Intermittent Fasting 101

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Calories in versus calories out--the classic idea for weight management. Recent studies, however, have confirmed that when you eat, calories can be as important as the amount of calories that you consume. Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern in which one eats within a certain time frame then fasts for a period of time. Fasting has been shown to be an effective tool for weight loss and aiding various markers of health. One of the main reasons intermittent fasting is effective for weight loss is due to the action of a hormone known as insulin, in addition to our natural circadian rhythm. Insulin tells our tissues to take up glucose. When insulin levels drop between meals and when we fast, our bodies are able to use the fuel that has been stored in tissues. This process is disrupted if we are constantly eating and telling our tissues to take up nutrients rather than use them. Furthermore, our bodies are better equipped to metabolize foods during the day, when the pathways that breakdown food work more efficiently. Intermittent fasting can seem intimidating at first, but fasting doesn’t have to mean feeling hungry or going days without food.

A recent study showed that, compared to the control group, the fasting group had a significantly decreased appetite. Other benefits of intermittent fasting include learning and memory function protection and reduced oxidative stress. At a certain point, the body begins to break down its fat stores to release ketones, which provide this protective effect for brain neurons. Ketones have been shown to be especially beneficial for women’s brain health.  Fasting for periods of 10 to 14 hours can be enough to provide these benefits. Intermittent fasting can be as easy as ending your last meal at 7:00 PM, and waiting to eat again until breakfast the next morning between 5:00 and 9:00 AM. Fasting can offer many benefits for most people, especially those at risk for diabetes because of its positive effect on insulin levels. Certain individuals, such as those with diabetes, a history of eating disorders, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult their physician before adopting this eating style.



The Power of Nutrition

Creams, serums, are sunscreen are all important for radiant skin, but what we put in our bodies can be as equally important. Studies have shown that diets rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E can greatly improve the appearance of skin. Overall diet composition and certain fatty acids also play a role in how the the skin looks, feels, and ages. Strawberries, dark chocolate, and kale are all foods that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that inhibit processes that may potentially damage skin cells. Implementing vitamin rich foods such as avocados or sweet potatoes into your diet are an excellent way to promote good skin health. Not only are avocados a good source of healthy fats, but they contain Vitamins C and E! Vitamin E may be found in items like olive oil, nuts, salmon, and spinach. Vitamin C is a crucial nutrient to our bodies because of the role that it plays in many of our bodily functions. Vitamin C has also been known to help slow the growth of cancer cells in some cases. You can find vitamin C in citrus fruits, broccoli, chili peppers, and bell peppers. Vitamin C also supports the production of collagen, which provides skin firmness and elasticity. Try my Brighten and Tighten Vitamin C Serum for a brighter and more youthful complexion! Vitamin A, also known as beta-carotene, is another antioxidant that defends the skin from UV damage. Vitamin A can be found in orange-colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, mangos, and yams. Beta-carotene is especially important because it can also act as an “internal sunscreen” by absorbing UV rays. Another antioxidant that some tend to overlook is lycopene. This phytochemical — found most notably in cooked tomatoes — helps to protect skin from sunburns and aging. While large amounts of Vitamin C can be found in uncooked tomatoes, heat destroys this antioxidant. 

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Vitamin D intake also plays a role in skin health. Like lycopene, vitamin D can protect skin from UV damage and can be found in food with healthy fats like salmon and tuna. Incorporating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables can do wonders for your skin, but overall diet composition can also influence skin health. Remembering to drink plenty of water daily is crucial to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Certain studies have also shown that diets low in saturated fats, trans fats, and simple carbohydrates are associated with fewer signs of skin aging. Limiting fatty cuts of meats and processed foods, which are frequently high in sugar, can make your skin less wrinkle prone. 

Topical products are only skin deep. Radiant skin starts from the inside.

The Eyes Have It

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The eyes are definitely the windows to the soul, therefore its important to keep yours looking their best.  While many lotions and potions promise to do amazing things, it is best to look for a true multifaceted treatment solution like our Revital-Eyes!

Delivering rich hydration to the delicate skin around eyes, this deeply moisturizing cream helps to smooth fine lines & wrinkles while state of the art microcirculation ingredients minimize dark circles & puffiness.

 K E Y I N G R E D I E N T S

ALL-TRANS-RETINOL

At the appropriate level for the eye area, helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Assists in smoothing skin, improving texture and tone. 

 

HYALURONIC ACID (SODIUM HYALURONATE, HYDROLIZED SODIUM HYALURONATE)

Penetrates skin to deeply moisturize and forms a protective barrier to lock moisture in. Helps to plump skin and diminish signs of aging.

 PEPTIDE/CERAMIDE COMPLEX

Helps to support the skin barrier, nourishing & tightening skin, and visibly reducing bags and dark circles. 

 NIACINAMIDE(VITAMIN B3)

Supports a collagen rich appearance, promoting healthy texture and even skin tone. 

 GREEN TEA POLYPHENOLS, VITAMINS C & E, EMBLICA

Therapeutic levels of powerful antioxidants brighten and soothe skin, ensuring minimum irritation and maximum protection from free radicals.

 CAFFEINE USP, ARNICA & VITAMIN K

Work to improve the suppleness of skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. 

Finding Relief for TMJ Pain

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When people think of Botox, often times, preventative measure for aging and diminished wrinkles are the first things that come to mind. For anyone suffering from temporomandibular joint pain, also known as TMJ pain, Botox may be a great way to temporarily eliminate tension in the jaw. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans are affected by the disorder. Similar to the way Botox works in areas like the forehead and glabella lines, it blocks communication between the nerves and muscles that reside in the temporomandibular joints. Botox alleviates tension within the jaw preventing muscles from engaging in involuntary movement of the jaw. If you frequently wake up with migraine headaches it is possible that you are grinding your teeth throughout the night. Seeing a doctor that specializes in the anatomy of the face should be the first step you take if you think you may have TMJ pain. Botox has the ability to eradicate certain conditions like lockjaw which sometimes comes hand in hand with TMJ pain. 

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Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for Botox in the temporomandibular joints, you will receive the Botox injections temporalis, frontalis and masseter muscles. Those that are familiar with this treatment may  know it as Botox in the masseter. This procedure has become increasingly popular and is a great way alleviate the effects that TMJ may have on one’s jaw. In addition to pain relief, Botox adds a slimming effect to the face due to the weakening of these muscles. Any pain that is felt should be minimal and only the areas that have been injected will be infected by the Botox. Following your treatment you may feel slight tenderness in the muscle, but that is normal. Because Botox is considered an “off-label” treatment, it is crucial that you see a reputable doctor that has experience injecting these areas. To book an appointment in my private practice please call my office at 626-316-7033!

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