Health & Spirit

Switch hitting for protein and power

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

Cleveland has two of the best switch hitters in baseball: Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor. Lindor smashed 33 home runs last year (22 as a lefty, 11 as a righty) and already has 14 this year -- 11 from the left side. Last year, Ramirez hit 39 home runs (33 home runs from the left and six from the right). This year, he's hitting 166 as a lefty and 278 as a righty, with two home runs for each side (it will get better!).

Turns out, it's equally powerful to switch up your proteins.

The first thing you do is bench processed and red meats! New research published in the BMJ found an increase of a half-serving a day of processed meat (bacon) upped the risk of death over the eight-year study 13%; red meat boosted it 9%.

Then, look at the protein package you're taking in. That means paying attention to the fats and fiber that the protein source delivers. You want poly- and monounsaturated fats (think salmon, skinless poultry, avocados, nuts) and soluble and insoluble fiber (100 whole grains, cruciferous veggies).

Improving your stats: Opt for plant-based proteins to fuel your muscles and lose weight! One daily serving of legumes (think chickpeas and lentils) does the trick. Those legumes plus nuts and soy can also lower your lousy LDL cholesterol. Replacing processed carbs with low-sat-fat proteins like legumes and salmon helps lower blood pressure. So switch between plant-based and healthy, lean animal proteins for major-league health!

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Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c) 2019 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2019 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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