Ask Oz: Mom Edition

Dr. Oz answers your biggest health questions when it comes to your child’s health.

Ask Oz: Mom Edition

Is your child a picky eater? Or struggling when he or she goes to the bathroom? Dr. Oz is taking questions from everyday moms just like you and providing simple solutions to keep your children happy and healthy!

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“My child struggles with constipation. Is there a solution besides OTCs to help her get regular?”

Children’s bowel movements vary in frequency, but should always come out smoothly, without excessive pain or strain. An all-natural constipation solution that is both effective and your kids will love is the CRAP diet. “CRAP” stands for four excellent sources of fiber: Cherries, Raisins, Apricots, Prunes. A diet rich in any fruits, vegetables and whole grains is a great way to decrease constipation and prevent it in the future. Your child should be getting at least one and a half cups of both fruits and vegetables every day. Also make sure your child gets plenty of fluids, since dehydration can also contribute to constipation. If your child has been constipated for two weeks or more, or changing their diet doesn’t help, consult your pediatrician.

Is This the Best Snack to Help You Maintain Your Weight Loss?

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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