Delaying Your Period – What Works Best?

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Around every 28 days, give or take, women get prepared for period. For most, this is a stressful and often painful few days. Often known as the “curse” or “Aunt Flo,” periods are a natural process that women have to content with.  Menstrual blood that flows from the uterus through the cervix and vagina is a clear sign that the body is working normally, providing hormones to keep women healthy. As the body adapts to the menstrual period — two to seven days — what are external and physical changes it undergoes?

A woman’s menstrual period prepares her body for pregnancy each month, says the Office of Women’s Health, with the average cycle lasting 28 days. With estrogen levels on the rise, making the lining of the uterus grow and thicken, the body undergoes unique changes that go beyond cramps, pimples, and PMS. Every women reacts differently to their period.

Using Norethisterone

Previously, women could never control when they had their period. Now, there’s medications that are avialable that can make your period go away for a few weeks. If your period comes at a bad time, period delay tablets will give you up to a few weeks to take care of what is needed, without the stress and pain of your period. The medication is known as norethisterone. According to studies, Norethisterone is safe and effective. However, you do need a doctor to prescribe this medication. With this medication, you can delay your period for up to 17 days. You begin taking it 3 days before your period.

What about Exercise?

Some women have reported that exercise has helped them delay their period. From what we’ve been told, if you exercise regularly, it can help you delay your period. However, we know it doesn’t work for everyone. We can throw weight loss in the mix here as well.

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are another option you have for delaying your period. If you are already on birth control pills, all you have to do is change the way you take them. For example, if you are using the most common pills that come with a period of placebo pills, skip the placebo and dive in straight into the active pills. However if you are on monophasic 21-day pill and take them for 21 days followed by a 7-day break, skip the 7-day break and immediately go into your new packet. However make sure to check in with your doctor beforehand.

Drink a LOT of Water

Yes, drinking a lot of water has been known to delay your period. Not only have women reported a delay in their period, drinking a lot of water also helps you lighten your period. Water can help you have shorter periods when they do decide to come.

Reduce Your Stress

Here’s a big one. With all those hormones floating around and off-balance, stress can cause your period to return. If you can reduce the stress, you can delay your period. Easier said than done I know. My best advice, pay attention to your body. You know when your body is preparing for your period. Make sure your calm and stress free a few days prior.

While period delay medication can be counted on, other strategies to delay your period work differently. It all depends on your body, but it never hurts to try. Experiment with these period delay methods and see which work for you.

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Do You Need a Mammogram?

Do I Need a Mammogram?

Mammography is the best tool for detecting breast cancer early. But whether it’s a lifesaver for women in their 40s has been debated. This is where the experts stand now.


 

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Over the last few years, mammograms have appeared in the news almost as much as Miley Cyrus—and they’ve been nearly as controversial. It seems like every week there’s a new report that contradicts the last one. Start at 40! Start at 50! Get one every year! Every other year! Mammos are essential! Mammos are useless! Wait, what?

The current controversy kicked off in 2009, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that women of average risk start routine screening for breast cancer at 50 instead of 40—sparking a national outcry. Many organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), disagreed—and in 2011, ACOG changed its guidelines to advise that women not only start screening at 40 but also do so every year instead of every other, as the group had previously advocated.

The headlines that followed made things even more unclear. Last September, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found evidence suggesting that screening does save lives: Out of 1,840 women in their study who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their 40s, 77 percent of those who died hadn’t had a mammogram in the two years before the cancer was detected. But in February, Canadian researchers released contradictory findings: After tracking nearly 90,000 women age 40 to 59 for 25 years, they found that those who had had regular mammograms weren’t any less likely to die of breast cancer than those who had only breast exams. Then, in April, Harvard researchers, looking at 50-plus years of data, published a study that came to a mixed conclusion: Mammograms do save lives, but they’re a flawed tool with hazards of their own.

Confused? We were, too. So we asked more than two dozen leading women’s health doctors to tell us what they think. The overwhelming consensus: Start having mammograms at age 40 and get screened at least every other year (ideally yearly).

Why Mammos Are Under Fire

The USPSTF made its recommendations based on research suggesting that the gains of getting regular cancer-screening mammos in your 40s may not outweigh the risks. For one, younger women have lower odds of developing breast cancer, so they don’t benefit as much from screening.

RELATED: 25 Breast Cancer Myths Busted

And some studies show that women in their 40s who get mammos are more likely to have false positives—suspicious findings that prove to be nothing—than women in their 50s, says Therese Bevers, MD, professor in the department of clinical cancer prevention at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Simple math dictates that the more you screen, the greater your chances of having a scare: The latest Harvard review showed that 61 percent of women in their 40s and 50s who are screened annually for 10 years will have at least one false positive at some point. “Each scare can cause stress, anxiety, expense and sometimes even biopsies,” says Nancy Keating, MD, the study’s co-author (who believes it’s reasonable for women of average risk to start screening at age 50).

Yet false positives are not, many experts insist, a reason to delay screening. “Most of my patients feel they’d rather undergo some tests to find out if a mass is benign than miss one that’s malignant,” says Elisa Port, MD, chief of breast surgery and director of the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. In fact, a new study published in April in JAMA Internal Medicine found that women who’d had false positives were no less likely to say they intended to get another mammogram in the next two years, compared with those who got negative results.

