Coffee’s Positive Effects on Our Health

shutterstock_129132683-1While many of us cannot imagine Monday morning — or any other morning for that matter — without a steaming hot cup of coffee by our side, coffee can do much more than get us going and boost our energy. While coffee has traditionally been thought of as a stimulant that can make us nervous and jittery if we overindulge, it turns out regular coffee consumption is linked to some impressive health and fitness benefits. Consider the following:

Coffee and the heart

Studies have been unable to find a direct link between drinking coffee and an increased chance of developing heart disease, the Mayo Clinic reports. In fact, most research has found that consuming coffee on a regular basis leads to a reduced chance of early mortality, as well as a possible decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, notes Heart MD Institute, a meta-analysis by researchers in China looked at over 20 studies that involved more than 400,000 subjects. After examining the data, they concluded that drinking coffee does not increase a person’s chances of developing arterial disease. Conversely, women who consume about two cups a day have a decreased risk.

Coffee and type 2 diabetes

Interestingly, coffee also seems to help prevent type 2 diabetes. People who regularly drink coffee have a lowered risk of developing the health condition, As WebMD notes. After looking at nine studies on coffee’s effect on type 2 diabetes, researchers concluded people who drink six or seven cups a day are 35 percent less likely to get the disease. Granted, this is a large amount of coffee, even for the most devoted java lover. Fortunately, the studies also found that drinking four cups a day leads to a 28 percent lower risk. Generally speaking, the researchers felt the naturally-occurring minerals in coffee like chromium and magnesium can help regulate blood sugar levels.

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Easy-to-Use, Non-Invasive Solution to Help Minimize Wrinkles

image001JuveRest® The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow prevents the one thing creams, Botox or even plastic surgery can’t fix: sleep wrinkles. Of course, sleep patterns are habitual and can be difficult to change. By providing true support to the head and neck in both back and side sleeping positions, JuveRest® The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow provides comfortable sleep while minimizing facial contact and are left where they belong – on your skin. The way that the pillow is positioned also diminishes puffiness, and under-eye bags.

Invented by a leading plastic surgeon, Goesel Anson, MD, FACS, JuveRest® The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow, a product of JuveRest LLC, is the new definition of beauty sleep. Its multi-patented design helps prevent and reduce sleep wrinkles caused by recurring facial compression from pillow contact during sleep. The pillow was also engineered to provide true support of the head and neck in back and side sleeping positions, providing for comfortable sleep while minimizing facial contact.

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Top 6 Natural Strategies to Keep Skin Healthy

By Holly BellebuonoWomen Healers of the World Cover 9781629145891By Holly Bellebuono

Adapted from “Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History & Geography of Herbal Medicine”

Chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rashes can be itchy, annoying, and even debilitating, but there are natural ways to address these issues successfully, without resorting to steroid creams or prescription medications. Be aware of the foods you eat and incorporate these herbs into your daily routine for healthy, itch-free skin.

Here are top recommendations for maintaining healthy skin anywhere on the body.

Support the liver. An unhealthy liver may contribute to chronic skin diseases. Normally the liver metabolizes wastes such as spent hormones, toxins, and old cells, and sends these wastes through the digestive system. But if the digestion and/or the liver are compromised, these wastes are not metabolized properly, causing allergy and disease. Care for the liver using dandelion root drinks or tincture, and milk thistle seed tincture. Known affectionately as “hepatics,” these herbs have long been used to support a healthy liver (hepar is the Latin word for liver).

Stay hydrated with herbal teas. Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is great for helping the body flush toxins–and it’s even better when the water is infused with healthful, nutrient-rich herbs. Some herbs, such as stinging nettle and oatstraw, provide calcium and other minerals that help the skin stay healthy; find them at your local health food store or grow nettles in a rich, shady area of the yard or garden. Be sure to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water or tea daily.

