Monday, March 31, 2014

10 Snacks that detox your body

 Today I’ve put together some healthy and detoxifying snack options that will boost your metabolism and keep you on track while you’re detoxing throughout the week.
When you get hungry in between meals, go to this list of my favorite snacks and drinks that will continue to cleanse your body all day long…

  • Asparagus:  Cooking up this veggie is a delicious and healthy snack, not just because it detoxifies the liver, but also because it helps your body to flush out all impurities. I love asparagus grilled or steamed, and eating it raw will help reduce bloating in your belly too!
  • Apples: This fruit is filling, satisfying and it can help suppress unhealthy cravings. If a sneaky sugar craving creeps up when you’re detoxing, grab an apple. Green apples are especially good for decreasing appetite.
  • Green Smoothie: While a large smoothie can be so filling that it becomes an entire meal (think breakfast), a smaller size smoothie is the perfect mid-meal snack. Blend up a smoothie that is about 1-½ cups, and be sure to include a leafy green like spinach or kale, chia seeds, lemon, and apple or pineapple. And…voila! You have yourself a glass of detox goodness. To see one of my favorite recipes,click here.
  • Homemade Trail Mix: A lot of trail mixes have sugary sweets like candy or chocolate included in the mix, making them less healthy option. But a homemade version could be just the kind of healthy snack that keeps your body energized. I recommend mixing pistachios, almonds, dried cranberries, and hemp seeds, which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, iron, potassium, and calcium. I also like to add dried goji berries, which are powerful antioxidants that are rich in Vitamin A.
  • Watermelon: Health experts claim that watermelon helps your liver and kidneys flush out impurities. Watermelon tea can do the trick too!
  • Pineapple: Pineapples are known for their abilities to cleanse the pores in your lungs and reduce stomach fat. Eat a few chunks of this sweet fruit on an empty stomach to reap the benefits of its powerful enzymes.
  • Chia Fresca: This drink from Oh She Glows is supposed to aid in detoxification in the body…especially the morning after a fun night out. Simply soak half a tablespoon of chia seeds in a glass of water for 10 minutes, then add a squirt of lime. Refreshing.
  • Grapefruit: Grapefruit also helps to curb hunger, but it doesn’t stop there. This citrus fruit boosts your metabolism and packs in a ton of vitamin C, good for fighting off colds and giving your skin a glow.
  • Celery: Celery is a great source of fiber, which means it can help move food through your digestive tract (World’s Healthiest Foods). Grab a few celery sticks and peanut butter for a heart-healthy snack that will leave you full and satisfied.
  • Avocados: Aside from lowering cholesterol, avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals (Care2). Add some of this green goodness to your smoothies or salads.
Now that you have ten good detox snack options, there are also some good detox drinks you can sip on all day long. If you remember my Sip This post, you might recall me saying that lemon water hydrates and energizes you, stimulates your liver, aids detoxification, and maximizes enzyme function. I recommend drinking a big glass of lemon water each morning before you make your smoothie.
Also, if you’re a coffee lovergreen tea is a great caffeine substitute that is much healthier for your body. It has a special compound in it that bumps up your metabolic rate and it helps your liver to eliminate toxins. It may even help prevent heart disease and certain cancers too! I drink a cup of green tea almost every day for a quick and easy detox boost.
These snacks are healthy, light options to eat in between meals throughout the day. If you have any detox snacks to add, feel free to leave them in the comments below! And be sure to check out my 3 Detox Approved Recipes as well.
Which of these snacks will you start adding to your diet?
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Misconceptions About Sensitive Skin

 What does it mean to have sensitive skin? For many, this overarching, and often vague, term can mean a number of things and cause some confusion. You may have asked, “Are there different types of sensitive skin?”, “Should everyone with sensitive use the same products?” The answers are that there are different types of sensitive skin, that only a dermatologist can confirm if you do have sensitive skin, and that only your doctor can determine which types of products are best to help your skin reach optimal health.
There are many skin conditions that can include aspects of sensitive skin — acne, rosacea and contact dermatitis (due to allergies and irritants) — and they all have one characteristic in common: inflammation1. To determine which type of sensitive skin you have, your skin care physician looks at several indicators, including the following conditions2:
Skin reactions such as pustules, skin bumps, or skin erosion
Very dry skin which doesn’t properly protect nerve endings in the skin
A tendency toward blushing and skin flushing
In addition to a number of skin reactions that signify sensitive skin, there are also a number of contributors. Causes of sensitive skin include1:
Skin disorders or allergic skin reactions such as eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis
Overly dry or injured skin that can no longer protect nerve endings, leading to skin reactions
Excessive exposure to skin-damaging environmental factors such as sun and wind, or excessive heat or cold
Genetic factors, age, gender, and race differences in skin sensitivity are less well-defined but still may play a role in the severity of skin reactions
Each sensitive skin concern has its own treatment. That’s why working with a professional to determine which type of sensitive skin you have is so important. As you and your skin care physician work to address your sensitive skin, there are certain ingredients you should be aware of that can help calm sensitive skin and some ingredients you should avoid.
Sensitive skin care DOs:
 Use Kinetin and Zeatin essential plant-derived growth factors found in our Gentle Rejuvenation System*, which is specifically designed for those with sensitive skin. Kinetin and Zeatin are proven to gently, yet effectively, improve skin’s appearance.
Use natural ingredients such as oatmeal to protect and soothe contact dermatitis; and other calming ingredients including licorice extract, caffeine, chamomile for rosacea1.
Sensitive skin care DON’Ts:
Avoid scents. Added fragrances can irritate the skin.
Avoid self-medicating. A helpful ingredient for one type of sensitivity may irritate another. Ensure you know which type of sensitive skin you have before using any of the suggested ingredients to treat your condition.
The first step in dealing with your sensitive skin is to visit your skin care physician. Obagi recently introduced the Gentle Rejuvenation System, our first system specifically designed for sensitive skin. Packed with gentle yet powerful ingredients, including Kinetin and Zeatin, the Gentle Rejuvenation System contains essential products to cleanse, calm, correct, and protect sensitive skin – ask your physician if it’s right for you.