A more troubling issue is overdiagnosis. Mammos sometimes detect lesions that would never progress to life-threatening cancer, such as some cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), in which abnormal cells are confined to the breasts’ milk ducts. But since doctors can’t always tell at first which growths are bad news, most are treated as if potentially lethal—which means as many as 19 percent of cancers diagnosed during screening are treated with unneeded surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy, Dr. Keating says.

“That’s not a problem with screening,” argues Carolyn D. Runowicz, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami. “It’s a problem with science, which hasn’t evolved to the point where it can always distinguish between benign and serious conditions.”

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Anti Aging Secrets From Hollywood Starlets

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Anti Aging Secrets From Hollywood Starlets

OK, you’re pushing 30 . . . don’t panic! Even if you were a complete anti aging recluse in your 20s, there is still time to enter the next decade with endless grace and fewer wrinkles. And who better to steal skin care secrets from than the actresses who remain looking forever young? These Hollywood starlets may be in their 30s, but there’s nary a dark spot in sight. Their beauty favorites range from drugstore classics to cult luxury elixirs and even a DIY recipe. With this shopping list under your belt, you can celebrate your 30s without a worry line in sight.

 

Emily Blunt, 31

When you get on the other side of 30, it’s customary to up your makeup game. But Emily’s makeup artist, Jenn Streicher, will tell you skin care is still important, too. She uses Kate Somerville Hydrating Quench Serum ($65) on Emily before applying foundation for a dewy glow.]

 

Kate Bosworth, 31

Yes, the megamodel is pretty much flawless on the red carpet, and it’s hard not to swoon over her dewy skin. You can curb your jealousy by grabbing her go-to face savior, the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($90) — Katie Holmes and Cate Blanchett are also fans. Kate keeps her refrigerator stocked with these cloth masks to keep from looking tired after jetting across continents.

 

Jessica Biel, 32

Jessica is a known fan of the Éminence Organics skin care products, and like any porcelain-skinned actress, she swears by daily SPF. Try Éminence Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream SPF 32 ($68). The beauty lesson here: a strict sunscreen regimen equals fewer wrinkles at 40.

 

Jessica Alba, 32

Should you start using retinol now that you’re in your 30s? Jessica does! This gorgeous actress keeps her skin looking fresh by using Shani Darden Retinol Reform Serum ($95) every night. She’s also a fan of the Koh Gen Do makeup line. We can’t promise amazing skin like hers, but it’s worth a try.

 

Michelle Williams, 33

Michelle counts on star facialist Joanna Vargas to keep her complexion clear before big red carpets. But in case you aren’t in NYC to make an appointment, you can get a similar glow using Joanna Vargas Daily Serum ($85), aka immaculate skin in a bottle.

 

Kate Hudson, 34

One thing we know for sure is that we are deeply jealous of Kate’s skin. But luckily we don’t have to go that far because she’s open about her skin care favorites. The actress swears by Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream ($37).

She also has a love of DIY recipes. So if you can’t get your hands on her product pick, try whipping up her favorite brightening mask recipe of strawberries and lemon juice.

 

Jaime King, 34

Don’t worry about asking for an in-depth microdermabrasion treatment for your 30th birthday. Instead, gift yourself a tube of Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub ($30). It’s one of Jaime’s antiaging favorites. We’re also stealing her daring makeup and hair manifesto — like that time she sported blue hair.

 

Kerry Washington, 37

Remember back in your 20s when you fell asleep in last night’s eyeliner? Two words: crow’s feet! Take a page from Kerry’s skin care guidebook and remove your makeup before bed. She uses Neutrogena Makeup Removal Wipes ($6) every night. Being that she’s a busy mom-to-be and award-winning actress, you have no excuse!

 

Drew Barrymore, 39

Even pregnant with her second child, Drew shows no signs of losing her flawless complexion. She credits her glow and pimple-free skin to Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Oil-Controlling Towelettes ($7), which you can buy at any drugstore along with her affordable makeup line, Flower. Drew also doesn’t leave home without her Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($7) to moisturize dry lips and hands.

 

Amy Adams, 39

This award season, Amy swept the red carpets by storm. And based on her radiance, you would never guess that this talented redhead is pushing 40. Amy relies on a few prestige beauty products including Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48) and La Mer Cream ($155) to mask her age. Forty who?

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Amazing Health Tips You Need To Know!

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Amazing Health Tips You Need To Know!

My patients are among my best teachers. They’ve taught me how to communicate clearly—and how to live a better life. On The Dr. Oz Show, I’ve seen that once people are emotionally involved, change happens quickly, especially if they feel that their behavior is letting loved ones down. Large-scale change seems daunting. We want simple routines that we can automatically follow. Adopt some of the steps here, which anyone can do, and you will like your life more in just a couple of weeks. And you’ll live longer. Try them—they work for me.

Laugh More
Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure, it may also boost your immune system. So bring some humor into your life, whether it’s through friends or even a new TV show (preferably mine).

Don’t Skip Breakfast
Fiber in the morning means less hunger late in the afternoon, when you’re most likely to feel tired and gorge yourself on sugar. My morning dose comes from steel-cut oatmeal, usually mixed with raisins, walnuts, and flaxseed oil. An early start on eating also keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day; breakfast eaters are thinner than people who just rush out the door.

