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November 13, 2018


Your eyes are not only the windows to your soul, but your age as well.  In fact, studies have shown that when strangers are asked to judge how old a person is, the eye area is one of the biggest influences. The delicate skin around our eyes is usually the first place to get noticeable fine lines/wrinkles and even brown discoloration. The causes are exposure to sun and pollution, stress, and late nights. Here are some doable tips from Board Certified San Francisco area plastic surgeon Dr. Stanley Poulos to keep the skin around your eyes protected and combat premature-aging.

 Be preventative- Botox and fillers can dramatically improve the appearance of the eye area without surgery. “If a patient has a volume loss or tear trough (deep groove) under the eyelids, we inject fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane,” says Dr. Poulos. Dr. Poulos adds, “This produces volume to the area and provides support and lift to smooth out lines and wrinkles. Botox and other neuromodulators relaxes muscles to soften lines and to slow down their deepening by weakening the way they wrinkle the skin like an accordion. The cost depends on amount injected and number of injection sites.”

No Injection Cosmetic Procedures- There are a variety of laser treatments available that allow skincare professionals to target certain areas and treat certain conditions. Dr. Poulos explains that, “Resurfacing lasers, like Fractionated Erbium or CO2 can tighten the skin around the eyes with up to a week of downtime.

The Surgical Route- Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Surgery can be performed on either the upper and lower lids, or both.

Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes.

Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:

Loose or sagging skin that creates folds of the upper eyelid, sometimes blocking   vision

 Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids

 Bags under the eyes

 Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris

  Excess skin of the lower eyelid

Target Key Spots: “There’s a muscle under the tail of the eyebrow that pulls the brow down, so a tiny drop of Botox, placed very precisely, helps pop up the brow and give you more of an arch in a few days. Dr. Poulos also likes Juvederm under the outer half of the brow. He explains, “We lose fat in our eyebrows over time, which makes everything sag. Replacing the fat pad with filler helps prop up the brows and lids back where they used to be.”

Non- Surgical Routes

Protect yourself from the Sun- Wear a broad-brimmed hat and use UV-protective sunglasses with lenses large enough to protect the eyes and the eyelids. Polarize lenses reduce glare and are particularly important when driving. Use sunscreen designed specifically for around the eyes to avoid stinging and burning. UV rays can penetrate clouds, so protect your eyes and eyelids every day.

Eye Cream- In addition to moisturizing, eye creams can offer other benefits, as well. Dr. Poulos says to, “Eye creams with growth factors and retinal can help increase cell turnover. Retinol helps to combat wrinkles, thicken the dermis, boost collagen, and distribute pigment more evenly. Use an eye cream containing retinol at night because it’s light-sensitive.”

Eating too much salt- Some people notice their eyes get puffy when they eat a lot of salt.  Under eye bags are intensified when you have a diet that is high in sodium. To reduce puffiness and swelling, put something cool over eyelids, like cucumber slices, slices of raw potatoes, moist, refrigerated tea bags, or chilled spoons.

Over plucking your eyebrows– Repeated tweezing can result in scarring of the hair follicles, preventing hair from ever re-growing. “Be judicious when plucking,” says Dr. Poulos.  “With age, eyebrow hairs become thinner.”

Eat an Iron-Rich Diet

An iron deficiency could be the reason for your under-eye bags and dark circles. Make them go away by incorporating iron-rich foods like spinach, kidney beans and dark chocolate into your diet.

Relax With Green Tea

Fight eye bags with tea bags! Resting cold green tea pouches will help reduce the appearance of puffiness. The combination of a cool compress with the tannins in the tea may help constrict the blood vessels and reduce swelling. Caffeine in the tea also helps reduce swelling.

To Minimize Dark Circles

Seek Out Vitamin C: Dr. Poulos suggest that you, “Look for an eye cream with ascorbyl glucoside, a potent vitamin C derivative that lightens dark circles and reverses aging dyspigmentation. Also, if you have volume loss under the eyes, light can get trapped in the folds and give the impression of shadows. In this case, we will often utilize a transfer of your own fat from abdomen or hips, mix it with your centrifuged blood (protein rich plasma or prp) and inject via a tiny needle to add thickness and minimize the light reflex “erasing”  the dark circles.

