7 Ways To Prevent Melanoma This Summer by Maria Dorfner

summerondock Remember, even though you look better tanned, it’s the opposite of healthy skin.  Here’s how to protect your skin:

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1.  AVOID TANNING BOOTHS

Obvious, but teens & adults still frequent tanning booths.  They can be just as dangerous as arsenic, asbetos and cigarettes.

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2.  AVOID THE SUN BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 4 P.M.

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3.  USE SUNSCREEN

The SPF should be at least 15. Reapply every 2 hours to ALL exposed areas of skin. Reapply MORE often if you swim or sweat.

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4. WEAR A HAT

A wide brim hat is better than a baseball cap.  If you drive a convertible, protect yourself.

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5.  COVER UP

Dark covered clothes reflect UV rays best.  Cover your arms and legs in tightly woven clothes.

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6.  BE CAUTIOUS ON CLOUDY DAYS AS SUN’S UV RAYS PENETRATE CLOUDS

The sun’s UV rays on a cloudy day can even affect your skin under a beach umbrella. Use all the tips here, sun or clouds.

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7.  SEE YOUR DERMATOLOGIST TO GET ANY EXISTING MOLES CHECKED

Make sure those cute freckles are just that.  Get a clean skin bill of health at the start of summer. Then, protect yourself.  If you need a recommendation to a good one, contact us.  Be sure to protect little kids and babies too!

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Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer.  It develops in the cells of your skin that produce melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its color.  Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from tanning beds or the sun increases your risk. When untreated, the melanoma can travel throughout the body, attack organs and be fatal.  That’s NOT hot.

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You are at even greater risk if you have a history of sunbruns, many moles, a family history of melanoma, are blond, red headed, fair skinned, light eyed, although people with dark skin are not immune.

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If found early, melanoma is curable.  Check your skin and your partner’s skin regularly. 

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Remember the A, B, C, D of suspicious, potentially cancerous moles:

ASYMMETRICAL – Two halves of the mole do not match

BORDERS – The edges of the mole are not even or smooth

COLOR – The mole has multiple shades or colors

DIAMETER – Cancerous moles are larger than an eraser on a pencil

EVOLVING – The mole is changing shape, color, growing, itching or bleeding

If you find a suspicious one take a photo. Then, take another photo 2 months later, and see if it’s changed. If so, see a Dermatologist immediately.

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PROTECT YOURSELF SO YOU CAN HAVE FUN IN THE SUN.  

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MedCrunch is a division of Healthy Within Network (HWN) founded by Maria Dorfner.  Health tips? Health stories? 
Contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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STAY HEALTHY, EVERYONE! 🙂

Dr. Oz: How to Boost Your Metabolism All Day Long

Here are some fantastic tips from Dr. Oz on how to boost your metabolism all day long:

6:30 A.M.
Do a little yoga. It can double your metabolic rate first thing in the morning. I recommend a gentle cycle of two sun salutations. If you’re new to yoga, check out my seven-minute morning routine (which also includes a few strength-building exercises).

6:40 A.M. 
Drink cold water. Five hundred milliliters of H2O (a little more than a pint) may spike metabolism by 30 percent for as long as an hour. Water triggers the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn stimulates your metabolism. Cold water may also force your body to use energy to warm it.

6:50 A.M. 
Take 500 milligrams of white bean extract. In a 2007 study, people who took the extract (which may slow the absorption of carbs) for 30 days experienced a significant improvement in their muscle-to-fat ratio. That’s good news for metabolism since muscle burns about three times more calories than fat.

7:00 A.M. 
Eat a protein-packed breakfast. Digesting protein takes up to seven times more energy than digesting carbohydrates or fat. Try making a dozen hard-boiled eggs on Sunday, and eat one or two each day.

8:00 A.M. 
Enjoy a cup of joe. Caffeine promotes an increase in norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that keeps your sympathetic nervous system activated and your metabolic rate humming. According to research, coffee may increase the amount of energy you burn by 16 percent for up to two hours.

9:30 A.M. 
Take 50 milligrams of forskolin. Recent studies indicate that compounds in forskolin—an extract derived from a medicinal plant—might break down fat and help raise levels of thyroid hormones, which play an important role in regulating the speed of metabolism.

10:00 A.M.
Snack on tahini dip. Tahini is made from sesame seeds, a rich source of zinc. And zinc may increase the production of leptin, a hormone that improves metabolism and curbs appetite.
11:15 A.M.
Chew a stick of sugarless gum. New England Journal of Medicine study found that this mindless activity can help your body burn 19 percent more calories per hour. (At that rate, if you chewed gum every waking hour, you’d lose 11 pounds over the course of a year! And likely drive everyone around you nuts.)
12:00 P.M. 
Go for a brisk 15-minute walk. A trip around the block can triple your metabolic rate. This boost continues after you stop moving because the body consumes more oxygen, a crucial player in metabolism, when it’s recovering from exertion.
12:45 P.M.
Spice up lunch with peppers. Capsaicin, the key substance that makes chili peppers hot, stimulates your “fight or flight” stress response and may increase metabolism by 23 percent. Peppers may even improve your muscle-to-fat ratio: Research suggests that capsaicin inhibits the generation of fat cells.
2:00 P.M. 
Sip a cup of green teaThis miracle beverage pairs caffeine with a compound known as EGCG—and together they create an even greater bump in metabolism than caffeine alone. Studies also indicate that green tea may reduce body fatand trim the waistline.
5:00 P.M.
Use your muscles—with your mind. Believe it or not, visualizing a workout can actually trick your body into strengthening your calorie-zapping muscle: A Cleveland Clinicstudy discovered that participants who spent 15 minutes a day imagining flexing their biceps had a 13.5 percent increase in their strength after three months.
5:15 P.M.
Use your muscles—with your muscles. After age 30, we lose 3 to 8 percent of our muscle mass per decade, which is one of the main reasons metabolism slows. To counteract that loss, aim to do two to three 30-minute strength-training sessions a week, using moves that engage as many muscles as possible, like squatsplanks, and lunges.

6:30 P.M. 
Cook dinner with coconut oil. Most of the oils we eat are converted largely into fat. But coconut oil, with its unique molecular makeup, is rapidly converted into energy—and may causea 12 percent bump in your metabolism.

6:55 P.M. 
Add dairy to your meal. Calcium can help improve your muscle-to-fat ratio in two ways: It binds with fat to reduce the body’s absorption of fat. And any remaining calcium typically circulates in your bloodstream, helping to break down fat cells.

7:00 P.M. 
Garnish with dill weed or chives. Both of these herbs are packed with kaempferol, a flavonoid that has been shown to increase the production of metabolism-spurring thyroid hormones by about 150 percent.
7:45 P.M. 
Unwind with a glass of wine. Alcohol can raise your metabolic rate for up to 95 minutes. In fact, a large peer-reviewed study found that women who regularly enjoy a drink are seven to eight pounds lighter, on average, than teetotalers.

10:30 P.M.
Hit the hay. Irregular sleep patterns can disrupt the circadian rhythm of your cells, throwing your metabolism out of whack. Do your best to get a steady eight hours of rest each night.

Keep reading: 4 more ways to turn back the clock

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/health/How-to-Increase-Your-Metabolism-All-Day/7#ixzz1wSfYZpRa

Foods for a Healthy Smile

Denise Cole is a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic.  She says your toothbrush isn’t the only weapon you can use to fight against tooth decay.

Yogurt is a good source of calcium AND it’s good for your gums.


“We actually have some studies that were done on children that show that pre and probiotic in yogurt, when they touch the gums, have a benefit to oral health. So, we did find reduced cavities in some children who were big yogurt eaters.”


Cole says  1-2 SERVINGS of yogurt per day will be enough for you, and your mouth, to benefit.

Apples and celery are said to contain substances that fight gum disease and the texture helps scrub food particles as you chew.

CRANBERRY JUICE keeps cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to teeth.

Cole says to choose TAP WATER over BOTTLED WATER every chance you get because tape water contains FLUORIDE, which helps build the enamel on your teeth.

IT’S NOT ONLY WHAT YOU EAT, BUT WHAT YOU USE TO EAT OR DRINK, THAT CAN ALSO SPARE YOUR TEETH.

 

“So, certain things that we know are acidic, that we know have a tendency to break down the enamel of our teeth, if you’re using a straw those things will go past our teeth. So, those things like sodas, orange juice, coffee- anything that we know has an acid that deteriorates enamel.”


So, use a straw if you drink any of the above. Coffee through a straw is enough to make you quit coffee!   Hey, maybe that is a good way to ween yourself off of it. 

According to SELF Magazine, good food choices for your smile include carrots and cauliflower, which help keep teeth clean. Low-fat cheeses, strawberries and oranges help keep teeth white.  I never heard of rubbing strawberries or orange peels directly on your teeth.  But SELF says strawberries and orange peels are like a tooth polish. 

7 Health Benefits of Playing Soccer

1.  ENDURANCE – Ability to do multiple contractions repeated over a long duration.

2.  TEAMWORK – Each player must rely on the next to reach a goal. 

3.  TONE MUSCLES – The constant stop and go mimics interval training.

4.  BRAIN BUILDING –  You’re alert to anticipate what IS happening & what COULD. 

5.  BONE STRENGTH –  Headers, throw-ins, kicking keep you strong.

6. GREAT FOR YOUR HEART – Non-stop running really gets the heart pumping.

7. BURNS CALORIES – Hundreds of calories burned. Midfielder runs up to 5 miles. 

Why You Need to Stretch

Reasons why stretching is so important for soccer players:

  • Increase Flexibility – A good athlete is flexible. Flexibility works with speed, endurance, strength, agility, and skills to create your total athletic ability.


  • Prevent Injury – Flexibility limits risk of sports injury. Studies show female soccer players are at higher risk for knee injuries; stretching during all practice and games helps prevent that.  Always warm-up before stretching.  So important. 

    The Basics

  • Hydration – Drink plenty of fluids before you exercise to give your muscles the fluids necessary to perform to their best,.


  • Warm-Up – Always warm up before stretching. Jogging or jumping jacks for 5-10 minutes will warm-up the muscles.


  • Breathing – While stretching, remember to breathe slowly and evenly to increase oxygen to your body.


  • Stretch for the right length of time – hold each stretch for at least 10-30 seconds maximum.


  • Stretch evenly – stretch both legs, arms equally. Stretch all of your muscle groups. Don’t stretch the front of your thighs (quadriceps) without stretching the back of the thighs (hamstrings). Also, stretch your whole body, not just your legs – stretch your arms, back, neck, stomach, chest, etc.

    What NOT to do

  • Don’t Bounce – Use slow even movements when stretching, bouncing places too much stress on your muscles and joints.


  • Do Not Over Stretch – Be patient, and never force your joints to go further than they want to.


  • Keep Good Posture – Keep your back straight while stretching, or you risk injuring your back muscles.


  • Do Not Overextend Your Joints – Hyperextending your joints (bending them farther than they were meant to go can cause injury, and does not help you in any way. Female soccer players should pay special attention to their knees, to avoid injury.


  • If It Hurts…DON’T DO IT – Always listen to your body. Stretching correctly, you should feel tension on the muscles, and possibly some discomfort – If you have any sharp or serious pain during a stretch or exercise – STOP!, you may doing harm to your body. Remember, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right, listen to it.


  • If you do have an injury, ask your doctor about any exercise or stretching and follow their advice



    WHAT TO EAT:  Soccer Nutrition and Carbohydrates 


    The slow and fast running which you utilize may easily deplete your glycogen stores. To avoid that you need to eat quality carbohydrates.

    Research have shown that amateur soccer players only eat 1300 calories of carbohydrate/day, which is far below the recommended level of 2300 to 2900 calories.

    The main energy source for your muscles are the glycogen fuels. Glycogen is produced from carbohydrates you eat (apples, bananas, bread, milk etc). It is vital for your performance to have enough glycogen. If not, you will have a fatigue felling, your concentration will be poor and recovering from a match/practice will take longer time.

    If your glycogen fuels are low in the beginning of a game, you will most likely have few carbohydrates left in your muscles at the beginning of second half. This simply means that your performance will decrease significantly. You will for example run slower, sometimes by as much as 40-50 % compared to your first half of the match. Your cover distance will also be reduced by 25% or more with low glycogen fuels.

    Do I need to eat fat?
    Well, as soccer player you will burn many calories but the fat should still be minimized in your soccer food because it is not an efficient provider of energy. This doesn’t mean that a diet for soccer players should not contain fat, instead, you should try to keep it low, because in long running sports, like soccer, your body will use glycogen fuel which is found mainly in carbohydrates.

    What about protein, do I need it?
    As soccer player you need normally to eat 0.6 to 0.8 grams of protein per pound of your body weight per day (1.4 to 1.7 g/kg/day). Protein is a vital part of your soccer diet as it will repair your muscles plus boost your immune system. You may also use protein as fuel before practicing sessions or match but it doesn’t give you any boost of energy as carbohydrates does. Some good sources of protein include fish, chicken, milk and yogurt.

    Is it necessary to drink much water?
    During your practice or matches, your body will lose a lot of water (especially in hot and warm weather kinds). By drinking water you will be able to keep your body hydrated which will give a boost on the field. This is one of the most important parts of nutrition for soccer players and you should really put effort in getting it right.

    Soccer nutrition and sports drinks
    Sports drinks usually claim to boost your performance but they are just full of fast carbohydrates that will just increase your blood sugar for a while. This will not increase your performance to some high level. My advice is to plan your meals and only consume sports drinks when you really don’t have time to eat.

    When To Eat?
    The recommended energy diet for soccer players state that you should eat at least 700 carbohydrates 3-4 hours before the start of your game. After the end of match you should attempt to consume enough carbohydrate to replace all the fluid you have lost during the match.

    MORE STRETCHING TIPS AT LINKS BELOW:

Hope you learned something.

Stay healthy! 🙂

    [photo: Saint Joseph by the Sea Soccer Team Champs Go to Italy in ’09]

 

 

Read more on what muscles soccer works out: http://www.livestrong.com/article/479769-what-muscles-does-soccer-work-out/#ixzz1qULg1ILu

Brian Cuban Interviews Larry North about 11 Healthy Eating Myths

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A FEW TAKEAWAYS in case you missed it.  Brian Cuban asked Larry what it takes to be lean and some of his answers may surprise you.  
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If you think what you eat doesn’t matter, as long as you “work it off” –that’s a myth.  
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According to Larry North, eating healthy makes MORE of a difference than exercise.  Here are 11 Tips from Larry:
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1. You CAN get food, flavor & satisfaction in healthy meals.  Brian mentioned he doesn’t cook and eats out a lot.  Larry said he actually will call the local grocery store where they prepare take-out meals and have them cook/prepare healthy meals for him. Good suggestion.  He orders carefully when at a restaurant. He said  pieces of a cut roll & sashimi is enough.  He believes in eating a lot of good food. He says it’s all about eating. More about the food choices than exercise.
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2. #1 cause of obesity is sugary drinks. Best thing you can do is cut out sodas & sugary coffees out completely.  I’ve been saying this forever. I did so inn 2005 and feel such a difference.  I can personally tell you that your body starts to reject sugar and junk food.
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3. Genetics play a huge role, but HABITS play an even larger role.  Larry stressed that even if you have a lot of family members that are obese, you CAN make a difference by making behavioral changes.
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4. Cardio is overrated.  See #9.
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5. You CAN’T work it off. You have to eat it off (meaning WHAT you eat is more important)
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6. There’s ONE key to a good meal & fitness program. It’s SUSTAINABILITY. You have to ask yourself if you can stick with it long-term. If you can’t sustain it –it will be short-lived.
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7. Behavioral change is the key to fitness.
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8. Work out less; eat better. Larry kept stressing the importance of your food choices. I’m glad about this because I post a lot about healthy foods. I believe a lot of good health (feeling AND looking your best) is nutritional.
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9. 4 to 5 hours of exercise is enough a week.  Larry says if you’re doing more than that –it’s too much.  Brian mentioned that he loves running, but had a problem with his knee and really hates that he can’t run.  Larry said he could get the same benefits from walking –that he doesn’t need to run.
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10. It’s all about what you eat. Plan meals in advance. Larry has two books you can check out. One is “Get Fit” and the most recent is “Living Lean“.
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11.  I missed one.  It’s probably in the book!!  🙂  Wait. I recall another one.   I suppose I should write things down.  Lifting weights. He says you don’t have to spend a great deal of time lifting weights to have it make a difference.  Again, he stresses what you eat as being the most important behavior change you can make.  30 to 40 minutes of even walking 4 days a week keeps you fit when you are eating right.
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The bottom line is you do not need to be a gym rat.
CHECK OUT LARRY NORTH’S BOOK FOR MORE:
THANK YOU, BRIAN. GREAT INTERVIEW.
Link to Revolution Rant with Brian Cuban Show here:   http://tobtr.com/s/3052629.
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Stay healthy, everyone!

SHINE ON: Foods for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Well, I got messages from my last blog saying my face isn’t shiny…it’s GLOWING.  Ha!  Turns out, some health experts agree. 

While Negative Nancys point out how celebs like Gwenyth are too shiny, other articles tell you HOW to get SHINY skin.  I prefer to error on the side of GOOD HEALTH, so shine on! 

Here’s how to nourish your skin from the inside/out:

Foods that make Skin Beautiful & Shiny

Everyone wants to have a beautiful and shiny skin.  A healthy lifestyle i.e. daily exercise, adequate sleep as well as nutritionally-balanced diet helps to get a beautiful skin and improve overall health. Consume a healthy and well-balanced diet that rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains to ensure your skin gets all the nutrients it requires.

Foods that make Skin Beautiful & Shiny

Make Skin Beautiful & Shiny by eating below foods:

Walnuts

For a healthy skin, the best-known essential fatty acids i.e. omega 3 and omega 6 must be in balance. Walnuts are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to make skin smoother and younger looking. Walnuts also provide other health benefits, for example put shine in hair, increase vision properties, and help to build strong bones. To enjoy their benefits, you don’t need to consume cupfuls of walnuts. Just consume handful of walnuts or throw some in your pasta, salad, or dessert.

Green Vegetables

Dark green vegetables are great source of nutrients and antioxidants. They contain potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, β-carotene, iron, vitamin B6, omega-3 fatty acids and folic acid in good amount. Vitamin A helps in the formation of new cells; thus it keeps the skin, eyes and hair beautiful, shiny and bright. The good content of iron contained in these vegetables can recover iron-deficiency anemia, and make the skin shiny and ruddy.

Garlic

Only a small clove of garlic offers so many health benefits. Garlic has natural blood thinner properties so it improves blood circulation. Also, it is a good source of anti-oxidants which destroy free radicals and prevent premature aging. People having oily and acne prone skin can also get benefit from garlic due to anti-septic properties of it. In many ways garlic can be used to battle beauty problems; however regular intake of fresh garlic can help to prevent the topical use of garlic. Consume a clove of minced or chopped garlic every day to get all the beneficial properties.

Green Tea

In the list of skin-friendly beverages, green tea is on top as it is a storehouse of polyphenols. Green tea is one of the best foods for healthy skin as it protects cells and helps to prevent skin cancer and other skin-related disorders. Whether you take it orally or applied on the skin directly, the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea would surely give you glowing skin. Green tea can decrease the risk of damage from ultraviolet light (the burning rays of the sun), and thus decrease the risk of skin cancer. All these properties of green tea are beneficial to skin health overall.

Ginger

Fresh ginger roots contain volatile oils, phenol compounds which are utilized to treat inflammatory conditions, digestive disorders and many other ailments. For beautiful skin, circulation of blood is very important as when circulation is increased, puffiness is decreased and the blood is better capable to provide skin cells with nutrients/take waste away. Ginger increases blood flow, stimulates skin, and will provide a warming effect when utilized to cleanse skin.

Dark Chocolate

Many people have misconceptions that chocolate is responsible for acne but they are not aware about the fact that chocolate is actually helpful to get beautiful skin. Consumption of dark chocolate keeps the skin hydrated for longtime and protects it from sun damage, which is almost contrary to acne belief. Before you include dark chocolate in your diet, remember that the best type of chocolate has at least 60 percent cacao and high flavanol content.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene, the anti-aging antioxidant. Lycopene present in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by body when it is taken in cooked or processed form. So, ensure to take tomato juice, canned tomato sauce, and ketchup. Besides being an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes are also regarded as a high-carotenoid fruit. One study has found that lycopene-rich tomato paste helps to prevent sunburn when it is combined with olive oil and applied on skin daily for ten weeks.

Avocados

Avocado is a high-fat fruit which contains vitamins A, D, and E in good amount. Also, it is an excellent source of biotin, vitamin H. Due to all these nutrients, avocado offers a natural way to keep skin moisturized. Also, it helps to soften the skin and prevent brittle hair and nails. It also works well topically. Peel the fruit and mash an avocado; apply the mashed flesh on your skin. Let it on skin for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with a cool washcloth. If you are prone to acne, don’t use it on your skin too frequently.

Nutritionist, Lisa Drayer, MA, says the Top 10 Foods for gorgeous skin and hair are:

1.   Blueberries

2.  Wild Salmon

3.  Spinach

4.  Oysters

5.  Tomatoes

6.  Walnuts

7.   Kiwis

8.  Dark Chocolate

9.  Yogurt

10.  Sweet Potatoes

Fortunately, those are all favorites of mine and you can add my favorite snack to the list as a bonus.  Almonds are a super food for super skin.  Love it.

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An Overview of Your Skin from The Cleveland Clinic:

The basics

Skin is the largest organ on our body, made up of several different components, including water, protein, lipids and different minerals and chemicals. It takes a lot to protect you, too: just about six pounds (that’s roughly how much your skin would weigh by itself). Throughout your life your skin will change, for better or worse. In fact, your skin will regenerate itself approximately every 27 days. Proper care and treatment is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this crucial protection.

What your skin demands daily

It’s easy to skip that glass of water during the haste of your daily routines or to cleanse yourself. But over time, those bad habits can take a toll on your skin. Each day you should make certain to provide your skin with

  • Plenty of water.
  • Thorough cleansing – You should perform this twice daily. At night, make sure you remove all your make-up and cleanse properly before going to bed.
  • Balanced nutrition.
  • Toning – that is, after you cleanse with your bar soap or other cleanser, make sure you use a formulated toner or astringent to remove fine traces of oil, dirt, and make-up that you may have missed when cleansing.
  • Moisturizing – this is a necessary step even for those who have oily skin. There are plenty of moisturizers on the market that are oil-free.

Over the course of your life, you should pay attention to all parts of your skin. Familiarize yourself with it, so you’ll notice any changes that might occur, such as different moles or patches that might require further attention.

This information serves as an overview only, and should not replace a professional’s advice.

The skin’s structure

Epidermis: The outer layer

It’s the thinnest layer, but it’s responsible for protecting you from the harsh environment, with five layers of its own: stratum germinativum, stratum spinosum, stratum granulosum, stratum lucidum, and stratum corneum. The epidermis also hosts different types of cells: keratinocytes, melanocytes and Langerhans cells. Keratinocytes produce the protein known as keratin, the main component of the epidermis. Melanocytes produce your skin pigment, known as melanin. Langerhans cells prevent things from getting into your skin!

Dermis: The middle layer

This is the layer responsible for wrinkles. The dermis is a complex combination of blood vessels, hair follicles, and sebaceous (oil) glands. Here, you’ll find collagen and elastin, two proteins necessary for skin health because they offer support and elasticity. Fibroblasts are the cells you’ll find in this layer, because they synthesize collagen and elastin. This layer also contains pain and touch receptors.

Hypodermis: The fatty layer

Reduction of tissue in this layer is what contributes to sagging skin. This layer is also known as the subcutis. It hosts sweat glands, and fat and collagen cells, and is responsible for conserving your body’s heat and protecting your vital inner organs.

The skin’s proteins

Collagen:

It’s the most abundant protein in the skin, making up 75 percent of your skin. This is also your fountain of youth, for it’s responsible for warding off wrinkles and fine lines. Over time, environmental factors and aging diminish your body’s ability to produce collagen.

Elastin:

Think elastic. This protein is found with collagen in the dermis.

It’s another protein, responsible for giving structure to your skin and organs. As with collagen, elastin is affected by time and the elements. Diminished levels of this protein cause your skin to wrinkle and sag.

Keratin:

This dominant protein in your skin makes up hair, nails and the surface layer of the skin. Keratin is what forms the rigidity of your skin.

Can’t find the health information you’re looking for?

This information is provided by the Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

More Skin care Tips from THE MAYO CLINIC:

Good skin care — including sun protection and gentle cleansing — can keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Don’t have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

1. Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection:

  • Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.

2. Don’t smoke

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

3. Treat your skin gently

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

  • Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
  • Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

4. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

5. Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

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More Than Skin Deep

I uploaded a new photo to Facebook.  It always catches me off guard when it pops up JUMBO size.   I’m thinking, WHOA…

JUMBO shiny face.

It doesn’t bother me.  It bothers other people.  Okay, two.  TWO people. My sister and my niece laugh and ask,  “Why is your face so shiny?” in the same tone they ask, “Is THAT what you’re wearing?” right as I am about to dash out the door.

I don’t see the shine as a problem.  But I caught the following headline from SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, which brought back a stab of teenage angst:

“GET A SHINE-FREE FACE: Some things may look better shiny, but never your face!”

NEVER?

Maybe it IS a problem.  Saturday Night Live would definitely file this under, “White People’s Problems.”  That’s when you don’t have any, and start making s@%t up.

Well, SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE has some remedies. Apparently, I was too busy working at that age to flip through beauty magazines. I was into reading  encyclopedias.  My Dad refused to buy them.  Salesmen sold them door-to-door back then.   If you had them, you were rich.

My aunt & uncle must have been loaded because they had a complete A to Z set.  So I ran around the block to their house every night to read them.  My uncle nicknamed me, “Maria, Go Home.”  I’d say, “NO! I’m not finished.”  I had to read very fast.  Clearly, he was annoyed at having to walk me home each night.

1976 was the worst.  David Berkowitz went on a notorious killing spree in Brooklyn.  That really cut into my encyclopedia reading.  I had to wear a scarf on my head and SPRINT around the block because he was randomly shooting brunettes in the head.  I was just  a kid.  Didn’t matter.

My genetic hair color made me look like a turkey out on Thanksgiving Eve.  Then the New York Post released Generic Man sketch.  I couldn’t even talk to anyone I knew without secretly thinking he was a killer.  After awhile, I started looking at family members with a raised eyebrow.  Where were YOU last night?

I digress.  Back to shiny things.  Below is my Facebook photo.  Shinier than an NBA championship trophy.  Did you think it was the one at the top of the page?

Below are thoughts from SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE readers who don’t have to worry about getting murdered.  It’s fun reading their home remedies, as I can tell they are real and not from people being paid to tell you something works.  Thank goodness beauty is more than skin deep.

Meanwhile, let’s look at  that article to find out what teens do for their overproduction of oil because let’s FACE it –they have more time to CLEAR things up.  Although, I’m a little concerned about Tiffany.  And Shanniqua?  You go girl.

SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE

GET A SHINE-FREE FACE

Some things may look better shiny, but never your face! Get an oil-free, healthy glow with these real-girl tips!

“My mom taught me to put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub that on your face. It grabs oil and leaves your face shine-free — it works every time!” –Stephanie, 14, Melville, NY

Clean & Clear oil-blotting sheets don’t clog pores, and after a couple of blots your skin goes from shiny to a healthy, smooth glow. Plus, a 50-sheet pack can fit anywhere, even the tiniest of purses!” –Danielle, 16, Vienna, VA

“Make a mask from eggs and sugar. It’s great for everyone!” –Haley, 15, Gastonia, NC

“Rub a drier sheet over your face right after getting out of the shower!” –Tiffany, 15, Boonville, IN

“Once a week, I mix the juice from an orange and some egg yolk and put it on my face for about 10 minutes. It sounds disgusting, but it totally works!” –Caitlin, 17, Toronto, ON, Canada

“Wear face moisturizer with a sheer powder on top of that. It keeps your skin shine-free for up to 10 hours!” –Krystal, 15, Havre, MT

“If I’m out and need to de-shine, I grab a toilet seat cover (unused!) from a public bathroom and use it like an oil-absorbing sheet. It works and it’s free!” –Shanniqua, 16, Ventura, CA

“Caress Body Soap dries up my skin a bit, and leaves my face not shiny or oily at all!” –Jenna, 15, Melrose, MN

“I mix baking soda and water and leave it on my skin for 10 minutes, then I rinse it and put witch hazel on. It makes my skin smooth and oil-free!” –Ashley, 14, Philadelphia, PA

“I use a light, gentle moisturizer every night. Keeping your skin hydrated (and clean) keeps your pores from producing oil.” –Rachel, 14, Rocky Hill, CT

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    THE BOTTOM LINE IS WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH SHINE IS NOT BAD.   DERMATOLOGISTS CALL IT “LUCK”.  BEST KIND OF SKIN.  So don’t sweat it if nothing works. I’m not.  Healthy skin is a combination of good nutrition, exercise, plenty of rest, lots of hydration (water) and being a person of integrity. That means honesty when communicating.  Also, be grateful your entire Summer isn’t ruined by having to worry about getting shot by a mad man.

First Aid for the Soul

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COMMENTS:

  •  Richard Renda Totally Cool ‎– but don’t make “Yourself” the only thing that matters. throwing in an extra 2 cents !!!! always loved this quote. “a penny for the Truth, 2 cents for a heart.” ok there’s my 2 cents : )))
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  • Maria Dorfner

    You’re welcome, Robert. Richard, I agree with your two ♥ cents. It’s simply another version of the Oxygen Mask adage, which a smart person recently shared with me. It’s if there’s an emergency on an airplane and you’re travelling with kids, put your own oxygen mask on first. Why? Because if you pass out, you are in no position to help anyone else survive. It applies on the ground as well. You’ll be of little to no use to the people who depend upon you if you don’t take care of yourself first. The title should actually read: Be good to you, so you can be good to others! ♥

10 Ways to Avoid Springtime Pet Allergies

We all love our pets.  But Spring cleaning may stir up more irritants than usual.  

Here’s how to avoid pet allergies.

1.  KEEP PETS OUT OF YOUR BED.   As cozy at it might be to snuggle up with Moses, your best bet is to keep your pup out of the bedroom, day & night.

2.  USE THROW RUGS INSTEAD OF CARPETS, which trap pet dander. If you can’t remove the dander-trapping carpets, steam clean frequently.

3.  WEAR A DUST MASK WHEN YOU VACUUM. Use one with a HEPA filter.  You can find the masks at hardware stores.



4.  HAVE SOMEONE ELSE CHANGE LITTER BOXES, CLEAN CAGES & BRUSH PETS.  Have them all done outside your home.  I don’t know who.  But, I wish I had known that stay allergen-free rule when I was doing that all myself.  

"I don't always poop. But when I do, I make sure it's right after you clean the litter box."


5.  BATHE YOUR PET WEEKLY which will reduce levels of allergens. I guess the same person who brushed your pet can rub-a-dub bathe them too.

6.  WASH BEDDING AT TEMPS HIGHER THAN 130 degrees F  TO KILL ALLERGENS.  Again, that same person can’t forget laundry!  🙂

I asked Pet Expert, Wendy Diamond for her specialized tips.  She added the following. She reinforces the bathing & No Pet Zone in bedrooms:

7.  Mutt Makeover Time! Tame allergens by bathing pets, removing the allergens that accumulate in fur.  Be careful not to bathe too often as frequent bathing can dry out your pet’s coat and ask your vet or groomer for the safest product(s) for your specific pet.

8.  Who Knew? Dogs often get “atopy”, where they inhale allergens that cause excessively itchy skin, known as pruritis.  Medications and immunotherapy (de-sensitizing shots) can let you and your pet live with less scratching, dander, and obviously allergy reactions!

9.  Don’t Smell The … Although your garden may be gorgeous to look at and fun for your dog or cat to sniff, certain flowers and plants such as oleander, azales, and lilies of the valley, if ingested by pets can be toxic.  Research before planting.

10.  No Pet Zone. If you do have pet allergies, keep pets out of at least one room, preferably the bedroom (easier said than done, training and treats will help here).  Use hypoallergenic fabrics (materials), allergen removing central air  in your “no pet zone”.

For the Best that Pet Lifestyle and animal welfare has to offer follow Wendy and Lucky Diamond on FacebookTwitterand at AnimalFair.com!

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I’m loving MedCrunch. Very helpful and informative. And even eerily insightful, as if you are writing it just for me sometimes.

10 Hot iPhone Apps for New Parents

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Parenting in the internet age certainly still has its challenges, but tech-savvy parents have several options in the App Store that can help ease some of the stress. Storing important information, accessing records and even entertaining your newborn can all be done with a tap of the screen; here are ten iPhone apps that all new parents should check out.

1. Baby Tracker: Diapers – If your pediatrician asks you to keep a record of Baby’s diapers, the Baby Tracker: Diapers app is a must-have. The simple interface includes a color swatch and texture options, and even has a Notes feature for in-depth documentation.
2. White Noise Lite – Many parents swear by sound machines to soothe babies and help them sleep soundly; the White Noise Lite app offers several options, including nature sounds and traditional white noise. The best part? It’s free.
3. Baby Tracker: Nursing – The folks at Baby Tracker hit another home run with their Nursing app. Mothers who choose to breastfeed can keep track of nursing times, duration and left/right nursing sides. As an extra bonus, there’s also an option for tracking bottle feedings as well.
4. Baby Brain – Created by a team of experienced OB/GYN nurses and moms, the nap-tracking app Baby Brain helps new parents calculate ideal nap times. Entering the time and duration of baby’s daily naps help the app to analyze the information and provide estimates for when subsequent naps should occur. Parents with multiples can track more than one baby, and the interface allows for easy schedule-sharing via email with caregivers.  This one is TOUGH to find but we love it!
5. Parenting Ages & Stages – Popular magazine PARENTING offers a free app to track developmental milestones from birth to school-age, keeping it relevant for years to come. The high-tech version of the baby book.
6. FeverMeds – Unfortunately, low-grade fevers are part of any new parent’s life. The FeverMeds app calculates age and weight to return the ideal dosage of medication to combat those fevers, and also displays pictures of over-the-counter medication boxes in order to eliminate the possibility of choosing the wrong product. It also tracks dosage time and counts down to the next scheduled dose.  Another tough one to find… Sorry, but it’s great!
7. What to Expect – Baby – Generations of moms-to-be have relied upon the wisdom of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The beloved line of books also extends into early parenting and development. The What to Expect – Baby app makes carrying the book everywhere a snap, and also includes daily updates and trackers.
8. BabyPhone Deluxe – Instead of packing a baby monitor for trips or carting it from room to room, consider the BabyPhone app. If noise levels in the room exceed a designated level, the app automatically dials a secondary number to alert parents.
9. Infant Visual Stimulation – With one hundred and twenty black and white images designed to stimulate babies vision, the Infant Visual Stimulation app is a great resource for new parents.
10. Baby Rattle 123 – Leaving Baby’s favorite rattle at home is no longer cause for concern with the Baby Rattle 123 app, which transforms your phone into a visually and auditory stimulation tool.

All new parents need some help, so it is a great idea for the iPhone to serve multiple purposes. Check out the App Store for these and other great apps for new parents. You never knew a phone could do so much.

THANK YOU NANNY NET  – Debbie Denard

BEST NEW PARENTING BLOG: NANNY NET –   http://www.nanny.net/blog/10-iphone-apps-for-new-parents

 

RELATED LINKS:

HOW A BABY TAKES SHAPE INSIDE YOUR BODY:  http://www.babycentre.co.uk/video/pregnancy/baby-takes-shape/

WONDERFUL PBS DOCUMENTARY recommended by author, Michael Gonzalez Wallace:  http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-secret-life-of-the-brain/