Like Your Parents

Am I Going To End Up Like My Parents? [Podcast Episode #092]

Of course you love your family.

But looking at your family's history of illness, disease, chronic obesity, and all sorts of other health issues has you worried.

Did you inherit unhealthy genetics from your parents?

What can you do to set your own path? How can you take control of your health so that your family history doesn't determine your health future? 

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Am I Going To End Up Like My Parents? [Full Text]

Dave: Hey, thanks so much for joining me in this episode of the Make Your Body Work podcast. As you know, this show is all about helping you live a healthier and happier life.

When you think to your parents, and whether your parents are still with you today or if they passed away, if you think to their lives, and maybe some of the health issues that they encountered, or are encountering right now, do you ever find yourself thinking, "Oh, I wonder if that's what's in store for me? I wonder if their genetics were passed on to me, and I'm going to go through whatever it is that they're going through?" That's what prompted Sue to write in.

Let me read what Sue wrote. "Looking at my family history, I'm a little scared, terrified actually, about my own future. My dad passed away at 46 from a heart attack; my mother has had all sorts of health ailments as long as I can remember.

I'm 44 this summer, and I look at my two boys, and don't want the same for them, or for me. I know I'm not the healthiest person, but I don't want to end up like my parents. I just don't know where to begin. I'm also afraid that my family genetics are working against me."

Sue, I just want to say first off, thanks for writing in, but second, you're going to learn a lot from the guest that I have here to talk about genetics and how that plays into your health. I do want to encourage you just by saying that you can take control.

Regardless of how much genetic plays into your health, there are so many things that you have control over that can dictate where your future lies, regardless of what your parents' future, or your parents' past had in store for them, or where they're at now.

I do want to encourage you that you can adopt, even if it's one baby step today, and that turns into another one tomorrow, that 6 months, a year, 5 years, 10 years down the line, you're going to be able to look back and say, "I started today, I took control, and I changed my future, I changed my path."

There's a little bit of encouragement for you, but I think you're going to get a whole lot more encouragement from our guest today as he discusses genetics, how they play into your health, and then what you can do to augment that or to change your own path. I'm really excited to introduce to you Dr. Phil Carson.

Meet Dr. Phil Carson

Dave: Hey, Dr. Phil, thanks for joining us on the show today.

Dr. Phil: Oh, thank you so much, Dave. It's an honor to be with you today.

Dave: You know, before we get started, you and I were sort of joking around before we started recording; I asked you, "What am I supposed to call you? I feel like calling Dr. Phil could be insulting, or could be sacrilegious or something, I don't know." I love your response. What did you tell me when I said that?

Dr. Phil: I said most people call me Dr. Phil, but I'm not anything like the TV Dr. Phil; I'm not as round as he is, and I've got plenty of hair on my head, so I'm happy about that.

Dave: It's true. I'm looking at your picture right now, and I can vouch for you, you don't look anything like him, but honestly, yeah. Thanks for being on the show, I'm excited to have you with us today. You know, I was reading on your website, you did a little bit of a story about who you are, and how you got to the place you're at now, and you said something interesting.

You said, "After two decades of running a successful pharmacy practice, and then losing it all." I was wondering if you could talk about that. What does that mean, "losing it all?" What happened?

Dr. Phil: Yeah, yeah. Well, in 2008, 2009, when our US economy went to the tanks and everything went south so to speak, financial-wise, I became a casualty of that. I had worked 10 years building my own successful business. I had two pharmacies going, one of which was traditional/natural pharmacy combination; the second one I opened up in 2006, was strictly a natural pharmacy, and a diabetes care center.

When everything started tanking with the economy, I tanked with it and lost everything I owned except for my house. Thankfully, I was able to keep it. That was 2009; I tell people I locked the door on my dream. I had a dream of having a natural business, and a business that catered to people who were looking for natural solutions, where I could bring them into our office and sit down with them, and consult with them, and coach them, and coach them back to health naturally.

I also was in the process of starting to build an online business at that time which was something that was kind of new back in 2007, 2008, as big as it is now. I was beginning to move in that direction, and ended up losing everything. It was some poor financial decisions that I had made were part of it, and the economy was part of it, and we tried everything we could to hang on, and we couldn't.

