Over the past few days I’ve been stuck outside of my normal routine – my car is in the shop so I’ve been spending more time at my mom’s, and while I’ve been here I managed to catch a nasty stomach bug. Because of these two things I’ve been spending a lot of time out of commission on the couch doing something I rarely do: watch TV.
While watching I heard something quite important. So important, in fact, that it bears repeating. This morning, Dr. Oz was a guest on Good Morning America on the Today Show, and Dr. Oz was going over the top 5 things to add to your routine in the New Year to boost your health.
Now, typically I am pretty skeptical about any health and wellness “advice” that pops up in main stream news. You’ll usually hear about the newest fad or newest way to trick your body – hardly the lifestyle changes that we preach. This morning, however, I was pleasantly surprised.
Dr Oz’s top 5 were as follows:
- Start flossing
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Get more Sleep
- Improve your bathroom hygiene
- Start doing Strength Training
Let’s talk about them.
Flossing, its more important than you think. Turns out that over 40% of our teeth are unreachable with a toothbrush. If you aren’t flossing, you’re only cleaning half of the surface area of your teeth. Yuck.
Only 10% of Americans eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. This is a sad fact because fruits and vegetables are delicious (when prepared the right way), and are super important for your health and wellness. Fruits and vegetables are packed with crucial vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Instead of centering your meal around meat, try centering your meal around fruits or vegetables.
I love the statement that Dr. Oz made about sleep – if it wasn’t absolutely necessary, evolution would have weeded sleep out millions of years ago. Think about it, there would have been no easier time for a wild animal to kill our primal ancestors than while they were sleeping, yet we still have to spend 30% of our day, every single day, sleeping. Evolution deemed that this incredibly compromising function is absolutely needed. AT LEAST 7 hours for ladies and 7.5 hours for men.
Did you know that when you flush the toilet, billions of fecal particles are shot up into the air? Unfortunately its true, and because of that you should keep certain items covered. Things like your towels, toothbrush, etc should all be kept covered or out of the way of any potential fecal blasts.
Lastly, and the MOST IMPORTANT thing to add: Strength Training. Do you know what is the top reason people die, assuming they died of natural causes? The top reason is because of frailty – they are simply to weak to survive. Dr. Oz estimates that even if cancer and heart disease disappeared over night, only about 3% of those people would experience significantly longer lives. The reason is because they are still to frail to prosper – it is absolutely crucial for you to be able to lift the weight of your own body. The sooner you start, the better off you’ll be.
So the takeaway from today’s post? Sometimes its ok to get thrown out of your routine, you never know what you’ll discover. And, the main stream media isn’t totally a lost cause. Thanks for the great advice Dr Oz!