These are the Juicers I Recommend

If you know that you should be getting more vegetables and fruits in your diet, but just can’t bring yourself to eat more salads, vegetable sides, or fresh fruits, you might be thinking about investing in a juicer.  Too often, buying commercially-prepared juices can be much more expensive than making them yourself, and many of these store-bought juices can contain added sugar or artificial ingredients.  Making your own juice can be a cost-effective way to get more all-natural vegetable and fruit juice in your diet.


When starting your search for a new juicer, the first thing to understand is that juicers are not the same thing as machines that make smoothies.  Juicers remove the liquid from produce; smoothie-making machines are generally really powerful blenders that pulverize produce until it becomes a liquid.  While it can be argued that smoothies retain more of the nutrients and fiber in produce than juicers do, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for juicing.  Maybe you get some fruits and veggies and just want more, or maybe you don’t find thicker smoothies appealing enough to drink regularly.

Finding the right juicer for you can be easier if you go into your search with a bit of knowledge about exactly how they work and what it will take to meet your personal needs.

Understanding the three areas where capacity is a concern is a good way to narrow down your search.  Unless you’re okay with emptying and reloading multiple times to get as much juice as you want, make sure you find a model that meets your capacity needs in terms of the hopper (the part of the machine that holds the produce), the juice reservoir, and the pulp collector.  Many models have complementary capacities; for instance, the hopper will hold enough produce for one quart of juice, the reservoir will hold one quart of juice, and the pulp container won’t need emptying until that quart’s been produced.  Some models aren’t so evenly configured, and sometimes the produce you use can affect these capacities.  Just be sure to understand how much all three areas can hold at once.

You’ll also want to know how big the juicer’s intake chute is.  Some machines have larger chutes that can accommodate larger chunks of produce, even whole fruits and veggies; others have smaller chutes, requiring you to dice produce much smaller before loading it into the unit.

When looking at all of the various models, you’ll notice that there are 2 main types of juicers.  Centrifugal juicers chop produce into pulp and then spin that pulp fast enough to separate the liquid from the solid.  Masticating juicers crush and press your veggies and fruits to extract juice.  Centrifugal models are generally less expensive, but produce less juice and tend to warm the juice.

When it comes to motors, a stronger motor generally produces more juice in less time.  Stronger motors do usually drive up the price of a juicer and are noisier than less powerful motors.  More powerful motors also tend to yield more juice.  This added production and efficiency can make the higher price worth consideration.  If noise is a major concern for you, make sure you find out how various models perform in that regard.

Juicers come in a variety of sizes and weights.  If you’re faced with limited counter space, be sure to look only at models that are small enough to fit squarely on your counter or are light enough that you can easily move them from cabinet to counter and back again.

The last thing to keep in mind as you shop for a juicer is that there will be multiple parts that need to be cleaned after each use.  Make sure you know how easy or difficult cleanup will be.

Understanding what means the most to you before you set out on your shopping trip can help make sure you get a juicer that will work well enough for you that you actually use it regularly.  After all, the healthiest gadget in the world is nothing more than wasted money if it ends up in the back of a cabinet, collecting dust and taking up space.

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Your Guide to Healthy Beverages

For millions of years, humans relied on water as their only beverage. Water provided the body with all it needed. With the domestication of animals, came milk. Beer, wine, coffee and tea followed. Then came the sodas, and energy drinks of all sorts with their unnecessary calories and high levels of sugars. These new drinks come in many choices, but they also come with effects on the drinker’s health. With all these choices, nutrition experts across the country were inspired to rank beverages into levels based on the positive and negative effects they could have on your health. Six researchers in particular, including Dr. Walter C. Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition. The results of the research are as followed:

1st level: Water


We are constantly losing fluids through metabolism, sweating, waste removal and even breathing, drinking water restores the lost fluids. Not surprisingly water comes in at level one due to the fact that it provides the body with all it needs. Pure H2O rehydrates your system. Water should be the beverage that you consume the most.

2nd level: Coffee and Tea


When coffee and tea are drunk without any added ingredients they are calorie-free. They have antioxidants and flavonoids which are good for your health. Four or fewer cups a day are fine. There are some teas that are better than others, such as green tea, which is good for heart disease. Coffee has been proven to help protect against type 2 diabetes. Beyond that, more research is needed. It’s important to note that the addition of sugar, cream, and flavoring can bring your coffee or tea from a level 2 to a level 6.

3rd Level: Low-Fat and Skim Milk and Soy Beverages


Milk and soy beverages are a good source of calcium, protein, and micronutrients. Low-fat milk is the better option because they have less saturated fat. Additionally, high levels of milk consumption in adults are not recommended due to increased risk of prostate and ovarian cancer. For children two glasses of milk, a day should be sufficient.

4th Level: Non-Calorically Sweetened Beverages


Diet drinks are sweetened with calorie-free sweeteners. Although these diet drinks are a better choice than sodas that are full of sugar, it’s only better because it’s lower in calories. These drinks have no nutritional value and should only be consumed as treats and not everyday beverages. Some people find it difficult to give up their soft drinks, and that is where the diet versions come in. Like a nicotine patch for smokers, the low-calorie versions can help you make a transition into healthier beverages.

The research confirmed that sodas have no nutritional value and should be avoided. Milk has some nutritional value but should be consumed in moderation. Coffee and tea are excellent and can help with specific health issues when not mixed with sweeteners and creams. Bottom line, water is all you need and should be consumed daily. 8 ounces of water a day is recommended.

Natural Ingredients that Will Help You Fight the Flu

Ever flu season it is predicted that the flu will be worse than the year before. Flutrackers start looking for signs of the flu including fevers, sneezing, and nasal congestion. It is important to get the flu vaccine but there are additional measures a person can take to prevent contracting the flu. There are herbs that will help the body build up immunities. These herbs are effective and many can even be turned into tea.


Thyme spice

Thyme can be used as an essential oil or can be consumed in a dry form. This can help a person with the flu or even a cold. Thyme can help makes coughs productive meaning that the lungs will be cleaned out faster. Two teaspoonfuls of thyme can be put in hot water and allowed to steep for 10 minutes. A person can also put thyme essential oil in hot water and lean over the bowl allowing the steam to help loosen that has built up in the chest.

Licorice Root

liquorice root, on white background

This root contains glycyrrhizin that has antiviral effects and has even been shown to help against viruses including SARS and HIV. This root is able to fight off the flu including the avian flu virus. Many companies make tea from licorice roots as well as supplement. Be sure they contain the actual root and not just the flavor. Speak to a doctor before using this treatment as it may interfere with other medications.


Close up of purple garlic bunch

Garlic will help support the immune system and will be able to fight off the common cold as well as the flu. In a study from 2001 people who used garlic supplements were less likely to get sick. For those that that did get sick the duration of their illness was shorter than people that do not consume garlic supplements. A person can get the same benefits from eating a clove of garlic once or twice a day. While the flavor may be a little overpowering the health benefits are worth it.



This supplement may shorten the duration of the cold and flu symptoms. It can also prevent illnesses when taken with garlic supplements according to the Journal of National Medical Association. Many products do not state the specific amount of this herb that they contain. Do not go for teas that insist on using a supplement that has 1,000 milligrams three times each day. People that have allergies towards ragweed or pollen may be allergic to Echinacea.