I have a masticating juicer and a Blendtek, which is very similar to the Vitamix.
The way I see it, the juice I make is more of a medicine; it delivers a super concentrated wallop of enzymes and nutrients that my body quickly and easily absorbs, letting my digestive system take a rest so that it can channel the energy it would otherwise use to digest food to repair and restore tissues instead. I do a lot of yoga, which is highly recommended to be performed on an empty stomach, so juice is especially useful in the morning before I do practice. Just give yourself about 30 minutes post-juice and vinyasa your little heart out!
Sometimes people complain about the high levels of sugar in juice, but you don't have to juice fruits or vegetables with a high sugar content. I make a juice with leafy greens, cucumbers, and celery, and one apple or pear is enough to balance out the bitterness of the greens. Beets and carrots have a moderate sugar content, so use them in moderation, or not at all, if you're worried about ingesting too much sugar.
My Blendtek, though, has become an essential appliance, and I use it almost every day. I mentioned this in class, but I LOVE the almond milk my blender allows me to make. You can also make soup, hummus....really, the possibilities are practically endless.
I've also been drinking green smoothies lately, which also deliver a ton of essential nutrients and enzymes and fiber to help detoxify; they also keep me feeling satiated for quite a while. Bonus: they're great for your skin!
Here's my smoothie recipe (adjust ingredients to your personal taste)
4 leaves romaine
2 stalks celery
1 frozen banana
handful of fresh Italian parsley (excellent for cleansing the blood)
handful of spinach
juice of half a lemon
coconut (or regular) water to achieve desired consistency
And here's what I put in my green juice:
1/2 cucumber (very hydrating, and makes a good base so juice isn't too bitter
1 inch of fresh ginger
1 stalk celery
1/2 beet (especially useful if you had a glass or two of wine the night prior
4 leaves dino kale
1/2 apple or pear
*Be sure to drink your juice on an empty stomach so the nutrients will assimilate efficiently.
In conclusion....I love juicing and blending! Hope that was helpful. Cheers!