Had to start over. Had to go and find a job, and start over. But over the past 7-8 years, God has blessed me, and our family, and everything's been restored, and even more. I'm thankful for that, and I'm back doing what I had dreamed of doing for so many years, to building that dream. Last year, I opened up with a doctor friend of mine, she's an MD who believes like I do as far as natural therapies and natural products, and lifestyle change.

The big thing that we do, we teach lifestyle change. We partnered and opened up the Life Transformation Medical Center, and also have the Life Transformation Wellness part of that. It's exciting, we're looking to make an impact in the south here where we live, where obesity and diabetes is number in the nation most of the time in our state here, in Mississippi; if it's not us that's number one, it's our next-door neighbor, Alabama.

That's a long story in a nutshell there.

Dave: Well you know, it's neat. The more I learned about yourself and your philosophies and your practice, the more I saw that we really have quite a connection, actually, in terms of those philosophies. Anyone who listens to this show knows, I'm not a big proponent of prescription medication.

I think there's so many things that we can improve in our life through very natural methods of moving our bodies, eating well, maybe doing some natural supplementation. It doesn't take very much for most people, anyway, to live quite a healthy life. I'm assuming you're on the same page?

Dr. Phil: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. I used to get strange looks and sometimes kind of tough comments from people because I'm a pharmacist, and what's a pharmacist doing promoting natural products, and promoting herbals, and homeopathics, and that kind of stuff?

But that's what I do, and I do it because I have seen the difference it makes in people's lives, my own included. It was natural products that helped save my life many years ago, and I'm an evangelist for natural products, so to speak, as a pharmacist, and that's kind of ironic and strange to a lot of people.

Dave: It's almost an oxymoron, a pharmacist who isn't pushing prescription medication.

Dr. Phil: That's right.

Natural Medicine Saved My Life!

Dave: Can you tell us? Do you mind telling us about your personal story? I don't know ... what happened when you said it saved your life? What was the situation?

Dr. Phil: I'll be glad to. It's a long story too, but I'll keep it short. When I graduated from pharmacy school way back in 1985, I went to work for a big chain pharmacy operation that I had worked for while I was in school. They hired me right out of school to be the assistant manager of this store; it's in my home town, actually.

It was a very busy store, did fantastic business. It was a big store; it like a mini-Walmart basically, with a big front end with all kinds of merchandise and then the pharmacy in the back. One year in, the manager of the store left, and said, "I'm not staying here anymore, I'm leaving, I'm going to another store." So they made me manager.

I thought my life was stressful already; thought pharmacy school was extremely stressful, but I found out what stress is really all about being manager of that store. I wasn't prepared for it, and it was literally killing me. I told my wife at one point during that year of managing that store, "I'm ready to get out of pharmacy. I can't handle this anymore."

Work should never take precedent over your health. Your health is far too valuable to compromise.

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It was causing such digestive issues, I had severe gastritis and digestive issues. I was taking all kinds of medication to try to relieve the effects of it, and drinking a couple bottles of liquid antacid every day just so I could function. I was miserable, absolutely miserable in many ways; physically, emotionally miserable.

Fortunately, a gentleman that owned a small independent store in our town had opened up one in a neighboring town, his second store, and the pharmacist there had quit, and he was looking for somebody. He came to me and asked me if I wanted a job. I said, "Sure, I've got to get out of this situation I'm in now, for sure. The stress is killing."

I left the big chain and went into a little small mom and pop store, and that helped tremendously. But in the process, I started searching for something to relieve all these symptoms I was having, and I picked up a book one day in a bookstore on natural medicine, because in pharmacy school I was taught the history of natural medicine, not the application of it. The history of all these herbals and homeopathics, it was a thing of the past. You know, "We've got modern medicine, this stuff doesn't really work anyway. This is what you do now."

I started reading, and I found the answer to my gastritis and my severe digestive issues in this book; started doing what he recommended, and it changed my life. Changed my health. I picked up other books, and I found I started reading other things, and then started learning things about natural medicine. Then I started taking courses in natural medicine, and everything just kind of evolved from there. That's how I got to where I am today.

