Bettering Your Body
Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s or beyond, you don’t want to miss new techniques to look younger, lose weight and improve your sex life. Along with Robin McGraw, author of What's Age Got to Do with It?, The Doctors show you how to better your body!
Robin's Change of Life
“The biggest shift in my life was when I started menopause. I went to the doctor — and I’ll never forget — she shook her head. She had the saddest look on her face, and she just said, 'Life, as you know it, is over.’ I can remember thinking, what is menopause? What’s in store for me? I’ve not only learned everything I could about my hormones and about my body, but I’ve learned everything that I can that affects my skin, my diet, my fitness, my energy levels. The bottom line regarding menopause is, ladies, get excited. Celebrate! It’s OK; it’s fun. It’s probably the best time of your life.”
The Doctors welcome Dr. Phil's better half to the stage.
“In your new book, you dedicated a whole chapter to hormones, which I think is phenomenal,” Dr. Lisa says.
“I think for a woman to not have her hormones balanced and healthy, it's really hard to focus on anything else,” Robin says.
Can You Over Shampoo Your 'Do?
The average American lathers up about 4.59 times a week, about twice as much as Europeans. But can too many suds damage your tresses?
“I shampoo twice a day,” Dr. Travis reveals.
“I get a serious case of bed head if I don’t shampoo,” Dr. Jim says.
“Everybody’s hair is different. Certain people’s hair is more oily,” Dr. Ordon says. “My hair, if I wash it twice a day, it would be too dry and thin.”
Robin explains her beauty regimen. “What I do is pull it back in a ponytail, and I just shampoo my bangs,” she says. “I only shampoo maybe every three days.”
Dr. Travis explains that shampoo strips sebum, natural oils secreted from the skin's sebaceous glands, from the hair, which may cause an overproduction of oil if hair is shampooed too often.
Robin recounts a hair-raising story that took place when she was 19 and first dating Dr. Phil. His mother suggested that she dye her hair. “I spent the next day, eight hours, in her beauty shop, bleaching my hair blonde. Every bit of it. Burned my scalp, [my hair] fell out,” she remembers.
Dermatologists recommend shampooing two to three times a week.
Carbs and Your Memory
Are you trying to stay away from starchy foods? New research says cutting carbohydrates out of your diet can also reduce your brain power. In the study, people on low-carb diets performed worse on memory tests. “It makes sense, because our brains use glucose as fuel. If you have less glucose available, sugar, your brain may not work as well," Dr. Travis explains.
“It’s a balanced diet. You cannot cut those things out,” Dr. Lisa stresses. “Except if you have something like diabetes, you may lessen your carbs, but not cut them out.”
Dr. Travis gives examples of good carbs to incorporate in your diet, such as brown rice, whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta. Stay away from refined flour and sugar.
“I am a carb freak. I do have to have my carbs, and I have to have them every day,” Robin shares. She holds up a plate of her favorite sandwich. Made with Ezekiel bread, which is high in fiber, the sandwich is piled high with cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, tomatoes and low-fat cream cheese.
Christine, a mom of three, says she gained 40 pounds, and nothing seems to help reduce her muffin top, the flab that hangs over one's pants. Dr. Ordon demonstrates a new body-contouring laser called the Zerona.
This device is similar to liposuction, but is noninvasive. This is the first time this machine has ever been shown on national television.
Dr. Ordon explains, “It actually causes the fat cells, from a cold laser, to leak their contents out. You’re actually shrinking fat cells."
At the end of the show, a svelte Christine models her new figure. She underwent six Zerona treatments over a two week period.
“You look amazing!” Robin says.
“You lost four inches around the tummy, and you lost three inches around the thighs,” Dr. Ordon reports. “That is significant.”
Does a Good Night's Sleep Equal Happiness?
Are you setting yourself up for misery if you don’t get your Zs? A new study says that restful sleep makes people happier. On the other hand, poor sleep triples the likelihood of life dissatisfaction.
“You may not be getting good sleep, because something's going on in your life that you’re stressed out about or depressed,” Dr Lisa adds. “But we know that good sleep is very healthy.”
