Dr. Oz: Dr. Andrew Weil
Heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer all have one thing in common: Inflammation. But Dr. Oz said it is possible to lower the inflammation in our bodies simply by changing our diets. Dr. Andrew Weil, a professor of integrative medicine, said the standard American diet promotes inflammation in the body. He said nature should be controlling the inflammation with whole, natural foods being consumed. An example for a great natural food is kale. Dr. Weil has been studying eastern and western medicines for nearly 40 years and he said he can turn your kitchen into a pharmacy.
Dr. Oz: Dr. Weil’s True Food
Dr. Weil’s book, True Food, takes its name from the all natural food recipes inside the cookbook. The whole theme of the book is preventing disease through food. And Dr. Weil said food is the cornerstone of health.
He also said the cornerstone of the body’s healing response is inflammation. It is very powerful and can damage tissue and cause numerous diseases. And mainstream diets are promoting inflammation with the wrong kinds of fats and carbohydrates, without the protective elements found in vegetables. The centerpiece of a healthy lifestyle is the diet, said Dr. Weil.
Dr. Oz: How Inflammation Works
Dr. Oz said the medical community does not usually acknowledge what is being eaten by a person and Dr. Weil said they should examine the diet of a person with every diagnosis.
Dr. Oz proceeded to conduct a demonstration with a sponge to show exactly how inflammation works. He poured a green liquid over a sponge, saying the liquid represented vegetables which the body can absorb, just as the sponge did. But when you add the wrong foods it can cause inflammation in the body. He demonstrated by pouring a red liquid over the sponge and it started to bubble over the container it was being held in.
Dr. Oz: Five Essential Foods for the Diet
- Fruits and Vegetables – Red, yellow and dark green vegetables are great. Dr. Weil said his favorite is orange cauliflower, which has a lot of carotin. Also, all the different pigments are protective compounds that help fight inflammation. He said 5 to 7 half cup servings a day is good.
- Whole and Cracked Grains – Do not want to eat grains in a flour form because it can spike blood pressure and blood sugar. He recommended brown rice, groats, barley and quinoa. Eat 3 to 5 servings a day.
- Oils – Have to come from nuts, such as cashews, or from extra virgin olive oil. The oils must have polyphenols in them. Take 5 to 7 servings a day. One serving is a teaspoon.
- Seafood – Similar to the oils, fish and other seafood are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Black cod was the fish Dr. Weil recommended. As for vegetarians, he said they can take supplements of algae which is high in the omega-3s. You should eat 2 to 3 servings each week. A serving is 4 ounces
- Herbs and Spices – Spices such as chilies, gingers and turmeric are the best anti-inflammatory agents know. When asked about servings, Dr. Weil said Indian’s have the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s in the world and many people contribute it to eating turmeric in almost every meal.