From long life juices on supermarket shelves, to freshly squeezed fruit juice at your local café and refreshing cold-pressed juice in a cleanse, you may be aware some of these juices are better than others – but which ones, and why?
Here at Home Juice, we always get asked about our juicing process. Other than the fact we use fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, the biggest difference between our juice and others, is that we have cold-pressed juices. Why is this better than a regular centrifugal juicer or long life juice? Let us break it down (press it down, even) for you…
What is a centrifugal juicer?
Centrifugal juicers are your most commonly found juicers in department stores. If you’ve ever made your own juice at home or ordered a juice from a café, it’s probably been made with one of these. They retail for anywhere from $100 right up to $400 and more for some of the higher end models. They use a fast spinning metal blade that as the name suggests uses centrifugal force to separate fruit and vegetable juice from flesh, passing it through a mesh filter.
Sounds okay so far, however, this extraction method produces heat which causes the enzymes and nutrients to oxidise, and unfortunately this removes some of the benefits from the fresh produce that has been used. This process also means the juice won’t last as long, so it’s best consumed immediately - no good for a juice cleanse!
This method also struggles to extract juice from leafy greens, which is obviously a huge problem when trying to make a nutritious green juice!
What is a cold-pressed juicer?
Cold-pressed juicers, unlike centrifugal machines, don’t have any internal blades that tear up the fruits and vegetables. Instead it works to slowly crush and press the produce, hence where ‘pressed’ comes from in the name. As there are no fast moving parts in the machine no heat is generated as the produce passes through, resulting in more nutrients being retained. It also means the juice lasts longer (without additives or preservatives like long life juice) so it’s the ideal choice if you’re planning a cleanse.
Cold Pressed equipment tends to be more expensive to buy, starting at a few hundred dollars, but will produce better results for those who want to make the most nutrient dense versions of juice. Leafy greens are no issue for a cold presser PLUS these machines can process nuts to create nut mylks (yum!).
If you don’t want to invest in the juicer though, you can always purchase fresh cold-pressed juice from a retailer or in a cleanse – we might know a guy.
How about High Pressure Processing (HPP)?
Long life juices! Traditionally the process of pasteurising juice in order to extend shelf life has been achieved through thermal methods in order to deactivate the vegetative flora found in fresh fruit and vegetables (the reason fresh juice only lasts for a few days). This means applying heat in order to alter the produce, which as we’ve just learnt, diminishes the nutrient content of your juice.
HPP is a method of pasteurisation where cold water and pressure are applied to packaged materials instead of heat. Whilst they advertise the HPP method as ‘cold-pressed juice’, the process and associated equipment are still under close scrutiny to determine the truth behind this, and how significantly the process changes the nutrient content of the final products.
It can also only be applied to already packaged plastic bottles, as the sheer force of the process would break glass bottles, not to mention it is hugely expensive and better suited to manufacturing plants than a kitchen - we’ll let this photo of the equipment speak for itself!
In short - beware of cold-pressed juice advertising a shelf life longer than a few days! If it’s undergone the HPP process it’s been mass-produced on an industrial scale, and often contains additives and preservatives – no thanks!
Is there any nutritional difference between the types of juicers?
Yes! But you don’t have to take our word for it, let’s talk science.
Many studies have shown that using a cold-pressed juicing method has many nutritional benefits over a traditional centrifugal juicer. Below we’ve taken the key findings from a certified lab test that was conducted by juicing equipment company, Good Nature. In the experiment they tested for the presence of the below vitamins in different juiced vegetables.
Carrot Juice – Vitamin A
Beetroot Juice – Vitamin B9 (Folate)
Kale – Vitamin C
Cold press 15% higher than centrifugal
10,000 IU/100g vs 8.500 IU/100g
Cold press 16.2% higher than centrifugal
31 mcg/100g vs 26mcg/100g
Cold press - 13.1% higher than centrifugal
23mg/100 vs 20mcg/100
Across all of the three vitamin tests, the cold-pressed juices had a higher nutritional value than their centrifugal counter parts. Which shows us that the cold-pressed method is more effective in retaining the nutritional content of the produce.
If you’re interested in seeing what happens to the juices over a three-day period, you can read Part 2 of the Good Nature series – Nutrient Shelf Life, here.
Let’s get juicing!
From choosing the right ingredients, to choosing the best method of juicing, everything comes down to packing as many nutrients into the final product as you can in order to get more from your juice and achieve the best results.
