The Doctors: White Food Diet
Dr. Travis Stork said most people gain three to four pounds during winter. It may be biological, as the body tries to hold on to fat stores during colder months. To combat this, pay attention to what you eat, and stay active during winter months. Dr. Stork said most white foods are processed.
The Drs TV Show: White Foods To Avoid
Dr. Travis Stork said white, creamy sauces like ranch dressing are loaded with saturated fats. White flour, white breads, and white pastas have the same effects on your body as sugar.
Most white seasonings, like salt and sugar, have negative effects. Sugar is bad for your waistline, and Salt Is Bad For Your Blood Pressure. Heavy creams are full of empty calories.
The Doctors: Healthy White Foods
Dr. Lisa Masterson pointed out that some white foods have health benefits. Cauliflower is full of antioxidants and can help boost your immunities. Several studies have linked cauliflower with prevention of various cancers.
Dr. Jim Sears said fresh garlic is another good white food. It helps your heart promote blood flow and lowers the risk of colon cancer. White mushrooms are good too, because they boost the immune system. Dr. Travis Stork cautioned that wild white mushrooms found in your yard can be poisonous, so the healthy white mushrooms are found at the farmer’s market or grocery store.
Dr. Andrew Ordon: Greek Yogurt vs Sour Cream
Dr. Andrew Ordon said eggs are packed with protein and we shouldn’t be afraid to eat them. A recent Harvard study concluded that there is not a link between eggs and heart disease or high cholesterol. Eating an egg a day can improve heart health and circulation. Dr. Lisa Masterson said women can decrease their rate of breast cancer by including eggs in their diet.
Dr. Travis Stork added that nonfat Greek yogurt has 18 grams of protein in a 6-ounce serving. That’s 20% of your daily recommended amount of calcium, at just 100 calories. Dr. Jim Sears said Greek yogurt is a great substitute for sour cream. Not all white foods are bad after all.
The Doctors: RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevate
Dr. Travis Stork said 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day. An ankle sprain is an injury to a ligament in your ankle. This can be painful, but remembering RICE can help you treat it. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate.
Rest from activities that will aggravate the sprain. Ice will reduce pain and swelling. Compression with an Ace bandage can also reduce swelling. Elevate the injured area when sitting or lying down.
The Doctors TV: Safe Ways To Warm Up
A viewer asked if it is dangerous to take a hot bath or shower immediately after coming in from the extreme cold. Dr. Travis Stork said in most situations, you want to warm up quickly, to increase blood flow and prevent frostbite.
In severe cases of hypothermia, where your body temperature drops severely, heating one part of your body too much can dilate your blood vessels, pulling blood away from internal organs. This is a case where emergency treatment is needed anyway, so ER doctors would know how to safely warm you up.
Also, a Japanese study found that jumping into a hot bath can place a lot of stress on the heart. Dr. Stork said hot baths are OK for most people, but those with pre-existing heart conditions should be wary.
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The Doctors: Shoveling Snow Dangers
Dr. Travis Stork said ER visits go up after the first snow of the year. That’s because people overexert themselves shoveling snow. He said to take frequent breaks when shoveling, and make sure you bend at the knees, not the waist, to prevent back pain. Also pay attention to stress on your heart if you are typically inactive.