How To Focus On Your Health This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner
By Be Well Health Coach Courtney Blatt

It’s that time of year again…holiday season. It’s a time for celebrating, reconnecting with family and of course, eating lots of delicious food! Often, all the temptations of sugary, rich foods pose a challenge for those trying to stay healthy. This Thanksgiving, there is no need to fret; you can still be healthy and enjoy yourself. Here are a few tips that won’t leave you feeling deprived.

1. Taste Everything

Instead of completely avoiding some of your favorites, work on portion control. Fill your plate with vegetables, whole grains and lean turkey. When the rest of the dishes are passed, have a spoonful of one or two you really want.  This way, you won’t feel deprived and controlling portions will help you avoid overeating.

2. Be Mindful

Thanksgiving marks the start of the festive season which can often lead to an entire season of over consuming. Don’t throw away all of your hard work. Make a mental commitment to make the best choices and let yourself indulge a bit. Stress will only lead to overeating, poor choice of food, and grumpy spirits.

3. If You’re Not Hosting, Offer to Bring a Dish

It’s a great way to make sure there is a healthy alternative that not only tastes great but will satisfy your guests too!  Check out our pinterest page - it’s full of delicious,  whole, food recipes.

4. Hydrate

Being dehydrated is often mistaken for hunger. Be sure to pay special attention to drinking as much water as possible leading up to the holiday. Start your day with a tall glass of water and try to drink at least one glass every hour.

5. Chew Your Food

When eating a big meal, we want to make sure that we’re allowing our bodies adequate time to digest. Not only will it give you a chance to enjoy your food, you’ll end up eating less while feeling more satisfied-without the guilt of overdoing it!

6. Connect With Loved Ones

Focus your energy on connecting with family and friends rather than focusing on the food. Share stories, get out a board game or watch your favorite holiday movie. In my family, we go around the table and share what we are most grateful for this year.

7. Get Moving

Start the day with a long walk or hike. Even better, sign up for a family turkey trot in your area. Its a great way to give back while burning some serious calories!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014| 0 Comments

Phthalates in Food: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure

Microwaved Food

You probably know that some plastic toys—like the now infamous rubber ducky—contain the hormone-disrupting, birth-defect-causing, probably-carcinogenic plasticizers known as phthalates. You may have even heard that this group of chemicals is also found in the fragrance of your favorite personal care products.

Most of my clients are surprised to learn, though, that the single largest source of phthalate exposure comes from our food and water supply—and this is not just true for people eating microwaved meals from plastic trays. Almost all of us have phthalates in our systems, and a recent study showed that when fasting, people’s phthalate levels dropped by five to ten times within the first 24 hours without food. This is not to say we should stop eating–but we should get phthalates out of what we eat!

Until phthalates are banned for good (a girl can dream), we can take matters into our own hands in several ways.  Here’s how:

  1. Avoid putting your food in or on plastic. Even BPA- or phthalate-free plastic may leach harmful chemicals, and it’s impossible to know for sure which containers, wraps, or baggies may contain phthalates without testing. Opt for glass food storage containers, and choose bottles and sippy cups that are made of stainless steel, silicone, or glass. Try zippered cloth bags instead of plastic food storage bags, and try to source meats and cheeses that come wrapped in paper whenever possible.

  2. If you must use plastic, keep it out of the microwave and dishwasher. When plastic is heated, it leaches more chemicals, and phthalates are no exception. Even the hot water of the dishwasher causes plastic to degrade and release toxins, so if you do use plastic food-storage containers, replace them often.

  3. Eat more plants. People who eat diets rich in plant foods—fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds—have lower levels of phthalates in their blood than do people who eat more animal foods. Substituting out just a few meat- and dairy-heavy meals a week with vegan ones can lower your family’s phthalate levels. If you’re worried about protein, try beans. For fats, add nuts or avocado. For calcium, choose kale or collard greens.