In addition to a skin care regimen designed to treat your sensitive skin, be sure that you are using non-irritating cosmetics, protecting your skin against harsh elements, especially the sun, and avoiding foods or fabrics that may further irritate your skin.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

This column appears in the May 12 issue of The New York Times Magazine.
Exercise science is a fine and intellectually fascinating thing. But sometimes you just want someone to lay out guidelines for how to put the newest fitness research into practice.
An article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal does just that. In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.
“There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” says Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., and co-author of the new article.
Work by scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and other institutions shows, for instance, that even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.
Interval training, though, requires intervals; the extremely intense activity must be intermingled with brief periods of recovery. In the program outlined by Mr. Jordan and his colleagues, this recovery is provided in part by a 10-second rest between exercises. But even more, he says, it’s accomplished by alternating an exercise that emphasizes the large muscles in the upper body with those in the lower body. During the intermezzo, the unexercised muscles have a moment to, metaphorically, catch their breath, which makes the order of the exercises important.
The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10, Mr. Jordan says. Those seven minutes should be, in a word, unpleasant. The upside is, after seven minutes, you’re done.

A version of this article appears in print on 05/12/2013, on page MM20 of the NewYork edition with the headline: The Scientific 7-Minute Workout.
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Ultherapy: Say Goodbye to Sagging Skin!

Stand firm in the face of gravity.
Few things are as inevitable as gravity's toll on your skin. One day, all of a sudden, reality stares you square in the face. You might initially think it's because you did not sleep well the previous night, but eventually you admit that an afternoon nap is not going to solve this issue. It’s a bona fide eyebrow droop!
Non-surgical methods to treat laxity of the face and neck are among the most sought-after solutions in aesthetic medicine. Many technologies to tighten the skin have been introduced in the past, and a variety claim to achieve skin tightening. Yet none have been shown to be consistent and reproducible, and many patients leave dissatisfied. Enter Ultherapy: a novel technology and a quantum leap from other non-surgical, energy-based devices used to tighten and lift the skin. This technology combines ultrasound imaging with acoustic energy to visualize tissue under the skin followed by the precise delivery of energy to the desired depth.

Ultherapy: A Non-surgical Breakthrough
As we get older, our faces sag and wrinkles appear due to gravity and sun. Until recently, the main approach to the improvement of skin laxity was a facelift – an effective but invasive procedure associated with downtime plus a risk of scarring and side effects. Ultherapy using ultrasound is a novel device that delivers energy that tightens the skin without cutting. No scalpels, no needles, no cutting. Ultherapy, however, is not a facelift and does not give the same results as a facelift. A facelift stops the clock. Ultherapy slows down the aging process by creating new structural collagen. As a standalone treatment, Ultherapy may be optimal for surgical candidates who are unwilling or unable to undergo facial surgery or for those candidates who wish to postpone surgery.

The beauty of Ultherapy is that there is no downtime. There is no swelling, bruising or crusting and patients can return to work the same day. It’s aptly called the “lunchtime lift.” Ultherapy uses ultrasound heat to set collagen production into overdrive deep below the skin’s surface. As it kicks in, the brow firms, the jaw line becomes well defined and the neck lifts. It’s a lunchtime lift without any surgery. Even more alluring is that Ultherapy provides an immediate smoothing effect. And since the collagen continues to grow, results actually improve over the course of a few months. More than 90 percent of patients notice improvement in tone, texture and some tightening within a few weeks, and are even more excited with the results after three to six months, when the deep wrinkles become fine lines and eyes appear more open.
The duration of response after a single treatment is estimated to last about 1.5 years. The ideal candidate is someone between 35 and 60 with early signs of laxity. These patients see results within three to six months with a single treatment. Patients over the age of 60 may require a second treatment in six months. Many patients are looking to stay competitive in the workforce, which they believe is tied to their appearance. Whether improving their appearance to look more vibrant or for the associated confidence boost, people perceive this to be important and they come into my office looking for help.

Stand Firm in the Face of Gravity
Ultherapy has been extensively publicized in the media as a safe and effective procedure for lifting and tightening of the skin. You may have seen Ultherapy through Dr. Oz, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or other fashion magazines. Once it was featured on the larger talk shows, the floodgates opened and our phones were ringing off the hook. Be aware that every procedure has risks and side effects if not done properly. With Ultherapy, the heat from the procedure could make you wince, and transient numbness along the jaw line is possible, though temporary. It is, therefore, important to locate an experienced physician to perform the procedure.
Ultherapy offers a distinct advantage over other non-surgical alternatives. Most non-surgical, energy-based devices currently on the market treat only the skin’s surface. Ultherapy goes deeper, providing a different dimension to rejuvenation; depositing energy at very precise depths because it sees and treats at the same time. Treatments can also be individualized according to each patient’s concern. Because the effects occur below the surface, treating specific facial areas individually is certainly possible with Ultherapy. However, most patients select full-face treatments as the best option for a more uniform result.

Ultherapy: Say Goodbye to Sagging Skin! 
Written by Dr Shehla Ebrahim

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