The Doctors show you how little changes can lead to big health results!
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Healthy Food Swaps
Healthy cooking expert Meg Galvin demonstrates simple swaps you can make in the kitchen to save big-time calories.
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• Baked Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
• Creamy Broccoli-Cheddar Soup
• The Doctors reveal a big breakfast mistake you may be making.
Surprising Sources of Calcium
Calcium is essential for strong bones, and it also promotes the functionality of your muscles, nerves and hormones
. Women need 1,000 mg to 1,300 mg of calcium daily, and while an 8-oz. glass of milk provides 300 mg of calcium, there are other ways to add the essential nutrient to your diet.
Dried figs: Eating 10 dried figs can give you almost as much calcium as a glass of milk, and the fruit is a great source of fiber. Try OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson’s cheese-filled fig recipe!
Sesame Seeds: A quarter-cup of sesame seeds has 351mg of calcium – more than a glass of milk! Sprinkle some sesame seeds on your chicken, fish or salads to add flavor and nutrition.
Blackstrap molasses: Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses has 400mg of calcium, which is 100mg more than milk. Use it as a substitute for syrup and sugar, and try it on your pancakes and in baked goods.
Sleep or Exercise?
Have you ever woken up for a workout, but felt very tired and asked yourself, “Should I stay in bed for an extra hour, or get up to go exercise?” While exercise and sleep are both important, E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains how each, and the lack thereof, affect your body, and which is more essential to a healthy lifestyle.
“It shouldn’t be an either-or phenomenon,” Dr. Travis says. “But, on some particular days, it is an either-or phenomenon, and what I would say to you is this: Do not wake up an hour early to exercise if that means you’re going to be exhausted the rest of that particular day, because exercise doesn’t do you any good if you’re just going to be totally and completely sleep deprived and exhausted.”
Ask Our Doctors in 30 Seconds
From skin problems, to delivery room decisions and the importance of vitamins, The Doctors take audience and viewer questions in a speed round of Ask Our Doctors!
No More Gym Class?
A Florida state representative is proposing a law that would no longer require middle school students to take gym class. If the bill passes, Florida school districts would be given the option to cut physical education entirely. Supporters of the bill claim it can improve academic performance and save money.
The Doctors discuss the controversial proposal.
“They say, ‘We don’t have the money,’ but activity improves your health, so you spend less on healthcare,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. “So it saves money!”
Currently, 18.3 percent of Florida’s children are considered obese, the 13th-highest rate in the United States.
“Exercise improves academic performance. It’s been shown time and again,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
“We’re learning more and more about education, and what constitutes a good educational environment,” Dr. Travis continues. “We all know now that sitting in a chair for seven or eight hours straight, staring at a chalkboard, doesn’t work. We need to allow kids the chance to get outside and run. Even if it’s just unstructured recess, where they can just run around outside, it helps.
“[Physical activity] increases blood flow to every organ in your body, including your brain, and especially [in] a child’s developing brain” Dr. Travis adds. “Part of learning is movement, balance, coordination. That uses the posterior part of your brain. It’s just as important as the development of, in my opinion, math skills, language skills. It’s all important.”
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