The Doctors: Drink Yourself Healthy & Oat Health Secrets
Denver TV reporter Tawnya Rush shared her three drink secrets to slimming down. The segment was called “Drink Yourself Healthy,” even though it had nothing to do with alcohol. The first secret she revealed was the importance of oats. Oats lower cholesterol and add fiber. But now, you can take your oats on the go by buying oat beverages. Oat beverages are low sodium, low sugar, vegan friendly, and all natural.
The Doctors: Ginger In A Drink
Tawnya Rush also recommended Jinja, which is a healthy ginger drink. The drink has mint, lemon, and green tea. It also contains cayenne pepper, which is really healthy because it’s good for the heart and helps with blood pressure. You can drink this hot, cold, or even mix it into a smoothie. Ginger also has great medicinal properties.
The Doctors: Chia Smoothie
Tawnya Rush also recommended her Chia Smoothie recipe, which you can find below. Smoothies are healthy and great because you get to keep the fiber from the ingredients and you get to include chia seeds. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and aid in digestion. This smoothie also has bananas and spinach.
- 1 small banana, sliced
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt (regular or Greek)
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Orange juice or water to thin the smoothie out, if needed
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
The Doctors: The Importance Of Vaccinations
There’s a rising trend of diseases coming back from extinctions. Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, the Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, came by The Doctors to talk about the importance of vaccinations. Vaccinations prevent illness in a couple of ways. The first is that it protects the individual. It also benefits the community, because the more people that are vaccinated, the less likely it is that people who aren’t vaccinated will become ill. This benefit is critical for people with chronic illnesses who can’t be vaccinated or small children, whose immune systems aren’t yet strong.
The Doctors: What Shots Should You Take Before Leaving The Country?
Earlier this year, a person who went on a trip abroad and came back to the U.S. became infected with measles because they weren’t vaccinated. 58 other unvaccinated people in the U.S. became infected as a result. One woman wrote into The Doctors wondering about how you know what shots to get before you travel, which was a very poignant question.
Dr. Jim Sears gave the woman a house call and said that it’s important to keep your vaccinations up to date. Dr. Sears said she should sit down with her doctor and determine exactly which shots she needs for the area she’s going to.
The Doctors: What Is The Measles?
How does measles spread? Dr. Travis explained that measles is a virus found in the nose and throat of infected patients. It spreads through coughs and sneezes. It can remain infectious for up to two hours in the air, so if you’re not vaccinated, you can get infected simply by breathing in the air.
The Doctors: Why Should We Get Vaccinated?
Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explained that today, there are a number of diseases the average person isn’t aware of anymore. Polio is a good example of that, because it’s been largely eradicated in the U.S.
Vaccines have side effects like any other medications. For the most part, these are minor side effects, like low-grade fever and a sore arm. However, Dr. Travis said that the decision not to get vaccinated can really put yourself and others at danger from deadly diseases or disabling ones.
Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall added that it’s important to take the whole recommended series for the vaccination. Adults need to pay attention to this as well, not just students and kids. Make sure you have the full range of vaccinations that’s appropriate for you. Dr. Lewis-Hall is now a grandmother, so she made sure she was up to date on her vaccinations to protect her young grandson.
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