What is cold-pressed juice?

Cold pressing is a decades-old method of extracting liquid from plants without denaturing enzymes or breaking down nutrients with high levels of heat or oxygen. Our hydraulic presses coax every colourful, delicious drop of liquid out of a plant while keeping its health-giving properties intact, producing live juice that stays great for 72 hours.

By contrast, a more common form of juicing, centrifugal juicing, relies on a metal blade that spins at great speed against a mesh filter, separating juice from fruit and vegetable solids. This method not only extracts juice that that is less dense with vitamins, minerals and enzymes than cold-pressed juice, but the spinning blade brings high temperatures and oxidation into the equation, changing the juice’s chemistry and hastening its deterioration.

Why is it so expensive?

Yes, we know, our juices are pricey—but we’re not trying to pull a fast one on you. Everything on our menu is 100% organic, sourced from small producers who command a fair price for their goods, and prepared in-house by our dedicated team every day. Our juices are bottled in glass, and we never artificially extend their shelf life with pasteurization or high pressure processing (HPP).

Are your juices 100% organic?

Yes. We only use produce that is grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides to make juice that is naturally delicious, residue-free and sustainable.

What do you mean when you say your juices are raw? Unpasteurized? No HPP?

When we say that our juices are raw, we mean that nothing in them has been cooked, subjected to high temperatures in the juicing process or pasteurized.

Pasteurization is a process whereby something destined for human consumption (like juice, for example) is brought to a very high temperature for a short period of time, and then immediately cooled down. The idea is to kill off potentially harmful bacteria and to slow the microbial growth that causes things to go bad, thereby reducing the risk of contamination and increasing shelf life. Pasteurization kills off healthy life forms along with the harmful ones, reducing much of the juice the world consumes today to the fruit and vegetable equivalent of a zombie: a dead, soulless shadow of its former self.

Pasteurization, or high pressure processing (HPP), is an alternative to pasteurization. Instead of heat, this process uses pressure to stunt the growth of pathogens. During HPP, sealed plastic bottles of juice are placed in water, and extreme pressure is applied for approximately 80 seconds. This extends a juice’s best-before date by approximately three weeks. Like pasteurization, this is a method of tampering with the natural life in juice; we’re not into that.

How long do your juices last, and do they need to be refrigerated?

Our juices are alive, and are not artificially preserved in any way. This means that they must be kept refrigerated, and we strongly recommend drinking them as soon as possible. Most of our cold-pressed juices and almond milks last for around 72 hours, our waters for 7 days, and our boosters for between 3 and 7 days.

What should I do with my empty glass bottles?

Please bring it back, we Recycle.

What does alkalizing mean, and what is “alkaline” water!

Many of the things we eat introduce high levels of acidity into our systems. For example, animal products like meat, eggs and dairy; processed foods like refined flour and sugar; and beverages like soft drinks and coffee are all acid forming. Too much acidity decreases the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, hinders its ability to repair damaged cells, and makes it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.

Drinking alkaline water and consuming more alkalizing foods like vegetables and fruit, both whole and in cold-pressed juice form, help to neutralize this acid and keep your fluids within their optimal pH range. The water we use to make our Almond Milk, Clean-Zing, Aloe Water, Chia Seed Hydrator and boosters goes through a filtration system that ionizes it, raising the pH level to between 8 and 10.5 (7 being neutral, 0 being highly acidic and 14 being highly alkaline).

What does antioxidizing mean?

A natural chemical process called oxidation takes place in your body every day. This process can be compared to the chemical reaction that causes metal to rust or the surface of a cut apple to turn brown. Getting stressed out, drinking too much alcohol or smoking cigarettes can accelerate oxidation. Disrupting the natural oxidation process can result in the creation of highly unstable and potentially destructive molecules called free radicals.

The formation of these molecules is triggered by oxygen, and if their production is left uncontrolled and exceeds your body’s protective defences, they can damage your cells. Cell damage caused by free radicals is a suspected factor in several diseases including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cataracts, diabetes, kidney disease and age-related blindness.

