If you really want to ignite that health spark within you, then you better get juicing! There is no faster way to beauty from the inside out. Juice nourishes every cell in your body with pure liquid nutrition.
So when you’re finally ready to make the leap and get your juice on, you’re faced with the impossible task of choosing a juicer.
Choosing a juicer can seem like the biggest decision you will ever make in your life, since there are so many models, types and price points available these days and you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a dud!
I love that I get emails like this from pals:
Being the juice queen! Can you recommend a nice little juicer for me..?
I talk about juicing so much that people are always asking me about juicer recommendations – and I love that juicing is becoming so popular! But it seems that people really struggle with trying to choose a juicer.
But it’s pretty simple once you know what you’re looking for. The main questions to ask yourself is how much are you going to use it (hopefully the answer is a lot) and how much can you spend.
My advice: get the very best you can afford right now. If you want to upgrade later, you can. That’s what I did!
It’s better to start juicing right now with what you can afford than to wait until you can afford a better one.
See if you can get a deal on a second hand juicer or find one on sale.
What a juicer is and what it isn’t
A juicer grinds the produce and separate the fibers from the liquid – this means the nutrients will be easily and quickly absorbed by the body, without expelling any energy, compared to eating the food or even a green smoothie that still has the fibers.
A blender blends all the produce into a smooth liquid (smoothie), but still has the fibre in it, which slows down the digestion of the drink. A food processor roughly grinds the food and doesn’t produce a liquid at all.
Choosing a Juicer
Here’s an overview of the different types of juicers available, and the best one from each category.
STARTER: CENTRIFUGAL $90 – $200
These are a good starting machine if your not sure how much you will use your juicer. They are affordable at about $100, and very common so you could pick up a second hand one for even less fairly easy.
These juicers are not great at leafy greens, like lettuce and kale, and don’t extract as much juice from the produce, leaving behind nutrients in the wet pulp. These juicers work at a high speed, which causes oxidization and a lower quality juice.
Choose: Breville Juice Fountain
GOOD: MASTICATING JUICER $300 – $500
Masticating juicers grind the produce into pulp, using a slower and more gentle process than a centrifugal. These juicers extract more juice, leaving a dryer pulp and have more nutrients.
BETTER: TWIN GEAR JUICER $500 – $1500
These juicers press the produce between two gears, slowly squeezing the juice out. These juicers extract the most juice and leave the dryest pulp out of all the juicer types. These juicers are heavier, take up a little more space and a little longer to clean. But on the plus side, they also make nut butters.
Choose: The Angel
BEST: THE NORWALK $2500 (my pick)
The Norwalk is the absolute best juicer on the market (and the required juicer on the Gerson Therapy in healing cancer or chronic illness). It’s two step process of gently grinding the produce into a pulp that goes in a cloth, then placing that under the press, which presses out every last drop of juice, leaving particle-board dry pulp in the cloth.
The Norwalk produces 50% – 100% more juice, with 3 – 5 times the vitamins and minerals than any other juicer. It is heavy, and pretty costly (even more expensive if you’re outside the US) but if you have the money and the need (a chronic illness you’re healing), then it’s well worth it.
I fully understand most people can’t afford or justify the investment into the Norwalk – that’s okay! Like I said, buy whichever juicer you CAN afford right now, any juicer is better than no juicer at all! You can always upgrade later on if you want to.
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