The best natural medicine is simply a healthy lifestyle that keeps you in shape and away from the doctor!

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Dave: Now there's nothing more convincing than when you see it play out in your own life with such positive results, eh?

Dr. Phil: Oh yeah, absolutely.

Dave: You know, when we connected about having you come on this show, I thought this question that Sue had written in was really perfect, because I can imagine someone like Sue being in a place, maybe like you were when you were experiencing all this stress and you start searching for solutions, and she says her father passed away, her mother isn't of good health, and it sounds like she's really looking for a solution to prevent herself from going down that same road.

I can imagine her reaching out to her doctor, or to her pharmacist and say ... she's like, "What can you prescribe for me that will keep me well?"

Dr. Phil: Yeah.

Dave: When you've read that message from her, I assume you probably had similar thoughts. What kind of advice would you give to Sue?

Learning to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Dr. Phil: Yeah. Well, one of the things that Sue said was that she didn't know where to begin, and that she was afraid that her family genetics were working against her. Well, what I want to encourage Sue today is that she doesn't need to be as concerned about those family genetics as she is.

There's studies that have been done to show that when it comes to cardiovascular health, and I believe this about a lot of health issues and health problems, including diabetes, that lifestyle, a healthy lifestyle has a much bigger impact on cardiovascular health than genetics does. There was a couple of studies done at Northwestern University a few years ago that showed this to be true.

I want to encourage Sue that regardless of your genetics, you have a great chance of living way past the age of your father by living a healthy lifestyle. The place to begin is starting today, living that healthier lifestyle.

What I mean by that, and what the studies showed was that the people in the study that had lifestyle behaviors that included not smoking, low or no alcohol intake, weight control, physical activity, and a healthy diet, fared much better than those that didn't, and showed that their lifestyle would give them much greater chances of continuing to have low risk profile of heart disease, even in through their middle age years.

I encourage Sue to start today, to start living that healthy lifestyle, start adopting habits into your life that are going to make a difference. Even though I think ... what, she said she was, 44 right now?

Dave: Yeah, she's 44. Yeah.

Dr. Phil: 44, or almost 44? Yeah, and she says she's got two boys, so I tell people all the time: "If you don't think you have the willpower or the desire to live that healthy lifestyle on your own, you've got some big why's in your life most likely, why you should be," and she's got two boys that I think are her big why. That she wants to stick around for those boys.

It's a very, very good reason to start living that healthy lifestyle right now today and putting those habits into practice of healthy eating first. That's where I start with my patients is, "Hey, we've got to start with nutrition." If you're not eating right, you're not eating healthy, you're not eating balanced, and I teach what I call balanced nutrition to people, then we don't need to go any further.

If you're not going to do what I feel like is most important for that healthy lifestyle, then we don't need to go any further. You've got to make that choice, you've got to make that decision, you've got to make that commitment to eat healthier.

One of the best gifts you can offer to society, to your family, and most importantly to yourself, is a healthy YOU

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Dave: Dr. Phil, you and I are on the exact same page. I just want to hop in there because you said a couple really key things I want to point out, for Sue if you're listening, and for any of the other listeners, because I get this question or variations of this question all the time.

"My mom was like this, therefore I'm going to be like this." Usually it's related to weight or, "My mom always battled with weight, therefore I know I'm going to." It's sort of this fatalistic mindset that it's completely out of our control, and you said a couple of things ... man, you and I are on the same page so well. You talked about habits, and then a couple times you emphasized the word, "today, start today."

Dr. Phil: Yeah, yeah.

Dave: I just want to say again to Sue and the listeners, those two things, if you ... Actually, Dr. Phil, I'd like to just make sure we are on the same page. Would you say that someone even with genetics that might predispose them to having heart issues, or predispose them to being overweight, that they can overcome those through lifestyle?

Dr. Phil: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. I have no doubt about that at all. I've seen it happen with people. Yeah, they can do it, and you know, I encourage people to do that all the time, and that they do have hope that even with a bleak looking future genetic-wise, they've got hope. Making those lifestyle choices can make all the difference in the world.

I think about a friend of mine, doctor friend of mine who's optometrist in our area here, we grew up together and I remember his dad died when he was in high school. When we were in high school, his dad passed away, and you know, he's got this genetic predisposition with heart disease.

His dad died of heart disease at a young age and this guy named Steve has the same predisposition genetically, but he takes care of himself. He works hard to stay fit; eat right, and he's very, very active. I see him out running out all the time. I know he works out in the gym, and he does a very, very good job of taking good care of himself.

He is 60 years old now. If he'd have followed the path of his dad, he would've died 28 years ago. Yeah, it can make a difference. The lifestyle definitely makes a difference, but I encourage people no matter what it looks like, you can still make a difference.

Dave: I love that. You use the word "hope" and I love that, that's what we're trying to give right here-

Dr. Phil: Yeah.

Dave: And Sue, there's hope. Everyone who's listening who says, "Yeah, I never thought about this before. I want to start, but I don't know where to begin." There is hope. She says, "I'm not the healthiest person."

Dr. Phil: Yeah.

Dave: I want to go back to something ... I interrupted you, but you started saying that you ask your clients the first place they need to begin is diet.

Dr. Phil: Yeah.

Priority #1: Eliminate White Foods

Dave: What would it take who someone self-identified, "I'm not the healthiest person," self-identified, "I have these genetic predispositions to have health problems." Where do they begin when they start looking at their diet?

Dr. Phil: What I think people looking at their diet is first to eliminate what I call the foods that are making them sick, or the foods that are helping them put on additional weight, or not being to lose the weight they're trying to lose.

I tell people to cut out the white foods out of your diet. Pretty much cut out the refined sugar, the processed sugar; cut out dairy, processed dairy. Also flour, anything made with processed flour, and also I'll add in white potatoes in there sometimes, too, if the person has a really major weight problem.

All those starchy type foods, white rice and white potatoes, those kind of things that can turn to sugar real easily. That's where I start, eliminating those things that need to and have to be eliminated if they want better weight control; if that's the problem that they're dealing with. It makes a tremendous difference.

Dave: I was just going to ask you, actually. Would you say that that alone for someone who is looking at weight, that alone would make a difference? No exercise, no other changes, just eliminate those white foods?

Dr. Phil: Oh yeah, absolutely. I've seen it happen. A lot of people struggle with exercise, and struggle with adding that to their daily routine. You know, that's the second thing that I talk to people about. We cover the diet, and then I say, "Well, you need to be physically active too; you've got to do more exercise."

A lot of people say, "Oh, I just can't do it. It's too hard. I've tried it before and I hurt myself." Those kind of things, but I wrote a book this year called "How To Live Until You Die: The Seven Keys to Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole."

I talk about exercise; I have a whole chapter on exercise in the book. I have chapters on nutrition and a lot of other things as well, but on the exercise part of it, I talk about in there how simple it is to really start something; that a lot people think it's too hard and they can't do it, or they've tried before and it didn't work.

What I tell people is to find something you enjoy doing, some type of physical activity that you enjoy doing, and do it consistently. If it's nothing but getting out and walking everyday, having a leisurely walk; walking everyday can do wonders for your health.

So, start somewhere. Start simple, start slow, but it's not hard. The key with exercise is being consistent, and having that simple plan or simple thing that you like to do, and just be consistent at it, and it will make a difference.

Most people think it's hard to start exercising until they find a way to bring fun into it

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Dave: Again, I totally agree. The problem is, you use the words ... you know, you talked about starting slow and being consistent. The problem is that those generally don't give instantaneous results. In fact, I know they don't give instantaneous results.

For anyone who's listening, I completely agree: start slow, do something that you enjoy, make it consistent, and be prepared to wait, and those results will come, but it's not going to be in a day, it's not going to be in a week, it probably won't be in a couple weeks, but a couple months from now, you'll be able to look back and say, "Wow, this is making a difference."

Dr. Phil: Oh yeah. Yeah, absolutely, absolutely.

