Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Your Home

In this segment, Dr. Oz meets with his friend Nate Berkus, who shares his favorite tips to reduce stress and anxiety in your home.

Put Your Feet Up To End Anxiety

Buy an ottoman and put it near your favorite chair in your home. Nate says you should allow yourself a few minutes to sit back and relax with your feet up, to appreciate everything you have in your life. This will help reduce anxiety. If possible, make these few minutes with your feet up in the middle of your day.

Most Emotional Piece of Art

Nate says it is very important to have pieces of art throughout your home that you enjoy bring you positive emotions when you look at them.

Home Design Health Impact

Nate says the cleanliness of your home directly impacts your health. He says it doesn’t matter how much money you have, or what the color of the walls is. If your home is a mess, you’ll feel stressed, and stress isn’t good for your health.

Declutter and Regain Control

Declutter your home and regain control. No one can be calm and relaxed in a messy environment. If you’re having trouble decluttering, Nate says you should use pretty boxes to help organize toys, books, and other items in your home. Doing this will make you feel much happier in your space.

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Biggest Anti Aging Mistakes

In this segment, Dr. Oz shares his biggest anti-aging and food mistakes. Many of these things are seemingly innocent, but can wreck havoc on you.

Anti-Aging Mistake 1: Washing Your Face in the Morning

Many of us do it. In fact, 90% of the audience does it. Dr. Oz says washing your face in the morning can strip it of important oils your skin needs throughout the day. This can leave it dull and dry. He recommends washing your face at night to keep your skin healthy.

Anti-Aging Mistake 2: Neglecting Your Neck

When we apply moisturizers and other creams to the face, we often forget the neck, which is just as important. Dr. Oz says you don’t need to purchase separate products for the face and neck. All you need to do is apply the same product all the way down your neck, too.

Anti-Aging Mistake 3: Brushing Your Hair While it’s Wet

Brushing your hair while it’s wet is more likely to cause damage because the strands are more fragile. To keep your mane looking healthy and strong, wait until your hair is dry before you brush it.

Food Mistake 1: Licking the Peanut Butter Off the Knife

After you finish making the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it’s tempting to lick the peanut butter off the knife. The problem with this is, there’s an average of about 80 calories on that knife! Don’t think it adds up? If you did that every day for a year, you’d end up eight pounds heavier!

Food Mistake 2: Eating the Crumbs at the Bottom of the Bag

If you get to the crumbs at the bottom of a bag, that’s an additional 70 calories! Do this twice a week every week for a year, and you’ll end up two pounds heavier.

Food Mistake 3: Eating the Last Bit of Mac and Cheese

If you eat the last bit of mac and cheese that’s stuck to the pan, that’s an extra 50 calories. If you do this every time you make the dish for your family, let’s say twice a week, then that’s an extra 1.5 pounds in a year.

Combine all of these food mistakes, and you’ll end up 12 pounds heavier in a year!

If you commit any of these food mistakes, you should cut calories back elsewhere in your diet to compensate.

Aneurysms

Dr. Oz just finished talking about what to do for people who have just fainted, or someone who just had a seizure. Now he wants to talk about aneurysms, because they are potentially deadly, and more people are at risk than they realize. He says by knowing the signs and symptoms, and the difference between an aneurysm and a stroke, you may be able to save a life.

What is an Aneurysm?

Aneurysms are dilated blood vessels in the brain. They are hard to detect because they are under the surface of the brain. They are so common that one in five people have one that could burst at any given moment. Women are more at risk, and risk increases with age, beginning as early as your 30s and 40s. The blood vessel can start dilating at a young age and increase in size with age, without showing symptoms until right as it’s about to burst. When it bursts, it releases toxins into the brain, destroying blood flow and brain function. Acting quickly can repair the issue and save a life.

Aneurysm Symptoms

 The worst headache of your life could be an indication of aneurysm, but there are others to look for.
If you can pinpoint the source of your pain around your eyes, in addition to the headache, this could mean it’s an aneurysm.
If you have the sudden onset of a droopy eyelid or a dilated pupil, this could be an indication of aneurysm and it’s time to worry.

Aneurysms vs. Strokes

An aneurysm is a type of stroke. As such, you may also experience droopiness, numbness, or weakness in one side of your body. The side of your body affected represents the opposite side of the brain being damaged. If you suspect you’re having an aneurysm, do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital. Call 911 right away and seek immediate medical attention.
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How to Save a Life

On this segment of Dr. Oz, we learn things you can do to help save a life in certain situations. Dr. Oz covers what to do when someone faints, how to slow/stop bleeding, and what to do for a seizure victim.

