So, if you've read my post on my experience watching the film Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, you'll know I mentioned that my boyfriend and I were researching juicers, so that we could do a fast of our own.
The film (and independent research) is very convincing as to the benefits of this type of detox/fast, and it almost seems like a no-brainer to try this out. I could be ten days away from a better memory, more energy, healthier skin and nails, and of course, weight loss. We want to begin our fast at ten days, to see how well we can do, then afterwards, we will use juicing as a supplement to a more nutritious, balanced diet.
As far as the juicer we chose, we went with the Omega 8006. From reviews, and research, this juicer had to most consistent high marks, and though it's more expensive, you get more bang for your buck.
There are two main types of juicers available on the market:
Centrifugal: Spinning blades pulverize to extract juice.
- Pro: Fast juicing, can put whole fruits/vegetables in the funnel (cuts down on prep)
- Con: Introduces a lot of oxygen, and heat to the produce which can kill enzymes thus not allowing for maximum nutrition from your juice. Does not juice leafy greens well.
Masticating/Cold Press: Crushes and squeezes to extract juice.
- Pro: Does not introduce heat or much oxygen to the produce, you achieve almost maximum nutrients from the juice.
- Con: Smaller funnel to introduce produce means, you need to prep your produce by cutting it first. Great for juicing leafy greens and wheat grass!
These are only a couple of differences among the types of juicers you can get, the Omega 8006 is a masticating/cold press juicer which means that less enzymes will be removed during the juicing process, providing a higher quality juice. That alone was the reason we opted to go for this particular juicer. Yes, you can still achieve great results with centrifugal ones, but, considering how expensive produce is (especially if you're going for organic) I would want to make sure I got as much nutrients from my juice as possible!
The other really cool feature(s) of this machine is that it comes with five different nozzle attachments to make things like nut butters (!), pasta (!!), breadsticks (!!!), and ice cream (!!!!) — all using healthy recipes, of course. So for all of those functions, plus juicing, I think we made a great choice.
I'll definitely keep you all posted on the progress we make, I'm really excited to see what happens over the next ten days!