Dr. Oz Ultimate Health Checklist 2009 on Oprah’s Best Life Week on The Oprah Winfrey Show

Dr. Oz Ultimate Health Checklist 2009 on Oprah’s Best Life Week on The Oprah Winfrey Show

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[Best Syndication New] Dr. Oz was on The Oprah Winfrey show for the Best Life Week. Oprah wants everyone to take notes on the show today that Dr. Oz provides. Today’s show was encouraging, because we got to see some success stories from past shows. There was also a lot of great practical information that Dr. Oz provided in the Ultimate Health Checklist for 2009 which was the basis of the show today. Dr. Oz along with co-author, Dr. Roizen have written several best selling books, the latest is "You: Being Beautiful."

The first story was for inspiration; Laura took the real age test on a show early last year. Her real age test was almost 60 (she is only 43) because smokes and doesn’t exercise. She has a lot of stress at work and at home. She has been smoking for 30 years. They showed her after the originally show that aired in February of 2008. They bring Laura back on the show today. In one year she has completely transformed her life. She has lost more than 40 pounds. Her new real age test is 41.7. She looked a whole lot healthier. Oprah had the cameras follow Laura to show what she does every day.

Laura said that she had to set a quit date for smoking. She said the first few days were tough ones. She admitted that her diet was horrific, with grease and fats. She now yeas breakfast that is oatmeal, coffee, yogurt, and blueberries and ground flaxseed. She eats salad for lunch with spinach. For dinner she eats chicken and eats more vegetables, and cooks with olive oil. She makes an effort to have 10,000 steps each day. She walks instead of smoking when stressed out. She does the mind, body, spirit thing. Her daughter has lost 17 pounds.

1. Schedule a Checkup with your Doctor

Dr. Oz said that you need to find a doctor to get a checkup. You need to find the right doctor for you. Oprah wants to know why you are worthy of getting healthy this year? She wants everyone to answer that question. They will have a webcast on January 13th with Dr. Oz to discuss health.

More inspiration from a guest they met 3 years ago. Jillian was overweight and slept and napped constantly. She constantly avoided working out. Her typical diet was greasy and salty food. She drank 300 ounces of soda a day. Dr. Oz and his colleage Dr. Roizen did an intervention with Jillian. Jillian is back on the show today, and she looks good. She followed their ultimate checklist.

2. Know the Five Ingredients to Avoid Eating

Dr. Oz said that you should read the ingredient labels on packages, and not to eat them if they contains these ingredients at the top of the list of ingredients.

1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
2. Sugar – got calories but you didn’t get nutrients
3. Enriched – they had taken out the nutrition and they have to add a little bit back.
4. Trans Fats – add hydrogen to make fat solid. Baked products will have trans fats because it gives them a longer shelf life.
5. Saturated Fats

3. Eat Healthy Foods

Antioxidants eat 5-7 fistfuls of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables a day. Foods that have high levels of antioxidants include tomatoes, broccoli, red, kidney and pinto beans, blueberries, artichokes, and dried prunes.

Omega 3 fats – 3 grams per day. Dr. Oz tells us that a child’s IQ will increase 10 points if they eat omega 3 fats. You can get them from flax seeds but they need to be ground up. Other foods Dr. Oz said had high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids are Walnuts, salmon, scallops, soybean, and squash.

Fiber – 25 grams is the goal the average is 12 grams for most Americans.

Olive Oil – About 1 tablespoon a day. Dr. oz warns that you don’t want to heat the olive oil because it loses the nutrients.

4. Take a Multi Vitamin Every Day

Pre-Menopausal Women No more than 5000 IU of Vitamin A but you should have iron. For Post-Menopausal women no more than 2500 IU of Vitamin A and he said that you don’t need the iron.

Oprah wants every one to write down three foods that you are going to stop buying and then write down the foods that are healthy that you are going to start buying.

5. Know your Numbers to Monitor your Health

- What is your waist size? He said that you measure at your belly button. Your waist should be half of what your height is in inches.

- Blood pressure number. 115 / 75 is an ideal blood pressure Dr. Oz tells us. If you are higher than 140 on the top number or 90 on the bottom number you should contact your doctor.

- What is your cholesterol numbers? LDL cholesterol should be less than 100 while the HDL cholesterol should be greater than 40.

- What is your resting heart rate? Dr. Oz showed how to find your pulse on your neck. By checking your own pulse in one minute when you wake up in the morning can tell if there might be a problem. If your heart rate is over 83 before getting out of bed it is a very subtle warning sign that you should tell your doctor about.

- Blood Sugar Number. You can get home glucose monitors relatively inexpensively. Or you can include this as part of your blood test at your doctor checkup. High blood sugar levels damage the body is so many ways.

- Vitamin D levels – number one deficiency in America. Dr. Oz said that Vitamin D has been shown to prevents cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and auto-immune disorders. He suggests getting 15 minutes of sun a day or taking 1,000 units of vitamin D.

- C-Reactive Protein level – which is a protein made by liver and by fat. Dr. Oz said that this measurement can tell doctors how much inflammation is in your body. If you have a high amount C-Reactive Protein in your blood, you have a predisposition for problems.

- TSH – Thyroid test can help to diagnosis a thyroid problem. Dr. Oz said that other symptoms of Thyroid problem include unexplained weight gain and hair loss. Thyroid is essential for your metabolism.

Oprah continued with her interview from yesterday’s show. She said that she started to have sleep problems, her legs were swelling and she had heart palpitations when she was 53. She went to several doctors, and she was prescribed several medications and still had sleep problems. Oprah asked if the thyroid is causing all these other problems. All of her doctors didn’t check the thyroid, until she insisted up asking for the test. After which she was diagnosed with a thyroid problem. One of the symptoms of a thyroid problem is heart palpitations.

6. Find or Recruite a Health Advocate

Oprah said that she went to Dr. Roizen to become her health advocate. Oprah kept asking questions. Dr. Oz said to get someone that you trust. Bring a relative that will understand the process and takes notes.

7. Get your Medical Records in Order (Get a Copy for Yourself)

Get an updated copy of your medical file. You want to have a copy of your health records so that you will be able to inform the next doctor you may have to see in the future. Oprah added that her thyroid is back.

8. Get Medical Tests in a Timely Manner

Dr. Oz gave a run down of what kind of checkups you will need and when.

Everyone should get an annual physical
Got to the dentist every 6 months
Get an eye exam every 2 years

If you are a women no later than 21 years should begin to get annual pap smears and a pelvic exam. Men in the same age group need testicular exams.

Women age 35 – 40 should begin got get a yearly mammogram in addition to self breast exams.

Both men and women at age 50 should have a echocardiogram, a stress test, and a colonoscopy.

Frank was suffering from severe heart disease from a previous show. He has type 2 diabetes. His girlfriend Elaine also was overweight as well. Dr. Oz did an intervention with the couple. They had them on the show 6 months later and they lost weight. Frank now has lost 103 pounds altogether. Elaine has kept off the 40 pounds that she has lost. Frank gets asked what kind of diet he is on, it isn’t, it is a way of life.

9. Exercise Regularly

Dr. Oz recommends getting 10,000 steps a day. He said you can start with 3,000 steps which is walking for about a half and hour. Get your heart rate up 60 minutes each week. Be more flexible by stretching 5 minutes each day. He suggests doing 30 minutes of strength training each week to keep muscle. Dr. Oz warns that if you don’t rebuild those muscles as you age you become frail.

Frank showed off what he can do with pushups on a pilates ball.

10. Get Enough Sleep Each Night

You need to get between 7 and 8 hours of good quality sleep each night.

Dr. Oz suggests keeping a routine for when you go to bed at night and what time. He said to keep the bedroom dark and cool. He said to use the bedroom for sex and sleep only, and not to watch TV. In order to help fall asleep, avoid having caffeine 4 hours before bed time. Dr. Oz said to take calcium and magnesium if you get restless legs that are keeping you up. Oprah added that it is really frustrating to watch TV before going to bed.

Oprah said all the things in the world don’t mean anything without your health. You can get the Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Checklist for 2009 at Oprah.com and also sign up for the free online seminar with Dr. Oz and Oprah which will happen on January 13th.

By: Nicole Wilson

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