Dr Oz: Hack Your Body To Lose Weight
Can you really hack your body to reverse disease and achieve optimal health? Dr Oz welcomed Scott Carney, the author of “What Doesn’t Kill Us.” Scott explained that humans have been around for thousands of years, during which they endured constant variations. He believes our bodies are made to adapt and adapt rapidly, as needed. But now, we live in a mostly climate-controlled world no matter what the weather is like outside. He believes that because we aren’t facing those variations, we’re not “stimulating our biology.”
Dr Oz then explained that our bodies are built to work for the food we eat. As we face the temperature changes and different climates, we naturally burn calories and lose weight. But we aren’t facing those same challenges. Dr Oz then spoke to two women, both busy moms, who were desperate for more energy and better health. They tried one of Scott’s techniques to see if it would help them. They each took a freezing cold shower and agreed it gave them a jolt of energy.
Dr Oz: Cold Showers For Weight Loss
Scott has gone as far as to climb Mount Kilimanjaro without a shirt and even shovel and play in snow wearing only boxer shorts. He explained that we each have a “fight or flight” response that can be triggered through simple things like a cold shower in the morning. The key is to “get to that place” in your body where you feel okay and recognize it’s just a cold shower. It’s important to suppress the fight or flight response and release the tension in your body. By doing so, you can rev up your metabolism by building up tissue called brown fat. Brown fat’s sole role is to take all the white fat from your body and burn it for heat energy.
Dr Oz further explained that when you’re exposed to freezing cold water, your fight or flight response is activated in your brain. Your heart starts pumping blood faster, especially to key organs. Over time, the immune system starts to adapt and reach a “new normal” which could be a healthier place for all of us.
Dr Oz: Boost Nervous System With Breathing Technique
There are more tactics you can use right in your own home to control anxiety and manage your nervous system. It’s a two part method: the first is the cold and suppressing the shiver response, while the second is hyperventilating or deep, controlled, rapid breaths. You want to feel a little dizzy and tingly, as you breathe in and out quickly three times and then hold your breath. You’re letting carbon dioxide out of your system while increasing your blood oxygen count to its maximum potential. You typically do about three reps where you hyperventilate then hold your breath. The goal is to engage your sympathetic nervous system.