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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 2/23/12: Weird Reasons for Exhaustion, Energy Boosters, Evil Little Ways Your Gaining Weight, Kitchen Cheats to Save Calories, Anne Burrell Makes Healthier Pasta

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: February 23, 2012
Weird Reasons You're So Tired

  • Lack of sleep may not be the reason why you're so tired
  • Dr. Oz shares four energy boosters
  • These four evil little things could add up to over 15 pounds gained per year
  • Cut calories with four kitchen cheats
  • Italian food gets a redo with Chef Anne Burrell

Tired? Exhausted? No energy? Too much stress? With more sleep all those issues would go away, right? Dr. Oz says there are other reasons for your exhaustion. The last thing you would expect could be the very reason why your energy is so low.


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Your doctor probably hears this complaint every day. Dr. Oz says this is one of the most common complaint he hears routinely. I'm so tired!

Dr. Oz explains that a lack of sleep may not be the reason why you are so tired.

Dr. Oz Weird Reason for Being Tired #1: The Bad Bacteria in Your Gut

We often hear about the thyroid being the energy provider for the body but the stomach may also be where energy comes from as well as the cause for a lack of energy.

Stomach issues are a big cause for sleeplessness. [As discussed on a previous episode] Stomach acid and heartburn could be waking you at night and you don't even know it.

The biggest issue with gut bacteria could be bacteria H. Pylori. More than 2/3 of the population has an over growth of H. Pylori and they don't even know it. It's easy to catch, simply through kissing.

Dr. Oz showed an animation of how H. Pylori can effect drastic changes to our digestive tracts. The stomach has five layers and it's the inner most layer that creates mucus to protect the stomach tissue from stomach acid.

H. Pylori can infultrate the stomach and work away at the protective mucus lining and damage the underlying tissue that creates the mucus. The stomach is left with no protection from acid and an ulcer can form causing blood loss. Many people may have an H. Pylori infection and not even know it.

On to a tissue sample, Dr. Oz showed how an H. Pylori infection can damage the stomach, turning the tissue dark. [It wasn't pretty!]

Dr. Oz says that people who wake up feeling congested or with a hoarse voice could be suffering from an ulcer which can cause heartburn while you sleep.

To test for H. Pylori, a doctor can analysis the breath and, says Dr. Oz, if you test positive for H. Pylori it would be wise to check iron blood levels. Anemia is a common result of H. Pylori created ulcer.

[Read more about H. Pylori from previous episodes of The Dr. Oz Show by clicking these links:

Dr. Oz Weird Reason for Being Tired #2: Skipping Gargling in the Morning

Phlegm can build up in the back of the throat. Normally, the phlegm normally doesn't do anything however it can be the cause of why people are so tired.

Dr. Oz showed a demonstration of a nose breathing in air. Air mixes with red blood cells and provides energy. That air has to travel from the nostrils all the way down to the lungs. Accumulations of phlegm can prevent adequate levels of air to reach the lungs and the body then switches to breathing through the mouth which is less efficient.

Dr. Oz explained that research is showing that mouth breathers do not get as much air, and in fact their oxygen blood levels is very low.

Dr. Oz recommends gargling to remove the phlegm that can reduce oxygen flow.

Dr. Oz Weird Reason for Being Tired #3: Your Morning Coffee

[Raise your hand if you rely on caffeine to keep yourself awake! I'm raising my hand!] Your morning coffee could be the very reason why you are tired. Drinking coffee can dehydrate you throughout the day.

Dr. Oz demonstrated how the caffeine in your morning coffee is dehydrates and reduces energy. Yoru personal energy tank which is filled by the water you drink, providing energy. By the time you go to bed, you've had all your water for the day and energy is stored. The body will still process that water energy and create urine so in the morning you'll urinate out all your energy.

Many people then drink coffee in the morning, a diuretic, and takes the rest of the energy out of the body leaving you are stuck without energy.

Dr. Oz says that the key to getting the most out of your coffee is to maintain hydration throughout the day.

What is another weird reason why you're so tired?
  • aged cheese
  • processed or smoked meat
  • fermented soy foods
All of the foods, if eaten at night, can keep you away. Each of these foods contain tyramine which keeps the brain alert.

Dr. Oz's Energy Boosters

Those who suffer from chronic exhaustion will try anything. Dr. Oz has put together four energy boosters which could be just the trick to get your energy revved up.

Dr. Oz's Energy Booster #1: Eggs with Cantaloupe
Dr. Oz recommends eating 2 scrambled eggs with a side of cantaloupe for breakfast to boost energy. There are two important components of these foods, he explained. First, the eggs containt protein which will slow digestion providing steady energy. Second, energy is gained from the natural sugar in the cantaloupe. This can be a starter technique to begin rebuilding energy.

Dr. Oz's Energy Booster #2: Cordyceps Mushroom Supplement
Dr. Oz says he didn't know about the energy providing power of cordyceps mushrooms. They way they grow could be a bit of a shock. Cordyceps mushrooms grow out of the head of a caterpillar. Cordyceps is a parasitic fungus that paralyzes and mummifies the caterpillar.

Dr. Oz recommends taking 3g of cordyceps daily and explained that world-class athletes utilize cordyceps mushrooms to support a natural increase in their energy. He says that cordyceps can be utilized when you are doing all the right things but do not have enough energy.

Dr. Oz's Energy Booster #3: Nopal Cactus Supplement
Nopal cactus is also known as a prickly pear. Containing antioxidants and with anti-inflammatory properties, Dr. Oz says, nopal cactus can help you through difficult times when you may be lacking energy. Nopal cactus also supports the liver and can help if your feeling your body may be in need of a mild detox flush. Dr. Oz recommends taking 1000mg of nopal cactus daily.

