Dr Oz: Burning Health Questions
Dr Oz wanted to take on your biggest health questions to help you get your health back on track. His digital team and panel of experts have been looking through Dr Oz’s viewers’ online health questions. He was joined by CBS news medical contributor Dr Holly Phillips, Dr Michael Roizen, dermatologist Dr Ellen Marmur, and fitness expert Chris Powell.
Dr Oz: What’s The Best Time To Work Out?
Chris Powell took the first question: what is the best time of day to work out for weight loss? Chris has found that working out in the morning before breakfast is the best time to workout for weight loss. Dr Roizen added that if you exercise first in the morning, you lose your own fat rather than working through the calories you already ate.
Dr Oz: Can You Refreeze Thawed Food?
Dr Phillips then took a question about whether it was safe to refreeze thawed food. According to the USDA, most foods can be refrozen, assuming you’ve thawed them safely in the first place and they’re not already spoiled. The safest way to thaw food is to take them from the freezer and put them in the fridge and wait. If you think the food has gotten over 40 degrees or gotten close to room temperature, you want to make sure you cook it before you freeze it.
Next, Dr Roizen explained whether it was safe to eat bread with mold. The answer is no! Mold can get throughout the bread, and if you cut into it, you can breathe it in and potentially get mold in your lungs. You could even have an allergic reaction. Even if it’s just on one end of the bread, the mold could easily travel throughout the loaf so you’re better playing it safe. If the food is hard, you can cut a 1-inch radius around the mold and eat the rest. If the food is soft, throw the entire thing out once you see mold.
Dr Oz: Are You Over-Washing Your Face?
To tell if you’re over-washing your face, notice if you’re perhaps taking your skin routine too far. Dr Marmur explained that unless your doctor told you to cleanse your face several times at once, one wash should be enough. If you over-wash your skin, you could be getting rid of natural, essential oils that actually protect your skin cells, which could then make your skin sensitive and prone to chemicals. Most people don’t even have to wash their face at all, because a rinse in the shower is usually enough.
As for hot versus cold showers, a hot shower isn’t necessarily bad, but you want to be sure you’re moving around so that the hot water isn’t only hitting one spot. Then, once you get out of the shower, be sure to moisturize all over. A cold shower can be great as well, especially after a long hot shower, because it can give you a burst of energy and close your pores.
Dr Oz: Can You Catch Up On Lost Sleep?
Dr Oz then wondered himself whether it’s possible to catch up on lost sleep. He reached out to Dr Michael Breus who explained that you can sleep in an extra 30 minutes or so on weekends to catch up on lost sleep from the week before, but any longer than that can shift your internal biological clock. You can make up for some sleep, but not for all of it. Once you begin sleeping consistently every night, you’ll set yourself up for health benefits like improved mood, improved attention span, and improved blood pressure in just a few weeks.