In an ideal world, we’d be able to eat 4kg of organic fruit and vegetables on a daily basis to stay healthy. However, this is often unrealistic, unachievable and expensive – so that’s where the right juice cleanse will help you out.
All of our 1,3 and 5 day cleanses are cold-pressed and have many benefits for your mind, body, soul and skin. Our Home boys and girls, as well as many of our customers, have experienced a plenitude of benefits from incorporating a cold-pressed cleanses into their lifestyles.
Our top three reasons to cleanse:
Remove toxins from your body and reset your internal systems
Dose up on nutrient rich fruits and vegetables to prevent chronic disease and create a healthier future for yourself
Enhance immune system function – especially important during winter!
Find out seven more reasons why we love cleansing here!
For some, a juice cleanse is a delicious way to kick-start their journey of health and wellness; for others it may be the boost they need to strip the toxins from their body and get back to their healthier self.
For us, it’s all about pumping our bodies full of as many nutrients as we can, extracted from delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables – making sure we’re doing that at the optimum level using only the best!
Those looking for a dairy-free milk substitute have probably stumbled across almond milk and wondered, “Is almond milk good for you?” Whether you’re a vegan, sensitive to milk or just don’t like the taste, almond milk is a fabulous alternative.
1. It helps with weight management.
One serve of our delicious 400mL nut mylks (Chocolate Love, Unicorn Milk, Vanilla Bliss and Coffee Milk) contain around 100 calories, as opposed to 248 calories in the same quantity of whole milk, 206 calories in Hi-Lo, and 146 calories in skim. It makes for a great substitute that will help you lose or maintain your current weight.
2. It keeps your heart healthy.
There’s no cholesterol or saturated fat in almond milk. It’s also low in sodium and high in healthy fats (such as omega fatty acids, typically found in fish), which helps to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease.
3. It keeps your bones strong.
While it doesn’t offer as much calcium as cow’s milk, almond milk does offer 30 percent of the recommended daily amount, as well as 25 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin D, reducing your risk for arthritis and osteoporosis and improving your immune function. Plus, these two nutrients work together to provide healthy bones and teeth formation.
4. It keeps your skin glowing.
Almond milk contains 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E, which contains antioxidant properties essential to your skin’s health, such as protecting it against sun damage.
5. It barely impacts your blood sugar.
Almond milk (with no additives) is low in carbs, which means it won’t significantly increase your blood sugar levels, reducing your risk for diabetes. Because of its low glycemic index, your body will use the carbs as energy so the sugars aren’t stored as fat (score!).
6. It contributes to muscle strength and healing.
Our almond mylks contains between 4-5 grams of protein per serving, and contains plenty of B vitamins such as iron and riboflavin, both important for muscle growth and healing.
7. It keeps your digestion in check.
Our almond mylks contain 1-2g of fibre per serving, which is important for healthy digestion.
8. It doesn’t contain lactose.
Lactose intolerance impacts about 25% of the US population, which means they have difficulty digesting the sugar in cow’s milk. This makes almond milk a suitable, lactose-free substitute.
9. It tastes better than cow’s milk (especially with our four amazing flavours!)
Almond milk doesn’t taste like cow’s milk, perfect for those who are turned off by the taste. It has its own unique flavor many describe as being light and crisp.
Sure, we've all been there. A quiet night out with 'a drink or two' turns into ten or more and a shocker of a headache the next day.
While you may have enjoyed yourself that night, the next morning is a much different story. You wake up with a headache, upset stomach, joint pains and are incredibly tired.
Hangovers are miserable, but fortunately there is a way to help. Alkaline Water has been proven to work wonders for reducing the symptoms of hangovers, and you may not have to suffer nearly as much from a night on the town again.
There are five main factors to a hangover, and alkaline water can assist with all of them!
Dehydration, Toxicity, Acid pH balance, Free Radicals, Stress and Cortisol
1. Dehydration >
First of all, a major cause of hangovers is due to alcohol’s dehydrating effect on the body. A key way to help treat hangovers, is to rehydrate yourself as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Drinking water is a smart decision, but drinking alkaline water is an even smarter one.
Alkaline water consists of a smaller molecular cluster, and is able to pass through tissue more easily. This rapid transfer through the body makes alkaline water much more effective for hydrating the body and helping your hangover.
2. Toxicity >
Alkaline water is great for detoxing the body of harmful acidic waste after a long night of drinking. Flushing this waste will help you feel much better and recover more quickly.
The large dose of antioxidants in alkaline water helps flush the free radicals in the body that are creating that sluggish feeling after drinking.
