Eat, Exercise, Live – The Omega Diet with Researcher & Author Dr. Artemis Simopoulos – My gift of love to you on Thanksgiving! A very Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving!
You are what you eat. Period.
We are what our foods eat – this is called the food chain. We are products of evolution – which happened over centuries. We have tried to changed the food chain – and unfortunately created mayhem with our health. The American Academy of Pediatrics & the National Institute of heath just released new guidelines for child health. Children should all be tested for high cholesterol between ages 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 21 years of age, regardless of their family history – in other words – family history is not as an important indicator now as lifestyle habits.
Our diets have created havoc with our health. Its time to go back to our real roots – how our bodies were engineered by the omnipotent power – evolution.
The Omega Diet – by my guest today – Dr. Artemis SImopoulos – is my coffee table book. I always say there is absolutely no better way to show love for another than by contributing to their health. My loved ones always thumb through and I know they are learning how to eat – and our health depends on how we feed our bodies & our physical activity.
Dr. Artemis Simopoulos, is the Founder and President of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, D.C. Dr. Simopoulos was a Founding Member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL). She is the Founder of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/ Nutrigenomics, Past President and Founder and Chair of the World Council on Genetics, Nutrition, and Fitness for Health (WCGNFH). she is a physician and endocrinologist whose research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was on the nutritional aspects of genetic and endocrine disorders; evolutionary aspects of diet and fatty acids; and the importance of a balanced ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease and in growth and development. She is the author of the fabulous MUST read The Omega Diet and has edited numerous books and journal supplements in addition to publishing over 345 scientific papers. Please welcome Dr. Artemis Simopoulos to EEL.
Dr. Simopoulos explains to us the role of essential fatty acids in our life – why they are vital to our existence. Much of our chronic diseases – cancer, heart disease, COPD, asthma, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, auto- immune diseases – are thought to have a common cause – our diets. Our diet has changed from healthy Omega 3 gifted foods to being strong armed by a very unhealthy dominance by the Omega 6 fatty acids. We discuss why the oils we should be using are canola & olive oil, how the presence of Omega 6 worsens the influence of saturated fats, how we can easily increase our consumption of Omega 3 and reduce Omega 6s, why low fat diets do not work and why they are so unhealthy, how omega 3s fight obesity, & how Omega 6s contribute to obesity – how they actually alter fat cells. Dr. Simopoulos gives us many shout outs for exercise – how our obscene consumption of omega 6 fatty acids, and our physical inactivity epidemic both need to be addressed to reverse our health crises.
We also hear from our very own Dr. Ortiz of the Obesity Control Center – as he shares with us his insights on how veering away from our Omega 3s over the years and the lack of physical activity has caused us much of our illness and obesity. He further explains how our bodies evolved to eat an omega diet – certainly not our typical North American diet.
Make sure you stay tuned for Game Plan at the end of the show – I’ll tell you more about fish & also more about cooking oils – a guide on knowing which one to use for what. Oils have a smoke point – a point at which if they are heated above this they become carcinogenic by releasing free radicals – really important we use the right cooking oil – depending on what we are preparing. I also discuss the new set of guidelines for children released by the NIH & the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Where would we be here on Eat Exercise Live without the integral contribution to our shows from Dr. Ariel Ortiz of the Obesity Control Center. Although one of the very best weight loss surgeons world wide, always on the leading edge of research into obesity & surgical options, Dr. Ortiz is a passionate advocate for a heathy lifestyle. Dr. Ortiz gives us his shout outs for the Omega diet & feeding our bodies as determined by evolution. Check out his blog – read how Dr. Ortiz is much more than a weight loss surgeon – but an all round medical health & lifestyle coach. Obesity is a health hazard. Remaining obese is a very serious health risk. Getting treatment from the very best can save your life & provide a quality of life never thought possible. As Dr. Ortiz says -once a patient of the Obesity Control Center – always a patient – they will guide you and support you long beyond surgery. Give yourself the opportunity and tools to lose that excess weight and live a fulfilling life. The Obesity Control Center has earned the prestigious recognition as an “International center for Excellence for Bariatric Surgeons.” And it is so easy to see why Dr. Ortiz was voted by Newsweek magazine as one of the very best bariatric surgeons in the United States. Click the link to see why Dr. Ortiz receives these well deserved accolades – and make sure you listen to his health tips on Eat Exercise Live. Check out the very extensive video library – learn about procedures and meet patients OCC has changed their lives. Check out the OCC on Facebook. Or, go on YouTube and look up the fantastic video library for the Obesity Control Center. Dr. Ortiz and the entire staff at the Obesity Control Center are fully dedicated to your health & proactive lifestyle. Please call 1-866-DrOrtiz (376-7849). You will wonder why you didn’t make this life changing decision years ago.