Health & Beauty Tips – Week of November 7th

Beauty Tip- Pick Prints That Are Proportional to Your Body For A Slimming Effect

      Everyone can wear prints, no matter what their size. The key is to pick prints that are in proportion to the size of your body. If you are petite then a large floral print is going to overwhelm you and make you look like you are playing dress up with your mother’s clothes. If you are a plus size and choose a print that is dainty and small then it will make you appear larger.

Dressing is all about proportion. If you are a plus size, then you can rock large floral or geometric print (think a wrap dress in a bold floral or geometric, tres chic!) If you are petite then think a pretty blouse with small delicate flowers or paisley print. A floral blouse or dress is a great way to spice up your wardrobe. Dress either down with a fitted denim jacket or wear to work with a cardigan or blazer.

 

Health Tip- How Sweet it isn’t – A look at Fructose

      We have all seen the ads on TV about High Fructose Corn Syrup not being any different than regular sugar and can be enjoyed in “moderation.” Fructose is also the sugar that is found in fruit so it can’t be bad for us right? It is not that simple and to understand why we have to look at two other sugars (glucose and sucrose) and how each is metabolized or broken down by the body. Sucrose is plain old table sugar and is broken down into glucose and fructose by your body. Glucose is the sugar that is used by your body for energy (with the help of insulin) and what is measured in your blood. In its simplest form, abnormal glucose metabolism is diabetes. Fructose, unlike glucose, is processed almost completely by the liver and produces excessive amounts of a fat called triglycerides. This fat gets into the blood and excessive amounts can cause problems with insulin and heart disease for starters. We all know we should cut down on sugar but this also includes sugar from fruit and fruit juices. Excessive amounts of fructose whether it comes from sucrose, fruit, or particularly from High Fructose Corn Syrup due to its metabolism can lead to health problems.

More and more research is emerging to support cutting down on fructose and eliminating High Fructose Corn Syrup from your diet. The average American consumes about 60 pounds a year of the stuff.

 

Green Tip- Get a Living Christmas Tree

      If you are searching for a Christmas tree that does not have to be cut, will not dry out or drop needles, is not fake and can be planted after Christmas go to www.pipecreekchristmastrees.com. The tree is the Leyland cypress available in 10 gallon pots. No stand needed. They are located between San Antonio and Bandera (23 miles outside Loop 1604 and Bandera Rd (Texas Hwy 16). It is a bit of drive but why not start a new tradition and raise awareness with your children/grandchildren on helping the planet.

 

Dental Tip- Smoking and Gum Disease

      Advanced gum disease affects 4%–12% of U.S. adults. Half of the cases of severe gum disease in the United States are the result of cigarette smoking. The prevalence of gum disease is three times higher among smokers than among people who have never smoked and the majority of tooth loss in adults in due to gum disease. Every single day we see patients whose oral health is affected by smoking and they all regret they ever started. Don’t be a statistic, decide to quit and quit.