WANT TO BE IN A GOOD MOOD? EAT HEALTHY FOODS

A number of lifestyle factors can contribute to depression, but one that’s often overlooked is what you put in your mouth. “Diet plays a huge role in depression,” says with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine.

Do you crave sweet, salty, and fatty foods when you’re feeling blue? You’re not alone. But, says Dr. Calapai “If we eat better foods like lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fish, we short-circuit the junk food cravings and have higher energy levels and sharper mental focus.

Vitamin D (sun exposure; fortified breakfast cereals, breads, juices, milk): Vitamin D is required for brain development and function. Deficiency in this “sunshine vitamin” is sometimes associated with depression and other mood disorders.

“Smart” Carbs Can Have a Calming Effect

Carbohydrates are linked to the mood-boosting brain chemical, serotonin. Experts aren’t sure, but carb cravings sometimes may be related to low serotonin activity.

Choose your carbs wisely. Limit sugary foods and opt for smart or “complex” carbs (such as whole grains) rather than simple carbs (such as cakes and cookies). Fruits, vegetables, and legumes also have healthy carbs and fiber.

Tryptophan (protein sources including turkey, beef, eggs, some dairy products, dark, leafy greens): An amino acid, tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin. It’s not well understood, but low tryptophan seems to trigger depressive symptoms in some people who have taken antidepressants.

 

Increase your intake of B vitamins

People with either low blood levels of the B-vitamin folic acid, or high blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine (a sign that you are not getting enough B6, B12 or folic acid), are both more likely to be depressed and less likely to get a positive result from anti-depressant drugs. In a study comparing the effects of giving an SSRI with either a placebo or with folic acid, 61% of patients improved on the placebo combination but 93% improved with the addition of folic acid.

 

Boost your serotonin with amino acids

Serotonin is made in the body and brain from an amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan is then converted into another amino acid called 5-Hydroxy Tryptophan (5-HTP), which in turn is converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin. Tryptophan can be found in the diet; it’s in many protein rich foods such as meat, fish, beans and eggs. 5-HTP is found in high levels in the African Griffonia bean, but this bean is not a common feature of most people’s diet. Just not getting enough tryptophan is likely to make you depressed; people fed food deficient in tryptophan became rapidly depressed within hours.

Up your intake of chromium

This mineral is vital for keeping your blood sugar level stable because insulin, which clears glucose from the blood, can’t work properly without it. In fact it turns out that just supplying proper levels of chromium to people with atypical depression can make a big difference.

Select Selenium-Rich Foods

Studies have reported a link between low selenium and poor moods. The recommended amount for selenium is 55 micrograms a day for adults.

Evidence isn’t clear that taking supplements can help. And it’s possible to get too much selenium. So it’s probably best to focus on foods:

  • Beans and legumes
  • Lean meat (lean pork and beef, skinless chicken and turkey)
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Nuts and seeds (particularly brazil nuts – but no more than one or two a day because of their high selenium content)
  • Seafood (oysters, clams, sardines, crab, saltwater fish, and freshwater fish)
  • Whole grains (whole-grain pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, etc.)

Caffeine and Sugary Foods

Caffeine may be difficult for many people to completely eliminate from their diet. However, it is good to only have caffeinated drinks in moderation, particularly when you are experiencing depression-like symptoms. Caffeine can disrupt sleep patterns and make you feel anxious, both of which won’t help your depression. People who drink more than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, the equivalent of four cups of brewed coffee, should consider cutting back.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed as the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s.

Dr. Calapai started his practice in New York City in 1986 and for over 25 years he has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM, where he offers health and medical advice. He has a show on Saturday morning 8-9am and Sunday evening from 6-7pm. He has consulted with numerous high-profile individuals including Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham’s, Donal Logue and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

Dr. Calapai received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he consults in Manhattan with practices on Long Island, in East Meadow and Plainview. He has appeared on News12 and in the pages of 25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine.

He is the author of E-books Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can’t Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website: www.drcal.net

Conair Hairbrushes Product Review – Affordable Styling Tool

Owning the right set of hair brushes can be the same as purchasing a gorgeous lipstick.  It’s essential to your beauty routine and a must-have product.

I decided to give my hair some attention and invest in the proper set of brushes. The summer requires a lot of hair manipulation and can lead to loss at the root.

To help out in this area, Conair shipped a set of brushes.  I’m huge fan of the hot air brush that was featured on this site a year ago and was excited to receive the package.  In terms of hair maintenance, the brush is by no means a substitute for professional blowouts but I have received compliments after using this product.

My technique is to apply serum, section the hair, start on a low-heat; working until the hair is straight.

