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Dr. Perricone Discusses: A Common Breakfast Mistake


If you want to look your best start on the inside! I love Dr. Perricone’s easy tips and advice for small lifestyle changes to get big results.

What Should You Be Eating To Start Your Day?
In the morning madness of the back-to-school season, it can be tempting to take a nutritional shortcut in the form of a pastry or cereal rather than preparing a healthier breakfast. However, these choices lead to a quick boost that just as quickly fades, leaving us more tired than we were to begin with. The secret is not the quick fix, but the slow and steady one – and believe it or not, this even applies to basic oatmeal.

Instant Oatmeal versus Old Fashioned Oatmeal & Steel-cut Oats
If your bowl of oatmeal stars with opening a packet of instant oatmeal, you’re likely not getting the nutritional benefits you think you are. Instant and slow-cooked oatmeal are processed differently and accordingly, your body also processes them differently. In addition to the undesirable addition of added salt and sugars, instant oatmeal or quick cooking oats actually have a higher glycemic index than slow cooking oatmeal, because of the way the oats are processed. This processing means that the body takes less time to digest the oats, which causes a rapid rise in blood sugar — resulting in a burst of inflammation.

However, slow cooked oatmeal, which is slowly absorbed by the body, is a delightful way to enjoy the benefits of the complex carbohydrates in this extraordinarily healthful whole grain, which provides sustained energy and also stimulates the release of serotonin, a key neurotransmitter that can lift mood and reduce carbohydrate cravings. Oats are also rich in vitamins, minerals, fibrous lignans and phytochemicals that protect against heart disease, cancers, diabetes and a whole host of diseases. Oats are a valued source of slowly digested complex carbohydrates, providing quality calories for energy needs – they’re great for a quick energy boost. Don’t forget to top your oatmeal with some anti-inflammatory treats:

Cinnamon, nutmeg or clove to help further control variance in blood sugar.
Chia seeds for further energy, protein and minerals.
1 tablespoon of chopped raw walnuts, almonds or macadamia nuts for added protein and omegas.
Coconut milk or oil, both excellent sources of healthy fats to help slow absorption of carbohydrates.
Mixed berries for an antioxidant boost.

Need another reason to eat slow cooked oatmeal for breakfast? Oats have been shown in scientific studies to favorably alter metabolism and enhance performance when ingested 45 minutes to 1 hour before exercise.

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Perricone MD Omega 3 Supplements – 90 Day
A dietary supplement that helps elevate mood, regulate weight and support cardiovascular health. With DMAE, 90 day supply.

Given the hectic and stressful lifestyle that so many of us lead, few of us are eating a balanced diet – we are not getting the vitamins and minerals that we need on a daily basis. Supplementation of our diet provides the vitamins and minerals we need to help maintain our overall health and wellness. Omega 3 has been shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases. Combining Omega 3 supplements and regular exercise has been shown to improve cardiovascular and metabolic health.

Sephora Exclusive! Marchesa Parfum D’Extase – Available Now!

Transcend into the endlessly glamorous world of MARCHESA where intricate dreams are spun into breathtaking opulence. From every ornate drape to each exquisitely executed detail, Marchesa’s signature touch is as effortless as it is seductive. With an air of mystery and desire Marchesa masterfully creates their premiere elixir, a truly enchanting scent available exclusively at Sephora. One spray will take you to a world of fantasy and imagination that is unforgettable, enticing and uniquely their own.

“Like with our dress designs, we wanted our scent to feel sensual and feminine yet still embrace and celebrate the wearers unique style and sensibility” said Georgina Chapman, designer and co-founder of MARCHESA. “It is the essence of our muse transformed into a fragrance that distinctly captures her in her most beautiful and purest form .”

MARCHESA parfum d’extase opens with light florals, giving way to a combination of fresh and woody notes that create the scent’s complexity and beauty. Iris is the secret to the fragrance’s richness, capturing the delicate essence of its flower petals and the dark sensuality of its precious roots. Complementing the timeless elegance of the Iris flower are the beautifully fresh elements of Freesia and Young Violet Leaves to help lead the fragrance into the heart. Comprised of Night Blooming Jasmine, the heart weightlessly transcends the senses into the sensuous background. Here the Iris Root blends together with Ambrox and Musks, the finishing touch to the sublime composition of this intoxicating and unforgettable elixir. Marchesa’s new fragrance clearly defines their distinct artist vision and transports you into an ethereal world.

With as much discipline, precision and care given to each piece they create, the co-founders of Marchesa collaborated with SEPHORA to develop the latest sculptural representation of the brand. Capturing the ecstasy of a perfect moment, the fragrances’ elegantly designed bottle was crafted by Malin Ericson, Creative Director at Vanessa Stevens + Company to evoke the same look and feel of exotic raw quartz crystal, a powerful gemstone known for its positive energy and abundant healing qualities. Each bottles shape uniquely emulates the natural facets and distinct contours of the raw quartz and features individually set crystal accents that exude the confident and alluring femininity signature to the Marchesa design.

 

MARCHESA 50 ml Eau de Parfum Spray $85
MARCHESA 30 ml Eau de Parfum Spray $60
MARCHESA Eau de Parfum Rollerball $25

MARCHESA is available exclusively on Sephora.com today and at Sephora stores beginning September 2012.

