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Dr. Oz: Birth order affects health; Chris Powell's carb cycling weight loss diet

Chris Powell talks weight loss.
Chris Powell talks weight loss.Photo by Rachel Murray

Separating health facts from fiction can seem like an impossible task in today's Internet-focused world. Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed popular health myths and how your birth order can affect your health on his August 18 talk show. Plus: Discover Chris Powell's carb cycling weight loss diet.

Hiccups can make your life miserable. Should you swallow a spoonful of sugar, get someone to scare you or gargle with ice water? Dr. Oz says that it's the ice water gargle that actually works to cure hiccups.

Myth or truth: Drink alcohol to get warm? That's a myth, says Dr. Oz. When you drink alcohol, you sweat, which cools your skin.

Whether you call it flatulence or gas, it's not very pretty. And although you might think that only people who eat beans and broccoli have a problem with flatulence, the average person passes gas 14 times a day, according to Dr. Oz.

Can your birth order predict your health issues? Psychologist Dr. Jen Hartstein says that it definitely can. For example, if you are the youngest child, you are less apt to suffer from allergies.

If you are the only child, you constantly attempt to please your parents. You dread criticism and are a perfectionist, says Dr. Hartstein. The same traits are true of children born more than five years apart.

Middle children are diplomats, skilled at negotiating. However, they also have higher risks of depression. In contrast, first-born children constantly strive to achieve and are more apt to have diabetes or high blood pressure, according to the psychologist.

On the same episode, "Extreme Weight Loss" star Chris Powell talked with Dr. Oz about what really works for weight loss. He emphasized that muscle plays a key role in shedding pounds because it boosts fat-burning.

Chris recommends doing resistance training exercises as well as whole body movements. Some of his workout tips include jumping jacks, crunches, squats and alternate knee raises.

When it comes to diet, Chris advocates carb cycling for weight loss. It involves alternating high carb days with low carb diet cycles. The approach is designed to eliminate fat while keeping your metabolism at its peak.

But don't assume that all carbohydrates are created equal. Chris recommends eating whole foods rather than processed and avoiding sugar.

As for your protein choices, the latest research shows that consuming animal protein can help you stay healthier as you age. Researchers found that study participants who ate more meat and fish reduced their risk of mental and physical decline by 39 percent, reported the Epoch Times on August 17.

They theorized that the higher levels of animal protein help to maintain muscle mass. In addition, researchers have discovered that eating fish improves brain health.

Another study indicated that people who ate the most protein reduced their risk of dementia by 21 percent. The participants ranged in age from 70 to 89, a period when cognitive impairment tends to accelerate.