Dr Oz: Boost Brain Power
After revealing his 21-Day Weight Loss Breakthrough, Dr Oz wanted to reveal yet another way to help his viewers get their health on track. This time, he unveiled his Brain-Boosting Jumpstart that can help increase your mood and energy. Dr Mark Hyman encouraged everyone to start their day with a brain-boosting phytonutrient tonic. The tonic is chilled green tea with turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, and an herb of your choice.
Dr Hyman explained that the phytochemicals and phytonutrients found in the drink can help optimize brain cells to be sure you’re functioning to the best of your ability. It’s best to replace your morning coffee with the phytonutrient tonic to get your day started the right way.
You also want to complete your phytonutrient profile by ensuring you have different colors at every meal. Think blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. The deeper, richer the color, the more phytochemicals and phytonutrients, making them more valuable for your brain.
Dr Oz: Brain Oil Trio & Resistant Starches
The second step of the Brain-Boosting Jumpstart is to protect your brain with a trio of brain oils. Because your brain is made up of mostly fat, there are three oils with special effects on the brain: coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, and fish oil. Take 1,000 mg of fish oil twice a day to ensure you’re getting enough.
The third step is to speed up brain function with slow-acting, resistant starches like cooked and cooled potatoes, rolled oats, raw bananas, lentils, or Jerusalem artichokes. Instead of regular flour, try bean flour for savory dishes or tapioca starch for sweet dishes for healthier cooking.
Dr Oz: Grow Good Bacteria
Dr Oz instructed his viewers to think of your gut as dirt. If you have too much bad bacteria in your gut, you won’t grow anything. A healthy diet is like planting seeds in your garden and adding fertilizer. The same with water. Probiotics are like the sun, in that they help good bacteria grow and take care of the bad bacteria. A healthy gut is linked to a healthy brain and lower disease.
There are specific probiotics that can improve gut health like miso or pickles. But you need the pickles found in the refrigerated section because those are fermented. Finally, was Dr Oz’s favorite: tequila. Believe it or not, you can make a cocktail loaded with probiotics. Kombucha, tequila, club soda, fresh lime juice, and muddled herbs like mint over ice makes for one tasty and healthy drink!
Dr Oz: Maria Shriver & Fight Against Alzheimer’s
Then, because every 66 seconds a new brain develops Alzheimer’s, Dr Oz welcomed back Maria Shriver, the founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, to talk about the disease. Maria discovered that 2/3 of those new brains that develop Alzheimer’s belong to women, and the disease is actually in your brain for about 20 years before signs appear.
Dr Richard Isaacson also joined the show, explaining that estrogen may be protective against Alzheimer’s and once a woman begins to go through menopause, her estrogen levels go down. There’s still a lot of research to be done on the role hormones play in the development of Alzheimer’s, but Maria admitted to taking hormone replacements herself.
Other factors that play a role in Alzheimer’s disease are sleep, socialization, and stress. Inadequate sleep and high levels of stress can have a major effect on brain health and the fight against Alzheimer’s. Even small changes over a period of time can make a huge difference.