Frequently Asked Questions about Juicing

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What’s the best way to start juicing?

We found from personal experience and from customer feedback
that it’s a great idea to find a special place to put your juicer, a
place where it stays, either on the kitchen bench or on a special table
near the fridge for example. This way, everything is set up and ready
to go. Place the juicer reasonably close to the edge of the bench so
you are looking directly over it and can apply the right amount of pressure.

Benefits of juicing?

One of the best things about juicing is that you know what
you are drinking. It’s a completely natural vitamin, mineral and enzyme
hit. As the food we eat is no longer the same quality as it once was,
it’s important to get a dose of fresh vegetable and fruit juice to make
up for this deficiency. Also, by removing the fibre, by way of turning
vegetables into a juice, your digestive organs get a much needed rest.

What sort of produce is best?

Ideally, organic produce is the way to go. Vegetables grown in organic
soil will have a higher mineral content from the soil…other vegetables
grown in depleted soil may be degraded. Bulk buying groups can be found
in many cities and town, or try the local growers markets.

If you are using produce from the supermarket, it’s a really good idea
to wash or peel it thoroughly to remove any harmful waxes and pesticides.
You can also buy a natural wash to remove any chemical build up or perhaps
you could try using Apple Cider Vinegar.

How do I know what to juice?

As a general rule, it’s good to juice your vegetables and eat your fruits.
Make carrots the basis of your juice and then go for it. There are many
juice recipe books available including the Norman  Walker series which go through all the benefits derived from using  different fruits and vegetables.

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Is there a juicing recipe book?

Yes. Vitality 4 Life commissioned a raw food nutritionist to write a
recipe book particularly using our juicers. This woman, Ragini Buffart
developed more than 200 hundred original juice and living food recipes.
The Living Food Recipe Book goes through the nutritional benefits of
each type of juice, and even details a shopping list for beginning you
transition to a diet higher in raw foods.

Do I need internal cleansing?

Everyone does! Why? We are all exposed contaminating factors
on a daily basis. Even if we eat organic foods, drink bottled water,
and avoid smog filled cities, there are still unavoidable pollutants
in our air, and water.

What are common symptoms of a toxic body?

Poor elimination, bloating, gas, brain fog, forgetfulness,
headaches, allergies, overeating, poor circulation, fatigue, mood swings,
bad breath, stiff joints, cold hands and feet, recurring infections,
indigestion, poor skin, cellulite, and lower back pain are only some
of the symptoms.

Why is raw food good for us?

Raw juices are for everybody. Unlike cooked food, the nutrients
found in juices retain their natural molecule structure, which the body
recognizes instantly and puts to work immediately – without a lengthy
digestion time. You are ingesting live food, that’s why you feel better!

Why is juicing so good for you?

Raw vegetables and fruit juices taken daily will guarantee
that the body receives its quota of building material for its trillions
of cells. It provides a daily dose of enzymes – the catalyst for a well
functioning metabolism. Without enzymes there is no digestion. As we
grow older our bodies make less and less digestive enzymes. As we slow
down, so too does our digestion. Lack of enzymes causes poor digestion,
which in turn makes it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients from
food intake. In the long run the immune system weakens and we become
susceptible to sickness and disease. Supplying our bodies with more
enzymes from raw juices is like making deposits in your own health bank

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Why is it important to have an alkaline system?

Freshly pressed juices are alkaline. They purge the body of
toxins by activating a cleansing of all cell structures and by neutralizing
excessive acids and crating an alkaline – acid balance. The metabolic
process is constantly producing acids, especially with a carnivorous
diet. The lack of a proper alkaline counter balance will inevitably
lead to an overly acidic body environment, making the body susceptible
to all kinds of ailments. An acidic body attracts colds and flu, rheumatoid
arthritis and even cancer.

What if I suffer stomach or intestinal ulcers?

Often people with these conditions cannot eat raw vegetables, however
they will easily drink soothing and healing carrot juice. Raw potato
juice will do wonders for an ailing stomach. The juice is alkaline and
will provide enzymes to aid digestion.
Can babies drink juice?