Hit the Sack
Conan and Dave are funny, but they’re not worth the strain on your system. Seven hours of sleep a night not only helps you live longer, but also lowers your stress, sharpens your memory, and reduces cravings for pants-splitting foods. Set a bedtime and stick to it. My target is 10:30 p.m. I record the late shows and then watch them the next day as I pedal a stationary bike.

Admire Your Work
Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you’re constipated. Increase your fiber and water intake. This happens to me when I travel, so I fiber-load before a trip to avoid getting irritable.

Don’t Pamper Your Bad Back
Even if you’re hunched over in agony, taking to your bed will only make a bad back worse. The latest research shows that bed rest weakens back muscles and prolongs the suffering. Married men may suffer more than single men because of all the pampering. I used to love milking the care from Lisa, but the best solution is to get up and exercise daily.

Taste the Colors
Foods with bright, rich colors are more than just nice to look at. They’re also packed with flavonoids and carotenoids, powerful compounds that bind the damaging free radicals in your body, lowering inflammation. (Sadly, skittles do not count.) Eat nine fistfuls of colorful fruits and vegetables each day and you’ll reap the benefits without having to give up other foods. Whenever I shop the produce aisle, I’m reminded that these foods are often more powerful than the drugs sold in pharmacies. My favorites are arugula and blueberries.

Brushing is Not Enough
If you plan to spend your later years eating more than yogurt and applesauce, invest in some floss. No matter how thoroughly or long you brush your teeth, you’re missing a good portion of their total surface. That’s like washing one armpit after a workout. But the dangers of skipping floss go beyond hygiene: The bacteria that linger can increase your risk of heart disease. I use Reach Ultraclean floss, which stretches to glide between teeth.

Join a Yoga Class
Yoga is the most important exercise of my daily routine. Being surrounded by beautiful women in spandex should be reason enough for you to join a class, but if you need more motivation, consider this: Yoga eases stress, lowers blood pressure, slows heart rates, and increases flexibility. And there’s nothing mystical about it. Loosening your muscles will make them more adaptable, so you may be less likely to injure yourself playing sports. Sure, some of the poses may look ridiculous, but that’s for a reason you’ll learn quickly enough. Yoga can reach and work muscles that are ignored during routine sports and daily life. My favorite maneuver is the sun salutation.

Take a Deep Belly Breath
Do this anywhere, anytime. Push out your bellows and suck air through your nose until your lungs are full. They’ll fill with nitric oxide, a chemical found in the back of your nose that opens up blood vessels. The dose of oxygen will make you feel happier and more alert. This is my secret technique for calming down before a show or a tough stitch in the OR.

Don’t Be an Island
Ever wonder why women live longer than men do? One major reason: You form tight networks and actually talk about your problems. If you face life’s stresses alone, you will make yourself older. Bankruptcy, for example, causes enough stress to wreak havoc on your body. With another person’s love and support, that inner aging can be reduced. Don’t forget to reach out to your friends when you need them.

Avoid Fad Diets
The secret to weight loss is not to avoid carbs, fats, yellow foods, solid foods, or foods that start with the letter G. The real trick is to lower your daily intake by about 100 calories. You’ll hardly notice, but it’ll add up to a loss of about 10 pounds in a year. Calorie restriction has been shown to lengthen life (in rats and monkeys). I cut back once a year to reset my appetite and tastebuds. Healthy food tastes great afterward. Frankly, any food would.

Lose the Belly
Grab a tape measure and put it around your body at the level of your belly button. That number should be less than half your height. So for my 6’1″ frame, I need to keep my waist under 36.5″. Just think—you’ll be avoiding heart attacks and diabetes as well as looking hot in your bikini. That’s a win win win.

Be a Smart Patient
Your doctor can help keep you in good health, but the responsibility ultimately falls on you. Seek a second opinion before undergoing any procedure, because 30 percent of the time, that opinion will change the diagnosis or plan. Keep a written medical history, and educate yourself about any family problems, even if that means calling your creepy uncle. You might even consider signing onto Microsoft HealthVault or Google Health, so your files are accessible in case you find yourself in trouble away from home.

Go Green
I drink green tea three times a day. It’s packed with heart-boosting and cancer-stopping polyphenols that black tea doesn’t offer. (These beneficial chemicals are lost when it’s fermented.) Green tea also delivers a boost of alertness, but from a smaller dose of caffeine than black tea. Green tea can even fight dandruff, although only if you pour it directly onto your scalp. (It’s probably a good idea to let it cool down first.)

Sweat Till You’re Wet
If you can work up a sweat for just 1 hour a week, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits: reduced risk of heart attack, better mood, and lower blood pressure. I like interval training on the elliptical, with 15 pullups and 15 dips every 10 minutes. Your muscles will become more efficient, so you’ll have more stamina for more enjoyable activities that also work up a sweat.

Have as Much Sex as Possible
If a 50-something woman could have sex 700 times a year, the exercise and stress reduction would make her look and feel years younger. I wouldn’t recommend quitting your day job in order to hit that number—but what’s the harm in trying? The next time you don’t feel particularly in the mood, remind yourself that not having sex is literally killing you. It works for me.

Put It in the Bank
Most people rank personal finance as their number one stressor, usually because they feel powerless. Stress not only shortens lives, it also drives people to habits like smoking, drinking, or bingeing on food. Keep some money in a special bank account, safe from your lust for a new television, and you’ll establish an emotional comfort zone with major health benefits.

