Dr. Oz, February 24, 2014, started the show off with a discussion on a new 10 Day Detox Diet by Dr. Mark Hyman, gave us ways to boost our thyroid, and showed specific probiotics to burn fat and get more energy. Hyman was recently on the show where he was stating that a new study showed cow’s milk contained a protein that could damage our bones. Oz really took him to task on that issue but it looks like they can agree on a diet that will detoxify your body and fight inflammation.
10 Day Detox Diet
Like many of the regular guests on Oz’s show, Hyman says food can be harmful and it can be a way to cure problems in our body. It just depends on what type of food you are eating. to make the detox diet work, you will need to eliminate all sugar, sugar substitutes, processed foods, and dairy. You may eat all the non starchy veggies you wish and stick to getting all your protein from chicken, fish, eggs, shrimp, and tofu.
Hyman says an easy way to fight hunger pains is to use Konjac Root Powder or pills before each meal. Take 2.5 to 5 grams of this right before you eat and it will fill you up and slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This special fiber actually turns into a gel like substance that binds the food in your stomach and slows down your digestion. That means you stay full longer and no hunger pains.
The next part of the detox diet is about jump starting your metabolism in the morning. Hyman has a special shake that includes blueberries, cranberries, lemon, avocado, almond butter, almond milk, coconut butter, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts. Just mix these up in a blender, add a little water for a smoother cocktail, and enjoy.
Hyman also recommends a multi vitamin and Chromium supplement to help regulate your blood sugar. Follow this diet for 10 days and you can lose up to 10 pounds easily. Hyman says once you have completed the diet, your body will have adjusted to lving without sugar and your wieght loss will continue.
A sluggish thyroid will sabotage any diet. Oz says if you have brittle nails, hair and skin, constant fatigue, gained weight, seem to get colds a lot, or suffer from constipation, you may have a sluggish thyroid. If you have a combination of these symptoms, you are more likely to have thyroid problems. You can reset your thyroid by eating the right foods. Oz recommended the following:
Dulse Flakes are made from seaweed and are high in iodine. Oz says this will help boost your metabolism and recommends you sprinkle them on a salad or add to popcorn. You should try to get 2 tablespoons a day of these.
Miso Soup is high in Zinc and is a booster for the iodine you need. Oz says you should get at least one cup of this per day and try to go for the low sodium versions.
Vitamin A is a proven thyroid booster that will help you lose weight. You can get it by eating Cantaloupe and Sweet Potatoes.
Brazil Nuts are a great source of selenium, which boost the thyroid. You only need 2 of these nuts per day but you can eat more if you like them.
Probiotics For Fat Loss
Dr Julie T. Chen comes on the stage and she says one of the biggest myths about probiotics is that they have to be refrigerated. Oz didn’t even know about this myth. Probiotics help keep the good bacteria in your digestive track at a high level. Oz says we get sick because of bad bacteria taking over our system and we need to keep our gut in balance to stay healthy and lose weight. There are different types of good bacteria that focus on some health problems. Chen gives us a short list of the most common probiotics we need to fight everyday problems.
Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is the probiotic that has been proven to fight bacterial and viral infections like a cold.
Bifidobacterium Infantis helps keep your stomach working properly and has been proven to relieve IBS symptoms.
Lactobacillus Gasseri is a proven way to boost your metabolism and get rid of fat in your belly and other areas.
Dr. Chen says to get the freshest product possible and make sure you follow the recommended dosage for each specific type.
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