Strengthen With Retinol: “Dark circles can be caused by the under-eye skin getting thin over time, so the underlying muscle is visible. Dr. Poulos often prescribes Renova to build collagen and help thicken the skin around the eyes. If you have sensitive skin, start with an over the counter retinol-containing product.

About Dr. Stanley Poulos

Dr. Poulos is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Co-Founder with Yngvar Hvistendahl, M.D of Plastic Surgery Specialists recognized as one of the premier aesthetic surgery clinics in Northern California.

Dr. Poulos helped pioneer the quick lift facial rejuvenation surgery in California and has extensive experience in body contour procedures. With over 30-years’ experience in aesthetic procedures, Dr. Poulos has been on the forefront of innovative procedures such as the quick-lift facial rejuvenation, mommy makeover, and vaser lipo-contouring. Dr. Poulos combines his consistent knowledge of new treatment options with his mastery of facial and body symmetry.

His recent focus has been on the gastric balloon, a groundbreaking, non-surgical, medically assisted, outpatient procedure offering weight loss to those seeking to lose between 30 and 75 pounds who may be ineligible for the more invasive gastric bypass surgery. This exciting new procedure allows patients to achieve optimal health and, when combined with exercise and proper nutrition, the results have been exceptional.

A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Poulos completed his internship and residency at UC San Francisco. He completed surgery and plastic surgery training in San Francisco prior to entering private practice in Marin County where he co-founded PSS (

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November 13, 2018



You will find it happy to hear that, in a short survey it is seen that people in this twenty first century are far more fit and active than that of the people in the past few centuries. One of the main reason behind it are the gymnasiums that provide you with all the facilities of building an attractive body with stunning muscles on the right places. These muscles and activeness not only gives you strength but also provides you with a stunning self confidence. A confidence which helps you to come up, face the society and show your abilities.


A gymnasium or gym is a covered location used for gymnastics, athletics and several other services. Some of the important apparatus used during a workout are as follows

  1. Barbells
  2. Parallel Bars
  3. Jumping Board
  4. Running Path
  5. Tennis-balls
  6. Cricket Field
  7. Fencing Area and so on is used for exercises.

In safe weather conditions, outdoor work-out is extremely useful to health and should be practiced. Gyms were initially practiced in ancient Greece .The main motto of gym is to make you prepared for self-defense. Having your strength increased; you can prove to be a tough one against anyone who will come to mess with you unnecessarily. It was also a technique to get rid of several physical problems as the twists and turns practiced in yoga or a gym helps you to overcome different aches and problems and also unlocks several physical disabilities of yours. The Greek word “gymnasium” meant “school for naked exercise” and was used to designate a locality for educating the young men, including physical education. For the Greeks, physical education was considered as important as cognitive learning. The Boston Young Men’s Christian Union claims to be “America’s First Gym”.


Here are some of the top ten benefits of Regular exercising:-

  1. It helps you a great deal to reduce your weight, which is a major point of worry for all the people out there .It greatly helps you in your Weight Loss.
  2. It keeps a great care of your skin
  3. It reduces the chances of occurrences of chronic diseases
  4. It helps you to keep a good health of your brain and memory.
  5. It can help you relaxation and Sleep quality
  6. It increases you stamina, and energy levels
  7. It can reduce pain
  8. It can promote a better Sex life
  9. It helps you in making yourself feel happier.
  10. It is great for your muscles and Bones.
  11. It helps you to Becoming a fitness guru.


Origym is the best place where you can meet up with all your needs. If your dream is to be the best Personal Fitness instructor, Origym is the best place where you can be. With all its Personal Trainer courses, Origym will help you to be the best of them. It is a professional course provider specialized in REP’s recognized personal trainer courses. Origym have a reputation for producing the highest caliber of Personal trainers within the industry, both past and present. They even care for your busy schedule; hence you are given with the liberty to choose the method of completion that suits you and your current lifestyle. You can even do the complete course online. It not only gives you a personal Training qualification but also tries to build a sustainable career in the fitness industry. Their only demand is ambitious individuals who will represent their company as well as their selves. So if you want to take an admission, their minimum requirement is your ambition. They even provide you with courses that optimize your knowledge and perfect your practicality and if you want to be fitness professional, outside the UK, do not sweat! Their courses are internationally recognized personal trainer qualifications that offer the students the values of substantial insight, flexibity and expertise.

