How New Tech Is Changing Dental Care For The Better

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toothbrushpasteThe world of dentistry is changing fast and it’s in no small part due to new advancements in technologies. Patients and dentists alike are seeing real advantages with new dental tech. Here are some of the best new dental technologies changing oral care.

1. Tooth brush

Finding the right toothbrush is the first step to good oral care. The tooth brush has been around for almost a hundred years. While most toothbrushes resemble the original design, some have made real advancements. Today’s dental experts recommend using an electric tooth brush. Electric toothbrushes come in a wide array of choices and price points. Some have basic electric oscillation, while advanced brushes add additional vibration, and rotation.

Some of the best electric tooth brushes are loaded with options like, settings for sensitive teeth, gum massaging and extra whitening capabilities. Some have pressure sensors which alert the user to overly hard brushing, while others even have built-in sensors which let you know when it’s time to replace the brush head. Most come with chargers to ensure your brush is fully powered and ready to go even when on the go.

Prices can vary from a few dollars to over a hundred dollars. This may sound like a lot for a toothbrush but the costs can even-out over the life of the brush, as most electric brushes last longer than other traditional brushes. Be sure to consult with your dentist on which toothbrush is best for you.

2. Laser Dentistry:

Nothing sounds more futuristic than lasers. While it might seem crazy to imagine lasers and oral care in the same sentence, laser tech is changing dental care for the better. Dental laser tech is proving to be more efficient for both the patient and the doctor. Laser tech is helping to eliminate oral discomfort in many procedures which were traditionally long and painful. Lasers are being used to help fill cavities, mitigate tooth sensitivity, whiten teeth, and even remove oral tumors.

The process is proving to be really fast, reducing patient care time. This is good for both the patient and the doctor. Laser care is not only faster but nearly painless, which is a very good thing. Laser tech is also very good at eliminating all forms of bacteria, which is the leading cause of plaque, tarter, and dental complications. Laser treatment is ensuring patients avoid future problems and keeping patients’ teeth and mouths clean and healthy for longer periods of time.

3. Digital solutions and online support:

The world of dentistry is going digital. Dentists and patients are seeing digital tech driving the industry and making oral care simple and effective. Online resources are allowing easy communication between doctor and patient.

New digital dental practice solutions are helping doctors reach patients through automated systems over email and cell phones for updates, reminders and more. Solutionreach, a leading voice in dental practice solutions, writes that digital platforms increase revenue and reduce cost. These new tech systems are allowing more efficient doctor/patient communication through, patient outreach, automated reminders, unlimited custom messaging, and built-in appointment confirmation. Digital solutions can make the hassle of scheduling appointments much easier. Online support systems are making it easier for doctors and patients alike.

tooth4. Intraoral Cameras:

This new dental tech is allowing doctors and patients the ability to better see, in real time, what’s going on inside the mouth. This camera resembles a wand-like device that can take images from inside the mouth and project them onto a screen that can be seen by both the doctor and the patient. These images can show fractured teeth, gum disease, broken fixes and damaged fillings.

This new tech is allowing doctors to better assist potential problems and gives the patient the ability to see for themselves any potential issues. This means the doctor can see the problem first hand taking the guess work away from the solutions and treatment options. These images are so good they can even be used as documentation for insurance claims meaning more patients are ensured better and more reliable insurance coverages.

5. Air Abrasion:

Air abrasion is a fast and painless way to remove tooth decay and/or prepare a tooth for a fixing procedure. Using compressed air to gently blast teeth with aluminum oxide for better cleaning and preparation of the tooth surface. The procedure is fast a relatively painless and can be done without the use of anesthesia.

This is a great new option for patients who dislike needles, the sound of the drill, or tooth vibration. While this procedure cannot be used for every issue it can be used in many situations that previously required more painful treatments. Air abrasion means less pain, less fear, and better oral health.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith

Higher BMI Associated With Reduced Costs, Better Health For Diabetics

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diabeteswordIt’s a paradox: Diabetics with above-normal weight use health care less and report overall better physical health than their diabetic counterparts with normal weight, according to two new studies from UC Davis Health System. The authors suggest that the extra weight isn’t protecting diabetics as commonly assumed, but that normal-weight people with diabetes are afflicted with a more severe form of the disease.

