Health & Beauty Tips – Week of February 2nd

Beauty Tip- Choose a V Neck for a Slimming Effect

      When in doubt, choose a V Neck which looks good on everyone. A “V” elongates the neck which creates a slimming effect. Wear it with a long necklace for an even more slimming look. One word of caution, make sure the V is appropriate for the situation and your age. Crinkly cleavage is not attractive so if you fall in this category and yes it happens to the best of us, choose a V that is not too deep. For all you ladies no matter what your age protect your décolleté with sunscreen every day and don’t get sunburned.


Health Tip- Natural Sugar Cane Derivative Helps Lower Cholesterol

      Policosonal, a compound derived from sugar cane, has shown promising effects on lowering overall cholesterol, triglycerides and raising good HDL cholesterol. Some studies have shown it to be just as effective as statins, without  the side effects. It  may also help to prevent strokes by inhibiting platelet aggregation. Policosonal has not received as much attention as other supplements but it is safe and inexpensive.



Green Tip- Buy Fair Trade Chocolate this Valentine’s Day

      In the Fair Trade system, the purchasers of products like chocolate and coffee pay a higher fee to the farmers in a cooperative system that gives the farmer a fair price and also helps to make improvements in their communities such as their schools and hospitals. This is intended to eradicate slave labor that occurs so often in countries where cocoa beans are grown. Look for Fair Trade on the label. Unfortunately, you won’t find that stamp on those big boxes of heart candy that appeared in the stores before they could clear the leftover fruitcakes off the shelves. You will probably have to find it the local health food store and the box probably won’t be as pretty but you will feel good knowing that you helped a farmer and his family have a shot at a better life and that is sweeter than the chocolate itself.


Dental Tip- Another Reason to Straighten Your Teeth

      Straight teeth decrease you’re the risk of expensive procedures required to repair the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking, or wear; and can be less stressful on the supporting jaw bone and joints. Dr. Camacho was one of the first doctors in the nation to be certified with Invisalign. He has done hundreds of cases and can help you achieve straight teeth with Invisalign which eliminates unsightly and uncomfortable wires and brackets. Schedule an appointment today to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign!

Don’t forget about our Smile Train promotion this month to help celebrate National  Children’s Dental Health month. We are donating $50 for every in office whitening treatment, $25 for every custom take home whitening and $1 for every patient who comes in the office for any appointment for the entire month of February! Smile Train repairs cleft lips and palates on children in underdeveloped countries and also teaches the local doctors to do the surgery.