The mentors are all industry experts with sufficient experience in the industry of fitness. They are here to support and guide us through our qualification and subsequent career. They relish the opportunity to help you achieve your career aspirations throughout the duration of their personal trainer courses. They want you to achieve this while showing you how to become a successful personal trainer, within both personal and economical context.

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November 13, 2018


Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, Denver board -certified, shares these secrets with us.


Dr. Manish Shah beauty hacks


We all know that cosmetic-plastic surgeons and dermatologists earn their living by operating or non- invasive procedures. Most of these endeavors are costly for patients.  It’s rare that any aesthetic surgeon will let us in on things we can do daily that don’t require us to visit them!  We are fortunate to have Dr. Manish Shah, a  share secrets with us, that in many cases cost nothing or less than a gourmet cup of coffee.




  1. Cleaning your phone screens – Dr. Shah offers that, “A great way to avoid blemishes is to routinely clean the makeup and bacteria off of your phone screens. It is easy to spread harmful skin bacteria from the surface of your phone. Washing your hands goes a long way to avoid skin contamination as well.”


  1. Make your own exfoliating scrub at home– Dr. Shah shares that, “A woman I consider my second mother taught me how to create my own organic exfoliating scrub. She would dry peeled skins of oranges, lemons, and limes in the sun. She would then finely grate the white inside rind of the peel and then mix it with any facial cleanser or even add it to fine facial oils. Using the scrub would exfoliate the skin, treat it with Vitamin C, and prevent over-drying of the skin because of the fruit oils.”


  1. I recommend treating the enlarged pores of the T-zone with over the counter hydrogen peroxide.The bacteria in the pores create  inflammation that increases pore size, and this leads to blackheads and whiteheads. Dr. Shah explains that, “These bacteria can’t survive in high oxygen environments. 3% hydrogen peroxide is available over the counter quite inexpensively. Treating only the T-zone at night kills the bacteria, reduces pore size and  blemishes. Because it can be quite drying, takes breaks from its use every now and then.”


  1. Avoid fake nails.They harbor tons of bacteria that are easily transferred to the face when you touch your face. Instead, focus on growing your own nails with the help of oral vitamin C and any good quality hair, skin, and nails vitamin like Nature’s Bounty Extra Strength Hair, Skin, and Nails.


  1. For teens, especially, it is so important to wash their pillow cases routinely. Dr. Shah is the father ofthree teens. From his first-hand knowledge he says that, “Teens aren’t very compliant when it comes to skincare and they suffer from hormones in a bad way. This 1-2 punch makes acne and blemishes the bane of most teens’ existences. Going to sleep at night on clean pillow cases after washing your face goes a long way to reducing bacterial burden and allows blemishes to heal.”


  1. If you suffer from puffiness around the eyes, a quick trick is to use black tea bags.Wet them in ice water and lay them onto the eyes to soothe. The caffeine in the black tea causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing edema or swelling in the delicate, thin eyelid tissues.


  1. Add baking soda to your toothpaste to easily polish away stains to keep your teeth white.Instead of bleaching your teeth, baking soda actually breaks the molecules that stain the teeth. It is less irritating to your gums as well, and way cheaper than teeth whitening strips.


  1. Eat the rainbow– A white bread-based diet does not for clear skin make. That’s why Dr. Shah makes sure his diet is packed with brightly-colored fruits and vegetables.  He says, “Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants which give glow to the skin.” Specifically, research suggests that pigments called carotenoids—found in foods like carrots, spinach and other leafy greens, and tomatoes have been linked to good complexions.” Adding fish oil to your diet also improves skin compliance and radiance.


  1. Avoid Hot Showers- Disappointing as it may beDr. Shah says, “Hot showers remove too much of your natural oils and brings blood circulation to your skin, creating inflammatory reactions that result in rashes and aggravate those with eczema or dry patches.”


  1. You may just need a brow wax instead of a lift

“I had a patient who wanted a brow lift because she thought she looked angry all the time. I sent her for a brow wax instead. It took 15 minutes, she looked great, and she saved herself thousands.” Other brow techniques like brow tinting can change how your eyebrows frame the eyes, improving on your looks.


About Dr. Manish Shah

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!


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November 13, 2018


Isabelle Grace Jewelry Is A Beautiful Way To Keep Love, Faith, Strength And New Beginning Sentiments Close To Your Heart

Isabelle Grace Jewelry's new Pebbles Collection

Life comes with various emotions and feelings; some more difficult than others and some more meaningful than others. They can stay within you forever. Now, with the Pebbles Collection from Isabelle Grace Jewelry, you can carry them with you always.

