Juicing and Cleansing Your Body

Juicing vegetables is an easy and highly effective way to get lots of nutrients into your body and detox all the unwanted toxins. I walk through some juicer basics and show you how to get the most from your juice.

A lot of people have asked what brand of juicer I recommend, and really I think you get what you pay for. You can expect to pay around $200 for a good juicer, and obviously you can spend a lot more than that, too.

The juicer I use is a Breville, and I love it! You can find it here.

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47 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Michael Proffitt says:

    Did you use all of the fruits and vegetables in video for your juice recipe? Do you have to prepare/slice any of the them before juicing?


    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hey Michael, I don’t believe I had to chop anything for the video, my Juicer has a large opening so everything was able to fit.
      For some juicers, you would probably have to do a bit of chopping but not much. Yes, I juiced everything in the video.

  2. elaine says:

    what about juicing beets? good, bad….. thanks!!

    • Stella says:

      juice half a beet or else u’ll detoxify too quickly !

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Beets are great for juicing. They are really good for increasing NO2 which supports the cardiovascular system. In limited instances some people may stay away from juicing vegetables that have some sugar content. But for almost everyone, juicing beets is highly beneficial!

  3. Joan Hurst says:

    I do juice, have a vitamix.

  4. Gina miller says:

    I wanted to ask about the estrogen dominance diet. Would you recommend that diet and how long should I do the diet for? I’m 48 soon be 49 in August and having difficult loosing mid-section when eating whole foods Jordan Rubin recommends. I would really appreciate your input. thank you, Gina Miller

    • Dr. Axe says:

      If you’re trying to lose body fat in your mid-section I would follow a diet that removes grains and almost all sugar from your diet and only eat vegetables, nuts, seeds, organic meat, and raw cultured dairy. In addition, I would weight and burst train 20+ minutes 4-6 days a week and I would also read the weight loss section in my free eBook Superfood Super You.

      • Berneda says:

        Hi. I have a question about your answer to the person asking on the estrogen dominance diet. I see there is no fruit in your food listing, and if juicing vegetables is okay, and how long should one be on this diet? Thank you, Berneda

  5. Amy Frese says:

    I have been consistently juicing every day for the past 3 months and I feel amazing!! I drink about 24 ounces of green juice every day, but I have been adding 1 pear and 1 orange to sweeten it up a bit. I usually have it for breakfast with my probiotic yogurt and my energy level is through the roof! Juicing has definitely become a daily habit and now I find if I miss a day, I get a headache, I’m tired and hungry all day! I try not to miss a day of juicing ever! Love it!!

  6. Hi Dr. Axe,
    I use a Vitamixer for green drinks, etc. I have read that a juicer vs. the vitamixer which liquefies veggies vs extracting juice is better – which is the truth??

    If you, also, can’t budget-wise afford to buy a bunch of supplements, which of these machines would be the best for getting food supplements from fruits, veggies, etc.?? and not from pills?? Thanks for all your help!!!

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Tough question! You are asking me to choose between a vitamix and a juicer?! Here are my thoughts:
      1. You will use the Vitamix more often. I have had mine for 8 years and used it almost everyday.
      2. Juicing can make you feel incredible and send your energy levels through the roof!
      3. You could buy a cheap blender for smoothies and a better juicer.
      4. You could buy a cheap juicer (and it will probably break and be a pain to clean) and get the Vitamix.
      5. Best Option: follow the Dave Ramsey plan and budget for both and cut out spending where you don’t need to spend
      and sell some extra stuff on craig’s list so you can buy both!

  7. Stella says:

    i really like juicing !! no wonder when i didn’t juice for a day i had a headache !

  8. Sandra Sam says:

    Dr Axe Thanks for the advice, some times I juice but lately I have been doing more smoothies. My question is which one can be more beneficial to my body in terms of cleansing.

    • Dr. Axe says:

      I get this question a lot on what’s better smoothies or juices and the answer is it depends. Smoothies can be better because if you add berries, chia, flax, or other sources of fiber you are cleansing the gut and colon where as with juicing you are getting higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes which will cleanse you in different ways. I would suggest doing a mix of both. I typically alternate and on many days do a smoothie in the morning and vegetable juice in the afternoon. In fact, in my recent eBook Superfood Super You I have a detox section laid out where people consume a mixture of cultured dairy (amasai or kefir) w/ 2 tbsp of chia seeds and then later juice vegetables. So when trying to detox, do the combination of both for the best results!