Prior studies found that diabetics with normal BMIs have a higher mortality risk than those who are overweight or obese.

“The mortality paradox led to the ‘protection explanation’ that seems unlikely to be true because we didn’t see any beneficial effects of excess weight in people who did not have diabetes,” said Anthony Jerant, professor of family and community medicine at UC Davis and lead author of the studies. “The possibility that there is more than one form of type 2 diabetes is supported by basic science studies showing physiological differences in leaner people with diabetes.”

For their research, Jerant and his colleagues evaluated data on about 120,000 patients in the 2000-2011 Medical Expenditures Panel Surveys (MEPS), an annual assessment from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on health status, medical services and health care costs among a representative sample of U.S. civilians.

Characterized by unstable blood sugar levels, diabetes is currently diagnosed as type 1, an unpreventable form typically diagnosed in children or young adults, or type 2, which mostly affects adults and is linked with unhealthy lifestyles. Because the vast majority — about 90 percent — of the nearly 30 million diabetics in the U.S. have type 2, the study results are most applicable to type 2 diabetes.

In a study published online March 20 in the journal Medical Care, the UC Davis team compared health care expenditures, hospitalizations and emergency department visits for those with and without diabetes and in relation to their BMIs (normal, overweight or obese), a standard measure of weight adjusted for height. For all three study criteria, health care utilization was significantly higher in normal weight than in heavier diabetic persons, differences that were not observed in those who did not have diabetes.

In another study published online April 27 in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, the researchers evaluated results of self-reported physical and mental health status for patients with and without diabetes. Overall, those with diabetes had worse physical and mental health status than non-diabetic persons. Among just those with diabetes, physical health status was better for those who were either overweight or obese as compared to those who had normal weight, and most optimal for those who were overweight.

Jerant believes the new findings provide evidence that it’s time to quit thinking that leaner type 2 diabetics are at lower risk for bad outcomes from the disease than their heavier counterparts.

“Researchers should be looking at genetic and metabolic factors that define type 2 diabetes for those with different weights,” said Jerant. “Teasing out those factors could eventually enable us to develop and test diabetes management plans that address those differences.”

Jerant’s co-authors were Peter Franks and Klea Bertakis, professors of family and community medicine at UC Davis. They received no external funding for their research.

“Body Mass Index and Health Care Utilization in Diabetic and Nondiabetic Individuals” is available at http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/Abstract/publishahead/Body_Mass_Index_and_Health_Care_Utilization_in.99062.aspx.

“Body Mass Index and Health Status in Diabetic and Nondiabetic Individuals” is available at http://www.nature.com/nutd/journal/v5/n4/full/nutd20152a.html

For more information about UC Davis Health System and its Department of Family and Community Medicine, visit http://healthsystem.ucdavis.edu.

Want To Sleep Better In 2015?

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malesmileOral health goes far beyond tooth decay and a sparkling smile. Within the last decade, the medical field has taken on a more holistic approach to the connection between oral health and links to a variety of conditions affecting the body at large. Dr. Jerry Cheung, of Bright Smile Dental, advises that dentists can be the first line of defense when it comes to assisting in prevention and early detection of serious, life-threatening conditions affecting the entire body; sleep apnea, a condition affecting 22 million Americans, is one that can be identified through a routine dental exam.

Dr. Cheung comments, “I have long held the belief that as a dentist, I have unique insight into larger issues impacting patients. Teeth don’t walk through the door on their own. There is a whole person attached and it is my job to counsel that person for better overall health and well-being.”

Specifically, he adds, “Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a major complaint among many patients who come to see me. Generally, dentists will attribute this to stress or issues with a bite, however, I have found that some of my patients have actually suffered from sleep apnea. In some cases, the grinding or gnashing of the teeth is actually caused by obstructed airways during sleep. This, of course is a serious health issue, and we have been able to work through this through further referrals to specialists, and in some cases, a simple dental appliance.”

With so many Americans suffering from sleep apnea, it is even more astounding that so many go undiagnosed. Identifying the issue can literally save lives as sleep apnea can cause the arteries to harden leading to serious heart issues, memory loss, and concentration issues. In most cases, those suffering with sleep apnea or restricted airways, wake up to breathe throughout the night. This causes unrest and can severely impact a patient’s quality of life.

