Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed diet and weight loss tips to restart a sluggish thyroid and examined a surprising new risk factor for ovarian cancer on the Sept. 30 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz said if you’re constantly exhausted, have chronic brain fog and can’t lose weight no matter what you do, a sluggish thyroid is probably to blame.
For brain fog, Dr. Oz suggested combining coffee with coconut oil. While the idea of mixing coffee with fat might sound odd, the concept is catching on, especially among followers of the low carb high-fat Paleo and ketogenic diets, who are fans of buttered coffee.
For those who aren’t fans of butter, coconut oil is an excellent substitute. The fat from the coconut oil will give you a boost of energy and suppress appetite, which makes it good for weight loss.
The Paleo and ketogenic diets have skyrocketed in popularity, as proponents swear by the low carb, high-fat eating plans’ capacity to promote weight loss and prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. NBA superstar LeBron James is the latest Paleo convert. James lost 25 pounds in 67 days on a low carb Paleo diet and said he feels great.
Dr. Oz said another way to jump-star a sluggish metabolism and boost weight loss and energy is add selenium to your diet. Selenium is found in many foods, including Brazil nuts, mushrooms and tuna fish.
Exercise is another proven way to keep your thyroid running smoothly. Dr. Oz said an 18-minute power walk after dinner enhances energy and helps prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
On a separate segment, Dr. Oz revealed that some women can be predisposed toward getting ovarian cancer even without a family history. Dr. Oz’s guest was gynecologic oncologist Dr. Diljeet Singh, who said new studies show that one in five women could potentially get ovarian cancer without a family history because of a hidden genetic predisposition.
Other risk factors for ovarian cancer include smoking, being overweight or obese, never having had children and older age (ovarian cancer tends to strike women between the ages of 50 and 60), according to the Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Singh recommended that women with a family history of cancer should consider getting tested to determine their risks of contracting ovarian cancer.
Fortunately, ovarian cancer is highly treatable if caught early enough. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, pelvic pain, frequent urination and constantly feeling full, whether you’ve eaten or not.
Maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise and following a diet high in leafy green vegetables can minimize your risk of getting ovarian cancer.