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The Gist of Juicing

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Make the best choices so you get the most from juicing.
Air Date: 3/9/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michael Hall, MD
Dr. Michael HallDr. Michael Hall is a Miami Beach, Florida general medical practitioner specializing in longevity, anti-aging, total body wellness and rejuvenation. With over twenty years of experience in medicine; Dr. Hall is a credible resource offering his expertise on a wide array of popular health topics such as: brain function, organ function, joint and muscle pain, stem cell therapy, tissue repair, testosterone replacement therapy, sexual health, hormonal imbalance, travel illnesses, travel vaccinations, substance abuse treatment, weight loss, skin care and skin rejuvenation.

Dr. Hall’s two-decade medical career includes international volunteer work inspiring him to pursue integrative and functional medicine. In 2007, Dr. Hall established the Hall Longevity Clinic utilizing a combination of modern Western medicine with ancient healing modalities. Dr. Hall explains that his role as a healthcare professional is to "balance the mind, body and soul." 

Dr. Hall is intensely interested in curating the best remedies and procedures aimed at increasing longevity and slowing down the aging process both internally and externally.

The Gist of Juicing
Juicing is a popular way to get nutrients from fruits and vegetables in a convenient form. It's easy to juice at home and take your drink on the road. There are also grab-and-go options available at supermarkets and juice bars.

Dr. Michael Hall has expert advice on getting the most out of juicing for optimum health benefit.

To get the most out of grab-and-go juices, know what the labels mean.

  • "Contains 100% juice" means it is made from fruit and vegetable juices. It does not guarantee that your carrot juice is 100% carrot juice. It may contain other juices for filler and flavor.
  • "HPP" means high pressure processing. The juice has been pasteurized without heat to give it a longer shelf life, deactivating certain microorganisms and enzymes.
  • "Raw" is cold pressed. It is not pasteurized. It lasts two to three days if not treated by HPP. HPP gives it a shelf life of about 45 days. Check the label.
  • "Unpasteurized" means it is made from fresh ingredients and has a shelf life of two to three days. It's a little more expensive because it requires fresh ingredients and has a short shelf life.
  • "Pasteurized" means the juice has been heated to prevent spoiling and to kill harmful pathogens.
  • "Cold-pressed" juice is made by pushing the produce through a press. Since it isn't heated, it keeps the enzymes of the raw fruits and vegetables intact. This is what you'll find in juice bars.
  • "From concentrate" means water must be added to get the correct consistency.
  • "Not from concentrate" means no water was removed.
To get the most out of juicing, there are a few simple steps you can take.

  1. Don't expect to go to a diet of liquids only. Juicing is most successful when you incorporate it into your diet instead of using it as a meal replacement.
  2. Subtract some other foods when you add juices. The idea is not to add calories to your diet. If you add a juice to a meal, remove something from your plate for that meal.
  3. Be smart with your produce selections. You're not making a milkshake or smoothie. Dr. Hall suggests using 80% vegetables, 20% fruits. The fruit is used to cut the bitterness of the vegetables, not to make it into a dessert.
  4. Drink your juice as soon as possible. Don't make too much. When it's exposed to oxygen, it starts to break down and the health benefits decrease.
Listen in as Dr. Hall shares how to get the most out of juicing.