Thirty-five million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. For Ben, the culprit may be right under his nose —- literally.
Tips to Minimize Your Allergies
• Shower before going to sleep so you don't take pollen into bed.
• Keep doors and windows closed during allergy season to decrease the amount of pollen that gets into the house.
• Avoid going outside in the evening when pollen counts are at their highest.
Car Safety Tips
Car enthusiast and host of HGTV's Overhaulin', Adrienne Janic, shares vital tips about what you should keep inside your car in case of an emergency.
• Adrienne's tire safety tips.
• Keyless car systems allow you to start a car without putting a key into the ignition, but if you forget to push the button to turn it off, it could have life-threatening consequences. The Doctors explain the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from a still-running car, and the warning signs to look for.
Lose Those Last 10 Pounds
• Join the 17 Day Diet Challenge to enter to win Jane Fonda's Workout equipment and start losing weight today!
Menthol Cigarette Ban
Menthol is the most popular cigarette flavoring because it masks the taste of tobacco and can offer a "cool burst." The Doctors discuss the possible ban on menthol cigarettes, and explain how emphysema, caused by smoking, damages your lungs.
• Speak out: What do you think of a possible menthol cigarette ban?
Tips to Stop Smoking
Nicotine addiction specialist Dr. Linda Hyder Ferry offers tips to stop smoking:
• Change Your Attitude
Tell yourself you can learn to live without tobacco.
• Get Professional Help
Find out if you are a candidate for smoking cessation medications.
• Change Your Environment
Keep your home, car and workplace smoke-free.
• Use Alternatives
Make sure you have something else to do rather than smoke. If you need something in your hand to take the place of a cigarette, use a cinnamon stick. If you need to simulate the feel of a cigarette in your mouth, drink ice cold water through a straw. This will also stimulate chemicals in the brain that release dopamine, much like nicotine does.
Resources to Stop Smoking
• Learn about the tools available to help you quit smoking.
• Take the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence.
• Watch the QUITPLAN video for the reasons to quit smoking right now.
• Relearn your life without cigarettes with help from www.BecomeAnEX.org.
• Vanderbilt Dayani Center Smoking Cessation Program
Eating a frozen meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner may be convenient, but is it healthy? "People often ask me and the rest of The Doctors, 'Is it OK to eat a frozen meal?'" Dr. Travis says. "And the answer is: sometimes yes, sometimes no. There are dos and don'ts."
Dr. Travis reveals what to look for when you buy a frozen meal:
• Calories: Make sure the meal contains less than 500 calories.
• Fat: Look for a meal that has less than 15 grams of total fat and 5 grams of saturated fat.
• Fiber: Try to buy frozen meals that contain at least 3.5 grams of fiber.
• Sodium content: Frozen meals tend to contain high amounts of sodium, so be careful. Look for packages with less than 700 mg of sodium. "I would actually say, [the number should be] more like 500 mg of sodium or less," Dr. Travis says.
"Look at that first ingredient," Dr. Travis says. "Is it a whole grain? Is it a vegetable? If you look at that list of ingredients, and you're seeing things that you can't really pronounce, and it takes until the number two, or three or fourth ingredient until you understand what it is, I don't know if I'd buy that.
"They're a great option if you're on the go and in a hurry, and choose the right ones," Dr. Travis adds. "I do think that it's almost impossible to stay below the recommended amount of sodium in your diet if this is all you're eating. It's just a fact of life."
Learn about The Doctors' movement to reduce sodium intake and take the pledge to Halt the Salt!