Health Tips from Oprah’s Doctor
Dr. Oz knows how to help your heart!
Dr. Mehmet Oz, the resident physician on Oprah Winfrey’s show, routinely offers advice to celebs like Kim Kardashian and American Idol’s Randy Jackson. Now, according to AOL, he’s got some heart-healthy tips for the rest of us. Here they are, with his comments:
1. Sleep seven hours or more. “Getting by on less can cause metabolic changes that lead to obesity and diabetes.”
2. Keep track of your blood pressure. “What’s the fastest way to age an artery? Subject it to high blood pressure.”
3. Steer clear of secondhand smoke. An hour of secondhand smoke equals two to four cigarettes
4. Walk 30 minutes daily. “It’s important to get your heart pumping every day-moving regularly is the key…”
5. Eat fish three times a week. Omega-3s as well as a protein in fish keep “the heart and arteries humming along.” And there’s good news for fish haters: “An ounce of walnuts a day will give you a good dose of omega-3s.”
6.Take half an aspirin every day. “Yes, those big studies came out a few years ago saying low-dose aspirin does pretty much zilch to prevent heart attacks and cancer in women, but the evidence is strong for reducing the risk of stroke.”
7. Live within your means. “Feeling out of control financially can affect not only your sleep but also your arterial health due to chronic stress.”
8. Floss and brush. “Any chronic infection, including gingivitis, stimulates your body to protect against bleeding with an increase in clotting – a recipe for heart attack.” (AOL)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.