Should I Juice Fast?

Juice fasting benefits the body in numerous ways. Holistic experts and other health professionals resorting juice fastto alternative medicine recommend a juicing fast. Although the effects of a juicing fast is clinically proven to be as effective as water fasting, there have been numerous personal claims that a juicing fast can heal diseases. A juicing fast can also increase energy and vitality. If one plans to engage in fasting, he must plan ahead so that there are not health complications. The body should be healing the necessary tissues and organs instead of increasing the risk for other diseases.

When on a juicing fast, one abstains from eating solid foods. The faster should only consume fruits and vegetables in liquid form. The produce is prepared and the ingredients are mixed in a blender or juicer. Some fasters have an exclusive list of fruits and veggies in their fasting diet plan. According to naturopathy, a certain type of food can target certain body parts to be treated. For instance, if you want gallstones removed, you should consume apples, then (in intervals) drink cold processed oil with a citrus fruit.

The main purpose of a juicing fast is to flush out toxins in the body, because most foods that you now see on grocery shelves tend to have many preservatives. Also, the environment is polluted  (so there is a fasting method to heal the lungs and help with allergies). In theory, these toxins cling to body tissues and damages the cells, over time this can cause pathological diseases. If one is experiencing any discomfort or pain in their body, fasting is one recommendation of naturopaths.

A juicing fast is also for people who want to reduce weight. It is an effective alternative to burn up stored calories (fat) in the body while supplying it with the needed nutrients. The body will be forced to consume excess calories (fat) to energize the muscles and organs when they are used.

Though this is viable in theory, juice fasting has a science of its own. You should do your research on what fruit-veggie combinations you need to imbibe to accomplish your goals while on a juicing fast. Fasting can last for a day or up to a month (months for some). The duration depends on the individual, but there are rough regulations to follow according to the purpose of your juice fast. For instance, a gallbladder fasting plan should only be done in 14 days increments, maximum.

Juicing is more than just about losing weight

I first heard about the benefits of juicing from a friend who is a wellness doctor. He recommended that I do it for three days. It sounded like it was going to be a challenge for me. I’ve dodged the idea for quite sometime now. I Juicing is more than just about losing weightopted to get into the Master Cleanse diet instead. The problem is that the process was too drastic for me even with the “ease-in” period. Losing several pounds came with a price. I experienced unbearable headaches and crazy mood swings. Before the end of my first week, I decided to stop and get myself a big burger.

However, I haven’t really given up on juicing. After seeing the documentary ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’, I bought myself a couple of juicer machines. An online article said that the documentary is partly the cause of the 60% rise in sales of centrifugal juicers and other types of juicers in the U.S. In fact, a lot of celebrities like Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr and Rose Huntington-Whiteley have joined the juicing bandwagon.

For the most part, juicing aids weight loss for those who want to try it. However, there are many more benefits.

Juicing resets your palate so you can start eating healthy at the end of your cleansing period. Juicer machines do wonders for people like me who do not eat a lot of vegetables. If you don’t want to eat it, drink it! When you squeeze the juice out of kale and other vegetables, you have the option of mixing it with other fruits to give it a better taste. I learned that any vegetable juice would taste better with pineapple.

I browsed through some videos on Youtube to see how other people progressed while juicing. Here are some of the common benefits they reported:

1. They can think more clearly.
2. They seem to have more energy.
3. They are generally more happy or are in a good mood.
4. They wake up feeling sharp and well rested.
5. Since the juices filled them with so many nutrients, they did not feel deprived. In fact, their hunger pangs disappeared.
6. They have better skin now.

There are a lot of benefits they mentioned but these were the most common I gathered. Of course, the best result is that they were able to lose weight and maintain it by continuing to drink juice and eating healthy. One woman even said that juicer machines are now her best friend.

One caveat: juicing is not a “one size fits all” approach to losing weight. Some reported that they lost weight after a few weeks. Some reported that they started losing as soon as day 3. It all depends on your body so it is still advisable to consult a doctor first before buying a juicer machine. In my case, I had a complete blood chemistry review with my doctor before I started juicing.

Remember that it’s always best to think of this as a lifestyle change rather than just an ordinary diet plan. It works best if you want to do this for the long term rather than just as a short term diet.

Finding the Best Juicer

Deciding on the Best Juicer to Buy

In your quest for a new juicer machine, there are specific requirements you should consider: The juicer should be – Simple to use; good quality; have efficient extraction; be simple to clean; have easy access to the pulp; and be fairly priced.Super Angel 5500

Simple to Use: If you prepare to use your juicer on a daily or at least a consistent basis, then simplicity of use will be necessary. What makes up a juicer that is simple to use is the quantity of preparation needed to begin juicing produce (fruits and vegetables). If the juicer has a huge feeder tube for feeding the produce, then there is less preparation needed (i.e., you will not need to cut the produce into small sizes to fit within the funnel).  If the juice machine has a small feed tube, more preparation will be necessary.

