Cleanse

How many days should I cleanse?

Listen to your body. The duration and frequency of your cleanse is a very personal decision, and much of it also depends on your lifestyle and your schedule.

 

If you’re a first-timer, you may want to try out the Antidote 3-Day Beginner cleanse first and see how your body reacts. If your body loves it, you can then work your way up or even extend your cleanse after that.

 

Cleanses that last more than 5 days are most ideal for rebuilding your body to a clean slate and strengthening your immune system.

How often should I cleanse?

The frequency of your cleanse is, again, a very personal decision. Some people cleanse just once a month, some once a week, and some every other day.

 

Once again, listen to your body. Your body will tell you how often it needs a good cleanse, especially after special occasions like Christmas or New Years’, where you might have eaten more junk food than your body can take.

 

For first-timers, doing a Antidote 3-Day Cleanse every 2 weeks is a great start.

What is the meaning of an 'alkaline' body?

An alkaline body is ideal for good health. To achieve an alkaline body, you have to ingest alkaline food. Do you know that lemons, although acidic by itself, when consumed, is actually alkaline-forming in your stomach? On the other hand, processed foods, coffee, meat, sugar, etc, when consumed, is acid-forming. The pH levels of your body should be slightly alkaline (pH 7.35-7.45); anything below or above this range could lead to symptoms or diseases.

 

All our juices with vegetables are alkaline-forming in your body. In fact, the higher the content of vegetables, the more alkaline it is. If you’re looking for the most alkaline cleanse, you can go for the Master Cleanse, which contains 100% vegetables and 0% fructose.

Will I lose weight?

Antidote cleanses are mainly designed for cleansing your body in a nutritional sense. They are meant to give your digestive tract a rest while your body directs its healing efforts to other parts of your body, such as your skin, organs and nervous system.

 

Our cleanses also are a great way to jumpstart a weight loss diet. The more processed your diet is and the heavier you are, the more likely you are to lose weight because you stop ingesting unhealthy fatty foods, and instead, consume raw, potent juices. Losing weight is bonus, but it should not be the main purpose of doing a juice cleanse and should not be sustained in the long-run for weight loss purposes.

 

Another point to note is that our cleanses should result in you becoming more mindful of what you consume after your cleanse. It should help you to renew your diet palette and make you crave for healthier foods after that.

Is it true that my body can cleanse itself naturally? If yes, why should I do a juice cleanse?

Yes, your body does have the ability to cleanse itself naturally. It eliminates toxins daily through your bowels, perspiration and other means; you sleep when your body is tired and your body heals when you are sick.

 

However, the toxins we ingest in modern day’s diet and lifestyle can impair your body’s detoxification process. By cleansing, you are helping your body to do what it does, better.

 

Since your body spends a lot of energy breaking down solid food daily; by cleansing, you are giving your digestive tract a break and allowing it to release the internal toxin build-up.

 

Since ancient times, cleansing and fasting was used as a way to bring balance back to people’s lives. Cleansing is truly beneficial for one’s health – it’s not just a diet fad or a popular trend. In fact, once people experience the positive effects of cleansing themselves, they will realize that it is an extremely effective and important health ritual that’s here to stay.

I'm nervous about my first cleanse. Should I do it?

We understand how you feel. For first-timers, cleansing can seem like a big challenge. Our tip for you is to go slow and listen to your body. Even if you fail to cleanse without solid food for 3 full days, that’s fine! Even one day or half a day is a good start for you. You’re giving your body what it deserves – fresh, raw, potent juices to nourish your every cell.

 

Another tip is to research on cleansing before starting one. This way, you’ll know what to expect and what to avoid – reading this FAQ is a good start!

 

Once you’ve gotten used to the routine, cleansing will seem less daunting and will come naturally to you.

Will I feel giddy, deprived, or need to go to the bathroom frequently?

How your body reacts to a cleanse is very personal. Some may find themselves relieved from constipated, while some may be unable to have bowel movements during the cleanse. Once again, listen to your body.

 

If you’re unable to go to the bathroom, drink a light detox tea, such as Dandelion Tea, to aid in that aspect.

 

If you feel giddy and unable to go on a normal day’s activity, do have some light, healthy snack or a raw salad to gain some energy.

 

There’s no hard and fast rule to cleansing – you should be in tuned with your body and intuitive to what your body needs.

