Dr. Oz Busts Health Myths Today 5/8/2012: Do Sunburns Turn Into Tans?

The Dr. Oz Show opens by busting some of the common myths our mothers told us about life and how things work today. I had flashbacks of “The Waterboy” when Adam Sandler had all kinds of crazy explanations for things like why Alligators are so mean? Remember when he said it was because “they had all those teeth and no toothbrush?” Get ready for some real answers to the myths your mother told you when you were growing up.

First, does a sunburn into a tan? Oz explains that a red or pink sunburn will turn a more bronze color after a few days but this is not just a regular tan. A sunburn will turn bronze due to Melanin being released but burning your skin causes permanent damage. You should always use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. Second, are mosquitoes attracted to sweet blood? No, mosquitoes track you by the carbon dioxide you exhale, body odor, and even dark clothing you wear. Oz says you can use Lemon Grass Oil to your sunscreen and it will help keep the pesky critters away. Third, does eating spicy foods cause ulcers? Spicy foods do NOT cause ulcers and may actually help keep them away. Oz says this is a baseless myth that needs to be ignored.

Now we get into the diet myths. First, does eating fat make you fatter? Oz says it is common knowledge that the fat you eat doesn’t go straight to your thighs. He says we need a certain amount of fat in our diet and recommends we use Polyunsaturated Fats like canola oil and olive oil. Second, will working out on an empty stomach give me better results in fat burning? No, Oz says that you burn fat whether your stomach is full or empty. He also says you will probably burn muscle and fat if your stomach is empty when you workout. He recommends a protein shake before a workout and says the only benefit to an empty stomach during a workout is that you might have less a chance of nausea. Third, do women have a harder time losing weight than men? He says this is another myth and that men do lose weight faster when they start a diet and exercise routine because they have more muscle mass. This doesn’t mean it is easier for them and women catch up as the men plateau on their weight loss. Finally, are all calories the same? Of course this is a myth. Oz says the type food is very important as to what those calories will do to your body. Empty calories from sugar and other sweet will actually make you more hungry. He recommends we find foods loaded with unsaturated fats like nuts and avocados. These foods will make you feel full and have what your body needs to keep going.

Now we get Oz approved recipes to satisfy our cravings without killing our diet. For pizza lovers, take a large portobello mushroom and bake in a 375 degree oven for 5 minutes to dry it out. Remove the stem and add 1 teaspoon of low sugar pizza sauce, low fat cheese, and your favorite veggies. Bake for another 20 minutes until it is fully cooked and you have a pizza that is less than 200 calories. Some people crave salty snacks, to satisfy this craving you can use “The Good Bean” and “Somersaults” snack foods for a healthy alternative or you can make you own healthy “salt satisfying snack” by Popping Chickpeas. Just take a can of Chickpeas (drained) and saute them in a pan with Olive oil and you favorite spices until they pop. For those chocolate chip lovers, Oz has a great Carob Chip recipe to satisfy your craving. Just melt 1/3 cup of coconut oil in a pan, remove from heat and add 1.5 teaspoons of sugar substitute, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup Carob Powder. Mix well and spread out on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate until firm and cut into cubes.

Next, we get simple solutions to embarrassing problems. First up is belly button lint. Oz gave a demonstration and found all kinds of bacteria in a volunteer’s navel lint. He says an easy way to keep this under control is to spray your navel with a quick shot of hairspray every morning. Next, excessive body hair is a problem many men have as they age. This is from an imbalance in a hormone called DHT. The best way to control this hair is to clip it regularly with stainless steel clippers. Finally, for those that have rough and callused feet, take lemon slices and put around the affected areas at bedtime and cover with a sock. Use a moisturizer containing Glycerin in the morning and throughout the day and you feet will be smoother and softer.

The final segment deals with a host of unrelated health issues. First, multivitamins can be dangerous if you take too many. Oz says if you miss your multivitamin, just start back with the regular dosage and never try to “double up.” Second, wearing your disposable contact lens longer than it is recommended can cause eye damage. Oz says to follow the directions always and also to add a “protein” remover to your contact case to help keep harmful bacteria away. Third, Lemon Balm Tea dabbed on a cold sore will help make it go away faster. Just use this multiple times throughout the day. Finally, we all have or know someone who has sweaty smelly feet. Oz says you can fix this by making your own foot powder. Just mix equal parts of baking soda and corn starch and use liberally in your socks, shoes, and on your feet.

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