Monday, April 9, 2012
I really like him so I cracked open the magazine to see what he had to say.
"We Asked Dr Oz: What's Your Go-To Remedy When You..."
Can't sleep? If he is already in bed, he visualizes his limbs falling sleep, starting with his toes and working his way up to the head. He mentions Valerian root tea or a short-term insomnia cure with taking 1mg of pure melatonin. Hmm... I like the limb-falling-asleep thing :-)
Feel a cold coming on? He eats a big bowl of chicken soup. Research shows that the soup is an anti-inflammatory and taking in calories is important-- you need energy to fight off the virus.
Need an energy boost? Dr. Oz says that he drinks green tea. It has a lot of energizing phenols but a quarter of the caffeine of coffee, so it won't make you jittery. Avoid sodas or energy drinks which (of course we all know) spikes your sugar. He also says that 10 minutes in the sun helps suppress the production of sleep-inducing melatonin. I love green tea and sun-- great solutions!!
Are constipated? Fiber helps push everything out-- fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans.
Have a craving? He says that the easiest solution to cravings is to allow yourself in indulge on special occasions. Of course we all know this. But something I don't often think about? Cravings are driven by your mind, not actual hunger. Call a friend and get distracted-- sounds like a plan to me! :-)
Have a headache? Dr. Oz recommends an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or aspirin. My headaches tend to be of the raging sort, so although Dr. Oz may disagree, I go straight for the Excedrin. It works like a charm.
Have a backache? If it is acute, especially if the pain is from a recent injury, try ice packs or a cooling menthol balm. A few hours after an injury, a hot compress or a warming cream can help.
Good stuff to know! :-)