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Healthy Habits to Adopt for the New Year

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It’s a new year! Meaning that it can be the ideal time to adopt healthier habits into your ongoing routine.

Healthy habits can protect you from the harmful effects of stress. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop. (Via The American Heart Association)

  1. Talk with family and friends.

    A daily dose of friendship is great medicine. Call or writer friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and ask them to share theirs.

  2. Engage in daily physical activity.

    Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.

  3. Embrace the things you are able to change.

    While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others.

  4. Remember to laugh.

    Laughter makes us feel good. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip, even when we’re alone.

  5. Give up the bad habits.

    Too much alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, decide to quit now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

  6. Slow down.

    Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush.

  7. Get enough sleep.

    Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you can’t sleep, take steps to help reduce stress and depression. Physical activity also may also improve sleep and quality of life in general.

  8. Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks. Approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.
  9. Practice giving back.

    Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you.

  10. Try not to worry.

    The world won’t end if your grass isn’t mowed or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, but right now might not be the right time.

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Simple Exercises for Varicose Vein Reduction

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With nearly one in four people in this country experiencing some form of leg vein disorder during their lifetimes varicose and spider veins a common occurrence, the frequency and symptoms of which are often exacerbated from working in professions that require prolonged standing or sitting for hours at a time.

Not only are varicose veins unsightly, but they can also be very painful. That tired achy feeling can sap energy and keep you from going out and getting exercise. And while are genes dictate our predisposition to varicose veins the following simple exercises can help minimize the development of new varicose veins and alleviate pain from existing ones.

Walking:
The simplest exercise is to walk more. Get your legs moving. Walking is a great way to encourage blood circulation in your legs. Instead of taking the elevator or escalator use the stairs. Even going for a short walk around the block before going to work is enough to vastly improve symptoms.

Pedaling:
Begin lying on the floor, flat on your back. Place your hands out to your sides, if you prefer you can place them beneath your buttocks to prevent strain to the lower back. Lift your legs off the floor, and pedal them as if you were pedaling a bicycle. The more you elevate your legs, the more you will increase blood circulation. Reversely keeping your legs lower will increase resistance on your abdominals, toning your stomach. Continue this exercise until you feel the blood circulating through your legs and any existing pain has begun to abate.

Leg Lifts:
Unlike leg lifts performed at the gym, which are usually designed to tone your inner or outer thighs, these leg lifts are designed to help ameliorate blood flow through the entire leg. Lie on your back, placing your hands beneath your buttocks to eliminate lower back strain. Keeping your buttocks pressed down, and your lower back against the floor, lift one leg at a time and hold in an elevated pose perpendicular to the floor. Hold this pose until you feel the blood begin to flow back up from your feet, your calves, and your thighs. Repeat the motion with your other leg. For ultimate relaxation, lie on the floor with your buttocks almost touching a wall. Rest both your legs in an elevated pose resting against the wall, and feel the circulation in your legs improve. Alternately, you can raise both legs and rotate your ankles to further improve leg circulation.

Knee bends with ankle flexon:
Lie again on the floor on your back. Slowly pull one knee into your chest, holding onto your leg behind your knee (holding on top of the kneecap puts undue pressure on this delicate joint). While your leg is in this position, point and flex your foot several times. Do this slowly and forcefully – don’t let your flap foot around loosely, but rather tighten the muscles of the calves and the tendons around your ankle. Repeat with the opposite leg.

 

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Skincare Product Spotlight: Nectifirm®

RVC Skincare is proud to offer one of the best skincare brands to our patients, Revision Skincare. Curious about what products might be right for you? We will be doing a product spotlight once a month to showcase these effective skincare solutions. If you have any questions about the products discussed or are interested in a tailored skincare solution, call us at (775) 329-3100

Nectifirm®

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This treatment is formulated specifically for firming the neck and décolletage.96% of patients experienced a firmer neck with Nectifirm®. This best-selling neck cream contains plant extracts, antioxidants and unique biotechnological blends that work cohesively to create a smoother, firmer, younger-looking neck.

  • Helps the skin appear more firm and lifted
  • Reduces the appearance of rough, crepe-like skin
  • Lessens the look of fine lines and wrinkles

Who benefits – All skin types.

How to use:

Using upward strokes, gently apply a dime-sized amount onto décolletage, working your way up the neck to the jawline. Use twice daily, morning and evening. Follow with Multi-Protection Broad-Spectrum SPF 50, or Intellishade®(Original or Matte).

Frequently asked questions 

Why do I need a neck cream. Can’t I use my face moisturizer? The neck ages differently than the skin on your face and requires its own unique, topical anti-aging technology. Facial moisturizers will only provide minimal benefits and anti-aging results on the neck.

What ingredients help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the neck? Nectifirm® is formulated with peptides and several potent extracts that help skin appear firmer and smoother. It contains a unique blend of Bamboo, English Pea Extract, Silica and Glucosamine, which has been shown to hydrate and tone the skin.

What are some of the most common signs of aging on the neck? The most common signs of aging on the neck include: slackened skin, crepiness, horizontal necklace lines, turkey neck appearance, platysmal bands, fat accumulation and mottled skin appearance (Poikiloderma).

Key Ingredients

  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Baker’s Yeast), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide & Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-6. Helps skin appear more firm and lifted.
  • Algae Extracts. Helps skin retain moisture and elasticity.
  • Ceramide 2. Enhances water retention and reduces skin dryness.
  • Bamboo, Silica, English Pea Extract & Glucosamine. Smooths skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Dihydromyricetin (from Wax Myrtle Shrub).Reduces the appearance of rough, crepey skin.
  • Vitamins C & E. Helps skin appear brighter and more even toned.

Before and after photo

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Almonds: Why they are not only good for your veins, but your entire body.

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Almonds are one of the most popular foods in the world. Many cultures use them in a multitude of dishes, and many of us enjoy them as a healthy snack. Almonds contain essential nutrients such as manganese, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, calcium, tryptophan (essential amino acid), iron, copper, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. The are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is necessary for human body function- they have also been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 9.4 percent.

 

So, why are they good for your veins?

 

Almonds have been known to reduce the risk of heart diseases, and the vitamin E in almonds is a fat-soluble antioxidant, making it good for the skin and overall immune system. Magnesium in almonds is great for vein and artery health. This is essential to help preventing varicose and spider veins. The calcium and phosphorus promote healthy blood circulation throughout the body. Having healthy blood circulation throughout the body drastically reduces your chances of developing varicose veins. Another benefit of almonds is that they help facilitate food through the colon- this helps relieve constipation, which will help lessen the pressure on the venous system, reducing the risk of varicose veins. Overall, almonds are incredibly healthy for you!

 

One easy way to incorporate almonds into your diet is to substitute almond milk for dairy milk.

 

Here is a recipe for homemade raw almond milk:

 

Ingredients:

 

1-cup raw almonds

Water for soaking nuts

3 cups water

2 dates (optional)

½ tsp. vanilla (optional)

 

Preparation:

 

Soak the almonds overnight or for at least 6 hours.

 

Drain the water from the almonds and discard. Blend the 3 cups of water, almonds and dates until well blended and almost smooth.

 

Strain the blended almond mixture using cheesecloth or other strainer.

 

Homemade raw almond milk will keep will in the refrigerator for three or four days.

 

 

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Nine Healthy Winter Foods To Include In Your Diet

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Comfort food and winter… sometimes it seems as if they go hand in hand! But, did you know that gaining extra weight could be very detrimental to your overall vein health? Extra weight adds stress on your veins and can cause blood flow disruptions, which can then lead to varicose veins. Maintaining a healthy diet keeps your body full of the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep a healthy vein system operating at peak performance in the human body. Here are some food choices that you can add to your diet that will not only keep you healthier, but improve your overall health as well.

 

Brussels Sprouts

Make cancer-preventive Brussels sprouts taste good by taking off the outer leaves and roasting them on a baking sheet with some olive oil and sea salt at 425 degrees.

Leeks

Leeks taste much like mild onions and work well in potato soup, in rice dishes, salads and other dishes that require onions. They are tasty and full of antioxidants.

Beets

Bake vitamin-rich beets by wrapping them in foil and baking them in a 350-degree oven for an hour. Cut into small cubes and put them in a green salad with some goat cheese and a drizzle of walnut oil.

Kale

Kale is full of iron but can at times taste very bitter. Sauté kale in some olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar and throw in some pine nuts to have as a side dish… it’s delicious!

Pomegranate

Inflammation-reducing pomegranate has a tart flavor, which makes it good for mixing in with oatmeal in the morning. You can also use the gelatinous seeds, which have a crunch and large amounts of flavor in salads, or even atop some dips.

Kiwi

Kiwi is very high in vitamin C, which can increase immunity to several different illnesses. Mix some kiwifruit into a spinach salad to combine immune-boosting fruits and vegetables in one dish.

Persimmon

Persimmons contain substances that fix damage to cells caused by diabetes. Serve the miniature orange-like fruit with a bitter citrus flavor in a dish with some prosciutto and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Guava

Guava is filed with the antioxidant lycopene, which could protect against coronary artery disease. Add raw guava to figs and blue cheese for a heart-healthy dish suitable for a snack or breakfast.

Pomelo

Use pomelos as a dessert additive for sorbet or frozen yogurt. This fruit is suspected to prevent the spread of cancer cells because of its high density of antioxidants called flavonoids.

Indulge in health-promoting fruits and vegetables all year round, but especially during the wintertime. Not only will they help the body stay well, but they also promote mental wellness with their fresh flavors. Many healthy fruits and vegetables have strong flavors. It is possible to combine them with other flavors to make them more delicious and have the family wanting more!

 

 

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Winter Skincare Tips From Head to Toe

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Winter can be the bane of our skin’s existence. We often struggle with cold weather, wind chaffing, and dry skin. While some of us just accept these changes as typical signs of winter, you don’t have to be one of the sufferers! We have tips on how to keep your skin soft, moisturized and hydrated during the winter months.

 

Smooth as you sooth:

Extra-dry skin like on dry upper arms can trigger a flare-up of keratosis pilaris, that annoying rough skin. Try a lotion with salicylic acid to exfoliate dead cells around your hair follicles and reduce the appearance of bumps.

 

Handle with care:

To prevent chapping parched hands, embrace wipe-off, soap-free cleansers and alcohol-free hand sanitizers.  Experts say that they are less drying than washing repeatedly with soap and water. When you do wash, choose a moisturizing soap-free cleanser or a hydrating antibacterial gel, then slather on lotion right away.

 

Glove up:

Anything that creates an occlusive barrier (i.e., traps moisture) on skin helps lotions and creams soak in. So slip on some cotton gloves over lotion to help moisturize parched hands. Even wearing them for an hour can really soften up your skin.

 

Just add honey:

To soften stubborn dry patches on rough elbows and knees, opt for a rich, hydrating scrub. A simple mix of honey and sugar works great!

 

Exfoliate lightly

Pick super-gentle exfoliators if trying to moisturize your chest and back. We like tiny rounded polyethylene microbeads, this will help brighten dull winter skin on your face and body.

 

Treat feet at night:

Before bedtime, gently buff away calluses with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone, and apply a thick, buttery moisturizer while feet are still damp, then wear socks overnight.

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Obesity and Varicose Veins- the Hidden Problem

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By now, most individuals know that being overweight can lead to many problems such as:  high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. However, you may not know that varicose veins can also result from being overweight and varicose veins can be more difficult to treat in overweigh or obese individuals.

 

For people of a normal or healthy weight, the problem of varicose veins is very obvious because you see the raised and engorged areas easily. The leaking veins often cause discomfort and heaviness of the legs. These symptoms in overweight patients can be missed because these problems are attributed to the weight problem itself rather than the possibility of a varicose vein.

 

Overweight and obese individuals may not realize they actually have varicose veins because the swollen veins are not visible on the surface of the skin. Over time, the building pressure in the leaking veins can cause damage to the skin on the lower leg- increasing the risk of developing a leg ulceration due to varicose veins being left untreated.  This harsh reality provides the public with yet another reason to strive for a healthier lifestyle and weight.

 

If you think you may be suffering from varicose veins, consult a specialist to asses your concerns and develop a tailored treatment that is specific to your needs.

 

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