Get Rid of Cellulite

Get Rid of Cellulite

Treatments for Cellulite
Expert’s Name:  Carrie Pierce

 

While not all cellulite treatment products such as creams and/or lotions deliver lasting results, there are some that actually can -and DO-lessen the visible appearance of cellulite. Certain ingredients such as caffeine and several key herbs and botanicals assist in this lessening effect.

Proven to benefit cellulite are:

  • Cypress: Highly astringent with a strong toning effect on body tissues. Should be avoided by pregnant women.
  • Grape Seed Extract: Causes collagen fibers to strengthen and reinforce. Improves blood vessel elasticity and circulation.
  • Dandelion: Flushes poisons and toxins out of the body and detoxes the liver and gall bladder. If you are Gluten Intolerant, dandelion is one of the highest gluten containing herbs on the planet, so beware!
  • Horse Chesnut: Improves circulation/knocks out inflammation. Proven to cause the capillaries to become more toned, reducing cellulite’s appearance.
  • Kelp: Stimulates metabolism and causes the body to release fluid accumulation. If iodine sensitive avoid using Kelp and/or other seaweed topically.
  • Milk Thistle: Detoxifies the liver.
  • Grapefruit: Very stimulating. A diuretic. Strengthens and tones tissues. Causes the body to release toxins.
  • Fennel: Very diruetic. Anti-inflammatory.
  • Green Tea: Very effective as an antioxidant.
  • Ginko Biloba: Boosts circulation and causes cholesterol within the artery walls to remain fluid and resist oxidation.
  • Juniper: Antispetic, toning and stimulating. Diuretic. This is another herb that should be avoided by pregnant women.
  • Urva Ursi: Diruetic. Stimulates the release of trapped and accumulated fluids within the body. Fights bacteria and strengthens the major organs. Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
  • Gotu Kola: Strengthens the underlying collagen fibers in the skin. Makes vein and capillary walls more flexible/ less prone to leaking.
  • Dry brush massage: An ancient massage technique. This massage technique stimulates the lymph system and causes toxins to be moved through the lymph nodes and eventually eliminated from the body.
  • Lymphatic drainage: Incredibly powerful for moving lymph fluid throughout the body and causing a deep, systemic detox of surrounding tissues. Lymphatic drainage uses incredibly soft stroking movements but is tremendously powerful in result. Prior to undergoing Lymphatic Drainage a detailed health analysis is necessary. If untreated infection or cancer is present, this massage technique can spread the disease process throughout the entire body. It is a very powerful and beneficial tool.
  • Exercise: Simply crucial to enhancing overall health, strength and vitality, exercise is a non-negotiable for health and beauty As the saying goes: ‘Motion is LOTION!’.
  • Diet/low glycemic and detox: Keeping blood sugar levels stable is critical to overall health and beauty- and is especially important during Menopause.

Standard protocol is to avoid a high-fat diet, sugary foods, highly caffeinated beverages, and instead focus on: fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources, maintaining proper hydration, eating low glycemic index foods like legumes, brown rice, etc. and focus on getting enough of the essential fatty acids, Vitamin B Complex and Vitamin C.

First and foremost however: if you have cellulite and are peri menopausal /Menopausal, it is imperative to get -and keep- those hormones in balance!

Hormone supplementation is being shown to impact- and in some cases reverse- the aging process of the skin and also the formation/worsening of cellulite.

There is strong correlation between hormone decline and the onset of visible signs of skin aging.

So, the best course of action is to do your research, choose wisely- and then discuss your findings with your Physician!

Colorful Choices in your Menopause Diet

Colorful Choices in your Menopause Diet

Menopause Weight Gain and Balance
Expert’s Name:  Suzanne Monroe

Eat the Rainbow

Do you feel stuck in a rut? Are you always eating the same things every day? Variety of food is an important factor in eating. Studies show that increasing variety of fresh, whole foods helps to round out nutrition and ensure that you get a variety of important vitamins and minerals. Maybe you have heard that you should “eat the rainbow”, enjoying one food from each color of the rainbow every day.

