Dr. Mehmet Oz has done so much to bridge the gap between traditional medicine and a more holistic approach to what we should be focusing on: prevention.
I've had the opportunity to attend a conference with him as a co-attendee, and to hear him speak. He's what you would imagine: kind and caring, with a stage presence that keeps you engaged. You're sure to learn something new, and will likely be looking to incorporate the latest supplement into your daily ritual as soon as you can. This is how what I call “Dr. Oz Syndrome” begins.
I often see individuals who are looking to improve their diet and quality of life through nutrition and supplementation. They typically come in with their bag of supplements in order to go through and decipher what they really need. As they pull out their supplements from a very large bag (occasionally a suitcase!), I start to realize that I am beginning to compete with the Dr. Oz Show, and it's no wonder my client is confused and looking for direction.
The Dr. Oz Syndrome, as I define it, is the accumulation of supplements and the lack of understanding of what they are for.
Don’t get me wrong; the general population has definitely benefited from the addition of this amazing man into their lives. But drowning in a sea of supplements isn't what he had in mind when he began to live his life’s mission.
I envy the person who is home to watch the show and has time to sit and absorb the information. I don't envy the individual who begins to drown in the sea of information and has lost a cupboard to a pile of supplements. It can be a bit overwhelming.
In order to avoid this syndrome, you must stick to the basics.
1. You can't out-supplement a poor diet.
If you think that taking supplements will buffer the blow of a diet full of sugar, breads, and processed foods, you're sadly mistaken. A diet lacking in living vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins will set the stage for accelerated aging.
2. The health of your colon is indicative of your general health.
If you suffer from constipation, diverticulosis, IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, brain fog or fatigue, give some consideration to cleansing that colon. Most individuals walk around constipated and don’t even know it — the ones who do know are in trouble if they don't fix things. Supplements to address these issues would be a priority in maximizing health.
3. Weight loss supplements won't work if you don’t change your diet.
Forget the green tea, raspberry leaf, coffee bean extract and others if you are not going to change your diet. Calorie restriction will drop the pounds, but the rebound weight gain will take twice the effort to come off. Eliminating wheat, corn and most dairy works very well for many people. Sodas and frozen dinners are the fastest way to type II diabetes and inflammatory disease.
4. Understanding your pH will go a long way in disease prevention.
A diet that includes an abundance of alkaline foods and water, produces a body that is an unlikely host for disease and degeneration.
5. Supplement your weak areas.
Most people don't get enough green foods. There are some amazing companies out there doing freeze-dried greens in capsule or powder form. This would be better than any multivitamin you could ever take.
Keep watching Dr. Oz. He continues to give priceless information on how the body works and how to truly be healthy, just don’t get lost in the supplements.