The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: April 13, 2012
Re-Energize Your Life: 5 Ways to Kick-Start Your Day
- Re-charge, renew, re-energize your life with these simple tips
- Clear out the clutter and make room for energy
- Annoying health problems gone with 5-minute health fixes
- Ron White, memory expert, shares five tips to boost your memory
- 5-minute breakfast recipes
- Supercharge your coffee and tea with these four sweeteners
Tired? Sluggish? Wiped-out? Does juggling life's demands leave you exhausted? Dr. Oz shares simple supercharged tips to boost your energy instantly. Find out what's zapping your energy and how to get rid of the drain.
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Dr. Oz Re-Energize Your Life: 5 Ways to Kick-Start Your Day
Dr. Oz went to the place most of us go to get an energy boost: the coffee shop! He played waiter for a day asking people what they think their energy level is on a scale of 1 to 10. People answered as low as 3! What zaps people's energy? Your kids? Your husband? Juggling?
Feeling low on energy is not new or unique to us today. People have been dealing with energy issues forever and we've forgotten what to do to restore and re-energize.
Dr. Oz Re-Energize Your Life Tip #1: Spirulina
Dr. Oz calls spirulina the miracle from the sea. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is pure protein. Dr. Oz says spirulina will give you the energy you need.
Mix 1 tablespoon of powdered spirulina together with 12 ounces of lime juice. Citrus boosts both energy and mood. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. The cold temperature will increase metabolic energy. Place 2 frozen cubes into 8 ounces of water. Dr. Oz says this will be your new energy drink.
Dr. Oz Re-Energize Your Life Tip #2: Moringa Oleifera
This is a new product for Dr. Oz and The Dr. Oz Show. Moringa Oleifera is from the Himalayas and has been used for centuries to support energy production. The leaves of the moringa oleifera have three times more iron than spinach. Iron is required to carry energy throughout the body.
Dr. Oz recommends taking 400mg of moringa oleifera daily in capsule form or twice a day in tea form.
When you feel tired, he says, reach for a cup of moringa oleifera for energy without the crash the comes with caffeine.
Dr. Oz Re-Energize Your Life Tip #3: Deep Breath Belly Blast
Many people mistakenly feel that energy is based on what we take in from the outside. Dr. Oz says the best kept energy secret out there is to get air from the bottom of the lungs to move.
Take a deep breath. Are you breathing from your lungs or just moving your rib cage? To expand and contract the lung completely you have to engage the diaphragm.
Dr. Oz showed an animation of what happens in the body when we take a breath, properly. The diaphragm and belly should go out when a deep breath is taken. The ribs should not move as the lungs fill up with air.
Get a belt, women wrap the belt under your breast and men wrap it under the nipples, and fasten it tightly to prevent the rib cage from opening up. Place your right hand on your belly button to feel the belly and diaphragm expand. Take 10 deep breaths, breath in to a count of four and breath out to a count of four. The belt should not tighten as you breath in.
Do this exercise in the morning upon waking and in the evening. Dr. Oz says you don't have to do it forever just for a while to retrain the body and mind on how to breath properly.
Dr. Oz Re-Energize Your Life Tip #4: Emergency Survival Kit
Dr. Oz has three simple items to keep handy as a quick energy boost. Place these items in a resealable plastic bag and place it in your purse. When you feel your energy dropping just grab one of these items to refuel.
- Endangered Species Organic Dark Chocolate Chimp Mints: These little dark chocolate squares contain a little bit of caffeine along with flavonoids and mint.
- Trident Vitality Awaken Ginseng Gum: Ginseng is a natural stimulant and Dr. Oz says it just makes sense. [Too bad the product has artificial ingredients.]
- Origins VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangostein: This lotion contains high-antioxidant mangostein along with cordyceps mushroom, an adaptogen. People have used cordyceps mushrooms to support the body in coping through stress.
Dr. Oz Re-Energize Your Life Tip #5: Power Down Pressure Point
Last thing Dr. Oz recommends to to kick-start your energy is something he wants you to do at the end of day. It's the most important tip, he says, and it's free.
Turn off all electronic distractions. Put your right hand on the bridge of the nose then go up a little until you feel the bone just above. Rub your index finger gently in that spot and feel the calm and relaxation sweeping over you. Do this before bed to encourage better sleep so you can feel energized in the morning.
Dr. Oz Declutter Your Space and Life for Instant Energy
Clutter is taking over America and could be a big cause of zapped energy for many people.
Julie Morgenstern is a professional organizer and productivity expert and the author of several organization books and time-management books including SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck.
Ms. Morgenstern says that people waste hours looking for things because they have to sift through so much clutter. Organizing your space your provide more energy to your life.
