Dr Oz: Stress is #1 Threat to Your Health
Dr. Oz is talking to Dr. Andrew Weil on his show today. Dr. Weil is probably the most well known provider of integrative medicine and today he is sharing what essentials he has in his own home that he believes you should have in yours as well. Dr. Weil’s 5 Essentials You Need Now may include something you already have in your home or maybe you will hear about some new ways to improve your health and live longer. Dr Weil has already shared the essential that millions of women are lacking as well as the surprising one for digestion problems, but he still has a few more, so sharpen your pencil and get ready to add few items to your shopping list.
Dr Andrew Weil: How To Protect Memory
Dr. Weil, What is the best way to protect my memory? Dr. Weil says the best way to protect your memory is with something called Alpha-Lipoic Acid. He says to begin with 100 milligrams per day and work up to 400. It will improve cognitive function and keep your memory sharp as a tack.
Dr. Weil’s Essential for Stress Relief
Dr. Oz says that Dr. Weil’s next essential tackles the single most danger to your health. Besides poor diet, Dr. Weil believes that stress is the number one threat to your health. He says that while everyone does not have the time to devote to meditating, you can dial down your stress a great deal in as little as a minute and the answer is literally in the palm of your hand.
Dr Oz: Palm Reflexology Reduces Stress
The biggest mistake people make when it comes to stress is attempting to distract themselves from it rather than dealing with it at the root, according to Dr. Andrew Weil. He says it is important to deal with it directly because the stress hormone, Cortisol, is directly toxic to the nerve cells in the part of the brain that processes memory.
Stress kills so those cells, so you want to do something about that right away, urges Dr. Weil. The acupressure technique of palm reflexology is a fast and easy way to lower your stress, especially for those of us with busy lives that include family, work, and financial stress.
- With your opposite thumb, firmly and slowly rub between the thumb and index finger (on your palm) of your other hand in a circular motion for several seconds.
- Massage the base of each finger and pull the finger with a twisting motion.
Dr. Weil explains that this acupressure technique works because it is based on the Chinese belief that a lot of the energy meridians of the body begin and end in the hands.
Dr Oz: Dr Weil 4-7-8 Rule
Another great way to relieve stress is with Dr. Weil’s 4-7-8 Rule. He says it will work as a natural tranquilizer for your nervous system.
- Inhale to a Count of 4
- Hold For a Count of 7
- Exhale to Count of 8 while blowing the air out and making a “Whoosh” sound