Balancing Your Skin From the Inside and Out

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This post was written by Maggie Pierce, a Licensed Aesthetician, and is sponsored by USANA Health Sciences.

As the temperatures begin to warm up outside, it’s easy to throw on your favorite sundress or shorts and head outdoors to soak in the sun. But before you do, remember to take care of your skin from the inside and the outside, to support it in maintaining that healthy summer glow! Read more  »

May Is Melanoma Awareness Month

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and May 2nd is designated by the American Academy of Dermatology as Melanoma Monday. On this day, dermatologists focus on raising awareness of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

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Although skin cancer can affect anyone at any time, people older than 50 are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population. According to a survey taken by the American Academy of Dermatology in 2016, many Americans, and men in particular, need a refresher course on safe skin information. Only 56 percent of men and 76 percent know that there is no such thing as a healthy tan and only 54 percent of men knew that getting a “base” tan is not at all healthy as compared to 70 percent of women. We need to encourage people — men especially — to use good sun sense and protect their skin by seeking shade when possible, wearing sun protective clothing, and generously applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 30 when outside. Plus, men need a reminder not to forget a hat and sunglasses to protect the scalp, face, and eyes. Read more  »

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff —Your Mouth Will Thank You!

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April is National Stress Awareness Month. Everyone has stress in their lives and that stress takes its toll on nearly every part of our bodies. The stress response is part of our body’s sympathetic (fight or flight) response controlled by our autonomic nervous system. During a stress response (such as a lion coming at us), the adrenal cortex releases cortisol, a steroid hormone that, in short bursts, is good for the body. It controls inflammation, regulates blood pressure, and maintains homeostasis, which is why corticosteroid drugs are administered for certain health conditions. However, an excess of cortisol due to chronic stress can be detrimental to the body. Too much cortisol can lead to problems, including a loss of sleep, immune system suppression, and weight gain.

Studies have also shown consistent links between heart disease and self-reported psychological stress, social isolation, and other stress-related factors. Chronic stress leads to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, while short-term stresses can trigger a cardiac event in patients with existing atherosclerosis.

Oral health is an area of the body particularly affected by increased cortisol levels. Here are a few of the most common ways stress affects oral health. Read more  »

What’s New in Laser Dermatology?

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Every year in early spring, the most advanced laser and device-based aesthetic treatments are introduced during the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery annual meeting. This year, I’m reporting from the meeting in Boston. There are many exciting advances in technology and important research developments being presented at this meeting. Here are a few of the highlights.

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Avoid Infections With These Pedicure Tips

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Pretty toes or medical woes? Who doesn’t love the way their feet look after a fresh pedicure? Although you may think you are practicing good hygiene by indulging in a foot spa treatment, you could be increasing your risk for infection.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, pedicure health risks include fungal infections and bacterial skin infections, including MRSA (Methicillin Staphylococcus Aureus), a potentially serious antibiotic-resistant staph infection.

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Additionally, viruses, such as those that cause plantar warts, can be found in spas and pedicure facilities. I often see many of these conditions in my office.

How can you minimize your risks during a pedicure? Here are some useful tips: Read more  »

When Water Isn’t Really Water, You Need To Read Labels

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Elisabeth is a 13-time Emmy-winner, a critically acclaimed personal finance author, and a 20-year consumer advocate for programs such as Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show. Connect with her via Twitter @ElisabethLeamy and on her website, Leamy.com.

When Dr. Oz wanted to look into the pros and cons of the new flavored water craze, I knew I was the woman for the job. After all — don’t tell anybody — but I basically only drink two things: water and wine. And that means sometimes regular water gets a little boring and I go searching for a little excitement in the form of fizz or flavor. So I was super curious to see what we would find when we sent six flavored waters and some diet soda to a lab for comparison testing. We wanted to know: Is flavored water the new diet soda?

The results were fascinating. Of course diet soda is calorie-free. Two of the six waters also contained zero calories, but the other four contained between 20 and 120 calories — per serving! And there were two to three servings per bottle, so you could be drinking up to 360 calories while consuming what you think of as water!

Watch: A Close Look at Flavored Water

We also tested for sugar. Again, two of the waters contained none. But the other four ranged from 4 grams of sugar content to 30 grams! Whoa! At 30 grams, you can forget the diet soda comparison. That’s more like some regular sodas. Thirty grams of sugar is a real sweet bomb and, for me, a real turn off.

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More Reasons to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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We all know that sleep is important, and not just to keep us looking and feeling well-rested. Sleep is when you process and consolidate your memories. It helps boost your immune system, ward off anxiety and depression, and has even been linked to longevity.

Now there’s another con of being sleep-deprived to add to the list. More and more research is showing not getting enough sleep is linked to weight gain. Most recently, a small but interesting new study of 14 people done by the University of Chicago found that people who were short on sleep had less appetite control than those who were well-rested.

Watch: Dr. Oz’s Sleep Breakthroughs

People were divided into two groups — those who slept 4.5 hours a night for four nights and those who slept 8.5 hours. After three days on the restricted sleep schedule they were given an eating test. First they fasted for almost a full day and then were allowed to eat as much as they wanted. Both groups ate about the same at mealtimes, but those who slept less snacked more in between, eating twice as much fat and an average of 380 more calories.

Part of the reason for this difference is that a lack of sleep activates the system in our body that controls reward, called the endocannabinoid system. It’s the same system that’s triggered by marijuana, and when it’s activated it makes people more hungry. Sleep deprivation basically gives you the “munchies,” just like marijuana. You feel hungrier even though you don’t need more food energy than a person getting enough sleep. Read more  »

The Slow Medicine Kitchen: Nourish Your Body, Heart, Mind and Soul

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When most of us think about “nutrition,” we zero in on specific foods, doing our best to follow the litany of dietary guidelines that inevitably change every few years. Not only do we end up feeling deprived, but we also end up feeling somewhat neurotic, ever-anxious about what we “should” and “shouldn’t” be eating.

More: Slow Medicine for Weight Loss

Slow Medicine offers a more relaxed, intuitive and expansive view of nutrition, in which we simultaneously feed the body, heart, mind and soul. From where we get our food, to how we prepare our ingredients, to the way we set our table, to the people we invite to share our meal, Slow Medicine emphasizes the many opportunities for true “nourishment.” Indeed, the simple act of eating can be elevated into one of building community, moving the body with joy and purpose, awakening sensuality, creating works of art and otherwise engaging in “healthy multitasking,” in which we synchronously optimize wellness on any or all of multiple levels — physical body; mental-emotional state; relationship to loved ones, community, nature and the divine; and life’s purpose.

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Mind Matters

 

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I have a great secret to share.

This secret comes from all my years of practicing integrative medicine: If you think of yourself as healthy, or if you believe that you can be healthy, you have a much higher likelihood of transcending illness and transforming it into wellness. Conversely, if you think of yourself as sick, or if you believe you’ll never get better, you have a much higher chance of staying right where you are or getting worse. Read more  »