  4. Eat organic and grass-fed produce, meat, and dairy. Phthalates are used in pesticides and herbicides, neither of which is permitted on certified organic produce. Pesticide-treated animal feeds are not allowed in organic meat and dairy production. Ideally, you’ll eat dairy and meat from grass-fed cows, pigs, and chickens, since phthalates may contaminate animal feed stored in plastic containers (even if that feed is organic). Read the Whole Article

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014| 0 Comments

Be Well Kitchen: Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot Chocolate

By Be Well Health Coach Amanda Carney

Who doesn’t love a warming cup of hot chocolate this time of year!?  Unfortunately, most hot chocolate drinks and powders come loaded with ugly sugars, toxic preservatives and artificial ingredients – all things that we do not want to be filling our bodies with.

Not to worry!  With this warm cup of health boosting ingredients, you can have your hot chocolate without compromising your health! Unlike most hot chocolates, this nutrient-dense drink is filled with tons of health promoting factors, such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, adaptogens (which help the body adapt to stresses) and fiber!

For One Serving … You Will Need

  • 1 cup unsweetened nut milk (have you tried our delicious homemade cashew milk recipe?)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of raw honey

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until mixed.

Then, place in a pot over low heat and warm to desired heat

Sip in the chilly outdoors and enjoy!

*In the warmer months, you can blend this drink with ice for a refreshing chocolate smoothie, and for a more filling snack, you can use our Cleanse Shakes.

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014| 0 Comments

3 Reasons to Break the Sleeping Pill Habit – And 5 Tips to Fall Asleep Naturally

Sleeping Pill

To get a good night’s sleep, many people will do almost anything, with the default option for millions being sleeping pills. Trouble is, there’s mounting evidence of dangers that may be far worse than anyone could have imagined. While I’ve always advised my patients to avoid drugs to induce sleep, the message needs to get out to a wider audience, which is why I encourage everyone who cares about their health to spread the word, particularly to their less health-savvy friends and loved ones, about the potentially devastating effects sleeping pills can have on both short and long-term health. Here’s why quitting – very slowly, over time, and under your doctor’s supervision to minimize withdrawal symptoms – is so important. In short, it’s all about risk:

1. Increased Risk of Dementia

When it comes to brain function, the news about sleeping pill use gets scarier by the minute. Several recent British and French studies involving older adults concluded that those who took benzodiazepines, the class of drugs often prescribed to combat sleep disorders, put users at a roughly 50% higher dementia risk than non-users. Another 2012 study published in the British Medical Journal linked prescription sleeping pill use to an increased risk of death. And it’s not just the classic meds like Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan that are cause for concern. Cash-cow sleep aids like Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata also make the list as they behave much like the benzodiazepines, acting on the same receptors, switching on the brain-activity brakes and making sleep come more swiftly, usually within minutes.

2. Risk of Dependency, Addiction and Over-dose

People love their sleeping pills because they’re effortless, effective and fast-acting, usually delivering their knockout punch in under half an hour. Trouble is, the more reliant on sleeping pills the body becomes, the more dangerous they become. Take them for an extended period and tolerance increases —the need for more of the drug to get the same result. Next stop on the escalating-dose train? Accidental fatal overdose, when essential bodily functions, like breathing and heartbeat, slow, then stop altogether. In my opinion, taking sleeping pills is like playing with fire, so don’t start in the first place. If you already have an affinity for drugs like Ambien, Sonata, Lunesta or benzodiazepines, don’t try to quit cold turkey. Depending on how hooked you are, suddenly stopping the pills can be extremely dangerous – think panic attacks, depression, rebound insomnia, seizures, psychosis, etc. – so go slow and work with your doctor to establish a medically supervised plan to taper off.

3. Risk of “Unusual” Behaviors

In some cases, the behavioral side-effects of sleeping pills can be so bizarre, insomnia may seem a saner option. Strange behaviors like sleep-eating, online sleep-shopping and far more alarming ones like sleepwalking or even sleep-driving can put users in precarious situations, causing injury to themselves and others. Prescription sleeping pills tend to put most people in a state somewhat akin to a blackout, leaving them utterly unable to recall what’s happened while they were under the influence. For some this might make for an amusing anecdote (i.e. wandering off and waking up in a strange place or eating odd foods in the middle of the night), for others, these drugs could be life-threatening. Unfortunately, sleeping pills are believed to have played pivotal roles in a number of incidents of road-rage, car accidents, criminal behavior, sexual assault and even mass gun violence. While such extreme examples may not be the norm, they do point to the drug’s ability to trigger wildly erratic or aberrant behaviors in some users.

