When it comes to disease, it's far easier to prevent it than fight it. Editor-in-chief of Prevention, Liz Vaccariello, joins The Doctors to provide prevention tips to keep you healthy.
"Prevention magazine has been inspiring and teaching people how to get and stay healthy for more than 60 years," Liz explains. "Nobody wants to get sick, they want to stay healthy and that's what Prevention's all about!"
Boost Your Metabolism
If you want to rev up your metabolism, snack on watermelon! The fruit contains arginine, an amino acid that enhances oxidation, or metabolism, of fat and glucose, and one slice is only 80 calories.
Ear Infections in Babies
If your baby comes down with an ear infection, it may be due to the way you're holding him or her while bottle-feeding. If your baby is lying too far back, the milk can pool in the eustachian tubes, which can lead to infection. By repositioning the baby to an upright position, you can help prevent future ear infections.
Hot Flash Spray
Evamist is the only FDA-approved estrogen spray that can help ease hot flashes often brought on by menopause. "It does have estrogen in it, so you should talk to your doctor about using it first," advises OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson. Evamist is available by prescription only.
Flat Belly Diet
Extra weight in your mid-section increases your risk of many diseases. Belly fat, also known as visceral fat, endangers vital organs by wrapping around them and becoming metabolically active; stimulating hormones, increasing blood pressure, decreasing sensitivity to insulin and other adverse effects.
Liz Vaccariello is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Flat Belly Diet that promises to banish belly fat for good. See why!
Try the 28-Day Flat Belly Plan!
Every three minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the best way to prevent the disease is to have early and frequent screenings.
More about breast cancer.
Flu Shot 411
On the fence about getting the flu shot? It is recommended for pregnant women, kids from ages 6 months to 19 years, health care providers, caretakers of young children and adults over the age of 50 who have chronic medical conditions. E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains how the flu shot works.
After a hard workout, skip the ice pack and jump into an ice tub! Dr. Travis tries cryotherapy, which promises to reduce swelling, tissue breakdown, and pain ... but it's not for the faint of heart! The water needs to be a cool 50 degrees, and you'll need to stay in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes to get the full effect.