Over the years, Dr. Oz has shared so much health advice from his television studio. Now, you’ve got an all-access pass to where his health begins – at home. By traveling into his kitchen, his medicine cabinet, and even his bedroom, you’ll learn the secrets and surprises Dr. Oz and his family use every day to stay healthy and live longer. Read on so you can learn to do the same in your home.
Dr. Oz’s Kitchen
Dr. Oz considers the kitchen the heart and soul of his house. Here, he lets you in on the kitchen secrets to really kick your health up a notch.
Kitchen Secret #1: Dried Tart Cherries
The first thing you’ll find in Dr. Oz’s kitchen pantry are dried tart cherries – lots of them! While sweet cherries contain a variety of health benefits, tart cherries (like the Montmorency and Balaton varieties) are loaded with antioxidants, have been shown to reduce muscle soreness, and fight heart disease thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties. They can even help you sleep better at night as they contain melatonin – a hormone secreted by the brain that regulates our sleep cycle. Eat a handful of dried tart cherries every day as a low-cal snack, especially after dinner.
Kitchen Secret #2: Onions
Red onions can reduce your risk of heart disease, due to their high concentration of polyphenols, antioxidants that can reduce the inflammatory effects of coronary artery disease. In fact, the total polyphenol content of onions is higher than that of tomatoes, carrots and red bell peppers. To reap onions’ benefits, store them in a cool, dry place. Then, when peeling onions, be sure only to peel off the “papery” outer layer. The rest of the outer layers are rich in heart-healthy flavonoids that you want to be sure to incorporate into your meals.
Kitchen Secret #3: Bulgur Wheat
Similar tasting to rice or cous cous but with a higher nutritional value, bulgur wheat makes a great side dish. Just 1 cup has 33% of your dietary fiber for the day and 6 grams of protein. It’s naturally low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. And it’s high in manganese, a mineral that is essential for bone health. It is also a low glycemic index food, producing only small fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels compared with high glycemic index foods like rice and potatoes. To really get its benefits, eat bulgur wheat as a side dish two to three times a week.