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Wrinkle Free Skin

“Consider glycolic acid the MVP of this regimen. In a cleanser or moisturizer it will help remove dead skin and speed cell turnover, so skin looks less wrinkled over time…During the day, a vitamin C serum can increase the production of skin-firming collagen, and then a moisturizing sunscreen to protect from cell-damaging free radicals caused by the sun. At night: a retinol lotion – spiked with hydrating hyaluronic acid and firming peptides – to (gently!) stimulate collagen.” (p.104)

In the morning try Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum or Kinerase Advanced Lotion.

At night try Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel or Nia 24 Intensive Retinol Repair.

Source: 30 Days to Amazing Skin, InStyle Magazine, January 2014, p. 99-104.


Summer Skin Care with Dr. Gervaise Gerstner MD on the Wendy Williams Show

Discussing Summer Skin Care and Melanoma Awareness with talk show host Wendy Williams. Dr. Gervaise Gerstner is a board-certified dermatologist with a passion for combining the inherent art of her practice with the latest technologies available to help people achieve the results they want. She treats men and women of all ages and enjoys the process of guiding patients from addressing their initial concerns to helping them maintain a lifelong commitment to optimal skin health. For more information about Gervaise Gerstner Dermatology, please visit

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6 effective shifts in your eating habits

  1. Learn how to eyeball a real portion size. You should learn how to eat foods in the right amounts with absolutely no calorie counting involved. If you spend one week measuring, portion control will become automatic. You’ll know just by looking how much cereal or pasta or meat you should eat.
  2. Embrace fiber as your best friend. Learn how to maximize your fiber intake to help stabilize blood sugar levels, which in turn suppresses your appetite. Fiber feels heavy in your stomach, an fills you up faster on fewer calories.
  3. Eating certain fats can actually help you shed fat! Maximize healthful sources of fat, such as the fat found in fish. Fish in particular has been shown to make the body more responsive to leptin, a hormone responsible in satiety. That means you’re more likely to stop eating when you’ve consumed enough calories.
  4. Pile on the veggies and fruits! These gems will help you fill up on very few calories. They are packed with fiber, and they’re great for your health. Aim to eat five to seven servings a day and love every minute of it.
  5. Most of us consider hunger a foe, but in the quest to shrink your fat zones, you really need to make it a friend. Eat only when you feel truly hungry. This is important because many people eat for all sorts of other reasons, such as out of habit, for celebration, for energy, or for comfort. Get in touch with your body and learn to nourish it with the foods it needs to help you feel happy and satisfied.
  6. Learn to tackle what can be the greatest saboteur of any new eating plan: cravings. Substitute other activities to help you overcome cravings, filling yourself up on noncalorie, nonfood, soul-satisfying options.

Source- Shrink Your Female Fat Zones: Lose Pounds and Inches From Your Belly, Hips, Thighs, and More by Denise Austin (2003)

Lecture from the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences — How Bad Science and Big Business Created The Obesity Epidemic

David Diamond, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences shares his personal story about his battle with obesity. Diamond shows how he lost weight and reduced his triglycerides by eating red meat, eggs and butter.

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Strategies to control heartburn

  • Eat smaller meals at regularly spaced intervals.
  • Eat a lighter meal in the evening.
  • Take fluids between, instead of with, meals. This can decrease the likelihood of acid reflux.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight. Even a few pounds can make a difference.
  • Stay upright after meals.
  • Stop smoking, as nicotine weakens the esophageal sphincter and increases acid production.
  • Wait three hours after you eat before you lie down.
  • Keep a food diary to keep track of foods and symptoms.
  • Keep in mind that food choices, portion size, and eating habits are equally important for symptom relief.

Source: Guide to Better Digestion by Leslie Bonci (2003)

House Call: 7 Steps To Reverse Acid Reflux by Dr. Mark Hyman

You don’t need to live with this condition and there are solutions other than taking acid-blocking drugs to treat your symptoms.  Watch this edition of House Call with Dr. Hyman to learn what things may be causing your acid reflux and how you can fix it at the source.

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Pore Minimizers

“While long-term pore refinement may now be accepted as a part of our anti-aging regimen, that doesn’t discredit old-school, quick-fix solutions: Simple, gentle exfoliation can make a big difference. If you picture a pore being shaped like an ice cream cone, you can see that if you shaved some layers off the top, the diameter would get smaller…You’re never going to change the root shape at the very bottom, but you can affect the way it looks at the top…try products containing vitamin C, as well as retinol creams. Retinol exfoliates, but it also helps the skin function at its optimum level. This means it sheds normally, reducing the trapped skin and oils that can lead to acne.” (p.87)

Long, A. (2014). Go Ahead, Lean In. Elle, 29(5), 78-89.

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A Handful of Food Gives You Energy

“A little food gives you a lot of energy; too much food and your energy crashes. When you fill your stomach without overfilling it, you’ll stop gaining weight and start gaining energy. Both undereating and overeating will prevent you from experiencing the energizing effects of food. But how much is too little and how much is too much?…a handful. Less than a handful and you’re not filling your food tank enough; more than a handful and you’re filling it too much. A good-size handful is all you need to fill your stomach without overfilling it, to fuel your energy without fueling your fat cells, and to lift your energy without making you lethargic.” (p. 55)

Waterhouse, D. 2001. Outsmarting Female Fatigue: The 8 Energizing Strategies for Lifelong Vitality. New York, N.Y.: Hyperion.

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Best Sources of Vitamin D

  • Fatty fish like mackerel, tuna and salmon contain high levels of vitamin D.
  • Fish liver oil is considered the best and the most reliable source of Vitamin D.
  • There are traces of vitamin D in beef liver, egg yolks and cheese.
  • Most of the milk supply in the U.S. consists of 100 I.U. of vitamin D per cup.
  • Vitamin D2 is derived from plant sources. Vitamin D3 is derived from animal sources.

Diagnosis of Vitamin D deficiency is simple. A lab test called 25(OH)D can be performed.

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Clear Complexion

“First, grab a cleanser with salicylic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells trapped in pores. Follow with a lotion with bacteria-zapping benzoyl peroxide and a high SPF to ward off drying UV rays…At night, go for a one-two punch with a product that has benzoyl peroxide and retinol (a vitamin A derivative) to unclog pores and up cell turnover, which will help fade dark spots. Finally, try a moisturizer containing soy, another hardworking brightener.” (p.100)

Source: 30 Days to Amazing Skin, January 2014, InStyle Magazine, p. 99-104.

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Overweight Dog? Treat Lightly

“People tend to blame canine weight gain on lack of exercise, but overfeeding is usually the biggest culprit. Treats are silent saboteurs of good health, and account for a tremendous amount of calories, salt, and fat. Veterinarian Ernie Ward recommends nutrient-rich alternatives like pieces of veggies (broccoli, green beans, baby carrots) or lean cooked meat, which taste better than processed treats. Single-ingredient store-bought treats like salmon flakes or freeze-dried fruits and meats are also good options. But treat within reason. If you notice weight gain, scale back.”

Misagal, T. (2013). A Hefty Matter. Martha Stewart Living, 237, 162.

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