice would be absorbed into your system in about 15 minutes. Understandably, some people question losing all of that fibre because we all know we need for our digestive systems to work properly. Therefore we are not advocating that you drink juice at the expense of fibre-rich foods, merely that raw juice compliments a high fibre diet so you get the best of both worlds.
What are “cold-pressed” juices?
There are different types of juicers so there are different types of fresh juices. All are undoubtedly beneficial for your body, but cold-pressed juices contain a higher number of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and they also last longer. This is because the vegetables aren’t exposed to as much heat. The produce is gently crushed and pressed rather than extracted through blades which tend to heat up. Centrifugal juicers are the most commonly used juicers that use this fast bladed method. They still create a healthy juice, but you need to consume the juice straight away as the vitamins begin to die as soon as they reach your cup. Cold-pressed juices made using a hydraulic press juicer stay ‘live’ for up to 3-4 days and no heat means a more nutritional, healing juice. The single most important thing you are getting from raw juice is the enzymes and these are always most present in cold pressed juices.
What are “raw” juices?
A raw juice basically means it is full of “uncooked” ingredients. The majority of juices sold in supermarkets are pasteurised. This essentially means “cooking” the juice to maximise shelf life and reduce the number of potentially harmful bacteria. Pasteurisation consists of heating juice to a temperature of 72 degree Celsius and then letting it cool down. Then sugar and flavourings are added to help the juice taste 'fresher'. This works for supermarkets because they can keep cartons in warehouses for several weeks, months or years before having to sell them. Unfortunately, pasteurisation also kills a lot of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are essential in the digestion process and our overall vitality.
What is a “green juice”?
A green juice is a special type of fresh juice praised by many as one of the most nourishing things that you can consume. It contains dark leafy green vegetables providing you with a powerhouse of nutrients. The pH of the human body is meant to stay within a certain range in order to fight off diseases and illnesses effectively. A green juice a day will keep your body from getting too acidic as its alkalising properties help balance your pH.
Do your juices go bad?
Yes, they go bad (because they don't contain preservatives!) and are best consumed as fresh as possible. We make our juices a few hours before farmer's market and events. Personal orders are bottled early each morning or late the night before and then delivered ASAP after. The juices are highly perishable so you need to keep refrigerated and once opened consume within 24-36 hours for optimum results. Each bottle is labelled with a use by date - unopened bottles last 3-4 days.
Is it normal to go to the toilet a lot after drinking juice?
We didn’t want to go there… But it has to be addressed. If you are new to juicing, and have a diet particularly high in processed meat and dairy then yes, you may go to the bathroom more often than usual after having your first raw juice. Especially after your first green juice. Everyone is different and some may not experience this at all; in fact the opposite may happen! Your stools may also change colour, this is normal (blame the beetroot).
Do you sell cleanses/juice fasts?
Yes we do, but our packs can also just be used to accompany a healthy diet. Whilst we whole-heartedly believe in the power of juice fasting, we believe a lifestyle change is more important. This means adding juicing to your day-to-day life and reaping the benefits for a longer period of time. Many people may use a juice fast to lose weight and then don't drink juice again, but we want people to experience it for the long-term. We sell juice day-packs which can be used for cleansing, but our main goal is for people to use them alongside a healthy diet. Some people may feel overweight or drained prior to juicing and feel a juice fast may help them “reboot” at the start of their new journey. This may be true and we are more than happy to help. Before going on a juice fast, we always suggest you contact your GP first.
Are there any special rules for juice cleanses?
Please see separate cleanse FAQ page.
What about the waste?
Removing the fibre from the fruits and veggies obviously means there is a lot of pulp waste. Don’t worry as this is not waste to us and we can use our pulp to make veggie burgers, muffins, crackers and even beauty products! Our food waste also gets collected and turned into fuel, which is pretty cool! If we have any left over veg we take it to soup kitchens or animal shelters, or stick it in our compost heap. We are committed to limiting waste as much as possible. If you interested in using the pulp in your own recipes or you'd like some for your garden, just ask!
What about all the sugar from fruit? Is it not too much?
We personally don’t believe fruit sugar is harmful in the same way refined processed sugar is. Basically, we don't feel eating a muffin is the same as eating a pomegranate. Yes you are still consuming sugar and your body may or may not be digesting it in the same way. But the pomegranate can provide you with vital vitamins and antioxidants that keep you healthy, unlike the muffin. Sugar is also our bodies main energy source so we don't believe in cutting it out altogether. Nevertheless the majority of our juices contain primarily vegetables so you don’t have to worry about too much sugar if your stomach can't tolerate it well. We do include some tasty fruits, but they are generally better eaten whole whereas veg is great juiced. The fruits we use do range from low GI (e.g green apple) to slightly higher GI (e.g pineapple), but all recipes are stated clearly on our order page as well as on every bottle for your convenience.
Can children drink raw cold pressed juice?
We can’t advise what is best for your child (or anyone for that matter) but we believe a small amount of diluted raw juice can only be a good thing! One of our 500ml juices is too much for a child but a small amount with water can be consumed. We recommend a 250ml serving with a 1:1 ratio of juice to water. Again, always contact a GP first.
Are your juices suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
Every product sold by Juice Warrior is 100% vegan. This is a way of life we personally adhere to.
Should you drink your juice in one go?
"Chew your juice". Take your time and don't try to drink it in one or two gulps. If you are new to the idea of green juice and you really don't want to taste it - you may be tempted to drink it as fast as possible. Please try to take your time so your saliva can do its job and release important digestive enzymes that help deliver nutrients to your cells more steadily. If you're still struggling dilute your juice with water so you can sip slowly; this will fill you up more too!
Do you use supplements in your juices?
We love us some supplements and superfoods here at Juice Warrior! We can add them to any of your juices upon request. We believe veggies contain almost everything you need to survive but a little extra help can’t hurt. Perhaps you drink your juice after the gym and want some extra protein; or maybe you want a superfood that can intensify detoxification; if that’s the case we can customise your juice for you. We use Hemp protein, Pea protein, Maca, Chlorella, Wheatgrass and Spirulina powder (all organic and vegan). Prices will vary.
Do raw cold pressed juices help with hangovers?
We all know greasy food seems appealing after a heavy night out. However a cold-pressed juice can help improve your hangover in a matter of minutes. The live vitamins and minerals help replace the ones you’ve lost through excessive drinking.
DISCLAIMER – This is not medical advice. We are not medical experts. Always contact your GP before starting a new health regime. Please read our labels carefully to ensure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.