Use soothing herbs topically. My inspiration for the Sage Wound Ointment in the book Women Healers of the World comes from Native Nations women, including Cherokee naturopathic physician Jody Noe, who infuses fresh sage leaves in oil for skin relief. Other herbs to use include red cedar, thyme, comfrey, and yarrow. Chop 1 cup of fresh leaves into 1 cup of olive oil and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Strain, reserving the oil, and add ¼ cup chopped beeswax. Pour into a jar and allow to cool; smear this ointment on chronic skin patches and areas that have become infected.

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6 Steps to Take if Your Child “Hates School”

RespectYourChildren-FrontCoverBy Jay Fitter MFT

Is it normal for a child to come home from school miserable? Or to act deeply unhappy in the morning and drag their feet to the point of almost missing the bus? Or how about a kid who suddenly develops stomachaches in the middle of the school day, and this happens repeatedly?

Some parents would say yes, it’s normal, and simply attribute this behavior to kids’ desire to play, sleep in, socialize, and run free. However, it’s important for parents to respect the fact that the child is trying to communicate something important, albeit in an indirect way.

Perhaps you have a gifted child who is bored at school, or a child who had a scary incident on the bus. Rather than making an assumption or writing it off as normal kid behavior, here are some tips that will help you uncover what’s really going on.

Listen well; don’t dismiss; pay attention.

In general, if a child says I don’t like school, listen to them. They probably have a very legitimate reason for their perspective. This may not seem like a big deal from the parents’ point of view. But the child’s feelings could be the result of a threats from a bully, rejection from a boy or girl, or schoolwork that is either boring or overwhelming. There’s also the possibility that they believe their teacher doesn’t like them.

Remember your own youth.

Try to remember that some of the time, kids won’t tell their parents the real reason, so they make up other excuses. You probably did this yourself. Part of the reason behind this is that children believe parents won’t empathize with them, that they’ll just say to toughen up, or offer another simple solution. Parents need to realize that there was a time when they were kids and may have felt the same way. So, resist making judgments.

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Tai Chi Preserves Strength, Helps Heal the Body

Tai Chi ExerciseTai chi is among several kinds of Chinese martial arts that have gained popularity in the U.S. Its origins are unclear, but its health benefits are well-documented and not just for mixed martial arts enthusiasts. Modern use of tai chi is known to help maintain or improve overall fitness and flexibility. And as most physicians recommend, movement is key to overcoming a variety of ailments, both physical and emotional.

Reporting on findings from the National Health Interview Survey, Medical Daily says about 250 million people worldwide regularly practice tai chi. In China, it’s common to see groups of tai chi adherents practice in parks during the early morning hours. In the West, it’s often recommended as a physical therapy based on traditional Chinese medicine for patients with Parkinson’s or cardiovascular disease.

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Pink Beauty Products Giving Back

Pink and oh-so-pretty!  Here’s a roundup on a few beauty products that are giving back for Breast Cancer Awareness Month next month!

