The Dr. Oz Show mobilized a special team of medical students and together with his home hospital located more than one hundred organs to give out to Dr. Oz’s studio audience for his largest anatomy lesson ever. He wants us all to learn how to restart our bodies. As we age, our thyroid, liver, heart and digestion slow down and become sluggish from years of filtering, converting, pumping and moving all the food, drinks, environmental chemicals and medicines we load up on. We wonder why we are gaining weight, feeling tired and moody. Dr. Oz says our organs may need a “restart” and he tells us how.
The thyroid regulates our weight, mood and metabolism and starts slowing down 20% every decade making us at risk of gaining an extra pound every year. This gland converts fat into energy. When the thyroid gland is weak or sluggish it allows fat cells to accumulate in our body. It is located right beneath your Adam’s Apple in the lower front portion of your neck. Dr. Oz says if you can feel it…not a good sign! That is one of the things doctors look for in a medical checkup. But if it’s just a little sluggish and needs a jump start Dr. Oz gives us some tips. Here are some signs that your thyroid may be sluggish:
- Have you gained 10 to 15 pounds in the past two years that you just can’t lose?
- Are you experiencing daily fatigue?
- Has your hair become coarse and brittle.
- Try this simple test with a thermometer and notepad on your bedside table. When you first wake up and before getting out of bed, put the thermometer under your tongue. Record the results for a week. Then average your seven daily numbers. If your average temperature is under 98°, it could be a clear sign of a sluggish thyroid.
To stimulate your thyroid, Dr. Oz suggests a “Thyroid Power Combo.” Use Iodized Salt with Selenium rich foods such as mushrooms and nuts. Brazil nuts are very high in selenium. You may want to use a free online nutrient calculator such as The RightTrak.com where you can do a nutrient search to see if your favorite foods are a rich source of selenium. The RightTrak.com will also calculate your BMI and your Recommended Daily Allowances(RDA) of over 30 other nutrients. Spend some time on the site and do several food searches. You will quickly learn what food choices give you and your loved ones the most “Nutrient Bang for Your Buck!”
After years of processing fatty meats, candy and sweets, drinking alcohol, taking in over-the-counter medications and environmental fumes, the liver becomes clogged up and not able to filter toxins efficiently. Obesity and liver damage go hand-in-hand. But the liver is designed to fix itself. Dr. Oz says these tips will help to detox the liver.
- First thing in the morning drink a “Liver Elixir” detoxifying drink. Mix together…
- 1/4 cup warm water (to flush out the liver)
- the juice of one lemon wedge (contains powerful antioxidant vitamin C that helps detoxify the liver)
- two dashes of hot sauce (contains capsaicin which helps boost blood flow through the liver)
- These vegetables will increase bio-flow (the flow of sludge out of the liver).
- Cruciferous vegetables provides a chemical that helps the liver to repair itself. The liver will begin to repair itself within days!
Dr. Oz reminds us that our hearts never stop beating, around the clock, 24/7. But years of eating the wrong foods and developing medical conditions like high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes can cause the arteries to harden. The heart now has to work harder and can become enlarged. To recharge your heart, practice Dr. Oz’s “Extended Warranty for Your Heart”…
- Take DHA Omega 3 supplements. Dr. Oz wants to be clear. Not the mixture of Omega 3s that are in fish oils. This specific DHA type is believed to reduce bad cholesterol and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Look for specific DHA supplements. Take 600 mg once per day.
- If you are age 40 and older, include two 81 mg tablets of low-dose or baby aspirin once per day. This will help reduce inflammation in the body and thin the blood. To help keep the aspirin from coming in direct contact with the stomach lining and causing irritation, drink 4 ounces of water before taking the tablets and 4 ounces of water after.
- Have two servings or about two fistfuls of Soluble fiber per day. Soluble type fiber is found in the pulp and the inside portion of fruits and vegetables, legumes, oats and barley. This fiber absorbs water to keep the stool soft for easy passage.
Your digestive system and stomach will break down upwards of 70,000 pounds in a lifetime, so over time it will not digest as efficiently as it used to, leading to bloating, constipation, diarrhea and stomach pain. To help your intestines bounced back, Dr. Oz suggests prebionics (not probiotics). Dr. Oz explains that prebiotics work with probiotics.
Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in our gut. They can also be found in food sources such as yogurt. But to keep these good bacteria alive, they need to be constantly fed with prebiotics. These are found in plant-based foods such as bananas, cooked whole grains, garlic and onions and even honey. To maintain healthy intestinal flora (bacteria living in your intestines) try to eat two to four servings per day.
Dr. Oz invites you to visit Dr. Oz.com for your cheat sheet on how to restart your body.
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