Examples of foods from the rainbow:
  • Red – apples, berries, red peppers
  • Orange – sweet potatoes, carrots
  • Yellow – squash, celery
  • Green – cucumbers, kale, spinach
  • Blue – blueberries
  • Purple – berries, eggplant
Antioxidants and Menopause

By enjoying a rainbow of colors in your diet, you are accomplishing something very important: You are eating an antioxidant rich diet. Antioxidants are natural substances that exist as vitamins, minerals and other compounds in foods. They are believed to prevent disease and aging by fighting free radicals in the body.

What are free radicals? – They form when the body undergoes stress – stress from unhealthy foods, toxins in the environment like cigarette smoke, and even from just ageing, changes in hormones and breathing.

Focusing on antioxidants is great way to stay healthy without jumping on the bandwagon of another fad diet or counting calories until you’re blue in the face. As your estrogen levels begin to drop, your ability to fight off free radical damage lessens, leaving you exposed to additional stress. To neutralize this stress, the body reaches into its natural supply of antioxidants. Because of the additional burden of free radicals during and after menopause, you body’s natural antioxidant reserve may not be enough to get the job done! By eating a colorful diet, you will be supplying your body with more power to fight off free radical damage, keeping it younger and healthier for longer.

If you’re finding it difficult to get started, try choosing one or two colors that are usually missing from the food you eat. Focus on eating foods with these colors for the next two weeks, long enough to create a new habit and notice any change you might feel.

Healthy Lunch Ideas

Healthy Lunch Ideas

Meals to Help Lose Weight
Expert’s Name:  Susan Joyce Proctor

 

The Lunch Challenge

Lunch, for many of us, seems to be the most challenging meal.

Unlike dinner, when we’re likely to be in our own kitchens and with time to prepare a meal, lunch happens in the middle of the day when we’re usually busy working or doing other things. And most people are away from home at lunchtime, with less control over their food options than at dinner or breakfast.

So figuring out how to feed ourselves a good lunch every single day can get monotonous at best — and feel impossible at worst. But I’ll be sharing some tips to help you overcome “The Lunch Challenge.”

 

Some Basics

Things are a bit backward in the Western world: although it’s healthier to eat more of our food earlier in the day when we need the fuel, we tend to skimp and then load up in the evening. (I’m sure this contributes to overweight, which midlife women definitely don’t need.)

In fact, we have our greatest digestive strength at midday, and lunch is therefore the ideal time to have our main meal.

To me, the basics for an ideal main meal would definitely include whole, rather than processed, food; at least some good quality protein; and ideally some form of vegetables. Depending on the season and on individual digestive capacity, these could be hot and cooked or raw and cold. And depending on a person’s blood type, grains could also be part of the meal.

And for menopausal women, we definitely want to emphasize nutrient-dense foods, phytoestrogen-rich foods, and calcium-rich foods.

With this as a starting point, let’s get more specific….

 

Blood Type Specifics

If you’ve read my other articles, you already know that I work with Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s blood type diet, which offers nutritional recommendations tailored for each blood type. Here is a very brief summary, and I encourage you to consider them as you choose lunch options:

Blood Type O: Thrives on protein, including red meat; is OK with healthy fats; doesn’t do well with carbohydrates or dairy. Important foods to avoid: wheat, corn, kidney beans, navy beans, lentils, peanuts, potatoes.

Blood Type A: Does well as vegetarian; doesn’t metabolize red meat, dairy or saturated fats well but is OK with poultry and most fish. Important foods to avoid: potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, bananas, kidney beans, lima beans, cabbage, certain white fish, tomatoes.

Blood Type B: Does fine with meat, most grains, and dairy, but not soy or most beans. Important foods to avoid: chicken, corn, lentils, sesame seeds, peanuts, buckwheat, tomatoes.

