A beauty expert’s take on the presidentail candidates’ looks

Many media historians would say that one of the deciding factor of John F. Kennedy’s win against Richard Nixon for the presidency was his good looks. It was the dawn of televised debates and voters certainly placed their faith on the candidate, who not only was intelligent, but was easy on the eyes.

Fast forward to the age of over exposure, and right now, there isn’t a day that goes by when we are bombarded by stories, photos and videos of candidates. And with everything in high definition, let’s face it, ALL of them could use a little appearance rejuvenation that cold possible make or break their candidacy.

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For example:
Donald Trump – Mr. Trump could use Botox, or rather, “Brotox,” to get rid of his crow’s feet. Being outdoors constantly has also done some damage to his skin, and and IPL Photofacial treatment will do the trick in resurfacing his skin. He, too, has a double chin, and the CoolSculpting Coolmini can diminish that jowl and give him a more refreshed, youthful and chiseled appearance.
Hillary Clinton – Could use some skin rejuvenation: Botox to smooth away frown lines, ClearLift Laser to firm and tighten skin under the eye to help diminish under-eye bags, which will refresh her overall appearance. A combination of  CoolSculpting CoolMini action can get rid of Ms. Clinton’s double chin appearance, plus Pixel RF to tighten chin and neck area would give her a more youthful  appearance.

We hear voters argue and debate over and over again, but no one really has given attention to the importance of their looks. After all, whoever wins will be the face of the most powerful nation in the world! And Americans want to make sure that our future president can compete with Canada’s and Mexico’s attractive presidents, too.

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06. February 2016 by SuddenlySlimmer
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Kim Kardashian West Goes on Atkins Diet to Lose Baby Weight

kim-kardashianIn the last six weeks, Kim Kardashian gave birth, celebrated the holidays, and—she announced today on Twitter—lost an impressive 30 pounds of her 70-pound post-baby weight goal. Exercise was part of it, the other part was the same trendy diet your parents used back in the day: The low-carb, Atkins diet:

The Atkins diet, also known as the Atkins nutritional approach, is a low-carbohydrate diet promoted by Robert Atkins and inspired by a research paper he read in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The paper entitled “Weight Reduction” was published by Alfred W. Pennington in 1958.  The Atkins diet lead to 0.1% to 2.9% more weight loss at one year compared to a control group which received behavioral counselling.

The claim:

You’ll lose up to 15 pounds within two weeks, and eat lots of fatty foods.

The theory:

The body is an engine; carbs are the gas that makes it go. Limiting carbs makes the body turn to an alternative fuel – stored fat. So sugars and “simple starches” like potatoes, white bread, and rice are all but squeezed out; protein and fat like chicken, meat, and eggs are embraced. Fat is burned; pounds come off.

How does Atkins Diet work?

You go through four “phases,” starting with very few carbs and eating progressively more until you get to your desired weight. Keeping carbs at bay isn’t as simple as saying No to sugar and baked potatoes. You’ll keep acceptable foods lists handy and polish your arithmetic skills. In phase 1, for example, you’re allowed 20 grams a day of “net carbs” (pull out the food list), 12 to 15 of them from “foundation vegetables” (pull out another list) high in fiber. But as for fat, you don’t even have to trim it off your steak.

The Atkins 40 Plan is a new entry point to the diet geared toward those who want to lose 40 pounds or less.

How much does it cost?

Meat and fresh veggies are pricier than most processed and fast foods. How much more you’ll spend will depend largely on your choices of protein sources. Are you buying mostly ground beef or springing for veal? Chicken or turkey? Chuck vs. New York strip? Buying in season should keep the veggie tab reasonable.

“The New Atkins for a New You,” an essential guide, is $16. There’s also a workbook for $12. “New Atkins Made Easy,” the most updated version of the Atkins book, is $10.

Will you lose weight?

Atkins and other low-carb diets have been studied longer and harder than most other approaches, and Atkins does appear to be moderately successful, especially in the first couple of weeks. That’s only part of the story, however.