  9. elizabeth says:

    if you’re pregnant or nursing, can you detox with juice, detox with your ACV drink, detox other ways – like your cleaning diet? if so, how much/often?

    thanks, so much

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Make sure you are getting plenty of good calories from fat, protein, and carbohydrates. I believe the best foods for ALL people are vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, organic meat, and raw cultured dairy. Juicing vegetables is completely natural and can increase your overall nutrient intake. I believe juicing is completely safe and effective for almost anyone unless your doctor says otherwise. I wouldn’t do anything too out of the ordinary detox wise while pregnant. I would rather focus on eating a well rounded nutrient dense diet. Apple Cider Vinegar can detox your body in a gentle way so you may consider taking 1-2 tbsp daily which is recommended for almost everyone.

  10. Gayle says:

    Nice Shirt!

  11. christy says:

    what is the best way to detox your liver through juicing and other methods?

  12. Debbie says:

    It sounds great, but what does all those juiced veggies taste like??? Do you need to add a little something to make it more palatable?

    • Dr. Axe says:

      It depends on your palate but I think it tastes great. If your just getting started carrots and green apples make it taste better:)

  13. Rhonda says:

    Dr Josh,
    I have just been diagnosed with diverticulitis. I am having a very difficult time with my bowels. I can not go on a run or live my life normally now. Will juicing help to calm my digestive tract. I think I really need help with anti-inflammatory foods and foods to totally avoid. Can you lead me in the right direction.

  14. Sandy says:

    I do not have a juicer, but I have been putting spinach, red bell pepper, protein powder & ice in a blender and drinking that. Am I getting the same benefits or does juicing provide more benefits? Thanks.

  15. aCountryVegan says:

    Thanks for the great information. I have dropped 115 pounds from 300 to 185 since I went vegan and use my vitamix sometimes twice a day. I was always trying to find a reason to buy a juicer and now I have one. On at least one day of my weekend I hate to cook since i cook for the entire week on the other and this will be a great way for me to avoid cooking on that day.

    Wanted to check one thing with you, you talk as if natural sugars from fruit are a bad thing and I always thought that if you mixed them with greens with a larger percentage on the green end that helps lower the glycemic index of those sugars. Is that true or is my morning smoothie of a head of romain, 4 cups spinach, 2 stalks of celery, half a lemon, one banana, one apple, and one pear, along with 1 tbsp of chia seeds killing with sugar?

  16. lookin2cleanse says:

    I am aware to make juice & drink it immediately is best. (If I plan to hold it in fridge how long is too long?) Also, if I don’t have organic veggies is it safe to juice store bought? Thanks for your help.

    • aCountryVegan says:

      No more than a day or two, but if you want, you can freeze it in serving sizes and defrost the night before.

    • Dr. Axe says:

      You’re right, it’s best to drink right away. If it’s more of a pressing or masticating juicer, it will stay better for longer. But if it’s a centrifugal- which is most juicers, the juice starts to go bad right away. I always recommend organic especially for juicing, and especially anytime that you’ll be juice the peels.

    • Beth says:

      the faster your RPM on your juicer the shorter the life of the enzymes Always organic is best.Check the clean 15 and the dirty dozen.Don’t juice with the dirty dozen. Soak veggies in 1/4 c hydrogen peroxide or RAW apple cider vinegar 15 min.Store your juice in a sealable jar ( I use ball jars) Try to fill to the top to get the most air out as possable and then I turn up side down. Juice from my juicer @85 RPMs will last 72 hrs.in the fridge.

  17. Mary says:

    I want to go on a 15 day detox, was wondering if I should just juice? Would it mess up my system on the fast if I have a smoothie in the morning or evening with mixed berries? Also could I make up a tomato soup! I am only going to do liquids no whole vegetable or fruit at this time! I have poor health and have a sugar addiction I wish to break!

