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Friday, May 11, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 5/11/12: Ayurvedic Secrets to Lose Weight, Using Ayurvedic to Get Skinny, 5 Super Fats to Burn Fat, Jump Start Energy in 5 Days, Erase 5 Years From Your Face

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: May 11, 2012

Ancient Ayurvedic Secrets to Lose Weight

  • Dr. Oz discussed five Ayurvedic secrets to losing weight
  • Ancient Ayurvedic secrets to getting skinny
  • Eating these five healthy super fats can help the body to burn fat
  • Get these vitamins from food to jump start energy in only five days
  • Five ways to erase five years from your face

Three women lost a total 56 pounds by utilizing the ancient Ayurvedic approach to health and well being. These techniques go back thousands of years and Dr. Oz says these tips can help you effortlessly lose weight too. Called the science of life, the Ayurvedic approach embodies the way we live and it works for everyone. Learn these ancient secrets that could be the key to weight loss.


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Dr. Oz Ancient Ayurvedic Secrets to Lose Weight

Sunita Mohan, [Homeopathic Doctor and] Ayurvedic nutritionist, says the key to Ayurvedic approach is getting the digestion moving. She says the approach doesn't focus on calories or carbohydrates instead the focus is on getting the digestion going so you can digest the foods you eat.

Ayurvedic Secrets to Losing Weight #1: Starter Soup to Lose Five Pounds
Start the Ayurvedic program with a cleansing mung bean based soup that is supportive of all Ayurvedic body types. Dr. Mohan says this is the only food you'll eat for the first three to four days. She calls it your best friend. Mung beans are easy to digest and they are paired with herbs the turn up the digestive process: turmeric, coriander, and cumin.

Dr. Oz says to take a multivitamin, while the soup has lots of nutrients he wants to make sure people are getting all the nutrients they need in a day as well.

Dr. Oz Ayurvedic Secrets to Losing Weight #2: Hot Lemonade
Dr. Mohan wanted to lose weight but also had skin and hair issues. She created Hot Lemonade drink to provide a daily detox. To one cup hot water, add 1 tablespoon of honey, and add the juice of half of a lemon. Dr. Mohan says you can drink this tea every day forever. Fresh ginger pieces can be added to further boost the detoxing support and digestion.

Dr. Mohan also recommends eating papaya in the afternoon for a snack that also supports digestion and detoxification.

Dr. Oz Ayurvedic Secrets to Losing Weight #3 - Eat 6 Slimming Flavors
Most people are familiar with the foods that go along with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter but, most people don't know about the other two flavors that exist, pungent and astringent. Spices and herbs are pungent and astringent flavors.

Dr. Mohan shares a 6 Flavor Slimming Breakfast Sundae, that's a great meal for everyone in the family, where each ingredient has one component of the 6 flavors. Bananas are astringent, yogurt is sour, berries and almonds are sweet, mint and flaxseeds are pungent.

To make cooking with the 6 Slimming Flavors easier, Dr. Mohan recommends Banyan Botanicals Kitchari Spice Mix. She says to use a teaspoon on foods while cooking to bring flavor and stimulate digestion.

From Dr. Monhan's article on, here are some examples of each of the 6 tastes:
  • Sweet: Almonds, sugar, milk, rice, wheat, large beans
  • Salty: Salt, seaweed, salted snacks
  • Sour: Lemon, yogurt, cheese, tomatoes, sour fruits, pickled fruits, tamarind
  • Pungent: Ginger, mustard, clove, hot spices, radish, chilies, garlic
  • Astringent: Beans, lentils, pomegranate, unripe bananas, apples, cabbage, potatoes, cranberries
  • Bitter: Green tea, green leafy veggies, endive, tonic water, fenugreek, rhubarb, turmeric, chocolate

Dr. Oz Ayurvedic Secrets to Losing Weight #4 – Ancient Fat Burning
Dr. Mohan recommends cardamom and cumin to get the digestion going and support in burning fat. Cardamom is a cooling herb with anti-viral and antibacterial properties. Cumin aids in the flow of digestion and is also anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.

Dr. Oz Ayurvedic Secrets to Losing Weight #5 – Sesame Oil Swish
To support the removal of toxins from the body, Dr. Mohan recommends a sesame oil swish. Take a tablespoon of oil in the mouth, straight oil, and start swishing like you would mouthwash. Begin with three minutes of swishing and work your way up to 20 minutes. Swishing sesame oil in the mouth will allow the oil to mix with saliva and take out toxins. Spit the oil out through the teeth when finished swishing.

Dr. Oz says these tops are a marriage between western approaches and 5,000 years of ayurvedic practice that can result in weight loss. Dr. Mohan says you can enjoy your food and lose weight at the same time.

Find your Ayurvedic body type with this quiz to determine your dosha from Click here for the quiz.

[To learn more about the Ayurvedic approach to life, click the links below:

Dr. Oz Ancient Ayurvedic Secrets to Get Skinny

Ancient Ayurvedic secrets can not only stimulate digestion from inside out but, Dr. Oz says, it can also help people get skinny from the outside in and you don't have to go to a spa to get the benefits from the treatments. [I would not protest going to a spa to part take in the treatments...massage...sauna...bring it!] With these three tips, you can bring the spa to your home.

