• May 2012

Consider Dr. Oz's 8 Tips to a Happier, Healthier Life

The Inkandescent team was inspired to read Dr. Mehmet Oz’s “24 Hours To a Longer Life,” in the January 2012 issue of AARP magazine.

So we asked for permission to reprint his tips on how to stay healthy by making these tiny changes to your lifestyle throughout the day. You may be doing many of them already!

Here’s what Dr. Oz recommends:

At 6 a.m. — Do Yoga. Reduce Stress. Oz says: “By the time you are 50, your heart has beaten 2 billion times. Yoga can repair some of the damage by helping lower your heart rate. It also relaxes your blood vessels and reduces stress, which is especially important as you begin the day.”

At 7 a.m. — Eat Breakfast (eggs and oatmeal). Look Younger. Oz explains: “Oatmeal’s low glycemic index raises your blood sugar levels more slowly, and the protein in eggs boosts your metabolism—a perfect combination that might ward off wrinkles and keep your weight in check.”

At 10:00 a.m. — Snack on Berries. Help Stave Off Cancer. Here’s why: “When a cancer cell starts to grow, even before it’s detectable by your doctor, it must build a ramp so it can hijack nutrients from the blood supply. Berries may prevent that ramp from forming. They contain antioxidants, which reduce inflammation and stress and may help guard against certain cancers.”

At Noon — Take a Walk. Build Muscle. Oz notes: “We all lose muscle mass as we age, which leaves us weak and our bones vulnerable. Vigorous exercise can prevent frailty. And, 15 minutes in the sun is typically all you need to make your own Vitamin D.”

At 3:30 p.m. — Take a Break. Supercharge Your Cells. Oz tells us: “By middle-age, you’re not only feeling exhausted, your cells are starting to wear out. My secret cell-supercharger is astragalus, an herb that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Try taking 1,200 milligrams with a glass of iced coffee or green tea. Caffeine in these drinks naturally boosts metabolism, helping you burn calories.”

At 6 p.m. — East Fish for Dinner. Boost Your Brain Health. Oz advises: “Twice a week, try serving oily fish such as salmon, tuna, or sardines for dinner. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, tuna, or sardines help boost your memory.”

At 8 p.m. — Have Sex. Live Longer. Oz shares: “Preliminary studies suggests that frequent sex might add years to your life. Set the mood with a glass of red wine, which contains the natural phenol resveratrol, and might fight off heart disease.”

10 p.m. — Hit the Sack Early. Reset Your Internal Clock. Oz insists: “Getting enough sleep may be the single most important thing that you can do to extend your life. We know that the best sleep comes between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m, which is when the highest levels of melatonin are circulating in your brain. So don’t fight your body’s natural cycle. Get to bed!”

To read the entire article, visit www.aarp.org.

To watch Dr. Oz’s seven-minute yoga workout, visit www.doctoroz.com/videos.

Reprinted with permission from AARP.

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