And…Do You Really Need a Juicer to do a Juice Fast?
There is an intuitive answer here of “yes” and then also a “but it depends.” The “But” comes from the availability of juice bars near you. If you live in a big city, you may have lots of choices. If you are more rural, there may be none. And then again…not all juice bars are equal. Some are just smoothie bars using canned fruits! You want fresh squeezed raw vegetable juice. Orange or apple juices…they just don’t cut it if you are trying to cleanse. They are way too loaded with sugar. And unfortunately, they are the two top selling juices in North America. So again, pick your juice bars carefully. But if you are fortunate enough to have a good one, then you can use them instead of doing your own juicing. Just walk in with your thermos during your cleanse and ask them to fill it up.
I have a good juice bar near me, but I still get the healthiest juices at home. When I’m trying to do some serious cleansing, I need to control both the recipe and the quality of the juice extraction. Juice bars typically use high speed juicers because of the volume of traffic they deal with. But I have a problem with these juicers.
The Problem with Mass Market Mainstream Juicers
What’s a mass market juicer? It’s one that you can buy at Walmart or any of the mass market stores. You even see them on late night television commercials. They are usually priced at the equivalent of $100-$150 US dollars. Some cost more. But even if the price is more, the defining characteristic is their high speed and centrifugal design.
These machines have circular blades that spin from 3,000 to 14,000 revolutions per minute. They are super sharp and can cut a carrot down in 2 seconds. There are many brands that function in this way. I am not interested in maligning any manufacturers. And some of these brands even carry the names of great health pioneers like Jack LaLanne and my friend Jay Kordich the “Juiceman.” So the average person would think that’s a good thing.
Why High Speed is Not the Way to Go
Fourteen thousand revolutions per minute? What’s that really? It’s a hard concept to wrap your mind around and most of us have gotten acclimated to believing that more is better. But that speed converts to the equivalent of a 140 mph wind. Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans with winds of less than 145mph. You could not physically even stand up in such a wind. Can you imagine being a fragile nutrient newly exposed to air and light being walloped by such a force and then smashed with a steel blade?
Chewing is the Model
Look, food was designed to be chewed in the protective environment of your mouth. When you break apart cell walls with your teeth, they are immediately sent into your body and used. Think about exposing those fragile nutrients to the elements outside your body? Many of you ask me: shouldn’t I drink my juice immediately because otherwise there will be loss of nutrients? Yes. That’s the idea, but in a high speed juicer you’ve already destroyed those nutrients in the violent extraction process!
So what we need is an extraction process that protects those fragile nutrients like your mouth. And they do exist. As opposed to the high speed centrifugal juicer, I call them slow speed “therapeutic juicers.” Therapeutic because you can safely extract the plant medicine from these veggies and use them for the treatment of disease.
“When you feel better in your body, you approach all your challenges with fresh energy and renewed enthusiasm.”
Augers Instead of Spinning Plates
These machines all have augers instead of spinning plates. They look like worm gears. Twin gear juicers have two of them that revolve side by side while the veggies slide between them. Single augers are more economical and crush the veggies against a screen slowly squeezing out the juice.
These augers all revolve at approximately 80 revolutions per minute (rpm). That’s about what you could crank with your arm on a hand juicer. It’s a lot closer to chewing. There are lots of these “auger style” therapeutic juicers. Sure, I have my favorites and you can see them on my website, but as a category, this is the type of juicer you want.
A Lifetime Purchase
Most of these auger manufacturers make equipment that is going to last in your kitchen for decades. You can truly think of these as a lifetime purchase. It’s not that they are indestructible, but they are solidly made and with typical household use last for decades. So, invest in a good one.
How Much More $$$?
Pricing for these therapeutic juicers may only be as little as $100 more than the high speed models from Walmart. And some of the better high speed brands cost more than some slow speed models. So, it is not a given that the better therapeutic machines always cost more.
How Difficult is it to Clean?
All of these models usually have about 5 parts that need to be assembled and disassembled. Sure, some are a little easier to assemble than others. But in general, the process will speed up for you as you get used to the routine. It’s more or less the same work regardless of which machine you buy.
The Big Factors
Here they are: Air (oxygen). Temperature (friction). Light and Time. These are the factors that influence the protection of the fragile nutrients in your juice. On high speed juicers there is so much air that oxidation (this is what ages us) is destroying the newly exposed plant cells. Temperature also destroys nutrients and although the high speed quickly cools them off, the clashing of the steel blades against the plant cells creates instant high-heat through friction. Thus oxidation and friction are the primary differences between the high-speed and the therapeutic juicers.
For more information about juicers and the differences between the therapeutic group of juicers, tune in to future newsletters or read what I have to say in Juice Fasting and Detoxification, Power Juices Super Drinks, and Sproutman’s 7 Day Just Juice Diet.
“It’s easier to stay well, than to get well.”