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Health Buzz June 22: Best Cities for Healthy Skin, 4 Ways to Skip Organic, and Summer Solstice Recipes

Before you clock out for the weekend, don’t forget to glance over some news from DIR and our friends. Besides the news we have the perfect recipes to kick off the first official weekend of summer!

News from DietsInReview.com this week

Portland is the Best City for Your Skin; Las Vegas is the Worst

Where you live can play a role in the health of your skin. Daily Glow just announced its 55 Best and Worst Cities for Your Skin, and you maybe surprised to see where your hometown ranks. Plus, Dr. Jessica Wu, dermatologist to the stars, talks to DIR and provides tips to keep our skin healthy.

Summer Food Bucket List

Being that this week is the official start of summer, we wanted to talk about the summertime foods we can’t get enough of. We talked to some of our favorite foodies – bloggers, health writes, and cookbook authors alike – to share their one summer food item they have to eat before September rolls in.

Dr. Oz’s 2-Day Detox Diet in PEOPLE is More Proof He’s Sold Out

PEOPLE magazine awarded Dr. Oz with the title of Healthiest Man Alive. The story also provides readers with Dr. Oz’s 2-Day Detox Diet. Do the two contradict one another? We think so.
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Dr. Oz’s 2-Day Detox Diet in PEOPLE is More Proof He’s Sold Out

Dr. Oz may be “America’s Doctor,” according to Oprah, but he’s not my doctor. If my heart were breaking down and truly needed saving, I might look him up and try to be one of the 200 cardiothoracic surgeries he personally performs every year. However, I don’t know that I’d follow any other medical advice he was prescribing.

Calling him a sell-out may sound harsh, but that’s how I’m starting to feel. His TV show is wildly popular, and puts health front and center in this country like never before. He has prime real estate to give Americans sound medical advice that could actually change their lives. Instead, he fills his airwaves with diet pill jokes like raspberry ketones, forskolin, and two-day wonder cleanses. How is any of this helpful?

Our resident dietitian, Mary Hartley, RD, spoke out after Dr. Oz’s raspberry ketone episode aired. “And so, did Dr. Oz lead us astray on the raspberry ketone claim? He did if you believe he has a medical obligation to the viewer. Call me jaded, but I believe Dr. Oz’s only obligation is to his network.”

I believe he is medically obligated to the viewer, and I also agree that his obligation has been prioritized to the media.

This week, PEOPLE called him the Healthiest Man Alive, and the good doctor appears on the cover alongside Matthew McConaughey’s wedding photo. Under a photo of “Summer’s Hottest Bodies” appears the headline “Bonus: Dr. Oz’s 2-Day Diet.”

I just have to ask why?
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4 Foods to Spring Clean Your Health

By Rachel Berman, RD – Director of Nutrition, CalorieCount.com

Spring time is here and your spring cleaning may already be well under way. This year, in addition to tackling your closet and cleaning underneath the couch, focus on ‘detox’-ing to spring clean your health. No, I’m not talking about expensive drinks and celebrity cleanses which can be harmful to our bodies with short-lived results. These are marketing gimmicks to get you to shell out money for something you will have to do time and time again. By making changes to your diet, you can naturally ‘detox’ with healthy foods. Add these foods on a regular basis to optimize your health and feel your best inside and out.

Leafy Greens such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale contain cancer fighting compounds called glucosinolates. They are also a great source of calcium which is important for muscle contraction and therefore, can improve the ‘spring in your step.’ Frozen veggies can often be even more nutritious than fresh since they are frozen at the peak of ripeness. Try always keeping a bag in your freezer for quick and easy addition to meals.

Citrus Fruits are loaded with soluble fiber. This type of fiber increases the amount of healthy bacteria in your colon to help flush out toxins from your system. They are also loaded with immune boosting nutrients and antioxidants such as vitamin C, which can improve the health of your skin. Choose the whole fruits, not juices, to get the maximum fiber benefit and improve satiation.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Promotes $425 GOOP Cleanse

In January, when people are dieting and exercising their way back into their skinny jeans, dietary cleanses that promise quick, effective weight loss can be tempting. In today’s edition of her GOOP newsletter, actress and health aficionado Gwyneth Paltrow promoted her new The GOOP Cleanse by Clean kit, which retails at $425.

The cleanse program instructs you to drink a special protein shake for breakfast, eat a balanced meal for lunch, a protein shake for dinner and take GOOP “clean” supplements throughout the day. Though popular cleanses like The Blueprint Cleanse, The Master Cleanse and The Zen Cleanse purport a number of health benefits, doctors have told Hollywood Life that there is no “scientific proven” value to cleanses.

While the cleanse kit is designed to give your digestive system a break, eliminate toxins, rebuild beneficial bacteria and give you more energy, NYC internist Dr. Robert Bos said that there is no medical evidence that your digestive system needs a break.
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A Magic Pill: What You Need to Know About Diet Pills

Don’t you wish you could be like Alice in Wonderland and drink a magic potion and you’d be smaller? Many diet aids claim to do just that. But before you go running to the diet aisle here are a few things you should know:

BUYER BEWARE!

1. They are not evaluated or approved by the FDA. This means these products do not go under the same safety and efficacy scrutiny as a prescription you get filled from your friendly neighborhood pharmacist. If you are someone who has diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or any other health conditions or are taking any prescription medications you definitely want to check with a doctor first before you start to take anything.


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