So What’s a Troubled Sleeper To Do?

The good news is, you don’t have to lose sleep or tough it out – it’s possible to fall asleep without a pharmaceutical blow to the head. Here are 5 sleep-savvy strategies to put you on the path to sleep success:

1. Rest Your Belly

To rest easier, eat light at night, at least 3 hours before bed to ensure your body will be resting instead of digesting, which can make it tougher to fall asleep.

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2014| 2 Comments

5 Common “Paleo Pitfalls” and How You Can Avoid Them

Paleo Diet

When adopting a paleo diet, patients can begin to see and feel positive results within weeks, often including increased energy, weight loss, and improved digestion. While following this grain-free, Paleo diet, the body can normalize hunger hormones, repair the gut and begin to shed extra weight, however there are a few common setbacks that can cause people to fall off track.  Here are 5 common “Paleo Pitfalls”, and how you can avoid them.

1. “Carb Flu”

“Carbohydrate flu” is a term that is commonly used to describe feelings of body aches, upset stomach, low energy and headaches that are felt during the early stages of adopting a paleo diet. These symptoms are most often attributed to a greatly lower carbohydrate intake than the body is used to.  These symptoms are most common if transitioning from a Standard American Diet, high in refined and processed foods, to a whole food based Paleo diet.  It is possible to transition to a Paleo diet and maintaining healthy carbohydrate intake with fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, winter squashes and other root vegetables to avoid these symptoms.  If you are trying to initiate ketosis or focusing on a very low carbohydrate state for weight loss and fat burning, the symptoms may be inevitable in the early stages.  Although uncomfortable, these symptoms typically resolve within a week or two as the body adapts to the lower carbohydrate state.

2. Constipation

Constipation is a top complaint of people who adopt a paleo diet.  The initial increase in protein on the paleo diet can cause a loss of water and salt which contributes to constipation.  Maintaining adequate water intake each day can help combat this problem.  Another helpful key is to make sure you are seasoning your food using unrefined salt, such as Himalayan sea salt.  Salt intake is greatly reduced when you stop eating refined foods so adding a pinch of salt to your meal can help restore the salt and water balance that is often offset by the paleo diet. If you are having a particularly difficult time, the Ayurvedic supplement triphala can help get things moving.

3. Skimping on Fat

If transitioning from a standard American diet where fat, particularly saturated fat, has been deaminized, it can be shocking to start consuming fats regularly.  People who transition to paleo but keep a “low fat” mentality are missing out on the health and weight loss benefits that good quality fats provide. Incorporating healthy fats like grass-fed butter, olive oil, coconut oil and avocado will help you feel full and satiated at meals, preventing cravings between meals.  Saturated fat is also necessary for healthy hormone production and brain health.

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Posted by on Nov 14, 2014| 2 Comments

From the Be Well Kitchen: Cashew Chili Recipe

Cashew Chili

A good chili is one of those quintessential dishes that’s so good on a cold winter’s night.

Many years ago, I came across this Cashew Chili recipe in a cookbook called the Cabbagetown Café Cookbook by Julie Jordan and its been my go to chili recipe ever since. I have made some small changes along the way like using canned beans (Eden is a non GMO brand) and even adding organic ground turkey which I brown first. You could even use a variety of beans to change it up a little bit, it’s a very flexible, easy and forgiving recipe despite the long list of ingredients.

Here is the recipe with slight adaptations.

