Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.


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Foods That Fight Stress

Monday, 01 October 2012 08:42 AM

When Dr. David Banner got mad, his body transformed into the Incredible Hulk. The effect of stress on your body might not be so obvious, but chronic tension is an inflammation trigger that contributes to cancer, cardio and gut problems, and skin disruptions, and it amps up tension in relationships at work and home.

Now we find out stress actually can alter your genes, and that can set off a series of reactions that end up interfering with oxytocin — the stress-busting, love, sex, and bonding hormone. So, here's our stress-relief, oxytocin-boosting plan:

1. Meditate 10 minutes twice a day (morning and evening), every day, no excuses. Yogic deep breathing, mindfulness, or progressive relaxation will work. (Check RealAge.com for instructions.)

2. Get touched. A massage, a cuddle-fest, or intimacy with your partner is a primo way to stimulate this big O — and we're not talking orgasm, but oxytocin (although raising that hormone level may help you achieve the other one)!

3. Eat to relax. High in saturated fat, processed foods stress your body. So indulge in the odd omegas (3 from salmon, 9 from olive oil), fiber- and nutrient-rich veggies, fruit and grains, and plenty of water.

4. Get smarter! New info reveals that brain neurons generated through exercise are built to withstand stress better than brain cells that have lived in a couch-potato environment. Start walking at least 30 minutes a day, with a goal of 10,000 steps a day. The more you move, the better equipped you'll be to stroll right by a lot of life's stressors.

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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