Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

 

Dr. Mehmet Oz,Dr. Mike Roizen

Adopt a Giving Spirit for a Healthy Body

Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013 08:23 AM

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"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up," said poet John Albert Holmes. He got that right! Generosity is an essential nutrient. It fuels the body with good energy and strengthens not just relationships, but the heart, immune system, and your desire to be good to yourself, too!
 
How does generosity benefit the giver? It provides an emotional and physiological buffer against harmful stress triggered by job loss, financial troubles, or the death of a loved one, for example. Chronically elevated stress hormones, such as cortisol, raise blood pressure and blood sugar, which may damage blood vessels. They also weaken your immune system and damage neural connections, clouding your memory and judgment. Generosity cools down your mood and bodywide inflammation.
 
Want to reap the personal benefits of generosity? Start by being more generous to yourself: Set aside 10 minutes a day to meditate; it decreases stress and opens you up to new possibilities in your life.

Also, start a walking program with a buddy - you can help each other reach 10,000 steps daily. Then decide to perform a simple act of generosity: Make time to help a neighbor, friend, or family member with a daily challenge. It can be as simple as running an errand, cooking a meal, housecleaning, or providing transportation or child care. If done frequently, you'll feel stress dissolve and your resolve to live a more generous and healthier life come into focus.

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