“I think it is most important that we, in the dental field, educate our patients on how far reaching a good oral health routine can be when it comes to overall health. We need to ask the right questions and look for cues that our patients may not think of when coming in to get a routine exam.”

Dr. Cheung suggest that patients prepare for routine dental exams by providing a list of other health issues to cover with their dentist. In some cases, a dentist can examine the mouth, but also make further connections to other health issues so that the patient can work more effectively with outside specialists and their primary care physicians. In many cases, the issues can be resolved through treatments prescribed directly by the dentist.

For more information or to schedule an exam, visit http://www.brightsmilepowell.com/ or call 614.706.1836.

5 Tips For Achieving Better Health And Fitness

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– Courtesy of PRWeb. What do you think about these tips from Kardio-Xercise™? Share your thoughts about their tips in the comments section below.

joggerFor most people, the thought of overhauling their entire lifestyle to become healthier can be very daunting. In fact, it’s this mindset that often prevents people from taking the first step to achieve meaningful change. Luckily, when it comes to improving health and fitness, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. All it takes is a few simple changes and a little dedication to start seeing positive change.

The team behind Kardio-Xercise™, a premier lifestyle fitness brand, offers the following five tips for achieving better health. Overtime, these small modifications to a person’s daily routine can add up to create big change.

1. Drink plenty of water every day – On average, a person should drink approximately eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Water consumption is vital to keep our bodies functioning properly. People who consume the recommended amount of water on a daily basis can experience a myriad of benefits, including: improved skin tone and texture; naturally suppressed appetite; increased ability to metabolize stored fat; maintenance of proper muscle tone; decreased back and joint pain; and even decreased risk of certain cancers. A tip to get you started – Before you eat or drink anything else upon waking in the morning, drink one tall glass of cold water to jump start your day.

2. Eat several small meals each day – We’re all familiar with the basic three meals per day routine of breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, the problem with that model is that people can tend to overeat because they are trying to consume too much food at one time. By adapting your eating habits to include five to seven small, healthy meals each day, you’ll experience greater energy levels, and it will become easier to prevent binge eating. Another bonus to eating several small meals each day is that your metabolism will remain steady, allowing your body to burn more calories throughout the day. A tip to get you started – While portion control is key, so is the quality of the food you eat. Choose whole foods to snack on throughout the day, such as fruits, vegetables and nuts.

3. Get enough sleep every night – While sleep needs vary from person to person, it is recommended that adults get seven hours of sleep each night. Most adults lead extremely busy lives, and unfortunately, sleep is often the first area we pull from to make more time for other activities. However, it has been shown that people who get too little or too much sleep experience impaired cognitive ability and performance the next day. Long term, sleep deprivation is associated with serious health problems including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. A tip to get you started – Choose a bedtime that will allow you to get seven hours of sleep. Set an alarm 30 minutes prior to that time, turn off all electronics, get ready for bed and go to sleep. Try it for a week and see how refreshed you feel!

4. Get active every day – The health benefits of regular exercise are plentiful. From weight control and improved mood to better sleep and reduced risk of developing health conditions, daily physical activity is a must for anyone looking to improve their overall health. Exercise doesn’t need to be excessive to achieve optimal benefits. By incorporating just 30 minutes of physical activity into each day or about three hours each week, you can start to realize your personal fitness goals, while boosting your energy and improving your well-being. A tip to get you started: Choose a time each day that works with your schedule and devote 30 minutes to nothing but physical activity. Incorporate a variety of activities throughout the week – anything from walking or yoga to strength training.

seniorexercise5. Track your progress – Holding yourself accountable to your daily commitments will help keep you on track to achieving your desired results. Studies show that people who track their fitness have an easier time staying motivated and maintaining their level of activity. For this purpose, Kardio-Xercise has developed the KX Fitness Calendar and “Eat Right. Be Healthy” Calendar to serve as an effective and easy-to-use tool for tracking health and fitness goals. A tip to get you started – Choose a method for tracking your progress that works best and is most convenient for you to use every day.

The KX Fitness Calendar and the “Eat Right. Be Healthy” Calendar are available for preorder via Kardio-Xercise’s website . With delivery scheduled for early December, the calendars are a perfect holiday gift for anyone who is looking to track their fitness goals. Limited quantities are available and calendars are expected to sell out.