Dr Perricone Discusses : Beauty Foods

Two Foods for Supple Skin & Abundant Energy

For optimal health, our diets need to include anti-inflammatory fat sources. This is a topic that I have covered extensively over the years. In fact, because they cause increased inflammation in the brain, I hold extreme low-fat and fat-free diets culpable for the epidemic of depression sweeping this country during the past two decades. Ideally, our diets will be free of excess saturated fats and all trans fatty acids—another reason to avoid all processed and pre-prepared foods.

The end result of following the anti-inflammatory diet will be the prevention of free radical-induced inflammation. There will be a great improvement in our physical appearance, decreased wrinkling and sagging of the skin, increased energy levels, elevated mood, better brain function, decreased body fat, greater muscle mass, stronger bones, and a powerful immune system.

The essential fatty acids found in Chia seeds and extra-virgin coconut oil are anti-inflammatory. They also have the unique ability to stabilize the cell plasma membrane, the outer portion of the cell. When we stabilize the cell plasma membrane we decrease our risk of oxidative stress and its resultant production of the cascade of inflammatory chemicals that causes damage throughout the cell, especially the mitochondria.

Chia Seeds
The seeds from the chia plant (Salvia hispanica L) are a concentrated source of high quality macronutrients required by the body: omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, high quality complete protein without gluten, and low-glycemic carbohydrates. Rich in antioxidants, chia also reduces inflammation and can help mitigate the signs of premature aging.

Although chia seeds are relatively new to the world food market, they have been a staple food for the peoples of Mexico for centuries. Because of their high soluble fiber content, chia seeds form a hydrophilic colloidal suspension (gel) in water and slowly release their nutrient content and water into the digestive tract for absorption and utilization over extended periods of time. This provides an even and sustained source of nutrition, hydration, and energy for the body as it passes through the digestive tract. Because of this attribute, chia seeds were highly valued as an endurance food by the both the Mayans and Aztecs and are still used today as food in Mexico and the southwestern United States—in fact they are a staple food of many long-distance runners in the U.S.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil—energy and weight loss
Long vilified as an unhealthy food choice, coconuts and extra virgin coconut oil are now rightly taking their place as a healthy food and a healthy type of fat. The types of fats found in coconut oil (medium-chain triglycerides) boost immune function and the anti-bacterial, anti-microbial compounds are metabolized efficiently to hydrate and repair skin from the inside out, imparting skin with a supple glow.

Coconut oil is also a beauty food that appears to promote weight loss. According to a study “Medium-Chain Triglycerides Increase Energy Expenditure and Decrease Adiposity in Overweight Men,” published in the medical journal Obesity Research, diets rich in coconut potentially stimulate weight loss by increasing metabolism and may be considered aids in the prevention of obesity.

Revered by athletes, coconut oil contains less calories than other oils and its fat content is easily converted into energy. It also does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. This is because the fat is in the form of medium chain triglycerides, (MCT’s).

Most of what we consume in the Western diet consists of artery-clogging, ‘long-chain’ saturated fats derived from animals. But the plant-based medium chain fatty acids tend to digest quickly, producing energy and stimulating the metabolism which is the reason oils like coconut are popular with athletes. A number of studies have found that the medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil are neither readily converted into stored fats nor can they be readily used by the body to make larger fat molecules. Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.

 


iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex Review.

 

After reading all the great reviews about iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex I was dying to try it. While browsing the skinmedix site I also noticed it has gained the attention of some major magazines. I am a sucker for a good  review and was anxious to try it out.

I have extremely sensitive eyes so I have a hard time finding eye creams that work and don’t burn or irritate my eyes. After using iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex for just over two weeks  I’ve noticed right away how it hydrated my skin, and reduced the puffiness I have even noticed a softening of the fine lines around my eyes  and absolutely no irritation!

One of the main ingredients  is a strain of red marine algae which helps to strengthen the skin by triggering the collagen replenishment cycle. Whatever magic they use I really love how it combats my puffy eyes.  Right away the cream is working and my skin feels soft, smooth and moisturized it even works great under makeup!

iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex is a breakthrough formula that utilizes “intelligent proteins” to combat the signs of aging at a cellular level. These proteins are clinically proven to target damaged sites and help regenerate skin. Powerful peptides, key growth factors and potent antioxidants rapidly reduce wrinkles, puffiness and dark under-eye circles to keep skin moist, smooth and protected all day long.

Benefits:

Immediately smoothes and hydrates.
Lightens dark under-eye circles.
Helps reduce under-eye puffiness.
Combats the signs of aging around the eyes.

IMMEDIATE RESULTS – Immediately smooths fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area, hydrates and helps reduce under-eye puffiness.

LONG-TERM RESUTS – Encourages collagen and elastin production resulting in continued reduction of more pronounced wrinkles. Lightens dark under-eye circles by increasing resilience and inhibiting the production of melanin.

Size: 15 ml / 0.5 oz

Disclosure: Skinmedix provided MHU with a complimentary sample of the above mentioned product to review. All opinions are 100% our own and honest.