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Have you seen the inspiring true story “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”? Joe Cross, an Australian businessman, shares with us his how he transformed his life by following an intensive 60 day juicing only program. During the filming, he shed 100 pounds and freed himself from a debilitating autoimmune disease. More impressive, after this 60 day juicing regimen, he was healthier than he had been since he was a child.
Juicing has many health benefits. It burns fat, regulates blood pressure, makes your skin firm, improves your memory and gives you more energy. Whether you decide to add juicing to your everyday routine or plan to adopt Joe’s intensive short-term “reboot” juicing regimen, your digestive system and body will thank you for it.
The key to a healthy lifestyle is a healthy diet. By using a centrifugal juicer, you can extract the nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals found in whole fruits and vegetables, and you will be on the road to feeling and looking better than you have in years. A centrifugal juicing machine is perfect if you are just getting started juicing, or if your on a budget. However, just because these machines are more affordable than the masticating machines, does not mean you’ll be short changed in quality or value.
How Centrifugal Juicers Work
There are two main types of juicers: centrifugal and masticating. Just like the name suggests, centrifugal juicers use centrifugal (moving away from the center) force to extract liquids from veggies, fruits and leafy greens.
Centrifugal juicers operate at very high speeds, anywhere from 2,000 to 14,000 revolutions per minute (RPM). They use an incredible amount of force to separate the juice from the pulp. These juicers usually have a feed tube on top where you add the produce to the machine. They also have a filter to catch the pulp while the juice goes into a glass or receptive container.
Compared to masticating juicers, centrifugal juicing machines are less expensive, work faster and are easier to clean up. This features make centrifugal juicers very popular among first time juicers and those on a limited budget. However, choosing the best centrifugal juicer out of the over 240 models on Amazon can be a hard decision.
All centrifugal juicers work basically the same way, so you need to decide how much you want to budget for your juicer and what features are most important to you. Budget-wise, you can pick up a decent model for around $50-60 brand new. If you want to try juicing to see if it is right for you, the Stainless Steel Hamilton Beach 67608 Big Mouth Juice Extractor is worth a closer look.
Otherwise, if you want a high-end centrifugal juicer with all the bells and whistles, you will need to invest hundreds of dollars (or more for a commercial-grade appliance for home use). But don’t worry, there are tons of great options in the between these extremes that are of outstanding value for around $100-150.
Now that you’ve decided on your budget for a juicer, you need to decide which features are most important to you. For example, if you have a small kitchen with little storage or counter space, then you’ll want to look at a compact unit with a small overall footprint. If you don’t have time to chop fruits and vegetables prior to juicing, then look for a model with a large feeding tube. Also, consider construction materials, like durable stainless steel blades or BPA-free plastic parts, before you make your final decision.
Researching these features is easy now with online shopping sites like Amazon. Just read through the reviews left by other customers who purchased and used the centrifugal juicing machines you are looking at. Look for those who gave a 4.0 overall rating to get a better idea of the pros and cons of each machine.
But, don’t get bogged down in the details. You can make an informed decision based on the criteria listed above and take the plunge into your new juicing lifestyle. Before you know it, you’ll be trying new recipes every day and enjoying a healthier lifestyle.