My long overdue Thanks to my Mom!
Dear Mom, You are so many things to me my role model, mentor, best friend, heart and soul, and business partner and partner in crime. And today I want crown you with the greatest accomplished roles of all! Your unconditional love, infectious energy, and passion is the fuel of inspiration and motivation that always lit up the Menzerotolo's home. You gave us magical childhood filled with lots of laughter, memorable times, and lots of sacrifices to achieve the American dream.
Today has a whole new meaning to me, being that Im a mother myself. As I reflect on the wonderful and wild journey and gift of being a mom to Isabella, my gratitude, respect, and appreciation of you everyday commitment to your family . Today, a just because day, I want to thank you for being YOU.
I thank you for your intelligence, hard work, and unwavering belief in me … You have spent your life dedicated to us, yet you never stopped being a mom, wife and friends to those who needed your love, your unconditional love. You have given me the great fortune of taking me under your wing and allowing me to pursue my greatest passion in beauty and wellbeing as a career!! You created a brand and made me believe that anything is posible when you give it 100%. I could not be more grateful for this journey we have been on together with SB Health & Beauty Spa, my legacy from you.
You are truly one of the richest blessings in my life and while it may have taken me becoming a mother to truly realize how much you mean to me, I could not be more blessed by you. You are my rock and my support and I’m the luckiest girl in the world to be able to call you my mom. I have big shoes to fill in my own journey as a mom, but I learned from the best! If I turn out to be half of the woman you are, I will succeed!
So here’s to you mom, today and always! Thank You!
Effective tips to Keep your Lymph Circulation Moving
Your lymph system is equipped with numerous lymph nodes that act as filters along the way. Sometimes these nodes become blocked and swell. Researchers estimate that as many as 80 percent of Americans have sluggish lymph systems.
Symptoms of a Sluggish Lymph System
When your lymph system becomes blocked, it can have a profound impact on the rest of your body. It becomes a exposed to bacteria and disease. Because lymph cleanses nearly every cell in your body, symptoms of chronic lymph blockage are diverse but can include:
More extreme allergies
Heightened food sensitivities
Frequent bacterial and viral infections
Headaches and migraines
Fibrocystic breasts or breast tenderness
Loss of appetite and GI issues
Swelling of tissues
Skin breakouts and acne
Causes of a Sluggish or Blocked Lymph System
The lymph system can become blocked or stagnant as a result of:
Surgery or injury
8 Ways to Improve Lymph Drainage
To keep your lymph circulation moving right along, you need to know the most effective ways to keep yours pumping.
1. Physical exercise
The body has a built-in need for activation. Remember, without an organ to keep lymph fluids moving, they require muscle contraction. Regular physical exercise is one of the primary ways your lymph system keeps flowing well. Vigorous exercise such as rebounding [jumping on a therapeutic mini-trampoline] is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times.
As odd as it sounds, besides physical movement, breathing deeply is another chief means by which you maintain a healthy lymph system. Deep breathing through the diaphragm creates pressure and expansion that helps pump the lymphatic fluid. When paired with a simple movement of the arms and hands, it is an effective way to encourage toxin drainage from the lymph.(When you exercise, you accomplish both of these at once!)
Physical manipulation of the lymph system is highly effective in relaxing toxins and lymph congestion. Since lymph does are close to the surface of the skin, it only requires a light touch – not deep tissue work – to activate the lymphatic system.
You can either have a professional provide a lymph massage, or you can perform this yourself. This process, sometimes referred to as “lymph milking,” involves rubbing (milking) the large neck muscles in front and back of your head. Always drain down towards the heart. You can also massage other areas of your body that contain lymph nodes: under your arms, the crook of your elbow, the sternum, etc.
4. Drink plenty of water
Dehydration is one of the most common causes for the congestion of lymph fluid. Lymph fluid is 95 percent water, so your lymph system needs plenty of water to keep things flowing smoothly.
The best lymph-moving rehydration technique is to sip hot water every 10-15 minutes throughout the day. If by the end of that day you are experiencing a dry mouth and are now thirsty for this once tasteless sip of hot water, this is a good indication you are dehydrated and your lymph is congested. If this happens, try this rehydration therapy: sip hot water every 10-15 minutes for 2 weeks straight.
In addition to sipping hot water as part of the lymph-moving rehydration technique, try to drink 1/2 your ideal body weight in ounces per day for two weeks as well.
A number of herbs are known to improve lymphatic health. Some of these de-stagnating herbs include: red clover, cleavers, manjistha, bupleurum, rehmannia, and butcher’s broom extract.
6. Dry brushing
This is a common practice in Ayurveda medicine in which you take a brush with stiff bristles and brush your skin (always towards the heart) before you shower or bathe. Dry brushing stimulates the lymph system and sweat glands, opens pores, and removes dead skin cells.