Know Your Numbers, Then Aim Lower
Take the part of your brain dedicated to your nail salon’s phone number and reassign it to your heart’s vital signs. These include blood pressure (which ideally should be below 115 over 75), LDL cholesterol (under 100), resting heart rate (under 70), and fasting blood sugar (under 100). If your numbers aren’t ideal, change your diet until they improve.

Add Some Weights
Just 30 minutes twice a week spent lifting weights can build significant muscle mass. What’s more, working all that muscle burns tons of calories, making it a great way to lose your gut, too. Don’t have weights? Try lifting yourself: Pullups are the most valuable muscle-building exercises I do. Oprah’s trainer, Bob Greene, pointed out to me that pullups work the back, pecs, arms, and belly all at once. And since you’re lifting yourself, you’ll think twice before eating that doughnut, because you’ll just have to lift it later.

Grab Some Nuts
Nuts are among the best sources of healthful fats and protein around. I keep a bag of walnuts in my fridge and use their massive dose of omega-3 fatty acids to boost my brainpower while I see patients. Half of a handful eaten about 30 minutes before a meal will temper your appetite and help you avoid the drive-thru.

Hit the Dance Floor
Crosswords and card games aren’t the only way to keep your brain razor sharp. It turns out that any kind of dancing with complex moves is stimulating enough to give your neurons a workout. Even the simplest moves provide some physical exercise. So don’t be such a wallflower on your next night out.

Learn to Cook
Think you know how much butter goes into those mashed potatoes at a restaurant? You’re probably off by half. If you can cook, you not only save money but also gain control over what goes into your meals. Plus, cooking is sexy. I have trouble boiling water. Thankfully, I’m already married.

Some Pills Should Be Popped
The indoor life gives us protection from the elements and the ability to watch Gossip Girl in private. Unfortunately, roughly half of us are deficient in vitamin D which the sun is a major source. This crucial vitamin may aid in fighting cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. I take a 1,000 IU supplement each morning.

Source: Womens Health – Dr. Oz

 

The Best Fruit For Cleansing & Weight Loss

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The Best Fruit For Cleansing & Weight Loss

I must say how excited I ‘am to know just how much nutritional Watermelon is for us. Do you remember how much you enjoyed eating watermelon as a child? I do, and I still love to eat it every summer and even all year round. Watermelons are great for hydrating your body in the hot sun. That’s why watermelon is more than just refreshing and tasty. Watermelon is great for cleansing, weight loss and your health. Don’t let its lightness fool you; it’s packed with nutrition. Watermelon is an inexpensive way to help you cleanse your body and lose weight. A one cup serving of watermelon is only 47 calories. Yes, watermelon is 92 percent water but that other 8 percent is filled with good nutrition and amazing health benefits. Watermelon is recommended by the American Council on Exercise as a good choice of diet food.

 

How Watermelon Helps with Cleansing, Weight Loss & Health

1. Extremely alkaline-forming in the body
Fat cells contain toxicity and acid. Your body will not let go of fat cells while you are still acidic.

2. High amount of citrulline
It creates a diuretic effect (lots of peeing) as the toxins leave your body. Citrulline makes arginine which removes ammonia and other toxins from the body. Also, arginine boosts nitric oxide, which improves blood flow. This is why a watermelon detox works so well.

3. High in dietary fiber that helps keep the colon clean, helping cleanse your body.

4. Contains glutathione that helps improve liver function.
Your body needs this to begin to detox body toxins. Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxifying agent, but outside the science community, few people have even heard of it.

5. Good source of potassium
This balances the high amounts of sodium in our diets which supports your kidneys and is great when cleansing.

6.  Prevents Wrinkles
Watermelon is high is lycopene. Lycopene helps slow down the effect of aging caused by the oxidation in your body that causes wrinkles and blemishes. 

7. Reduces inflammation
Inflammation contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis. Less inflammation means lower toxic load in the body.


 

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Kim Kardashian has Watermelon in her diet. Kim said, it really helps keeping my skin glowing and weight under control and it’s always helped my potassium during my pregnancy. She went on a diet after the birth of her baby North West, and Watermelon was on the list of her favs. Delicious and loves it on her salads.

Caution:  There are many good medicinal reasons to consume watermelon, but remember not to over-consume it.

 


My Watermelon Story

When I was disabled for ten years, with a partly functioning digestive system and could only eat 12 foods, watermelon was a lifesaver for me. I eat half of a big watermelon daily. I am grateful for watermelons helping me on my journey back to health.

Watermelon to Cleanse Your Body

  • If you are looking for a way to cleanse your body of toxins try a watermelon cleanse.
  • A watermelon detox helps cleanse your body by removing body toxins that are slowing down your metabolism. Ridding your body of toxins helps boost your metabolism.
  • When wastes build up in your body, skin conditions like cellulite occur. It’s best to do preventative detoxes to get rid of toxins before this happens.

Replace 1 Meal A Day with Watermelon.

Some people try to eat only watermelon for a week or longer. This is too unbalanced, too cleansing and too restrictive for most bodies. It’s healthy and safe to replace a single daily meal with a serving of watermelon.

Bonus Benefit: Watermelon also has Viagra-like properties.