Product Review:

Let’s talk about the new set of brushes!  I received the Quick Blow-Dry Metal Vent Brush, Carbon Smooth Fast Drying Anti Static Brush, and Ultra Detangler Large Nylon Round Brush.  Again, each brush has an individual use, which is very important to remember.

The Quick Blow-Dry Metal Vent Brush allows airflow from your dryer to the hair; Smooth Fast Drying Anti Static Brush prevents static after blow-drying, and Ultra Detangler Nylon Round brush easily glides through wet hair.  You’re probably asking, “Which brush did I use?”  And the answer is all of them!

The ultimate purpose of using a hairbrush is not just for styling but it’s critical to the health of your hair. I suggest researching the right hair tools and visit your local Ulta to purchase a set of Conair Brushes.  The company has a variety of brushes for all hair types.

After using the set of brushes, I have received several compliments on my hair and it’s not because I’m a great stylist (smile) but due to using the right tools!

 

How To Maintain A Young-Looking Face | Expert Tips

We all want to look as youthful as possible for as long as possible. We spend money on creams, facials, fillers, and even sometimes plastic surgery. To get some tips for how we can maintain a young-looking face, we went to several great beauty professionals including Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia, who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20. Here’s what they all have to say.

 Featured Photo from Instyle.com

  1. Get rest.

There absolutely is such a thing as beauty sleep. “Women come to my practice thinking they need an eye-job or a facelift when all they need is sleep. Sleep is a time when we rejuvenate ourselves and cellular turnover is at its height. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep nightly will make a huge difference in how youthful a woman appears especially as she approaches age 30 and collagen production decreases,” says Dr. Brandow. “A woman can speed up aging if they are constantly sleep deprived.”

  1. Use an overnight treatment.

If you suffer from breakouts or skin dryness leading to wrinkles or blotches, treating your skin concerns at night, is a way to maintain a youthful glow. “Work closely with your dermatologist or aesthetician who can recommend non-irritating skin treatments specifically addressing your concern,” advises Dr. Brandow. You want to take advantage of overnight options available to boost collagen and heal skin while sleeping.

  1. Hydrate

When it comes to anti-aging and putting your most youthful face forward, water is key. Water flushes your system of toxins which helps skin to glow. “Women spend a lot of money on topical creams formulated to boost moisture and hydrate the skin yet, if they integrated more water, even 4, 8 ounce glasses per day, they would see fewer wrinkles and an overall smoother younger skin texture within a month,” says Dr. Adriane Pompa, Miami based board certified dermatologist who specializes in aging skin.

  1. Be smart about fillers.

Fillers are used to add volume that diminishes as we age but people have taken it to extremes. There have been many advancements with fillers over the past 5 years offering more options and more sophisticated ways to administer them to achieve a youthful look.

According to Dr. Brandow, many patients believe that filling their cheeks will soften their laugh lines, so they push doctors to administer two to four syringes in their cheek bones and cheek area at once. This can result in swelling and doesn’t necessarily lift their face. Fillers are often done as an alternative to a face lift but, if not spread out over several weeks, it just gives the patient an unnatural look that distorts their face and makes them look odd.

“My personal preference is to perform the fillers sequentially. For example, I will use one syringe of filler in multiple locations. Then I’ll have patients return in 4-6 weeks and perhaps do another syringe to the same places, or different places, giving them an overall natural look. This leads to a softer, more natural result. The key to doing fillers well are going with small amounts every 4-6 weeks,” explains Dr. Brandow.

  1. Get facials.

According to Dr. Adriane Pompa, one facial per month does wonders for skin’s clarity, texture, and ability to produce collagen. “There are many at-home facials available one can do weekly. The key is knowing your skin type and ingredients that address your specific skin concern. Also, you can treat different parts of the face differently depending on skin issue. Let’s say you are prone to breakouts on your jawline, have wrinkles on your forehead and dryness on the cheeks, your dermatologist or aesthetician can recommend a facial plan customized for you.”

  1. Consider lasers and light!

Lasers are another tool that blasts away acne scars, evidence of past sun damage and evens out skin giving that flawless, youthful glow. There have been so many advancements with lasers resulting in more immediate results without downtime. Lasers typically cost between $600 – $1200 per treatment depending on the city and type of laser. The advantage with lasers is accuracy. You can treat a specific area without affecting the rest of the surrounding skin.

