Dr Oz: Salt Addict Update
Dr. Oz reminded everyone of Mary, the woman who was so addicted to salt that she chugged pickle juice to get her fix. A lot of people wrote in saying they shared the same problem as Mary, so Dr. Oz was very happy to help. When they originally looked at Mary, they found she was eating ten times the recommended amount of salt each day, so they put her on a plan to kick her habit. So how is she doing?
Mary said as soon as she left the show, she packed up all her salty stuff into a tub and took it to the neighbors to get rid of it. She replaced the salt in her cabinets with things like minced onion, garlic powder, and pepper. Her kids have their own cabinet of salty snacks that Mary claims she doesn’t go into. She said if she needs salt to cook with, she put one way up high in the back of the cabinet, so she had to think twice before using it.
Dr Oz: How Mary Kicked Her Salt Habit
At work, she used to have salty snacks all the time, but now she enjoys a salad every day for lunch and if she needs a snack she brings a baggy of unsalted raw nuts. She said her taste buds have changed and she no longer wants to just taste the salt, she actually wants to taste the food. Sometimes when she orders takeout, all she can taste is the salt. She did admit, however, that she still craves the pickle juice, but she right away tells herself it’s not an option.
It’s been about eight weeks and she can now fit into a favorite shirt for the first time in 15 years. She also shared that she used to feel bloated all the time, but now she only feels bloated Monday morning after going out to eat with friends over the weekend. She said she’s now concerned about the hidden sodium in the food she’s eating, thinking it could be sabotaging her weight loss efforts. She said she is no longer a salt addict.
Dr Oz: Health Benefits Of Cutting Out Salt
Mary said she has so much energy and doesn’t have headaches like she used to, and said within a few days of making the changes she already felt better. Dr. Oz recommended everyone only consume about half a teaspoon full of salt per day. She was getting ten times that. Mary said that was her light bulb moment when she saw that.
Dr. Oz then shared that Mary is now getting half a teaspoon full of salt a day, which is the exact recommendation. Dr. Oz shared that she also lost 4 1/2 inches off her waist in just eight weeks. Mary said she’s two full pant sizes down.
Dr Oz: Beat The Bloat
Dr. Oz welcomed Ramani Durvasula, a psychologist and food addiction specialist, who explained that Mary is struggling with losing the ten pounds and then gaining three back. She wanted to stop the cycle and come up with ways to beat the bloat. Dr. Oz said he wanted to identify the hidden sources of salt.
Some sources of salt you may not know about include wine, diet soda, ketchup, mayonnaise, raisins, and salad dressing.
Dr Oz: Natural Diuretics
Dr. Oz then instructed that Mary add a natural diuretic to every meal and snack. Some great examples of how you can do this include adding asparagus to your omelet in the morning. Diuretics increase and encourage the production of urine to offset the buildup of sodium. You can also add beets to your salad or pineapple to your steak, and also try snacking on watermelon, grapes, or green beans.
Dr. Oz also suggested that Mary limit the amount of empty carbohydrates she’s eating because they hold water which add to the feeling of bloat. She should avoid the empty calories on the weekends in order to avoid the Monday morning bloat.
Dr. Oz predicted that if Mary control her sodium, she could one day get off her blood pressure medications.