Flooding your body with the concentrated nutrient density of fresh, raw, unpasteurized juice is a great way to improve your overall health. Drinking fresh juices can increase energy levels, make your skin glow, help you lose weight and reduce cravings.
Plants truly do heal, and by juicing to remove the pulp before you consume them, you receive an instant infusion of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to your bloodstream.
The amount of produce it takes to make one 16-ounce juice is astonishing. On average, about two pounds of produce are in every 16-ounce serving. Imagine sitting down and eating two pounds of produce ... not going to happen! But you can drink the nutrient equivalent of two pounds of greens, and this is where the power lies.
If you buy juice, go to your local juice bar, because juice bar juice will most likely be unpasteurized. One quick check you can make: If the shelf life is longer than three days, it's been pasteurized. Period. The FDA requires all juice sold for resale is pasteurized, so unless a market is making its own (or breaking the law), all juice is pasteurized in grocery stores. Pasteurization kills all the desired phytonutrients in the juice and you'll be left with little more than sugar-water.
The best juicer for you is the one that you'll actually use. The three basic types of juicers are centrifugal, masticating, and press.
They each have pros and cons: