Should You Eat a Low-Sodium Diet?

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As a cardiothoracic surgeon, I know how heart disease can affect an individual and his or her loved ones. That’s why I’m a strong advocate when it comes to preventing disease in the first place. Prevention can be as simple as adopting healthier eating habits, illustrating how proper nutrition can make all the difference when it comes to your wellbeing.


3 Nutrients You Might Need More Of


One of the ongoing responsibilities of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to keep track of and monitor Americans’ nutritional intake. Periodically, the CDC will release new research that indicate which vitamins and minerals we may need more of. The most recent findings are from their Second Nutrition Report based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1999-2006. The good news is that most Americans are consuming a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals from a variety of food sources but there are some groups of people that may need to be more aware of certain nutrients.

In this week’s blog, I’m highlighting three of these essential nutrients and who might need to increase their intake of these nutrients. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies arise from multiple causes and are influenced by factors such as age, gender, and race or ethnicity. Before overhauling your diet or reaching for supplements, discuss your personal diet and lifestyle habits, along with any symptoms you may have with a physician to avoid any excess nutrient consumption, which can be just as harmful as a nutrient deficiency.


5 Ways to Fight Fatigue

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Whether you’re running endless errands or sidelined by illness, fatigue strikes all of us at one point or another. Oftentimes, an unhealthy lifestyle is to blame for this common health complaint but you can break out of this cycle of lethargy and weariness by making changes to your daily routine, diet, or sleep schedule.

If you’re experiencing sudden, unexplained fatigue, talk to your doctor about your symptoms since fatigue can also be triggered by medication or indicate a more serious issue, especially if it’s ongoing or long lasting.


6 Foods You Don’t Have to Refrigerate


Many fruits and vegetables are perishable and require refrigeration to guard against bacterial and foodborne illnesses such as E. coli or listeria, but not all produce needs to be chilled before you cook or eat them. In fact, some foods can deteriorate if kept in cold conditions or are fresher or taste better at room temperature. Here are six foods that are best stored on your countertop or in your cool, dark pantry instead.


Staying Hydrated With Fruits and Vegetables


Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated every day. About 20 percent of your daily water intake comes from fruits and vegetables. Eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content can help you reach your hydration goals and meet your recommended nutrient intake simultaneously – an easy, win-win situation! The amount of water you should drink every day is influenced by various factors including the environment, how much physical activity you perform, and how much food you eat. If you’re a generally healthy person, drinking too much water isn’t much of a concern. The important point to remember is to drink enough water throughout the day to keep your body functioning optimally. To help you along the way, add these nutritious fruits and vegetables to your diet on a regular basis.


4 Ways to Have a Healthy Morning

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Every morning, before I head into my office, check in at the hospital, or arrive at the studio to tape The Dr. Oz Show, there are a few habits and rituals I try to follow that help me kick off my days with my best foot forward. Even if I can’t get to them all I find that incorporating at least one or two of these can set the day forward in a healthy, positive motion. Here’s what keeps me going past that mid-morning slump and how you can adapt these easy strategies for yourself.


Stay Cool This Summer Without an AC


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.


The Scoop on Finding Healthy Ice Cream


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.


Introducing the Brand New Dr. Oz App!


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!