The Pebbles Collection is all about interpreting emotions and feelings through the idea of simple symbolism. With these pieces, you can share whatever yours are without saying a word.

Each necklace features a beautiful organically shaped charm in sterling silver or bronze accent. All necklaces start at $49.

The collection includes Have Faith (accented with a freshwater pearl), Sunrise Always (accented with a small bezel set cubic zirconia), Beauty Within (accented with a freshwater peacock pearl stone), I Love You (accented with a small heart charm), Open Heart (accented with a genuine ruby stone), Stand Tall (accented with a genuine emerald stone) and Make A Wish (accented with a rose gold tone pave star charm).

Meanings behind each necklace:

Have Faith – There isn’t enough room in your mind for both worry and faith. You must decide which one will live there. So accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.

Sunrise Always – The darkest night will end and without doubt the sun will rise.  Remember that each sunrise is a chance for a new beginning. 

Beauty Within – True beauty blooms from within. It’s not about having a pretty face. It’s about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart and a pretty soul.

I Love You – I didn’t say “I love you to hear it back” I said it to make sure you knew. Say it without words with the American Sign Language symbol. 

Open Heart – Everything changes when we decide to live eyes and heart wide open. 

Stand Tall – Stand tall and be rooted in who you are. You have the strength to withstand life’s storms and while the wind may shake your leaves it won’t break who you are.

Make A Wish – You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.

Whether you’re looking for the simplicity of a silver engraved necklace or the elegance of a designer jewelry collection, Isabelle Grace Jewelry is the ultimate destination for truly unique, handcrafted jewelry.

When accessorizing with Isabelle Grace Jewelry, you’re in good company with Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies, including devoted fans Katherine Heigl, Lindsay Price and Allyson Hannigan.

Find your perfect piece for every season and every reason by visiting Isabelle Grace Jewelry.

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November 12, 2018

Staying Glamorous In The Sheets!

With the holiday season here, the need for some new bedroom comfort items for yourself, family and incoming holiday guests may be on the top of your list. And maybe that is why Sheets & Giggles is the company that takes the top notch and has set records recently as the highest bed sheet companies to be crowd funded! And while their branding is all about “making the bedroom fun again”, their sheets don’t lie! The company uses 96% less water than cotton sheets, which also translates to people using 30% less energy to wash their sheets, and their products are also premium 100% eucalyptus lyocell bedding that’s softer, more breathable, and more sustainable than cotton. But besides the fun and science, Sheets & Giggles has started to catch the eye of Hollywood celebrities such as Andy Dick and Perez Hilton.

It’s A Glam Thing caught up in the bedroom with the brand’s Denver-based CEO Colin McIntosh to dive deeper into the sack of what makes his sheets just that good, how they actually help with skin care, and some personal details about being the founder of awesome “sheet”…

NICK NORTHSTAR: How would you describe your own personal fashion style – both while at home and while working?

COLIN MCINTOSH: Bachelor life / on brand, which means I basically stay in my pajamas all day and work from bed when I don’t go into the office. When I do go into the office, it’s just standard Denver startup garb: flannel shirts and jeans every day.

NN: The word “Glamorous” can mean many different things… what is its definition to you?

CM: To me, glamorous people are successful people. If someone works hard, builds something amazing, and has the freedom (both professionally and financially) to dress how they want, that person is glamorous to me. I admire people who have both the confidence and freedom to express themselves how they want.

NN: Your company & products are all about environmental sustainability… why is this so important?

CM: Well, aside from the fact that we’re pretty much headed off a climate change cliff and everyone should probably stop buying cotton products, I wanted to spend my waking hours doing something that made at least somewhat of a positive impact in the world. When you start a business from scratch, it’s nice to be able to make decisions about how your company will tackle certain challenges from an environmental and ethical perspective. For example, our sheets use up to 95% less water than cotton, and no insecticides (cotton uses about 16-24% of the world’s insecticides by itself), and for every order we also plant a tree somewhere in the world that needs reforestation. We also have a donation program (#Give2Sheets) whereby our customers can donate their old cotton sheets to charity (sheets are the second-most-requested item at homeless shelters). I wouldn’t have started a business that didn’t make me feel good about myself and the end results of my work.

