September 19, 2014

The Feel Good Report

The latest in health, fitness and beauty

 

DR. PERLMUTTER’S GRAIN BRAIN

He’s been a popular Naples neurologist for years and now, well, he’s everywhere: Dr. Oz, PBS, Fox & Friends. We’re talking, of course, about Dr. David Perlmutter. His book, Grain Brain, has skyrocketed to the top of both The New York Times and Amazon.com bestsellers lists. And for good reason: It’s a fascinating take on the role of carbs in damaging our brain. From dementia to ADHD to chronic headaches and depression, the book talks about what happens to your brain when it encounters common ingredients in your daily diet. It also contends that our brains thrive on fat and cholesterol and tells us how we can build new brain cells at any age. That alone is enough to get us to buy this book. drperlmutter.com

 

WHY BUY THE COW? New research shows that whole organic milk contains 62 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk. Organic milk also contains 25 percent less of the omega-6 fatty acids, which are already excessive in the American diet.

 

TOUR DE LIVING ROOM

This is perfect cycling weather: not too hot, not too cold, sunshine that puts the rest of the country to shame. The problem is that the rest of the country seems to be down here driving around, making your bicycle outings a dicey proposition. So for those days when you don’t want to take your life into your hands, Bkool makes an indoor trainer that simulates any route you like, virtually. It hooks up to your laptop via USB and allows you to use Google Earth to map a bike route or select a video representation. It can even download GPS routes you’ve created and play them back. As you’d expect, it automatically changes resistance level as you pedal. A multiplayer component even allows you to race against other cyclists in real time. And when traffic thins out, you can just pop off your bike and get back on the street. bkool.com

 

MIRROR, MIRROR A study from the Institute of Psychiatry in London suggests looking at your own reflection actually heightens feelings of distress. To combat this, avoid mirrors—or, you know, comb your hair.

 

HEALTHFUL MAKEUP

Call us hopeless romantics, but we’re suckers for startups. New and intimate businesses that are small enough to care and serious enough to succeed. That’s why we’re rooting for Laura Danzer’s new Faire Bella makeup line. She’s a local makeup artist who is creating healthful cosmetics, not only for those wanting to look good, but also for people fighting cancer. Her Fightin’ It Pretty line is designed for overly dry, flaky skin caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She also has a custom, made-to-order line. Much of the makeup is made from emu oil (yes, the cousin of the ostrich). Oil from the fat of an emu is so similar to the fat within our skin that it can pass through all layers of our skin. It’s rich in omega-3, -6 and -9 and has anti-aging properties, which means it helps fight wrinkles, age spots and scarring. fairebella.net

 

NEW LOOK, NO SURGERY

Personally, we think you look fantastic. But we understand that over time things start to seem a little droopy and wrinkly in the mirror. Hey, it happens. But you deserve to look your best. And to that end, Dr. Patrick Flaharty of Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa in Fort Myers is exploring the latest frontier in plastic surgery: noninvasive procedures, such as monopolar radio frequency for skin tightening and body fat and cellulite reduction. “The radio frequency generates heat and allows us to tighten the skin non-surgically,” Flaharty says. “It stimulates new collagen—anywhere on the body (even elbows and knees). … Obviously you get maximum results with surgical procedures, but this is less expensive and there’s no downtime.”

If you still think surgery might be the better route, check out Flaharty’s book, Look Younger Now—A 21st Century Guide: Fillers, Face Lifts and Everything in Between. It covers everything from brow lifts to laser resurfacing and what you can expect if you take the plunge. Best of all, much of it is told by actual patients who tell it like it is. azulbeauty.com

 

3-D MAMMOGRAPHY SCANNING

Both the American Cancer Society and the Mayo Clinic suggest women begin getting mammograms at 40 and have screenings yearly thereafter. And while that’s a personal decision—and one you should talk about with your doctor—screenings just got a little bit more thorough. Radiology Regional Center just became the first to offer 3-D mammography screening in Collier County. The technology helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. The technique is especially valuable to women receiving a baseline screening, those with dense breast tissue and those with a personal history of breast cancer. radiologyregional.com

 

MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN The Food and Drug Administration is on the verge of banning antibacterial liquid soaps, bar soaps and body washes because they don’t protect us from disease-causing germs any better than regular soap. They also tend to create antibiotic-resistant viruses that cause life-threatening infections.

 

WILD FOODS WITH MORE NUTRIENTS

OK, so you’ve gotten the message(s) that eating fresh is the way to go. And, to that end, you are spending an inordinate amount of time at the grocery store and farmers market. Unfortunately, many of the fresh vegetables we purchase have been so domesticated over time that their true nutritional content falls far short of what we’d like to believe. In Jo Robinson’s new book, Eating on the Wild Side, she explains that some items, such as wild potatoes, have up to 20 times more nutrients than our modern russet potatoes, and wild tomatoes have up to 30 times more cancer-fighting lycopene than most supermarket tomatoes.

Luckily, she doesn’t just leave it there; she also provides information about which present-day varieties come closest to approximating the goodness of the original wild plants. So we’re left with the knowledge to forage throughout the grocery for nutritional bargains. eatwild.com

 

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