Why Should I Care About Dr. Oz's Anti-Aging Checklist?
Dr. Mehmet Oz is a world renowned cardiothoracic surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital as well as a talk show host of his own show, The Dr. Oz Show. He is also the author of many best-selling books including, You: The Owner's Manual. Dr. Oz became a household name after making numerous appearances as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
During an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz prevented his Ultimate Anti-Aging Checklist. This checklist is a series of slight modifications that can be made to ones lifestyle in order to prevent the process of aging. By following Dr. Oz's simple checklist, he guarantees that you will find the "fountain of youth" and look younger, feel better, and live longer!
Dr. Oz's anti-aging checklist includes numerous directives regarding foods that should be consumed in order to help you live longer and look younger. Make these simple additions to your diet and you will fight aging with the foods you eat.
Antioxidants (5 servings per day) 5 servings of antioxidants should be consumed per day in order to fight of the damage caused by oxygen exposure. Antioxidants can be found in brightly colored foods such as: blueberries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, and acai.
Green & White Tea (4 cups per day) 4 cups of green or white tea should be drank per day. Green and white tea are not only good sources of antioxidants, but also have healing and medicinal qualities.
Red Wine or Concord Grape Juice (1 glass daily) Everyday, drink one glass of either red wine or concord grape juice for resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that prevents the cells in your body from aging.
Spices Various spices have beneficial medicinal properties and should be frequently consumed for their various medicinal properties. For example, cinnamon has been found to decrease blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. Studies have found that turmeric alleviates arthritis pain and curry prevents Alzheimer's disease. Paprika and cayenne pepper fight high blood pressure and improve circulation. Also, ginger can decrease blood pressure, alleviate arthritis pain and reduce your risk of cancer.
Fiber (25 grams per day) Fiber is vital for healthy intestines and regular bowels which is key for staying young and thin. You should consume 25 grams of fiber through foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, "100% whole grain" bread, or chia.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids Omega 3 fatty acids are vital for skin and brain health as well as looking younger and overall general health. You should consume Omega 3 fatty acids everyday through roasted or ground flax seeds, walnuts, hemp, salmon, or spirolina algae.
Olive oil (1 to 2 tablespoons a day) You should consume 1-2 Tbs. of olive oil per day. Olive oil has numerous health benefits and is considered a "healthy fat." Some of olive oil's health benefits include anti-inflammatory properties, cardiovascular properties (including lowering bad cholesterol), and anti-cancer properties. Do not heat the oil to smoking point or it will be damaged and lose its benefits.
Dr. Oz's anti-aging checklist also includes provisions for exercise regimes that must be implemented into your life in order to keep you looking younger and living longer.
Cardio (3 times a week) You should get your heart rate up at least 3 times per week. Find your target exercising heart rate: 220 - [your age] X .80 and make sure that your heart rate is at that level while you are exercising. This is important not only to lose fat and look better, but also to have a strong heart.
Strength Training (30 minutes a week) You should do strength training at least 30 minutes per week. Strength training is important because muscle burns 50 times more calories than fat does.
Meditation is another important factor to keep you living longer and looking younger.
Yoga, Prayer, or Meditation (5 minutes a day) You should do yoga, pray, or meditate for at least 5 minutes every day. The purpose of this is to release nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels. You will be calmer, have lower blood pressure, and be healthier.
Sleep and Sex
Probably the two most popular items on Dr. Oz's anti-aging checklist are sleep and sex.
Sleep (7 to 8 hours a night) Make sure to get 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night. Sleep is important for allowing us to "reboot" as well as produce growth hormone which is essential for vitality and youthful vigor.
Monogamous sex (2 to 3 times a week) Be sure to enjoy monogamous sex with an orgasm at least 2 to 3 times per week to prevent aging. Sex and particularly orgasms release several chemicals that keep us young.
Dr. Oz recommends several vitamin supplements to help slow down the aging process. Not only are vitamins good for your skin but vitamins are also good for your health. Therefore, taking these vitamin supplements will help you to look younger and live longer.
Vitamin D (1,000 units a day) Take a vitamin supplement of 1,000 units of Vitamin D once per day. Over 50% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient and this essential vitamin is important for preventing cancer, reducing heart problems, ad preventing numerous other diseases. Vitamin D helps our immune system function properly.
Calcium (600 mg twice a day) with Magnesium (200 mg twice a day) Take a Calcium supplement with 600 mg of Calcium and 200 mg of Magnesium twice per day.
DHA Omega-3 (600 mg a day)Take a supplement with 600 mg of DHA Omega-3 once per day.
Multivitamin (Take half in the morning, half in the evening) Take half a multivitamin twice per day. Pre-menopausal women need a multivitamin with iron and 5,000 units of vitamin A. Men and postmenopausal women need just 2,500 units of vitamin A.
Baby Aspirin (2 a day, for a total of 162 milligrams) Take a baby aspirin twice per day. Aspirin reduces the risk of cancer, the risk of heart problems, and it even reduces wrinkles!
Proper hygiene is another important step in Dr. Oz's guide to anti-aging.
Floss (everyday) You must floss everyday. Flossing will take 2 to 5 years off of your "real age" and extend your life due to diseases such gingivitis that occur if you do not floss. Failure to floss will also result in gum irritation.