Dr. Oz reveals the top organs that can help your body restart itself from the inside out. Learn how to fine-tune each of them for lifelong health and vitality.
How would you like to start to undo any damage you’ve done to your body in the past – or simply slow down the aging process? Dr. Oz’s Complete Body Restart Guide focuses on four organs that play critical roles in how long you live, how good you feel and how easily you can shed weight. Learn how to:
- Boost your thyroid – the number-one organ that could be making you feel exhausted, over-the-hill and overweight.
- Detox your liver and overcome past damage.
- Keep your heart strong and pumping longer.
- Clean out your intestines and stop pain in your gut.
1. Restart Your Thyroid
Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop a thyroid disorder in their lifetime. Located in the neck just below the Adam’s apple and above the collarbone, the thyroid gland regulates the body’s use of energy and governs metabolism.
As you age, your thyroid becomes less efficient. It may also grow in size, a symptom of hypothyroidism, also referred to as an underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism makes it difficult for your thyroid to convert fat cells into energy, which can cause weight gain.
Key symptoms of an underactive thyroid include:
- Daily fatigue
- Weight gain of 10-15 pounds in the past 2 years
- Coarse or brittle hair
- Dry skin
At-home Thyroid Test
To find out if your thyroid needs a restart, take this easy at-home test that requires an oral thermometer.
- Take your temperature under your tongue as soon as you get up and right before you get out of bed in the morning.
- Record the results for 1 week.
- If your average temperature is below normal (98.7 degrees), it may signal a sluggish thyroid.
If you suspect a sluggish thyroid, you should also consider bringing it to the attention of your doctor, who can also check your thyroid with a simple blood test.
Additionally, by restarting your thyroid with the proper nutrients, not only can you keep weight off, but you can also help slow down the aging process, regain energy, and improve your overall appearance.
To restart your thyroid, turn to Dr. Oz’s Thyroid Power Combo of iodized salt and selenium-rich foods. Iodine is vital for healthy thyroid hormone production, and the essential mineral selenium may help decrease inflammation that can cause an underactive thyroid.
Today, many people use kosher salt or sea salt, but these salts do not contain iodine. To help maintain healthy thyroid function, reach for traditional iodized table salt when seasoning food.
Eat selenium rich foods such as:
- Brazil nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Fish (halibut, sardines, flounder, salmon)
- Shellfish (oysters, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops)
- Meat (Beef, liver, lamb, pork)
- Poultry (chicken, turkey)
- Mushrooms (button, crimini, shiitake)
- Whole grains (wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats)
2. Restart Your Liver
Located on the lower right side of the abdomen just below your diaphragm, the liver functions as your body’s foolproof lie detector test, revealing the truth about the life you’ve lived thus far. While it was once thought that liver disease was caused by alcohol use alone, eating sugary or fatty foods for extended years are now known to damage the liver as well.
Your liver acts primarily as your body’s filter, cleaning the blood and aiding digestion and metabolism. A fatty liver occurs when your body becomes overrun with fats and is no longer able to detoxify itself. A healthy diet rich in greens and lean protein allows your liver to do its job properly without being overrun by toxins. However, when you indulge for years in unhealthy items such as those associated with the all-American diet – donuts, fried chicken and burgers – your liver clogs up, becoming fatty and toxic.
Conditions such as diabetes and obesity that are normally associated with a clogged heart are also tied to a clogged liver. In fact, bodily damage starts in the liver before it snakes it way up to the heart. But here’s the good news: Your liver can literally regenerate itself.
To restart your liver, try these 2 simple solutions:
Liver Restart #1: Drink Dr. Oz’s Morning Liver Elixir Daily
- ¼ cup warm water
- Juice of lemon wedge
- 2 dashes of hot pepper sauce
Warm water aids digestion, lemon juice contains vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that helps calm liver inflammation and protect sagainst free radical damage. Hot pepper sauce contains capsaicin, which boosts blood flow and certain enzymes responsible for detoxifying your liver.
Drink Dr. Oz’s Morning Liver Elixir daily. In addition to this cocktail, cut back on consumption of sugary, fatty foods, and alcohol.
Liver Restart #2: Eat 3 Cups of Bitter Greens or Cruciferous Vegetables Daily
Bitter greens include arugula, endive, dandelion greens and spinach. The bitter flavor in these foods actually detoxifies your liver by increasing bile flow, while the greens themselves flush out toxins. Cruciferous veggies including broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts also aid liver function. Choose any mix you want and eat them raw or cooked. Eating these plant foods daily will not only help restart your liver, but also make a difference in your overall health.
3. Restart Your Heart
If you want to restart your body, the number-one organ you must take into consideration is your heart. Heart disease comes in many forms and has many different causes – from hereditary factors to poor lifestyle choices. High blood pressure (HBP) and high cholesterol can increase plaque formation inside the arteries, which can trigger a heart attack. High blood pressure also forces the heart to have to pump harder and harder, which can lead to an enlarged heart that can result in congestive heart failure. Over time, the aortic valve can calcify and stiffen, preventing blood flow and causing blood to leak back into the heart. What you may not realize is that these cardiovascular problems can occur as early as in your 20s. To restart your heart, follow Dr. Oz’s Extended Warranty For Your Heart.
Dr. Oz’s Extended Warranty For Your Heart
Take 600mg DHA Omega-3 Supplement Daily
While many people know about the importance of taking an Omega-3 supplement, not everyone realizes that DHA Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil is the most powerful when it comes to lowering cholesterol, preventing new plaques from forming, and reducing triglyceride levels. Make sure your Omega-3 supplement is labeled DHA Omega-3 supplement. Take 600mg once a day and store it in the fridge to make it last longer.
If You’re Over 40, Take Two 81mg Low-dose Aspirin Before Bedtime.
Also referred to as baby aspirin, low-dose aspirin has been shown to lower blood pressure when consumed before bedtime. Be sure to take this over-the-counter medication with 8 ounces of water. Drink half the glass before and half the glass after you swallow the aspirin to avoid stomach irritation. If you have a bleeding disorder or have a history of stomach ulcers, be sure to check with your doctor first.
Eat Two Servings of Soluble Fiber Daily
Soluble fiber found in foods such as oatmeal, apples, pears, citrus, beans, peas, carrots, quinoa and barley wicks bad cholesterol away from your arteries. Aim for two servings per day. Be sure to increase your fiber intake gradually to avoid gas. And drink with plenty of water since fiber can’t do its job in a dehydrated system.
4. Restart Your Intestines
It may come as a surprise, but your intestines contain a large network of nerves that can become short-circuited by your emotions. When you’re calm and relaxed, your digestive system can function properly. However, when you experience stress, your intestines can get out of whack, resulting in constipation, bloating or diarrhea.
To banish pain in your gut and restart your intestines, turn to prebiotics. Prebiotics are the foods you need to eat in order to aid digestion of probiotics – the good bacteria found in foods such as Greek yogurt. Without prebiotics, the “bad” unwanted bacteria have an unfair advantage over probiotics and can cause a range of issues, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). To learn more about probiotics and prebiotics, click here.
Eat Two-Four Servings of Prebiotics Daily
Luckily, prebiotics can be found in many everyday foods including bananas, cooked whole grains, honey, raw garlic and raw onion. Enjoy two-four servings of prebiotics every day day to help your intestines run smoothly.
Print out a copy of the Complete Body Restart Guide Cheat Sheet. Keep it on your fridge, at your desk or wherever you keep important notes, so you can keep these tips fresh in your mind.