Dr. Oz: Tricks to Declutter the Kitchen
A Dr. Oz fan from Leavenworth, KS shared her cluttered kitchen. Her refrigerator is so filled with stuff she can't find the health foods she bought at the grocery store. Ms. Morgenstern says she has a trick that will change the way everyone cooks.
Sub-divide your groceries by your weekly menu. Use storage bins to sort out the foods you buy into the meals you are going to make. Label the bins with each day of the week. Ms. Morgenstern says it's like having a kitchen helper at the ready. Pull out the container for that day and you're ready to cook.
Make a separate snack bin so the kids don't have to forage through the refrigerator which ultimately leads to more disorganization.
Dr. Oz: Tricks to Declutter the Closet
Loriann is a shop-a-holic and the small bedroom in her little apartment is stuffed full. She has a hard time sleeping because of all the clutter.
Ms. Morgenstern says you have to change the way you think about your closet. Most think of the closet as a horizontal space. Go vertical and color code the clothes for easy use. She recommends getting a double hang closet rod that requires no hardware and doubles your space.
Dr. Oz: Tricks to Declutter the Bathroom
Stephanie from California says her bathroom is so cluttered it makes it hard to get out the door looking good.
There is limited real estate in the bathroom, you need to be creative in organizing to get the most storage. Install a magnet board on the wall, ideally next to the mirror. Hot glue magnets to the back of cosmetics and organize products on the magnet board. Now your counter is clear.
Dr. Oz 5-Minute Fixes for Annoying Health Problems
Dr. Oz 5-Minute Health Fix for Hiccups
Dr. Oz showed an animation of what happens when we drink diet soda or eat too fast while on the run. These foods and the speed of eating irritates the stomach causing spasms in the diaphragm which sends air up to the mouth. The hiccup sound is from the vocal cords closing and opening quickly.
There are many wives tales for curing hiccups but, many, says Dr. Oz, don't work. He recommends breathing into a paper bag to inhale carbon dioxide that calms the stomach then calms the diaphragm.
Dr. Oz 5-Minute Health Fix for Gas
A banquet waitress joined Dr. Oz on stage and shared that since she has to eat when she can at work which often causes gas.
Men and women produce on average 1.5 pints of gas per day. All that gas is created by eating too fast, drinking carbonated beverages, and eating sulfur containing foods such as broccoli.
A handful of coriander seeds eaten after meals supports the relaxation of the intestinal walls to move out gas and prevent new gas from forming.
Dr. Oz recommends doing the Flatulence Freer Yoga Pose to get the gas moving and go out of the body. It's best to do this in private.
[Here's a link to instructions for the pose downward facing dog from YogaJournal.com. Dr. Oz got into this position then raised and lowered his heels. He said you can also wiggle your butt to get the air to expel.]
Dr. Oz 5-Minute Health Fix for Sweaty Palms
Many viewers asked about what to do for sweaty palms. It's a common annoying health complain. Hyperhidrosis is the technical name for the complaint the effects 3 million people. Dr. Oz says there are many tools to deal with sweaty palms.
Kilma is an over-the-counter antiperspirant spray. Apply in the morning and it will last only last for one day.
Cost for Kilma Confidence Handspray: about $25.00
Sweatblock Super Antiperspirant Wipes block sweat for seven days after one use. [The website says the wipes are appropriate for excessive underarm sweating as well.]
Cost for Sweatblock Super Antiperspirant Wipes: about $7.00.
Dr. these things take time and you may need to experiment to find what will work the best.
Dr. Oz 5-Minute Solutions to Boost Memory Power
Ron White is a memory expert and two time world memory champion. Dr. Oz asked Mr. White to memorize the names of each of the 200 people in today's audience. Mr. White went through only three rows of the audience before Dr. Oz stopped him but he just rattled the names off.
Dr. Oz Memory Booster Tip #1: Paint a Picture
When you meet people do you forget their name in 2 seconds? Mr. White says it's not that you have a bad memory, the issue is that the memory is not focused. The key to remembering people's names is to focus on one thing about the person and create a picture for the name. The mind will remember a picture before it will remember the name.
Mr. White looked at Dr. Oz's eyebrows and says he created a picture of the yellow brick road along the top if his brow. He connects the yellow brick road with The Wizard of Oz which triggers the memory that his name is Memhet Oz. He says you'll remember the picture you've created of the name that is associated with the persons face for many weeks after. Practice this trick at least five minutes a day and, Mr. White says, you'll increase your memory.
Dr. Oz Memory Booster Tip #2: Blueberry Concentrate
When training for the USA Memory Championship, Mr. White says his number one go-to food was blueberries. He would eat them all day long, bowl after bowl, and ran out of room in his refrigerator. A friend recommended that he drink blueberry concentrate instead to pack just as much power in a smaller space. We all know from watching The Dr. Oz Show that blueberries are packed with antioxidant power but, it also improves the memory.