  • jane iredale celebrates seven years of partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer® with the launch of Smell the Roses Hydration SprayOne hundred percent of profits from the sale of Smell the Roses Hydration Spray will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer® in support of women affected by breast cancer. This moisturizing facial spritz features organic Rose Damascena Flower Water which is an excellent skin tonic and cleanses the skin, calms inflammation and reduces redness without disturbing its natural protective shield. The refreshing and uplifting rose fragrance de-stresses and promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing. Smell the Roses is recommended for any skin types, especially dry or sensitive skin, but may also be used as a moisturizer for oily skin or to wet makeup brushes to create precise lines. ($29 at janeiredale.com)
  • Supersmile will donate 20% of their NEW Crystal Collection Toothbrush in Pink Diamond sales during the month of October to the SHARE Breast Cancer Charity. The new Crystal Collection Toothbrush features a slim, lengthened Lucite handle, ergonomically shaped with a series of indentations to guide hand-positioning to the ADA-recommended 45˚ brushing angle, as well as 5 tufted rows of soft, rounded nylon bristles.  These elements of unique and improved design yield the softest, most thorough brushing experience yet. ($15 at supersmile.com)
  • FragranceNet.com will donate 15% of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation each time one of the products below are purchased (individual hi-res images available): Vera Wang Truly Pink, Lacoste Love of Pink, Gap So Pink and Lacoste Joy of Pink (Pricing varies, FragranceNet.com)
  • G.M. Collin skincare donates $2 of each sold product of Daily Ceramide Comfort Capsules to Pink Ribbons Inc. The Daily Ceramide Comfort system is a replenishing and nourishing skin care supplement in practical single dose capsules that protects the skin against environmental elements and reduces the skin stress and irritation while improving hydration. ($95 at GMCollin.com)
  • DECLÉOR will be launching DECLÉOR Sensorial Travel Collections during October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  For the 8th consecutive year, DECLÉOR will donate (10%) of net proceeds of the Sensorial Travel Collections sold during the month of October to Cancer and Careers, a program of CEW Foundation.  Each exclusive skincare program includes five full and travel-sized DECLÉOR products, housed in a large zippered travel pouch, that provide unique benefits targeted to a specific skin-type. The Sensorial Travel to the Orient Collection features products that hydrate the skin, while the Sensorial Travel to the Mediterranean Collection is specifically designed for anti-aging benefits. Each set features an AROMESSENCE™ Serum, made from 100% pure and natural essential oils sourced from around the world, and 4 additional corresponding products that together offer a skincare program to treat, protect and repair the skin, while addressing the skincare concern from within. ($69 at DecleorUSA.com)
  • suki® ultra-protect™ body balm: 100% of proceeds from October sales of this product will benefit Breast Cancer Action (www.bcaction.org), an organization whose mission is to achieve health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer. This healing, therapeutic multipurpose balm is an essential hydrator after daily exfoliation, and provides all-day moisture, relief & suppleness for everywhere you need it:  dry stretch marks, sore, chafed, cracked & damaged skin, eczema patches, even mom’s bellies & baby bottoms! This balm works precisely because of its unique texture that doesn’t run off skin (it’s more dense than greasy salves), providing the moisture barrier that dry, sensitive, troubled skin needs, & long-wear support to shield you from environmental stressors. ($27.95 at sukiskincare.com)

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To Heck with the Joneses! Why “Keeping Up” Is Actually Keeping You Down—and Nine Good Reasons to Stop Doing It

Donna Skeels Cygan

Donna Skeels Cygan

The American Dream has evolved past the humble “white picket fence.” Way past. We all strive for the “nice” home (as defined by HGTV and Pinterest) as opposed to the cozy one, keep a perpetual car payment instead of driving an older model, and chauffeur kids to an endless array of pricey activities rather than sending them outside. Call it creeping consumerism, entitlement, or plain old peer pressure. The point is, we see our hectic and expensive lifestyles as normal—and it’s time we realized that keeping up with the proverbial Joneses is actually extravagant and irresponsible.

          The Joneses you’re trying to keep up with aren’t the doctors and lawyers two streets over, says Donna Skeels Cygan. They’re the middle managers, teachers, and laundromat owners next door, and—guess what?—they’re as anxious and unhappy as you are. That’s why she wants us to reframe our perspective on what’s “normal” and adopt a simpler lifestyle with less debt and stress.

          “Fulfilling lives are lives based on your core values, not the ones society dictates,” says Cygan, author of The Joy of Financial Security: The art and science of becoming happier, managing your money wisely, and creating a secure financial future (Sage Future Press, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-989-77844-2, $24.95, www.joyoffinancialsecurity.com). “It’s amazing how many of us feel we have to live in the right neighborhood or drive a new car just because our peers do.

