July 25, 2014
If you’re conscientious about your complexion, you may be interested to know that your diet can significantly affect your skin. Certain foods are great for wrinkle reduction, sun protection and overall improvement in the tone and texture of your skin. Make sure you’re getting complexion-boosting nutrients by incorporating the following foods into your diet.
Yogurt is full of protein, which helps firm skin and make it more resistant to wrinkles. Greek yogurt has extra protein in it for added benefit. Applying a yogurt-based product directly will calm irritated, dry or sensitive skin. Korres makes a soothing yogurt-based gel that freshens and comforts the skin of the face and body.
Packed with polyphenol antioxidants, this super-food makes the skin look rosier and healthier. According to Women’s Health magazine, pomegranate nourishes, hydrates and protects the skin. It offers cell regeneration, collagen production and anti-aging benefits.
Another great source of antioxidants is green tea, a beverage which has been shown to fight inflammation and may reverse the effects of sun damage. Green tea has more health benefits than other types of tea (e.g., black, white, oolong) because of the way the leaves at harvested and processed.
Experts recommend drinking green tea while it’s hot for the most potent dose of antioxidants.
Celebrity nutritionist Joy Bauer is one of the health gurus who espouse kidney beans for great skin. Zinc helps with cell turnover: assisting with the production of new cells and the sloughing off of dead skin. This improves the skin’s allover glow.
Tuna contains a nutrient called selenium that preserves elastin, the proteins that keeps your skin smooth and tight. Selenium may also buffer the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Other sources of selenium? Brazil nuts, eggs and shellfish.
Fish in general is great for clear skin because of its omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce dryness and inflammation.
Probably the most popular suggestion on this list, dark chocolate is rich in flavonols. These antioxidants not only reduce roughness in the skin, but also have been shown to have sun-protection qualities.
A 2013 study out of London found that people who ate 20 grams of dark chocolate (approximately half of a small bar) for 12 weeks could stay in the sun for twice as long without getting burned compared to those who didn’t eat any dark chocolate.
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July 9, 2014
For many of us, summer vacations are among the year’s highlights. Whether you embark on a two-week jaunt to a tropical island or a quick weekend getaway to a neighboring city, vacation is usually a relaxing time to decompress and regroup before returning to the daily grind. However, don’t let your diet and exercise routines fall by the wayside while you’re away from home.
Here are some ideas to help you stay fit during your summer vacation.
Plan Your Itinerary Wisely
Once you’ve decided on a destination, brainstorm a list of activities that you can work into your daily itinerary. For example, you could try any of the following:
- Scuba dive
- Horseback ride
- Beach volleyball
- Play frisbee
- Dance (try the local style like samba, tango or hula)
Don’t Rent a Car
If you don’t absolutely have to, challenge yourself to a car-free vacation. Use public transportation for longer distances (for example, hop on the train between European cities, or grab a bus from your resort into town in the Caribbean islands); otherwise, stick to walking.
Beach walks are an added challenge for your lower body, and city walking is a great way to burn calories while sightseeing. If you’re exploring a new-to-you locale, join a walking tour that touches on the city’s highlights. Wear a pedometer to track how many steps you take while you’re out and about.
Choose Lodging with a Kitchen
If you can, book a hotel room or condo with a kitchen so you can cook some of your meals. Restaurant food can be loaded with calories and fat, and often comes in huge portion sizes. Cooking meals on your own helps you control the portion size and healthfulness of your meals. It’s also cheaper!
Work Out in Your Room
If you’ve planned mostly sedentary activities (like lounging by the beach or pool), squeeze in a quick workout in the room. Bring along a resistance band or jumping rope. Do a few sets of body weight exercises (e.g., lunges, squats, push-ups). Get your heart pumping with burpees or jumping jacks. Use a chair to do some tricep dips or leg exercises.
Plan a Trip around a Marathon
If you’re a runner who’s serious about staying in shape during your vacation, choose a destination that’s hosting a marathon or other run/walk event. This is a great way to work out around other active individuals, stay on track with your fitness goals and even see a new part of your destination.
Contact Dr. Bull
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