Health & Beauty Tips – Week of December 12th

Beauty Tip- Dry Body Brushing

      Dry brushing your skin has many benefits including stimulating blood and lymph flow, exfoliating dead skin cells and encouraging new cell growth. It is a very inexpensive health and beauty treatment. The best time to do this is before you shower in the morning and the entire body should not take more than about three minutes. Start at your feet and brush up in long light brisk strokes. All brushing should be towards the heart according to Dr. Howard Murad author of “The Cellulite Solution: A Doctor’s Program for Losing Lumps, Bumps, Dimples and Stretch Marks.” Brush the abdomen in circular movements. Be careful not to brush too hard, your goal is not to end up looking like you have a full body case of dermatitis (that itchy irritated rash the dermatologists call “contact dermatitis” which is a fancy medical term for you’ve got something, I just don’t know what it is, that will be $75 please). You should have a nice slightly pink glow when finished. The best brush is one with natural bristles. If you are not used to dry brushing, the bristles may feel a little rough at first. Even if dry brushing does not live up to all of its claims, you will still get baby soft skin. Try Elemis brand brush which can be purchased on Amazon.

 

Health Tip- Tasty Brussel Sprouts

      Tasty Brussel Sprouts, isn’t that an oxymoron you say? I have to admit up until about 6 months ago I would rather eat almost any vegetable other than brussel sprouts. Although I like cabbage, brussel sprouts always tasted bitter to me. Brussel sprouts do taste bitter when you overcook them. Here is a way to prepare them without the bitterness:

1 bunch of fresh brussel sprouts

1 tablespoon Roasted Almond oil

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Drop washed brussel sprouts into a small pot of boiling water and reduce heat so that the water is still boiling just not a rolling boil* for about 9 minutes. Drain water and return brussel sprouts back to pot. Drizzle about a tablespoon of roasted almond oil over them and add desired amount of salt and pepper and lightly toss.

Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, brussel sprouts and broccoli contain something called DIM
(Di Indole Methane). DIM, in short, helps to turn bad estrogen metabolites into good estrogen metabolites which can help protect you from certain cancers (men also).

*For those with a misunderstood on what a rolling boil is, this is from WISEGEEK:

Given that all water boils at the same temperature, 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius), differentiating between different “types” of boil might seem odd. However, water in fact behaves slightly differently depending on how long it has been at the boil, and whether or not the water is still being heated. When water reaches a rolling boil, it means that the boil is so aggressive that it cannot be disturbed or disrupted by stirring, or by dropping ingredients into the water.

 

Green Tip- Serve Green Wine this Holiday Season

      Most people don’t tend to think green or eco-friendly when it comes to choosing wine but vineyards can be subject to pesticides and other practices that harm the environment. Forbes.com and Matt Skinner, wine enthusiast, teamed up to highlight some of the top green wines. You can check it out at:

http://www.thegreenwineguide.com/2009/06/16/forbes-lists-eight-environmentally-friendly-wines-worth-trying/

 

 

 

Dental Tip- Say Goodbye to the Goo!

      For decades, patients needing dental crowns and bridges have endured the discomfort and foul taste of material used to take molds of their teeth. This traditional procedure is not only tough on patients, but is difficult for dentists trying to get accurate impressions.

Thanks to the latest in 3D digital imaging technology – the Cadent iTero Digital Impression System – patients of San Antonio cosmetic dentist Edward Camacho can say goodbye to this messy, uncomfortable procedure. Dr. Camacho’s Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio is one of the few dental practices in the San Antonio region with the iTero system, part of CDSA’s commitment to being a leader in high-tech, eco-friendly dentistry.

In the traditional method for dental impressions, the dental staff uses a putty-like material in a tray that is placed over the patient’s teeth. After several minutes, the molding material hardens, leaving an impression of the…

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