The Dr. Oz Alphabet: Your Health From A-Z

From A to Z, Dr. Oz tackles the entire alphabet of your health. He reveals the warning signs your body may be sending you. Learn how to treat your skin problems, fight colds, improve digestion, supercharge your immunity, get a good night’s sleep, and spice things up in the bedroom!

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Next, learn how you can supercharge your immunity with the letters U, V and W. But first, a tooth-related tip for T.

T: Teeth Whitening

Get those pearly whites bright by using an orange! Simply rub the white inside of the orange’s peel directly onto your teeth just once a day before brushing for brilliant results. 

U: Ugli Fruit

Ugli fruit is a hybrid citrus fruit from Jamaica, combining the healthy antioxidant benefits of grapefruit, orange and tangerine, without the serious potential drug interactive properties known to occur with grapefruit. It’s also high in vitamin C, which helps fight infection.

V: Vitamin D-3

Vitamin D-3 is an important immunity booster, yet many of us are D-3 deficient. Also called cholecalciferol, D-3 plays a number of roles in our bodies, including:

  •  Promoting absorption of calcium and bone health
  •  Boosting immune function
  •  Reducing inflammation
  •  Healthy neuro-muscular function
  •  Protecting against some forms of cancer

The best sources are salmon, tuna and mackerel (especially the flesh) and fish liver oils. Beef liver, cheese and egg yolks also contain small amounts. If these foods don't sound very appealing to you, there is good news: your body produces vitamin D when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike your skin. Spend about 10-15 minutes a day outside in the sun. Keep in mind that wearing sunscreen will prevent you from getting adequate vitamin D outdoors. In the summertime, an easy solution is skipping sunscreen on your legs for the first 15 minutes in the sun. Just make sure you apply in time to prevent any sunburn or damage.

To ensure you’re getting all the D-3 you need, Dr. Oz recommends you take 1000 IU in supplement form daily.