NN: What makes your bed sheets “bedder bedding” than other companies?

CM: From a comfort level, S&G’s eucalyptus lyocell sheets are literally softer, more breathable, and more moisture-wicking than cotton (i.e., they’re ideal for hot sleepers). They’re also more durable to rips and tears and will hold their color longer than cotton sheets. From a sustainability angle, we use up to 95% less water than cotton, up to 30% less energy, and no pesticides or insecticides, and they biodegrade 40% faster once thrown in a landfill.

NN: What is your advice to anyone wanting to pursue their dreams and create their own products?

CM: Before anything else, build a profitable business model and go-to-market strategy that you strongly feel makes sense and is profitable. Then, go find customers and market to them, get signups, get feedback on the proposed product, and then build your product around that model, strategy, and early customer feedback. Do not do it the other way around, which is how most companies get founded: people spend time and money building a “thing” and then try to build a business around it, only to find out the “thing” doesn’t have market demand, sustainable margins, a large enough audience, etc.

NN: How important was crowd funding to get things started for Sheets & Giggles?

CM: Absolutely crucial. We purposefully didn’t raise money from a VC like a traditional startup, so in May 2018 we used Indiegogo to crowdfund preorders and generate our initial bankroll. If we had failed, we would’ve basically wrapped up the company or hit the reset button. Because of this, we have a really tight bond with our ~2,000 Indiegogo backers; they literally brought the company to life.

NN: What is the biggest lesson you have learned so far from running your own company?

CM: Nothing is ever perfect, and you have to be ok with mistakes if you’re going to actually get things done.

NN: How important are sheets (material used, etc.) in relation to skin care overnight?

CM: Very, especially because people only wash their sheets on average every 3 weeks. Airy sheets that are moisture-wicking and that evaporate sweat quickly are important for an anti-microbial environment, but synthetics like polyester can cause outbreaks and other skin problems. Treat yourself to nice sheets and wash them once a week! (Or at least once every two weeks.)

NN: What other products are you currently working on?

CM: Eucalyptus throw blankets will be next in line in early 2019, followed by a eucalyptus heavy blanket and hopefully some eucalyptus towels soon after that. All sustainable, all insanely premium and soft.

NN: Do you feel Sheets & Giggles consumers will feel more “Glamorous” after a good night’s rest in your products?!

CM: Our reviews tell that story well! We’ve had customers who tell us they haven’t slept this well in years (from back pain, night sweats, menopause, etc.), and we absolutely love every time we get a new story from a customer who slept like a baby the night before.

NN: Before we let you go, tell us a bedroom “giggle” joke…

CM: We almost hired a koala bear as an actor in our recent video shoot about eucalyptus trees, but he wasn’t koalafied for the position.

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November 8, 2018

Beauty Fitness? BLA Beauty Fitness Bella Lip Appliance will give you fuller lips and firmer looking skin

Beauty tips and tricks, devices and gadgets. Got them all? Got a minute?


BLA Face & Lip Exerciser

BLA Face & Lip Exerciser


Here is something we just learned about and wanted to share. It’s fabulous and it takes just a minute! It’s the  BLA Beauty Fitness patented facial exercise system which, at it’s core, features the Bella Lip Appliance (BLA). Watch the Bella Lip Appliance at work here:



From the website: “Place your BLA between your lips so it hugs your lips as your mouth moves through our specially designed stretching exercises. The exercises can be done anywhere, anytime without painful injections, surgery or chemicals!”

All you need is your BLA and one minute a day. Get yours today with this special introductory offer of $40 Off and FREE SHIPPING with code INTRO. (Limited Time Offer).

Dr. Maryam Bakhtiyari is the inventor of the BLA. Dr. Bakhtiyari talks about why she developed BLA (Bella Lip Appliance) and explains it’s many features and benefits here:




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November 8, 2018

Grande Cosmetics Expands Their Retail Distribution at Macy’s and

Grande Things Are Happening At Macy’s!
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Following immense success at Sephora, and HSN over the past decade, Grande Cosmetics is expanding their retail footprint by launching at iconic American retailer, Macy’s.

