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Dr. Oz's Monday broadcast was a show not to be missed by ladies over the age of 40. The good doctor covered a variety of helpful tips on how to age gracefully, from keeping off weight to makeup tips.
There were seven main points covered during the show, and point number one was getting sufficient sleep.
Ladies, we need our beauty rest and that is a bona fide medical fact. For trouble sleeping Dr. Oz recommends trying Valerian Root.
Point number two was to make time for intimacy with our significant others. Changes in hormones often make our partners seem less enticing, but taking a small dose of DHEA daily (no more than 25 mg.) can help to restore our hormonal balance.
Thirdly, drink lots and lots of water; Dr. Oz recommends a full gallon daily.
Eating iron-rich foods is also very important. Vegetables such as spinach and other leafy greens, as well as dried fruits including apricots, raisins and figs, are all great sources of iron, as well as the green drink that Dr. Oz recommends.
Lean protein is also essential. Dr. Oz recommends trying some non-meat proteins, such as quinoa, seitan and freekeh as opposed to the traditional chicken (although chicken is great, too).
Dr. Oz also offered a weight-loss tip, such as adding lemon into your diet. The citric acid slows down your stomach's emptying speed and helps you feel fuller longer. Getting your trigger foods out of the house means putting them out of sight and out of mind. If you absolutely can't part with some certain snacks, put them in the freezer first, that way they won't be immediately available for eating, thereby slowing you down before eating.
Eating small meals throughout the day is also very helpful. Some women find setting an alarm on their phone to go off every four hours is helpful to remind them to eat regularly.
For those of us looking for more immediate gratification than the results of dieting success, a "makeup facelift" can be just the trick. Dr. Oz recommends moisturizing your face from the inside out by taking fish oil and using natural oil-based moisturizers (olive oil, for example). Using concealer to hide dark circles under the eyes and a cream blush instead of powder can also take a few years off your look in a matter of minutes.
I raise a glass of green juice to your health.
p.s. Since my diagnosis, I’ve added the “green drink” to my morning routine. Believe it or not, my Feratin level went up 4.1 points in just two weeks. I’ve always been iron deficient, and besides intravenous injections, I couldn’t keep my iron in, let alone get the numbers up. I’m now a believer. We are what we eat, but more on that in my upcoming blog.