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Archives: November 2014

How to Keep Skin Young and Healthy

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HealthySkinSecretsfor EveryoneWhile we might remember to exercise daily and eat our vegetables, many of us are neglecting to care for our skin. Exposure to too much sun, unhealthy habits, and stress, can actually cause our skin to look older than it really is – and no one wants that! Healthy skin is, of course, associated with younger looking skin, but more than that, taking care of our entire body is always the best method for overall health.

Eat vitamin-C rich foods

These foods are rich in antioxidants, which help rid the skin of the free radicals that cause damage. Free radicals can be troublemakers in the body and antioxidants are the good guys that keep them under control.

Eating foods high in vitamin-C and other antioxidant rich foods including cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, artichokes, green leafy vegetables, and sweet potatoes, just to name a few, not only keeps your meals interesting and delicious, but can increase the health of your skin too! When grocery shopping and meal planning, incorporate richly colored vegetables for maximum health benefits.

Eat foods with omega-3 fatty acids

Despite years of low fat suggestions, our bodies actually need healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids – especially for healthy skin because these fats help promote elasticity in our skin. Where can you find these good fats? Eggs and salmon are both high in omega-3 fatty acids, as are edamame, flaxseed oil, beef, and nuts.

Although beef and nuts can be excellent sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, they can also be problematic. Conventional beef is also high in omega-6 fatty acids, which actually promote inflammation, so choose grass-fed beef when possible. Nuts, extremely healthy on their own, are often roasted in vegetable oils that are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Look for dry roasted or raw nuts instead.

Drink water

Water is vital to our very existence so it just makes sense to reach for water over any other beverage. I recently completed a 30 day challenge of drinking one gallon of water every day. In almost no time, I was feeling better, had more energy, and was sleeping better at night. Aside from the overall health benefits of drinking enough water every day, staying hydrated will keep your skin from drying out, which means healthier and younger looking skin.

As we go into the summer months here in Phoenix, AZ, and all over the southwest, please remember to drink enough water! Dehydration is extremely dangerous and something we need to be aware of here in the desert. Click here to read about signs of dehydration.

Keep your skin clean & moisturized

Our skin is out in the world every day being exposed to dirt, pollution, bacteria, and make-up. Washing your face every day helps protect it from clogged pores and breakouts – both of which are hard on the skin. Be sure to use a gentle face wash that matches your skin’s needs. After washing, apply a moisturizer to keep your skin well-hydrated. Many daily moisturizers now include some form of sunblock also. If you prefer a more natural approach to moisturizing, Live Simply has a very nice homemade moisturizer recipe.

Wear UV makeup

In sunny states like Arizona, your face is constantly exposed to the sun. Even on cool days, it is important to wear SPF to protect against UV rays. You might not need to worry about visible sun burns, but our skin is extremely sensitive to UV rays. The best way to keep your skin healthy, even in a desert area like Phoenix, is to consistently wear UV protection. Many forms of make-up now include UV protection, but dedicated sun screen will also work just as well. Just be sure to wash it off at the end of the day so you aren’t clogging your pores.

Keep down the stress

Stress, especially prolonged stress and anxiety, can cause collagen to be break down. Both acne and facial redness can be signs your collagen breaking down. You can’t have healthy skin if you are overwhelmed with stress! A few ways to reduce stress include regular exercise, meditation, yoga, good nutrition, and taking time for yourself.

As a naturopathic clinic, we can also help you with natural remedies to keep your stress levels under control. If you need recommendations for natural stress remedies in Phoenix, please make an appointment to see me and we’ll work together to select the ones that are right for you and your lifestyle.

Follow these six tips to get healthier, younger looking skin. If you have any questions about changing your diet or concerns about your skin, please contact me at my office – The Bienetre Center. I can assist you in understanding food allergies, changing your diet, decreasing your stress – all of which will help you not only look great, but feel great as well!

AZDHS 3rd Annual Medical Marijuana Report

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The Arizona Department of Health Services came out with their third annual report for Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program last week. The report comes out once a year to update the general public regarding the program, where it stands and what has changed over the previous year.

The report acknowledged that the awareness of medical marijuana and its health benefits has increased. This conclusion was reached because the dispensary registration certificates have been growing steadily since 2013. Not only did the registration for dispensaries increase, but there was a 75% increase of new applications this past year. It was recorded that 70% of those who applied for medical marijuana card were suffering from chronic pain. Twenty percent had multiple conditions. The age group that tended to apply most often were between the ages of 40-60.

There are twenty three states now that allow marijuana for medicinal use and we hope this number continues to grow as more individuals become aware its many health benefits. Among other things, medical marijuana can be used as treatment for Crohn’s disease and cancer. It can inhibit the progression of Alzheimer’s and ease chronic pain. Learn more about medical marijuana and its health benefits here.

Dr. Burns at The BienEtre Center offers medical marijuana evaluations and can help patients gain safe access to marijuana for the treatment of a variety of conditions. Dr. Burns has been helping many patients feel better about their condition by showing them the benefits of medical marijuana since it was approved for medical use a number of years ago. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Burns for your medical evaluation today.

Injections vs. Pills

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There are a few different ways to take medication, but the most popular are injections and pills. The decision depends on the consumer, as well as what is being administered.

Here are the biggest differences between injections and pills:

Pills tend to be the most convenient route. They come as tablets, chewables, capsules, gel capsules, and more. Typically, but not always, pills are cheaper and safer to use, but there are some things you may want to know. The pill absorption process can start in the mouth and stomach, but most of the time it begins in the small intestine. It is here that the drug is met with the intestinal wall, travels to the liver, and finally reaches its destination. While traveling through the liver, the drug is metabolized which can give the target site a lower dose than what was actually taken. Some pills need to be taken with food depending on how fast the drug is absorbed. Pills definitely have their place and if you are concerned with the absorption rate of a particular pill, discuss these concerns with your doctor. It’s always beneficial to be an educated consumer.

Subcutaneous, intramuscular, and intravenous are a few types of injections available to patients today. Subcutaneous is where a needle is put just beneath the skin and into the fatty tissue. The injected drug the travels through the blood stream. This route is more common for those consuming proteins through injections.

Intramuscular is used when there is a large volume that needs to be administered. How quickly the drug is metabolized depends on the blood supply that is in the muscle. If there is a little amount of blood, it will take a longer time for the effects of the drugs to take effect.

Intravenous is when the needle is inserted into the vein. This is a great way to get a precise dose.

If you are contemplating on whether you would like to take pills or injections to maximize your health care goals, talk to Dr. Burns to decide what is best for you and your needs. Dr. Burns can assist you with any medical questions that you may have, and would love to help you start on the track to restoring your body to its fullest potential.

Foods that Promote Healthy Skin

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Free radicals damage skin cells. Antioxidants and phytochemicals help protects our skin cells so there is less damage. For this reason, it is important to eat foods and fruits that have high antioxidant levels in order to keep your skin looking healthy.

Along side with antioxidants, fatty acids are equally important, because they are what help build the skin cells membrane. Fatty acids also work as a filter for any waste products (like chemicals). What you put on your plate is equally, if not more, important than what you put on your skin.

Foods high in fatty acids:

  • Salmon
  • Nuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Beef
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cauliflower

Foods high in antioxidants:

  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Red Berries (strawberries, raspberries, etc.)
  • Kale
  • Collard green
  • Acai

Your diet is essential to maintaining your health. From weight, skin, and sodium levels, what you eat is critical. If you feel as if you need a better guidance on what steps to take to maintaining a healthy body, call Dr. Burns at The Bienetre Center. Dr. Burns can help you determine steps to take to enable your body to look and feel its best.