Posted by Amanda on Apr - 18 - 2013

Quickstart guide to juicing I used to have chronic fatigue. I went to multiple doctors over a decade and not one asked me about my diet. When I say diet, I don’t mean an attempt to lose weight. I am fairly skinny for my height. I’m also really healthy in many other aspects. One doctor did a blood test to find out if there was anything wrong. Not only did it come back positive, he said my cholesterol was so good that it made him sick. Needless to say, no solution was found. Well, that is until I started juicing. After changing my ‘diet’ and juicing regularly, my energy level went through the roof and stayed consistent. So in an effort to spread the good news about juicing, here is a quick and simple way to get started.

Finding the Right Juicer

There are 3 types of juicers: centrifugal, masticating and cold press juicers.

Centrifugal juicers are the cheapest, but also worthless. They heat up the juice because they use spinning blades, burning away the nutrients and the all important enzymes. It also wastes a lot of thevegetable. If you are in it for the long haul, you will actually spend more money on produce over time. Centrifugal juicers run $100-200.

The other kind, which I have, is middle of the road. Compared to the cold press, it’s actually on the cheaper end, but we’ll get to that later.

Masticating juicers press the produce and squeeze the juice out. Nothing in the process increases the temperature so the enzymes stay fresh. You also get more juice from the produce, saving you money over time. These cost $350-500.Then you have the cold press ones which cost $2-5,000. With these, you can keep the juice fresh up to a week and it’ll keep the enzymes in tact.

Basic Starter Recipe

Here’s a basic recipe that’s simple and delicious. Remember, you want to ease into this. So don’t start with the weird juices or you’ll just quit.

The starter juice is simply a half a bundle of kale, 3 carrots and 2 apples. For a leafy green, kale has very little taste unlike parsley or even broccoli. Plus, the enzymes and vitamins in the carrots and apples interact to give it very potent health qualities. So this recipe will give you a sweet, delicious and healthy juice! Also check out this beet juice with cayenne.

My Health Benefits

The first week I got my juicer, I juiced every night. I was shocked at how this simple thing boosted my energy level considerably. In addition, I can be a moody person. This is especially true in the afternoons. But since I started juicing, whenever I’m consistent about it, my emotions are up. Also, there are indications that juicing will lower your risk of all the top diseases in our county. This includes heart disease, which is the #1 killer in our country.

Other than a health nut, I also work for several high tech start-ups. I’m currently doing marketing for an online restaurant scheduling software. You can click here to learn more about my company.

Categories: Lifestyle & Wellness

One Response so far.

  1. Jim says:

    Very good article for people starting out in Juicing. My energy level was one of my issues also. I love the “peaceful” energy I get from some of my juices. Thanks for sharing.

 

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