food to heal is well proven — using it wisely can help fix many of the most common ailments that plague us.” In a Q&A with Newsmax, Oz

explains what pushed him to write the book, the science behind his nutritional advice, and how simple changes in your diet can have a profound impact on your overall health and longevity.

Where does food fit into the larger picture of our overall health? Many factors influence your health,

but food is often the most important. Numerous variables play a role in determining how healthy you are, such as genetics, exercise, stress, and lifestyle choices [like smoking]. Your food decisions comingle with

all those factors, amplifying some and counterbalancing others, and they all work in concert to determine your overall wellness.

What does the latest research show, in terms of what we should — and shouldn’t — be eating?

Our ability to research the subtle

power of food…has dramatically improved over the past decade and reinforces what so many moms have told us for years — [that is]: “Food Can Fix It.” In fact, in Italy, pharmacy is spelled farmacia, and there is a lot of truth embedded in how we read that word. The right food can even replace that daily pill — and all the annoying side effects that come with it.

If you could break it down for us: What are the main ingredients of

a healthy diet? I focused on the acronym, FIXES

[short for]: Fats with benefits Ideal proteins Xtra fruits and veggies Energizing carbohydrates Special-occasion sugar

Conspicuously absent from your list are processed foods.

21-Day Weight Loss Jump-Start


f your goal is to lose weight, Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Food Can Fix It

serves up a 21-day program that can help shed those pounds, and keep them off. The basics: 1. Eat fish at least twice week. Fish is linked to heart health, brain health, and longevity and because it is a lean source of protein can help drive weight loss. 2. Treat red meat like a treat. Pork and beef shouldn’t be on the menu every night, but are best served occasionally, particularly if you’re watching your cholesterol. 3. Lean into beans. Choose plant- based proteins for dinner at least once a week. 4. Hydrate. The brain can confuse thirst with hunger, so be sure to drink a lot of water — eight or more glasses per day. 5. Be food-brave. Be adventurous and try new foods, particularly healthy veggies and greens that may be unfamiliar.

The closer you can get to eating

foods the way they appear in nature, the better off you will be. Eat grilled fish, not fish sticks. Eat orange slices, not orange soda. Think of it this way: The more “process” a food goes through outside your body, the higher the chance it will mess up the processes inside your body.

Your book details a smorgasbord of benefits tied to certain foods. In a reader poll for Dr. Oz The Good

Life magazine, 74 percent of readers said they find themselves wishing for more energy every day, and 59 percent would rather have more energy than drop a dress size. Nearly 4 in 5 also said they would rather have more energy than more sex. Here are some great [drinks that are

useful] tools: Tart cherry juice two hours before bed to help sleep Water/tea; keep coffee in check strategically (maybe not always first thing in morning)

You say food can even help treat pain? A German study found that

olive oil may lessen pain because it contains a number of components that have anti-inflammatory potential, such as polyphenols and plant sterols. This research further underscores that you don’t have to fear fats; instead, embrace the healthy ones. And veggies are always good

choices, as many of their vitamins have been linked to decreasing various kinds of pain.

As kids we were taught fish is brain food. Now we know that omega-3 fatty acids in fish and fish oil boost brain power. What else is good for the brain?

A small study from Wheeling

Jesuit University found that chewing cinnamon gum during a cognitive test helped improve memory function. When concentration is key it might be worth a chomp. Research suggests that two

key hormones — serotonin and dopamine — play roles in your mood. When dopamine and serotonin are high, you feel good. And when you feel good, you want to keep doing the thing that feeds that dopamine and serotonin rush. Take one guess as to something that creates a rush of those feel-good hormones? Yep, sugar. The sweet stuff stimulates dopamine in the rewards center of the brain, just like other things do, including social stimulation, sex, drugs, etc. So when you feel down, it’s

not uncommon to want to reach for something that will make you feel up, aka sugary treats. Ideally, eating protein with slowly-absorbed



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