Juicing is a great way to integrate fruits and vegetables into your diet, especially if you do not like to eat whole fruits and vegetables. It can help you meet the daily recommendations for these foods as well as allow you to consume a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in a tasty way. Juicing is usually done with a machine which turns raw fruits and vegetables into liquid and pulp. The machine chops the fruits and vegetables into tiny pieces and spins them, separating the juice from the pulp.
Even before juicers were invented fruits were mashed. Text from the Dead Sea Scrolls, “A pounded mash of pomegranate and fig” resulting in “profound strength and subtle form,” indicates that juicing has been around since ancient times. The first living juicer was invented in the 1930’s by Dr. Norman Walker. He called this juicer the Norwalk Juice and it is still on the market to this day. In 1954 the first masticating juicer was invented, The Champion, which can juice almost every type of vegetable including leafy ones. The Greenpower juicer was invented in 1993 and was the first twin gear juicer. It was created by Richard Kim who was presented the grand prize at the 9th International Invention/ New Products Exposition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 1993.
Nowadays juicing s is used for a variety of reasons, whether it is to add a delicious snack to your diet or to help alleviate ailments such as skin disease or immune disorders. It is now known that much of the fiber from fruits and vegetables is contained in the pulp so it would be a good idea to add some back into the drink. If you do not like to drink pulp, try baking the pulp into a muffin or cookie recipe as a healthy alternative. Modern juicers make juicing easy and fun.
Juicing for Beginners
When deciding the best juicer for beginners, the criteria that was reviewed was price, power, and ease of use. For these reasons, we believe that the
Breville BJE200XL is undoubtedly one of the best juicers for an entry level consumer.
At just around 100 dollars, the BJE200XL competes with juicers at double the value. Power:
This compact juicer comes with a 700 watt motor that spins at 14000 RPM.
Ease of Use:
This model is a centrifugal juicer, meaning it spins at a high speed to produce juice in seconds as opposed to a masticating juicer that produces over the course of minutes. Another key feature of the BJE200XL is that is has a wide mouth feed tube. The feed tube is wider than most models at the entry level market, which saves time for the user by allowing more fruit to be pushed in at once. Users don’t have to cup fruit or chop up pieces, they can simply drop whole pieces of fruit down the feed tube Every part of the Breville model is dishwasher safe, to make clean up faster than other models on the market
Juicing at the Intermediate level
The next level of juicer is for the consumer who has had prior juicing experience and has interests in creating new drinks from recipes that they couldn’t perfect with an entry level juicer. An intermediate level juicer is also perfect for a consumer who is making recipes for a whole family rather than a single person. We reviewed the top five machines and recommend the Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL/B. The criteria that made the Breville Juice Fountain stand out among the other options were:
The retail price for the Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL/B is $299.99. Power:
This model comes with 2 control speeds. The high output was clocked at 13,000 RPM and the low output was clocked at 6,500 RPM. By having 2 different power output options, consumers have the ability to control the consistency of
their juice, by making recipes either thicker or thinner to their liking. Ease of Use:
The cutting disk below the feed tube is made of reinforced titanium which is surrounded by a micro mesh filter that extracts 30% more juice and 40% more vitamins and minerals compared to other juicers. A centered dual knife and stabilizing knife creates consistent juice flow and stops clogging within the feed tube which drastically cuts down the time of cleanup The juice jug capacity is 1 liter and includes a froth separator to save the user an extra step This model also comes with a 3 liter pulp collector so the consumer won’t have to empty it numerous times to squeeze enough juice for multiple people
The final juicer we reviewed was targeted toward the experienced consumer. Rather than a high speed centrifugal juicer, our last review consisted of a masticating juicer. It differs than that of the centrifugal juicer by using a single auger to compact and squeeze the fruit’s juice along a static screen at a slow speed, rather than pushing the fruit through a central blade at a high operating speed. Although there are many masticating juicers, we recommend the Omega Vert VRT350 Juicer for these reasons:
The Omega Vert VRT350 has a retail value of $430.00 but can be found online for around $380.00 Power:
This model comes stock with a 2 horsepower motor, runs on 150 watts, and runs at optimal efficiency at 80 RPM By running at a lower RPM, low speed juicing prevents oxidation of your juice and results in more nutrients and enzymes found in the final product of your juice as opposed to a high speed juicer Ease of Use:
The VRT350 includes a reverse switch. If any fruits or vegetables were to ever get stuck in the feed tube, just hit the reverse switch and the juicer will turn counter-clockwise until the debris clogging the unit becomes unstuck. Two nozzles (or one if desired) make juicing for multiple amounts
of people easy The Omega Vert comes with an automatic cleaning system that cleans the screen
Juices Help Prevent Deleterious Health Conditions
If you’re looking to juice for a specific purpose, such as to prevent an ailment, then juices will help you easily customize your to prevent a plethora of deleterious health conditions. Though they are a delicious and miraculous part of a raw lifestyle, and nothing at all like pasteurized and pesticide-laden commercial juice drinks, we must remember that consuming the concentrated juices of a dozen plants at one sitting is also not completely natural, so it is imperative to learn to take advantage of the concentrated energy and nutrition in your juices with knowledge and respect. Alzheimer’s disease is detrimental the human mind in our elder years. To protect yourself now, there are a variety of recipes to choose from which can aid in your defense. A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Cancer prevention is sometimes looked upon as the holy grail of medicine. It is possible that solutions can be found in multiple juices. Several research studies have shown that lycopene, a carotenoid pigment found in the skin and flesh of tomatoes, may play a role in the prevention of some types of cancer, including lung, prostate and colon cancer. Lycopene derives its health benefits primarily from its antioxidant activity which is even higher than that of beta-carotene. Thus, it is an extremely powerful anti-oxidant activity that lycopene acts as an anti-cancer agent. The fine chlorophyll and carotene (lutein) found in spinach is beneficial in fighting and preventing cancer. A variety of flavonoid compounds found in this vegetable are powerful anti-oxidants and anti-cancer agents. Studies have shown that properties in spinach slow down cancerous cell division, especially in cancers of the breast, cervical, prostate, stomach, and skin. Colored bell peppers contain very high anti-oxidant and phytonutrients that are especially helpful in preventing cancers of the bladder, cervix, pancreas, and prostate. Heart disease has been a leading cause of death for decades. There are ingredients to be juiced which can prevent associated symptoms of this ongoing issue. Strawberries contain moderate amount of acetylsalicylic acid, the same
active ingredient found in aspirin. Although the amount of acetylsalicylic acid found in strawberries is not enough to relieve influenza symptoms, it can be actually helpful to thin blood and prevent blood clots formation, thereby reducing the work of the heart and improving its function. Due to its high potassium and low sodium content, kiwifruit helps maintain blood pressure within normal ranges and prevent hypertension. In addition, potassium plays a critical role in regulating and improving heart function, while vitamin C helps lower blood cholesterol, thereby preventing atherosclerosis and related heart disease.
Alzheimer’s Prevention Juicing Recipe
This is for beginners that are looking for a green juice that tastes great. It’s sweet while having a nice citrus flavor to it. If you have a masticating juicer, this will come out just like in the picture. If you have a centrifuge, then you may want to skip this recipe because you may not be able to get much juice out of the spinach. You can still try it, but don’t be surprised if it shoots all of the spinach in the bin and a few drops come out. If you still really want to try it, you can juice everything except for the spinach, and then blend the juice with the spinach to finish it off. This makes 24-32oz depending on the size of the produce.
Apples – 3 medium (3″ dia)
Celery – 4 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)
Ginger – 1/4 thumb (1″ dia)
Lemon (with rind) – 1/2 fruit (2-1/8″ dia)
Orange (peeled) – 1 large (3-1/16″ dia)
Spinach – 5 cup
You don’t have to peel the lemon, but make sure you peel the orange. The orange’s skin is very bitter and can ruin the flavor.
Cancer Prevention Juicing Recipe
Not only does tomato juice have anti-oxidant and diuretic properties and improves the digestive function, it also stimulates the detoxifying function of the liver and kidneys. The overall result of these effects is a more efficient removal of toxins from the body with consequent improved health and well-being.
Original V-8 Recipe
Carrots – 2 large (7-1/4″ to 8-/1/2″
Celery – 3 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)
Cucumber – 1/2 cucumber (8-1/4″)
Parsley – 2 handful
Pepper (sweet green) – 1/2 medium
(approximately 2-3/4″ long, 2-1/2″
Spinach – 1 cup
Tomatoes – 3 medium whole (2-3/5″
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
Heart Disease Prevention Juicing Recipe
Due to their high content in vitamin C, strawberries stimulate the secretion of salivary and gastric juices, thereby improving the digestion of starchy and protein foods. In addition, fiber contained in strawberries effectively reduces constipation and cleans the colon, with a beneficial detox effect for the body. Due to its relatively high content in fiber, kiwifruit has natural laxative properties that help cleanse the digestive tract and prevent or remedy digestive disorders.
Blueberries – 2 cup
Kiwifruit – 2 fruit (2″ dia)
Peppermint – 50 leaves
Strawberries – 16 medium (1-1/4″ dia)
You may have issues juicing the mint leaves if you use a centrifuge juicer. Try to bunch them up into a tight ball or pack them into some lettuce before juicing. If all else fails, just stick a few mint leaves in the juice itself to get some of the minty flavor.
Juices That Maintain Health and the General Body Benefits of Juicing Juicing is about more than just better health. Juicing is beneficial to your health, by enhancing the immune system to prevent and treat a wide variety of conditions. The Internet abounds with promises of glowing good health from juicing. According to practitioners, unnatural foods cause imbalances in the body’s cell composition, imbalances that are corrected and rebalanced with the juices’ nutrients. This treatment method is frequently used to sustain the body during long fasts or as part of the Gerson regimen. Some other proponents suggest juicing as a way to add more plant-derived nutrients to a person’s usual diet. Juicing is a wonderful way to improve your health and help maintain a nutritious raw lifestyle. But remember, learning how to live differently takes more knowledge than you may realize. There are some things you take for granted, coming from a cooked-food reality where the only vegetable juice came from a can, to a raw food universe, where everything you do, everything you let pass your lips, makes a huge difference. For example, in the cooked food reality, you think nothing of eating processed foods. But in the raw universe, processed foods are avoided. Well, fresh juice is a highly processed food. One glass of vegetable juice contains the concentrated nutrition from perhaps a dozen different vegetables which is way more than you would normally ever sit down at a table and chew up in a whole day in your life. Energy is required to carry out consistent tasks and
without it we fail. A source of energy can come from within the fruits and vegetables chosen for extraction. Beets are high in carbohydrates which means they are a great instant energy source, but unlike processed foods which are high in carbohydrates, beets will energize your body. Beets can be regarded as body fuel. The high content of potassium and phosphorous in this red juice helps relieve the symptoms of stress, tiredness, fatigue, muscle weakness, as well as prevent muscle spasms and cramps. The Immune System of any organism is what protects it from inevitable microscopic invasions. It is a necessity to have resources dedicated to the upkeep of this functional system. The substances responsible for green and purple color of broccoli, vitamin C, beta-carotene and other vitamins and minerals, particularly selenium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, etc., present in broccoli are really great immune-strengtheners. They protect you from numerous infections. Carrots do wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistant to various kinds of infections. Mental Health is an important quality to always upkeep. Balance can be gotten from the vitamins and minerals contained within juices made from proper produce. It has been shown that, besides having an anti-anemic effect, folic acid found in strawberries can help improve memory, concentration and the brain’s ability to process information. Maintaining Healthy Energy Levels
Beet Roots – 3 beet (2″ dia)
Carrots – 2 medium
Celery – 2 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)
Parsley – 4 handful
Pepper (jalapeno) (seeds/ribs removed) – 1 pepper
Radishes – 12 medium (3/4″ to 1″ dia)
Tomatoes – 4 plum tomato
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve. Beets have been
shown to help cleanse the blood, cleanse the colon and strengthen the gall bladder and liver. The high content of iron in beets regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. The copper content in beets helps make the iron more available to the body. A great blood builder.
