Mehmet Oz
Professor, Columbia University
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Mehmet Oz's Five Ways to Improve Your Health

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Mehmet Oz

Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, MD is vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and healthcare policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters and medical books and has received several patents. He performs over 300 heart operations annually.

Dr. Oz is the health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications and has hosted several shows, including Second Opinion with Dr. Oz and Life Line. His Transplant! series on Discovery Health Channel won both a FREDDIE and a Silver TELLY award in September 2006.  He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington's John Q and participated in several other feature films.

Dr. Oz authored three New York Times best-sellers, including You: The Owner's Manual, You: The Smart Patient and You: On a Diet, as well as the award-winning Healing from the Heart. He has a regular column in Esquire and Reader's Digest magazines.  In 2006, he was honored as one of "The Harvard 100 Most influential Alumni" in 02138 magazine and he was one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2008.

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Mehmet Oz's Five Ways to Improve Your Health

Mehmet Oz: The most important five things you can do to improveyour health are: 

Number 1, walk 30 minutes a day. You don’t have to do that at the end of the day, you can make a part of what you do everyday, like use the stairs instead of an elevator, but 30 minutes of extra walking than you normally do everyday.

Number 2, eat real food. Eat food that comes out of the ground, look in the way it looks when you eat it. If its processed or packaged or its got Trans fats, these all increase shelf life but they shorten human life.

Number 3, you’ve got to sleep at least 7 to 7 ½ hours a night. That doesn’t seem easy for a lot of you but 50% of the people who don’t get the sleep they need can easily get it if they understood a little about, a little bit about sleep hygiene. And by that, I mean, appreciating that when the sun went down for our ancestors, our melatonin levels went up in our brain, with melatonin you get tired. You also want to have a cool room, have [loose fitting] clothing. And by the way, if you have aches and pains that you keep up at night, get them treated, because not getting your sleep means you’re not getting your growth hormone and growth hormone is essential for your vitality.

Number 4, you need to know what your blood pressure is. Simple, easy number to learn and you don’t want to have the average blood pressure because what happens to average American, they die of a heart attack. You want to be optimal. The optimal blood pressure is 115/75.

And number 5 is you got to have a purpose in life bigger than yourself. That’s what ServiceNation is all about. It’s about appreciating that you give to others, you get back a ton more in return. The big challenges as you give, how you let them propagate it and give it on further, that’s what I think was all about.


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