Is Juicing right for you?

Oh so many grapefruit to choose from!

Oh so many grapefruit to choose from!

The benefits of juicing are vast! Ask anyone who juices. If you are looking for a reason to juice, consider this:
Juicing heals! So many ailments including tiredness, insomnia, skin problems, immune dysfunction, weight issues to name a just a few. Who wouldn’t want to juice?
Actually… there are some contraindications to juicing. These include people being treated for cancer. And, people with diabetes need
a doctor’s approval. And pregnant women, and very young children.

Juicing is powerful stuff. One of my dear friends was being treated for breast cancer a few years ago, and her MD told her NO JUICING!
The juice would have detoxed the necessary chemotherapy right out of her body. She is now fully recovered, thank God.
(Epilogue: She did finally get the chemotherapy out of her body recently during a juice cleanse, but that’s another story.)

And, Juice has a lot of carbohydrates, therefore it should be used under a doctor’s supervision if you have diabetes.

Aside from these exceptions, juicing can be done by most of the population. For example, last week we taught a bunch of middle school-ers in Amsterdam, NY about juicing.
They LOVED it! It was their annual Wellness Day, and my good friend, Christine, invited us to come teach. The kids were so enthusiastic. Many said
they were going to ask for a juicer for their birthdays. Others said they had a juicer in the cupboard, but never saw it used. It was so exciting to
see their positive attitudes. No fear at all for them. My hope is that they can bring that enthusiasm home and get their parents juicing too.

Wouldn’t it be great to become so healthy that you don’t need those pills anymore? I have heard so many stories of people lowering their cholesterol, their
weight, their blood pressure. And all within the first 3 months of juicing. I can’t wait until doctors start recommending Juice instead of a prescription!

What Juicer Should I Buy?

What Juicer Should I Buy? I am asked this question almost daily. Truthfully, there is a lot to consider when buying a juicer. Here is some basic information. There are two common types: Centrifugal and Masticating.

Centrifugal juicers are sold in most stores these days. They are affordable, $50-300. I have seen them at Goodwill for $10.  Centrifugal juicers make juice by spinning the  produce at very high speeds. The juice is separated from the fiber with this action. Juice should be consumed within 20 minutes of making it to get it’s full nutritional value.  Centrifugal juicers make juice quickly without much labor. The food chute is generally, not always, large and whole apples can be put in it.  They can be more work to clean up than a masticating juicer.

Example of a masticating juicer

Here is my Champion juicer.

Masticating juicers are often sold at health food stores, but primarily purchased online. Price starts around $200 and can go up to $400. These juicers make juice by grinding the produce and squeezing the juice from the fiber. The motor turns a grinder at a fairly slow rate, which allows the cell wall of the fruit or vegetable to be broken open, thereby releasing maximum nutrition. Juice can be consumed up to 48 hours later with maximum nutritional value if refrigerated in an airtight glass container.  Masticating juicers do require more labor: pushing the produce through the chute takes some arm strength, and the chute is generally smaller. Apples, for example, must be quartered. These juicers are easier to clean up when finished juicing.

I once did an experiment with juicing the same amount of produce with both types of juicers. I did this at one of my classes.  We were amazed to find that the masticating juicer made 2X the amount of juice from the exact same amount of produce.

Buying a juicer is a personal decision.  This information is what I have learned from researching juicers and from teaching people about the benefits of juicing.

I offer Juicing for Wellness and Vitality classes periodically.  I have both types of juicers for the participants to use. People definitely have a preference of one juicer over the other after using both of them. See my Juicing Classes page for information about upcoming classes.

Feel free to write comments or questions. I hope this answered your questions.