When you think of taking care of your bone health, you probably think of trying to get enough calcium through dairy, certain vegetables, or supplements. Yet you may not know that your bones also have another ally that can help them stay just as healthy as calcium does. You may even be drinking it every … Read more
You’ve likely heard the old saying, “beauty’s only skin deep”? Well, that’s true for cosmetics you may use to affect the way your face looks on a temporary basis. But, true skin beauty (and youthfulness) is a natural result of skin health and skin health is a sign of overall general health. It makes sense, … Read more
Even though fall is just around the corner, many of you live, or will be visiting, parts of the country where it’s summer year round as far as sun exposure and your skin is concerned. Like my patients, you’ve likely read, or heard about the controversies of using sunscreens that you apply to your skin … Read more
Like myself, and most of my patients, you probably have insurance policies on many things – your house, your car, your health, and, most importantly, your life. Why? Because they give you peace of mind. They cover, and perhaps even prevent, possible problems that might occur that could cost you a fortune to solve – … Read more
Like many of my patients, I share a love of oysters. They taste great and are chock full of health benefits such as being low in cholesterol, high in protein and B vitamins, a good source of vitamin A and C and also contain many important minerals like zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, iodine and phosphorus.
That said it could be a little tricky deriving the health benefits from oysters when you also have to contend with a real drawback – they can be poisonous.
Rosacea can have profound social implications. People often think that a rosacea sufferer may even be a heavy drinker as the redness can mimic the same flushed face that frequently accompanies drinking alcohol. Rosacea patients often avoid social outings, or even going to work, as they are so self-conscious. It can be a distressing and embarrassing condition. As I tell my patients, there are several things you can do to both prevent outbreaks of rosacea and minimize its appearance when they do occur. Let me share with you what those things are.
In our tough economy, my patients frequently ask me how they can keep their nutrition up and their food costs down especially when it seems that the healthiest foods are the most expensive. They ask me about including fortified foods in their diet as a way of getting the most nutritional bang for their dwindling food bucks. Like my patients, you may wonder about the value of adding fortified foods to your diet. Allow me to explain and give you some recommendations and cautions about adding fortified foods to your diet.
Nearly all vegetables are rich in antioxidants. And it’s been proven that antioxidants are effective at neutralizing free radicals in your body. As I have mention in the past it’s these free radical scavengers that can lead to cellular damage and possibly some form of cancer. So, it makes sense that eating more vegetables can not only be good for you…but help prevent cancer.
I had a patient the other day asking why I had recommended a multivitamin to him when research now shows multivitamins cause prostate cancer. He’d heard a report on a study that suggested men who take multivitamins have a higher rate of prostate cancer. This is so far from the truth that it scares me about what people are reading.
Your body uses antioxidants to clean up free radicals. But to reach everywhere that clean-up is needed, you need some antioxidants that work in a watery environment and others that work in a fatty environment. Also, different free radicals are neutralized best by specific antioxidants. In other words, you need a range of antioxidants to really take care of the free radicals in your body.
Of course I don’t need to tell you that fresh fruits and vegetables play a vital role in healthy eating habits. At the very minimum, you should eat five servings of produce each day. Seven is even better, and nine is really great. The reason fruits and vegetables are so important is that they are packed with micronutrients that help your body to support specific systems.
When it comes to vitamins, we tend to think in terms of the alphabet. There’s vitamin A and vitamin C. There is a whole array of different B vitamins. Plus…there’s vitamin D and E. Get enough of each of these and you’ve got your bases covered, right?. Not so fast. Some vitamins are more complex than you realize.