Leave it to Dr. Mehmet Oz to keep his finger firmly on the pulse of health issues that Americans care about most. Today’s Dr. Oz Show (July 19, 2010), for instance, featured a segment titled “7-Day Anti-Aging Checklist,” with quick and easy tips that you can do at home to “turn back the clock.”
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In the segment, Dr. Oz and his writing partner, Dr. Michael Roizen (YOU: On A Diet), presented the information with specific themes for each day, starting with Sunday.
Here’s a rundown of what they shared in their day-by -day 7-Day Anti-Aging Checklist:
Shop for foods: Begin your week by stocking up on the healthy foods that will help you stay beautiful. These include cod (has fatty oils and selenium to keep skin supple and smooth); cottage cheese (its protein helps you have healthy, shiny hair); mango (helps prevent periodontal disease) and lean beef (the iron keeps your nails strong and healthy).
Take your vitamins: Make sure you get your daily allotment of supplements. These are 1,000 IU vitamin D3 (prevents heart disease and cancer); 400 mg DHA (omega-3 fat; good for the eyes and the heart); 600 mg. calcium, and 200 mg. magnesium (good for the bones); and a basic multivitamin (take twice a day).
De-stress: Since Tuesday is the most stressful day of the week, make sure you do things to deal with it. Dr. Oz recommends not only proven relaxation strategies (massages, meditation, visualization, breathing exercises, etc.), but he also likes alternative therapies such as acupressure. He demonstrated a self-massaging technique for the feet called “gushing spring.” With your shoes off, rub the inner arch of each food with the heel of the other foot.
Stop sitting: Inactivity is really bad us, mainly because it makes our muscles and bones weak — and, “the No. 1 thing that will kill you or make you old before your time is frailty,” Oz said. So, try to take breaks from your workstation every couple of hours or so. Get up and walk around. Do some stretching at your desk. And, try this quick and easy exercise to get your heart pumping and work your major muscles: Stand up and sit down in your chair, using your thighs and calf muscles, 10-20 times in a row.
Drink a longevity cocktail: It tastes like a milkshake, but contains magic ingredients that make you more youthful and healthier: 8 oz. water, 1/2 ripe banana, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/3 cup soy or whey protein powder, 1/2 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. psillium husks, and 1/2 tbsp. flaxseed oil. Blend together — adding an ice cube or two if you wish — and enjoy!
Reach out: Contact at least three friends, via phone, e-mail, Facebook, whatever. Social connections are vital to our well-being, Roizen said. Regular contact with friends relieves stress, gives you a purpose in life, and makes you accountable to others.
Spend time in bed: Have sex! This has been proven to add years to your life, make you look better, and — um — make you feel better! And, after you’ve satisfied your need for physical intimacy, get to sleep! Make sure you’re getting 7 1/2-to 8 hours every night. The length of time is crucial, Oz said, because it’s the end of our sleep cycle that is key to releasing hormones and regenerating mental function. Too little sleep makes us crave sugar as a “substitute” for the missing hormones and mental boost.
Now we’re at the end — of the first week. Just keep repeating, and watch those years melt off your face and your body!