Blood Type AB: Does well as vegetarian but is OK with lamb and especially turkey; OK with both dairy and soy. Important foods to avoid: chicken, corn, buckwheat, kidney beans, lima beans, certain white fish.

 

Time for Lunch

With all this in mind, here are some of my lunch favorites and tips:

Leftovers make great lunches. If possible, plan to make some extra protein and vegetables for dinner, and have those available for lunch the next day, either at home or work. Or freeze leftovers in individual portions for future lunches.

Soup is a great lunch choice, usually nutritious and filling. If lunching at home, you can cook your own and freeze individual portions, or choose high-quality canned soups (read labels carefully avoid high fructose corn syrup). If eating out, choose soups with the best ingredients for you. And if soup is not enough to make a meal for you (it isn’t for me), team it up with something else.

Salads aren’t always substantial enough, especially in the winter and if you’re needing more grounding fare. But they’re a great way to get lots of veggies with a wide variety of protein choices and many, like Salade Nicoise and Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken or other protein, are definitely meals in themselves. Many others can be a great partner with soup.

Sandwichesare traditional lunch choices, but these aren’t the best choices for everyone. (People with the O blood type, for example, don’t really do well with bread of any kind.) If you opt for a sandwich, choose fillings and condiments that are as nutritious as you can, on breads with as much fiber as possible.

Sushiis a great lunch choice if you like it. Not only is fish heart-healthy and seaweed rich in calcium, but it’s quick, easy, and good for all types.

Other ethnic options can be great for lunch. Both Mediterranean and Asian cuisines are generally healthful and use lots of vegetables, and Asian uses rice rather than wheat as the grain (a much better choice). If you’re other than a B blood type, Asian could be a good opportunity to eat soy. Opt for brown rice if you can, which also has phytoestrogens.

“Breakfast” and “dinner” foodscan also be eaten for lunch – there’s no reason to limit you to “lunch” foods. Omelets (especially with veggies) can be good choices, and really, anything you’d have for dinner can also be eaten earlier in the day.

Mix and match any of these suggestions for the most options, nutrition and enjoyment.

Last but not least is my favorite standby. While not a real main meal, it’s a really easy, satisfying light lunch and incredibly nutritious: my Oat Walnut Scone recipe with Greek yogurt, berries and herbal tea.

 

In Conclusion….

Whatever you do, don’t skip lunch. Skipping meals can imbalance your blood sugar, which is a problem if you want to balance your estrogen. So even if lunchtime can’t always be about nutrient-dense, calcium-rich, phytoestrogen foods, an imperfect choice is still better than no food at all.

High Intensity Exercise

Are you confused as to what type of cardiovascular exercise to do now that you are in your peri-menopausal years?  You are not alone.  Most women are not sure what to do when they finally get time to go to exercise.

Exercise has numerous benefits one of which is menopausal relief from hassling symptoms. As I tell every women, exercise is not an option it is a requirement at this time of your life.

In this video, learn about the latest research and how you can jump start your cardiovascular workout.  If you would like more information on menopause go to Menopause Support or http://www.360Menopause.com/articles.

Menopause and Injuries: Can you Really Avoid Them?

Expert’s Name: Gail Edgell
Muscle strains and sprains – two techniques that work

As we approach the age of 40, your body “operates” a little differently. Imagine this….you go out and play a round of tennis with your friend and the next thing you know your elbow hurts for days. This is not uncommon since muscles, tendons and ligaments tend to weaken as we age and most likely are more rigid.

Two great exercises to do during your menopausal years are yoga and strength training which help to combat the above issues.

In this video, I discuss two techniques that I have found to be a life saver when I get injured. I do focus on a few typical injuries in the video, however these techniques can be used for just about any strain or sprain.

THE KEY TO STAYING INJURY FREE IS TO ADDRESS IT EARLY! Do NOT wait six months before taking care of the problem.

To learn more great information go to Menopause Education