About Kardio-Xercise™

Kardio-Xercise™ is a multi-faceted fitness brand that was established on the principle that the human body needs attention in order to be at its best. From its high-quality fitness apparel and accessories to its online meal planner and interactive Blog, Kardio-Xercise provides a variety of resources for individuals who are committed to improving or maintaining the health and strength of their bodies through fitness and nutrition. Furthering its mission to create a fitness movement, Kardio-Xercise donates proceeds from its online sales to organizations that are making a difference in people’s lives through fitness. Kardio-Xercise is more than a fitness brand. It’s a lifestyle. It’s pure passion. Kardio-Xercise, A Fitness Movement, The logo “K” with half “X” are all registered trademarks of KX Evolution, Inc. For more information about Kardio-Xercise, to purchase apparel or to access the online meal planner, visit http://kardioxercise.com.

Tough Love Tips For Better Back To School Sleep

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By Robert S. Rosenberg

SleepingWomanNear the end of summer we all have a hard time adjusting back to our regular sleep schedule – especially our kids! Here are 9 tips to help get your kids to adjust from their summer sleep schedule to their back-to-school sleep schedule:

* Gradually get back into the school sleep-wake schedule 2 weeks before school

* Maintain that schedule – even on weekends!

* Establish a relaxing bedtime routine

* Avoid vigorous physical activities after dinner

* Avoid video games, television and other electronics within 2 hours of sleep

* Avoid large meals close to bedtime

* Avoid all caffeine-containing foods and drinks within 6 hours of bedtime

* A dark room + comfortable temperatures = better sleep environment

* Be a role model- Establish your own sleep-wake schedule and STICK TO IT!

– Robert S. Rosenberg, DO, FCCP has over 20 years of experience in the field of sleep medicine. Board certified in sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine, and internal medicine, Dr. Rosenberg serves as the Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Prescott Valley, Arizona and sleep medicine consultant for Mountain Heart Health Services in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is a contributing sleep expert blogger at EverydayHealth.com and his advice has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Prevention, Women’s Health, Woman’s World, Parenting, and Ladies’ Home Journal, among others. Dr Rosenberg is the author of Sleep Soundly Every Night; Feel Fantastic Every Day (Demos Health). He appears regularly on television and radio and lectures throughout the country on Sleep Medicine. Learn more about Dr. Rosenberg by visiting AnswersForSleep.com.

7 Simple Habits To Adopt For Better Health

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By Ann Musico

healthillustratedHere are seven habits that you can easily adopt into your daily life that will create more balance and better health as a result. They’re practical, easy-to-do, simple and surprisingly effective.

1. Start your day speaking well of yourself.

How you view yourself and your life first thing in the morning sets the stage for the rest of the day. Create a short list of positive, faith-filled statements about yourself and your life that you can speak out loud, with enthusiasm as you get washed and dressed for the day. It sounds too simple and silly but it is a powerful practice. Some examples to start you off: “I expect great things to happen for me today” “I am calm and confident” “I love people and people love me”

2. Take baby steps.

Don’t try to change everything all at once! Make one change for a week or two and then add in another change once it’s become part of your life.

3. Drink adequate water.

Dehydration is the number one cause of fatigue. Dehydration not only halts weight loss but also hinders effective processing of emotions! Gradually work up to one-half your body-weight in ounces of water daily and try to include ¼ tsp. natural, unprocessed salt (sea, pink or Himalayan crystal) for every 32 oz. You will experience increased energy almost immediately!

4. Spice up your life.

One of the easiest and tastiest ways to boost the nutritional value of your meals without adding calories is to include a variety of spices.

5. Slow down.

Make it a point to slow down and intentionally enjoy your meals. Take a few deep breaths, pay attention to the aromas, textures and tastes. Chew thoroughly. Your digestion will thank you and you will avoid inhaling food without even tasting it – which leads to overeating.

6. Practice periodic movement.

stretchEven if you exercise daily at the gym, sitting for hours at a time has been found to be more destructive to health than smoking! Set an alarm on your phone or a kitchen timer if you need to, but get up and move your body every 30 minutes or so. Stretch, do a few squats or wall push up, take a short walk – just get up and move periodically.