  18. Sharon says:

    I am allergic to ALL citrus fruits and vegetables……will juicing do me any good when I cant use any citrus fruits or vegetables?? Thanks…can you give me a recipe to use on my needs?

  19. Kim Philpot says:

    Do you think jiucing fresh grown wheat grass is one of the vital nutrients?

    • Stella says:

      Absolutely !! Wheatgrass has a lot of good benefits for you ! It helps with cancer and many other things.

  20. Linda LaPiana says:

    Hey Mary Anne,
    Here is the article I told you to look at. This is a great website.

  21. Claire says:

    Dr. Axe,
    I’ve been reading up a lot on juicing and am trying to get as informed as I can on the issue and have found several places stating to never juice spinach because of the levels of oxalic acid in it. My father-in-law, who thinks he knows everything, says that juicing too much spinach and kale can lead to some kind of crystallization in your kidneys. I’ve also read to use a very small amount, if not any at all, of kale, collard and mustard greens when juicing. These opinions are coming from people who are not anti-juicers. I’m just not sure what is sound and what is not…

    • aCountryVegan says:

      I don’t think you can have too much so long as it’s raw. Here is a quote from Gabriel Cousin’s book, Conscious Eating:
      Organic oxalic acid, defined as that which occurs in nature in its raw form, can actually be beneficial to the system. Once foods containing oxalic acid are cooked, according to the dean of juice therapy and author of Raw Vegetable Juices, Dr. Norman Walker, the oxalic acid becomes dead and irritating substance to the system. He feels that in its cooked form it binds irreversibly with the calcium and prevents calcium absorption. An excess of cooked oxalic acid may also form oxalic acid crystals in the kidney. In the live organic form of oxalic acid, Dr. Walker claims oxalic acid stones and calcium blockage do not occur because the organic oxalic acid can be metabolized appropriately. according to Dr. Walker, oxalic acid in its raw form is one of the important minerals needed to maintain tone and peristalsis of the bowel.

      He also says no to worry about phytates in raw food. The body produces an enzyme called phytase that frees minerals from phytates. This does not work for cooked phytates because it has been denatured and the enzyme no longer fits it well enough to do its job.

      There shouldn’t be side effects of too much oxalates so long as the food is raw. It’s the cooked you need to worry about and then, you could probably get kidney stones and osteoporosis.

      I do not juice very much but have green smoothies daily and almost always have spinach in it. As for Kale and Collards, I use one or the other in my smoothies every other week. On my off week I use some other type of green, whatever is in season which does not have that anti-nutrient. Being a vegan I have my blood tested every 6 months and my calcium levels are well within normal range.

  22. michele f. says:

    I have been juicing for aprox. 5 months daily, from 1 to 2 pints daily, with carrots being the base and adding other veggies, and apples.
    I felt great, but my palms and soles of my feet turned yellow-orange>
    will this go away?
    should I just stop jucing?
    any help will be greatly appreciated.

  23. LeMoyne says:

    I have a champion juicer and actually juiced for curing cancer and it was amazing, That was 7 years ago. So huge believer in the benefits of juicing. But my question is I have been juicing and and I feel so extremely tired. Could this be a detox symptom or is it an allergic reaction of sorts. It is almost like I get every opposite symptom when I juice or take nutrition. If I take Gaba for calming it gives me anxiety or drink peppermint oils or lemon oil (youngliving) for energy I am lethargic. When I juice carrots, celery and spinach I have a crash in like 30 min feeling ravenous for food. Any thoughts?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      You may be juicing too many things that are high in sugar. I would try eating a tablespoon of coconut oil with the juice but also juicing less higher sugar vegetables or fruits.

  24. Laura says:

    Lately there is a lot of information on the NutriBlast and why it may be better for you than juicing as our bodies need the fiber. Can you weigh in on that please? Thank you Dr. Axe.

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I think a balance of both is the best. Fiber is absolutely necessary which is why I love smoothies. However, juicing allows you to consume exponential amounts of the vegetables then you would be able to eat because of the fiber making you feel full.

  25. Michelle says:

    I enjoy juicing but I feel like I’m waisting all that pulp…is their anything I could do to use it up?

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