Dr Oz: Pineapple Aids Digestion
Dr. Oz and Dr. Robynne Chutkan discussed the importance of digestive enzymes and their role in keeping our immune system strong. They also talked about the causes of low enzyme production and now they have a way you can test yourself to see if you might be at risk. Take their Enzyme Test to find out now!
Dr Oz’s Low Enzyme Test
Now that Dr. Oz has shared that low enzyme production could be making you sick, you are probably wondering how to figure out if you have low enzymes, right? Wonder no more because Dr. Oz and Gastroenterologist Dr. Robynne Chutkan created the Low Enzyme Test for you to take and see if you are risk for have low production of enzymes in your body.
Dr Oz: Bloating Most Common Sign Of Low Enzymes
Dr. Oz said there are important symptoms to look for that are signs of low enzyme production. The first set of symptoms is related to digestive issues and they are:
- Bloating (Dr. Chutkan said this is the most common problem for people with enzyme issues.)
- Floating Stool (if your poop floats it is a sign there is a lot of fat in there)
Dr Oz: Hair Loss Sign Of Low Enzyme Production
The next set of symptoms to be on the lookout for is related to your physical appearance and they include:
- Dull Skin
- Hair Loss/Thinning (After bloating, Dr. Chutkan said this is a very common complaint of those who suffer from enzyme deficiency.)
- Weak Nails
Dr Oz: Headaches & Low Enzymes
The last set of symptoms on Dr. Oz’s Low Enzyme Test is those that concern your mind and your mood. Dr. Chutkan explained that when you feel good in your gut, you feel better in the rest of your body as well. These are the symptoms to look for in this category:
- Mood Swings
Dr Oz: Enzyme Test Results
Dr. Chutkan explained that if you checked off three or more of the 12 symptoms listed above, there is really no need to worry. As a matter of fact, she said that she experiences three of the symptoms herself.
If you had 6 or more of the symptoms from Dr. Oz’s Enzyme Test, this is when your immune system really starts to be affected. Dr. Chutkan says that not only does this cause a problem for your immune system, but it also means you are probably getting sick more often with colds and they most likely last for a long time.
Dr Oz: Raw & Fermented Foods Built-In Enzymes
Dr. Oz said there are ways you can increase your enzyme production and they are as simple as adding certain foods to your diet. Raw and fermented foods actually come with their own set of digestive enzymes, which means your own enzymes do not have to work as hard. Some good sources of raw and fermented foods that are rich in enzymes are:
- Fermented Carrots
Dr Oz: OTC Digestive Enzymes
The next way to increase the enzymes in your body is a bit more controversial because it involves over-the-counter digestive enzyme supplements. Dr. Chutkan explained that digestive enzyme supplements are controversial because they are considered a food supplement, which means they are not regulated by the FDA for safety or effectiveness. You have to be careful with this type of supplement because as Dr. Chutkan warned, they can actually be harmful if you are not actually enzyme deficient. If you decide to take a digestive enzyme supplement, it is important to consider the following when making your purchase:
- Look for: Protease, Amylase and Lipase
- Avoid: Propylene, Glycol, Wheat, Soy and Corn
Dr. Oz’s Brand New Green Drink Recipe
Dr. Oz said he was so excited to share his new Green Drink recipe with you. He has been working on it for a long time and has come up with the perfect drink to help increase your enzyme production and boost your immune system! Can you guess which one of the ingredients is the star of this drink? It’s pineapple! The reason is because pineapple is full of something called bromelain, which is key to breaking down protein.
Here is what you need for 3-4 Servings:
- 2 Cups Spinach
- ½ Cucumber
- ¼ head Celery
- ½ bunch Parsley
- 3 Carrots
- 2 Apples
- ¼ Orange
- ¼ Lemon
- ¼ Lime
- 1 Bunch of Mint
- ¼ Pineapple (fresh or canned)
Add everything to a blender and combine! Pour and enjoy!
Dr Oz: Health Tips That Changed Viewers’ Lives
Dr. Oz thought it would be fun to ask his audience members to draw a picture depicting how a health tip they learned on his show has changed their life. One woman shared how she cut out sugar to increase her energy and lose weight. The next audience member shared how she has implemented Dr. Oz’s advice of eating protein within 30 minutes of waking up. The final guest shared how 10 minutes of yoga a day helps to lower her stress.