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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Healthy Substitutes for Soda

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Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 08:32 AM Current | Bio | Archive


As Rock Hudson demonstrated in the 1952 movie classic "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?" being a real soda jerk takes skill and dedication. Today, if you drink sugary sodas, the (ahem!) jerk's on you — and it can bring you to your knees. Guys who drink five or more sugary soft drinks a week are twice as likely to have knee problems from loss of joint-cushioning cartilage as fellas who skip all sodas. The researchers suggest that the ingredients in the soft drinks, such as phosphoric acid, artificial coloring and sugars, may be the culprits. This info, added to an earlier study that showed reduced bone density in women's hips if they drank colas, should make soft drinks harder to swallow.

So if you're looking for a way to add fizz to your holidays without risking bone damage (or empty calories), consider these beverages that come with a bundle of health advantages:

Carbonated water doesn't damage bones and contains no calories: So, add a puree of fresh blueberries, raspberries, mango, or kiwi to a frosty glass of seltzer, garnish with a sprig of mint, and enjoy the heart-loving, gut-cleansing power of fruit, along with great flavor.

Looking for a festive winter cocktail? Opt for mulled wine (skip the added sugar) with healthy spices such as cinnamon (lowers blood sugar), cloves (fight inflammation), and slices of tangy lemon and orange. A glass of wine a day (if your doc says it's OK) can help you lower your risk of heart disease and memory loss. Cheers!


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


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