Dr Oz: Queen Latifah Confidence
Queen Latifah danced her way to the stage, before pointing out that both of them, as well as the entire audience, were wearing bright red socks. Dr Oz then kicked off their conversation by asking Queen about why it’s so important to be confident in who she is. She explained that she realized when she was just 17-years-old that she was a role model for people and could change people’s lives with her voice. “I felt like it was more important to be a role model than a supermodel,” Queen said.
Dr Oz then pointed out how so many women in Hollywood are promoting a tiny waist and large backside. Queen said she believes that we do things because of how we feel about ourselves, saying that if you have a lower self esteem, you’re more open to listening to things you shouldn’t be listening to. Queen strongly believes that there is nothing sexier than a confident woman.
Dr Oz: Queen Latifah Motherhood
Dr Oz told Queen that he believes she would make a very good mother, and then asked her about rumors that she may be thinking about it. She joked that it’s the same reporter who always asks her about it, and of course she’s thought about it. She said it could easily be the best thing she does in her life, and said she definitely sees it happening in the future.
Dr Oz: Queen Latifah Rise Above Heart Failure
Queen Latifah’s mom was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Queen said her mom is doing well, and even told Queen that 2016 was the year of “I can.” The good news is that congestive heart failure is more treatable and preventable now than ever.
Queen teamed up with the American Heart Association’s Rise Above Heart Failure initiative. Queen challenged everyone to the 6 million red steps challenge. Just take a picture of yourself in your red socks and then post it on RiseAboveHF.org as well as your own social media with the hashtag RiseAboveHF.
Dr Oz: What Is Heart Failure?
One in five Americans over 40 will have heart failure in their lifetime. The major risk factors for heart failure include heart disease, past heart attacks, and high blood pressure. One of the culprits behind those risks is salt. Which some people take in too much salt, sodium builds up in the bloodstream. The body then reacts by holding on to water in an effort to dilute the sodium. All that extra water increases your blood volume, which means your heart has to work harder, raising your blood pressure and stiffening your blood vessels. Over time, that leads to an increased risk of heart failure.
Dr Oz: Salt Addict Intervention
Queen confronted a self-proclaimed salt addict Raquelle, who even revealed a bag of salt packets that she carries with her everywhere she goes. Raquelle loves salted bagels and will add even more salt, she also adds salt to her fruit, sandwiches, and salads. Dr Oz then explained that the biggest dangers are actually the “salty six.” The salty six is bread and rolls, cold cut and cured meat, pizza, poultry, soup, and sandwiches. Raquelle admitted that she adds salt to every single one of those foods.
Dr Oz: Plan To Give Up Salt
Queen was shocked more than anything to hear that Raquelle even puts salt on salty fish. Ironically, Raquelle works at a cardiologist’s office. To help Raquelle get over her salt addiction before it’s too late, they came up with a plan for her. The first part of the plan was to eliminate three packaged foods per week using the salt step-down method. Queen explained that your taste buds will actually adjust over time.
Next, you can combat salt cravings by snacking on a “potassium power pair.” Some examples include bananas and yogurt or canned tuna with tomatoes.
A big problem for many is that they don’t like the flavor of food without salt. Queen and her mom discovered that they could instead use different spices and herbs together in one shaker to use on their food instead. Some examples include rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, oregano, and black pepper.
It’s also important to exercise, but it’s the smallest steps that can make the biggest difference. So get outside, get moving, and try to get as many steps as you can each day!