Brush long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction to help drain the lymph back to your heart.
7. Eat raw fruits and vegetables
Raw fruits and vegetables contain natural enzymes that help break down toxic buildup, thus aiding the lymph system.
The fiber in these foods also cleans you out and helps prevent your digestive system from being overtaxed. Raw vegetables and fruit usually have a high water content, which helps purge your lymphatic system; without adequate hydration, lymphatic flow slows. Cucumbers, lemons and watermelon are examples of hydrating foods.
8. Avoid processed foods
Processed foods are full of pesticides, preservatives, sugar, food dyes, artificial ingredients and other toxic additives that contribute to toxic buildup in your system. Since your lymph system is working hard to cleanse your body of toxins, it makes sense to reduce the amount of toxins that are going into your body.
We don’t typically hear much about the lymph system especially when it continues to do its job masterfully. But since so many of us experience health issues that can be traced back to a sluggish or blocked lymph system, perhaps it’s time to give our lymph system a cleanse.
Thoroughly cleansing the lymphatic system is the key to long-term and efficient weight loss, great health and living without pain.
The lymphatic system of the body is not one we hear about often, despite the fact it plays an important role in removing waste products from the body, starting at the cellular level. Widely regarded as a lesser sister to the circulatory system, the lymphatic system is actually a crucial player in your body’s ability to ward off disease and heal from injury. When the lymphatic system is sluggish or clogged, the body retains damaging toxins. Cellulite is only one of the common symptoms of inadequate lymphatic drainage. Others include constant minor aches and pains, low energy or susceptibility to colds and flu.
THE OVERLOOKED SYSTEM
Most of us are not medical professionals, so we depend on our physicians and the licensing standards that the medical community and U.S. government have put in place to assure us that the doctors and specialists who treat us are adequately trained and experienced. It’s daunting and dismaying to discover that the quality of care we receive regarding our lymphatic system may depend on our own initiation of the subject to a medical professional.
Unfortunately, in many parts of the world – including the U.S. – there are no mandated medical training standards for lymphatic system therapists. However, some of the techniques used by physical and occupational therapists and Endermologie® specialists help ease physical discomfort while encouraging lymphatic drainage.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
The gentle, palliative process of Mecano-Stimulation™ provided by the specialized Therapist softens the connective tissue that constricts both the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Both the medical community and healthcare professionals recommend that a regular schedule of mild, soothing massage treatments aids in lymphatic drainage and the treatment of lymphedema.
BENEFITS OF LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Detoxification is an ongoing process in our bodies, but occasionally our lymphatic systems need a little help to keep the process moving. A schedule of relaxing treatments will not only stimulate your lymphatic system, it will reduce the appearance of cellulite, encourage internal blood and fluid circulation and bring back that healthy glow to your skin.
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When it comes to treating the appearance of cellulite, Endermologie® has earned its reputation and popularity with women worldwide … and the enthusiasm is obvious on Realself.com, a website dedicated to cosmetic surgery. The treatment section, which includes a wide range of procedures, was recently dominated by a high percentage (85%) of positive Endermologie reviews from women rating their treatment experiences and results.
RealSelf, created in 2006 by former Expedia exec Tom Seery, does for cosmetic surgery what Angie’s List does for homeowners – although in a far more community-minded way. The site provides social information, support and data for interested consumers, while honoring their desire for privacy.
ENDERMOLOGIE MAKES THE GRADE
Since first cleared for use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the original Cellu M6 has spawned eight succeeding generations of treatment machines. The latest Endermologie technology now includes the ninth generation Cellu M6 Integral and Endermolab models.
Originally created in France to ease discomfort in the scars and rigid skin of burn victims, it visibly reduced the appearance of cellulite in those burn patients. In time, the visibly reduced appearance of cellulite was discovered in patients who had received the treatment.
The international Endermologie clients at Realself may not know its history, but they were quite vocal about their enthusiasm for the results. The reviews are entirely voluntary, covering the last two years:
The overall tone of the reviewers was not only upbeat, but very supportive. The reviews came in from all over the country and the world.
‘Worth it Rating’
No matter what you call it, cellulite – also known as adiposis edematosa or dermopanniculosis deformans in the medical field and as orange peel syndrome or cottage cheese skin in laymen’s terms – is unsightly, affecting up to 90% of women and 10% of men at some point in their lives. While cellulite is not contagious or harmful to a person’s health, most consider it unflattering, especially as it often develops on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and upper arms.
While research proves that genetics do play a role in the development of cellulite, both in how likely a woman’s body is to store fat and how much the bands of connective tissue pull down on the fat, there are many other factors responsible for the severity of the condition.
