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Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Nutrition | 32 comments

A Beginner’s Guide to Juicing

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In my last post about eating for wellness, I mentioned that more fruits and veggies are essential to an energy boosting diet. Sometimes it can be really difficult to get sufficient amounts into your meals (especially if you’re aiming for the ideal 70%). This is precisely why I adore juicing.

Juicing is one of the best things that you can do for your health. Fresh vegetable and fruit juices have shown to fight cancer and virtually every other disease known to man. They are particularly good for your skin and super easy to digest (A win for someone like me). If you haven’t checked it out, the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, it is a must see. You can watch it on Netflix or for free on Hulu.

What I love about juicing is that you get a blast of nutrients all in one delicious cup. If you find that you’re falling short on your daily amount, this is an instant fix. Once you get the hang of it, juicing is quick, easy and fun. In fact, even kids love it. Shawn and I let our 3 year old niece help us make juice and she loved it! She even drank the entire cup of green goodness.

KINDS OF JUICERS

You may be asking yourself what type of juicer you should use. There are generally 3 different types of juicers, and your price point will most likely dictate which type you can afford.

1) CENTRIFUGAL JUICER

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Breville JE98XL

This is most affordable type of juicer. It’s incredibly easy and fast to use because rotates at a high RPM (6,500-12,000 RPMs). They don’t get as much yield as other juicers, but is a great option if you’re on a budget. These run from $60 to around $150.

2) MASTICATING/SINGLE AUGER JUICERS

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Omega VRT350S

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Omega J8004

In my opinion, this juicer has the most bang for your buck. These masticating juicers crush food with a slow 80 RPMs. These juicers produce a higher yield, have more nutrients and are easier to clean than other juicers. Masticating juicers are a bit more expensive and start at around $250 and go up from there.

3) Twin Gear Juicer

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These guys are the mack daddy of the juicing world. When you use these, you are getting the most yield, least pulp and highest amount of nutrients. You can even keep juice from these machines in your fridge for a few days because its nutrients are so in tact. They are, however, really expensive and range from about $500-$1200.

HOW TO JUICE

  • Buy the produce you want to juice. You can find tons of recipes for juice online. Try to use as much organic as possible. Because your are using juice for it’s nourishing, cleansing and detoxifying effects, it is prudent to buy chemical-free produce.
  • Prepare your produce for juicing. Wash your fruits and vegetables well. Slice them into sections that fit the opening of your juicer. It is usually not necessary to peel and core your produce unless you are using conventional rather than organic.
  • Feed your fruits and veggies through the feeding tube. I usually alternate my veggies so that they work to push each other through instead of doing all of one kind at a time. Try mixing it up.
  • Drink and Enjoy!

BENEFITS OF COMMONLY JUICED FRUITS AND VEGGIES

  • Apples: High in antioxidants and detoxifiers. Sweetens bitter juice. Aids in digestion.
  • Kale: Amazing for the blood and skin. Rich in dozens of vitamins and minerals. Has major anti-oxidant activity.
  • Lemons: Super alkalizing. Makes any juice easy to drink and deliciously tart.
  • Carrots: Also high in antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals including folic acid and B vitamins. Adds a slight sweetness to juices.
  • Cucumbers: Great for skin and hair. High water content is perfect for hydration. Aids in weight loss.
  • Ginger: Amazing for digestive upset. Helps with allergies, colds and coughs. Anti-inflammatory.
  • Cilantro: Incredibly good for detoxifying the body. Helps the body expel heavy metals. Anti-inflammatory. Great for hormone balancing.
  • Parsley: Another major detoxifier. Improves body odor and breath. High in chlorophyll which oxidizes the blood.
  • Beets: Blood purifier and blood builder. Prevents and helps dissolve stones in liver, kidney’s and bladder.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • If you plan on juicing a lot, buy in bulk. I usually buy a 5-10 lb bag of carrots at a time and big bags of apples and lemons. See what is available in your area because it’s much cheaper to buy this way.
  • Juice your juice. When you are done juicing, pour your juice back through the juicer (make sure to put another container under the spout!) to get rid of remaining pulp and clean out leftover remains in the juicer. It makes cleanup a breeze.
  • Clean right away. Your juicer is really easy to clean if you do it right after juicing. I usually rinse everything off before I enjoy my juice. If you let it sit for a while, you will have to use a bit of elbow grease to get everything clean and it just takes more time.
  • Use more veggies than fruit. One common mistake is to juice mostly fruits to make your juices sweet and palpable. You can easily overload on sugar if you’re not careful. You will see that 1 apple or a lemon goes a long way in juice and carrots are surprisingly sweet. Try to use more cucumbers, greens, and celery.
  • Only drink 8oz at a time. It’s easy to over drink juices because they’re just so freakin’ good and good for you. Your body can only process 8oz every hour, so any more than that is a waste.

MY FAVORITE GO-TO JUICE

This one is my favorite because I almost always have everything on hand and I can easily add or subtract things and it still tastes great!

Yield: 8-10 oz

1 apple

2 carrots

1/2 cucumber

4 stalks of kale

1 lemon

This is a sweet and tangy treat that will energize and alkalize you instantly. You can always add some ginger, celery, beets, bell peppers, cilantro or parsley to this for added benefit and without changing the taste too much.

Why do you love juicing? Have you noticed benefits in our life? If you haven’t juiced before, what are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below.

TODAY’S CHOICE

I choose to feed my body the nutrients it needs to thrive.

32 Comments

  1. I asked for a juicer for Christmas. Santa came through yet the box is still unopened! This post is exactly what I needed! Thanks!

