Think making fresh vegetable juice daily is a luxury for people with too much time on their hands? Don't tell that to Jason Vale. The Brit, who calls himself 'the juice master' and has been dubbed 'the Jamie Oliver of juicing' is extremely passionate about the health benefits of liquefied vegetables. After all, he does believe daily glasses of the stuff saved his life.
Once an overweight smoker and heavy drinker, the author of Slim 4 Life and the new release The Funky Fresh Juice Book insists his poor health was completely turned around after he incorporated fresh vegetable juice into his daily life. Why? Because he preferred to drink veggies rather than eat them.
"Juices helped me cure myself of asthma, obesity, psoriasis, eczema and hay fever," the 42-year-old tells Health & Wellbeing.
"I have also witnessed firsthand how 'natural juice therapy' has transformed the lives of so many people who were told, as I was, that there was no 'cure' for their conditions.
"I was told that I would have to use medicinal drugs and creams my whole life. I am pleased to report I haven't taken a medicinal drug for over a decade now and I am also pleased to no longer rattle as I walk, as so many people do," he says.
Before you write Vale off as one of those preachy health extremists, he insists he is not completely against mainstream medicine.
"I am not against short term medical intervention, but I see many people taking drugs for years where 'natural juice therapy' would do the trick with no side effects" he explains.
Vale is currently in Australia to promote a new juicing machine (the Philips Quick Clean), and is on a mission to get everyone drinking "at least one glass of veggie juice every day".
"We require the right nutrients every day in order to build up immunity to disease. People spend a great deal of money on vitamin and mineral tablets," he says. "In my opinion, the best possible health insurance you can get is a freshly extracted 'multi-ingredient' juice each day such as apple, spinach, ginger, mint, cucumber, zucchini, raw beetroot, carrot and broccoli".
Still think you're too busy? Vale has something to say about that as well.
"Fresh juicing used to take a great deal of time and effort, but with the invention of modern machines (such as the new Philips Quick Clean juicer), fresh juicing has now gone 'Broadband'.
"If it takes you any longer than 5 - 10 minutes to make juice AND clean the machine, you are doing something wrong."
Jason has kindly shared seven of his juice recipes that he believes aid common ailments, from hay fever to high cholesterol to high-blood pressure. Click on the gallery below to check out Jason's recipes. And do let us know if you try them!
For more recipes from Jason Vale, check out The Funky Fresh Juice Book, $39.95 (Juice Master Publications).