20 Ways the Color Green Affects Your Health

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Green Fungus
Get your feet flip-flop ready for spring and summer! Garrett, 37, has suffered from recurrent green fungus under his toenails for years. “Because the fungus is in the nail plate and in the nail bed, it’s so hard to treat with [anti-fungal] creams,” dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban explains.

Dr. Shamban demonstrates how PinPointe laser technology can permanently eradicate unsightly toenail fungus. The pain-free, FDA-approved treatment specifically targets the fungus and requires two to three 30-minute sessions, spread out over four-to-six-week periods.

• More on laser treatments for toe fungus.

Green Pus:
See how the PICO negative pressure wound therapy system is used to prevent oozing infections and help injured areas heal faster.

Green Laser Surgery:
See how green light laser surgery is performed for men suffering from an enlarged prostate.
• Dr. Sears' surprise prostate exam

Your Body ... Going Green?

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains what causes green-tinted poop in babies’ diapers and when you should consult your child’s doctor.

• What causes green urine and green semen?

• Learn what different body fluid colors can indicate.

Green Food Goodness
The Doctors are joined by Intelligence For Your Life radio host and journalist John Tesh to explain the nutritional benefits of certain green foods.

Besides being beneficial to your skin and a great source of healthy fat, avocados have high levels of lutein, a naturally occurring pigment that protects your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

The chlorophyll in parsley is a natural deodorizer and is a great home remedy to ward off bad breath.
Parsley ice to reduce bruising

As the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But a Norwegian university study found that daily kiwi consumption lowers systolic blood pressure better than apples. Kiwi fruit is recommended by The American Heart Association and it also contains more vitamin C per ounce than an orange.

This nutrient-dense, leafy green is one of the healthiest vegetables of any color. Kale is packed with fiber, vitamins A, C and K, as well as cancer-fighting phytochemicals and serotonin-enhancing B vitamins found in folate. The vegetable can be consumed in salad, blended in smoothies, sautéed with olive oil and garlic, or even baked and eaten as kale chips.

• John explains his unique way to receive the health benefits of green tea.

Referral to The Doctors:
John receives a question on his radio show about whether dairy can interfere with iron consumption. He refers the question to
The Doctors.

Iron Deficiency Answers:
The Doctors explain the best nutritional sources of iron to Carrie, a mother of twin girls who were diagnosed with low iron levels.

• Learn more about John Tesh's radio show, Intelligence For Your Life, and catch him in concert!

Green Beer Benefits

"When it comes to your health, the luck of the Irish could be in the beer," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.

consumed in moderation, beer can have surprising health benefits. Drinking moderate amounts of beer has been shown to lower the risk of coronary heart disease by 30 to 40 percent.

"The American Heart Association found that beer promotes blood vessel health,” Dr. Travis says. “[Beer] has the same amount of polyphenols as red wine [and] four to five times as many polyphenols as white wine.

“Another study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that light to moderate beer drinkers decrease their risk of suffering a stroke by 20 percent,” he adds.

You've Got ... Marijuana?

The Doctors debate the pros and cons of medical marijuana legalization, and how marijuana prescriptions have become so prevalent that there are even doorstep delivery services.

• Is marijuana being overprescribed? Share your thoughts.

OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson cites another study out of the University of California, Davis that found beer to be a great dietary source of silicon, a key to boosting bone density and preventing osteoporosis.

The Journal of Epidemiology also reported that middle-aged men who are regular beer drinkers cut their risks of developing kidney stones by 40 percent, and a Harvard University study found that consuming moderate amounts of beer can actually improve cognitive function in older adults, as well.

“The key is moderation,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says.

The Doctors’ Dye-Free Green Beer
• Pilsner or Light-Colored Lager Beer
• All-Natural Spirulina (available at most health food stores)

• Combine 1/4 tsp spirulina and 12 oz beer in a pint glass.
• Gently stir with a spoon until spirulina is dispersed throughout and beer color has turned from pale golden to dark green.

* Another 1/4 tsp of spirulina may be added, depending on individual preferences. One tbsp of wheat grass juice may also be used as a substitute for spirulina.


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