    • Awesome! Watch out because you might just become addicted ;)

  2. Great summary! I’ve been juicing for a few months, now. I think you pointed out the two big challenges most people don’t consider: getting the produce and cleaning up. Those two things require big changes to your routine, so you need to prepare for it if you’re going to be successful. Cleaning up right after juicing is the same strategy I’ve used.

    I love the way I feel after drinking the juice first thing in the morning. I juice a bunch, drink one glass myself, take another glass to my wife, and then watch my two little kids happily gulp down the rest. It makes me feel like I’m doing a little something every morning for the health of my family.

    • I agree. Prepping is really important. Once you get the hang of cleaning your juicer, cleanup is so easy. I think people think it’s worse than it is.

      That’s so great that you juice for your family every morning. Wow! what an awesome and thoughtful thing to do for your family.

  3. Absolutely awesome, informative article. As you write, juicing IS one of the healthiest things you can do. There seems to have been a rash of articles lately criticizing the practice because it’s not perfect. Thanks for this article!

  4. I read somewhere that the only fruit you should juice with vegetables are apples. What do you think?

    • You know, I have heard that before… actually I heard apples and lemons are the only ones you should be juicing. I’m assuming it has something to do with food combining and different digestive enzymes. I know that generally speaking (from a food combining perspective) you aren’t supposed to eat fruit with anything else. I’m assuming it’s based off that.

      I don’t really ever juice any fruits except apples and lemons with my veggies but I definitely don’t use any kind of strict rules. I would say if you’re juicing at all, it’s a great thing and I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

      • I use either apples or pears.
        If Im making 1ltr i will put in one of each.

  5. Just found your blog today via a tweet by @michaelhyatt and I’m loving it. This post, in particular, interested me because my wife and I took up juicing about a year ago and it has changed our lives. Looking forward to reading more from you!

    • Thanks, Chris! I’m glad you like juicing as much as I do. I’m bordering on addiction ;-)

  6. I have a question about juicing your juice to help with clean up, do you remove the pulp first? then use it as a rinse? or immediately after you juice, run it through again? I’m so excited to start juicing!

    • I run it through immediately after juicing as soon as I’ve put my last item in and it’s had a change to get all the juice out. It gets a lot more of the pulp out so cleanup is much easier.

      Good luck with juicing! It’s pretty addicting :)

  7. I had no idea you should only drink 8oz of juice at a time – that your body can’t process any more than that so it’s a waste. Man! I’ve wasted a lot of juice! Ha!

    I’ve also heard that squeezing a little lemon helps with absorption of dark leafy greens like kale and wheatgrass.

  8. I’m fighting stage 4 stomach cancer, have had three surgeries and right now I have what seems to be some kind of intestinal blockage. Might be scar tissue or progression I don’t know yet. I want to juice but the juices are proving to be really strong for me and I can’t seem to hold them down. I would like to start with some sweeter juices and work my way up. I found the ginger to be extremely spicy and it would burn my stomach.

    You can follow me at youcaring.com/leomarquez

    • ginger may be too spicy- try carrot, spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, apple etc. but keep juicing!

  9. I just bought a nutriBullet juicer, do you know if I put a whole lemon in it or do I have to peel the lemon first.

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  11. As a “beginner”, I’ve heard I need to be a bit careful about what I blend so that I can make it through a busy day and NOT spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Can you suggest a “gentle” way to help the body adjust to juicing?

    Thanks!

  12. I want to change my energy level. I already love vegetables and fruits and can’t wait to start. Many problems with my body at age 51 will improve. I want to get off medication for pain in knees, back, muscles, depression and live. Thanks for tips

  13. I recently did a book review on Ultimate Juicing Guide. It has a ton of tips and recipes for people who want to start juicing. Check it out at ultimatejuicingguidereview.com

  14. Would like to get into juicing. Researching which juicer to buy and where.

  15. I do not have a juicer yet, but can i use my smoothie maker for now?

  16. I love juicing. I’m currently on day 33 of a 92 day juice feast. My family and friends think I’m crazy. Not much support there but I bought an omega vert350 and love it. I feel great, have lots of energy and look fab. I have been trying New juices and mixes but love the basic spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, apple, pear, lime. today my stomach is hurting a little but I’ve been drinking water. I am so stoked to be doing 92 days and to have found ur site. Thx

  17. I went to my first juice bar after my work out and got the Love Machine juice which had apple, orange, maca, and watermelon. I really liked it and it was a great juice. I am considering juicing as well now but I only have a blender. Do you have any tips for me starting out?

    • Hi. Well you could blend the things and then use a strainer, cheesecloth or nut milk bag to strain out the pulp until you can get a juicer. A good juicer is important though and eventually you’ll need one. I started with a jack lalane which is a centrifugal. Centrifugal juicer grind the things up to extract the juice. I find thme loud and inefficient. But they’re cheaper, usually and will get you by. I recently embarked on a 92 day juice cleanse and am on day 57. I bought an omega vrt350. IT is a masticating juicer. Masticating juicer wring out the juice and the imoge and green star and a few other do it very slowly. They are mush more efficient and quitter and very easy to clean. So I would recommend spending a little more to get a better juicer if you plan on doing it often. But start slow, see how you like and let me know if you have any more questions.

      Chandra

  18. Great article. Masticating juicers are great, they keep all the nutritional benefits and produce maximum juice. There is now the Omega J8006 and for me it’s the best masticating juicer.

  19. I just bought a juicer. I didn’t do detox and just started making the juices is that ok? The other question I have is I just started getting gas and a little constipation is that normal and will it go away?

  20. I’ve read somewhere the order to put produce in, can you tell us? Something like hardier ones and softer ones and such in certain order?
    Thanks starting juicing

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