V+V Apothicaire FAQs

Is your produce organic?

Yes! We are certified organic by the USDA. Inspected by NICS.

What is a juice cleanse?

A juice cleanse is the effective removal of waste in the body that has been accumulated over the years due to improper diet, pharmaceuticals, and internal pollutants in the human body. Our goal in juice cleansing and a clean diet is to alkalize the system. Our green vegetable juices are completely alkaline, balancing acidity in the body.

Why do your juice cleanses contain an evening meal? I thought cleanses were liquid fasts only.

The benefit of juicing is that it gives your body the opportunity to rest from digestion, which is the key reason for fasting. The body then can start to repair itself and rebalance itself when it’s given a break from the difficult task of digesting dense or toxic substances. Juicing allows you to enjoy all the benefits of a fast without suffering from the side effects of over-cleansing. By adding your raw evening meal, it allows digestion to begin without zapping your energy which is what happens when you eat during the day. Conventional wisdom has it backwards: Big breakfasts and lunches drain your energy because your body is working so hard to digest your meals all day.

Your evening meal slows down the cleansing process in the evening so you don’t over-cleanse which is a very common mistake in most juice cleansing programs. That’s why most cleanses fail and leave you feeling miserable, lethargic, headachy, light-headed, etc., during the cleanse. Your body now has the opportunity to start to eliminate the matter that it has “awakened” during your daily juice fast. By taking on an all juice or liquid fast if you are coming off a mainstream diet (even diets the mainstream would call healthy: vegan/vegetarian, gym-style diets) the body begins to cleanse itself so rapidly that you end up self poisoning as your body is flooded with toxins that have been awakened into the bloodstream.

Why is there a lack of fruit juice in your cleanses?

Fruit and its juices are ideal human food and some of the cleanest food on the planet. That being said, the modern human has been eating a mainstream diet laden with improper foods, chemicals, alcohol, drugs, etc. which has caused most human bodies to be systemically yeasted. Yeast in the body is fed by sugar in any form such as fruit, fruit juices, maple syrup and agave nectar (which are used in programs like the “Master Cleanse”). By eliminating the fruit sugar from the green juices you begin to “starve the yeast” which can lead to the most success in your cleanse. In fact, the addition of fruit juices in a cleanse are one reason why most cleanses fail because they actually “feed” already overwhelming colonies of yeast in the body. Yeast lives on sugar and fruit juices and maple syrup in lemon juice water will cause the proliferation of yeast and further putrefaction and fermentation of waste matter in the body.

Why do the majority of your juices for cleansing contain greens?

The alkalinity and chlorophyll in green plants give the body all it needs to make healthy blood and thus creating a healthy body. The greens act as “soap” in the body and help clean the system as a whole while providing the most optimal and assimilated form of nutrition. The green juices contribute alkaline minerals and are the MOST important ingredient in the juice. The greens are the cleaners!

Is juice the same thing as a smoothie?

Absolutely not! A smoothie is nothing more than blended food with its fiber still intact. While it is much easier to digest, it still requires digestion and can zap energy and slow down the cleansing process during the day. That’s why if you are going to have a smoothie, we recommend having that as a dinner, but not during your cleanse. Smoothies are also usually made with high sugar fruit and can contribute to yeast in the body. Raw, organic juice on the other hand, is the most nutrient dense, readily assimilated form of nutrition you can get. Juice has the fiber removed allowing the body to absorb it instantly without having to go through the laborious task of digestion. We get plenty of fiber from our hearty green salad and vegetable based dinners.

Can I cleanse if I’m diabetic?

Absolutely! In fact many people have helped or eliminated Type 2 diabetes through juicing and a plant based diet. And all of our cleanse juices are sugar free or low-sugar. But as with any new diet program, please consult your doctor first.

Can I cleanse while I’m taking medication?

In most cases yes, but check with your doctor before beginning any sort of cleanse or new diet as some foods can interact with medication.

I have an intolerance to gluten, can I still do a cleanse?

Absolutely! All of our juices are completely gluten-free. In fact, doing a vegetable juice cleanse can actually help alleviate some of the effects of a gluten intolerance. But always check with your doctor before starting any new diet regime.

What is the best way to come off the cleanse?

Try to eat light the first day off your cleanse so you do not overwhelm your digestive tract with too much food. Doing so can leave you feeling sluggish, bloated and lethargic. We recommend cleansing as a lifestyle, not a quick-fix. It is highly recommended to incorporate green juice into your daily diet. If you choose to keep vegetable juice as part of your new healthy lifestyle, start the day with 16-32oz of warm lemon water followed by 16-32oz of vegetable juice. Introduce some low-sugar fruits such as grapefruit, green apples, and berries. Or have a big green salad or raw veggies like your dinners you followed on the cleanse.

Can I exercise while on a cleanse?

Moderate exercise supports the detox process and can make cleansing more enjoyable. Strenuous exercise while on a cleanse is not recommended unless you are an experienced cleanser. We recommend low-impact or no-impact activities such as walking, swimming, yoga or stretching. A light walk will gently encourage lymphatic circulation. Do not continue if you begin to feel dizzy.

Do you recommend colon cleansing and colonics?

Colonics administered by highly-trained colonic therapists are beneficial to the cleanse process. While on a cleanse, the body is “awakening” large amounts of matter and old toxic substances that your body cannot eliminate on its own. Colon cleansing is beneficial for ridding the body of the stagnant waste. Do your research before choosing a colon therapist. We recommend the gravity-fed method.

What is HPP?

Unlike traditional heat pasteurization (“boil and bottle”), High Pressure Pascalization is an external process: The pressure is applied when products are in their final packaging, thus eliminating the possibility of recontamination, while the raw product itself is never touched. Because of the chilled temperature at which the juice is treated and the minimal impact that pressure has on the structure of the components responsible for nutrition and flavor, the juice remains raw. It is a very similar process to sinking the bottle to the bottom of the ocean, as it reaches 87,000 psi within the pressure chamber. In addition to disabling the potential for microbial growth and allowing for a risk-free product into the hands of consumers, a key benefit of HPP is a naturally extended shelf life.

What is Stevia?

Stevia is a plant that acts as a natural sweetener. We use very small amounts to sweeten one of our all-green juices and lemon water. There are varying forms of Stevia on the market. We use an unprocessed liquid form of true stevia, which is the most ideal source. Because Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.