Dr. Oz, March 13, 2013, opens the show by saying as we age our body loses its ability to fight disease and lose weight. Dr. Joel Fuhrman comes out and he says that we can turn this around and build up our immune system just by changing our eating habits. The key is to use foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories. He says by using his Super Immunity Diet Plan, we can actually increase our nutrient and disease fighting chemicals by 10 times. One lady has lost over 40 pounds in 5 months while on the program.
Now the Super Immunity Diet is based on four simple steps to get your digestive tract boosted to fight off diseases like diabetes and boost your energy. First, you need to eat phytonutrient rich foods like tomatoes, onions, peppers, kale and berries. These are loaded with nutreints and antioxidants and will give you body what it needs to promote cell growth and good bacteria in your digestive system. Second, eating slow absorbing foods like seeds, nuts, and beans will keep your blood sugar levels steady and they will help you feel full longer because they digest slowly.
The third step is to limit meat to only 10% of our food intake. Fuhrman says that meat can cause you to get loaded with chemicals that will spike your cholesterol levels. He says that we really get very little nutrient value from meat and we should consider it a condiment instead of making it the biggest part of our meal. Finally, we need to chew every bite at least 25 times. Fuhrman says that chewing helps break down the nutrients in the food we eat so our body can use them. The average person only chews their food 15 times and he says we need to chew each bit at least 25 times.
One thing Joel says we must do is to start each day with a hot breakfast. He recommends his super seed oatmeal. Just cook 1 cup of whole rolled or steel cut oats (not quick outs or instant) in almond or soy milk instead of water, and then add 1 cup blueberries, 1 apple, 1 1/2 cups of soy or almond milk, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 tblsp. hemp seeds, 1 tblsp. sunflower seeds, 1 tblesp. ground flaxseed, and a little cinnamon. He gives us one of his rules which is to get your grains whole and not ground. He also says that “the whiter the bread the quicker you are dead” to point out how we need to stay away from bleached grains.
For lunch, fuhrman says we need to eat a good salad because “the more you eat green, the quicker you get lean.” His recommendation is a Caesar Salad with a boost. Just take 12 ounces of Romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup almonds, and 2 tblsp. nutritional yeast. The dressing is easy and just roast 6 cloves of garlic and mix with 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup raw cashew butter, 2 tblsp. lemon juice, 2 tblsp. nutritional yeast, 1 tblsp, dijon Mustard, and black pepper to taste.
Stews are a great way to get your nutrients and stay full so Joel says that a stew is the perfect dinner dish. He recommends taking three 15 ounce cans of low sodium red beans, pinto beans, and black beans and add to 1 28 ounce can of plum tomatoes, 1 pound of broccoli, 2 1/2 cups of corn, 10 ounces of onions, 2 Zuchini, 1/2 cup Goji berries, 4 ounces mild green chilies, 3 cloves garlic, 4 tsp. chili powder, and 2 tsp. cumin. Combine everything except the beans and cook for 20 minutes then add the beans last. the best part of stews is that you can cook enough for a whole week in one trip to the stove so you have more time to relax the rest of the week.
By following this diet you will see an increase in your energy levels almost immediately but Fuhrman says the real benefits will come in about 2 to three months when you realize you don’t get those little sick feelings and your immune system is working like it is in overdrive.
Now Dr. Sue Varma come sout on the show to talk about how birth order can determine what health problems you are at risk of developing. She says first born children are usually responsible for taking care of others in the family and this means that they are more likely to develop high blood pressure or heart disease. Middle kids usually have the most friends but they are constantly battling being trapped in the middle and are more likely to develop depression or chronic fatigue. The youngest child is usually the big entertainer in the family as they tend to try harder for their parents attention. This puts them at risk for becoming addicted to something. Only children are more likely to be obese than any other. This is because parents usually try to compensate by giving only children more things to keep them happy.
Not only does birth order determine health risks but the time of year you were born is also a factor. These suggestions are for adults that were born at different times of the year and not for babies. Winter babies are more likely to be anxious or depressed so they need to spend more time with friends and eat turkey breast, edamame, and peanuts. Spring babies are at a greater risk for seasonal affected disorder so they need more vitamin D and Oz says they should eat more fortified milk, salmon, and mushrooms. Summer babies are at risk for stroke so they need fruits and veggies that have white flesh like apples, pears, and cauliflower. Fall babies are more likely to have problems like asthma and Oz says Himalayan Salt inhaled is a great way to clear up your respiratory system.
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hot breakfast key in tact grains not ground The whiter the bread the sooner your dead the more you eat green the more you get lean