Airdate: September 24, 2012
Dr. Oz: The #1 Reason You're Exhausted
- Dr. Oz says he has the solution for your energy crisis
- Magnesium-rich foods
- Damien Patterson, fast food reviewer, takes on a healthy challenge
- Dr. Oz gives his Road Rules for eating fast food
- Help for constipation
Viewers from all over the country sent in Dr. Oz their biggest health complaints. The overwhelming consensus is women from coast to coast are exhausted. Dr. Oz says he has the solution to your energy crisis.
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Dr. Oz: The #1 Reason You're Exhausted
Dr. Oz invited three women to The Dr. Oz studio to share their biggest complaint: Low-Energy.
Julie is a full-time mom with a full-time job and she desperately needs her energy back. The family wakes at 6am, she helps the kids get ready for school, prepares everyone's breakfast, and make lunch. The kids are dropped at two different schools and then by 8:30am Julie is at work. She admits to being stressed and that leads to her snapping at the kids and her husband. Her's is just one picture of low-energy.
Ann is a stay-at-home mom who is exhausted as soon as she wakes up in the morning then she feels anxious all day. With two kids under age 2, she's pulled from the needs of one child to another. Coffee is the only thing that gives her get a drop of energy during the day. Even as a young teen Ann says she has dealt with anxiety.
Kathy is an empty-nester but she feels tired more often and she thinks hormones are to blame for her lack of energy. She exercises and eats right. If she lays down for a nap at 3pm she wakes up at 7:30am the next day.
Dr. Oz says these three women who have very different stories are all suffering low-energy for the same reason.
Dr. Oz showed the women a demonstration of how each of their stories of anger, anxiety, and hormones are pulling the plug on their energy. Each woman pulled a plug which turned off a row of lights that spelled out ENERGY. The anger that Julie feels toward her kids and her husband took down one row of lights. Anxiety that stays with Ann all day shut down another row of lights. Finally, Kathy's hormone struggle pulled the plug on the last row leaving the ENERGY sign dimmed.
You may not think it's a big deal but magnesium is required to complete over 300 different chemical reactions in body. Three out of four people in the US are not getting enough magnesium, even Dr. Oz was surprised by this figure. He wasn't the only one, international scientists studying magnesium were surprised as well and even think that figure is a low estimate.
Dr. Oz: Signs of Magnesium Deficiency
Low magnesium means that the body works harder to complete simple processes. The heart beats faster when magnesium is low as the body tries to circulate blood and oxygen for energy. Most of the country is operating in the low-energy red zone all day Everyday.
Dr. Oz: Magnesium-Rich Foods
A multivitamin is only one source of magnesium but it's a source that most people only take once a day. Throughout the day, however, the body needs magnesium to replenish the stores that have been used. Dr. Oz wants viewers to include magnesium-rich foods in their meals all day long to support their energy needs throughout the day.
Eat at least five servings of magnesium rich foods spread throughout the day. Choose the foods you like from Dr. Oz's list of magnesium-rich foods and spread them evenly throughout the day.
- ½ cup of boiled spinach - 78mg magnesium
- ½ cup of quinoa 118mg magnesium
- 1 cup of brown rice – 84mg magnesium
- 1 cup of kidney beans – 70mg magnesium
- 1 cup of lentils – 72mg magnesium
- 1 cup of raisin bran - 77mg magnesium
- 1 cup of shredded wheat 61mg magnesium
- 1 cup of oatmeal - 61mg magnesium
- 2 slices of whole wheat bread – 46mg magnesium
- 2 bananas – 32mg magnesium
- 1 cup black beans – 120mg magnesium
He recommends getting one magnesium-rich food at each meal for at least a week. At the end of a week, he said you'll feel more energy. For more magnesium-rich foods, click here to see Dr. Oz's Magnesium Grocery List from DoctorOz.com.
[The RDA of magnesium for men is about 400mg a day and 310mg for women. As we age, our needs change a little. After age 30, the RDA is bumped up to 420mg daily for men and 320mg daily for women.]
Dr. Oz Talks to Daymon Patterson
In an exclusive interview, Dr. Oz talks with Daymon Patterson. He's a YouTube sensation posting video reviews of restaurants, specializing in fast food. Mr. Patterson is passionate about life and about all the fast food he eats everyday but he knows his favorite food isn't the healthiest food. [Click here to visit Mr. Patterson's YouTube channel.]
Mr. Patterson has two daughters, 15 years and 1 month, and used to be able to play with his kids. Now he gets short of breath easily and can't keep up.
