Dr. Oz’s Prevention Power Pack

What you do today may help you outsmart the deadly diseases you fear most and save thousands in medical expenses.

Dr. Oz’s Prevention Power Pack

How would you like to outsmart the diseases you fear most and reverse the aging process at the same time? You don’t need expensive medicines or visits to the doctor. All you need is Dr. Oz’s Prevention Power Pack.

Preventive medicine is based on making lifestyle changes and preventing disease from ever occurring, as opposed to traditional medicine where disease is recognized and treated once symptoms present themselves. People often dismiss preventive medicine because it’s not something that can be measured immediately or on a day-to-day basis. However, preventive medicine can be measured by the "non-event" – for example, it’s that heart attack you never have that counts.

Regardless of your age, race or gender, it’s never too late to start practicing prevention. According to some experts, breaking bad health habits and starting new ones can dramatically reduce your risks of heart attack by as much as 80 percent, cancer by up to 60 percent, and diabetes by up to a staggering 90 percent.

Dr. Oz’s Prevention Power Pack provides five simple and affordable ways for you to reverse aging and improve the quality of your life. What are you waiting for?

Prevention Powerhouse #1

Five Different Colored Foods a Day = Lower Risk of Heart Attack

Vibrant colored plant foods are rich in antioxidants to help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. By incorporating a rainbow of 5 fruits and vegetables into your diet, you can lower your risk of dying of a heart attack by 22 percent within eight years. The key point here is to eat 5 different colored fruits and veggies, since each color denotes a specific kind of vitamin and nutrient. Think verdant kale, scarlet raspberries, flame-orange carrots, deep purple grapes, etc.

Click here for more on Dr. Oz’s favorite anti-aging produce and other foods.

Prevention Powerhouse # 2

Coffee and Vinegar = Fight Diabetes

One-third of Americans are pre-diabetic or have some form of diabetes. Many studies have shown that coffee can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by stabilizing blood sugar. Liver function and cholesterol can also improve with coffee consumption. For maximum benefit, drink four 8-ounce cups a day, which translates to two large takeout coffees. Note: both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee are effective.

Blood sugar rises after we eat. Studies have show that vinegar can inhibit rising blood sugar by about 30 percent. Have a couple of teaspoons of vinegar twice a day, at both lunch and dinner. Keep a bottle of vinegar on your kitchen table to use as a seasoning. Get into the habit of mixing vinegar with olive oil for a homemade vinaigrette you can enjoy on salads or other veggies.

Click here for a sundried tomato vinaigrette recipe; it can be a delicious, low-fat topping for baked potatoes, grilled fish or a simple dark green salad.

Prevention Powerhouse #3

Brain Smoothie Cubes = Prevent Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Blueberries, banana, hemp nuts, apple juice and flaxseed oil are five superfoods for the brain. They all contain acetylcholine and omega-3 fatty acids, which are both vital for brain health.

Mix up a powerhouse brain smoothie using the above ingredients. You’re thinking: I don’t have time each morning for such a lengthy endeavor. Instead, make a large smoothie batch once a week and freeze it in ice cube trays. When you’re on your way to work or wherever you’re headed, pop 4 cubes in a travel mug and start the day with a powerful brain booster. Click here for the recipe.

Prevention Powerhouse #4

Herb Grinder = Less Bone Loss

Calcium is important for bone health. But according to new studies, the salt we eat can a cause our body to lose calcium. Most of us eat twice as much salt as we really need. One study has shown that 1000 extra milligrams of salt a day results in 1 percent bone loss every year for women.

Invest in an herb grinder and grind dry or fresh herbs to create a tasty salt substitute. When buying dry herbs, just make sure there’s no added salt in the mixture. Herbs are a great way to replace the flavor of salt while also protecting your bones. You’ll also decrease your blood pressure and your risk of stroke and heart disease.

Click here for Dr. Oz’s Bone Booster Plan.

Prevention Powerhouse #5

Sweet Potatoes = Cancer Prevention

According to the experts, eating 1 cup of sweet potatoes a week could reduce your risk of lung, skin and prostrate cancers. Sweet potatoes contain lutein and carotenoids, molecules shown to starve cancer cells. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with alpha carotene. In studies, people with the highest levels of alpha carotene had almost a 40 percent decrease in risk of death. To achieve maximum health results, eat 1 cup of sweet potatoes a day.

Click here for an oven-roasted caramelized sweet potato rounds recipe.

Want to help lower your risk of getting cancer? The answer could be in the food you eat! Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer at WebMD and the author of "Take Control of Your Cancer Risk," says there are three kinds of foods that could really help prevent cancer: garlic, fish and grapes. And what three kinds of foods should you avoid? Red and processed meats, refined grains, and alcoholic and sugary drinks. Watch the videos below to learn more about how food could be connected to your cancer risk.