The best thing about Juice Because is that you can take the glass bottles back and get store credit. If you are concerned about your environmental foot print, then this is the best option. You can also save some money using their Cleanse with a Friend option. You have the option of adding bone broth to your cleanse. I have to admit that I was disappointed with the flavours of these juices, and to see agave in one of their juices. Agave is a high-fructose sweetener that is not gut-healthy.
Length of cleanse: 1 or 3 day options.
Customize option: Similar juices can be swapped out if an allergy or sensitivity exists. There is an option to add bone broth to the cleanse.
Flexible start date: Tuesday or Saturday start days.
# of cleanses: 2. Cleanse I (and JB Cleanse 9.0 which I'm not covering in this article)
Provides instructions: Brochure provided in the box with pre and post cleanse instructions.
Ingredients/nutritional info on bottle: Ingredients and nutritional label on each bottle.
# of bottles: 6 bottles per day.
Cost: $65 for 1 day and $190 for 3 day cleanse. There is a discount if you cleanse with a friend.
Order to drinking juices: Juices are labelled in the order they should be consumed.
Which one do I choose?
Determining factors for whether I'll use any of these cleanses again are taste and convenience. The Juice Shop, JUSU bar, and Wild and Raw all have my vote for great juices in the flavour department. Convenience for me means grabbing the juices I need and throwing them into my backpack to take to work. This was very difficult to do with the glass bottles from Juice Because, and Wild and Raw. They are very heavy, and if I had more than one in my bag I had to be careful they didn't bang against one another. If you are doing your cleanse at home, then this isn't an issue, but if you need to carry juices with you, then it could become a problem. When looking at both taste and convenience The Juice Shop and JUSU bar worked best for me.
If you are brand new to juice cleanses, then the Easy Cleanse from JUSU bar, the Beginner's Cleanse from The Juice Shop, or Cleanse I from Juice Because are your best choices. JUSU bar and Juice Because only have two delivery/pick up dates, so if you need more flexibility, then The Juice Shop offers that.
Moderate cleanses would include Wild and Raw's Basic Cleanse, JUSU bar's Deep Cleanse, and The Juice Shop's Intermediate Cleanse.
If you already lead a healthy lifestyle that includes an organic, whole foods diet, and you want to do a more intense cleanse, then The Juice Shop's Advance Cleanse, or their Liver Cleanse, or Wild and Raw's Deep Cleanse are your best choices.
If you want to add bone broth, then you can choose Wild and Raw, or Juice Because, and The Juice Shop is anticipating having their broth out soon too. Of course you can also add your own broth, which is what I did for most of my 19 days. Why would you add broth? Amino acids are needed for phase 2 of liver detoxification, and broth will provide you with the specific amino acids you need to also nourish the gut lining. It offers all of that without requiring digestion, so still let's your digestive system rest.
If you need customization, then Calgary's local shops offer the best choices. The Juice Shop, Wild and Raw, and Juice Because have knowledgable staff that you can talk to. JUSU bar allows you to swap similar juices, which may or may not be easy depending on your food sensitivities. The Juice Shop comes out on top for customization, with Wild and Raw being the next choice.
If flavour is your biggest determining factor, then here are some considerations. Wild and Raw had the richest depth of flavour in their juices. JUSU bar includes a chocolate almond milk, so if you have a bit of a chocolate addiction then this has you covered. The Juice Shop has the greatest variety of juice blends, which is especially nice for longer cleanses.
Lastly, if cost is the biggest determining factor, then JUSU bar or Juice Because's Cleanse with a Friend are the best choices.
I hope all those criteria help you decide which cleanse is right for you. With the holidays right around the corner, think about adding a Juice Cleanse to your holiday wish list, or pre-order a cleanse for yourself or a loved one.
Winter Cleansing Tip
Coming off a cleanse requires a slow reintroduction to solid foods. In the winter months the best way to transition back to whole foods is to eat a lot of blended soups made with meat stock or bone broth. These will help warm you while adding foods in a way that are easy to digest. Gradually make your soups chunkier and heartier. The longer you have cleansed, the longer this transition period will be.
Click on one of the websites for juice cleanses above, and place your order for a January cleanse. Do it for yourself or a loved one. What are you hoping a cleanse will do for you?
Happy, Healthy Cleansing!