“I assume we’re all good sleepers. We can all relate to having one bad night of sleep, and it puts you in a bad mood. You don’t feel good. You don’t feel like you’re as effective. If you had that every day, you would start feeling pretty rotten and pretty unhappy," Dr. Ordon points out.
“Sadly, for perimenopausal and menopausal women, it’s not just one night a week. It can be every night for years,” Robin chimes in. “When you have insomnia for that long, you can’t think clearly. You can’t have a productive day when you haven’t slept well at night.”
Dr. Travis suggests that women suffering from insomnia have a regular bedtime each night, turn the lights down, and turn the TV off.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Forty-seven-year-old Deann feels like she is losing her mind to exhaustion, mood swings and sleep disturbances. Robin takes Deann to her gynecologist, Dr. Prudence Hall, to get her back on track. Deann receives a workup to get to the root of her problems, and Dr. Hall reveals the results. Deann’s estrogen level is 79, but it should be between 175 and 250.
"If we didn’t treat you, it would get much worse than this,” Dr. Hall says. She says that Deann’s testosterone level is in the normal range. Deann’s follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) shows that she’s perimenopausal. The normal range is 1.9 to 6, and Deann’s level is 7.5. Dr. Hall suggests that Deann replace her hormones with bioidentical hormones, the same ones that her body produces naturally. The hormones are compounded and mixed in a cream base and applied to the skin. "This is an individualized style of medicine, and it's unique to you," Dr. Hall explains.
Back in the studio, Dr. Lisa explains the difference between perimenopause and menopause. “Perimenopause starts around 45, and menopause around 50, for the average woman. Menopause just means when your periods have stopped for about a year. Perimenopause is that transition time when you start to get symptoms of hot flashes, you may have irregular periods.”
Robin says she hit menopause when she turned 43. “My worst symptom, at that period, was hot flashes. They were horrible,” she says.
"Bioidentical hormones are exactly the same hormones that women create in their own bodies," Dr. Hall explains, adding that they are extracted from soy and yams. “Pharmaceutical companies do make the bioidentical hormones, and then there are also the compounded hormones,” she says. Synthetic hormones are not bioidentical. “It was miraculous that they came up with this — pregnant mare’s urine that has similar types of hormones as our normal female hormones, but it really didn’t do the trick.”
Deanne accompanies Robin to get her prescription filled for bioidentical hormones. They meet with Sharon, the owner or Central Pharmacy, who shows them her compounding lab, which custom-blends each customer’s prescriptions.
Back in the studio, Dr. Travis eats a piece of candy that is used to administer estrogen.
Dr. Lisa adds that women can take estrogen in the form of vaginal rings and creams. “There’s a great option called the Mizzou-Pallet, which a lot of people don’t know about because it’s actually used in Europe; it’s not FDA-approved here,” she says. “It gives you hormone replacement for three months, and it doesn’t give you the up and down that taking hormones by mouth does.”
Sharon Steen, owner of the Central Pharmacy, explains the quality control measures that her company uses. “We have specially trained staff that go and learn how to compound. They learn how to use the equipment. We have standard operating procedures,” she says. “It’s important to have what we call the triad, which is the pharmacist/doctor/patient relationship.”
Dr. Hall reveals the cost of hormone replacement therapy. A vaginal ring costs about $80 per month. The compounded bioidentical estrogens cost about $20.
Deann, who has been on the bioidentical hormones for 10 days, says she feels incredible. “I got my life back. I just want to thank Robin for taking me there and taking me through this process.”
Did You Know …
Red is the new health. Eating foods rich in this color, such as tomatoes, grapefruit and navel oranges, can block the action of free radicals. "It’s because of lycopene, which is a wonderful antioxidant,” Dr. Travis explains. “It’s been proven to combat prostate cancer.”
“And breast cancer,” Dr. Lisa adds.
“The lycopene actually gets absorbed better, if it’s from a processed source,” says Dr. Jim. “Another great source is watermelon.”
Illustrating how to incorporate more of the red stuff in your diet, Robin shows off a plate of grilled cherry tomatoes on a skewer. “Warm grilled tomatoes are so good in a cold, tossed salad,” she says.