          “Often, happiness means making a deliberate choice to stop keeping up with the Joneses,” she adds. “You have to pay attention and get mindful about where your money goes. It’s worth the effort. The consequences of living beyond our means outweigh the short-term satisfaction we feel when we pull out a credit card to make another upgrade. Lavish spending just does not make us happy at all (at least not for long). Sane, smart money management does.”

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Back to School: Reduce Your Symptoms for Heartburn and Acid Indigestion

With the average cost of these supplies reaching more than $300 for middle and high-schoolit’s no surprise that parents may be stressed and may be experiencing symptoms like increased acid in their stomach causing indigestion. Rolaids offers some tips below on how parents can better manage back-to-school stress and reduce symptoms of increased acid in their stomachs.

Heartburn Symptoms

The primary symptom of heartburn is a painful, burning sensation in the chest. It occurs when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, usually because the opening between your stomach and esophagus isn’t working properly.

Acid Indigestion Symptoms

The common symptoms of acid indigestion, or upset stomach, include a feeling of fullness during or after a meal, burning or pain in the upper abdomen, nausea or bloating.

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2014 Back to School Gift Guide

It’s that time again! Can you believe it?

It’s just about time to start packing up the kids to send them away to college. For some parents, it’s your first time that someone is leaving the nest; for others, it has become second nature.

Whether your child is going into their freshman year or starting graduate school, we have a list of recommended school supplies for their dorm or apartment.

Also, just a special thank you to those of who also sent in your back-to-school gift ideas and suggestions for 2014. If you’re looking for a gift idea, our annual gift guide features a wide variety of gift ideas in the categories below:

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5 New Skin Care Habits for Fall

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 7.24.42 AMFall’s cooler temperatures and windy climates can throw our skin for a loop and leave our skin dry, irritated and flaky. Changing seasons call for a few change-ups in our beauty routine! Dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum recommends incorporating these 5 habits into your daily ritual for a smooth, soft transition into fall. Try adopting 1 habit per week for 5 weeks to avoid shocking your skin!

Switch Cleansers. Start with the basics – If you’ve been using a shine control cleanser (or skating by with a bar of soap), make the switch to a more hydrating, soap-free cleanser. Coconut oil-based cleansers like Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam are one of the most effective moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients, and act as antibacterial active ingredient that removes bacteria to prevent the formation of new pimples. ($19.95 at SebamedUSA.com)

Don’t Stop Using Sunscreen. Don’t be fooled by lower temperatures. Cover exposed skin with sunscreen, just as you would in the summer. UV rays are just as strong when hitting the slopes or walking in the rain as they are on the beach. Applying sunscreen daily is the easiest way to prevent sun damage, protect your skin, and not to mention – look younger. Try using products that offer Broad-Spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, and have a SPF of 30 or greater.

Move to a Heavier Night Cream. Recover and restore your skin after a long summer with a heavier night cream like Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream which works to protect, smooth, calm and regenerate the skin without clogging pores. The intensive and rich properties of this Night Cream stimulate the skin’s own renewal process overnight for fresher skin by morning. The pH value of 5.5 promotes the skin’s own acid protective barrier against dehydration and irritants. ($23.95, SebamedUSA.com)

Exfoliate Flaky Skin. In the summer, we don’t need to exfoliate often. As temperatures cool, practice exfoliating once a week to keep dry flaky skin from shedding around the nose and chin. Select a soft facial scrub (those made with rice bran are less rough) that also uses naturally hydrating ingredients like avocado, coconut or almond oils to avoid excessive dryness and irritation. Immediately following, moisturize with balancing night cream.

Maximize Moisture in the Shower. Our skin loses water to radiator heat and dry air all day long. Replenish and balance moisture content by using a hydrating body wash and lotion every time you shower, like Sebamed Anti-Dry Derma-Soft Wash Emulsion and Hydrating Body Lotion. To prevent dry, crackly, irritated skin, pat (don’t rub) skin dry after a hot shower and apply a moisturizer within 3 minutes to seal in hydration. (22.95 each, SebamedUSA.com)

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