Dr. Mehmet Oz examined how a gluten free alkaline diet can boost energy and discussed NFL star Ray Rice’s shocking domestic abuse scandal on the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz’s guest was nutritionist and weight loss expert Yuri Elkaim, who said you can dramatically boost your energy by adopting a plant-based, gluten free diet that features mostly alkaline foods.
Elkaim said highly acidic foods such as dairy, meats and processed foods saps your energy, causes weight gain and leaves you lethargic. Yuri, author of The All-Day Energy Diet, explained that everything you eat either produces an alkaline or acidic residue in your body.
He said plant foods such as broccoli and kale give off an alkaline residue, resulting in reduced inflammation and consistent energy. Elkaim is not necessarily advocating a vegetarian or vegan diet, but said if you eat mostly plants, you’ll enjoy better health and natural weight loss.
Yuri also recommended consuming nuts, seeds, sprouts and mushrooms and healthy fats such as avocado and olive oil, which protect heart and brain health. Yuri also recommended starting your mornings with warm lemon water, saying this will clean out toxins from your liver.
Ray Rice Cut From Baltimore Ravens After Beating Wife
On a separate segment, Dr. Oz discussed the shocking domestic violence scandal surrounding NFL running back Ray Rice.
Rice, 27, was cut from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this month after a video surfaced showing him knocking out his wife, Janay Palmer, with a punch to the head in an elevator (see video above. Warning: disturbing).
Domestic abuse has since become a hot-button topic, especially after new abuse revelations involving NFL stars Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson came to light. Even the White House has condemned the violence, and asked the NFL to address domestic violence and child abuse in the league.
“Many of these professional athletes are marketed as role models to young people and so their behavior does have the potential to influence these young people,” the White House said in a statement. “That’s one of the many reasons it’s important that the league get a handle on this and have a zero-tolerance policy.”
Dr. Oz’s guest was author Leslie Morgan Steiner, a domestic violence activist. Steiner said one in four women will become victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lives, and most won’t report it. In Ray Rice’s case, his wife, Janay Palmer, not only did not report the abuse, but even apologized for her part in inciting the violence shortly after it became public.
The NFL finally terminated Rice’s contract only after public outcry following the disturbing video footage became widespread. Amazingly, Palmer (who was engaged to Rice at the time she was punched in the head) married him the following month and has stood by her man ever since.
Steiner recounted her own story of abuse, which she detailed in her memoir, “Crazy Love.” Leslie said she put with her husband’s violence (which included choking and beating her on her honeymoon) for four years before leaving him.
Most people may think domestic abuse victims aren’t intelligent or merely lack self-esteem, but Steiner, a Harvard graduate, said she stayed with her ex-husband out of a mix of fear and love. Steiner said it’s important to not blame victims or shame them, because they deserve and need our respect.
Leslie said it usually takes about seven attempts for a woman to finally leave her abusive partner. While the Ray Rice incident was terrible, Steiner said it has ignited an important conversation within the NFL and the media about combating domestic violence.