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Thanksgiving Healthy Eating Tips for Staying Thin (2014)

Beverly Hills plastic surgeons offer thanksgiving healthy eating tips for staying thin.Thanksgiving is almost here, a time where we are encouraged to be thankful for the many different people, opportunities, challenges, friends, family, and other positive aspects in our lives.

We wanted to personally thank our patients, readers, and followers for their sincere loyalty to use over the years. It is an honor knowing that you all have entrusted us in supporting you with your decision to improve certain areas of your life – allowing you to feel young, thin, and beautiful.

Staying Thin During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is meant to be about giving thanks, but many of us absolutely cannot wait to indulge in all the appetizing food. As tempting as it is, here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’re concerned about staying thin or if you simply do not want to feel guilty.

Don’t Skip Meals
– some people enjoy sleeping in and skipping out on breakfast knowing that they will be loading up during Thanksgiving dinner. We advise that you stick to your normal routine of eating so that you aren’t “going off of the deep end” come dinnertime.

Eat Healthy Options – Thanksgiving is not full of unhealthy options – in fact; many traditional options can be healthy for you. Lean turkey, yams, customized salads, we’re sure you’ll have healthy options available. Just go easy on the gravy and try pacing yourself.

Alcohol
– alcohol consumption typically leads to worse decisions – especially around food. For some, simple moderation on the alcohol front is enough to help them stay smart and thing throughout the day.

Workout
– working out the day after Thanksgiving is a great way to tackle the regret if you overdosed on dinner. It doesn’t take much either – a simple walk around the block is enough, but brownie points for you if you take it a step further (maybe brownie points are a great option in this scenario?).

All in all, whether you decide to indulge or not, make sure you enjoy your time with your families – and be thankful for the positive things in your life!

Happy Thanksgiving from the team here at Rexford Surgical Institute!

Hot Topic: Is Indoor Tanning Worth It?

is indoor tanning worth itIndoor tanning is a popular choice for many because – simply put – it’s convenient, especially for those who are not exposed to natural sunlight for a majority of the year.

A study published back in late January, 2014, has revealed a shocking statistic: that there are more skin cancer cases due to indoor tanning than there are lung cancer cases due to smoking.

There were a reported 419,254 cases of skin cancer in one year in the United States alone. Researchers believe this number will only increase each year until the dangers of indoor tanning are continuously exposed.

The Takeaway From These Statistics

First, the number of lung cancer cases has steadily declined over the years due to the amount of negative publicity smoking has received – encouraging developing teens to stay away as well as motivating long-time smokers to kick the habit.

Secondly, whether you are tanning indoors or naturally outside you are exposing yourself to UV rays. Exposure to ultraviolet puts you at risk for skin cancer (with melanoma being one of the worst types). The whole idea behind indoor tanning is to expose you to higher levels of ultraviolet rays in a short time for a quick and convenient way to receive a tan.

Thirdly, society (specifically the media) is to blame for putting such a large emphasis on having/achieving a tan in order to be more socially accepted regardless of the method used to obtain it.

Lastly, there’s a reason Britain has banned the use of indoor tanning for those under the age of 18 as more and more information is beginning to show that it is in fact not worth it. It’s a decision that should be made by an adult who is willing to cope with the consequences if any arise.

What You Should Do

Hopefully you analyze the situation from a different light the next time you decide to opt for an indoor tanning session. Knowing the dangers can help put things into perspective.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you avoid indoor tanning exposure and limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, as well as taking precautions by applying SPF 30+ sunscreen and wearing protective clothing.

Rexford Surgical Institute features a board certified dermatologist that can help you with any problems related to indoor tanning. natural sunlight exposure, or other unrelated problems including scarring, hair loss, and acne.

Recent Study Links Antibiotics To Colon Cancer

antibiotics colon cancerA recent study in the field of gastroenterology has revealed that a heavy use of antibiotics is linked with an increased chance of developing colorectal cancer, or colon cancer.

This happened to be one of the first studies that looked at whether or not an association exists from antibiotic usage, a type of medicine that is widely used across the globe. The controlled study sampled roughly 100,000 patients and suggested that long-term exposure to antibiotics increases a patient’s risk of colon cancer.

Antibiotics have the potential to reduce the bacteria that exist within your colon, both good and bad bacteria. If the bacteria are reduced, then it can change the way your colon responds. There are many types of antibiotics, and some of them promote a pro-inflammatory environment within your colon. In short, different antibiotics will behave differently. The study concludes that the recent news provides the groundwork to begin searching for the cause of this effect.

Antibiotics are different from probiotics in the sense that antibiotics essentially flush your system’s bacteria out in an attempt to fight off a bacterial infection that exists within your body. Probiotics promote an atmosphere where bacteria can grow and flourish, both good and bad. It’s important for your colon to contain both good and bacteria for a perfect balance. Having a significant amount of one or the other may result in troublesome stomach problems and changing bowel habits.

The American College of Gastroenterology has recommended that adults who are aged 50 or older undergo colonoscopy every 7-10 years to screen for colon cancer, which happens to be one of the most common cancers in both men and women.

If you are suffering from an unexplained change in bowel function, then a gastroenterologist may be able to help you. Gastroenterologists are doctors who specialize in treating issues that arise in your gastrointestinal tract, which includes a wide variety of organs that are responsible for managing the foods and drinks you consume on a daily basis.