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Dr. Oz talks social media addiction and tea for weight loss, cancer prevention

Dr. Oz and Girls Out Loud panelists Kandi Burruss and Cheryl Burke: Social media addiction and teas for weight loss
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Dr. Mehmet Oz examined social media addiction and the health and weight loss benefits of tea on the Aug. 20 of the Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Oz's guests were "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kandi Burruss, comedian Kim Coles, and "Dancing With the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke. Kandi, Kim and Cheryl all confessed they were addicted to social media, and said they sometimes even check their Twitter feeds during bathroom breaks in the middle of the night.

While Dr. Oz's panelists were joking about their social media addiction, it is a real issue that can have devastating consequences. A new poll indicates that Twitter and Facebook are more addictive and harder to give up than smoking.

While social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were initially touted for their capacity to connect people, experts are concerned people are instead becoming more anti-social and not living their lives in the present moment because they're too busy living virtual lives on the Internet.

Couple's Baby Starved to Death While They Raised Virtual Baby Online

A related issue is Internet addiction, which is a growing phenomenon. In 2010, a South Korean couple was sentenced to two years in jail after their newborn baby starved to death while they spent hours every day raising a virtual child in an online fantasy game. While engaging in social media can be fun and educational), experts say it's important to take a "digital detox" regularly.

On a separate segment, Dr. Oz discussed the health benefits of tea, including weight loss and stress relief. Dr. Oz said white tea and matcha green tea are both rich in disease-fighting antioxidants and have been shown to increase metabolism and curb hunger.

Green tea contains EGCG, an antioxidant that has been shown to burn fat and protect against the free-radical damage that fuels aging and cancer. Studies show drinking two cups of green tea a day can help reduce belly fat. Green tea can also prevent fat storage and reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.

For anxiety and stress relief, Dr. Oz suggested passionflower tea. Passionflower contains the flavone chrysin, which has been shown to have anti-anxiety benefits.