What kind of juicer?
When researching juicers, I went to my favorite source, the place I started with my information, gerson.org for their Guide to Juicers. Here’s a brief overview of the types of juicers. (NOTE: READ THE WHOLE LIST!)
- Centrifugal Juicers. The juicers you see everywhere today are mostly these. The Gerson Institute does not recommend these for any use & lists them as UNSUITABLE on their site. According to the Gerson Institute, these juicers “expose the juice to heat and oxygen, killing off the essential healing enzymes in the juice. These juicers have difficulty juicing leafy greens [and] more produce is required to make less juice.” (source)
According to my research:
- these use more produce (more expensive in long run)
- the heat kills healing enzymes (the reason i’m doing this is to get the benefits of the healing enzymes!)
- they have a harder time with leafy greens (a huge reason I’m doing this!)
- must drink the juice immediately or the juice starts to lose its health effects (I don’t have time to juicer & clean a juicer every day. I just won’t do end up doing it.)
- The Norwalk Juicer. This is the most effective on the market. It retails for $2400. If I had cancer I’d invest in one of these. It’s not necessary or realistic for most who are just juicing for good health.
- Masticating Juicers with Separate Hydraulic Press or Champion Juicer. This one is just more work! But can be good also for cancer treatment.
- Masticating Juicers. These are recommended for non-malignant conditions. This is our juicer! This juicer is as close to the masticating juicer w/ separate hydraulic press that you can get. These preserve the enzymes and are pretty efficient at extracting pulp. The brands recommended by the Gerson Therapy for non-malignant conditions are the Champion, Omega, Green Star, Green Power & Angel.
- Blenders. What about just getting a blender and not a juicer? Well these are blenders & not juicers. So, they make smoothies and not juice. They do NOT extract the pulp. The point of juicing is to get the nutrients without the bulk so that you can ingest a larger quantity of nutrients that you could not physically eat if they were whole or blended. I decided to invest in a juicer and then I use a cheaper blender to make my smoothies. That’s just what was most important for me when I started on my journey. There’s nothing wrong with blending smoothies! There’s a place for both juicing & smoothies in a healthy diet. Smoothies are a great way to get more veggies and fruits into your diet! It’s also faster to digest than the whole food, though not as fast as juicing. Keep in mind the good, better, best thing I talk about…and I heard from The Tasty Tomato another one I love…progress not perfection. Is juicing better? Maybe. Will your family drink it? Whatever your family will drink. Whatever you will make & drink & clean. Do what works for you! But start somewhere. Try something to get more veggies & fruits into your family! No judgement here! Just happy when people are eating real foods!
Omega Juicers (formerly Olympic juicers) have been around for.e.ver. So, naturally, that was a great place to start for me. I love my Omega VRT350 Juicer! I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond for 20% off. It retails for $379 I think.
Why this juicer is better than others…for me:
- It’s upright which is space saving.
- It’s prettier in it’s stainless steel design.
- It’s not $2,000 🙂
- It doesn’t use heat
- The juice lasts longer
- It preserves nutrients
- More efficient. High yield. Low waste.
- Better with leafy greens (reason I’m doing this!)
- Can juice wheatgrass.
Can I really store juice for 72 hours?
A few juicers claim you can store your juice as long as 24 or 72 hours. I do it but I am definitely rethinking how to better store these juices because it’s definitely not ideal. Just 5 minutes after juicing nutrients are slowly being lost! Noooooo! So, I will be looking into ways to use my Foodsaver and glass jars maybe to store juice in more airtight containers since I do not want to juice everyday! More info on storing juices. I will be sharing my new storing info once I find a new solution!!!
Cost of juicing for health?
I really thought this was going to be an issue. I was super concerned. Turns out it’s not so bad! And it’s totally worth it to me! I would estimate about $10-15 (depending on where you buy yours) in veggies for one 56 ounce juicer jar. Carrots, apples & kale are our main fruits and veggies for our juice base everytime. I will tell you more in tomorrow’s post on my exact recipes. A bag of organic apples (10), 2 bags of organic carrots (2 lbs?), 2 bunches of kale. My advice is to start small! Anything is better than nothing. You don’t have to go on an all out juice fast right away. One glass a day is packed with nutrients! [I now get my organic fruits & veggies delivered from a fantastic place. We live an hour outside of Kansas City so I am super blessed they bring organics to me! Thank you Fresh Connect KC!]
What else do I need to buy?
- Juicer. My juicer.
- Storage Containers. I have these juice jars but I’m rethinking and considering mason jars with FoodSaver lids. Will update soon.
- FoodSaver maybe if you’re wanting to remove the air from your juice jars (Planning a post on juice storage once I find the best method)
- Juice drinking containers. I love these tumblers. [I have 2 sizes, both larger than the one on that link.] You can get them everywhere, with all kinds of logos and none at all. I bought them before I got pregnant, in anticipation of my juicing…which sadly happened two years later! I have not found another juice/smoothie cup that has a straw that stays in and keeps the spills down like this one with a flexi-straw! **I worry about my toddler walking around with them so I have her sit down when she’s drinking from them. The hard straws freak me out.***
Check back for the really fun stuff in Part 3 of How to Juice!!!
Part 3 of 4 is my “How To Juice” Post including….
- My FITori Basic Juice recipe.
- What can you juice together?
- Juice Prep to make your life easier.
- Lessons learned.
- CAUTIONS & WARNINGS (unsafe things to juice…watch out for apples! Read tomorrow’s post!)
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