Cashew Chili (Serves 6)

  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked pinto or kidney beans – rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 TBS ghee
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 TBS ground cumin
  • 1TBS ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano of finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil or 2 tsp finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill or 1 TBS finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 quart canned tomatoes
  • ½ cup cashews, light roasted
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar

Cooking Instructions:

  • Brings beans, water and bay leaves to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking.
  • Cook till beans are tender, about 2 hours
  • In a soup pot, heat ghee, add onions and garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  • Add red peppers and celery and cook until vegetables are tender but crisp, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Melt in butter, then add in the spices, herbs, salt and pepper.
  • Saute for 1-2 minutes , stirring so nothing burns.
  • Add the tomatoes and tomato juice to the mixture, crush tomatoes with a wooden spoon.  ( You can also use a quart of crushed tomatoes here instead)
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add cooked beans, liquid and all, the roasted cashews (If using canned beans, drain before adding) and vinegar and simmer for 30 minutes
  • Serve over brown rice or quinoa.
Posted by on Nov 13, 2014| 0 Comments

7 Ways To Boost Your Energy Naturally

Yerba Mate
By Be Well Health Coach Katrine van Wyk

You deserve to go through your day feeling full of energy, enthusiasm and vitality. Sadly, that’s not how many of us feel most of the time. With busy schedules, demanding jobs and the expectation of always being available and on life can be exhausting! Here are some tips for boosting your energy levels TODAY.

1. Exercise

Sweating, moving the body, and getting the heart pumping (aka exercise) is a great way to boost both your mood and energy. The body releases feel-good hormones in response to the exercise making you feel energized and happy. In addition, regular exercise improves your endurance and muscle strength, which help you go about your day with ease. And because exercise helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently to distribute oxygen and nutrients to your body, you’ll feel more energized.

2. Drink a Green Juice

I think of green juice as my daily IV vitamin shot. Because all the fiber is removed in a juice, the nutrients from the vegetables get distributed quickly to the cells. Green vegetables are also full of chlorophyll, a potent antioxidant that supports cleansing. Try a green juice instead of a coffee next time you’re in a slump and see how it makes you feel!

3. Get Downward

Both invigorating and restorative, yoga can have tremendous benefits on your energy, helping recharge your batteries and move energy (prana) through your body. In particular, poses that turn you upside down or elevate the legs higher than your torso help energize your body and mind. By draining fluids from the legs and flushing the head and organs with fresh blood, these upside-down poses leave us feeling invigorated! I once heard that 15 minutes of lying with your legs up the wall is as restorative as a 2 hour nap – I can’t scientifically prove it – but it sure feels great.

4. Green and White Tea + Yerba Mate

Swap out coffee for something a little less stimulating. Sure – you may still want a bit of caffeine in the morning or afternoon to help you stay focused and sharp, but coffee is acidic, depleting and can contain too much caffeine for many of us. Green and white tea are better options that still contain some caffeine, yet are easier on the body and adrenals. Yerba mate is another option. This brew has been a South American favorite for centuries. Interestingly it contains compounds that have been found to have a relaxing effect on smooth muscle tissue and yet a stimulating effect on myocardial (heart) tissue, improve mood and increase mental energy!

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2014| 0 Comments

7 Things You Need to Know When Your Doc Says Your Cholesterol Is Too High

Cholesterol Test

And 10 Tips to Manage it Better

Getting a blood result with a high total cholesterol, for most people, unfortunately means that their doc’s about to follow it with “Here’s a prescription for Lipitor.” This is because the medical profession is obsessed with lowering your cholesterol because of misguided theories about cholesterol and heart disease. Why would we want to lower it when the research actually shows that three-quarters of people having a first heart attack, have normal cholesterol levels (1), and when data over 30 years from the well-known Framingham Heart Study showed that in most age groups, high cholesterol wasn’t associated with more deaths? In fact, for older people, deaths were more common with low cholesterol (2).  The research is clear – statins are being prescribed based on an incorrect hypothesis, and they are not harmless. They can have lots of unpleasant and health-damaging side effects, including muscle pains, increased abdominal fat, mental fogginess and increased diabetes risk. So I encourage you to question the status quo, especially when the statin prescription feels like a doctor’s knee-jerk response. Ask how necessary a statin really is and if perhaps your cholesterol concerns can be addressed in a healthier, drug-free way.
So, here’s what you need to know when your doc sits you down for a cholesterol talk:

1. Your Doctor May be Basing Your Diagnosis on Data That’s a Half-century-old

Hard to believe but today’s mainstream thinking on cholesterol is largely based on an influential but flawed 1960s study which concluded that men who ate a lot of meat and dairy had high levels of cholesterol and of heart disease. This interpretation took root, giving rise to what became the prevailing wisdom of the last 40+ years: lay off saturated fats and your cholesterol levels and heart disease risk will drop. This helped set off the stampede to create low-fat/no-fat Frankenfoods in the lab and launch the multibillion-dollar cholesterol-lowering drug business in hopes of reducing heart disease risk. Did it work? No. Instead of making people healthier, we’ve wound up with an obesity and diabetes epidemic that will wind up driving up rates of heart disease – hardly the result we were hoping for.

2. Pssst. Guess what? You Actually Need Cholesterol

For decades we’ve been sold the story that dietary cholesterol is bad and that it gets into your bloodstream and clogs your arteries. This view has affected what we eat, what we worry about, what drugs we take and it has become the main focus of preventive medicine in Western medicine. The problem is, this depiction of cholesterol as this artery clogging-fat is totally oversimplified and actually false.  And the notion that your total cholesterol number needs to be low is not only downright wrong, it’s dangerous too. Cholesterol helps make key hormones, synthesizes vitamin D, it is an essential component of cell membranes and we need it for brain and nerve function. It is needed for many functions in the body and is essential for life! And we now know that elevated cholesterol is not the cause of heart attacks – so don’t fall for that line.

3. Your “Numbers” Measure Cholesterol, But Really How Bad Is It?

The dirty little secret is that what’s measured on your standard cholesterol test or “lipid profile” tells the doc very little about the actual state of your health. The typical lipid profile test simply estimates how much total cholesterol, HDL (high-density lipoprotein), LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and triglycerides are in the blood. It doesn’t tell us a thing about the cholesterol’s very important particle size – as in, how much of that LDL number is made up of the more benign “large particle” fluffy kind and how much is the more troublesome small particle kind. Both the OK stuff and the gnarly stuff get lumped in together under a big, old, non-specific LDL umbrella – making the average cholesterol test, at best, woefully inadequate and imprecise. Consequently, you may have blood teeming with the less alarming large particle LDL, and still get signed up for a statin. And with the new controversial – and in my book dangerous – “wider net” guidelines proposed by American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, expect that to happen a lot more. The new guidelines will make an estimated additional 15 million more adults (plus a few kids as well) “eligible” to take statins in an effort to drug down their numbers, regardless of what type of LDL they have. Bad news for people, good news if you’re buying drug company stock.

4. Insist That Your Doctor Dig Deeper

If your doc is saying your cholesterol is too high, get a second opinion, not necessarily from another doctor, but from another, more detailed test than the standard lipid profile. If you have a family history of heart disease or other risk factors getting a more complete picture is even more vital. Press your doctor to review and assess the other often overlooked but possibly more important factors that can shed a brighter light on your unique situation – namely tests which look at hs-C-reactive protein, particle sizes of the LDL cholesterol (sometimes called NMR Lipoprofile), Lipoprotein (a) and serum fibrinogen. These measurable physical clues will help fill in a few more pieces of the puzzle, and enable you and your doctor to develop a more customized program to help manage your risk, with or without cholesterol drugs. If your doc’s not interested in looking under the medical hood, then it may be time to switch to a new mechanic.

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2014| 10 Comments

5 Ways to Make Space in Your Life

Relaxation
By Be Well Health Coach Laura Kraber

In a culture that extols achievement and equates being busy with being important, dialing down and prioritizing “life” as opposed to “work” is not always easy. When we find that our days are spent enduring a schedule of non-stop obligations, or, even worse, suffering from stress-related ailments and exhaustion, it is time to re-think our choices.

The Eleven Eleven Wellness Center is located in the heart of the achievement-oriented, “cult of busy” world of New York City. Almost daily we meet with patients who are struggling with stressful, over-committed lifestyles that leave them little room for replenishment or renewal, let alone sleep, exercise, and time with friends and family.