CAUSES OF CELLULITE
After decades of research, clinical experts agree that several biological, lifestyle and environmental factors combine to form cellulite:
Hormones such as estrogen, noradrenaline, insulin, prolactin and thyroid hormones play a part in the cellulite production process, which is why far more women develop cellulite at some point in their lives.
Certain genes passed down through generations may also predispose an individual to cellulite production. While factors such as gender, race, metabolism, circulatory efficiency and the distribution of fat are widely believed to play a role in the development of cellulite, the genetic background of this condition remains unclear.
However, a 2010 study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology claims that two specific polymorphisms (genetic variations) were present in test subjects who had cellulite. Since then, research has progressed to the point that a genetic test is available that identifies a gene variant responsible for moderate to severe cellulite development. The test, which is prohibitively expensive, accomplishes what most women already know … if their mothers and grandmothers had cellulite, good chances are they will too.
A diet heavy in fat, sugar, carbohydrates and salt and too little fresh fruits, vegetables and natural fiber contributes greatly to the severity of cellulite.
Those who smoke, lead a sedentary lifestyle or must sit or stand in one position for long periods may be more predisposed to cellulite development.
Tight clothing, especially garments with tight elastic across or around the buttocks, thighs or upper arms, limits healthy blood flow, which may contribute to the severity of cellulite.
While genetics plays an important role in whether or not cellulite will make an appearance, several of the contributing factors – and the right program of treatment – will help keep it under control.
While wrinkle treatments are as old as time – and include everything from creams to invasive face peels and surgeries, the best treatment to keep skin youthful is by developing good skin habits. Daily habits have a lot to do with the development of wrinkles. They’re sneaky and subtle, and much of the time people fail to realize what they’re doing to their skin until it’s already too late.
Using the methods below along with a non-invasive treatment can go long way to prevent wrinkles and keep skin youthful for years to come.
1. NECK AND HANDS
While most women are in the habit of beautifying their faces on a daily basis, adding their neck and hands to the cleansing/moisturizing process will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
2. EAT FRESH
Stay away from vegetable oils, margarine, red meats, white bread or sugary, processed foods not only affects weight, it contributes to aging skin. Instead eat fresh produce and organic if possible.
Women who continually scrub their faces are drying out their skin cells, leaving them with dull complexions that highlight damaged areas. The worst time of day for face-washing is in the morning; it strips away all the work a body did to restore the skin during the night. When the face and hands are washed, never skip the moisturizer.
4. LIMIT DRINKING
All alcohol dehydrates the skin, most evident the morning after. Over time, the skin loses elasticity and forms wrinkles due to a lack of hydration. Steady alcohol drinking also severely reduces vitamin A levels, important in the production of collagen.
5. SUNSCREEN IS MANDATORYThere’s no avoiding the sun, but applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater every day can help avoid sun damage.
6. GET ENOUGH REST
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason, because the skin renews itself during the night. The less sleep we get, the less time your skin will have to rejuvenate. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason, because the skin renews itself during the night. The less sleep we get, the less time your skin will have to rejuvenate.
7. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
As women age, their skin naturally gets thinner and drier, making it more necessary than ever to drink enough water to keep it hydrated. Try an average of six to eight glasses of water daily
8. AVOID EXCESSIVE GUM CHEWING AND SMOKING
Fresh breath worries or not, constantly chewing gum forces the mouth to continually form different shapes, forcing down the corners of the mouth and contributing to the development of wrinkles. The same is true for smokers! Smoking depletes the skin, and creates unappealing wrinkles on the face.
9.NON-INVASIVE TREATMENTS Endermologie® technologies can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and aging skin. They include the Cellu M6 Endermologie machine, which treats the face and body and the portable Mobi M6 for treatments on the face, neck and hands.
Women in their 40s are not only beautiful and successful – they also have perspective from years of experience that makes them more confident in their own skins. They’re not only experts at balancing the demands of work and personal life, most make an effort to take care of their bodies through exercise and good nutrition.
This is not to say that such women don’t have some age-specific concerns when it comes to beauty. In a number of national polls and studies, one of the biggest beauty concerns faced by older women is the effect the aging process has on the skin.
THE EFFECTS OF AGING
By the time women reach their 40’s, skin starts to lose some of the natural elasticity that created the shine and glow from years past. This is the result of the lymphatic system beginning to slow. Lymphatic drainage rids the body of toxins, but aging naturally shows that process, resulting in a breakdown of the elastic fibers in the lymph glands.
Cellulite and stretch marks can also become more apparent around the hips and thighs, which can be the result of hormonal changes and fluctuations. Estrogen is a hormone that affects most of the organs in your body – including the skin. In addition to “dulling” the skin, the slowdown in estrogen production can also lead to adult acne breakouts and thinning hair.