Alkaline water creates a gentle yet powerful detoxification, cleansing at a deep cellular level.
3. Acid pH Balance >
Exposing your body to too much alcohol will greatly throw off your bodies pH level, leaving you feeling unhealthy and sick. Alkaline water will help balance this pH shift, and leave your body operating at maximum efficiency.
4. Free Radicals >
The consumption of alcohol results in the formation of two very toxic compounds, acetaldehyde and malondialdehyde.
These compounds generate massive free-radical damage to cells throughout the body, creating an effect in the body similar to that caused by radiation poisoning. No wonder you feel so sick the morning after!
Home Juice alkaline healing waters contain massive amounts of antioxidants, which can prevent much of the cellular damage caused by alcohol. Try the Avatar water with spirulina (blue-green algae), which helps remove toxins from the blood, or the Liquid Passion which is rich in the naturally occurring antioxidant - Vitamin C.
5. Stress and Cortisol >
Cortisol is a hormone which regulates fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism. It also balances electrolytes, and functions as an anti-inflammatory. During times of hangover, cortisol imbalances cause an increase in blood sugar levels leading to an increase in insulin production and abnormal stress on the pancreas and liver.
Alkalised water helps to restore the balance in your body, lowering stress and cortisol levels and reducing the physiological effects of your hangover.
Drink your way to feeling better!
Alkaline water can be a great tool for reducing the symptoms of a hangover. However, this amazing product will not completely shield your body from the damages of drinking in excess, so always drink responsibly.
If you have overindulged at the races (or anywhere!), reaching for some alkaline water may be the ticket to getting through the day!
"If you only had one car for your entire life, how well would you look after it?"
Take a second to think about it. You would probably service it often and fill it up with only the best fuel so it would run optimally and for the longest time possible.
So, how is this different to your body? We only have one body for this lifetime yet most of us don't give it the attention, fuel and maintenance it deserves. Most of us live busy, high stress lives that leads to a variety of added toxic build up in our systems.
We eat processed food full of fat, sugar and chemicals, we drink, smoke, take drugs and medication, stress and often consume way too much caffeine then we should. Detoxing is a great way to assist your body to excrete these toxins, to reset and restore and to get it functioning optimally again.
Juice cleansing has also proven to provide a series of great benefits to the body including, increased energy levels, better sleep patterns, higher alertness, improvements to your immune system, clarity of mind, anti-aging effects and weight-loss.
1. Removes toxins from the body
Long-term exposure to toxins (environmental pollutants, cancer-causing chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, and industrial waste) affects our metabolism, behavior, immune system, and leads to disease. They are stored in tissues and cells throughout the body, including the brain, often for years – yikes!
2. Prevent chronic disease.
Environmental toxins are responsible for many cancers, neurological diseases, heart disease, strokes... you name it. Our bodies do have a built-in detox function to deal with these dangers, but those systems are constantly overloaded! Detoxing assists and improves what our bodies are trying to do naturally.
3. Enhance immune system function.
A compromised immune system makes us vulnerable to colds and flus, affecting our quality of life and productivity. Regular detoxing helps strengthen immune system functioning and fights off infection.
4. Lose weight.
Toxins affect the body's natural ability to burn fat, leading to weight gain. Diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure are directly linked to weight issues. Detoxing rids the body of toxins stored in fat cells and increases metabolism.
5. Slow premature aging.
Detoxing rids the body of free radicals and heavy metals partially responsible for aging. Detoxing helps to increase nutrient absorption, including antioxidants and vitamins that help fight oxidative stress.
6. Improve quality of life.
Simply put, our bodies don't function very well when they're loaded with toxins. We may have joint pain, headaches, digestive disorders, sleep problems, and lack of energy. Depression may be eased and memory may be improved as a result of detoxification!
7. Increase energy.
You will have more mental, physical, and emotional energy after detoxing. People tend to sleep better and need less of it.
8. Improve skin quality.
Diet and environmental toxins undeniably affect skin. Detoxing improves acne, strengthens hair and nails, and gives us a natural, healthy glow.
9. Mental and emotional clarity.
When the body's systems are aligned, a shift also occurs with our mental and emotional states. We can deal with more when we're clear and grounded. We can make better decisions, analyze accurately, and see things differently.
10. Restore balance to our body's systems.
Our digestive, nervous, and hormonal systems were designed to work together to achieve optimum health. This is what our bodies want to do! When we overload them with toxins and unhealthy foods, these systems don't work as well as they should and we get sick. Detoxing brings balance back and helps our systems function properly again.