Fortunately, the human body has a natural defence against free radicals: antioxidants. These are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals to intervene in their path of destruction before too much cell damage is done.

Antioxidants come in many different forms, both as naturally occurring enzyme systems in the body and as vitamins (C and E), minerals (selenium and manganese) and plant compounds (beta carotene and lycopene). Many plant foods are good sources of antioxidants, and the best way to arm your body with the variety of these molecules needed to fight free radicals is to infuse your diet with vegetables and fruit of every colour of the rainbow.!

I’ve heard that all fruit juice is bad for you because it’s full of sugar. Is that true?

This is true of many of the processed juices you will find at the grocery store, which contain little to none of the natural goodness of the fruit and vegetables from which they derive, but all of the sugar (and often more added on top of that)! That is not the case with our juice.

The naturally occurring sugars in the juices that we extract from our ingredients with our hydraulic presses are accompanied by the live enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals that you would get from eating the raw fruit or vegetable, which offer you a lot more than a quick rush.

If you are looking to avoid sugar altogether, we recommend trying The Green Plus, Greens plus does not contain any fruit except for lemon.

Can your juices be used as a meal replacement?

We are big advocates of what we call “recreational juicing,” which we define as drinking cold- pressed juice whenever you can—instead of that mid-morning coffee, say, or in that afternoon lull when you might be craving something sweet. We don’t tend to think of it as a meal replacement.

Having said that, the answer to this question depends a great deal on the individual. Some people will find that a nutrient-dense juice or nut milk makes for a filling and convenient occasional substitute for a more substantial breakfast, lunch or dinner. Either way, integrating cold-pressed juices into your daily routine will help to keep you healthy, balanced and energized.

Why cleanse?

Cleansing is a way of clearing the toxic clutter from your system, and pressing reset. Even if you’re already careful to avoid processed foods and drinks, stress and pollution can wreak havoc on your system, clouding both your body and your mind. A cleanse can help you flush out the toxins that build up inside you over time. Done properly, this can improve your digestion and charge you with renewed (and renewable) energy. It can also help you take stock of your current nutritional habits, and determine where there is room for improvement. You should emerge from your cleanse clear-headed, light on your feet, and with a new spring in your step.

Can anyone cleanse?

We must firstly emphasize that we are not doctors. We do not offer medical advice of any kind, nor do we offer medically supervised cleanses. If you have a medical condition or are on prescription medication, we strongly advise that you consult your doctor before considering a cleanse. We do not recommend cleansing if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or under 18 years of age. Beyond that, the decision to cleanse or not to cleanse is a personal one. Listen to your body, and do what feels right for you.

How much does the cleanse cost?

Our 1 day cleanse programs are $69 per day, for as many days as you’d like, with free delivery within our delivery area. Customized cleanses are priced according to their contents; please inquire with a member of our team.

How often should I cleanse?

Again, the answer to this question is entirely personal. Some people feel that a multiple-day cleanse each month, or even a single-day cleanse each week, helps them feel their best. Others prefer to cleanse once a season or once a year. There is no right answer, but some experimentation can help you determine what’s right for you.

Will cleansing help me lose weight?

You may lose a few pounds during a cleanse, but we do not view short-term weight loss as the focus of our cleanse program. Think of this as a chance to detoxify your body, reboot your system and break bad habits. We are far more concerned with long-term health gains than with the numbers on the scale from one day to the next.

How should I prepare for my cleanse?

We recommend using the days leading up to your cleanse to prepare your body for this change by phasing out processed foods, refined flour, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy and meat. It sounds draconian, we know, but the more work you do before your cleanse the easier you will find it, and the more transformative the results will be. Drink plenty of water, begin introducing one to three juices (particularly green juices) into your daily routine, and make fresh vegetables the centerpiece of each meal. Snack on nuts, and anchor your veggies with legumes and whole grains. Here are some great recipe websites to help you out.

Is this going to hurt?

