The "Whiz-ard" That Is Dr. Oz

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A Brazil Nut A Day Keeps the Doctor Away


I just watched a fascinating episode of Dr. Oz called “What’s Your Sleep Type?”  It was so interesting, that I’m going to have to write two separate entries on it.  Here is the link for your viewing pleasure

According to the sleep experts interviewed in this episode, there are four different sleep types:

Very Short Sleepers – 0-4 hours every night

Short Sleepers – 5-6 hours every night – this is pretty much what I am

Ideal Sleepers – 7-8 hours every night

Over-Sleepers – 9-10 hours every night

When I was younger, I was a very short sleeper wearing the 2-3 hours of sleep that I used to get as a badge of honour.  Now, realizing the health implications of sleep deprivation, my goal is to become an ideal sleeper.  According to this episode, short sleepers consume the most calories, less vitamin C and less selenium than the average population.  I eat tons of vegetables so vitamin C likely isn’t an issue, but I do not eat any selenium rich foods such as mushrooms or brazil nuts on a regular basis.  Certain types of fish are also very high, but brazil nuts pack the most bang for your selenium-rich buck.  Just 1-2 of these a day gives you all of the selenium that you need.  As a bonus, selenium-rich foods can also help with acne!  I’m heading to the grocery store now to see if this tough nut to crack makes a difference in both my sleep and my skin.


Author: Jill Schneiderman

Hello and welcome to my blog. This started as a one year experiment to try to improve my health, turning to Dr. Oz for advice. One year became two and after that, the writing bug hit and writing about travel, lifestyle and my own musings became more fun. I'll return to the "Whiz-ard" when the feeling comes, but exploring other topics and getting to connect with new people and re-connect with old friends has been fun! Remember, any health advice you see here should be vetted with your family doctor. Any travel advice that I give though, should be followed! I am a marketing professional, working in media. This allows me to continue my obsession with all things TV and print and get paid for it. I'm an avid traveller, reader and shopper but make time for friends, family and volunteering so that I don't feel completely shallow.

2 thoughts on “A Brazil Nut A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

  1. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do iit for you?
    Plz respond as I’m looking to design my own blog andd would like to find
    oout where u got this from. thanks a lot


    • Thanks Roland! I did this myself using the WordPress provided backgrounds. Some of the pictures that I use are my own and some, I’ve found online. I am going to try to clean it up a bit and add more tabs. Just let me know if you have any other questions.


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