Strengthening the Immune System
Veggie Blueberry Juice
Apple (granny smith) – 1 medium (3″ dia)
Blueberry – 1 cup
Broccoli – 1 stalk
Carrots – 6 large (7-1/4″ to 8-/1/2″ long)
Tomato – 1 medium whole (2-3/5″ dia)
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve. The credit for keeping your skin glowing and young goes to expert anti-oxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin-C and other helpers like vitamin B complex, vitamin E (the one that gives shine to your skin, hair etc. and revives skin tissues), vitamin A & K, omega 3 fatty acids (adds glamour), amino acids and folate present in the broccoli. They take very good care of your skin. Lycopene in tomatoes is said to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays. Tomato is a skin food suitable for healing from internal or externally. Its rich vitamin A and C makes it helpful for anti-aging skin, skin imperfections and brightens up a dull complexion. The high quality vitamin C and other rich nutrients in carrot juice efficiently nourish the skin, preventing dry skin, psoriasis and other skin blemishes. It also has powerful cleansing properties that are effective in detoxifying the liver, which is overall effective for acne which can be caused by toxicity of the blood.
Supporting Mental Health
Pear – 1 medium
Peppermint – 15 leaves
Pineapple – 1/2 fruit
Strawberry – 1 cup, whole
You may have issues juicing the mint leaves if you use a centrifuge juicer. Try to bunch them up into a tight ball or pack them into some lettuce before juicing. If all else fails, just stick a few mint leaves in the juice itself to get some of the minty flavor. Anthocyanidin is a unique flavonoid that makes strawberries a very powerful protector against inflammatory conditions such as asthma, gout, artherosclerosis, arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. At the same time it protects against intestinal bleeding. Pear juice has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps relieve sufferers of much pain in various inflammatory conditions. Pears have a high level of boron. Boron can help the body to retain calcium, which can help prevent or retard osteoporosis
Weight Loss Benefits of Juicing
Adding freshly juiced fruits and vegetables to your weight-loss plan can be a smart strategy, provided you use the juice in conjunction with other foods, and your only source of calories. When you lose weight, you can substitute lower calorie fruit and vegetable juice for higher calorie foods and beverages to help create a calorie deficit. Low Calories
Vegetables and fruits contain few calories per serving when compared to higher calorie foods such as granola bars, chips, desserts and even whole-grain cereals. A kiwi has 42 calories, a small banana contains 90 calories, 1 1/2 cup of romaine lettuce has 12 calories and a 5 inch stalk of celery contains 3 calories. Although healthy and necessary while dieting, whole-grain shredded cereal has about 185 calories per 24 pieces. If you eliminate 600 calories a day in higher calorie foods and consume a 100 calorie juiced beverage in their place, you gain vitamins and minerals while still having a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day. Increased Fruit and
While just eating juiced fruits and vegetables will not automatically cause you to lose pounds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that there may be a correlation between fruit and vegetable consumption and weight loss. The CDC explains that both foods contain few calories, increase how full you feel and may help you stay away from higher calorie choices. You may find it difficult to eat an apple, a bunch of baby spinach, a carrot and a stalk of celery in one sitting, but may find it easy to juice the fruits and vegetables together and drink the delicious result. Convenience and Freshness
Juicing your own drinks enables you to choose the combinations that appeal to you, and lets you decide when you want to drink your freshly squeezed beverage. When you juice a food, you consume not only the juice, but also part of the edible leaves, some pulp and fruit solids that you may miss if you consume a commercial juice product. A cup of raw carrots has 3.6 g of fiber, but a 1/2 cup of commercially available carrot juice contains less than 1 g of fiber. Strategies
