After a bad bout of gastro-enteritis, I’ve finally decided to be more serious about my health. I needed something radical though to kick-start my journey so I decided on doing a moderate intensity course of Juice Jab. My previous experience with the mild course was a pleasant, fairly easy one so I thought that the moderate course would be a piece of cake.

They deliver 4 juices every day for 3 days. 2 juices replace 2 meals every day, ideally breakfast and lunch. My dinner, and all my other snacks in between, are all fruits and vegetables.

The first juice is the Gold Strike – a mixture of Cayenne, Honey, Lemon, and Water. It’s very tart and sour. The cayenne gives a good kick at the back of the throat and helps remove the monotony of the taste.

Here are the benefits from the Juice Jab Website:

Cayenne Pepper enhances body circulation and neutralizes acidity. It is an effective anti-cold and flu agent and triggers detoxification by heating the body causing it to sweat and release the toxins.
Honey is a natural endurance booster that works on mobilizing extra fat stores making it usable energy for regular body functions. It eases coughs, sore throats and hangovers.
Lemon boosts the immune system to fight off infection. It aids digestion thus relieving indigestion and constipation. It is also a diuretic that addresses rheumatism and arthritis

The second juice is the Emerald Punch – a mixture of Celery, Ginger, Pineapple, and Spinach. This is one is quite pleasant, slightly sweet, and herbal. It’s very easy to drink, easily my favorite. The color which is a muddy green led my office mates to think that I was drinking watercolor brush cleaning water – so additional fun right there.

Celery has essential oils that regulates the nervous system and creates a calming effect. It is a refreshing drink perfect for warm weather and is a great nightcap for a blissful sleep.
Ginger improves the absorption of nutrients in the body. It provides gastrointestinal relief and soothes joint pains, muscle and menstrual cramps.
Pineapple is a digestive aid that breaks down food, particularly protein, more efficiently. It is anti-inflammatory and speeds up recovery of external injuries.
Spinach is loaded with vitamin A, K, and folate. It has cancer-fighting anti-oxidants and is loaded with potassium that effectively lowers blood pressure.

The third juice is the Amber Power – Apple, Carrot, and Ginger. This one was the most “juice-like” of the bunch. It was not hard at all to drink, although it does leave you wanting more.

Apple enhances overall cardiovascular health due to its antioxidant contents. It is good for flushing the kidneys and stabilizes digestive upsets.
Carrot is high in Vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and nourishes the skin. It has strong cleansing properties that detoxify the liver and digestive system.
Ginger improves the absorption of nutrients in the body. It provides gastrointestinal relief and soothes joint pains, muscle and menstrual cramps.

The fourth juice is the Ruby Hook – Beet, Carrot, and Cucumber. This tasted predominantly like cucumber so for me, this was a bit difficult to drink. You have to be careful with this one though as the beet means it can stain clothes easily. I also found that an hour or so after drinking this, I feel the need to do #2. So if you’re not regular, this bone helps make your movement regular.

Beet stimulates liver functions and detoxifies it. It reduces cholesterol and triglycerides and has high iron content that increases blood count and improves blood circulation.
Carrot is high in Vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and nourishes the skin. It has strong cleansing properties that detoxify the liver and digestive system.
Cucumber contains silica that strengthens connective tissues resulting to stronger hair and nails. Its high water content flushes away toxins and hydrates the body.

This moderate course was definitely much harder than the mild course. At the 2nd day, I found my temper flaring up so you have to be aware of that and keep that in check. I felt weak the 1st and 2nd day. By the 3rd day, my body has adjusted already and it gets much easier.

Note that you can only eat fruits so after the first day, the fruits’ flavors start to melt together. I recommend you add some veggies in the mix to break the monotony of the fruits. Never the less, even if you just eat all fruits, it still beats snacking on the junk food I’d usually buy.

Some learnings: bring easy to eat and easy to dispose of fruits. Grapes are perfect as they’re easy to eat and there is no trash afterwards, especially if you get the seedless ones and pack grapes without the stem. Bananaes are easy to eat but you do have to worry about the skin after, as long as there’s a trash can nearby though, it’s a no brainer. Mangoes are an excellent source of sugar and an energy boost but eating it is super messy. I don’t recommend this if you have to juice jab in the office. Oranges and dalandan are also good, but like the bananas, you just have to have a ready refuse bin at hand.

Would I do a moderate juice jab course again? Yes I would, I think this would be a good level for me to do regularly, at least quarterly perhaps.

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