Dr. Oz's Energy Booster #4: Walrus Exercise
“First, lie on your stomach with your arms outstretched on the floor in front of you. Plant your palms and use the strength of your arms and core to pull yourself forward and upright. Hold that position for a second, then lower your body, extend your arms. Repeat this while traveling across the floor like a walrus on the move.

As with all exercise, “the walrus” speeds up your metabolism. Additionally, by working often-neglected muscles, you’ll be activating new areas of your brain involved in coordination and muscle memory. Most importantly, this back-arching exercise is a great way to stretch, improve circulation, and relieve the muscle tension that could be weighing your energy level down.”

Little Evil Things You Do That Are Making You Fat

Samantha Heller, RD, Clinical Nutrition Coordinator at Griffin Hospital in Connecticut, says that mindless eating is the source of many of those extra pounds.

Dr. Oz says that when dieting, he doesn't ever want to hear that people are depriving themselves. Instead, be smart about what you eat and when you eat. Stay away from these traps that can sabotage your weight loss goals.

Ms. Heller calls these evil little things: creeping weight.

Dr. Oz's Evil Thing Making You Fat #1: Licking the Peanut Butter Knife

The amount of peanut butter leftover on the knife after making a sandwich could be as much as 80 calories. Liking the peanut butter knife regularly over the course of a year add on 8 pounds.

Dr. Oz's Evil Thing Making You Fat #2: Frozen Yogurt
What happens to the yogurt on the lid of a container of frozen yogurt, or even ice cream? You eat it, right! That lid could contain as much as 25 calories for a fat-free yogurt and up from there with full-fat or ice cream. Over a year, if you regularly lick the frozen yogurt lid that could add up to 2.5 pounds.

Now you're up to 10.5 extra pounds in one year!

Dr. Oz's Evil Thing Making You Fat #3: Baked Potato Chips
Dr. Oz likes all the foods discussed in these three tips, peanut butter, frozen yogurt and baked chips, but you need to be careful when you eat them.

When it comes to baked potato chips, the smashed chips at the bottom of the bag could add up to a ½ serving and 60 calories with lots and lots of salt. Eating from the bottom of the bag of chips twice a week for a year could result in 2 pounds added.

And the total extra weight is up to 12.5 pounds.

Dr. Oz's Evil Thing Making You Fat #4: Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes can be made healthy or unhealthy but the little evil thing that can be making you fat is eating the small amount of potatoes left at the bottom of the pot. It's a small amount, not enough to put in a container as a left-over, so you eat it before washing the pot. Those few spoonfuls could be at least 110 calories.

Ms. Heller says that over a year, eating the potatoes at the bottom of the bowl twice a week, packs on 3 pounds in a year

Dr. Oz says that's a total of 15.5 pounds a year and most people doing these evil little things have no idea why they are gaining weight. People hitting plateaus in their weight-loss goals can also be doing some or all of these little things which can result in the scale not moving downward.

4 Cheats in the Kitchen

To save on calories and increase the nutrition profile of the foods you prepare, Dr. Oz has four cheats for the kitchen that will reduce the calories but won't reduce the taste.

Dr. Oz Kitchen Cheat #1: Butter
Swap out half the butter for canned pumpkin in baked goods. Dr. Oz says that canned pumpkin provides iron and as much as 7g of fiber. Canned pumpkin is also low in fat and provides good moisture to the mix.

Dr. Oz Kitchen Cheat #2: Cream
Cream can be swapped with silken tofu to reduce the saturated fat and lower calories in sauces and soups. Silken tofu already has a creamy texture and is an easy swap that is high in protein and low in fat which can be supportive of healthy cholesterol levels. Use silken tofu instead of cream in a one-to-one transition.

Dr. Oz Kitchen Cheat #3: Mayonnaise
A dollop of mayo is about 80 calories. Replace mayonnaise with avocado and Greek yogurt to gain the same creamy texture. Take ½ a cup of avocado with 2% Greek yogurt and use dollop on a sandwich.

Dr. Oz Kitchen Cheat #4: Sugar
Swap out the sugar in baked goods with banana puree. Mash a banana with a fork or in a blender and replace ½ the sugar called for in the recipe. Mixing the banana with the sugar provides fiber and moisture. Banana takes on the flavor of the sugar.

Italian Food Gets a Redo from Chef Anne Burrell

Anne Burrell, star of the Food Network's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, top notch Chef show viewers how to create simplified Italian-based foods.

Dr. Oz wants to know why restaurant food always taste better. Chef Burrell says there are two reasons. The first reason is that restaurants use a lot of salt. The second reason restaurant food tastes better is that chef's taste the food they prepare every step of the way so it always tastes great.

Chef Burrell says she originally wrote this recipe with marscapone cheese but for The Dr. Oz Show, she's changed it up with Greek yogurt as a healthier choice. Turkey sausage and whole wheat pasta makes this a healthier dish.

Before the change up, this traditional pasta dish serves up 24g of fat. By making a few healthy substations, Chef Burrell's new recipe serves up only 15g of fat.

Bonus Tips! For Weight-Loss

Dr. Oz Weight-Loss Bonus Tip #1: To satisfy your sweet tooth, Dr. Oz recommends eating umeboshi plums to turn your sweet tooth sour and stop the cravings

Dr. Oz Weight-Loss Bonus Tip #2: Eating quickly can cause over eating so Dr. Oz recommends eating with chop sticks to make your meal last longer. Using chop sticks can you to take smaller bites and eat less food over-all. It takes about 30 minutes, Dr. Oz explained, for the ghrelin hormone to reach the brain and let us know we have eaten enough.

[Read more about the ghrelin hormone from previous episodes of The Dr. Oz Show by clicking these links:

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