  1. Tone down your make-up.

One way to immediately take 10 years off your look is to revamp your make-up. Consider hiring a professional make-up artist who can teach you how to enhance and even modernize your look. New York make-up artist, Carlo Geraci, who was protégé to Trish McEvoy and Kevin Aucion, explains that a lot of women are doing their make-up the same way they did 20 years ago. That bronzer that you loved in the 90’s when you were 24 may appear harsh and outdated at 44. “Heavy eye liner and strong lip colors may only accentuate wrinkles and fine lines. As women age, less is more when it comes to make-up. Opt for a great hydrating foundation or a touch of concealer, a pinch of blush, a swipe of mascara or a gray or brown eyeliner and a natural looking lip liner topped with a tinted hydrating balm,” he suggests.

 

About the Experts:

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery is a plastic surgeon with 2 locations in the Philadelphia metro area and a 3rd one at the jersey shore. Named a “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery by Philadelphia Magazine as well as nationally recognized for one of America’s “Best Plastic Surgeons” of this decade, Dr. Brandow is a trusted expert who has developed many innovative, minimally invasive procedures for the face, body and skin. He has been featured on local, national and international television programs including 20/20, CNN’s Headline News, Good Morning America.

Dr. Adriane Pompa is a board-certified dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital who is highly trained in medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery and cosmetic dermatology. In addition to her general practice, she specializes in anti-aging skin care, skin cancer prevention and treatment, and laser use in dermatology.

Carlo Geraci, New York make-up artist has worked alongside Kevin Aucoin, helped launch the Trish McEvoy brand, and was invited by Barneys New York to became the first Beauty Guru, a position created specifically for him. His work has appeared in print and commercial campaigns, New York Fashion Week runways, red carpets, Broadway stages, television, film, and fashion editorials. He has also appeared on the Style Network, CBS News, and Today on NBC. 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017: Smashbox, Sophia Gushee, and Wink Brow Bar

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time we start thinking about the perfect gift for her. Thank god ColorMetrics, Smashbox, Sophia Gushee and Wink Brow Bar.

For the busy mom: Get real hair color in one swipe with TouchBack Marker

Unlike mascara, crayons, gels, and powders, TouchBack won’t flake or rub off with brushing.TouchBack bonds to the hair and stays true until shampooed out.

For the healthy mom: Learn how to detox your home (and your life) with A to Z of D-Toxing, written by Sophia Gushee

“I share the lay of the land that I wish I had sooner–a road map of a family’s potentially toxic exposures, especially those that are avoidable–so that you can formulate a game plan that suits your family’s unique environment, lifestyle, and budget.”

For the bold mom: Give her brows that wow at Wink Brow Bar

“Defined brows make you look in control and portray your mental outlook on life. From an aesthetic perspective, they structure your face, so that the eye rests on a person’s upper area, make your jawline lift and cheekbones higher.” – Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar

For the glam mom: Help her get the glow with Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer

This satin-smooth formula illuminates, perfects and enhances radiance while hydrating for better makeup application.

EXPERT TIPS FOR SHOPPING THIS SEASON’S LOOKS | Jamie Krell

From off-the-shoulder tops to distressed denim and caged sandals to mini backpacks, the fashion trends for Spring 2017 are inspiring women across the country to try a bolder look.

On Wednesday, April 19,  style expert Jamie Krell shared the latest Spring fashion trends, and secrets to seamlessly shopping the hottest brands at the best price, and dressing to express your personal style.

Looking for this season’s in-demand styles?

  • Trending tops include statement sleeves, sheer blouses and one-shoulder silhouettes
  • Experiment with a pink color palette – you can wear the hue boldly with a dress, or use it as an accent accessory
  • Denim never goes out of style, this season try raw-edge hems or personalized patches
  • Caged and flatform sandals means comfortable chic will rule
Short on time for browsing? eBay Fashion empowers shoppers to embrace their own definition of style – from J. Crew to Madewell, Tory Burch to Dolce Vita, viewers can find all of the brands they love in one place, with fast and free shipping. 81% of items on eBay are brand new, and 87% are available to buy now (which means fixed price – no bidding required).

 

A recognized on-air contributor, Jamie Krell began her career in the fashion world working with the costume designer of the TV show Friends. She often shares her style expertise on the Today Show, EXTRA, Access Hollywood, E! News.

Hawaiian Tropic Launches The Perfect Weightless Face Lotion

The weather’s changing from cooler temperatures and it’s almost summer. Don’t forget to pack NEW Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Face Lotion Sunscreen featuring hydrating ribbons that provide 12 hours of moisture in a new breathable formula that you’ll barely feel on! This indulgent formula leaves you feeling pampered and doesn’t clog pores. With its broad spectrum SPF 30 and UVA & UVB protection, it’s your go-to summer sunscreen that easily fits in your bag.

