Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed the benefits of vitamin D, corn sensitivity, and weatherman Sam Champion's high blood pressure on the March 17 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("Weatherman Sam Champion's Health Scare").
Dr. Oz said most of us don't get enough vitamin D, the benefits of which include weight loss, bone and immune health. Vitamin D also prevents heart disease, depression, and cancer.
The best source of vitamin D is the sun, but many Americans are deficient in vitamin D, especially during the cold, dark winter months.
Dr. Oz's guest was TV weatherman Sam Champion, who was shocked after being diagnosed with high cholesterol and hypertension (high blood pressure), both of which are related to vitamin D deficiency.
Dr. Oz explained that if you don't get enough vitamin D, your kidneys don't function properly, which contributes to high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Foods rich in vitamin D include egg yolks, beef liver, milk, cheese, mushrooms, and Greek yogurt. Taking a daily walk in the sun for 10 minutes a day can also help you get vitamin D the natural way.
Dr. Amy Myers Spotlights Corn Sensitivity
On a separate segment, Dr. Oz discussed corn sensitivity with Dr. Amy Myers, an expert on gluten sensitivity and author of The Autoimmune Solution.
Dr. Myers said many people have corn sensitivity and are unaware this is what's causing their nausea, headaches and skin rashes. She said corn is in almost everything you eat, especially if you're on a gluten-free diet.
Dr. Myers said 90 percent of the corn grown in the United States is made from GMOs (genetically modified organisms), which causes leaky gut syndrome. The symptoms of corn sensitivity include:
- chronic gas, bloating or diarrhea
- joint pain
- brain fog or exhaustion
- hives or acne.
Dr. Myers said you can reduce corn sensitivity by doing the following:
- Eat grass-fed beef and pastured poultry, pork and eggs instead of factory-farmed meats.
- Substitute granola for cereal.
- Avoid frozen or canned fruits and vegetables because corn is sometimes used as a preservative.
Copper Is An Anti-Aging Mineral That Prevents Wrinkles and High Cholesterol
Dr. Oz said copper is a powerful anti-aging mineral that can slow down aging from the inside and the outside. Dr. Oz's guest was dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf, who said copper helps maintain collagen, which is what keeps your skin firm and young-looking.
Dr. Oz recommended copper-based anti-aging wrinkle creams and serums for youthful skin and hair:
Dr. Oz said you should also eat anti-aging copper-rich foods because they're high in antioxidants and promote collagen growth for healthy bones and tissue: