This post is a complete guide to juicing fruits and vegetables for young men. It covers the benefits of juicing, how to get started, and my own personal experiences. I also recommend you check out Fit Juice for more information.
The Benefits Of Juicing
Juicing is an important and valuable habit for men. It’s an easy and effective way to get more servings of fruits and vegetables, which is correlated with many positive health outcomes:
“Beetroot juice supplementation speeds O2 uptake kinetics and improves exercise tolerance during severe-intensity exercise initiated from an elevated metabolic rate.”
“Recent studies suggest that consumption of diets rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components such as those found in fruits, nuts, vegetables, and spices, or even reduced caloric intake, may lower age-related cognitive declines and the risk of developing neurodegenerative disease.”
“But scientists have found a daily glass of pomegranate juice could also liven up your libido.
Men and women who drank a glass a day for a fortnight were found to have increased levels of the sex hormone testosterone.
A study on 58 volunteers aged between 21 and 64 found “significantly increased” testosterone levels in both sexes at the end of the two week experiment.”
“A remarkably robust pattern was found, in which “happiness and mental health rise in an approximately dose-response way with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables.” While in some cases it rounds out at the recommended five per day, well-being appears to peak at seven.”
“…new research finds eight servings may be needed to cut the risk of dying from heart disease.
The diet and lifestyles of more than 300,000 people across eight countries in Europe found that people who ate at least eight portions of fruits and vegetables a day had a 22% lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who ate three portions a day.
Each additional portion in fruits and vegetables was linked to a 4% lower risk of death.”
Juicing Is A Long-Term Investment
If you’re a younger guy, maybe you feel like you don’t give a shit about preventing diabetes or preventing ‘age-related cognitive decline.’ That would probably have been my reaction a decade ago. But trust me: When you get to be my age (twenty-nine) you start to realize that it would be nice to still have all the energy, clarity, and vitality of your youth in your thirties, forties, and fifties as well.
(You might even start flossing.)
Do you want to Get Lean And Muscular? Of course you do, and here’s how you do it: Lift some weights and eat some steaks. Juicing will give you en edge, but it’s not a magic bullet. It won’t let you add twenty pounds of muscle in the next year. That’s a different kind of juice.
Juicing is a long-term investment. For the younger guys, starting to juice now is like investing a little bit of money every paycheck. You won’t see the major benefits right away, but you’ll be really glad you built the habit early on.
The Thumotic Juicing Protocol
I have experimented with a few different juicing recipes, but I keep coming back to this one:
- 10 carrots
- 8 celery stalks
- 4 beets
- 1 apple
- 1 thumb of ginger
This makes a lot of juice (almost 1L) and it’s a very tasty drink. You can skip the apple if you’re worried about fructose.
I try to juice every weekday, usually as a meal replacement for lunch.
I went into juicing expecting strong results, so I’m sure there’s a bit of placebo effect going into all this. But I’m equally sure it’s more than that.
Since I’ve started juicing, and especially since I’ve started juicing on an almost-daily basis, I’ve noticed the following benefits:
- More energy
- Elevated mood
- More focused and productive
- I haven’t had a cold in two years
- Juicing right before a workout or sport leads to much better performance
Which Juicer Should You Buy?
I use the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer, which costs $139. I like it. However, I’ve never owned another brand so I don’t have much basis for comparison.
Once my Jack Lalanne stops working, I’ll be picking up the Hamilton Beach.
Buy a juicer. Follow my protocol, or better yet, create your own that fits your own lifestyle and habits.