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5 Great Anti-Aging Tips

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5 Great Anti-Aging Tips

If you’re looking to live in your 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond, you’re going to need to know anti-aging solutions to practice from this point forward. You want to learn anti-aging tips that focus on the body, mind and spirit. Science has proven the benefits of combining all three and the healthy aspects that this combination promotes to healthy living. Although we can’t help whom are parents are, we can start today by using these anti-aging solutions and incorporating them in your life.

Bonus. Before we get started, I want to talk about AnteageMD serums. This is by far the best anti-aging serum I’ve tried and suggested to patients. It works wonders for your skin and appearance. Science has proved this product helping you look younger within the first week! Pretty impressive and trust me, the price point will only go up. This anti-aging serum is that powerful, so be sure to check it out.

1. Challenge your brain. Studies and science has proven the benefits of stimulating the brain. You need to stay sharp and precise, one way to do this is through stimulation. We all know that knowledge is power, strive to continue to learn new things. Continue to challenge yourself. There’s a variety of healthy ways to do this. Have you heard of the television show Brain Games? We want to use this same concept. You want to think outside of work, you can try reading a book, a challenging puzzle or learning a new language. Studies have proven that high brain stimulation does have the capability to reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

2. Eating healthy is very important. We already know that eating healthy plays a big part in healthy living and a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you have your 5 servings of vegetables and fruits. Make sure your drinking your 8 cups of water. Be sure that your getting the proper vitamins and nutrients that you need for living a long life. There’s a lot of great healthy food out there and if you never explore them, you’ll never know. Just because food is healthy doesn’t mean that it doesn’t taste good. Strawberries, blueberries, grapes, white rice, just make sure your exploring all your options.

3. Mind, body and soul. The mind is a powerful thing as well as the soul. Studies have shown that stress can take away time from your life. It’s very unhealthy to be stressed. I know that we all have stress, we can’t hide from it. Even so, we can learn how to cope with stress in a healthy manner. Channel your stress and energy in healthy ways. Yoga is a perfect example of controlling stress and promoting healthy living through the mind, body and soul. Meditation is another option that you have. When you have stressful situations in your life, learn how to manage them. Avoiding years of stress can add years to your life.

4. Daily exercise is a key. You already know that exercise is important to your health. Balanced with healthy eating, the combination can ensure that you live a long life. Exercise is a powerful anti-aging solution that can slow the aging process. The proof is all around. If you’re wondering how a 60 year old can look like a 35 year old, it is the combination of eating healthy and regular exercise. I know that this can be hard for you. With all the pressure of life in general, it can be tough finding time to exercise. If you want to live longer, you have to find the time to exercise.

5. Get your 8 hours of sleep. Just like exercise, many people find it hard to get 8 hours of sleep. At this day and age, it’s tough, I know. We know that the body needs sleep to reboot. We know that sleep is healthy but we just can’t find the time to get a full 8 hours in. I’m guilty on this one. I work all day long, 7 days a week and I can feel it. If you never get 8 hours of sleep and you feel bad, this could be the reason why. You have to make the effort to get your sleep. Again, easier said then done but you have to try. If you want to live a longer life, you’re going to need your straight 8.

Women’s Health – Must Haves For Fast Weight Loss

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Women’s Health – Must Haves For Fast Weight Loss

If you’re looking to lose weight and have tried everything it’s actually important and helpful to know which foods that burn fat and aid in weight loss! No need to starve yourself or go on a strict diet, although counting calories does help! But there are certain foods that burn fat and they will be helpful to you when trying to lose weight. Below are some of the best Weight Loss Tips and Eatables you should be chowing down in order to maintain or get started on weight loss!

  • Speed up the Breakdown of Fat

Here are two great foods that burn fat and they are salmon and tuna! These particular fish are loaded with proteins and fatty acids, two of the essentials our body needs to speed up the breakdown of fat! Try getting 1-2 servings in at least 3 times a week, and have some veggies on the side for a whole meal.

  • Vitamin B12

Eggs are one of my favorite foods, and it was only recently that I learned how amazing they are in burning fat and aiding in weight loss! Chock full of vitamin B12, eggs will break down body fat faster than you can blink! Well, maybe not that fast, but they do their job and do it effectively. Aim for 3-4 servings per week.

  • A Healthy Way To Boost Your Weight Loss, Energy Level and Bodily Functions

We all know that fresh fruits and veggies are healthy for us, but how many of us actually eat them? Opening a can or a frozen bag is easier than washing, peeling, storing, and prepping fresh produce. However, the benefits are entirely worth it! If you get 3-5 servings of fresh fruits and veggies per day, you will notice an over-all difference in your weight loss, hair and skin appearance, as well as your energy levels and bodily functions!

  • Enhance Your Metabolism

Raw cacao is a fabulous weight loss aid. Raw cacao powder or nibs are nothing more than raw chocolate at its finest. Raw cacao is a great energy aid and contains the crucial minerals zinc, iron and magnesium, which all enhance your metabolism, aid in metabolizing carbohydrates, and these nutrients give you energy. Raw cacao is also great for halting your appetite and you only need an ounce a day to make a difference. This is your free chance to eat chocolate, so take it ladies!

