THE VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL 20 www.TheValleyBusinessJournal.com March 2018 Lip Care Healthy Living by Tina Monique M. Gottlieb, deGroot D.C. We gloss them, we sometimes paint them red, and we balm them. But sometimes we forget that our lips are part of our skin and they’re susceptible to the same issues as our knees, elbows, and anywhere else that can get unusually dry and irritated. The skin on our lips is thinner than elsewhere which allows blood vessels to be visible and the lips to have a pink/red color. Lips have a lesser amount of oil glands and no ability to create the sun-filtering natural melanin which means they have virtually no protection of their own. Dehydration and cold weather can cause lips to become chapped, dry, and cracked. But cold weather isn’t the only season that causes lip trouble. Dry air, sun and wind will equally dry your lips out. Think of your lips like a sponge. When exposed to water they absorb moisture and plump up. However, when they are dehydrated they dry up and shrink. Remember, your lips are always exposed so they’re prone to endure the most during harsher seasons. In order to keep your lips nice and healthy, you must protect them at all times. Regular use of lip balm offers the fastest remedy for chapped lips. But here are some other tips to avoid lip issues: Drink Enough Water – We all know this is important for overall health, but it’s also essential for hydrated lips. Exfoliate 1-2 Times a Week – Lip exfoliators can slough off dead skin and encourage skin renewal. But exfoliate with caution. If you already have extremely chapped or cracked lips make sure they heal a bit before starting this step. Also, don’t scrub too hard. Your lips are already very thin, so you don’t need too much pressure when exfoliating. Kick the Licking Habit – Your lips already don’t have much of a protective barrier. So, when you’re constantly licking your lips you damage the little protection that have. Give them Protection – Lips are very susceptible to sunburn since they lack melanin. Make sure your lip balms contain a sunscreen. This will not only protect them from moisture loss but also the damaging UV rays. Make sure to always have great lip balm on hand and to reapply regularly. Your lips are what everyone is looking at when you’re talking so make sure they look good! Monique deGroot is the owner of Murrieta Day Spa which is located at 41885 Ivy St. in Murrieta. Heartburn & Acid Reflux Healthy Living by Tina Dennis M. Petersen, Gottlieb, D.O. D.C. Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus — the tube that connects the throat and stomach. Acid reflux is more specifically known as gastroesophageal reflux. During an episode of acid reflux, you may taste regurgitated food or sour liquid at the back of your mouth or feel a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn). 20% of Americans have symptoms of acid reflux disease at least once a week. Having heartburn more than two times a week is the most common symptom of acid reflux disease or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). These may be the signs: • Chest pain – especially at night or when lying down. • Hoarseness or sore throat • Bitter or acid taste in your mouth • Burning in the back of your throat • Trouble swallowing or feeling like food gets stuck in your throat • Symptoms getting worse after eating or when lying down. Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone. The pain is often worse when lying down or bending over. Occasional heartburn is common and no cause for alarm. Most people can manage the discomfort of heartburn on their own with lifestyle changes and overthe-counter medications. If you already take medicine for acid reflux and your symptoms come back or get worse, it could be a sign that your treatment needs to be adjusted. At each visit, share how you’re feeling with your doctor. Dr. Dennis Petersen, D.O. is located at 27403 Ynez Road, #103, Temecula. For questions or to make an appointment, call (951) 506-3112. Think of your lips like a sponge. When exposed to water they absorb moisture and plump up. However, when they are dehydrated they dry up and shrink.
March 2018 THE VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL www.TheValleyBusinessJournal.com 21 8 Nutrition Trends, Explained 8 Nutrition Trends, Explained It seems as though the nutrition and health industries come up with a new trendy buzzword every month or so! In reality, most of these concepts are recycled from older ideas that have been around for a while. But that doesn’t help much when you’re trying to decipher all the lingo and choose an eating plan that is right for you. So, to help out, we’re providing brief explanations of some recent catchphrases you might be hearing. Aquafaba. If you use canned beans, you might have noticed that they include a starchy, watery substance. Interestingly enough, that water is actually a useful substitute for egg whites when you whip it like a meringue. Who knew! IIFYM. It stands for If It Fits Your Macros… But what are macros? That’s a reference to “macronutrients”, or fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Some people follow a diet that balances the three macronutrients, often limiting carbohydrates in particular. But just because something “fits” into your macro allowance, doesn’t always mean it’s good for you. Micronutrients. There’s more than just fat, carbs, and protein in your food. Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals that play important roles in your health. Keto. The “keto” diet is all the rage right now. Keto references ketosis, the state in which the body is forced to burn fat stores for energy. Dieters follow a very low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet in order to achieve their goals, but it might not be healthy in the long term. MIND Diet. This diet is exactly what it sounds like; the intent is to focus on foods that are healthy for your brain. According to some research, the Mediterranean -Intervention for Neurogenerative Delay diet can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The eating plan encompasses green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, olive oil, and even wine. “Harmful” foods like red meat, dairy, fried foods, and sugar are reduced. amanteandassociates.com Paleo. This diet trend is based on the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, from which all humans evolved. Paleo dieters focus on meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and nuts, while avoiding processed foods, dairy, and grains. Sprouted grains. Typically, grains are gathered, processed, and made into bread or other products. If you stop after the gathering process, soak the grains in water, and wait until they sprout, you have sprouted grains. The sprouts are then used in food, and supposedly they are easier to digest than their non-sprouted counterparts. Whole 30. With the Whole 30 diet you spend 30 days eliminating alcohol, sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, and food additives. You eat only whole foods (think close to nature), rather than processed or refined products. As you can see, many of these trendy buzzwords encourage similar ideas. Eating natural foods, while avoiding processed, packaged products, is always going to be a healthier lifestyle. So, try not to get too caught up in the lingo, and just choose a balanced eating plan that is healthy and fits well into your life. That is the plan you’re most likely to stick with. Steve Amante is the owner of Amante & Associates Insurance Solutions, Inc. He can be reached at 951-676-8800 - www.amanteandassociates.com “ In reality, most of these concepts are recycled from older ideas that have been around for a while Healthy Living by presented by Tina Steve M. Amante Gottlieb, D.C. Advertise with a proven winner! (951) 461-0400