Candace Badgett, owner of Raj Spa, says the treatments at her spa uses 5,000 year old techniques. She says she is astounded by the results people are getting by going through their weight loss program.

Dr. Oz Ayurvedic Treatment #1: Udvartana Massage
This chickpea flour based massage paste can help reduce the appearance of cellulite when scrubbed gently on the body, it can also be used as a facial. Mix chickpea flour with herbs and oil to a peanut butter consistency and spread on the skin.

Kapha oil – spring
Pitta oil – summer/fall
Vata oil – winter
Vata oil can be used for all body types

[This was a little confusing to me as there wasn't much information given. I'm not well versed on Ayurvedic techniques and this recipe calls for body type specific oils but doesn't say the name of the oils only seasons. So, are there different oils for different seasons? The description of the treatment said to herbalize the mix but didn't suggest any herbs. The site for the Raj spa wouldn't load on my computer – and I tried for three days – so I couldn't get any help there.

I did a little research online and found that the udvartana is traditionally a dry rub onto the skin with a grain and herbs custom blended to the individual. Further research into ayurvedic oils found an entire world of custom blended oils that I found quite expensive.

If you're interested in trying this, sorry I don't have a lot of information and the Show didn't give anything more than listed above. I would recommended researching ayurvedic techniques, getting in touch with an ayurvedic practitioner, or just winging it with a moisturizing oil and favorite essential oil scent.]

Dr. Oz Ayurvedic Treatment #2: Svedanam Steam Massage
Crucial to the success of a weight loss program is to remove toxins that disrupt communication between cells. Ms. Badgett recommends a full body oil massage then a full body steam to push out toxins and allow the oil to penetrate into the tissues. Massage in the oil first then jump in a steam bath, sauna, or [if you don't have those in your home] jump in a hot shower and allow the steam to do the work. Dr. Oz said to be sure to wet a towel with cold water and wrap that around your head.

[Again, there was no oil recommendation for this massage.]

Dr. Oz Ayurvedic Treatment #3: Shirodhara Massage
This one may be hard to do at home and would certainly require someone to help. A oil is streamed across the forehead and allowed to run over the top of the head to pull out stress and fatigue. The rhythmic pour of oil on the forehead stimulates the densely packed nerve fibers and helps to release happy hormones to create a sense of relaxation. Dr. Oz was the volunteer for this procedure and said it was soothing and life-changing.

[This looked like the Chinese water torture treatment tested on Mythbusters without the shackles and metal face plate. I guess this treatment is the opposite end of that extreme. And I would say choose an oil that's compatible with your scalp because your head is going to be covered in oil. The Mythbusters confirmed the Chinese water torture to be completely true when Cari had a mental breakdown and went screaming into a panic.]

Dr. Oz The Five Super Fats

Dr. Oz shares five super fats that he says can help you not only get healthy but that can also support weight loss. He says to add these foods to your diet over five days and you're on the road to slimming down.

Chef Franklin Becker, is a restauranteur [and co-author of Eat & Beat Diabetes with Picture Perfect Weight Loss shared his food knowledge with Dr. Oz.

Dr. Oz Super Fat #1: Olives
Chef Becker explained that olives can help to build lean body mass to burn fat and will also fill you up.

Dr. Oz Super Fat #2: Canola
Canola oil is a monounsaturated and has the lowest saturated fat content of all oils. Chef Becker says the benefits of cooking with canola oil is that it has no flavor so it won't mask other food flavors in cooking.

Dr. Oz Super Fat #3: Avocados
Avocados have that yummy, creamy texture - like butter but with less saturated fat. One cup of avocados provides 40% the recommended daily value of fiber.

Dr. Oz Super Fat #4: Pistachios
Dr. Oz loves pistachios and has previously recommended them to support healthy blood pressure and stress. Chef Becker says pistachios can help to burn fat as well.

Dr. Oz Super Fat #5: Salmon
Salmon is an affordable fish that is full of rich, decadent flavor and the healthy omega-3's help to battle inflammation in the body.

Dr. Oz challenged Chef Becker to bring all five super fats together into one meal that is under 500 calories. Chef Becker created Pistachio Dusted Salmon with Avocado and Black Olive Oil that came in at only 460 calories. Click here for the full recipe on

Dr. Oz Jump Start Your Energy In Five Days

Dr. Oz explained that studies have shown that in only five days you can recharge energy, bring down blood pressure, reduce toxins, and curb that sweet tooth if you eat the “miracle” foods recommends by Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Solution.

Ms. Snyder says your body needs vitamins to fuel key areas and get more energy and healthy fat is needed to help control weight. She has recommendations for these necessary vitamins to support energy and detoxification and the best part is you can get them all from food!

Dr. Oz Energy Jump Start Day 1: The Lungs
Vitamin E is the key to supporting the lungs says Ms. Snyder. She says you can get your daily does of Vitamin E in just one of these healthy snacks: ½ cup sunflower seeds, ¾ cup apricots, or ½ cup hazelnuts. The best part is, each of these foods is easy to bring along on any adventure to have a healthy snack on hand.

