Dr. Oz Offers Help for Your Financial Health: Ease Money Anxiety, Boost Energy

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Do you stress about your bank account, suffer from insomnia because of your bills or overeat in an attempt to console yourself for financial problems? On his July 8 talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz explained just how your financial health impacts your wellness. He also offered tips on boosting your energy on a budget and easing common problems with ingredients that you can find in your own kitchen.

Money Coach Explains M.A.D.
Known as the Money Coach, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox emphasizes the importance of budgeting for financial health. Those who suffer from stress about money are victims of M.A.D. (Money Anxiety Disorder). Both she and Dr. Oz warn that stress over financial problems can cause health problems. Get real with your finances by creating a detailed list of how you spend your money and how much you earn. That way, you can balance your budget and ease your M.A.D. Tip: Got kids? Be sure to include their expenses, from piano lessons to birthday gifts, in your itemized budget.

Rewards and Budgets
Happy news you can use to motivate yourself to budget: Plan a reward system, from short-term rewards for balancing your budget such as a massage (ahhhh) to long-term rewards such as a family vacation. However, be sure to plan for the inevitable problems that can occur. Perhaps your child breaks a finger at a baseball game, or your roof leaks and needs repair. By building in extra funds for such occurrences, you'll avoid experiencing a dire consequence such as losing your home or getting in deep debt.

How to remember to plan for emergencies? Try this acronym: LIFE, which stands for:

  • L: Listed items that can come in higher, such as higher heating costs in the winter.
  • I: Impulse buys that need to be controlled. (Make a list before you head to the grocery store, and stick to it.)
  • F: What bills do you get just a few times a year? Calculate for those, such as your anniversary or family reunion.
  • E: Eeek, it's an emergency! Pad your budget to stay calm during emergency situations.

Energy Boosts in Your Kitchen
If you feel tired all the time, Dr. Oz has some energy boost tips for you. And the best news of all: The solutions to your energy problem can be found in your own kitchen. Here are some common vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can be helped with food:

  • Iron deficiency: Try raisins, prunes, red meat and dark leafy greens.
  • Riboflavin, vitamin B12 deficiency: Look for fortified cereals and dig into dairy.
  • Magnesium deficiency: Bite into a banana or get a kick out of kidney beans.
  • Vitamin D deficiency: Many milk substitutes, such as almond milk and soy milk, are fortified with vitamin D.

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Bonus Recipe
Make a B-12 boosting recipe with this parfait treat from Dr. Oz.
"This parfait is full of vitamin B12-rich ingredients and will be sure to get you going in the morning," says Dr. Oz.

Ingredients

1 cup plain lowfat yogurt

1-2 tsp honey

1 cup B12-fortified breakfast cereal

1/2 cup sliced berries

Directions: Layer half the yogurt, honey, cereal and berries in a bowl or glass, then repeat.

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