Much of the initial loss is water, say experts, because of the diet’s diuretic effect. That’s true of many other diets, too, and is one of the reasons researchers don’t judge diets based on a few weeks of results. In diet studies, long-term generally starts at two years. Here’s what several key studies had to say about Atkins and other low-carb diets:

  • Over short periods, Atkins results vary. In one study, published in 2006 in the British Medical Journal, Atkins dieters lost an average of 10 pounds in the first four weeks while those on meal-replacement (Slim Fast), caloric-restriction (Weight Watchers), and low-fat (Rosemary Conley’s Eat Yourself Slim book) diets lost 6 to 7 pounds. At the one-month point and thereafter, however, there were no significant differences in weight loss among the groups.

If your looking to lose weight and keep it off, please call us to at 602-952-8446 to schedule FREE consultation with one of our weight loss experts about our physician supervised weight loss programs.

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19. January 2016 by SuddenlySlimmer
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Best Treatment For: Acne Scars, Dark Circles & To Even Skin Tone

Best Treatment For: Acne Scars, Dark Circles & To Even Skin Tone

Below is a list of treatment that are best to treat Acne Scars, Dark Circle, and Skin Tone concerns.  

  • Best Treatment For Acne Scars:  Pixel RF, Laser Skin Resurfacing or Chemical Peel
  • Best Treatment To Diminish Dark Circle:  Restylane Dermal Filler For Under Eye.
  • Best Treatment To Even Skin Tone: Pixel RF, VI Peel or IPL PhotoFacial. At home care we also recommend to use Obagi Nu-Derm System
Call 602-952-8446 to schedule complimentary  skin analysis, you can also book online, one of our skin care expert can determine which treatment will be best for you.  
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08. January 2016 by SuddenlySlimmer
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Allergan Acquired “Anterios” developers of topical (Botox) botulinum toxin cream

We are pleased to announce the completion of Allergan acquisition of Anterios Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing topical botulinum toxin-based prescription products for medical dermatology and aesthetic medicine.

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Allergan Inks $90 Million Deal for Anterios developers

Allergan says deal gives it access to new a drug delivery system

Allergan PLC, which last year agreed to merge with Pfizer Inc., on Thursday said it will buy clinical-stage pharmaceutical company Anterios Inc.

Under the terms of the deal, Allergan will pay Anterios $90 million up front, plus milestone payments.

Anterios is the developer of NDS, a technology that delivers neurotoxins through the skin instead of through injection. Allergan is perhaps best known as the maker of Botox, a neurotoxin with both cosmetic and therapeutic variations used to treat everything from wrinkles to osteoarthritis.

In a news release, Allergan Executive Vice President David Nicholson said the deal allows Allergan to advance “a new delivery system and formulations that are appealing to both patients and physicians.”

Additionally, Allergan has acquired the rights to Anterios’ Phase 2 program ANT-1207, a botulinum toxin topical lotion, for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, acne, and crow’s feet lines.

Allergan in November agreed to a more than $150 billion tie-up with Pfizer, a historic merger that would create the world’s biggest drugmaker. The combined company will have top-selling products including Pfizer’s Prevnar pneumonia vaccine and Allergan’s Botox, and an industry-topping R&D budget.

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07. January 2016 by SuddenlySlimmer
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Turn dry skin into soft, supple skin

With Winter comes the many joys of the season: snowflakes, hot chocolate, roaring fires, and dry, scaly skin. Whether you’re turning up the heat or braving the wind and cold, do more to help protect your skin than throwing on a cute hat and this year’s trendy coat. Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa makes it easier to love your skin with these winter-proof tips:

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Be a Bathing Beauty

Plan to take extra steps to help keep your skin from becoming dry and itchy after you bathe since the low humidity of winter won’t do your skin any favors. Keep the water lukewarm and stick to short baths: hot water might help soothe your muscles, but soaking in it for long periods of time will definitely take the natural oils right out of your already dry, irritated skin. You’ll also want to look for bath oils containing mineral oil (but without detergents, which strip your skin of natural protective oils) to help hold in the moisture your skin has absorbed during your bath.1

Apply This Defense Against Mother Nature

Once you’re out of the tub, the trick is to pat the skin dry (rubbing can irritate already sensitive skin) and moisturize while it’s still damp. Ask your Medical skin care practitioner about Obagi Professional-C Serums, Obagi’s award-winning serums contain a concentrated dose of Vitamin C and leave your skin feeling dewy soft. The rich formulas can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles made prominent by dry skin.

SPF is also key, since sun damage can deplete skin of the natural oils it needs to stay supple two (yes, sun damage can and does occur in winter). We suggest a high-level protection sunscreen such as Obagi Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50,* our award-winning sunscreen that protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays and has a sheer, matte finish that feels great on your skin.

Banish Blah Skin From the Inside Out

Your skin needs H20 more than ever in the winter months, so while you’re concentrating on drinking adequate amounts to stay healthy, don’t forget that drinking 10 to 12 glasses a day can also help maintain your skin’s outer glow. With glass in hand, be sure to take a multivitamin to help further improve your skin from the ravages of winter weather.

All of these tips should help to minimize any dryness your skin may suffer in the months ahead. If you have any tried and true tips to keep skin looking and feeling good all season long, feel free to leave them in the Comments section below. After all, it is the season for sharing!

 

 

24. December 2015 by SuddenlySlimmer
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Dysport & Restylane – Let it Glow Deal up to $250 discount!

GREAT new holiday promotion from Galderma the makers of Dysport, LYFT, Silk and Restylane – it’s good through 1/31/16.

Dysport + Restylane Holiday Promotion:
Get Dysport + 1 Restylane, Receive $150 OFF
Get Dysport + 2 Restylane, , Receive $250 OFF

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Don’t miss out – this is the perfect time to try one of Galderma’s great fillers if you haven’t yet. Or if you need a little more – you’re getting an area of Dysport almost for free with just one filler – almost two free areas with two fillers!

Call us 602-952-8446, you can also schedule onlineSuddenlySlimmer.com and take advantage of this AMAZING discount! Promo codes are limited.Happy holidays from us and Galderma!!

Let it Glow: A “Picture Perfect” Holiday Promotion*

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17. December 2015 by SuddenlySlimmer
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3 Anti-Aging Tips to Follow In Your 20s and 30s

Prevention is key in the war against aging skin—the earlier you start, the better your skin will look in years to come. Your 20s and 30s are when you’ll dabble with anti-aging. “If you are young and you don’t suffer from acne or hyperpigmentation, take preventive action. If there is a problem to treat, get that under control first and take a more modest approach to anti-aging,” says Phoenix, AZ. Medical Esthetician Dannielli Marcelino. It’s important to slow signs of aging before they become harder to fix. It is necessary to consider your unique skin issues and skin type when selecting anti-aging products. If not, all of your good efforts could end up being for nothing.

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Incorporate retinol to increase collagen production

Retinol is hands down one of the top anti-aging ingredients, and once you start using it, you shouldn’t stop. It increases collagen, revs up the rate at which skin sheds, and gives skin a brighter, more healthy look. “Retinoids are good for acne-prone skin, as well as preventing skin aging,” says Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Jeffers, MD. Even if you start with a lower dose, your skin will still reap the benefits, I recommend using Obagi 360 Retinol, it’s medical grade Retinol, which will provide better results than over the counter Retinol.

If you have sensitive skin and rosacea, you may find a retinoid drying, leaving the skin itchy and red. “If this is the case, opt for a cream instead of a gel,” says Dr. Jeffers. Marcelino takes a different approach and adds retinol in after frontloading skin with antioxidants.

What to use if you have dry skin: Use Obagi Hydrate combined with  Obagi 360 Retinol to hydrate skin and limit age-related changes from UV damage, pollution and stress.

Get in the habit of wearing sunscreen every single day.

Nothing safeguards your skin from the damaging effects of the sun like sunscreen. “Sunscreen needs to be used by women of all ages,” says Medical Esthetician Marcelino. “Get in the habit of wearing it now so that it becomes second nature to put it on every day.”

Not all sunscreens are the same, and what you use on your body may not be the best option for your face and vice versa (the skin is different in each area). Make sure to choose an SPF of at least 30 or higher that has physical blockers, as opposed to chemical ingredients, which are less irritating to skin. And, wear it every single day, even in the winter.

What to use: SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 50 is a rejuvenating superscreen with an advanced antioxidant complex proven to prevent premature aging from chronic exposure to infrared. It provides comprehensive protection beyond UVA and UVB while supporting the skin’s ability to restore itself.
Add in an antioxidant for extra protection

While SPF is important and can’t be glossed over, Marcelino says it’s not enough by itself. “You need to use sunscreen, but you can’t rely solely on it. That’s why it’s important to apply an antioxidant daily. It scavenges toxic free radicals that build up in skin from cumulative sun exposure and provides added protection.”

You don’t need a handful of different types of antioxidants on your skin to reap the benefits. Pick one with a formulation that you like that suits your skin. A vitamin C or E base is pretty neutral and most younger skin types can tolerate it.

What to use: SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex – Vitamins C and E work synergistically to fight free radicals. Silicone suspension system prevents oxidation and delivers. vitamins C and E to skin throughout the day. Improves the appearance of skin tone, texture and firmness.
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10. December 2015 by SuddenlySlimmer
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What Can Asparagus Do For You?

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Miracle vegetable?

Asparagus is not a miracle vegetable, but it’s as close as any vegetable can ever be. Raw asparagus is abundant in vitamins, minerals and various other nutrients. Numerous studies have discovered its benefits for the heart, kidneys, immune function, cognitive function, and fetus, just to name a few.

Asparagus Extract is a 1:100 organic extract of fresh whole asparagus, including the roots. So you can imagine how much more potent and nutritious it is.

Excellent Alkaline Agent

In the past few years, there has been much talk about acid/alkaline balance and how that affects our health. What we know is that our bodies are meant to be slightly alkaline. However, many of the foods we eat tip the scale towards acidity. An acidic condition is associated with such diseases as arthritis, infections, obesity, hypertension, acid reflux, kidney stones, and many more. Asparagus Extract has a very high alkaline-forming capacity, creating an environment in the body that is conducive to bone formation and weight balance, for example.

Asparagus Extract for the Heart

Asparagus Extract reduces Homocysteine

What is homocysteine? It is an amino acid that causes arteries to harden and thicken, increasing the chance for stroke and atherosclerosis. One study shows that taking a 5-gm pack of Asparagus Extract 2-3 times daily reduced homocysteine levels by 28% in 4 months.

Asparagus Extract reduces Arterial Thickness

Asparagus Extract is one of the richest sources of natural folate, containing over 400 mcg of folic acid per 4.5gm of powdered extract. This is one of the reasons it can reduce homocysteine levels. Additionally, its natural folate content also reduces thickness of the carotid artery. This is an added benefit for cardiovascular health.

Asparagus Extract regulates Blood Pressure

Many doctors recommend a diuretic as first-line therapy of choice for hypertension. As a well-established natural diuretic, Asparagus Extract can be taken by those with high blood pressure.

Preliminary studies have shown that Asparagus Extract may inhibit the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). ACE inhibitors relax the blood vessels, allowing them to expand and promote blood flow, thereby reducing blood pressure
Asparagus Extract for the Kidneys

Natural Diuretic

One of the main hallmarks of impaired kidney function, symptom-wise, is reduced urine output. When you are unable to urinate, fluids and toxins accumulate in your system, impairing your kidneys and other organs. Since Asparagus Extract is a natural diuretic, it is very helpful for individuals with water retention.

Reduces Creatinine, BUN and Increases GFR

Asparagus Extract can also help normalize creatinine, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), urine protein and glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Those with kidney failure know that these are important parameters to measure kidney function. Studies and case reports show that Asparagus Extract is effective in lowering creatinine, BUN, and urine protein as well as in increasing creatinine clearance and GFR.

Helps Fight UTIs and Kidney Stones

What’s more? As a natural diuretic and an alkalizing agent, Asparagus Extract is excellent for urinary tract infections (UTIs) and kidney/bladder stones. By maintaining the proper pH level, the formation of stones can be avoided. By increasing urine output, it helps flush the kidneys and dilutes urine to stop the crystallization of stones.

Asparagus Extract’s effect on kidney function is illustrated in the following case.

R. Rozich, DC from Illinois, has a 60-year-old male diabetic with kidney problems. His GFR was only at 59% while his creatinine level was high. After taking Kidney Chi and Asparagus Extract for 6 months, both GFR and creatinine improved significantly.

Asparagus Extract Lends Nutritional Support for Cancer Patients

For years, Asparagus has been the subject of many cancer studies because it contains substances with cancer-fighting properties: asparaginase, glutathione, selenium, quercetin, saponins and more.Its cancer-fighting properties range from immune enhancement to telomerase inhibition to restriction of DNA synthesis to topoisomerase inhibition.

Various studies show that Asparagus Extract promotes quality of life among cancer patients and reduces side effects from chemotherapy or radiation. One such study involved 168 lung cancer patients. Results show that 18.75% of patients taking Asparagus Extract + chemotherapy extended survival by over 4 months and over 1 year, among Stage 3 and Stage 2 lung cancer patients, respectively. Only 14.28% of patients on chemotherapy alone experience this result.

Moreover, 59.8% of patients on the combined therapy extended survival by more than 6 months and 2 months among Stage 3 and Stage 2 lung cancer patients, respectively. This is in comparison to 37.5% in the chemotherapy alone group.

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Take the Asparagus Challenge!

Now you see why Asparagus Extract can be considered an almost-miracle supplement. It has so many benefits. In previous emails, we shared how Asparagus Extract can improve eye health, prevent birth defects, and reduce the risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Now we presented its functions for the heart, kidneys and cancer. Gout patients, though, need to avoid Asparagus Extract because of its purine content. Other than that, it is safe to take Asparagus Extract, even during pregnancy. In fact, it is recommended during pregnancy because of its high folate content to prevent birth defects.

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19. October 2015 by SuddenlySlimmer
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Hayden Panettiere postpartum depression. Natural treatments that can help her and other women..

Nashville star and country singer Hayden Panettiere is seeking professional help for her postpartum depression. Panettiere’s rep tells People that the 26-year-old “is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center, as she is currently battling postpartum depression.

In light of such news, we thought we would share some natural treatments written by Dr. Erika’s that can help with postpartum depression.

I’m going to talk today a little bit about how to treat postpartum depression naturally, and some things you may want to speak to your doctor about if you think you have postpartum depression or anxiety.

The very first thing we should talk about is some lab work. So when we talk about treating postpartum depression naturally I really want to know why someone has postpartum depression, and not to just treat it presumptively. (In other words – is it really postpartum depression?) So the first thing I want you to talk to your doctor about is getting some basic bloodwork done.

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The first thing I like to order is a Complete Blood Count (or “CBC”) to see the size and shape of your red blood cells and white blood cells. If you have too low of red blood cells (anemia) that can be a frequent cause of fatigue and depression. An add-on test to that would be something called a serum ferritin, which checks the storage form of iron. This is a much more reliable test than a serum iron because serum iron levels can fluctuate, whereas the ferritin stays relatively the same. If you did have anemia or iron deficiency in pregnancy then this test is even more important (though I think everyone should get checked in postpartum, just in case).

The next thing you should do is have your physician check you for postpartum thyroiditis. Postpartum thyroiditis occurs in over 5% of women (that’s a lot of women), and remember that the symptoms can mimic depression very closely. Check out the full blog post about postpartum thyroiditis and postpartum depression.

You should also check your vitamin D if you hadn’t at some point in pregnancy. The best test for this is 25-OH (hydroxy) vitamin D.

Your checklist for labwork:

  • A CBC (with differential, to be precise)
  • A serum ferritin
  • Thyroid panel (see the full video about thyroiditis to see what I recommend)
  • 25-OH vitamin D.

Your physician may choose to do a few more tests, too (like a metabolic panel or urinalysis).

The next thing I do for women with postpartum depression is to check their gut. I’m not totally sure why this is, but I seem to see a lot crossover between gastrointestinal symptoms/abdominal pain and depression and anxiety, which I think is pretty interesting. So you if have any symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation (or alternating diarrhea and constipation), fatigue or brain fog – these may be symptoms of gut dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is simply the overgrowth of abnormal bacteria.

Pretty interesting – very recently there was a study that came out that reserachers could induce anxiety in mice just by changing their gut flora. They took the gut flora from anxious mice and put it into normal mice and made them anxious (and vice versa, they took good gut bacteria and fed it to anxious mice and saw that their anxiety decreased). I think that’s pretty cool. It is something that naturopaths have been saying for years (decades now!) about the relationship between gut health and mood.

There’s a lot to say about treating healing the gut. One is definitely removing food allergens. That is something we need to be a little careful about in the postpartum period because consuming calories – making sure you have enough calories to maintain lactation to be able to nurse your baby – takes priority over us really healing your gut at this point. But that said, if you have known food “allergens” (sensitivities) like a gluten sensitivity or a dairy sensitivity this is a good time to check in on those foods and eliminate them whenever you can, as long as you can maintain enough calories to sustain nursing. (Side note: a true food “allergy” is the anaphylactic kind, most people have food sensitivities. I misspeak a little in the video, and I want to keep my terminology straight!)

The next thing I like to do for folks who do have gastrointestinal complaints is give them very high quality probiotic. So all high quality probiotics should be somewhere in the thirty and forty dollar range. If you’re buying a ten dollar probiotic chances are those an organisms aren’t alive anymore and and that’s not such a good thing. I really like the Klaire Labs brand probiotic (I don’t get any money from endorsing them, though it would be nice if I did!) – they are a little harder to find. I also like the Culturelle brand probiotic, which you can find most places.

Another thing that I like to do for folks – this can be related to the gut, but is more related to brain chemistry itself – is getting on a good high quality fish oil as well. I really like the Pharmax brand – Nordic Naturals and Carlson’s are also pretty good. (Still don’t get paid to endorse them, though the Nordic Naturals link is through my Amazon account, if you’d like to support this blog.) I prescribe at least 5 grams per day of combined EPA and DHA. Normally we think about DHA being great for brain development – which it is – that’s what we give our moms in the prenatal period to make sure the baby’s brain development is good. It’s important to supplement DHA, but it is actually the EPA component that seems the best for anxiety and depression. So I want you to get one that has both. Make sure you speak with you physician about that – there are a few I’m subtypes and women thatthis is not an appropriate prescription for.

The next think I’d like to talk about is getting folks on a really good quality multivitamin. I use the Thorne brand here in my office (still no affiliation). I know I’m talking about brands a lot, and that is because it seems that brand do matter when it comes to efficacy. At the least, I have found that switching folks from a low (Costco) or even medium quality (Good Food Store) brand to Thorne/Pharmax, etc, it makes a big difference. (Read more here about why picking a high quality multivitamin is so important.)

Make sure to keep taking your prenatal vitamin all the way through postpartum – for as long as you are nursing your child (and possibly longer). Remember that if you’re nursing your little one is sucking all those nutrients out of you via your breast milk. That’s why taking a good quality prenatal vitamin and fish oil is so important – if you are losing important fats and nutrients it can contribute to fatigue and depression. Sometimes women just don’t have enough B vitamins to get through the day.

Speaking of B vitamins – that’s the next thing I like to do for folks. If the regular prenatal vitamin isn’t quite enough, or if you are feeling really fatigued or stressed out, you can start on a basic B vitamin. This one is a bit trickier to say who should do what and how much to take. It’s a bit more personalized – B vitamins definitely aren’t for everyone, andand and there’s some safety data that’s lacking for certain B vitamins and certain doses in the postpartum period in lactation. Check with your physician about that one as well.

I should also mention that exercise is probably the best thing that you can do for yourself in the postpartum period to prevent depression or to treat depression. There is tons and tons research on how important and really effective exercise is in improving depression. There are even research studies that compare exercise to SSRI’s and anti-depressants. Exercise inevitably wins! That is really neat.

I know that can be really difficult for a lot of women in the postpartum period to exercise. You’re tired, you’re stressed out, you’re really really busy – but it’s really important to make sure you get outside in at least take your little one for a walk every day at least 30 minutes. You will notice your mood improves pretty significantly.

Make sure you get exposure to good bright light during the day if you can. If you live in the Pacific Northwest’s or Alaska or some of those gray areas of the country, I do recommend getting one of those broad spectrum lightboxes (like a Happy Lite) those can be really helpful for for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) patients that are really sensitive to light.

Finally, the very last thing that you can speak with your physician about if all of these other things haven’t been quite enough… And I know these things seem really basic – but I’ll be honest, in about half or more than half of cases in my practice, just the things I have mentioned so far have really turned a lot of women around. The last thing you can consider speaking with your physician about is getting a prescription for progesterone. In pregnancy progesterone levels are really really high. Progesterone actually acts on the GABA receptor in the brain – which means that it acts like Valium in the brain. So you can imagine why you normally feel pretty happy in pregnancy (well, maybe not so great otherwise, but usually mood is pretty good). In the postpartum period there is a very sudden drop in progesterone and for a lot of women that can really trigger some severe depression and anxiety. Because – that vallium is taken away!

So what we can do for some women who are experiencing very severe depression or anxiety is to replace progesterone for a time so that we can more closely control the weaning off of progesterone. That would be 100 to 200 milligrams of oral micronized progesterone, also known as Prometrium. It is a peanut oil product, which is very frustrating, so if you are allergic or sensitive to peanuts it may not be appropriate for you. Once again, it can be very helpful for some women, but you have to talk to your doctor about that one – it is not perfect for everyone.

I’ve got lots more tricks up my sleeve for postpartum depression anxiety treatment. Usually it involves a lot of evaluation of women. I am looking out for further food allergies and sensitivities, I check nutrient balance and look at diet, make sure folks are getting enough protein, and lots of other lifestyle factors. I will speak a little bit more about those in future episodes.

I hope you enjoyed this! Please comment under this blog post if you have any other questions or need clarification.

In HOPE and good health,

Dr. Erika

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19. October 2015 by SuddenlySlimmer
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Mineral wrap keeps 80-year-old young

VICTORIA TURNED 80 THIS MONTH!

Victoria the developer of Suddenly Slimmer’s famous mineral wraps, loved by Hollywood celebrities, just turned 80. She has been getting wrapped for over 45 years now,  she credits the Mineral Body Wrap for helping maintain her health, energy and youthfulness….  Below she shares her personal story.

Can you imagine being an Octogenarian? I remember experiencing, at 16, the beautiful sadness of knowing I would never live to be 21! What a drama queen I was!

Handling the different effects of increasing age, as I experienced them, has paid off. There are a lot of things that happen from decade to decade. The first big change was in my 40’s, suddenly all the things that worked on my skin and hair stopped working. I had to try many different products to come up with a regimen that worked. My 50’s were pretty smooth, at 60+ I had to develop cleanser and creams as the store bought ones just didn’t cut it. I call the 70-80 year range, Repair. It seemed as though all my bad habits caught up to me, it took a lot of inventing to reverse those negative physical changes.

However here I am at 80 and plan on living many more decades and in taking inventory I realize that:

I don’t wear glasses and take NO medication or drugs.

My hearing is good and I can smell something burning long before younger people notice it. The senses seem to be at an optimal level.

I am flexible of body and can bend over and put my palms flat on the floor, without bending my knees, something I couldn’t do at 30, when I was experiencing arthritic symptoms, which got painfully worse, until I developed the mineral wraps and started wrapping myself at age 34.

I am still physically strong and can run very fast.

Wow! I’ve been getting wraps for 46 years.

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Not bragging, just noting the difference between my physical condition and the usual state of a body at 80. I can attribute the differences to the fact that I have been wrapped in my mineral wrap solution a LOT over the years and as Dr. Linus Pauling stated “all diseases are a result of mineral deficiencies.”

I had a rough start in life as I had measles, mumps, chicken pox, polio, rickets, pneumonia, malaria, bronchitis and just about any cold or flu that came around. At 16 I picked up a copy of Prevention magazine and read it from cover to cover and that started me on the road to handling my body with vitamins, minerals and consistent detoxifying.

I wish I looked 30 but I can pass for 20 to 30 years younger than my actual age. I have to work on that!

I advise anyone who wants to live a long and healthy life to get wrapped regularly, at least every 2 months. It is important, not just to detoxify yourself but to ensure that you absorb the minerals your body needs so desperately. It’s inconvenient, it’s hard to fit it into your life but we all need it. The world gets dirtier every year! My birthday cake says ”18 with 62 years of experience!”

 

16. October 2015 by SuddenlySlimmer
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