Now What Can I Eat?

Dave: I wanted to ask you a followup question before we talk any more about exercise, though. You talked about removing white foods in your diet. I know that's really helpful, but for some people who maybe have many of those white foods currently in their diet, maybe Sue does, what are some replacements? Because we want to give someone ... okay, we're taking all this out. Well, what are we supposed to eat?

Dr. Phil: Yeah, yeah. Well, I'll tell you about ... The number one white food that everybody needs to eliminate from their diet for multiple reasons is that processed sugar, that refined sugar I'm talking about. My favorite replacement is a natural sweetener called stevia.

Stevia is an extract from the Stevia leaf, a plant called the Stevia plant. It comes from the leaf, and it is a no calorie sweetener. Stevia is 200-400 times sweeter than sugar, and is something that I absolutely recommend all the time as a natural sweetener as an alternative to the sugar.

Another thing with the white flour, because white flour basically turns to sugar in our bodies, and I recommend as an alternative there, whole grain. If you can get natural whole grain unprocessed, whole grains, whole wheat; if you've got to have some kind of bread, one of the ... and also sprouted grains. My favorite bread to eat, if I eat bread and when I do occasionally, I use a bread called Ezekiel bread.

Dave: Oh, it's my favorite. Yeah, I love Ezekiel bread.

Dr. Phil: Yeah. Matter of fact, I had a slice this morning with coconut oil on it, and natural peanut butter. I love Ezekiel bread; if I'm going to eat bread, that's what I eat. It's a great alternative because it's made from sprouted grains, and it's a very dense bread; it's protein rich which value processed breads are not.

That's another great substitute there for somebody that absolutely has to have some kind of bread. I used to think that I could not eat a meal without bread. In my younger years, when my wife and I first got married, man. If we didn't have bread for a meal, I'd get mad, I'd get upset. I'd say, "Where's the bread? We've got to have some bread."

I would actually get up and leave, and go to the store and get bread if we didn't have any, before I'd eat my meal. That was crazy. But I know some people who are like that, they think that's just part of what you have to do. I learned that I don't have to have to it.

Dave: It's funny when you say that. I hear from people all the time when we talk about eliminating certain foods, and a lot of them are the ones that you mentioned. I'll get that feedback: "Well, I can't." Dairy's a huge one, "I can't eliminate dairy. I love my milk or my cereal," or whatever it is. "I can't eliminate bread."

I've said this before on the podcast, if you're willing to experiment and you start to feel the positive impact of eliminating some of those foods, I don't know anyone who would go back and say, "Okay. Well, I feel great now, but I'm going to go back to eating my bread or drinking my milk."

Dr. Phil: Absolutely. That's right, that's right. As far as the milk goes, my favorite substitute is almond milk or coconut milk. I like to use those. I get organic almond milk, and get organic coconut milk, and they're great substitutes for me, and I use them in my smoothies.

I don't eat cereal, I quit eating cereal years ago because it's another one of those things that contains the refined processed grains, and it's an extremely sugar elevating food; it causes extreme elevations in the sugar. Most cereals do, because they're actually sweeter than sugar, some of them are.

Dave: That's why they taste so delicious.

Dr. Phil: Yeah.

Artificial vs. Natural Sweeteners: Which Is the Healthy Choice?

Dave: I'm a reformed cereal junkie, I used to live on cereal and yeah, I completely agree with you. If you don't mind, I want to ask you a question about your stevia because there's research on both sides of using artificial sweeteners, and I know this is something I get asked a lot about, so the audience I'm sure will be interested in this.

I've read research that says using artificial no-calorie sweetener still perpetuates those sweet cravings, and in terms of weight loss, doesn't actually help people lose weight over the long term.

Dr. Phil: Sure.

Dave: Then there are also studies that will like you said, you know, propose it as a healthy alternative. What would you say?

Dr. Phil: Well, I've done a lot of study and a lot of research on artificial sweeteners. A health symposium several years ago, there was a doctor there that taught about these artificial sweeteners and the harm they cause, and the dangers of them, particularly aspartame.