Raw carrot juice is excellent for babies. It can be mixed with
milk and fed as soon as the baby needs a little more than mother’s milk.
Straight carrot juice can be fed to babies after they are weaned; it
provides the pro-vitamin beta-carotene as well as minerals and contributes
to rich blood and good skin colour. There will be no colic, cradle cap
or skin rashes.

What is wrong with my old centrifugal juicer?

Probably the most common, these juicers grind the fruit and
vegetables by pushing them against a strainer at a very high speed.
The heat and the static electricity destroys a large percentage of the
nutrients and enzymes. They also cause oxidation to occur more rapidly.

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What’s the difference between the different
juicers on the market?

* Greenpower Hippocrates

Top of the range, very versatile juicer, twin auger, excellent yield,
easy cleaning process, minimal foam

* Oscar Vital Max

The original and the best single augur juicer, best yield for single
auger, easy to clean, very versatile, makes minces, nut-butters, soups,
baby foods etc.

* Oscar Vital Max Chrome

Same features as the Original Oscar Vital Max with a stylish chrome

* Oscar Living Juicer 502

The more budget friendly of the Oscar family that still does everything
that you need to do.

* Stainless Steel Manual BL30

Very strong, rustproof, does most fruits and vegetables including wheatgrass,
long lasting, good yield.

* Manual Healthy Mk3

Polycarbonate, very light and compact, easy to assemble and clean, inexpensive,
juices wheatgrass, soft fruits, leafy greens, great for first time wheatgrass

So many types of juicers, how can I pick what is best for my needs?

Quality really counts here – beware of “el-cheapo’s”. I have
personally made mistakes. Generally there is a good reason for a machine
to be cheap. For a machine to obtain juice from wheatgrass and other
fruits and vegetables, it takes a lot of force and crushing power and
therefore a very strong machine is required.

For example, to juice a carrot an auger has to pulverise and crush it
through a superfine sieve, and keep on doing so year after year. All
of the parts and the motor need to be super strong. Superior quality
usually costs more.

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What is the difference between centrifugal
and masticating juicers vs. slow turning juicers?

There are generally 3 different categories of juicers.

Centrifugal: Probably the most common, these juicers grind
the fruit and vegetables by pushing them against a strainer at a very
high speed. The heat and the static electricity destroys a large percentage
of the nutrients and enzymes. They also cause oxidation to occur more

Masticating: Is a little slower than centrifugal juicers but
still quite fast. These types of juicers chew the pulp and then push
it through a sieve. This method also destroys a lot of the nutrients
and enzymes and is also not suitable for wheatgrass.

Slow turning/cold press: These machines turn at a lot slower
speed and are by far superior when it comes to retaining as many nutrients
and enzymes as possible in your juice. They can be slower to juice but
can do basically everything that a centrifugal and masticating juicer
can do and more (including making nut butters, deserts, soups and babyfoods),
as well as extracting juice from wheatgrass.


What is the difference between manual or electric juicers?

This is a personal choice. Often the decision is made due to budgetary
constraints, and you may choose a manual over an electric due to the
cheaper price. However, generally the electric machines are a lot easier
to use, a lot quicker and extract more juice. When it comes to cleaning
both sorts are pretty similar. Some people may choose a manual juicer
for environmental reasons for not using electricity. Manual juicers
generally don’t have the same amount of features as electric machines
and don’t juice as big a variety of fruits and vegetables etc.

Compare Vitality4Life’s range of juicers!

We have chosen a range to suit nearly all budgets and needs.
From the best wheatgrass juicer that I have found (Greenpower Hippocrates),
to the first time users wheatgrass juicer, (Manual Healthy Mk3), there
should be a juicer that suits your needs.

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WATER (from WATER – THE ULTIMATE CURE by Norman Walker)

Why do I need to drink more water?

Dehydration renders the immune system ineffective and unresponsive.
It causes the destruction of some primary amino acids as antioxidants
when toxic waste builds up in the body. Some of these amino acids are
involved in the enzyme systems that recognize and repair the genetic
damage and incorrect DNA transcriptions.