Learn to appreciate yourself minus your achievements and successes. Pay attention to how you feel when you have a bit of time on your hands: many of us keep ourselves constantly engaged in order to avoid feeling lonely, unfulfilled or unimportant.

Sometimes the tweaks and adjustments we make are simply not enough and our jobs demand more than we can give. When our bodies rebel through illness, stress symptoms, or just general exhaustion, it is usually a sign that something in our life must change. Start by modifying habits, re-thinking choices, and eliminating obligations  and see how far you can go to reduce commitments. Here are 5 simple guidelines to help you decompress your days.

Schedule Downtime

Create pockets of time in your schedule so you can take a few moments to journal, meditate or simply contemplate your day, your feelings, and your goals. Go for a 15-minute walk in the park; browse a bricks-and-mortar bookstore; sip a cappuccino at a café, and enjoy your own company and your own thoughts.

Build in Transition Time

Don’t assume that every task and every meeting will go exactly as planned and according to schedule – by padding your schedule with 10 – 20 minutes of extra time before and after important meetings or obligations, you have the breathing space to get to know your client a little better, or work extra on the task that you are enjoying, or deal with the inevitable unforeseen setback, when a 1 hour task ends up taking 90 minutes or the traffic is worse than expected.

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Posted by on Nov 07, 2014| 0 Comments

Stress Ages Your Skin—Tips to Keep that Youthful Glow

Youthful Glow

We all know that too much stress is bad for our health. A 2012 study, for example, found that stress increases risk of depression, heart disease and infectious diseases, and increases inflammation throughout the body—which, by the way, increases skin aging, as well.

When we’re stressed, we’re also less likely to eat right, get enough sleep, or stick with our exercise routines. That affects our overall health, but also our appearance. The skin fails to get the nutrients it needs to repair itself. You can tell by that inconvenient acne eruption or psoriasis flare up.

It’s hard to escape stress completely, however, so the best approach is to take steps that will help your skin to resist the negative effects of stress.

How Stress Affects Skin

People with compromised skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea know that stress can trigger uncomfortable and embarrassing flare-ups. But even people without these skin conditions will note the affects of stress on their skin.

Dermatologist Flor A. Mayoral, MD, FAAD, spoke at the American Academy of Dermatology’s SKIN Academy in 2007, and had this to say: “In treating hundreds of patients over the years with skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis, I have seen firsthand how stress can aggravate the skin and trigger unexpected flare-ups that, in effect, create more stress for patients.”

When you’re dealing with stress, your body releases the stress hormone—cortisol—into your bloodstream. This causes an increase in oil production, which can lead to oily skin, acne, and rashes. A study in the January 2001 Archives of Dermatology found that stress had a negative effect on the barrier of skin, resulting in water loss and a reduced ability for the skin to repair itself. Stress can also increase hair loss and brittle, peeling nails.

Methods to Help You Cope

How can you reduce the effects of stress on your skin? First of all, try to use coping techniques like exercise, meditation, calming music, and more to reduce your stress levels. In addition to that, increase your attention to your skin with these methods to help you reduce your risk of acne, flare-ups, and other issues.

  1. Avoid hot showers and baths. They strip your skin of moisture. Use lukewarm instead and moisturize immediately after your shower.
  2. Wear sunscreen. Though sun exposure can be helpful for some skin conditions, it can also cause flare-ups and increase the look of aging. Wear sunscreen even in the winter.
  3. Eat a healthy diet. Your skin really reflects your diet. During the holidays, do your best to continue to eat healthy foods like leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats like olive oil.
  4. Get enough sleep. Sleep helps recharge your body and make it more resilient to stress. Lack of sleep shows up as those ugly circles under your eyes. Try to stick to a regular bedtime and do something relaxing beforehand like yoga or aromatherapy.
  5. Keep your hands away from your face. Bacteria from your hands can stimulate an acne outbreak, especially when you’re stressed. Read the Whole Article
Posted by on Nov 06, 2014| 0 Comments