Yeah, and I've read the research too that shows that especially with aspartame, they do cause carbohydrate cravings, that's what happens because basically you're tricking the brain. It think that it's getting something sweet but it's not, and hours later or whatever, a person it starts craving those carbs. That's one of the studies that I read, that it causes those carbohydrate cravings.

Of course when that happens, you're craving various carbs, and you start eating all these carbs, you're going to have a problem maintaining weight, or controlling weight. I agree with that 100%.

Dave: So then, would that be the same then for stevia? Because you mention aspartame is guilty of that; what about stevia?

Dr. Phil: No, stevia doesn't have that effect on the brain and the nervous system that aspartame does. Stevia is a natural food product, a plant-based product. The aspartame is a chemical.

Dave: There's going to be a lot of happy listeners to hear that, because I know a lot of people do want that sweet hit in their foods, but they'll want to turn to sugar, or some of these other chemicals.

Dr. Phil: Yeah. There are other natural food sweeteners that I like and I recommend and use as well, and one of those is raw honey, natural honey. Of course it's not a no-calorie sweetener, and with diabetics, they have to be careful with it, but if you're not diabetic? Yeah, that's no problem. And raw honey, natural unprocessed honey is a great alternative sweetener as well.

Dr. Phil's Recommended Health Supplements

Dave: I know this isn't directly in Sue's question, but just because your expertise is from pharmacy and natural health supplements, is there something that you would recommend for everyone sort of to take on a regular basis, just for overall optimal health? Maybe it's for weight management, like are there ... yeah, are there [avenues 00:28:30] that you recommend more often than others?

Dr. Phil: Yeah, yeah, there are. I have probably three primary supplements that I recommend on a regular basis, because most people don't get the nutrients they need to be getting in their diets on a regular basis, because we're eating on the run all the time. You know, we're burning up a lot of nutrients with stress in our lives, and you know, the unhealthy eating habits.

Even people who eat healthy most of the time like I do, sometimes the foods that I'm eating, even though they're so-called healthy foods, they may not be nutrient dense or nutrient rich like they should be, especially if they come off a big farming operation where they were picked too early, and that kind of stuff.

But it's a multi-vitamin. I recommend a good food source multi-vitamin. Not a synthetic chemical multi-vitamin like most of them are on the market, but one that's primarily made from food.

There's a big difference in multi-vitamins. A lot of people may not be aware of that; I could talk all day about this, but I encourage people to check out what you're taking.

If you're taking a multi-vitamin, try to get one that's food source. You may pay a little bit more money for it, but it's well worth it, because you're going to actually get some nutrients from it.

Dave: I totally agree, and if I can just say to the listeners, I'll put in the show notes in this episode a link to a previous podcast I did with Dr. Paul Zickler from Yes Wellness, and he would echo that exact same statement, and actually gives some recommendations of different brands of multi-vitamins that are that food source multi-vitamins.

I'll be honest with you, they do cost a little bit more, but as he would say, and as I'm sure you would say as well, Dr. Phil, eating some of those cheapo vitamins off the store shelf, maybe they don't do any good at all.

Dr. Phil: That's right. They actually can do harm, because most of them are chemicals, artificial colors, dyes, preservatives, that actually can be harmful for the body. I tell people, "Don't waste your time or your money on them."

Another recommendation I have is probiotics. You know, because of multiple reasons; the fast foods people that eat, the prescription medications that some people take, can be destroying the good bacteria in our bodies.

Stress is a destroyer of the good bugs, the good bacteria in our bodies as well, and the probiotic supplements help replace those, and keep those good bacteria stores built up in our body, especially in the intestinal system where they're needed most. It's very essential that people consider taking a probiotic if they're not eating probiotics on a regular basis.

There are a lot of good fermented foods out there that contain these probiotics, or some of these probiotics, but yeah, that's something that I highly recommend that people consider as well that may be very helpful and beneficial. Sometimes, a probiotic supplement can change that person's life when it comes to digestive issues.

Make Your Body Work Takeaway

Dave: I know. Speaking from my own experience, my family, we have issues with all kinds of digestive problems and my sister, just like you said, her life was changed when she found the right probiotic for her. It just completely revolutionized how she processed her meals, so again, I agree.