Consumers can now purchase the award winning GrandeLASH-MD and GrandeBROW along with other select products from the line at 19 Macy’s locations throughout the country including the iconic Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. GrandeBROW, GrandeMASCARA, GrandePRIMER as well as select shades of GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper, GrandeLIPS Lip Primer and GrandeLIPS Hydraplump Semi Matte Liquid Lipstick will be available in-store. The full Grande Cosmetics catalogue including lash, brow, hair and lip enhancing products will also be available for purchase online at

“I am thrilled to be launching at Macy’s,” says Founder and CEO, Alicia Grande. “I personally love shopping at Macy’s and am thrilled to introduce Grande Cosmetics to a new audience who may not have used our products before. Now, they’ll see the incredible results they can achieve without costly, time consuming and invasive treatments like Botox and fillers.”

Founded in 2008 by Alicia Grande, Grande Cosmetics has seen double-digit growth each year, for the last six years and regularly sells out at Sephora and on HSN.  The company continues to innovate and create products that offer fast results and long-term enhancements that are backed by clinical studies.

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November 7, 2018

Haircare Contest with It’s a 10 Haircare

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Haircare Contest!  It’s a 10 Haircare founder, Carolyn Aronson is hosting The Next 10 Contest, calling on everyone across the country to design their dream hair product. She will hand-pick 10 finalists and choose one lucky winner with the most innovative concept to produce. Because Carolyn believes everyone should live with passion and purpose, the winner will also receive $10,000 and a lifetime supply of It’s a 10!  Entries are open now through November 16 at, with the winner announced November 16th.





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November 7, 2018


There are endless winter health myths that we have heard from well intentioned grandparents and parents. They have become so ingrained in us that we take them as cold hard facts. Many of these myths have no more basis in reality than Santa Claus.  Of course, everyone wants to stay as healthy as possible during the frosty months. In order to do so sensibly, we turned to Board Certified NYC internist and gastroenterologist Dr. Niket Sonpal.

Myth: Allergies go away in the winter

Allergies might be the real source behind your stuffy nose and scratchy throat this season. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one in five people suffer from indoor/outdoor allergies, and the indoor variety can actually be worse in the winter. Dr. Sonpal cautions that, “If your symptoms last longer than 10 days or ease up after taking an antihistamine, it might be time to visit an allergist.”

Myth: I wash my hands all the time with hand sanitizer, so I should be fine.

Hand sanitizer will kill most viruses, but not all. You must make sure you use the right amount of hand sanitizer and let it dry completely. Dr. Sonpal points out that,” Some viruses, like norovirus, which causes vomiting, is not killed by hand sanitizer. Soap and water are best to get rid of all bacteria and viruses, but the hand sanitizer is better than nothing at all.”

Myth: It’s cold out, I don’t need sunscreen.

The sun’s rays are just as strong in the winter months as they are in the other seasons. Snow and ice can reflect even more sunlight, up to twice as much. Grab the SPF 30 and put it on, regardless of the temperature. Don’t forget those sunglasses to keep your eyes safe as well.

I’ll just drink some alcohol to keep myself warm.

Although it may feel like drinking alcohol is making you warmer, it does not. Dr. Sonpal says that, “when you drink, the blood vessels dilate or get bigger, and blood flows to your skin and away from your internal organs. So, it may feel like you are getting warmer, but you are not.”

Myth: The Flu Shot Gives You the Flu

According to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Rite Aide, 44 percent of American women view the flu as a serious threat to their health. Yet nearly half (49 percent) do not intend to get a flu shot this year because they believe the vaccine can give them the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu shot for anyone older than 6 months of age. Dr. Sonpal stresses that, “The shot does not contain a live virus, making catching the flu from it impossible.”

 Winter weather makes you store fat and gain weight

Our bodies do not go into some kind of winter hibernation mode, stockpiling every ounce of fat to use for the lean times. It seems logical, like a throwback to our days living in caves foraging for food, but in reality, any weight gain comes from our winter habits. Dr. Sonpal points out that, “we tend to exercise less in winter. We eat more hearty meals and comfort foods, including more sugary snacks and desserts (especially around the holidays).”

Myth: You Lose Most Heat Through Your Head

The saying goes “we lose 90 percent of our body heat through our heads.”  But a 2006 study found that the head accounts for about 7 percent of the body’s surface area, and that heat loss in the region is fairly proportional, according to LiveScience. “Your head is another extremity, and it’s susceptible to cold, so you should wear a hat, but it doesn’t lose any more heat than another part of your body,” says Dr. Sonpal.

