Time is on your side. Strategize to streamline your schedule for optimal health. Dr. Oz lets you in on his secrets.

Best Time of the Day To Eat Spicy Food: Noon!
Spicy flavors stimulate alertness, so you won't have to worry about that post-lunch crash. Capsaicin triggers receptors in the mouth that signal the brain to release endorphins. Spices increase body temperature, give you energy and reduce your appetite, which helps with weight loss. Click here to learn more about calorie-burning spices.

Best Time of Day to Take Asthma and Allergy Medication: 6 a.m.!
Asthma attacks happen early in the morning; the tubes that carry air to the lungs are at their narrowest between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Taking medications early will help control inflammation and the symptoms of asthma attacks and allergies.

Best Day of the Week to Eat Out: Tuesday!
Restaurants receive deliveries of fresh food on Tuesday. You can decrease your chances of getting food poisoning by going out on Tuesday and eating the freshest of the fresh food. Click here to learn about the 5 secrets restaurants don't want you to know.

Best Day of the Week to Fill a Prescription: Thursday!
Mondays are the busiest. Avoid long lines, even longer wait times, and the weekend rush by going to the pharmacy on Thursday.

Click here to watch Part 2 and find out when you should schedule a very important medical checkup you might not know you need.

What's the best day of the week to go grocery shopping or schedule a doctor's appointment? Click here for more Best Day of the Week tips!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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