7. Practice an Attitude of Gratitude

No matter what kind of day you’ve had, you can find something to be grateful for. Gratitude is an extremely potent emotion that turns on your parasympathetic, healing, rejuvenating system!

Improving your health doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated! Just make small changes, gradually and before you know it you will see great results!

– Ann Musico is a holistic health coach who helps women, at every age, to exemplify lives of vibrant health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body. Her mission is to show women how to adopt a healthy lifestyle in a way that is simple and achievable, empowering them to take responsibility for their own health in order to be a positive influence on their families. You can visit her website at threedimensionalvitality.com

Secrets To Better Oral Health

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By Darla Scheidt

mansmileDaily oral hygiene combined with regular visits to your dentist can help ward off harmful bacteria that lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other oral infections. With improved oral health, you can look great, feel better and avoid unnecessary — and costly — dental treatments down the road.

The good news is that achieving optimal dental health is easy! Here are a few simple secrets for smile success and improved long-term oral health.

Brush up at the office
A healthier smile begins every morning and ends every night if you follow a consistent tooth-brushing regimen. But since the foods you eat during the day contribute to plaque build-up, twice-a-day brushing may not be enough to keep cavities at bay. Keep a toothbrush in your desk at work, and brush after lunch to promote a healthier smile and optimal plaque removal.

Floss more
While many people take the time to brush twice a day, fewer people follow the recommendation to floss daily. Floss is designed to remove plaque from the tight spaces between the teeth and under the gumline where a toothbrush can’t reach. By flossing your teeth once a day, you can significantly decrease your chance of getting gum disease and other harmful oral infections.

Cut back on sodas and sweets
Poor eating habits often show up first in your oral health. That’s because sugary and acidic foods and drinks can destroy enamel and increase tooth decay. Drink soda, juice and coffee in moderation, limit snacking between meals and opt for healthier foods, like fruits and veggies over sweets. Over time, your mouth and body will thank you for these subtle, but important, changes to your diet.

Know your mouth
Make a point to regularly examine all areas of your mouth. Unusual changes, such as swollen gums, discolored teeth, or sores on your cheeks or tongue should be reported to your dentist. It takes just a few minutes while you’re brushing and, if detected early, could save you the need for extensive dental treatment.

Put bad habits to rest
Smoking and tobacco products can increase your risk for oral cancer, gingivitis, tooth decay, bad breath, enamel stains and gum disease. Do yourself a favor and give up tobacco use altogether — it’s good for your smile and your total body health!

Visit your dentist
Finally, visit your dentist twice a year for routine exams to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Since many dental issues are painless at first, without professional care from your dentist, you may not be aware of problems until they cause serious damage — and pain. A dentist can identify problem areas in their early, minor stages.

If it sounds too easy to prevent tooth decay and other oral diseases with preventive care, that’s because it is! A combination of consistent oral hygiene, simple lifestyle changes and regular visits to your dentist will help you avoid many dental problems and keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.

– Darla Scheidt is the Marketing Director for the multi-specialty group dental practice in the Chicago Western suburbs, Grove Dental Associates. With over 30 doctors and 40 years of practice experience, Grove Dental’s four offices stay on the cutting edge of dentistry to better serve patients.

Tips For A Better You In 2014

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joggerIt’s no surprise to see your local gym packed to the gills come Jan. 2.

Whether you’re swearing up and down that 2014 will be the year you get in shape or you’re trying to shed some of those holiday pounds, you might be trying to draw up a plan of attack.

Low carb? Low fat? Weight lifting? Running? Maybe a combo?

Here’s some advice from Florida State University exercise and willpower experts on how to make the most out of your health and fitness goals in the new year.

Step one: Get moving

It’s good to be optimistic and set goals, but start with little ones such as walking the dog each day after work, said Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences Associate Professor Lynn Panton.

You can slowly build up your workout to include longer walks, some running and weigh tlifting. But start with adding smaller, more manageable workouts into your schedule.

“Just taking that walk is so important for stress and glucose levels,” she said.

Step two: Set a schedule

womanweights“We all have these iPhones attached to us,” said Mike Ormsbee, assistant professor of Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences. “Put your workout on your schedule the same you would a meeting with your boss. You wouldn’t miss a meeting with your boss. Think about your workout the same way.”

