January 10th, 2018
Blue Orange Juice Bars realise that a juice cleanse might not be for everyone. The prospect of a long term juice cleanse with nothing solid passing your lips can be daunting, despite the benefits. However at Blue Orange we try and cater for everyone and our winter cleanse is proving a huge success.
Rather than the normal 5 juices and smoothies a day we can swap one with a soup for your evening meal. You can also supplement the standard cleanse with one of our range of healthy shots. Whatever you want really we are happy to accommodate.
In general juice cleanses can be a fantastic way to kick start a new healthy life style or supplement and existing diet or exercise regime and what better time to start than January when most people’s focus is on becoming healthier.
The main benefits are:
- Rest the stomach – juices require less energy to digest
- Rest and repair the gut – a juice cleanse will allow nutrients to be assimilated quickly through the intestine – repairing the gut itself
- Detox and Cleanse – by providing the body with nutrient dense foods, juicing allows the body to have more of the resources it needs to support the various phases of detoxification, and even begin to help remove the cumulative toxins stored in the body
- Boost you immune system – by allowing you digesting system a break, the body can focus its energy on healing the body
- A great supplement for weight loss – you will naturally lose weigh. A minimum 3 day cleanse is a great way to jumpstart a diet. It not only helps control appetite and cravings, but is naturally lower in calorie, while supplying the body with more energising and healing nutrients
- Increase your energy, mood and mental focus – after the first 1-3 adjustment period (detox and any coffee/alcohol cessation symptoms, most people begin to feel more energy and clarity
- Improve your overall health – you may fee relief of many chronic symptoms, such as headaches, rashes, acne, inflammation, congested sinuses and chest, and bloating
If this is something you might be interested in trying please pop into the shop or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would more than happy to share some further information.
August 14th, 2017
The Nutritional Benefits of Juicing and How It Cleanses your Body
There’s a good reason why the juicing trend is still as powerful today as it’s ever been – even though it’s been around for a few years now. When you commit yourself to a regular juicing practice, you give your body a range of nutritional substances, vitamins, and minerals, that it might not have access to otherwise.
Though we all know we need to get plenty of fruits and vegetables into our systems, it can be time to find the time and the inspiration to craft recipes that help us to make the most of fresh produce. The good news is that whether you’re juicing to lose weight, or you’re simply boosting your health, juices get nutritional goodness into your system faster, and more efficiently than any other method.
Here are just some of the nutritional benefits of juicing, and how the process cleanses your body.
1. Gets you to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
When you make juicing an everyday habit, you’ll naturally begin to eat more fruits and vegetables than you would if you were eating them in whole-form. Juicing makes getting your recommended daily allowance much easier, and ensures that you can try a range of flavor combinations that you might avoid on your lunch plate.
On top of that, when you juice, you’re getting the nutritional value of your vegetables and fruits in liquid form – without the excess fiber. While fiber is important to good health, it also makes your foods more difficult to digest. Juicing rids you over the energy expenditure involved with mastication and digestion, so that the nutrition you’ve eaten can be absorbed straight into your bloodstream.
2. Juicing Helps You to Stay Alkaline
Many experts suggest that keeping the body “alkaline” is key to good health and wellbeing. However, this isn’t always as simple as it seems. The good news is that juicing can help you to consume a greater level of alkaline foods, which helps to settle your Ph levels.
Remember that whether a food is classed as alkaline or acidic will depend on how your body processes it. This is why some foods that appear acidic, such as a lemon, can have an alkaline impact on the body. To ensure you’re getting more alkaline juices, make sure that you’re juicing plenty of leafy green vegetables like collard greens, spinach, and swiss chard.
3. It Detoxifies Your System
We’re exposed to more toxins today than our body reasonably knows how to cope with. This is why you’ll often hear juicing recommended during the conversations had about detoxing, because it is so effective when it comes to flooding the body with nutrients. Any good detoxing program will simultaneously provide the body with nutrients, which is why juice fasting has emerged as so popular in recent years.
The most popular organ for detoxing practices is the liver. This is why you’ll commonly see a lot of juices that are made with liver-friendly substances like grapefruit, lemon, and even garlic.
4. Juicing Keeps You Hydrated
Juicing typically works best when it’s done with vegetables and fruits that contain a significant amount of water. Choosing water-rich fruits and vegetables will help to keep you hydrated while you consume more minerals and vitamins. If you find it hard to drink water throughout the day, juicing a few times each day will help you to manage any dehydration issues you might have.
Although there’s some controversy over the amount of water that’s actually needed each day for the average person, most people believe that American’s typically don’t get enough water into their systems to be fully healthy.
5. Juicing is a Natural Stress Buster
One of the best things about juicing is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can choose to tailor your juice options to your desired effect, juicing the fruits and vegetables that are best for your condition based on how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish. While some juices will help you to feel more energetic, others can calm you down and help you manage stress.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress, then spinach is a good option, as it’s high in tryptophan, which is the substance that turkey is often associated with. This substance helps to bring on a sleepier state.
6. Juicing Helps You Live a Longer Life
Juicing has often been commended as a solution for longevity for many people. With more antioxidants in your system, more vitamins, and more energy, it’s easy to see why juicing might help you to live longer. Additionally, since fruits and vegetables are always making their headlines thanks to their ability to fight off cancer and disease, they’re a great way to lower your risk levels.
Juicing will help all of the organs throughout your body to do their jobs as well as possible, so that you can enjoy a healthier and happier life for longer, in a body that’s functioning exactly how it should be.