The loss of essential amino acids and elements force the cells in a
drought stricken area to lose sophistication of function and become
primitive and selfish, with self-replicating properties. Dehydration
will also cause low-oxygen and high acidity environments that are more
suited for cancer cell development than the original normal tissues.

What functions does water play in the human

Your body is approximately 67% water by weight. If your body’s
water content drops by as little as 2% you will feel fatigued. If it
drops by 10% you will experience significant health problems.


* Improves oxygen delivery to the cells

* Transports nutrients

* Enables cellular hydration

* Moistens oxygen for eaiser breathing

* Cushions bones and joints

* Regulates body temperature

* Removes wastes

* Flushes toxins

* Prevents tissues from sticking

* Lubricates joints

* Improves cell to cell communications

* Maintains normal electrical properties of cells

* Empowers the body’s natural healing process

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What is distillation and how does it work?

Based on Mother Nature’s primary purification method, distillation
uses evaporation and condensation to separate pure, fresh water from
its contaminants. In nature the process is called the hydrologic cycle.
It occurs when water evaporates, condenses, then falls to the earth
as precipitation.

Distillation, combined with carbon filtration, is the one water treatment
technology that most completely reduces the widest range of contaminants,
including biological, organic and inorganic elements. In fact, a quality
distillation system provides water that is up to 99% free of impurities,
including heavy metals and most chemicals. It is the treatment of choice
for removing biological contaminants including cysts like Giardia and
Cryptosporidium. The prolonged boiling process of distillation kills
virtually all types of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses and

Microorganisms are not evaporated into the product water but remain
in the boiling chamber as part of the residue. Additionally, a distillation
system with activated carbon post filtration and venting is effective
in removing pesticides and VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

The purity of your drinking and cooking water is guaranteed when you
make 100% steam distilled water with a Waterwise purifier/distiller.

What are the benefits of whole house filtration?

By filtering all of the water that enters your home, you not
only greatly enhance the healthfulness of your household water, but
you also dramatically improve your indoor air quality. According to
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Every home in
America has an elevated level of chloroform gas present due to the vaporization
of chlorine… from tap and shower water.” Chlorine vapors are
a suspected cause and irritant of respiratory problems such as asthma,
bronchitis, and allergies. Filtered water will improve every aspect
of your family’s health.


What is far infrared? Is it

Far infrared is an energy. It is the natural, resonant frequency range
of water and all organic matter – even humans. The wave length of
infrared energy is between 0.7 microns and 1000 microns, just beyond
the frequency range of visible light. And one part of this range is
5 to 15 microns which is far infrared. Far infrared energy waves are
the safest and most beneficial energy source available. Soft Heat
Saunas are approved with all national authorities and are totally
safe. It is so gentle – that it is used in hospitals to warm premature

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How much wheatgrass juice
should I drink?

We recommend you start with 30mls of wheatgrass juice followed
with a glass of water for the first few days. Once you are comfortable
with this you can increase the amount up to 60mls, eg. 30mls twice
a day. Wheatgrass has a strong cleansing effect and may make you nauseous
if you start with too much.

Experienced users may drink up to 230mls per day, and therapeutic
doses for treating serious illness may require 230 – 900 mls per day.

When should I drink my wheatgrass?

Ideally it is best to drink the juice first thing in
the morning on an empty stomach.   Wheatgrass juice is assimilated
into the blood in about 20 minutes, and the vitality lasts throughtout
the day.

Can I still use wheatgrass
while I am pregnant/breast feeding?

From our experience we can say that using wheatgrass during pregnancy
and during breast feeding has been completely safe for us, and that
we also believe that it has helped with our own health and for your
baby. 30-60mls daily.

Wheatgrass is high in folate (a B group vitamin), which
is important during both pregnancy and breastfeeding for growth and
development of the baby.

Every case is different and if you are unsure consult your doctor
or naturopath for more information.

What if I am allergic to Gluten?

Although wheatgrass is grown from a grain, it has been completely
transformed into a vegetable and so is absolutely non-allergenic.
Make sure that you don’t include any of the grain when you juice your

This information was provided by  Information on the raw food  diet