Everyday we expose ourselves to potentially dangerous substances in our beauty products. Here are three options to get the results you want without potentially harmful chemicals and medicines:
1. Replace your sleeping pills with essential oils – Nearly 9 million American adults use prescription sleep aids, often highly addictive pills like benzodiazepines. Essential oils are an all-natural, drug-free way to get a better night’s sleep. By combining a combination of lavender and bergamot many people find their sleep is more restful and easier to obtain.
2. Replace your oxybenzone sunscreen with sunblock – Studies show that one of the most common sunscreen ingredients, oxybenzone, is definitely absorbed into the bloodstream and can cause hormone disruption – both estrogenic and anti-androgenic effects. It also creates potentially harmful free radicals when exposed to sunlight. Still, oxybenzone is present in over 600 sunscreens sold in the United States. Instead, use physical sunblock containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide for your body, and sunscreen containing Mexoryl SX or avobenzone for your face (they don’t leave a white hue behind).
3. Replace your aluminum antiperspirant for MiraDry – Most traditional antiperspirants contain aluminum compounds. There are studies that suggest that aluminum may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease, although the connections aren’t definite. MiraDry is an in-office procedure that uses microwave energy to permanently destroy sweat glands. One large study found an 82% reduction in sweat after 12 months. Botox is another option, but only lasts 4-6 months and necessitates the use of a lot of product ($$$$).
Here’s to a healthier you!
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Episode #187– Holistic Plastic Surgery: What to Eat, Apply, and Do to Look Younger with Dr. Alexes Hazen – Not every plastic surgeon practices holistic plastic surgery. But my guest this week does.
Dr. Alexes Hazen is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has made huge changes to her life and how she treats patients. She encourages her patients to take a more holistic viewpoint in how they take care of themselves.
On this episode, we’ll reveal what she recommends for eating (such as decreasing gluten!), putting on the skin, advice for getting better sleep, and treatments to turn back the clock. She’ll also tell us why she hasn’t jumped on every holistic health bandwagon, and what criteria she uses to determine what’s good for her and her patients.
Episode #186– Keto-Green 16– A New Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great with Dr. Anna Cabeca – “No matter what I do or eat, I seem to gain weight.”
This is a common statement that I hear from so many of my female patients as they enter their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Eating a healthy diet, counting calories, and exercising regularly don’t always seem to cut it. So what is a woman to do?
My guest this week has created a simple program to help women (and men) lose weight and feel great. The keys involve a ketogenic diet, alkaline foods, stress reduction, and paying attention to your hormones. These can all interact to create a beautiful symphony that is an optimally functioning body where the pounds come off and the energy soars.