Where do I get my protein?

Our living plant-based juices contain a significant amount of protein from fruits and vegetables. The nutmilk at the end of each day will also provide you with 18-24grams of protein per day.

 

If you do need more protein for that day, opt for a cleanse with high protein content – the Active Cleanse – designed for individuals who plan to keep up with their active lifestyles during their cleanse.

I'm pregnant. Can I do a cleanse?

We highly recommend you to add 1-2 juices to your diet daily when you are pregnant. Juices are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and all kinds of phytonutrients that are beneficial for you and your child.

 

However, we do not recommend doing a juice cleanse for pregnant women. When you’re pregnant, you need extra calories to support you and your growing child, and the calories in the juice cleanse daily are insufficient.

I'm lactose-intolerant. Can I do a cleanse?

Yes, Antidote cleanses are 100% vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. There are no animal products found in our juices and nutmilks.

I'm on medications. Can I do a cleanse?

If you’re on any medication or anti-biotics, please check with your medical doctor before starting any cleanse.

Juices and Nutmylks

What's the difference between Antidote's cold-pressed juices and the normal juices I make at home?

We use the x1 GoodNature and the Norwalk hydraulic press to extract our juices. Both hydraulic presses involves a two step process. Step one involves slow grinding of fresh produce is very much similar to the human chewing action – it opens up cell walls and turns it into pulp. For step two, the pulp falls into a filter bag and the hydraulic press presses the pulp slowly and gently, completely extracting the natural vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes and flavours. This slow pressing process enables minimum mixing of air which results in minimum oxidation.

 

Home juicers, on the other hand, usually made of centrifugal or rotary blade juicer, are a much faster juicing method that generates heat. Heat oxidises and destroys nutrients. Even household slow juicers do not have the same juice consistency (texture and color)that our hydraulic presses produce.

 

Cold-pressed juicing is the only method of juicing that enables juices to be bottled without preservatives and still maintain a 3-5 day shelf life. Cold-pressed juices also maintain bright, deep colours which indicates that antioxidants and vitamins are still active and alive.

Why does my juice look/taste different from the last time I bought it?

Our juices are all mixed to precision. We try our best to use the same type of fresh produce every single day. However, due to seasonal changes, we may sometimes have to use different types of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, even with the same proportions used, natural fruits and vegetables may vary in sweetness and color by itself.

My juice separated. Is it still okay to drink it?

It’s normal for juices to separate due to varying density of fruits and vegetables. As long as your juice is refrigerated at all times, before its expiry date, and does not taste foul or gassy, its is not spoilt. Give it a good shake and you can start drinking them again.

Why are Antidote's juices so expensive?

At first glance, our juices may seem pricey. We totally understand that. However, every bottle that we prepare for you contains approximately 1kg of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. All the washing, chopping, juicing, cleaning, filtering, mixing, bottling and labelling done behind the scenes also mean that each bottle can take up to 15-30 minutes for us to prepare. We do not dilute our juices ever; every bottle is 100% pure juice. In fact, by purchasing Antidote’s juices instead of making them yourself, you save the time to go down to your grocery store to buy fresh produce, the time to look for recipes of juices that are superior in taste and health benefits, and instead have a professional juicing team and Nutritionist to do that for you. You also save time on all the kitchen work and clean-up.

Why don't you use glass bottles?

We use PETE-1 plastic bottles which are 100% recyclable. Plastic use considerably less energy to be recycled than glass. Plastic bottles are a much lighter option compared to glass, making it easier for us to transport and for you to bring around; which means less fuel is used to create and transport these bottles, lightening its carbon footprints.

I am lactose-intolerant, can I drink your juices and nutmilks?

Our juices and nutmilks are 100% plant-based and lactose-free.

Can my kids drink your juices and nutmilks?

Definitely. In fact, it’s a great way for your kids to consume more fruits and vegetables due to the tasty profile of our juices and nutmilks.

How long can I store the juices and nutmylks?

You can store the juices for 4 days , nutmylks  for 3 days and nutmylks consist of coconut for 2 days in the refrigerator.All Juices and Nutylks must be kept refrigerated at all times. As they are perishable and unpasteurised you need to keep them in chillier right up until consumption. If you are bringing the juices out, please put them in a cooler bag.

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