Juicing 101


Juicing has by far become my new favorite health fix and I've definitely learned a lot within the past few weeks since starting this great new habit. Check out my intro post "Get Juiced!" to get caught up on my recent juicing journey. It makes me feel great about my health and has really put a positive spin on my day to day life. We could all benefit from a little fresh juice everyday. In this post I'll go over all the juicing knowledge I've accumulated so far along with some tips on how to get started and what juicer may be best for you. 


First things first, what type of juicer should you get?

Centrifugal Juicer
There are two styles of juicers out there, centrifugal and masticating. Centrifugal juicers finely chop and slice the produce while spinning at very high speeds while masticating juicers work by squeezing the produce and wringing it out like a wet cloth at very low speeds. Each style has there own benefits and downfalls. Centrifugal juicers are very fast and require minimal chopping of produce. The downfall of centrifugal juicers is that they spin the juice at high speeds which can make the juice very foamy and filled with air, this can cause higher rates of oxidation of the juice which means it needs to be consumed directly after making it for the best benefit. Centrifugal juicers are also not very good at juicing leafy greens which are one of the main heavy hitters when it comes to your health. 

Omega VERT 330 Masticating Juicer

Masticating juicers are great at juicing leafy greens and work at slower speeds which means less air getting into the juice. Less air means less breakdown of the juice and longer storage times before the juice looses all of the active enzymes and minerals that are so good for us. The omega brand of masticating juicers claims that the juice made from their juicers can be stored for up to 72 hours from the time of juicing. It is not ideal to store your juice for that long but the added shelf life can make juicing more manageable as it may allow you to juice every other day and store juice for the days in between. With masticating juicers you tend to have to chop up the vegetables into smaller pieces before juicing them and the machine juices much slower than a centrifugal juicer. I use the Omega VERT masticating juicer 330 and feel as though the extra time it takes to juice is worth the ability to store your juice longer with much higher yields of leafy greens. 

Which fruits and vegetables should you juice? 

There are no rules on what and what not to juice but there are a few guidelines that are useful to follow. First of all it's better to juice vegetables than it is to juice fruit. This is because fruits are much higher in sugar and when they are juiced the sugar is isolated from the fruit fiber. When isolated sugar is consumed it enters our blood stream much faster because it does not have the fiber to help slow it's absorption. High spikes in blood sugar are not good for our bodies ability to maintain a consistent blood sugar level and can lead to issues such as insulin resistance and diabetes. Stick to juicing fresh vegetables and only add in a few fruits here and there to help make the juice taste a bit sweater. 

I personally like to juice leafy greens as my base juice (kale, collards, bok choy, parsley) along with celery, cucumber, carrots and apples (for sweetness). Leafy greens are highly concentrated with great nutritional value and should always be a staple in any fresh juice. If you'd like to boost the detoxing power of your juice try throwing in some dandelion greens as well as half a beet, they are great at stimulating the phase 2 detoxification system of your liver. Also, if I know I'll be storing some of the juice for a period of a day or two I'll add in some fresh lemon to help slow down the oxidation process and keep the juice fresher for longer. 

Remember that juicing should be done on top of eating whole fresh fruits and vegetables and should never replace them. Consuming your daily amount of dietary fiber is crucial for proper bowel and intestine health.  

Have any questions on juicing? Post them in the comments!

Happy juicing!

Jamie 


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