It seems that juice lovers are uniting worldwide to enjoy their daily, weekly or monthly juices - whether they're choosing to add a nutrient boost with a mixed juice pack for the week, or taking the plunge into detoxing their bodies with a juice cleanse.
Nicki works at Medibank in Docklands, and is a regular visitor to our Bourke Street juice Bar. When she spoke to her trainer Joe Davis about how to kickstart her summer preparation training program, he suggested an organic juice cleanse step her training and nutrition up a gear.
We asked Nicki to give us a blow-by-blow of her experience with a 3 Day Home Juice Cleanse, in the hope that you can gain some insight into what to expect if you're considering a juice cleanse for yourself.
The kickstart preparation.
Nikki: I had always liked to think I look after my body - I eat well and exercise regularly. But when I acknowledged that what I was doing wasn't getting me to my goals I immediately knew Joe was the person to ask for advice and support. We had a great chat about my routines and habits and Joe helped me think about some things I could change to help re-set and hopefully step things up a gear!
We talked a lot about juicing and Joe educated me about the health benefits that juicing can bring in helping detox and reenergize my body. When I came across the Home Juice website I was really impressed. The information was great and reading about the passion and values of Home was really encouraging. The fact that everything was organic just sealed the deal for me!
I sent Joe the details of the 3 Day Cleanse to ask for his opinion and he agreed it looked great.... so I ordered my first ever cleanse!
The juicing journey.
Before I started the cleanse, I guess I felt a mix of apprehension and excitement. My health and wellbeing were good, but I was looking forward to how I might feel after the cleanse. The little cards I got with each day's juice were really helpful, and I pretty much felt exactly as they said I would.
(Right - Nicki loved her Home bottles so much, she found another use for them!)
During the cleanse I felt absolutely fine. I made sure I had some clear days to allow me to focus on myself and the cleanse. I kept up with some light exercise, doing an hours walk home from work a couple of days. In fact, the walking was really invigorating - I listened to my favourite music and felt fab! At home I relaxed and got in some early nights... it felt great!
After the cleanse I felt fantastic! I finished on a Wednesday night, the following morning I woke up before my alarm feeling refreshed and awake. So I got up and went for a run before work! That's how good I felt! Lots of people asked me how I was feeling and I decided the word ‘brighter’ was the best description. It was like a mix of energy, clarity and freshness.
As well as the benefits to the mind I lost a couple of kilos and felt less bloated so overall great result! Since I finished the cleanse I have continued to enjoy Home Juices as part of my routine and I'm planning my next cleanse soon.
"The fact is, you are with your body 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – this means that you are in prime position to prevent injury, pain and sickness from ever occurring – or to even cure the pain that you’re currently feeling."
Based in Port Melbourne, Joe Davis specialises in combining remedial massage and personal training to deal with postural pain, recurrent or acute injury, arthritis and sports event preparation. If you’ve been suffering from pain or injury and are tired of being sent from one practitioner to the other, only to feel as though you’re getting nowhere fast… Joe can help.
As a big fan of Home Juices himself, Joe has put together an incredible collection of benefits to enhance the juicing process, due to launch later this week. Stay tuned for details!
Best thing I ever did!!! I’m having juices in the mornings and it carries me through to lunch. I eat good lunches but never had a morning routine as I’m so busy so just ate what was around so having juices keeps me on track. Mylks are great for arvo sugar cravings. Haven’t had sugar the whole last week (ie chocolate or ice cream after dinner etc). Your products are fantastic, and your service is beyond amazing - I'm so happy with your help and very excited to have a recurring order now.
- Anita K. of Glen Waverley
I feel as though my system has been cleared out and restored. If I could use one word to describe how I feel after the cleanse, it would be ‘pure’. I feel like my body has finally had a chance to do what’s needed to be done for a long time and I’m ready to reap the rewards of my efforts.
- Joe Davis Personal Trainer & Masseuse
After the cleanse I felt fantastic! I finished on a Wednesday night, the following morning I woke up before my alarm feeling refreshed and awake. So I got up and went for a run before work! That's how good I felt! Lots of people asked me how I was feeling and I decided the word ‘brighter’ was the best description. It was like a mix of energy, clarity and freshness. As well as the benefits to the mind I lost a couple of kilos and felt less bloated so overall great result! Since I finished the cleanse I have continued to enjoy Home Juices as part of my routine and I'm planning my next cleanse soon.