Dr. Oz is challenging Mr. Patterson to choose healthier options to support his health. For three days, Dr. Oz wants Mr. Patterson to eat only from his list of healthy fast food options.
Dr. Oz: Eat Healthier On The Go Rules
- Each meal must be under 500 calories;
- No trans fats; and
- Less than 1,000mg of sodium
Changing how he ate for each meal for three days was hard, Mr. Patterson admitted. It was less food, lower calories, and drastically different than what he had been eating for years. But he did it and he still enjoyed his meals.
Dr. Oz: Healthy Fast Food Breakfast - Subway
At Subway, Mr. Patterson ordered an egg white and American cheese sandwich on 9 grain whole wheat bread. It came in with 320 calories and 3g saturated fat. His first thought: Where's the rest of the food? From the first bite, Mr. Patterson said it was a little bit of heaven.
Dr. Oz: Healthy Fast Food Lunch - McDonald's
For lunch it was a premium Caesar salad with grilled chicken and apple slices with 205 calories and 3g of fat. Mr. Patterson put the apple slices on the salad to make it a little better. It wasn't great, he said, but thinks it could grow on him. Dr. Oz said Mr. Patterson could actually eat two of these salads and still be within Dr. Oz's recommended calories.
Dr. Oz: Healthy Fast Food Dinner - Boston Market
Mr. Patterson's Boston Market dinner was a rotisserie chicken quarter, white meat, no skin with southwest corn and fresh steamed veggies for 420 calories and 1g saturated fat. This wasn't his favorite dinner and it was lacking a lot of the flavor kicks he's to but, Mr. Patterson said he knew the food was better for him and even though he didn't like it he thought of his kids each bite and made it through the meal.
Dr. Oz: Worst Fast Food Meal - Dunkin' Doughnuts
The worst meal he ate, said Mr. Patterson, were egg whites from Dunkin' Doughnuts. He said the eggs were dry and got caught in his throat. It didn't work for him.
Dr. Oz: Damien Patterson Goes In The Truth Tube
Mr. Patterson's wife and mother have been talking to him about his eating and are concerned about his health. Diabetes and high blood pressure run in his family and his mom says if he keeps eating this way he will become more and more unhealthy. She wants her son to be around to enjoy his children and family.
Dr. Oz brought Mr. Patterson over to the Truth Tube to get a picture of his health today based on his years of eating fast food.
Weight: 394 pounds
BMI: 47 = super obese category
Blood Pressure: 164/96
Dr. Oz said he could put Mr. Patterson in prescriptions to control his blood pressure but it's not about pills to fix this problem. Losing the weight and reducing his BMI will be a better support to Mr. Patterson' blood pressure and his health over-all.
Dr. Oz gave Mr. Patterson some rules to guide him through his fast food addiction to reduce the calories, fat, and sodium to better support his health.
Dr. Oz Road Rule #1: Soup and Salad
Eat what you want but start with a side salad or soup to reduce overall calories.
Dr. Oz Road Rule #2: Flavor Elevators
At his young age, blood pressure is a great concern. Dr. Oz wants Mr. Patterson to use more spices and less sodium. Dip those French fries in Sriracha hot sauce instead of sprinkling on more salt. Yes, you heard it: Dr. Oz said Mr. Patterson could eat French fries! It's the first time ever that Dr. Oz has recommended French fries. Baby steps?
Keep red pepper flakes, Sriracha (a Thai hot sauce), or garlic powder in the glove box and use them to add flavor without increasing sodium amounts.
Dr. Oz Road Rule #3: Chew for 10
Yes, it's called fast food but you don't have to eat it fast. Take small bites and chew eat bite for at least 10 seconds, explained Dr. Oz. Use this rule for any food you eat to increase your awareness of the food which may also cause you to consume less food overall.
Dr. Oz wants Mr. Patterson to choose at least one healthy meal a month and post a review on his YouTube channel. Mr. Patterson took on the challenge.
Dr. Oz Answers Viewer Health Question
Sonja contacted Dr. Oz online and share that she is struggling with constipation. She stands 10-12 hours a day at her job and tries to eat yogurt and fiber often. Yet by the end of the week she's stopped up and will go several days without a bowel movement.
Dr. Oz recommends eating raspberries everyday for breakfast. One cup of raspberries has 8g of fiber. Top Greek yogurt with the raspberries for the optimal breakfast to support intestinal health and encourage regular bowel movements.
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