Additional Hawaiian Tropic launches this year include:

  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless C-Spray (SPF 15 & 30): The same Silk Hydration Weightless formula now in an easy application format that leaves skin feeling soft, moisturized and indulgent.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Clear Spray SPF 50 and Lotion SPF 50: Designed to stand up to outdoor activities while making your skin look and feel beautiful, the Island Sport line is now available in SPF 50 for stronger protection. Available in lotion and clear spray for either application preference.

Before hitting the beach or grabbing your daily BB Cream, don’t forget to apply your weightless face lotion!

Celebrate Earth Day with Amazon Warehouse Deals

Amazon Warehouse Deals, the largest seller of used products on Amazon.com, is celebrating Earth Day by offering customers 20% off select Amazon Warehouse Deals items across a variety of categories including electronics, home, kitchen, tools, and much more. This is in addition to the great discounts customers already get by shopping Amazon Warehouse Deals.

The deals, which are available now through Earth Day on Saturday, 4/22, include the following plus many more:

Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy from start-to-finish, and reusing is one of the most effective ways to save natural resources. In addition to encouraging the reuse of products by reselling returned items, Amazon Warehouse Deals also repairs many of the products so they don’t end up in a landfill. Amazon customers who shop Amazon Warehouse Deals can help prevent pollution, save energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste.

With the offer of great everyday deals on quality used products that are backed by Amazon’s award-winning customer service, eligible for Prime shipping benefits and come with a 30-day money back guarantee, Amazon Warehouse Deals might just be Amazon’s best kept secret.

Visit Amazon Warehouse Deals Homepage to shop all items, including today’s Earth Day deals, and get additional information on how you can help the environment and save on the Amazon products you.

Wedding Day Nail Prep // Lauren B. Beauty + Skyy Hadley

When it comes to summer but especially your wedding day, you want an elegant and polished manicure! See Lauren B. Beauty’s new inspiration themed collection for her upcoming wedding as well as tips from celebrity manicurist Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Spa.

Skyy Hadley recommends all brides to keep their hands and nails hydrated. Follow her tips below for the best results:

  • The best thing brides can do is to keep their nails moisturized at all times; When they dry out they become brittle leading to chips and cracks
  • Use an oil on your cuticles nightly before bed to keep the skin around them conditioned
  • Protein on the nails is a must to keep them flexible, if nails stay hard they will break easy; A healthy balanced diet is essential

Stress Awareness Month – Relieving Beauty Products To Unwind

The American Institute of Stress links stress to many serious conditions such as neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases, and more. By adopting simple steps into your everyday routine, you might find those daily stressors a whole lot easier to deal with.

Below are three stress relieving beauty products to unwind from our daily beauty concerns, including a conditioning mascara that reduces tension from lash extensions, a green tea infused hair mask that restores dry and damaged hair and a vegan dark spot targeting treatment pad.

1.      neuENVY peptide enhanced mascara ($32, Nordstrom.com) Is a major stress reliever for lash extension lovers. The conditioning mascara contains a synergistic blend of powerful peptides, antioxidants and vitamins which can be used to extend the life and lushness of lash extensions between trips to the salon.

 

2.      The Mane Choice Green Tea & Carrot Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment($17.99, Target) this nutrient infused hair mask is the perfect antidote for dry, lifeless hair. The formula contains green tea extract which research has shown is a major stress reliever  and works to reduce shedding and increase hair growth by stimulating the hair follicle and increasing blood flow.

 

3.      Arbonne Intelligence Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads & Solution ($98, Arbonne.com) this effective retinoid solution reduces the appearance of dark spots and skin discoloration which is often a result of a major breakout. As with all Arbonne products, it is vegan and gluten-free!

Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner 101 – Save Time and Money

Silk blouses, knit cardigans, and seersucker pants are great items to purchase when refreshing your wardrobe.  The only problem is that these pieces need to be dry-cleaned.

Aside from the other things on my to-do list, packing up and driving to the dry-cleaners can be a chore.  I’m waiting in line (and hoping) to receive items back in a few days.  Luckily, there’s an option that will save time and money!

Dryel is an at-home dry cleaner and it’s very easy to use.  I was introduced to the product several years ago as a college student.  I wore vintage sweaters that needed to be dry-cleaned.  Dryel was the perfect choice because during that time I was living on a dorm-room budget. Using the product saved up to 90% the cost of dry-cleaning.

Also, there’s no need to have an expensive machine because Dryel works with any home cleaning appliance.  I followed directions printed on the box and my clothes were done in a few minutes.  The items did not shrink or loose its color.

Continue to check back on the site, I will be sharing more Dryel home-cleaning tips and new product launches!