The Best Health Tips From Dr. Oz

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  • Happy and healthy 51st birthday to Dr. Oz! The cardiothoracic surgeon and medical talk show host is known as “America’s Doctor.” Between performing heart operations and recording his own show, he’s also written six ‘New York Times’ bestsellers (and is working on his seventh book.) He also founded HealthCorps, a non-profit organization that pays recent college graduates to mentor high school students about health, nutrition and fitness. He also co-founded Sharecare, Inc., an interactive platform that lets industry experts answer health-related questions.

    For Dr. Oz, no topics or questions are off-limits. As he celebrates another healthy and successful year, we’re revealing 10 of his best secrets—some of his favorite advice, his most shocking TV moments and a few tidbits you probably didn’t know about the doctor himself!
  • He’s Turkish Dr. Mehmet Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but he’s 100% Turkish-American. He’s fluent in both English and Turkish and holds dual-citizenship. He even served in the Turkish Army to retain his Turkish citizenship.
  • TV Is Just Like Surgery After having his own segment on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, the doc began hosting his own medical show, ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ in 2009. How is hosting a television show like performing open-heart surgery? Every member of the team hones their own skills in order to help each other perform better. Dr Oz said, “As a team leader, I recognize that each player—from the anesthesiologist to the camera operator—is better at what they do than I would ever be, and I appreciate their ability to make me look better.”
  • Doc’s Own Medical Issues In August 2010, Dr. Oz underwent a routine colonoscopy as part of his show and was diagnosed with a pre-cancerous polyp. He said that the procedure most likely saved his life.
  • Best Sleep Advice Dr. Oz explains that many fortysomething women have difficulty sleeping due to hormonal changes linked to premenopause. As someone who spent years in long hospital rotations, he knows what it feels like to be exhausted from too-little rest. To help induce sleep, the doc suggests making your bedroom as comfortable as possible (a dark room at an average temperature), or creating a relaxing bedtime ritual (taking a warm bath or drinking valerian tea.) In addition, making it a priority to go to bed 30 minutes earlier will be “life changing.”
  • Best Sex Advice Get the TV out of the bedroom! According to Dr. Oz, having a television set in the bedroom can be a big wet blanket on your sex life. He also says it’s important to see a doctor regularly to rule out any medical conditions that could be putting a damper on your sexcapades.
  • Best Anti-Aging Advice There are thousands of products on the market geared towards forty-year-old women who want to look younger. Dr. Oz explains that it’s not all about choosing the right anti-aging products—looking younger starts with what you put in your body rather than on it. Drink a gallon of water every day, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly to help you look your best.
  • Best Weight Loss Advice To promote fast, healthy weight loss, Dr. Oz says it’s all about the acai berry. He dubbed the acai berry one of the top ‘superfoods’ because not only is it very rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants, but unlike other fruits, the acai berry also contains weight loss aids like fibers and phytosterols. Fiber keeps us fuller longer and prevents toxic build-up and phytosterols help us metabolize faster and promote better bowel movement.
  • The Poop Scoop In May 2005, Dr. Oz shocked the audience of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ when he answered, in extreme detail, an audience member’s personal question about her bowel movements. “If it sounds like a bombardier, you know, ‘plop, plop, plop,’ that's not right because it means you're constipated. It means the food is too hard by the time it comes out. It should hit the water like a diver from Acapulco hits the water [swoosh],” he explained. “It should be an S-shape and you want to make sure the color's normal, because the color of the poop tells you a lot about how you made it.” Gross, but good to know!
  • He Meditates Dr. Oz is an avid practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, a specific form of mantra meditation that originated in India. “When I meditate, I go to that place where truth lives,” he said. “I can see what reality really is, and it is so much easier to form good relationships then.”
  • Behind The Scenes Dr. Oz has been married to his wife, Lisa, since 1985. They live in Cliffside Park, New Jersey together with their four children: Daphne, Arabella, Zoe and Oliver.