How often can I do a cleanse?
Many people like to cleanse whenever they start to feel seasonal health challenges. This can mean anywhere from once a month to once every three to six months. A good rule of thumb is whenever you experience any of the following: fatigue/general lack of energy, sleeplessness, anxiety/depression, digestive problems, at the first sign of a cold and of course, before and after holidays or any special events that lead to overindulging. However, we advocate making Essentially juices and drinks a part of your daily life, whether you are cleansing or not. Consuming the nutrients in our fresh-pressed drinks on a regular basis will support your system and keep your body in optimal shape, inside and out.
What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Our cleanse programs are designed for all healthy people; however, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not restrict your diet to liquids. You need a lot of extra calories and nutrients in your diet so your child can grow, especially when you are breastfeeding. But adding our juices to your regular diet while breastfeeding and/or pregnant will give you the added nourishment your body so desperately needs during that time. Since our juices are raw, consult you doctor before drinking.
What if I have a health condition such as diabetes that requires prescription medication?
For diabetes, usually, regardless of the type, the answer to this is no but you should always check with your doctor first. As with any/all other health conditions that require prescription medication, if you are in doubt, please consult your doctor or a healthcare professional before beginning a cleanse program with us. They can best identify your particular needs and dietary limitations.
Can I smoke on the cleanse?
What do you think? We think you already know the answer to this! Definitely NOT recommended!
Can I cleanse while taking antibiotics?
Yes! Actually, Essentially is the perfect partner for your antibiotics. While antibiotics fight off harmful bacteria they also deplete the body's supply of healthy bacteria. Our juices are packed with nutrients that will help your body fight off the bad and replenish the good bacteria. An extended cleanse will even help strengthen your immune system to prevent illness in the future. Be well soon!
Can I do your cleanse if I am lactose intolerant?
Absolutely! There are NO animal products in our juice.
I have a gluten allergy/intolerance. Can I do it?
Yes you can! We are gluten free, 100% raw and vegan.
I'm allergic to cashews - do you have a replacement?
Yes - we can cater to cashew allergies, just let us know and we will replace your Cashew Milk with another Green Juice. But please be aware that it is all made in the same kitchen.
Shouldn't I have fiber? Should I take fiber supplements?
Fiber is great for moving things through your system, but the fiber separation requires an energy expenditure from your body that is significant. During a cleanse, the aim is to reduce this burden as much as possible so that your body and digestive tract take a break from having to break down solid food. The saved energy can then be transferred to cleansing processes. When you save energy in one department you can expend it somewhere else.
Where do I get my protein?
There are so many fantastic sources of protein other than protein that comes from animals. With Essentially, you will receive protein from our Green Juice and our Cashew Nut Milk. The Cashew Nut Milk is the more obvious source of protein, but also living plant foods are a great source of protein.
Can I do this if I am on blood thinners?
The answer to this question is almost always no because of the amount of greens in our juice, but as always, check with your doctor before you start any program.
What if I have Candida or try to avoid even fruit sugar?
We recommend our Transformation Cleanse, as it has the lowest sugar content of all the Cleanses. The only fruit juice in our Pro Cleanse is from apples and it is always combined with green juice.
What should I do if my urine or stool is red?
No panic. It's probably because you just drank our beet juice
What are the benefits of the green juices vs. the fruit juices?
The main benefit of green juice is its alkalizing effect. Green juices contain high levels of chlorophyll, a powerful phytonutrient which attaches to toxins and heavy metals and helps remove them from your body. It also increases your blood's oxygen-carrying capacity by stimulating red blood cell production. The chlorophyll in green plants, leaves, stems, and grasses give the body all it needs to make healthy blood. This is the first step in creating a healthy body. Fruit juices are more astringent and purge toxins from the blood. Essentially the fruit digs it up and the green moves it out.