Roy Baumeister, professor of psychology and author of the New York Times bestseller “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength,” agrees, adding that it’s easier to keep to a schedule if it is convenient to your everyday life.

“If you belong to a gym that’s a 20-minute drive, and so you have to figure out when to go, and what to do when you get there, and so forth, your willpower will be squandered in many ways,” Baumeister said. “Devise a simple, convenient routine that won’t require any additional decisions or steps. For example, instead of joining a gym, get yourself to take a jog or even just a fast walk around your neighborhood every day or two at a set time.”

Step three: Keep at it

Sometimes sticking to that exercise routine — whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or not — can be the hardest part.

Maybe you’re extra busy come March or perhaps you’ve hit your goal weight and think that you can ease up on the exercise. But, there can be hidden costs to simply stopping your workouts.

A study by Ormsbee measured the overall body fat, lean muscle mass and resting metabolic rate of collegiate swimmers at the height of their season. When the season concluded, the swimmers took several weeks off to rest, so researchers took their measurements again. After five weeks, the swimmers’ body fat had jumped 2 percent and aerobic fitness plummeted by 8 percent.

joggersOrmsbee said he is unaware of any study looking at what happens when a sedentary person starts then stops an exercise program, but there is reason to believe that a similar trend would occur.

That doesn’t mean you have to be continuously training for a marathon. Pick a routine or workout that works best for you.

“The most important thing to do is to pick a plan and stick with it,” Ormsbee said.

Contact our experts:

Lynn Panton, College of Human Sciences: 850-644-4685; lpanton@fsu.edu

Mike Ormsbee, College of Human Sciences: 850-644-4793; mormsbee@fsu.edu

Roy Baumeister, College of Arts and Sciences: 850-228-1709; baumeister@psy.fsu.edu

Work Where You Work Out – – And Do Both Better

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Research finds exercise improves work performance; athletic club trend combines the two for maximum results.

Plus: trainer tips for freeing yourself from the office chair.

exerciseballWhen deciding which gym to join, look for one particular new amenity and you may wind up strengthening your mind—and your paycheck—along with your physique. Recent studies show exercising can boost work performance by improving brain function, upping productivity and reducing stress. At health clubs like the Bay Club Silicon Valley and Pacific Sports Resort’s Courtside Club, onsite fully-equipped workspace suites make it easy to fit in a workout between conference calls—or a conference call between workouts, as the case may be.

The aptly named CONNECT facilities by Bay Club operator of private luxury athletic clubs and sports resorts in California, feature high-tech, private workspace suites with high-speed Internet, touchdown meeting rooms and boardrooms, social networking lounges for private events and mixers, community quiet work rooms with a tablet bar, en-suite beverage and snack hospitality bars, and state-of-the-art presentation and video-conferencing tools, along with administrative support.

The benefits of workday exercise extend beyond the individual: If you’re the boss, they’re multiplied by your workforce. “Absenteeism is reduced, morale is increased, and long term health care costs are substantially impacted,” says Jim Colvin, M.P.H., fitness and health educator and trainer at Bay Club Silicon Valley. For managers and employees alike, here are Colvin’s tips for merging physical activity with your 9-5 routine:

Take meetings at the gym. A new study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that participants showed significantly increased signs of focus and ability to retain and use new information immediately after a 20-minute yoga session. If you’re in a position to schedule off-sites, consider a health club venue: “The key is to build in a break to do a team workout with one of the classes being offered. The rejuvenation you will find between body and brain will result in a more stimulating discussion when the team returns to business,” says Colvin.

Walk and talk. “Walking for 15 minutes will burn approximately 100 calories each time,” says Colvin. Need one-on-one time with a coworker? “Instead of going for coffee, circle your floor or the block while you chat and reap the benefits of the endorphin release in the brain.”

malepushupReschedule your workout. Typically work out at the end of the day? It’s a great stress reliever. But for a mental energy boost during the work day, consider hitting the gym on your way to the office or on your lunch break. Or, take 10-minute breaks throughout the day to climb a few flights in the stairwell or bang out a set of pushups behind your desk.