Good Quality: Brand name and quality components will make sure a long life time of pleased service. Try to find stainless steel for the strainer and the blade. Stainless steel components will last longer, and can be securely washed in a dishwasher.

Efficient Extraction: extraction is an important consideration when searching for juicers, and will save you money by having to use as much fruit and vegetables. Centrifugal juicers, which slice produce into small bits then squeeze out the juice with centrifugal force, produce juice the fastest. The higher the motor’s wattage, the greater the amount of juice is extracted and the louder the juicer. The Breville JE98XL Image juicer has an effective 850 watt motor.

Easy to Clean: Juicers should to be easy to clean and dismantle. The fewer parts to disassemble, the less there is to clean and the more likely you are to use your juicer over the long term.

Easy Access to the Pulp: you can make use of the pulp (or throw it away) and use in muffins, soups, salsa, sauces and many many more ingredients. Pulp contains useful fiber and nutrients. Easy access to the pulp makes juicing a better experience, and assists with ease of clean up.

Fairly Priced: The cost is always a factor to consider with any purchase. Juicers range from $50 for a lower end reliable centrifugal juicer to over $1000 for a high end stainless steel dual gear juicer that will juice everything and anything. Most good quality juicers are priced between $50 with $500. The Super Angel 5500 is priced at close to $1200.

The Super Angel 5500 is a contemporary stainless steel high end dual gear juicer with a standard size feed tube for processing fruits and vegetables. It’s most recommended features consist of producing superior juice output and catching the crucial pulp for use in baked items, soups, and sauces. The Super Angel juicer features a 3HP motor, twin gears, quiet operation and all stainless steel parts. It is definitely one of the finest domestic juicers you can own.

Choosing the Best Juicer Machine

Selecting the Best Juice Machine

Once you’ve committed to start juicing the first step is choosing the best juicer machine.  There are many many juicers to choose from, but there are essentially only 3 types of juicers you need to know;  the masticating, 

Juice extractor and carrotcentrifugal and triturating.

Masticating Juicers:

The first type of juicer is called a masticating juicer.  It works by slowly grinding the fruit or vegetable with a single gear.  The masticating juicer is slow compared to the centrifugal juicers, but very efficient and produces more juice.  It is much quieter and doesn’t cause the juice to heat up as much as a centrifugal juicer retaining more enzymes and  antioxidants.  This juicer is typically more expensive than other juicers and usually comes with a longer warranty.  Some of the most popular brands include Omega, Champion and Super Angel.

Centrifugal Juicers:

Centrifugal juicers work by grinding the fruit or vegetable through a blade that is spinning very fast and looks like a cheese grater, the juice is removed and the remaining pulp moves over the edge of the spinning basket and into the pulp collector.  These juicers have very high speed motors that spin between 3,000 and 20,000 RPM.  Because of the powerful motors they tend to be noisy, some people equate it to a jet taking off.  The centrifugal juicer also produces a lot of heat that heats up the juice and can destroy enzymes and antioxidants.  If you are planning to juice greens, the centrifugal juicer in not the best choice.  However these juicers are less expensive than the masticating or triturating juicers.  Some of the popular juicing models include Breville and Hamilton Beach.

Triturating Juicers:

Triturating juicers are probably the best juicers made.  They consist of two gears that are very close together and squeeze every last drop of liquid from the fruit or vegetable.  These juicers produce the most juice compared to either the centrifugal juicer or masticating juicer, it is also the most expensive with prices starting around $500 and extending to well over $1000.  Popular models of triturating juicers include Super Angel, and Green Star.

If you are deciding on the best juicer machine for your needs, first look at what you will be juicing and how much time you are willing to invest.  If you want your juice quickly, then a centrifugal juicer is a good option.  If you are concerned about getting the most enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants in your juice or are planning to juice a lot of greens, then a masticating or triturating juicer will be best.  Whatever you decide, you are already on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Healthy Eating and Exercise

For the last few years, I’ve been concentrating on being really healthy, that means eating more healthy foods, watching how much I eat, doing strenuous exercise, being active, learning so I can keep my mind sharp.  More specifically, I’ve found I enjoy juicing, kettlebell and boot camp workouts, reading continuously, starting a couple of new hobbies and my favorite after all these is rest and taking care of my body.

woman exercising

Woman Exercising

 

Come back soon and I’ll be blogging about all these topics starting with juicing, my favorite new subject.