Dr. Phil, just for the sake of time here, I feel like we could probably talk about a lot more issues that relate back to Sue's question, but I do want to give her what I call a Make Your Body Work take-away, and that's just a place to start.

You know, we talked about removing certain foods, we talked about adding foods, we talked about exercise, we talked about supplements, we talked about a lot of different things, but when she says like, "I don't know where to begin," what would you say would be the most impactful first step that she can start with today?

Dr. Phil: Well, Sue mentioned that she's not the healthiest person, and I have people sit across from me all the time that I would describe the same way: they're not the healthiest person. One of the first questions that I ask people when I'm interviewing them, consulting with them, is: "How much water do you drink?"

The number one answer that I get from them is: "Probably not enough." I would be willing to bet that would be the same answer that Sue would give me, is probably not enough. I would tell Sue to begin with hydrating your body properly, because it is extremely important that our bodies stay properly hydrated.

We're made of water primarily, 60-70% of our bodies consist of water, and we have to stay properly hydrated. I tell people quite often that the number one medication for controlling cholesterol is water. A lot of people have cholesterol issues because they're partially dehydrated. They need water.

Every Friday, I do a Facebook live broadcast that I call Feeling Good Fridays, and I close the broadcast out with, "You may not be drinking enough water, but you need to be, so stay hydrated, my friends." I'm telling you, Sue, stay hydrated. Keep your body well hydrated. You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water per day.

Connect With Dr. Phil

Dave: Again, we agree with each other, completely agree. In one of my weight loss programs, one of the requirements is to hit certain water targets just like you spoke about, and I will sometimes get pushback from ladies in these groups.

They'll just kind of roll their eyes at me and say, "I'm already doing the exercises." Meaning like, "Give me a break with the water." I'm going to send them all this podcast and say, "Dr. Phil, he said, listen to him."

Dr. Phil, if people wanted to connect with you or learn more about you, where is the best place that they could do that?

Dr. Phil: My website is the best place: carsonnatural.com. You can find out everything that I do there, and I've got all my things that I do every week as far as a blog, the podcast, the Feeling Good Friday broadcast, all those things can be found there on my website, carsonnatural.com.

Also Dave, I would love to make available something to your listeners. I've got a free assessment that I'd love to give them. It's a stress assessment, we talked about stress a little bit today, and something that affected my life tremendously over the years, but I have a free stress assessment, and what I call the "Seven Keys to Stress Relief" guide that they can get absolutely free if they go to carsonnatural.com/makeyourbodywork.

Dave: Oh, perfect.

Dr. Phil: I'll have it available there for them.

Dave: For the listeners again, I'm going to put a bunch of links, so I'll have a link to Dr. Phil's website, to the free giveaway; also to his Feeling Good podcast, his book, "How To Live Until You Die," and some of the other topics that we talked about. So if you go to makeyourbodywork.com/92, I'll have links for all of that there, and you can find out about everything Dr. Phil provides.

Dr. Phil, just thanks again for being with us today, your wealth of information, and I really appreciate what you shared.

Dr. Phil: Oh, thank you Dave. It's been an honor to be with you on your show today, and hopefully something I said will bless your listeners today.

Dave: Thanks again, Dr. Phil, for joining us on the show today, and just sharing a wealth of information, as well as your own history, your own stories about how you got to the place that you are at now. I really appreciate all the experience and all the advice that you provided for us today.

And thank you to everyone who tuned in. Thanks for listening, thanks for joining me each week, I really appreciate it. And most of all, I appreciate hearing from you; hearing your questions, hearing your comments, hearing about your life change.

Nothing excites me as much as getting an email that says, "I listened to this episode in your podcast, I took this action, and here's the positive change that I've had as a result." If you've had any positive transformations like that, let me know. If you have any questions for another show, let me know. You can reach me any time at [email protected]; like I said, I just love hearing from you.

Now next week, I'll be back with another great episode, and I'm excited, hopefully, to see you here again. Have a great week, and I'll see you here again next week.

Thanks for joining me today!