New Series: The Dr. Oz Alphabet U-Z

AlphabetWe have come to the last of the alphabet in Dr. Oz’s Alphabet of Health! We hope this has helped you in some way or you’ve learned a new health secret! Tell us what you think.

U: Ugli Fruit

Ugli fruit is a hybrid citrus fruit from Jamaica, combining the healthy antioxidant benefits of grapefruit, orange and tangerine, without the serious potential drug interactive properties known to occur with grapefruit. It’s also high in vitamin C, which helps fight infection.

V: Vitamin D-3

Vitamin D-3 is an important immunity booster, yet many of us are D-3 deficient. Also called cholecalciferol, D-3 plays a number of roles in our bodies, including:

Promoting absorption of calcium and bone health

Boosting immune function

Reducing inflammation

Healthy neuro-muscular function

Protecting against some forms of cancer

The best sources are salmon, tuna and mackerel (especially the flesh) and fish liver oils. Beef liver, cheese and egg yolks also contain small amounts. If these foods don’t sound very appealing to you, there is good news: your body produces vitamin D when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike your skin. Spend about 10-15 minutes a day outside in the sun. Keep in mind that wearing sunscreen will prevent you from getting adequate vitamin D outdoors. In the summertime, an easy solution is skipping sunscreen on your legs for the first 15 minutes in the sun. Just make sure you apply in time to prevent any sunburn or damage.

To ensure you’re getting all the D-3 you need, Dr. Oz recommends you take 1000 IU in supplement form daily.

W: Watermelon

Watermelon’s red pulpy flesh contains the “mother of all antioxidants,” glutathione, which is known to help strengthen the immune system. It’s also high in vitamins C and A. As if that weren’t enough to convince you to eat more of this superfruit, among fruits and vegetables, watermelon has the highest concentration of lycopene, the powerful antioxidant that helps fight heart disease and cancer.

Let’s finish up the alphabet by showing you how to spice things up in the bedroom, treat your nails, and catch up on your Zzzs.

X: XXX

If you want to turn up the heat in the bedroom, try Maca powder — a root native to Peru. Incan warriors used the root in preparation for expeditions and battles to increase stamina and energy. While hopefully your love life is more expedition than battle, adding a half-teaspoon of Maca to smoothies or hot drinks can give your libido the boost it needs.

Y: Yellow Nails

If you hide your hands because of unsightly yellow nails, combining two supplements may be the trick you need to show off those digits. Try taking 1000 mg of vitamin E with 50 mg of zinc daily to get your nails white and healthy.

Z: Getting Your ZZZs

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Here are three great ways to ensure you wake up feeling refreshed and restored.

Courtesy of Dr. Oz.

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