Fainting: What to Do

If someone around you faints, you should lift their feet above their head. When you faint, the blood in your body is likely at the legs and feet from walking around. Lifting the legs above the head helps to restore as much blood flow as possible to the brain to help someone regain consciousness. After a few minutes, check to see if the person is awake. Check for a pulse and breathing. Call 911, because Dr. Oz says there is never a case when someone passes out that you should not alert medical professionals.

Bleeding: What to Do

When you cut yourself, you should apply pressure to the wound to slow and eventually stop the bleeding and bandage it accordingly. You should also elevate the wound above the heart. If you notice the blood is spurting right out, rather than dripping, then you likely hit an artery.  If that’s the case, you’ll need to call 911. If the bleeding doesn’t stop within five to 10 minutes, either go to the emergency room or call 911 for help.

Seizures: What to Do

If you see someone having a seizure–shaking (possibly violently) with their eyes rolling back in their head–then the best thing you can do is get the person low to the ground and turn them on their side. This reduces the chance that they will hurt themselves over the course of the seizure. Any time someone has a seizure, you should call 911 because this is not a normal condition and needs medical attention as soon as possible.

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Pancreatic Cancer Risk

On today’s Dr. Oz Show, we learn about the biggest cancer risks and what you can do about them. In this segment, Dr. Oz talks about pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer & Vitamin K

Pancreatic cancer is deadly because it incredibly difficult to find, and nearly impossible to treat.

Warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

The warning signs of pancreatic cancer include:

  • Abdominal and Back Pain
  • Jaundice
  • Pale Colored Stool
  • Weight Loss
  • Nausea

Pancreatic Cancer Kills 37,000 Americans Every Year

Pancreatic cancer is hard to find because the pancreas is hidden by other organs. Of the 44,000 diagnosed this year, 37,000 of them will die. Both Steve Jobs and Patrick Swayze died because of this type of cancer. THe reason is because it is often not found until very late in the game, making treatment difficult. However, recent research indicates this type of cancer is slow to grow and develop, meaning early detection can save lives.

Drinking Soda Increases Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Dr. Sarah Thayer, Director of Pancreatic Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital comes to the show to talk about the things that increase your risk for developing pancreatic cancer. She says drinking just two sodas a week can increase your chances of developing pancreatic cancer by 87%. If you drink soda more frequently than that, the risk goes up even more.

Sugar Content in Two Cans of Soda

Dr. Oz shows how the pancreas works to release insulin into the body, and then adds 78 grams of sugar (the amount found in two cans) to the mix. The pancreas cannot handle this influx, and goes into overdrive. He recommends cutting your soda intake to one per week, and to save it for special occasions. He cautions against drinking more than one alcoholic beverage per day, because increased alcohol consumption can also increase your risk for developing pancreatic cancer.

Gum Disease & Pancreatic Cancer

Recent studies show the bacteria that cause gum disease can also increase your risk of pancreatic cancer. Look for signs of gum disease such as swollen or bleeding gums. Visit your dentist to address the issues and work to prevent it by brushing and flossing twice a day, with regular cleanings twice a year.

Pancreatic Cancer & Type 2 Diabetes

People who have Type 2 Diabetes are also at an increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer because of the relation of insulin. Dr. Thayer says increasing your vitamin K intake can help reduce your risk of diabetes by 50%, which also reduces your risk of developing the pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Family History

Family history is also a risk factor. If you have had two or more family members suffer from pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, or breast cancer, you are automatically at a higher risk.

Does Baby Aspirin PreventPancreatic Cancer?

Taking a 81mg dose of baby aspirin at least once a month has been shown as an effective way to combat against pancreatic cancer.

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How to Get Better Sleep

Today’s Dr. Oz episode is all about how to get better sleep. From keeping a dream journal to keeping a worry journal to ease your mind and make it possible to sleep better, Dr. Oz brings a few different guests on today’s show to help American get higher quality rest.

Keeping a Dream Journal

Dr. Oz brings Dream Analyst Lauri Loewenberg on stage to talk about her new book Dream on it: Unlock Your Dreams and Change Your Life. While with Dr. Oz, she explains the importance of keeping a dream journal so you can decipher what they mean, because your body is very closely connected to your mind. What you dream about may signal an issue with your body, such as ovulation or pregnancy. Sometimes, dreams can tell you when you’re about to get sick, or when anxiety is coming.

She says falling dreams are normal, and if you fall in the dream, it usually signifies that you are beating yourself up over something you feel bad about. They can also signify depression, so she says you should write down feelings you have, so that when you have a falling dream, you can look back and see if you can figure out what may be upsetting you.

She also says dreams of being chased are normal, and indicate that you’re trying to get away from something in your life. She says you should take a close look at your life to see what there could be that you’re wanting to get away from.

She recommends keeping a pen and paper by the bed so you can write down the parts of your dreams you remember when you wake up. If you have trouble remembering your dreams, she suggests turning down your alarm clock. When the volume is too loud, it can startle you awake, making it difficult for you to remember what you were dreaming about. This is another place where keeping a diary of your thoughts and feelings can help.

Falling Asleep in Front of the TV: Is it okay?

For the rest of the show, Dr. Oz brings on Dr. Michael Breus to discuss how to get a better sleep. They talk about using the TV to fall asleep. Many people do it, but it’s actually not good for your sleep because it can disrupt your sleep cycles. Falling asleep watching TV is not the problem. The problem comes when you leave it on because the sound and light can wake you and even cause you to sleep differently if it doesn’t wake you up. He recommends using the sleep timer for an automatic shut off so it doesn’t stay on all night.

Difficulty Sleeping: Magnolia Bark Sleep Aid

Dr. Breus says quality sleep is more important than quantity. If you’re not sleeping well, it doesn’t really matter how long you’re sleeping. He recommends using Magnolia bark to help you calm anxiety so you can get better sleep. This has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. You can take a 30 mg dose every night for up to six weeks to help you sleep better.

Keeping a Worry Journal

Just like Lauri stresses the importance of keeping a dream journal, Dr. Breus says you should keep a worry journal. Write down what you’re worrying about and what’s got you upset before you go to bed. This acts as a release, and helps to calm the mind of anxiety before you go to sleep at night.

Yoga in Bed

Dr. Breus also recommends doing yoga while you’re in bed. He demonstrates moves you can do in bed right before you go to sleep to calm and relax you.

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Immunity Boosting Foods

With the cooler weather settling in for most of us, many people are wondering how they can avoid getting sick throughout the season. In this segment, Dr. Oz brings Dr. John La Puma on stage to share with us three immunity boosting foods to help you fight against germs.

Immunity Boosting Foods: Tahini

Tahini is a sesame seed paste, with the consistency of peanut butter.

To give it a try, Dr. Puma recommends making a dip for vegetables. Though a two tablespoon serving contains 180 calories, Dr. Puma says this recipe is so nutrient dense, it’s worth it. It’s healthier than ranch dips, and tastes great, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 c Yogurt
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Tahini
  • Lemon Juice, to taste

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix ingredients until combined to an even consistency.

Immunity Boosting Foods: Black Pepper and Oregano

Even though black pepper is associated with sneezing, it can help keep them away. The piperine found in high concentrations in black peppercorns, is an anti-inflammatory which helps keep joint swelling down. This particular ingredient also helps to increase bioavailability of nutrients from other foods you eat.

When used fresh, oregano releases an oil that provides both antiviral and anti microbial benefits. Studies have shown this oil to be effective against 30 germs, including staph and e coli. It also helps to combat yeast infections. Try adding some fresh oregano to your pasta or pizza dishes to get these benefits.

To boost your immunity, add a couple of teaspoons of oregano and black pepper to your diet.

Immunity Boosting Foods: Pumpkin

Pumpkin is full of Vitamin A and zinc, two things that are useful for boosting your immune system. Dr. Puma shares a Pumpkin Soup and a pumpkin puree side dish recipe to help you experience all the benefits. Just a single cup of pumpkin per day can help you get all the vitamin A you need.

Ingredients 

  • 3 lb pumpkin
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, roasted

Directions

  1. Preheat the over to 400˚ F.
  2.  Cut the pumpkin in half and roast it for 45 minutes.
  3. Scoop out the seeds and set them aside.
  4. Put the pumpkin into a blender along with the roasted garlic, onion and chicken stock. Mix to your desired consistency.

Dr. Oz’s Pumpkin Puree Side Dish

Looking for a way to get variety in your dinner? Swap mashed sweet potatoes for pumpkin puree!