  • Detoxify Your Body

Kale is a true superfood and not just because it’s green! Kale is one of the best leafy greens you can eat to burn fat because it contains rich amounts of chlorophyll, magnesium and iron. Kale also contains more protein per ounce than steak! Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives kale its green hue, and detoxifies the body, helping to wash out wastes that can cause fat storage. It also curbs cravings. If you think you don’t like kale, try massaging it with your hands with a teeny bit of melted coconut oil, some nutritional yeast and a dash of Himilayan sea salt and black pepper. This dish tastes absolutely amazing and creamy, and helps you burn fat as a bonus!

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Hemp seeds are one of my favorite foods and they are great to burn fat fast! Hemp seeds are wonderful for your metabolism because they are a complete source of protein. They are also high in Omega 3 fatty acids which aid in fat burning, depression prevention, and they increase your metabolism and energy production. Sprinkle these sweet and nutty little raw seeds on a salad, some yogurt, some oatmeal or your smoothie and burn fat the tasty way!

  • Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are one of my favorite filling foods. Just three tablespoon soaked in a little almond milk gels up into this delicious pudding like texture. I like to add a little stevia and cinnamon to my chia pudding and it takes away all those nasty cravings. Chia seeds swell up in your stomach, yet most of their calories come from healthy fats, and their carbohydrates come completely from fiber. This means they don’t just enhance your metabolism, but they also aid in removing toxins from your body. Soak 3 tbsp. chia seeds with ½ cup almond milk or coconut milk. Add a teeny bit of sweetener of your choice such as stevia, and a little cinnamon or even cocoa powder and mix it up. Then, just let it soak overnight! You can also add chia seeds to smoothies, salads, or basically any dish you want.

  • Must Have For Weight Loss

Cinnamon is a powerful little spice that packs a punch. Full of health benefits, cinnamon is something every woman who is trying to lose weight should have in her pantry! Just ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon helps metabolize sugars 20 times faster than before! Cinnamon also lowers your body’s blood sugar level overall.

  • Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are rich in the nutrient selenium, which helps your body use carbohdyrates for energy instead of fat storage. Selenium is an important mineral that also helps to curb your appetite. Just one single Brazil nut has over 100% of your daily selenium requirements, so pop one before your next workout and consider yourself good to go!

  • Soy Protein

Here is a food item that some of us don’t have a taste for, but it will aid you greatly in your weight-loss journey. Tofu is an excellent source of soy protein, so it burns fat quickly and in large amounts. It’s a great pick for vegetarians, or if you just want to mix it up a bit!

  • Burn Twice The Amount Of Calories

If you have a mouth for spicy foods, try having a cayenne pepper or two! These little peppers are helpful in weight loss because they burn twice the amount of calories that other peppers do, and the effect lasts for hours. If you don’t like cayenne, you can try jalapeno or some other spicy peppers for great results.

  • Fiber-Rich Foods

We all need a little fiber in our diet, and if you’re trying to lose weight that’s no exception! Fiber-rich foods help your body to flush out and cleanse the bloodstream, as well as get rid of junk your body has been holding back. Whole grains are a good source of fiber, so try to get 4-5 servings a week.

Did you know your body actually NEEDS some fats? There are only a few good fats, one of them being monounsaturated fats. Extra virgin olive oil is packed with these fats, so to keep your diet balanced, and aid in burning body fat, add a few teaspoons of EVOO to your diet each week!
Coconut is a great food to eat if you’re looking to drop weight. Coconut is rich in MCT fats, which are special fats that aid in liver function, where your fat burning starts. Your liver is responsible for triggering fat burn, but it can’t do so if it is filled with toxins we encounter everyday. Coconut’s antiviral properties help enhance your liver health to aid in detoxification. The fats in coconut are used immediately for enzyme production and metabolism, making it great to consume if you workout. Coconut oil is best to cook with, and shredded unsweetened coconut is great to add to yogurt, oatmeal or homemade energy bars. Go with 2 tbsp. per day for the best amount.

Lemons are my favorite addition to any food, or rather lemon juice, that is. Lemon juice is the best way to alkalize your body in literally two seconds with just a squeeze of lemon juice. It is rich in Vitamin C, which automatically aids in fat burning, and it detoxifies the liver, where fat burning starts. Lemon also increases the efficiency of your digestion, which can help if you’re feeling slugglsh, which may stall weight loss too.

Something that is vital to remember as you are trying to lose weight is how important it is to remain healthy about your eating habits. Losing weight is always encouraging, but don’t take desperate measures. Feed your body healthy, fat-burning foods and be nutritious! 

Womens Health-5 Great Tips For A Whiter Smile

Womens Health-5 Great Tips For A Whiter Smile

Great Tips For A White SmileEveryone loves a gorgeous, bright-white smile, but we don’t all like the pain of DIY teeth whitening systems. If you don’t want to suffer through night after night of white strips, you can try some easier, more natural methods to brightening your smile—or even a few simple tricks with makeup will do. We’ve heard of all sorts of strange tips in our day, but below we’ve pulled out some of the tried-and-true things that you can actually use in your mouth and on your lips to fake a brighter smile ASAP.

1. Swish Water Right After You Eat Anything
Right after eating, swish water around your mouth to get rid of anything that may have stuck to your teeth to help prevent any food from staining. Try to swish for at least 30 seconds in order to really make a difference!

