When it comes to choosing a juicer, it can be a confusing and complicated process. The first step is to figure out whether you want a masticating or a centrifugal juicer. So the big question is...What is the difference between centrifugal and masticating juicers?
Centrifugal juicers are more commonplace, and in general, more affordable. They typically have an upright design in which food is pushed into a rapidly spinning mesh chamber with sharp teeth on its floor. The teeth shred the food into a pulp, and the centrifugal motion pulls the juice out of the pulp and through the mesh filter, where it is funneled out of the juicer via a spigot. In most centrifugal juicers, the pulp, once most of the juice has been pulled out, is ejected into a separate collection chamber. Centrifugal juicers work best with soft and hard fruits and vegetables, but not quite as well with leafy greens like kale or spinach, or with wheat grass.
Masticating juicers, meanwhile, typically have a horizontal design in which a tube containing the auger extends out of motorized base. Pieces of fruits and vegetables are pushed into the top of the tube, and they are crushed and squeezed by the auger. Juice drains out of the underside of the tube, while the pulp is squeezed out at the end of the tube. Because of the slower crushing and squeezing action, masticating juicers can process leafy greens and wheat grass, and the juice that they produce will last much longer than juice made in a centrifugal juicer, which should be consumed right away as it starts losing nutrients nearly immediately. Masticating juicers are pricier than centrifugal models; starting at around $230 for most models.
I assume that most people purchase a juicer for the health benefits. So if you are going to go through the process of extracting juice, you might as well purchase a juicer that yields you the best quality juice...and that is the masticating juicer. It takes a little longer than a centrifugal juicer, but, hey, we're talking a few extra minutes.
By the same token, juicing does you no good if you let your juicer collect dust. If you are a busy person and will be inclined to fore-go juicing because you are in a hurry, then the centrifugal juicer will probably work better for you. All-in-all, it is better to juice than not to juice.
See for yourself
Watch this Youtube video that demonstrates the differences between using a masticating juicer and a centrifugal juicer.
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There is nothing more alarming than finding wads of hair in your brush or in your bath tub drain. For women, in particular, the thought of going bald is simply not acceptable. Men, on the other hand, can simply shave their heads, get an ear pierced, and voilà....they look sexy. A woman's hair defines her femininity. The style, color, and cut tells the world what she thinks and feels about herself on a daily basis and in general. When your hair begins to thin, it is usually a symptom of some imbalance in the body.
In Chinese medicine, the causes of thinning hair can be attributed to a number of different imbalances, or what we refer to as "Patterns". Some of the primary patterns are Blood Deficiency, Kidney Deficiency, and/or Jing Deficiency.
In Chinese medicine, Blood Deficiency is not the same thing as anemia. A person who is blood deficient can have anemia, but not always. The symptoms of blood deficiency can include poor sleep, dream-disturbed sleep, dry skin, brittle nails, pale complexion, palpitations, fatigue, spots in field of vision, thinning of hair, premature graying, and trembling or numbness in the arms and hands. Blood Deficiency can be caused by a number of things:
The treatment of Blood Deficiency will vary depending on what the cause is. There is no "one treatment treats all" in Chinese medicine. Once the cause has been identified, then a treatment protocol can be designed. This will include choosing the appropriate points to needle, blood building herbs, improving digestion, and choosing appropriate blood building foods.
When the Kidneys are out of balance, it will effect just about every physiological process in the body. A Kidney Yin Deficiency will present as a low level heat in the body that dries out the fluids in the body. A lack of Kidney fire (Kidney Yang Deficiency) will create coldness in the body which will impede proper digestion, cause poor circulation, and create an accumulation of dampness (fluid) in the body - all of which can directly affect hair growth.
Jing Qi Deficiency
a Jing Deficiency is another pattern associated with Kidney imbalances. Hair thinning due to a Jing Deficiency is related more to lifestyle habits and the aging process. Our Jing Qi is received at conception and is stored in our Kidneys. Our Jing Qi is our "Life Force" that can be diminished through poor sleep habits, poor eating habits, rapid weight loss, pregnancy, stress, overwork, excess sex, and long term use of alcohol, smoking, recreational drugs, and other intoxicants. As we age, our Jing Qi slowly dissipates - there is nothing we can do about that. Loss of Jing Qi due to lifestyle factors can be replenished through good lifestyle practices.
The treatment for a Jing Qi Deficiency will incorporate various Chinese healing modalities such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutritional evaluation, accessory techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, guasha, and massage. In addition, a close look at lifestyle habits are a given.
External Healing Remedies
Increasing blood circulation to the scalp will also help to promote hair growth. Self-massage to the scalp using some stimulating herbs is one of the simplest methods. Here are some recipes:
1" chunk of fresh ginger root, skin removed
2 tablespoons of oil (olive or jojoba are good choices)
Using a garlic press, press the ginger root juice into a bowl. Discard the ginger root pulp. Add the oil and blend well. If you like, you can heat this oil up in the microwave - just make sure it is not too hot. Using your finger tips, gently massage the oil into your scalp where the thinning is occurring. Place a shower cap over your hair and leave on for 30 minutes. Be sure to wipe off any oil that may drip onto your forehead to avoid contact with your eyes. Wash your hair as usual. Fresh ginger root has warming properties.
2 drops of essential oil of peppermint
2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
Blend the peppermint oil and jojoba oil well. Gently massage into your scalp where the thinning is occurring. Place a shower cap over your hair and wipe any excess off to avoid contact with your eyes. Leave on for 30 minutes. Wash hair as usual. Peppermint has cooling, invigorating properties.
Warning: If you have any open sores on your scalp, avoid using any herbs until it has healed.
Importance of Circulation
Good circulation to the scalp is important. Equally important is that the blood being circulated is rich in nutrients. Good quality blood can only come from eating good quality foods and good assimilation of nutrients. A tool we use in Chinese medicine to promote circulation is called a Plum Blossom Tool. We gently tap the surface skin without breaking the skin.
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