This year has been a year of learning about holistic healing for me, which was probably what attracted me to Nurture Wellness Village to begin with. I’ve been busy relearning my body and its intolerances, hacking chronic lifestyle diseases (like my thyroid problem) with well-thought out meal preparations, and looking for ways to boost my energy naturally, without the use of medication and artificial supplements. My 3D/2N stay at Nurture Wellness also happened to include a short juicing demo to target specific organs of the body, which makes the most of common fruit and vegetables found in most grocery stores and the queen of antioxidants, kale.
Now, I’ve always thought that juicing was the way to go when it came to extracting minerals and vitamins from my fruit and veg, but my guide at Nurture Wellness told be blending was the better option. So what’s the diff? Juicing is a process where the liquid part of the fruit or vegetable is separated from the pulp, or fiber. You get a thin and concentrated liquid product that contains vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients, which are bioactive plant-derived compounds associated with positive health effects. You also specifically need a juicer for this. With blending, the whole fruit or vegetable is used, so what you put in the blender is what you consume. The volume of the drink, which is often called a smoothie, will be much greater than that of a juice made from the same amount of fruits or vegetables. You can use anything from a standard blender to higher-end products like a Vitamix.
I was given a demo on the Nurture Healing Juices specifically concocted by their wellness nurse designed to help prevent sickness and help the body heal itself. They blend their juice to maximise the benefits of everything from the concentrated liquid product to the pulp and offer special packages for wellness retreats that include these juices and healthy meals during your stay. Or you could learn how to make them via the demo, carry on the healthy habit at home, and then tweak the recipe to what works for you. In my case, I love spiking my juice with a little bit of ginger.
The secret to their Juice for the Heart (Php 180) drink is the organic kale they grow themselves at The Farmacy. Unlike the leaves I get from Baguio, their kale has a sweet aftertaste, and goes well with the apple, banana, pineapple, basil leaves, and honey that go into the smoothie. The result is a sweet, pleasant drink with an herby aftertaste.
If you’re one to enjoy a trip to the nearby bar a little too much, their Juice for the Kidney (Php 180) should do it for you. A simple mix of kale, lemon, parsley, and honey create a sour concoction that helps cleanse the kidneys of unwanted toxins and buildup of stones.
Another slightly bitter drink with lots of health benefits is Nurture Wellness’ Juice for the Liver (Php 180), which is a blend of kale, lemon juice, apple, carrots, and honey to help the medicine go down. If you’re the type to indulge in just a few too many drinks with your mates on weekends, this cleansing juice is definitely something you should consider drinking the very next day.
Prevention is always better than cure, and their Anti Cancer Juice (Php 180) doesn’t taste so bad anyway. Made with kale, pineapple, cucumber, orange, and honey, this juice combo isn’t only good for you, it’s pretty refreshing, too!
For people with conditions that are more serious than overdoing the alcohol over the weekend, Nurture Wellness has Joyful Health Packages where clients stay to detox for a few days. The two popular packages are the Liver/ Gall Bladder/ Kidney Flush (Php 18,000), a 2D/1N stay with a program aimed at cleansing your system safely using a combination of juice fasting, enema, acupuncture, and pyroenergen. It isn’t all uncomfortable, as it includes a pampering session with a facial and foot spa, too! Another package that clients sign up for is the one for Weight Loss (Php 80,000). The 5D/4N stay has a program to help one lose weight safely and effectively which includes a healthy diet, fever bath, pyroenergen, full body massage, enema, Hamam steam bath, charcoal wrap with biota and acupuncture to remove stubborn fat. The pampering session included in the package is an Algorithm Body Conturing wrap.
My takeaway from the juicing demo? It isn’t so hard to start your holistic wellness practice. Figure out which organ you overwork the most or head to Nurture Wellness Village for a day trip and a check up with their resident nurse to check on what needs to be balanced in your body and how to step to doing just that minus the heavy medication and invasive surgery.
Nurture Wellness Village is located at Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West Cavite, Tagaytay. For inquiries or to book your stay, please call +63 918 888 8772 or +63 2 710 9786. For packages, rates, and other promos, please check their official website.
Nurture Wellness Village is owned jointly by Dr. Mike Turvill, a British national and his Fllipina wife Cathy Brilliantes-Turvill. Mike is a Doctor in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK while Cathy is an internationally licensed therapist (CIBTAC, UK) and Certified Wellness Specialist from the USA. They own two spa-related companies: Hotel and Spa Essentials, a supplier of spa and hotel products to five star spas and resorts and Spa and Wellness Professionals which offers spa training and consultancy services. Cathy was the Founding President of the Spa Association of the Philippines and is a Board member of the Asia Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition and TIEZA (Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority). Mike is the immediate Past President of the Cosmetics Chamber of the Philippines.