2. Always Add Cream or Milk to Your Coffee
Everyone knows that coffee stains your teeth, but no one can quite kick the caffeine habit. By adding cream or milk to your coffee (or black tea if that’s you) you can avoid a deep stain on your teeth. Sugars are bad for your teeth also, try drinking more water and consuming less soda.

3. Load Up On Greens
Leafy greens are good for many things—their healthy reputation is well-founded. Stock up on broccoli and kale—a mineral in these vegetables can help to protect teeth against stains) it will change the chemistry of the liquid and deter it from sticking to the surface of your teeth.

4. Choose Your Lipstick Wisely:
Wearing a lipstick with a blue undertone will make your teeth appear whiter than they really are. Steer clear of any yellow-toned reds or pale pink shades, which tend to accentuate stains on the teeth.

5. Snack Smart: 
Since food is often the culprit of staining, snack on foods that produce more saliva (gross, but helpful) because the saliva helps to clean bacteria from your mouth and whiten your teeth. Snacks like pears, apples, strawberries, celery and carrots are good options.
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8 Great Tips To Get Healthy

great tips to get healthy

8 Great Tips To Get Healthy

There’s a lot of different great ways to stay healthy and live a life of longevity and vitality. I’m sure you’ve seen a thousand articles on the topic online and probably even more in magazines and books. We don’t think about when we’re younger and we think we can do anything with our body. Unfortunately, we find out years later that our body must be taken care of in order to feel good. If you’re wondering why you don’t feel good, feel tired all the time or hurt, in many cases, it can point back to your lifestyle. In a age where technology gives us comfort and ease, we’re seeing obesity at a younger age and it’s alarming. So today, we’re going to share some great tips on staying healthy.

1. Educate yourself at a young age. Ever wish you would have took better care of your body when you were younger? Same here. Why didn’t we? Did your parents talk about health when you were younger? Did your teacher teach you the importance of fitness? More then likely, you’ve heard it from somewhere. The problem, kids just don’t listen. You have to embed the importance of a healthy lifestyle time and time again. Education and learning is power. Teach your children or grandchildren at an early age. Make sure they eat good. For those of you that are older, it’s never too late to start getting healthy.

2. Make sure you exercise daily. Studies are showing that we don’t exercise anymore, kids are not exercising. Technology is one of the concerns for the issue. If you have children, make them go outside and play daily. At the very least, they should be active for an hour a day. That is the bottom line. Same for you mom and dad, exercise should be part of your normal daily routine. Daily exercise has a variety of different benefits. As you age, the need for daily exercise arises. Even if it’s just walking, get out there and do it. Although you should be active for an hour at the very least too, any type of exercise will be helpful to you. I know it’s tough finding time to exercise with work and kids. However, your body needs it.

3. All about eating healthy foods. A lot of men and women believe that exercise is all you need to lose weight or to be healthy. That statement is completely false. Not true at all. You can actually lose more weight eating healthy then exercising. The combination of both is what helps you get the best results though. I just don’t want you to eat healthy here and there. Eating healthy should be a part of your daily routine, breakfast, lunch, afternoon and dinner.

4. Get your full 8 hours in. Time is money and money is time, right? Yes, that may be true but sleep is so important to feeling great and living healthy. I know for many for many of you, 8 hours a sleep will never happen. You may have a demanding job, possibly two jobs. You could have children or a busy schedule. I know it can be tough. You still need to try to get your 8 hours of sleep in every night. Your body is a biological clock. If you’re getting proper sleep, you likely wake up and sleep around the same time everyday. If your not on a routine, your likely up at a variety of different times. Try your best to make an effort to get a full 8 hours of sleep. At the least, try to get an extra hour or two then you normally do. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel. Sleep is a great healthy living tip.

5. Drink water everyday. A lot of people do drink water according to studies and that is great. Are they drinking 8 cups a day? Most people are not. If your drinking water daily though, good for you. Our body is made up of water and needs water on a daily basis. Yes, it is recommended that you have 8 cups of water a day. This may seem like a lot but it really isn’t. If you’re not drinking water at all, you need to start immediately. I know men and women that started drinking water daily and felt much better within a few short days. Make water part of your game plan today.

6. Stay away from soda and pop. We go through a lot of soda and pop ladies and gentlemen. Soda and pop is very bad for you. The best outcome is to replace your soda with water. The high amounts of sugars and caffeine are dangerous and very unhealthy. I know a lot of different patients paying for it now. Again, you have to make an effort if you want to change. You want to wing yourself off the pop, don’t just quit cold turkey. Don’t be surprised if you don’t feel good or you get headaches during the process. After years and decades of drinking pop, it can be tough to quit. If your sides or lower back is hurting, it may be caused by the soda.

7. Have a want to feel better. In order to get healthy and live healthy, you have to want to get better. You have to want this for yourself. If you don’t have that motivation, you need too. You may have found this article and your in a life/death situation. If you don’t get healthy, you can die. If you’re in that situation, take these steps to heart. Your doctor told you to get healthy for a reason. To get healthy, lose weight and feel better, you have to have a drive and passion to succeed.

8. You can’t get healthy in one day. You can’t do it all in one day. Getting to where you need to be will take time. Living your life in this situation can have long-lasting results mentally, physically and emotionally. If you’re willing to put the time and effort in to get healthy, I promise you will get there. Take the time and write your new schedule down. If you don’t have time, make time. If you follow these 8 healthy tips, I promise you will get there.