Myth: Chicken Soup Will Cure Colds

Many cultures teach us to drink warm liquids like tea, hot apple cider, and soups when we’re dealing with colds. It’s true that something like chicken soup may help soothe and ease congestion, but much like vitamin C, hot soup won’t do immediate wonders.

Myth: Being Cold Gives You a Cold

No matter what your grandma might have told you, spending too much time in the cold air doesn’t make you sick. One study found that healthy men who spent several hours in temperatures just above freezing had an increase in healthy, virus-fighting activity in their immune systems. In fact, you’re more likely to get sick indoors, where germs are easily passed.

 Myth: Feed a cold, starve a fever

Dr. Sonpal says that, “This is another myth that comes from a time when people didn’t understand the science of body chemistry. The thought was that if you had a cold, food would warm you up. Conversely, if you had a high fever, not eating would cool you down. This is just patently bad medical advice. In both cases, good nutrition gives your body the fuel it needs to fight infections and recover from an illness. When you have a fever, your body is burning energy at a rapid rate, and that needs to be replenished. So, by all means feed your cold; but also feed your fever, or any other illness. Even if you have stomach issues, find a way to take in lost fluids and electrolytes.”

About Dr. Niket Sonpal:

Dr. Niket Sonpal is a native of Long Island NY and a graduate of Medical University of Silesia – Hope Medical Institute in Poland. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, he was selected to be the 2013‐2014 Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital–Northshore LIJ Health System. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn. Dr. Sonpal has completedhis Fellowship in gastroenterology & hepatology at Lenox Hill Hospital and will continue his work in the field of medical student and resident test preparation. He now serves as the associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brookldale University medical center.

He is the co‐author for the best-selling Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CK, Master the Boards Step 3, And Master the Boards: Internal Medicine. He is also the Chief Operating Officer for Medquest Test Prep, Director of Medical Education for Picmonic Test Prep, and a recognized expert on medical test prep.

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November 6, 2018

Top Keto Diet Myths That We Should Stop Believing

We all have different reasons for wanting to adopt a healthy lifestyle, yet the benefits are all the same across the board. A strong and aesthetically-pleasing body, a sharp mind, and an even better psyche.

One popular dietary method through which one can achieve a healthy lifestyle is a ketogenic diet.

What Exactly is a Ketogenic Diet?

The Ketogenic diet places an emphasis on keeping carbohydrate intake minimal while maintaining sufficient fat intake. The reduction in carbohydrates is going to trigger a metabolic state called “ketosis” wherein the body burns fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. These are just the core concepts. Here’s a more comprehensive guide on what a keto diet is.

It is currently one of the more popular diet types to adopt. And naturally, with as something gains more attention, misinformation is bound to spread. Misinformation spreads even quicker on the internet. This can potentially be harmful to the uninformed (misinformed, rather) reader. So, what myths are we here to dispel?

Myth: Ketogenic Diets Aren’t a Sustainable Health Option

Ketogenic diets are more than a diet change, it’s part of an entire lifestyle. If you make this drastic change, and your body takes to it and healthily adapts, it’s important that you don’t respond by switching back and forth between thsi diet and another one rapidly.

Commit to a ketogenic diet over the long-term to allow yourself properly adjust yourself away from sugar. Once you’ve finished adapting, you need to make the same kind of careful choices when you want to switch back.

Don’t stress your organs by eating carbs like you used to. Instread, gradually re-introduce them. Better yet, stick with one diet for the long term if it isn’t giving you trouble.

Myth: All Fats are Fine to Eat

The idea that one should increase fat intake and lower carb intake gives the wrong impression that you can eat any type of fatty food that you get your hands on. This is not the case.

Saturated fats such as the ones found in red meats increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. An optimal keto diet would be to take in unsaturated fats instead (fish, flax seed, almonds, walnuts).

Myth: Ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis

As previously surmised, the goal of a keto diet is to trigger an optimal state of “fat burning” metabolism. This process is called “ketosis”. On the other hand, ketoacidosis is a condition that happens when there is an excess in ketones. It is potentially-life threatening and should be avoided.

Myth: Protein Should Be Abundant in a Keto Diet

We need to strike a balance in terms of protein intake. The general view on proteins is that they are a must if you want to stay healthy. This is not the case with a keto diet because an increase in proteins will eventually spark an increase in ketones, which is known to trigger ketoacidosis. Thi

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