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Dr. Oz reveals top fitness tips for busy moms and best vitamin B12 sources

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Dr. Oz shared fitness tips from three physicians who are also moms on the Dec. 20 episode of the Dr. Oz Show. His guests included Dr. Gretchen Phillips, Dr. Suzanne Greenridge and Dr. Tasneem Bhatia.

These "Dr. Moms" shared their prescriptions for staying fit, focused, and stress-free while juggling full-time jobs and hectic family lives.

Dr. Phillips (far left) is a family physician who has five children. She said her secret for balancing her life is to be organized and stick to a tight schedule.

Dr. Phillips said all moms should take a few minutes every day that's "me time" to relax. Phillips told Dr. Oz her "me time" occurs every evening at 7:30, when she enjoys a glass of wine and takes 30 minutes of quiet time all to herself.

Dr. Phillips told Dr. Oz that staying active is absolutely critical for physical and mental health. "We have to stay active," she said. "I cannot stress that enough."

Phillips squeezes in brief workouts throughout the day by doing squats and lifting light hand weights at her desk, riding her bike with her children, and taking short walks with her family.

Dr. Phillips said if you do these mini-workouts in short bursts, you can get in 20 minutes of exercise a day, and that will go a long way toward ensuring your physical health and sanity.

Best Sources of Vitamin B-12

In a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz discussed the importance of getting enough vitamin B-12 in your diet. B-12 provides oxygen to your body, so when you don't get enough, you feel run-down.

Symptoms of B-12 deficiency include the following:

  • Poor memory.
  • Depressed.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Tired.
  • Weak.
  • Brain fog.

Dr. Oz said the best sources of vitamin B-12 are animal proteins like beef, salmon, haddock, poultry, pork, eggs and cheese. Liver has the highest amount of B-12 per serving, but sardines and silken tofu are also excellent sources of B-12.

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