Dr Oz: Old Wives’ Tales Debunked
Did your mother ever tell you eating too much chocolate would give you acne or that stressing too much could make your hair turn gray? One of those might be true or they could both be myths. Keep reading to find out which health myths Dr. Oz debunked.
Dr Oz: Does Chocolate Cause Acne?
Has anyone ever told you eating too much chocolate would make your acne worse? Dr. Oz wanted to know the truth. He wanted to know if eating chocolate was going to make him break out so he called on the help of a skin expert to give him the facts. And guess what? She said chocolate does not cause acne.
She told Dr. Oz acne is caused by hormonal changes in the body. So if your mother has oily skin and she eats lots of chocolate she may have thought it was the chocolate making her break out. Dr. Oz also made sure to point out everyone should eat dark chocolate because of the health benefits.
Dr Oz: Do Spicy Foods Cause Ulcers?
Have you ever heard anyone tell you eating too much spicy food can cause an ulcer? Dr. Oz called on the help of gastroenterologist Dr. Roshini Raj to get the facts and Dr. Raj told him this is absolutely a myth because spicy foods are actually good for you. He explained ulcers are commonly caused by the bacteria known as H. Pylori which causes inflammation to the lining of the stomach. The second most common cause of ulcers is the use of over-the-counter pain medications like Aspirin.
Dr Oz: Does Stress Cause Gray Hair?
To demonstrate a point about the next old wives’ health myth, he took out a picture of President Obama when he took office in his first term and showed it to the audience. Next, he showed a picture of the President four years later and his once dark black hair had transformed into a head of gray hairs.
So, it begs the question do you really get gray hairs if you stress too much?
Dr. Oz called on the help of a celebrity hair stylist who explained genes determine when our hair will turn gray, but he did add that severe stress can sometimes cause physiological changes in the body and lead to premature gray hairs.
Dr Oz: Does Drinking Warm Milk Make You Sleepy?
Have you ever heard a warm glass of milk will help put you to sleep? I have heard it before and I never thought it would actually help me fall sleep until today when Dr. Oz talked with a sleep expert who said warm milk will help you fall asleep at night. The milk helps you fall asleep because it contains small amounts of tryptophan and melatonin, both of which help you sleep.