Stay Cool This Summer Without an AC

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With temperatures reaching into the high 90s and triple digits across the country this week, I want to discuss how you can cool down safely in a heat wave without an air conditioner. Although cooling centers and air conditioners are great options for everyone, sometimes things might not work out as planned and your AC might break down, the store or cooling center might be closed, or there’s a regional blackout. When this kind of situation arises, remember to stay hydrated and give these cooling tips a try.

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The Scoop on Finding Healthy Ice Cream

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Ah, ice cream — it’s the creamy and satisfying frozen treat that’s always a crowd favorite. But pint-by-pint, it’s easy to go overboard, especially in July, which happens to be National Ice Cream Month. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) points to ice cream as a major source of added sugars, which account for an extra 13 percent of calories on average per day in the standard American diet. Here’s how to indulge in the classic summer dessert without bingeing on excess calories, sugars, or saturated fats.

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Introducing the Brand New Dr. Oz App!

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My team and I have been hard at work on something I’m thrilled to share with you today — the Dr. Oz App, which was built to make losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle easier than ever. It’s no secret that trying to lose weight and staying healthy can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to the prepping and planning stage. With the new Dr. Oz app, we’ve gone ahead and done the work for you — sending tips, recipes, and your daily to-dos straight to your fingertips through your phone every day.

Here’s how it works: Download the app in the Apple Store and you’ll be able to immediately start the  28-Day Shrink Your Stomach Challenge. Every day, you’ll get exclusive meal tips, recipes, exercises, diet advice, motivational messages, and more to keep you on track and help you tackle the plan along the way. With daily notifications to help keep you accountable and eliminate the guesswork, we’ve broken down the plan into bite-size, manageable pieces that will make sticking to it and achieving your goal simple. Once you’ve completed the plan, you can browse through tons of other healthy-living challenges to keep yourself from yo-yoing with your weight, diet, and lifestyle. Consider this app the one tool you need to become your best self.

I can’t wait for you to try the 28-Day Shrink Your Stomach Challenge as well as the rest of the features on the app. Good luck, and remember – you can do this!

5 Low-Impact Outdoor Exercises

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Great Outdoors Month is coming to an end, but the long summer days ahead are beckoning. Try one of these popular workouts al fresco and get your blood pumping without overstressing your body. Aside from better circulation, you’ll improve your flexibility, strengthen your muscles, lungs and heart, all while boosting your mood! Head outside in the early morning or late afternoon hours to avoid peak heat times. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, bring your sunglasses and most importantly, a water bottle for your workout.

Watch: The No Excuse Workout

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5 Non-Medicinal Ways to Relieve a Headache or Migraine

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This week, I want to talk about a health problem that’s nearly as prevalent as the common cold – headaches. The World Health Organization estimates that over half of all adults suffer from current headache disorder (meaning, they’ve had at least one headache in the past year). Neurologists classify headaches into two categories – primary and secondary. Primary headaches are the most widespread and include tension headaches (the most common), migraines (which affect more women than men), and cluster headaches (which affect more men than women). Since June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, here are five natural and alternative ways to relieve the symptoms of this recurring pain.

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5 Health Symptoms Men Should Watch Out For

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When was the last time you went in for your annual checkup? In honor of Men’s Health Month, I want to discuss the importance of paying attention to your body and visiting your primary care physician on a regular basis. If you’re healthy, a yearly visit might be sufficient but if you have a family history of any disease, have a pre-existing condition, or have suffered an injury, you may have to follow up with a doctor or specialist more often. A doctor’s visit is as much a part of a healthy lifestyle as clean eating and consistent exercise. If you have any issues or symptoms, especially any of the below, don’t be afraid to speak up and let your doctor know.

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Your One-Stop Summer Resource Guide

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With the first day of summer less than two weeks away, it’s the perfect time to talk about enjoying the sun safely, cooling down with healthy sips, and exercising in the great outdoors. It’s one of my favorite times of the year because we have more time to relax and if we’re lucky enough, take a well-deserved vacation. Before you kick back at the beach, pool, or simply on your back porch, remember to keep these summer safety tips in mind. Read more  »

Why Reading Is the Foundation of Good Health

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Reading is a skill most of us take for granted. When you see the front page of a newspaper or pull up your favorite health site, you probably don’t even think about the fact that you’re reading the words on the page. You just do it. But that ability doesn’t come naturally. Reading is a skill built during childhood that allows us to communicate and learn about the world around us. The troubles that come from illiteracy extend far beyond not being able to read the latest bestsellers. Today, we’re kicking off our Books Across America book drive, so it seems appropriate to discuss how difficult reading can impact your happiness, health, and well-being.

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6 Favorite Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

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It’s truly amazing the variety of fruits and vegetables that are available in the grocery store all year round. From citrus fruits to tomatoes to squash to bell peppers, what the weather’s like outside has ceased to matter when it comes to what you can get at the store. While it’s great to have such variety all year, I notice a definite difference in the produce section when the weather starts to warm up. More variety is available and the fruits and vegetables often taste better than they did when I was buying them out of season.

Watch: The Best Fruits to Eat for Weight Loss

The warmer weather also means the opening of farmers markets, which offer fresh, flavorful and nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. What should you be looking out for this summer? Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve been waiting for all winter.

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Taking Advantage of the Sunshine

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The weather has finally started to heat up and I’ve really enjoyed being able to get outside and enjoy walks with Lisa and occasional games with my kids and grandkids. All that time outside has reminded me of the major benefits of time in the sun, but it’s also given me pause to think about some of the harms that can come with it. I want to help you get the most out of the sunshine this spring and summer, but also sound some cautionary sun safety reminders so you don’t damage your health in the long run.

Watch: 3 Simple Summer Safety Tips

The Benefits of Time in the Sun
Our ancestors spent most of their time outside so it should come as no surprise that our health and mood are often closely tied to how much time we get outdoors. You’ve probably experienced the major boost in how you feel when you get away from the computer screen to spend some time in the outdoors. While some of that effect probably has to do with the peace of natural settings and the ability to get away from stressful modern distractions, a lot of it also has to do with the sun. That’s because sunlight governs a variety of processes in our body that play a direct role in our health. Here are a few examples.

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