Dr. Oz Memory Booster Tip #3: Pumpkin Seed Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids in pumpkin seeds and their oil are great. You can eat a bowl of pumpkin seeds or go for the concentrated option of pumpkin seed oil. Drizzle pumpkin seed oil on salads or on pastas. Pumpkin seed oils contain zinc which helps the support the brain when building new memories. Dr. Oz tried some of the oil and said it had a smokey, nutty flavor.
Dr. Oz Memory Booster Tip #4: Apple Chips
Apples and apple chips contain acetyl-choline which protects neuron cells from deteriorating.
Dr. Oz Memory Booster Tip #5: Brain Yoga
This tip is free – nothing to buy! Make a fist and stick out your pinky. With your other hand, make a fist and stick up your thumb. The exercise is switching pinky-to-thumb. At the same time with each hand, switch between sticking out your thumb and pinky so that each hand is stick out the alternate finger.
Exercising your fingers like this stimulates nerve endings in the brain to stimulate neuro connections.
[Want more tips to boost your memory? Check out this link to a previous episode of The Dr. Oz Show:
Dr. Oz 5-Minute Microwave Breakfasts
[This segment is all about quick meals cooked in the microwave. I'm strictly opposed to the use of a microwave. Click here to read my opinion from a post dated 9/23/11. I'm all for healthy and quick meals but in my opinion popping foods into the microwave negates the “healthy” in the meal. Use a toaster oven and most of these foods will be cooked in just a few minutes, I say!]
Amy Hanten is author of The Cooking Mom and host of Living with Amy. Ms. Hanten joins Dr. Oz share her recipes for quick meals using the microwave.
Dr. Oz Power Breakfast Immunity Booster
Ms. Hanten says her son loves pizza so she thought outside the box to create a pizza-style breakfast. Spinach, in the pizza, is high in antioxidants and tomatoes provide Vitamin C.
1 whole wheat flat bread pita
1 tbsp low-fat cream cheese
1 tsp garlic
1 handful fresh baby spinach
3 thin slices of tomato
Spread one side of pita with cream cheese. Put pita on a microwave safe plate. Place a handful of spinach on top. Top spinach with tomato slices and garlic. Crack egg in the center of the pita. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, depending on how you like your egg cooked.
Dr. Oz Power Breakfast Mood Elevator
She calls this recipe, fast food the healthy way. Apple pie for breakfast? Ms. Hanten compbines healthy apples with fiber-rich bulgar wheat. Bulgar slows the absorption of sugar to balance mood. In fact, bulgar has double the amount of fiber as oatmeal.
1/4 cup bulgar
3/4 cup diced apple
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup water
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tbsp walnuts (optional)
Soak bulgar then mix all ingredients except yogurt and walnuts in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Serve with yogurt and walnuts on top.
Dr. Oz Power Breakfast Fat Burner
Capsaicin in this recipe tells your brain that you're full. Eating capsaicin at breakfast will help you to eat less at lunch. Ms. Hanten recommends using special zip and steam plastic bags to cook this meal. [So on top of using radiation to cook food, she's recommending cooking in plastic to add zeno-estrogens, known cancer causing agents from the heating and breaking down of plastic, to the meal. Oy!]
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp canned black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp diced bell pepper
2 tbsp low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 pinch of salt and pepper
1 tbsp salsa
1/4 sliced avocado
Beat eggs and water together. Pour mixture into 1 medium-size resealable, steamable sandwich bag. Add beans, peppers, cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Seal bag and lay flat in microwave according to bag directions. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until eggs are set. Carefully open bag and slide omelet on to a plate. Serve with salsa on top.
Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Four Ways to Sweeten and Supercharge Coffee
Use the right sweeteners and you can supercharge your coffee and tea.
Dr. Oz Coffee Sweetener #1: Chocolate
Dark chocolate is heart healthy! Dr. Oz recommends putting 2 dark chocolate squares per day into your tea or coffee for sweet flavor and heart healthy flavonoids.
Dr. Oz Coffee Sweetener #2: Molasses
Molasses contains 15% of the recommend daily amount of iron and it's sweet too. Add two tablespoons of molasses to coffee or tea. And remember, iron is necessary for creating energy in the body.
Dr. Oz Coffee Sweetener #3: Date Sugar
Add date sugar to your coffee and tea and you'll be adding fiber, iron, and potassium.
Dr. Oz Coffee Sweetener #4: Raw Honey Crystals
For iced drinks, Dr. Oz recommends using raw honey crystals to sweeten because, he says, it dissolves quickly. [Well, he spooned in some crystals and they all floated to the bottom of the drink. I'm not sure what time frame he really meant by quick.] Raw honey crystals are lower on the glycemic index than table sugar therefore you will not experience as big of a crash.
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