According to Dr Mehmet Oz, we should think of our bodies in terms of an automobile. He points out that when you keep up routine maintenance on a car, it will last longer. Dr Oz says our bodies will do the same. He even believes you can reduce stress, look younger, and prevent heart disease and cancer, in only 24 hours. And research backs up his claim.
I ran across an article by Dr Oz in a copy of the December 2011 edition of AARP Magazine, where he lists 8 steps that will improve our lives in only one day. The first item on the good Dr.’s list is Yoga. He says that yoga can repair wear and tear that has built up in our hearts over the decades, by lowering heart rate. Oz says there are a reported 36% more heart attacks on Monday, than Sunday. He suggest beginning each morning with yoga or light exercise.
Next on the agenda is eating breakfast. The Dr. suggests decreasing sugar in the diet to combat wrinkles, and eating oatmeal and eggs for the morning meal. Oatmeal is a low glycemic food and will stabilize blood sugar. The protein in eggs will boost metabolism.
Eating a nutritious mid day snack of berries, is third on the list, because it will reduce risk of cancer. Dr Oz says berries have antioxidants which will prevent cancer, reduce inflammation, and oxidative stress. He suggests for number 4, taking brisk a walk just before lunch, because as little as 15 minutes in sunshine will help our bodies produce cancer fighting Vitamin D3.
Number 5 is eating fish for dinner in order to boost brain power. He also suggests reducing your intake of processed meats such as hot dogs, sausage, and bacon as these may increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Sixth on the list is sex. Research suggests that men who have sex at least twice a week, liver longer than those who do not. Dr Oz says to get in the mood with a glass of red wine, because the resveratrol in the wine may help prevent heart disease.
Number 7 is getting some quality shut eye. Dr Oz says this may be the single most important thing you can do to prolong your life. He says that the best sleep is between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. as this is the time the highest levels of melatonin are circulating through the brain.
The 8th and final suggestion is aspirin. Oz says that if your doctor you on an aspirin for heart health, research indicates it is best to take it just before bedtime. And this rounds out the 24 hour cycle. By making these small changes, we can see big rewards in the quality and quantity of our lives.
Being each day with yoga, eat eggs and oatmeal for breakfast, have berries for a mid morning snack, take a walk before lunch, eat fish for dinner, have some red wine and make love with your spouse, take an aspirin and go to bed. It all sounds so simple, but studies indicate that it all will work together for our benefit.