Bio: Rebekah is a passionate writer and healthy-eating advocate. She’s always keen to try out the latest foods and recipes, explore new information about health and fitness, and expand her understanding of the world around her with constant learning.
July 13th, 2017
At Blue Orange we pride ourselves on working with and supporting local suppliers and businesses wherever possible. This extends to our local greengrocer, Wimborne fruit & veg Markets, our accountant (RAA Accountants), photographer (Libra Photographic), Coast Agency for our website, and lawyer (Clarke Rowe). Dark Matters – vegan brownies, Vegan Heart Cakes, our wrap fillings, granola and loads of other yummy treats from Tansy’s Kitchen, Ma Bolton, Mrs B’s Kombucha, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, Dorset Tea, Dorset Cereals, Healthy Habits – Bliss Balls. Even our Wheatgrass is grown at home!
We’d recommend any of these great businesses and urge you to pop in and try one of our ever expanding range of healthy foods and drinks.
We’d also love to work with more local suppliers. So if you are, or know someone that makes great products that will help us in our mission to provide interesting and healthy alternatives please get in touch.
June 22nd, 2017
What to do before and after a juice cleanse
To get the most from your juice cleanse it’s important to ease in and out by lightening your meals either side of the program. See below for our useful tips:
For instance if you are going to start your 1 day juice cleanse on a Monday, you could have a vegetable based soup or smoothie for dinner on Sunday, enjoy your Blue Orange juices on Monday, and then on Tuesday morning have a smoothie for breakfast.
This allows the body a chance to adjust and have enough breathing space either side of the cleanse.
Making the most of your cleanse
It is important to note that the cleansing of the cells and the cleansing of the body are two different things.
When our cells unpack their rubbish through cleansing, we need to make sure the body can see it out. That’s why it’s a good idea to also pay attention to the digestive system and do whatever is necessary to maximise its function.
Quick tips for supporting the digestive system:
Drink more water!
Each cell and system of the body needs water to thrive. Every day we lose at least 4 pints of water just through normal bodily functions. Add to that some dehydrating and stressful food and drink such as caffeine, sugar, refined grains, alcohol etc and we need even more water. Drinking clean filtered water that’s warm, and with nothing else added, makes it easiest for our body to absorb. Drinking half a pint to a pint of warm water at a time 30 minutes before a meal or half an hour after a meal is ideal.
Choose whole grains
Switch white foods for brown, whole grain brown rice instead of white rice etc.
Eat more raw vegetables and fruits
Raw fibre and water rich, they really help out the digestive system. When cooking vegetables, steaming is preferable as it retains more nutrients than other cooking methods.
Soaking and sprouting foods
Such as beans and chickpeas, soaked nuts and seeds to snack on or add to meals, soaking grains seeds and legumes overnight before cooking, such as brown rice, quinoa, lentils.
Cut down, with a view to cutting out
Cut down, with a view to cutting out, those foods you know make harder work for your body.
A simple way of figuring that out is by asking yourself how close to it’s natural state the food is.
For instance a carrot is completely in its natural state and therefore the body knows how to deal with it easily. A sponge cake from the supermarket on the other hand, made of refined grains, sugar, dairy, artificial flavourings and preservatives is miles away from any of the ingredients being in their natural form.
Chew your drinks
Chewing your liquids can also maximise their effect.This may sound strange, but chewing produces saliva which can help with digestion. Allowing the juices to stay a little longer in your mouth can help because they can be absorbed through different parts of your mouth.
For more information on juicing and juice cleansing visit our website here. Or come and visit us at the shop – 39 Church Road, Ashley Cross, BH14 8UF 🙂
June 20th, 2017
Why do people juice cleanse?
Why do many of us suffer from symptoms or “dis-eases” at some point in our lives? Although there are some genetic conditions of course, many health experts all over the world agree that when we give the body what it needs, and take away what it doesn’t need, our health improves.
If we deprived a plant of water and sunlight and fed it poisons for example, it wouldn’t do so well. The same can be said for denying our body of vital nutrients and hydration and feeding it junk foods and drinks.
People try juice cleanses to help with all sorts of health issues – such as fatigue, weight loss, digestion, skin conditions, frequent colds and flu, or often, simply to feel better generally.
Does it help to eat more vegetables and fruit?
Can it be daunting to think about making big dietary changes?
We can get addicted to certain foods and sometimes have strong emotional attachments to them. It’s easy to forget how good it feels and tastes to be healthier.
What happens to our bodies when we drink juices and smoothies?
The short answer is we supply instant nutrition for our cells. This is important because we are made of cells – trillions of them. If they cannot regularly absorb nutrients and cleanse themselves of toxins they can become blocked and stressed – which can lead to symptoms of what many nutritionists call “dis-ease”.
Drinking more vegetable based juices and smoothies is an excellent way of helping to relieve this internal stress.
Why should you try the Blue Orange Juice Cleanse?
Because it’s so easy 🙂
The great thing about the Blue Orange juice cleanses is:
- You don’t have to cook (which is great because raw ingredients retain all their nutrients)
- You don’t have to keep shopping for tons of fruit and vegetables
- Or spend ages cleaning machines!
You just enjoy the wonderful taste and how it can make you feel.
Even better, you don’t have to suddenly starve yourself of things you enjoy the way you might on some faddy diet.
It can be a much gentler and more gradual process because people often find that when they absorb more liquid nutrition; that things such as fizzy drinks, artificially sweetened and processed foods and too much coffee or alcohol; automatically become less appealing.
For more information take a look at our Juice Cleanse information here.
Stay tuned for more amazing tips on how to prepare for a juice cleanse and help your digestive system…