Earlier this week, Dr. Oz shared his (and my) 5 tips for your heart’s health – February is American Heart Month. Click here to watch that video. Of the tips, my #1 for lowering your cholesterol is a special type of soluble fiber – psyllium husks (which I learned is what Metamucil is). Psyllium and whole oats (those found in steel cut oatmeal, not in processed finely ground oatmeal) bind cholesterol in your intestine as a gel, and wisk it out in your poop (you can tell you’ve had it if the toilet paper is clean, or is that too much info?).
Mehmet routinely has 8 ounces of the Green Drink (as we described in YOU: The Owner’s Manual) with a teaspoon of psyllium husks per 8 ounces before each meal. That is the right way to have fiber so as to reduce bloating and keep the porcelain container full. Once again, he taught me to change as I typically have steel cut oatmeal for breakfast, and the Berry Blaster Smoothie (as we also described in YOU: The Owner’s Manual) as a snack before dinner, but didn’t know that other fiber wasn’t as good for my heart as da husks.
As to the medical stories of the week, I tweeted these as most important:
Most Important: One-third of people with high blood pressure and half with high LDL cholesterol do not get treatment for these key risk factors for arterial disease (that includes heart attacks, stroke, memory loss, wrinkles, impotence and decay of orgasm quality). Worse, half of those treated for either condition do not get optimal control of their numbers resulting in disability for them. If all got control, the USA would save $257 billion in medical costs per year by reducing 2 diseases part way; this is doable according to many studies. We can reduce costs $1.4 trillion a year and not have a deficit if you’d just follow Dr. Oz’s advice every day. First: Know your numbers and second, try Dr. Oz’s Berry Blaster or Green Drink.
Second key article of the week: Breast implants associated with rare form of cancer – what does this mean for other implants? We do not know, but silicone, the key packaging plastic thought responsible for this is used in many hip, knee and other implants.
Third key article: More steps reduces metabolic syndrome risk. For every 1000 steps more you take a day, you reduce your risk by 8%. So do 10,000 steps a day (measured with a pedometer) and record them on Sharecare.com’s Move It and Lose It in 2011.
In regard to the Move It and Lose It in 2011 program, I’m still among the converted. It is never too late to start.
And my New Year’s resolution for 2011 is intact – smaller portions, and an extra 11 minutes of cardio every day. I’ve tracked them on Sharecare.com. I urge you to make these choices too – I’m still watching Dr. Oz on an exercise bike or a treadmill (even typing this on one) … and have lost 4 pounds myself.