5 Great Tips For A Healthy Heart

Great Tips For A Healthy HeartI don’t have to preach to you on how important your heart is. We all know the value of the heart and the fact that we can’t live without it. The heart is an amazing creation, perfectly designed to give us all life. The heart pumps blood to the entire body and pumps between 4.7-5.7 liters of blood per minute. If we are lucky to live to old age, our heart will have beat millions of time. Without the heart, life is not possible. Just like our need of air, we need the heart in order to live.

Since the heart is so important, all of us should have a need to protect the heart from harm. The heart is vulnerable to disease just like the rest of our organs. These events can happen naturally or we can actually create them. In this article, we’re going to explore the best 5 tips for a healthy heart. Let’s get started!

Exercise

Exercise has so many great benefits, we had to list it as our top heart healthy tip. Not only is exercise good for the heart, specific types of exercises are good for different parts of our heart. Let’s take dance for an example. Although dance isn’t technically exercise, it really is. Dancing will increase your heart rate and it can help you burn calories. Both are great for you. What about Yoga? Technically again, you may feel Yoga is or not exercise. Either way, Yoga is great for the heart because it reduces stress. Yoga is also good for your heart rate variability or known as (HRV). Running is a great workout for the heart. It increase blood pressure and your heart rate, not to mention all the other benefits to your body. If you want a healthy heart, exercise is crucial. Exercise benefits the heart and the entire body, make it a part of your normal routine.

Watching Your Levels

How long has it been since you have your last checkup with your doctor? If it’s been a year or more, you may want to schedule that checkup. Look, the heart isn’t to play with, you should be focused on knowing your blood pressure, blood sugars, cholesterol and triglycerides. If you haven’t been monitoring all of them, you need to start. Medical technology has come a long way and all of these can be controlled. You can live a healthy life and help your heart be healthy. I know a lot of my patients wait weeks and even months to see a doctor. If you’re having chest pains, especially prolong chest pains, get to the doctor. The longer left untreated, you can cause your heart to damage or worse. You know how important your heart is, treat it that way and keep up with watching your levels.

Eat Plenty Of Nuts

Are you nuts? Eating nuts of course. Nuts actually have several great benefits to the body and many of them are associated to the heart. Studies and test have proven that nuts can lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. Nuts can also help you lower your bad cholesterol. Some feel that nuts can also lower the risk for cancer. Walnuts, pecans, almonds and cashews are all great for you. Almonds are great for those who have bad blood sugar and it drops LDL cholesterol, which is bad cholesterol. Cashews are great for thinking and your brain. Their also rich in iron and zinc, both needed in your body. Pecans are great for heart health. It’s possible that they prevent plaque. Macadamia nuts are lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure. If nuts are not part of your normal diet, be sure to make get them in your diet.

Cut The Fats

You probably already know that fats are bad for you. If you’re not keeping an eye on your fat intake, it’s time to start doing so. Saturated fats is one of the worse fats you can intake. For years, it was believed that cutting saturated fats was all that you needed. When we think of saturated fats, we’re thinking of butter, red meats and cheese. Saturated fats cause our arteries to clog and causes heart attacks. With medical advancements, we know that cholesterol plays a big role in this also. There’s good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. The big issue is the fact that bad cholesterol greatly outweighs good cholesterol. Here’s a great study on fats that you should read. They ran several different studies and the results are trust worthy.

Reducing Stress

As medical testing and technology has grew, we now see how dangerous stress is to the heart. Even so, at this day and age, many people don’t realize the power of living a stress free life. Is it even possible to live stress free? I truly doubt it but it’s not impossible. Just having the ability to reduce your stress by a few percent can help you live a longer life and keep your heart healthy. We all have problems, granted some more then others. Everyone has different ways to release stress, some good healthy manners and others not so much. You have to find healthy ways to reduce your stress. It could be a walk, running, driving the long way home or playing basketball. Personally, I prefer Yoga. Here’s a great Yoga video to help you get started.

More Heart Healthy Tips

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you should be concentrating on a heart healthy breakfast. Whole grains and fruits are a great heart healthy breakfast. Hard boiled eggs and egg whites are also good for you. Start learning what foods are good for you and mix it up throughout the day. Your body and heart will thank you for it.

Be sure to make time for fitness and stretching. Even if you’re not a fitness guru, you should allow a few minutes each day for fitness. I know you can set aside 10-20 minutes a day. I know your life is busy and then you have all the stress that goes along with it. High stress is unhealthy for your heart, you just learned that. Exercise is good for the heart, you read that too. Take the time to add a little fitness to your life.

You can’t go wrong with tea. Tea has several great benefits that help varies areas of the body, including the heart. Studies have shown that tea can improve arterial health. Tea can also be used for weight loss. Specific types of tea can provide you with many benefits, take the time to learn which teas do what. Here’s a great article on the benefits of tea with weight loss.

Speaking of weight loss, your weight can have affects on your heart. Obesity can lead to heart disease and a number of other medical conditions bad for your body. Most of these heart healthy tips can also help you lose weight. Again, exercise alone isn’t enough. Weight loss occurs with a healthy balance of exercise and eating right. Start counting your calories, learn which foods are heart healthy and which foods you need to stay away from. Begin making it a part of your normal routine and it will come naturally to you.