At this point in life, the face and neck begin losing subcutaneous fat that used to keep those areas firm and free of wrinkles. Although there are variations due to genetics, most women tend to lose fat around the mouth, eyes, chin and along the jawline, which causes the appearance of wrinkles, jowls and droopy skin. The skin itself loses the ability to “bounce back,” causing it to sag.
Common sense indicates that beginning or maintaining a healthy diet and a rigorous program of exercise are excellent ways to firm up both the body and spirits, no matter what your age.
REFRESH THE SKIN
One of the best methods of returning a healthy glow to skin is by creating a program of Endermologie® treatments and advanced skin care. In addition to being invigorating and non-invasive, full body or targeted Endermologie treatments can reduce the appearance of cellulite while encouraging lymphatic draining. Treatments like HydraFacial, or Microneedling can also help stop the process of aging.
The patented roll and flap machines provide a deep, yet relaxing massage to those subcutaneous fat deposits and connective tissue beneath the skin. Endermologie treatments are also available for improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the hands, neck, face and around the eyes. It’s an effective, non-invasive alternative to fillers, lasers and Botox.
Whether these physical changes are subtle or not, they are inevitable. However, taking the steps to slow this process before it becomes a real problem is well within reach. Women in their 40′ can still feel and look incredible.
Turning 30 is one of many age-related milestone in a woman’s life, but this one is most often the source of significant anxiety. The transition from the still-youthful 20s to the “adult” 30s often sparks an emotional crisis in even the most poised and self-assured women.
Realistically, most women in their 30s don’t feel or look much different than they did several years earlier, but physical changes are in motion. While these mostly hormonal-based changes are a normal part of the aging process, every woman is unique and so are her beauty concerns.
This is the best time to make positive lifestyle changes that may slow the more visible signs of aging. With that goal in mind, here’s a look at some of the beauty concerns facing women in their 30s.
Cellulite develops in nearly every woman’s life – regardless of physical condition, weight or age. It affects so many women of all ages that it’s usually at the top of the list when it comes to beauty concerns. Exercise, a healthy diet and good daily hydration should be part of any woman’s daily beauty regimen, but these healthy habits, alone of combined, do little to affect the appearance of cellulite.
There are countless cellulite treatment products and procedures, including creams, salves, exercise machines and invasive surgical procedures, all claiming to be able to “cure” cellulite. While there is no cure for this benign, yet unattractive condition, thanks to major technological and protocols innovations, the latest generation of Endermologie® treatments effectively reduces the appearance of cellulite.
Women in their 30s tend to experience a slight dullness in skin color and a more sallow complexion. Expression lines, those fine lines around the eyes called crow’s feet and laugh lines around the mouth, start to develop. In smokers, all of these lines are deeper and more exaggerated.
Hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, often develops on the forehead, chin and cheeks. These brown patches are usually caused by sun exposure, but women who are on birth control or pregnant can also develop melisma due to hormonal changes. Using a good exfoliating cleanser and overnight restorative product can help with such pigmentation problems.
Signs of volume loss become evident, especially around the chin and middle area of the face due to the natural slowdown of hyaluronic acid and collagen production. As a result, facial skin may start to sag slightly, making one look aged or tired. Setting up a Face Endermologie treatment program, which employs safe, non-aggressive Mécano-stimulation to areas of concern, can considerably improve the appearance of skin textur
It can be horrifying to see clumps of hair swirling around the shower drain or stuck in a hairbrush. While genetics can be blamed for some hair loss, stress, vitamin deficiencies, a poor diet and lifestyle can also contribute to dull, thinning hair. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and protein can often help bring some life back to lifeless hair.
Many women believe that if life was fair, their appetites would shrink along with their dress size does while dieting. But human bodies, which evolved to survive in lean times, were designed to keep weight on, not off. Age, genetics, hormones and lifestyles all affect both weight gain and weight loss.
Healthy dieting and exercise will help reduce weight and tone muscles, but neither can solve the problems of cellulite and skin appearance. One of the many questions put to endermologie® therapists are asked is whether or not the treatments will help in their efforts to reduce weight. The final answer is no. A series of endermologie® treatments will not reduce weight but they can definitely complement a weight loss program as the treatment targets specific areas resistant to diet and exercise.
Dieting alone has several drawbacks:
All of the equipment and treatment protocols used in endermologie® have been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which categorizes, clears, approves or denies the use of all health-based equipment and treatments. So go ahead, hit that diet and the exercise machines – and don’t forget the relaxing endermologie® treatments.
Each year more and more people are affected by melanoma. Representing the deadliest cancer in North America, incidences of melanoma are increasing each year.
Here are 5 tips to prevent and detect this dreadful cancer at an early stage
Posted by Derme&Co. on May 28, 2015