Ingredients

  • 1 can 100% pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp cholesterol-lowering spread
  • Pinch of stevia
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Directions 

  1. Mix all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the mixture in the microwave for about a minute. Let cool and serve.
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Inner Thigh Chafing: What Causes It and What You Can Do About It

On this segment of Doctor Oz, we learn about what causes thigh chafing, and what you can do about it.

Inner thigh chafing happens to women as they walk, run, or do anything that causes their thighs to rub together on a regular basis throughout the day. As this happens, the skin becomes irritated and it can be quite painful and annoying for anyone who is dealing with it. The problem with the chafing is that over time, the irritation can damage the skin, even causing small cuts, which can increase the risk of fungal and bacterial infection.

To demonstrate, Dr. Oz brings Christy to the stage. She says that no matter what she does, she seems to have issues with chafing. She’s even brought pictures to show Dr. Oz just how bad it gets. She says she’s purchased a variety of creams and other remedies to try and soothe the problem, but nothing seems to work.

What causes Inner Thigh Chafing?

According to Dr. Oz, inner thigh chafing comes from the combination of moisture and friction from the thighs rubbing together.

Thigh Chafing Treatment

To help prevent sweating (or the moisture part of the chafing equation) you can apply a thin layer of anti-perspirant to your inner thighs. Though you can’t stop the thighs from rubbing together, this eliminates the moisture from your thighs, and thereby prevents chafing. Depending on how active you are, you may need to reapply the anti-perspirant periodically throughout the day to keep chafing away.

Have you ever tried using anti-perspirant to your thighs? How has this helped your chafing issues?

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Melatonin: Is this all natural sleep aid bad for you?

For millions of people, getting a good night’s sleep just isn’t happening. In a desperate attempt to get the rest they need, many people have resorted to taking melatonin supplements, in hopes that they will help produce a solid night of sleep. On today’s show, however, Dr. Oz explains why these supplements may be causing more sleep issues than they are helping solve.

If you’re taking melatonin to get a good night’s sleep, you could be poising your body–even though this supplement has been put on the market to be “safe” for you. Today’s show will take a closer look at a variety of over-the-counter sleep aids, to help you make sure you’re getting the best sleep possible, in the safest way possible.

In addition to his segment on melatonin and setting the record straight about melatonin, we’ll see Dr. Oz investigates various anti-aging myths to help you separate fact from fiction. Sleep helps you stay young and beautiful, but are there other parts of your beauty regimen that are backfiring to make you look older?

We’ll edit this post when the show airs to help you see more about what you can be doing to improve both your sleep and your youthful appearance.

Why You’re Exhausted: The Number One Reason

Today’s show investigates the number one reason why you are so exhausted all the time, and shows you what you can do about it. If you are almost always tired no matter what you do, you are not alone–and you can regain your energy! Dr. Oz says the culprit is likely a magnesium deficiency.

Low Energy Levels

To prove his point, he brings on three women, who all complain of low energy levels, but have three very different reasons for it.

Julie, a working mom who needs more energy to run her household, never seems to have enough to help her get through the day. Her low energy levels are likely a result of her stress. She’s so tired all the time it affects her mood, which makes her snap at her children. When she does this, she ends up feeling guilty. Her drive to work every day is also difficult, because she suffers from road rage, which makes her angry. The stress, guilt, and anger take energy to feel in the first place and end up sucking even more of her energy.

Ann, a mother of two in New Jersey says she’s constantly battling anxiety, on top of wrangling a three year old, and a 10 week old. She says her mind is constantly moving faster than her body, and she hasn’t been able to find a long term fix to this issue. These feelings have been around since she was a teenager, and while drinking a cup of coffee seems to provide some help, it doesn’t fix the problem for long.

Cathy, a grandmother in Brooklyn, says she thinks her energy levels are a result of hormonal changes. Her children are now out on their own, and she maintains she was able to keep her energy levels up by keeping busy with the kids. At this point, she’s having trouble keeping up with her grandchildren. She claims there are times when she takes an afternoon nap and does not wake up until the next morning!

Dr. Oz says that 75% of Americans are deficient in magnesium, which is linked not only to low energy levels, but also to road rage! He recommends getting more magnesium in your diet through magnesium rich foods. While you can get it from a multi-vitamin, the doses are relatively small, and to be effective, your body needs multiple infusions on a regular basis.

Magnesium Rich Foods

  • leafy green vegetables
  • carrots
  • asparagus
  • bananas
  • prickly pear
  • whole grain wheat
  • flax seeds
  • watermelon seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • squash seeds
  • soybeans
  • white beans
  • black beans
  • tuna
  • salmon
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