I started juicing about two years ago after watching a documentary called “The Gerson Therapy.” The Gerson Therapy regenerates the body to health, supporting each important metabolic requirement by flooding the body with nutrients from about 15- 20 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables daily. Most is used to make fresh raw juice, up to one glass every hour, up to 13 times per day.
Although extraordinary claims are made in the documentary, it seemed beneficial for better over all health at the very least.
13 glasses a day was to extreme for me considering the cost of good organic produce and the amount of preparation time it takes to juice. Not to mention the exertion it takes to clean the juicer afterwards!
I invested in a fairly decent juicer because the type of juicer that you use DOES matter. Masticating Juicers use a single gear or auger that literally chews fruit and vegetable fibers and breaks up the plant cells, resulting in more enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals. Masticating juicers are generally more efficient than Centrifugal juicers because they can extract more juice from the same amount of food (i.e. the pulp comes out dryer).
After consuming my first glass of carrot-apple juice, I was hooked! Not only is it delicious, but I literally felt a rush. Almost like a double espresso without the jitters and headaches. I have tried an assortment of fruits and vegetables in my juicer, and carrot-apple remains my most wanted.
It is wise to choose organic produce whenever possible. However, some produce is worse than others. Pesticide loaded ones include:
Cucumber (not as bad if you peel the skin)
Make only as much juice as you can drink at one time because fresh squeezed juice can quickly develop harmful bacteria.
Please do not throw out the pulp! The pulp is great for making healthy muffins, cakes, veggie burgers, soup stock, composting, or even rabbit food!
My juicer came with a pasta nozzle also. I once made some healthy pasta using spinach juice and wheat flour, but will not be doing that again anytime soon because of the sticky mess involved. (You can probably tell that I’m not a big fan of cleaning.)
Juicing remains a small luxury that I accustom myself with at least once a week, and more often when I can get a respectable bargain on organic super-foods.