Select the freshest possible produce to juice to give yourself the most nutritional value. When possible, look for organic fruits to avoid pesticides and other chemicals often found on fruits and vegetables. Combine vegetables such as beets, celery and carrots for a healthy beverage, or juice lettuce, cucumbers and carrots together for a tangy, vitamin filled drink. Drinking a sweet juice may help you avoid eating desserts or candy, both of which offer little nutrition and have high calories. Options for sweet juices include juicing pineapple, apples and lemons together, or juicing pitted peaches, apples and strawberries into a tasty drink. Feel Full Longer
Many vegetable contain lots of fiber. In addition to juice, many juicing machines let you enjoy the fiber content of the veggies and fruit you juiced. This fiber definitely adds up. Not only does dietary fiber help clean up your gut and prevent colon cancer, dissolved fiber in your
intestines and bloodstream may help keep cholesterol levels down. In terms of ways how to lose weight, fiber is a great help because it bulks up in your stomach. This produces a ‘full’ feeling which makes your stomach send an ‘I am full’ signal to your brain. This is because your gut takes a while to digest the fiber. Eat Healthier
Juicing produces a diet that is rich in phytonutrients that help your body establish a greater balance. You are able to enjoy a wider range of vitamin inputs than a purely carbohydrate and meat protein diet. You get all sorts of complex carbohydrates and vitamins in the juice mix. Not only does juicing taste great, you are healthier overall due to all the vitamins and nutrients. Avoid Fats and Calorie-dense Foods
Since you are drinking your meals more often, you tend to stay away from fatty and calorie-dense foods. Not only do these foods add inches to your waistline, they boost your cholesterol and might cause serious health issues later on. Moreover, the high fat content may also trigger Type II diabetes.
Breakfast Weight Loss Juice Recipe
Apples (granny smith) – 2 medium (3″ dia)
Celery – 4 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)
Cucumber – 1 cucumber (8-1/4″)
Ginger – 1 thumb (1″ dia)
Kale – 6 leaf (8-12″)
Lemon – 1/2 fruit (2-3/8″ dia)
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve. The benefits of juicing are endless. Whether you’re looking to shed holiday weight or you want to lose a significant portion of weight, increasing your fruit and vegetable intake and decreasing the high-calorie foods will certainly help.
A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting. Adding lemon juice to a beverage can help increase weight loss. One of the main benefits of using kale in your juice blends is that it provides a large nutritional punch with one of the fewest calorie counts per cup of any other vegetable.
Lunch Weight Loss Juice Recipe
Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
Cucumber – 1 cucumber (8-1/4″)
Kale – 4 leaf (8-12″)
Lemon – 1 fruit (2-1/8″ dia)
Spinach – 2 cup
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve. Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. Apples contain a natural laxative. When juiced, it helps aid bowel movements. It is most effective when mixed with carrots and spinach juices; you can expect bowel movement the next day. Regularly eating apples also will ensure bowel movements due to its gel-forming fiber, pectin. It improves the intestinal muscle’s ability to push waste through the gastrointestinal tract. The high fiber content in spinach makes it a remarkable intestinal tract scrubber. It cleans out the system by removing the accumulated wastes in the digestive tracts by its mildly laxative effect. More importantly, it also repairs, heals and nourishes the tracts and tones up their functions. This is an excellent help for constipation, colitis, poor digestion or stomach ulcers.
Dinner Weight Loss Juice Recipe
Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
Kale – 2 leaf (8-12″)
Parsley – 1 handful
Spinach – 1 cup
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve. The flavonoids in parsley—especially luteolin—have been shown to function as antioxidants that combine with highly reactive oxygen-containing molecules (called oxygen radicals) and help prevent oxygen-based damage to cells. In addition, extracts from parsley have been used in animal studies to help increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood.
Juicing can help people in many ways, from helping with weight loss to helping maintain general health. It has been around in some form for over two thousand years according to the Dead Sea Scrolls but has become more advanced with the advent of juicing machines. It is something that can make eating fruits and vegetables more palatable as well as allow one to eat many fruits and vegetables at one time. Juicing is an overall excellent addition to any health routine.
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