Dr. Oz Energy Jump Start Day 2: The Brain
Ms. Snyder says Vitamin D is the key for the brain to function at its peak. She recommends one cup of Dole brand portobello mushrooms that have been grown under a special UV light providing 100% of the daily value of Vitamin D. [Healthy sources of animal protein and dairy products also provide Vitamin D. And don't forget that the sun is the best source of Vitamin D.]

Dr. Oz Energy Jump Start Day 3: The Intestines
The B Vitamins support the health of the intestines, says Ms. Snyder. She recommends 1-1/2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast daily to get 100% of your daily value of B Vitamins. Sprinkle the yeast on salads or pasta.

[My kids love nutritional, or brewer's, yeast on toast and popcorn. Don't fret about the word “yeast”, it's actually a healthy source of “good” yeast that can support the body in maintaining a healthy level of yeast.]

Dr. Oz Energy Jump Start Day 4: The Liver
Ms. Snyder recommends Vitamin K as for the liver which plays the important role of detoxifier of the body and can also support energy production. One cup of kale provides 700% of your daily value of Vitamin K.

Dr. Oz Energy Jump Start Day 5: The Thyroid
Iodine is key to nourishing and supporting the thyroid but it's not a vitamin it's a chemical element. Sea veggies is a great source of iodine. One gram of Kombu, sea vegetable, provides three times the recommended intake of iodine. [There are all sorts of sea veggie snacks available at natural foods stores and grocery stores alike. They have a satisfying crunch, like potato chips, with low calories and lots of nutrients.

Dr. Oz 5 Ways to Erase 5 Years

The sun, stress, and the excess of life can leave the skin dried and looking older. Dr. Oz shares five secrets to looking younger from five skin care experts. He says these tips are affordable and easy to do at home. These experts were challenged to find products that can erase five years from the face in only five days.

Dr. Oz Tips to Erase 5 Years in 5 Days #1: Zeno Line Rewind
Dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ellen Marmur recommends the Zeno Line Rewind, a hand-held gadget that she says can remove freckles the face, minimize lines on the forehead and crow's feet around the eyes. The Zeno Line Rewind uses an LED light to stimulate collagen, moisturize the skin, provide plumping to the lines, and improve the complexion.
Cost for the Zeno Line Rewind: about $38.00.

Dr. Oz Tips to Erase 5 Years in 5 Days #2: Youth Elixir
Kimberly Snyder is back to share her Youth Elixir to support detoxification and healthy skin. In a blender, mix 1 cup of water with 1 pear, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon turmeric, and stevia to taste. Ms. Snyder says the Youth Elixir has only 85 calories.

Dr. Oz Tips to Erase 5 Years in 5 Days #3: BB Creams
Make-up artist and beauty expert Cynde Watson brought her mom to The Dr. Oz Show to demonstrate the power of BB Creams. Blemish Balm Creams, or BB Creams as they are labeled, support the evening of skin discolorations and makes the skin look younger immediately. Using BB Creams long-term, says Ms. Watson, can help the complexion look better even without make-up. BB Creams can also address acne issues as well as firm and tighten the skin.

Brands shown that have a BB Cream:

Ms. Snyder recommends using the cream daily for 5 days, after the first five days you won't need it use it so much.

Dr. Oz Tips to Erase 5 Years in 5 Days #4: Pineapple Exfoliater
The pineapple exfoliating technique comes from a viewer. Chop off the top of a fresh pineapple with a bit of the flesh and scrub the flesh side directly onto the face. Pineapple contains vitamin C and bromelain which is found in many skin cleansers and creams. Using fresh pineapple to scrub the face will help to exfoliate and tighten the skin and provide an appealing glow.

Dr. Oz Tips to Erase 5 Years in 5 Days #5: Yoga for the Face
Yoga for the face can bring more blood flow and more oxygen to the face. Bring the fingers tips ofo each hand together over the face, using the thumbs close the nostrils. Take a deep breath through the mouth. Hold the breath and lower the head. Exhale out through the nose.

Do this yoga trick for 2 minutes a day for a younger looking face.

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Natural Weight Loss & Beauty

Dr. Oz Natural Weight Loss Tip #1: Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipioc acid (ALA) is a natural energy booster, says Dr. Oz. ALA is available in pill form but you can also get it from leafy green veggies like spinach and cruciferous veggies like broccoli.

Dr. Oz Natural Weight Loss Tip #2: Sage
Dr. Oz explained that sage can help with digestion in either the dried herb from or in an herbal tea that promotes the burning of fat.

Dr. Oz Natural Weight Loss & Beauty Tip #3: Pumpkin
Pumpkin is a great source of zinc which supports the building of collagen. Dr. Oz recommends snacking on pumpkin as a healthy snack to promote weight loss. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on yogurt for a healthy treat.

As a facial mask, pumpkin can leave the skin clean and fresh and further support the building of collage. Mix 2 teaspoons of canned pumpkin with ½ teaspoon of honey, add milk to mix into a paste. Apply to the face, leave on for 10 minutes then wash off.

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