Dietary Fats: The Shift in Expert Recommendations

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Written by Russ Barton, MS, CNS, CISSN, Senior Nutrition Scientist at USANA

Sponsored by USANA Health Sciences

Science has come a long way since the simplistic admonition in the 1980s for Americans to eat less fat.

It has taken nearly 30 years to officially reverse some recommendations about cholesterol and fat intake, even with relatively strong evidence that the recommendations were not based on current scientific evidence. Also, contrary to our thought process in the 1980s, it isn’t as simple as “saturated fats are bad” and “unsaturated fats are good.”

It was that exact overly simplistic thinking that resulted in the near extinction of tropical oils from the food supply and the explosion of hydrogenated vegetable oils (think trans-fat). The truth of the matter is that not all polyunsaturated fats are healthy, nor are all saturated fats unhealthy. Read more  »

4 Steps to Practice Safe Sun

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The summer is in full swing, and now is the time to take advantage of the nice weather by getting outside. And you should — it’s good for you! Studies show people are more active and less prone to depression in the summer months. But it’s important to keep in mind a few helpful tips to get the most out of your summer fun, without compromising your skin health. Scientific studies show definitively that ultraviolet rays (UVL) from the sun can cause skin cancer and accelerate the skin aging. However, there are many steps that can be taken to have fun in the sun while protecting your skin at the same time. From a dermatologist’s perspective, here are a few important guidelines to help you and your family stay safe in the sun throughout the summer (and beyond). Read more  »

An Easy Trick to Move More This Summer

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Summer can be an extremely exciting time for all of us, school is out and it’s finally time for family vacations and weekend getaways. We can’t wait to explore new horizons and enjoy ourselves. But what happens to our workout routine when we take a break from it all? Because let’s face it, exercise usually gets left behind. What if there was a way to sneak in your workout no matter where you go without paying gym fees or lug any equipment with you in your suitcase? There is! Let me introduce you to the Summer Elevator Busters Challenge! Read more  »

Picky About Protein?

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Written by Toni McKinnon

Sponsored by USANA Health Sciences

We’ve become very picky eaters when it comes to the sources of the foods we eat, and the food industry has taken notice. Take protein, for example. We want to know where it comes from, and precisely what’s in it. Luckily for us, there are now a wide variety of pure protein sources available to meet the demands of even the most finicky protein consumers.

Whey protein can now be sourced from cattle that have not been treated with synthetic hormones (no added rbST or rBGH) and processed using low-temperature pasteurization to minimize denaturing of the protein. High-quality soy protein can be sourced from plants that are not genetically engineered. There are even unique protein blends that can provide complete protein (a protein is considered complete when it contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids that humans cannot produce on their own). One such unique blend utilizes both pea and potato protein. Both are exceptional sources of amino acids and when combined, provide an excellent pure protein source. Read more  »

How to Check Out Online Pharmacies Before You Buy From Them

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Elisabeth is a 13-time Emmy-winner, a critically acclaimed personal finance author and a 20-year consumer advocate for programs such as Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show. Connect with her on Twitter @ElisabethLeamy and on her website, Leamy.com.

When The Dr. Oz Show asked me to investigate how Americans could get their prescription medications — including increasingly pricy generics — for less, I suggested an experiment where we shopped around at all sorts of different pharmacies and priced common medications to see the differences in price.

The results were jaw dropping. A 30-day supply of one common medication ranged in price from $10.50 to $150! A month’s supply of another went all the way from $14 to $434! Read more  »

Stay Safe When You Eat Gas Station Convenience Store Foods

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Elisabeth is a 13-time Emmy-winner, a critically acclaimed personal finance author, and a 20-year consumer advocate for programs such as Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz ShowConnect with her via Twitter @ElisabethLeamy and on her website, Leamy.com.

Gas stations now make more money off of food than they do from gas, in terms of profit margins. In fact, many should really be called “food stations,” as they spend more time and money preparing fuel for humans than for vehicles. No longer do they just stock candy bars and chips. Many gas stations make made-to-order sandwiches or feature hot bars loaded with wings, nuggets, and more. So if they’re going to act like restaurants, we should hold them to restaurant standards. Read more  »

Red Steps Challenge: A Campaign to Prevent Heart Failure

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC, FAHA, MACP, FHFSA. Dr. Yancy is a past president of the American Heart Association, and is a professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

With the fantastic help of Queen Latifah, the American Heart Association’s Rise Above Heart Failure “Red Steps Challenge” was launched on The Dr. Oz Show and ushered into our homes by a crimson sea of socks. What gives?

This campaign is all about heart failure. Heart failure is a condition where the heart is no longer working properly. Think of it as an engine that once had 250 horsepower but now has only 50 horsepower to move the same size car. That’s heart failure.

Watch: Queen Latifah Talks About Heart Failure

It affects six million Americans and will strike one in five over the age of 40. Yes, that could include you and the people you know and love. If diagnosed late or left untreated, the consequences are not good. And once diagnosed, complacency can also lead to poor outcomes. The symptoms of constant fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling, palpitations, and episodes of blackouts are not fun. But the big news is that all of us can rise above heart failure.

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3 Ways to Design a Happy and Healthy Life

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Think design when you think about your own happiness and health. Take steps every day to design your healthy life. A happy and healthy life is about living blissfully, with passion and purpose, and it’s about designing your life, a life you love.

The great news is that you don’t need a complete overhaul — trust me, you don’t. Just like a fresh can of paint can easily make over a room, you can easily make over your life with simple tweaks. Take simple and tiny actions every day to design a life that brings you joy. Tiny actions can have a big impact on your health and well-being.

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Happy Nurses Week 2016!

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This week, as we celebrate Nurses Week 2016 around the world, it’s a good time to reflect on the vital, yet often hidden, role that nurses play in our world. Most people are familiar with the work nurses do in hospitals and medical offices but may not know about the many other ways and places that nurses are contributing to the health and well-being of the planet.

Watch: Dr. Oz’s Nurses Reveal What It’s Like to Work With Him

Here are some examples of the major contributions that nurses make.  Read more  »

Balancing Your Skin From the Inside and Out

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This post was written by Maggie Pierce, a Licensed Aesthetician, and is sponsored by USANA Health Sciences.

As the temperatures begin to warm up outside, it’s easy to throw on your favorite sundress or shorts and head outdoors to soak in the sun. But before you do, remember to take care of your skin from the inside and the outside, to support it in maintaining that healthy summer glow! Read more  »