Create a “mobile” office. “A variety of companies have incorporated walking treadmill stations in the office, and studies have shown that the additional steps taken resulted in reduced waist-to-hip ratios,” says Colvin. If you’re lucky enough to work from home, you can create your own treadmill desk by stacking several foam insulation boards (cut to the right size) on the handlebars as a platform for your laptop; set the treadmill between .7 and 1 mile per hour and you’ll be able to type comfortably while you walk. Or, for those who normally retreat to the local library as a workspace, consider setting up shop at a work-friendly gym instead.

About The BAY Club

Founded in 1977, the Bay Club is the owner and operator of 11 private health, fitness, athletic, sports, and lifestyle resorts on the West Coast. Featuring six regional campuses, the Bay Club provides club members with the finest quality programming catered to the entire family including traditional fitness elements and convenient solutions to daily work, family and life demands. For 35 years, the Bay Club has maintained the highest standards of professional service, earning a reputation as one of the leading private club companies in the United States. The company employs approximately 2,000 people and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information on the Bay Club, its clubs or services, visit: www.explorebayclub.com.

Which Works Better: Oils Or Lotions?

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By Sharon Gnatt Epel

legslotionIf you are an American woman, chances are that you grew up watching your mama apply lotion to her face and body, but if you hail from Europe or Asia, you are more likely to be familiar with using oils to hydrate and nourish your skin.

There are many pros and cons to using each of these, but the main physical difference between them comes down to percentage of water content.

Lotions need water to emulsify (combine oils and liquids that normally resist being mixed together) and generally require heat to bind the ingredients so that they won’t separate. The downside of this process is that exposure to high temperatures can destroy whatever therapeutic properties are contained within the natural oils. Lotions are also looser in consistency, giving them a lighter, less-greasy feel on the skin. If you tend to have an oily complexion this may not be a concern, but a lighter weight also means that the lotion’s moisturizing effects may not last very long.

If you have dry skin, live in a cold or arid climate, or spend most of your time working indoors in an artificially heated or air-conditioned office, you probably want to use a moisturizer that will last all day.

If you have dry skin, live in a cold or arid climate, or spend most of your time working indoors in an artificially heated or air-conditioned office, you probably want to use a moisturizer that will last all day. Creams tend to be thicker than lotions, usually contain a higher percentage of oil, and their moisturizing effects last longer. A cream that contains a well-balanced combination of carrier (oily) and essential oils (dry oils) can not only moisturize skin and alleviate dry flaky patches: it can also offer significant antioxidant and health benefits while creating a gentle moisture barrier between your skin and the elements.

Whether you prefer to use a lotion, cream or oil, another important consideration is permeability: whether or not the moisturizer will just sit on top of the skin, or be easily absorbed within a short period of time. In order for a moisturizing agent to do any good, it must be able to penetrate the top layer of skin. Oils in general have a good history of doing this but can be a bit too oily for some people’s personal tastes. Lotions, on the other hand, usually won’t leave behind an oily residue, but their moisturizing benefits seem to evaporate within ten to fifteen minutes, leaving your skin as bone dry as it was before you applied the lotion.

womanarmupIf you are concerned about oils being comedogenic (causing acne or breakouts), you may be surprised to learn that many natural oils can actually be helpful to acne prone skin and will not cause clogged pores. It is the type of oil that determines the likelihood of breaking out, so it is a good idea to read product labels very carefully and research any ingredients that you are not familiar with. Even when a product is labeled non-comedogenic, it is not a guarantee that it is free of all comedogenic ingredients. Retin-A cream contains Isopropyl Myristate, a highly comedogenic and occlusive substance, yet in spite of this, many dermatologists prescribe it for acne-prone skin.

(By the way – if you tend to break out on your neck and back, the true culprit might be residue from your shampoo or conditioner. Make sure to rinse all hair products off your body to reduce the likelihood of irritating skin and clogging your pores).

Ultimately, the best way to figure out what will work for your individual needs is to buy small trial sizes or – preferably – samples of the products you are considering. Be sure to use them one at a time until you find the brand that suits you best. This method of trial and error takes a little time and patience, but is the most sure-fire way to discover which type of moisturizer and brand name will ultimately help protect your skin and keep it young-looking and healthy. Looking beautiful requires dedication and consistency, but when you consider that you have only one body to last an entire lifetime, it is a labor of love that is well worth the effort!

– Sharon Gnatt Epel is the CEO/Founder, La Isha Natural & Organic Skincare.