Michael Roizen’s Secret Health Habits

Featured Article, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition, Nutrition
on August 30, 2011
Eric Mull

Name: Michael F. Roizen, MD, Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

Claim to fame: Coauthor of the YOU books with Mehmet C. Oz, MD.

Health philosophy: “Your choices in food, exercise, stress management and exposure to toxins controls whether each of your genes is turned on our not; you might as well take advantage of that.”

Vitamins/supplements: Roizen takes what he’s dubbed “The Fab 5”: A combination calcium/magnesium supplement (600 mg/400 mg); 2000 IU vitamin D3; 800 mg DHA (fish oil) on even days/1000 mg on odd days; a probiotic capsule (Culterelle); and a multivitamin (half of one pill in the morning, half in the evening.)

Favorite workout: Competitive squash; the weight routine outlined in YOU: The Owners Manual (Collins, 2005)three times a week.

Favorite healthy dish: Walnut-crusted salmon. (Click here for a recipe.)

Secret weapon: A buddy. “Someone you can confide in, be vulnerable with, talk things over with. Stress is the leading cause of aging; talking releases stress.” He also loves his apple corer, which quickly cuts an apple into an eight-segmented snack. Try: OXO Good Grips Apple Corer and Divider, $9.99, amazon.com

Favorite brown-bag lunch: A big smoothie. Roizen suggests tossing in any vegetables you have on hand – spinach, celery, kale – plus fresh apple slices, frozen blueberries, a few nuts or a scoop of why protein powder, psyllium husks (or Metamucil) for fiber, plus water and ice. Blend, pour in a thermos, and go!