We know that going one or more days without solid food is a daunting prospect. You’re making a major change to your diet—any trepidation you might feel at the outset is entirely normal. However, we believe that this will be far easier and more enjoyable than you fear. Our cleanse is designed to flood you with all of the nutrients your body needs in a delicious, convenient format, and our goal is to offer you as painless and rewarding an experience as possible.

If you feel hungry during your cleanse, we recommend increasing the amount of water you are drinking, sipping herbal tea, adding an additional juice or two to your cleanse, or, if you are ready to eat your shoes, eating some raw vegetables or a light vegetable broth. Please remember: this is a set of guidelines, not a strict regime. Take cues from your body, and do what feels right for you.

You may also experience detoxification symptoms including nausea, muscle aches and/or headaches during your cleanse. The best way to reduce these symptoms is by easing into your cleanse as outlined here. If you do experience detoxification symptoms, remind yourself that you are feeling the effects of toxins as they leave your body—and bid them good riddance! You will feel better on the other side. Post-detox benefits include increased energy, mental clarity, clear skin and pure joy. There’s a lot to look forward to.

Can I work while cleansing?

Yes. There is a common misconception that you will spend the duration of your cleanse sprawled on a settee with cucumber slices over your eyes. This should not be the case. If you prepare yourself properly and ease into it, you should be able to go about your normal life. However, do schedule your cleanse at a time when you can listen to your body’s needs and follow them. Your busiest and most stressful week of the year would not be the ideal time for a cleanse.

Do I need to drink the cleanse juices in a certain order?

The order in which the cleanse juices are listed (outlined here) is not arbitrary. Clean-Zing helps to wake you and your metabolism up first thing in the morning; E3 Live gives you mental clarity right about the time that you might be missing your morning tea or coffee; Almond Milk satiates you when you may be feeling peckish; Raw Aloe aids digestion; Deep Roots grounds you toward the end of your day; and Chia Seed Hydrator soaks up the toxins you have released throughout the day, helps you eliminate them, and gives you a feeling of fullness before bed. Having said all that, if you do not want to finish one of your juices, or if you feel the need for some Almond Milk at 11 am, listen to those signals! Again, think of our cleanse guide as a set of suggestions, not as a strict regime.

Can I drink water while cleansing?

Yes. Staying hydrated while cleansing is extremely important. You should drink water before each of your juices. In order to maximize the benefits of each juice, we recommend waiting forty minutes after finishing a juice before drinking more water.

Can I drink alcohol, coffee or caffeinated tea while cleansing?

Afraid not.

Can I smoke cigarettes while cleansing?

Ditto.

What about herbal tea?

Yes. You can drink caffeine-free herbal tea throughout the day. This is especially advisable if it is chilly outside. You may find that cleansing causes your inner thermometer to drop, and it’s important to keep yourself warm.

Can I exercise while cleansing?

Yes, it is important to keep moving while you are cleansing, but take it easy. You may find that you have a great deal of energy, but be careful not to overdo it. Try replacing high-intensity cardio with a power walk or a swim. We particularly recommend doing yoga while cleansing; deep breathing contributes to the elimination of toxins.

Is it dangerous to cleanse during the winter?

We do not believe that there is a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. It depends on factors including your age, your current level of health, and the amount of time you plan to be spending outdoors during your cleanse. If you do decide to cleanse before spring has fully sprung, be sure to wear cozy layers, sip caffeine-free herbal tea, and keep yourself warm.

How should I transition out of my cleanse?

You should ease out of your cleanse in the same way that you eased into it. That means keeping processed foods, refined flour and sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy and meat out of your diet for at least the first few days (or as long as possible), and prioritizing vegetables, fruit, pulses, whole grains and nuts.

Your first few meals should be small and easy to digest, such as a smoothie for breakfast, a light salad or a vegetable soup for lunch, and steamed vegetables with some quinoa or brown rice for dinner. Eat slowly, and chew carefully. Drink lots of water, and continue drinking one to three juices per day. Take your cleanse as an opportunity to discard destructive old habits and form healthier ones. You’ll feel better for it.