The Feel Good Report
The latest in health, fitness and beauty.
A KAYAK YOU CAN FOLD UP AND CARRY AS LUGGAGE
One of the main reasons to move to Southwest Florida is to enjoy its abundant H2O. Pursuits such as swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking are staples of a healthy Florida lifestyle. In fact, a 175-pound person can burn 397 calories for each hour of kayaking. (Fun and slimming!) But so many of us live in land-locked condos without the space to accommodate things such as kayaks and miss out on one of the area’s best activities.
But technology has fi nally made it possible for Prius-owning condo dwellers to also be boat owners. The Oru Kayak, also known as the Origami Kayak, has just become available for purchase. The 12-foot-long kayak features permanently molded plastic skin that allows it to fold up into a convenient carry case that fi ts into your car’s trunk and can even be checked as luggage. The skin is rated for 20,000 fold cycles without a structural failure, and solid plastic ribs and a rigid floorboard help it keep its shape. In addition, the kayak is fully recyclable and uses 70 percent less petroleum to manufacture than a regular kayak.
In short, this is the perfect solution for those of us who don’t want to keep a roof rack on top of the Porsche. orukayak.com
BACK PAIN? GOOD POSTURE MAY BRING RELIEF
Back pain is the worst. It makes you feel 15 years older than you actually are. And it seems to lead to a host of other health problems. But, understandably, surgery is a terrifying option that most people would prefer to avoid. Enter Esther Gokhale, a posture perfectionist in the San Francisco Bay area who has people sitting up and taking notice.
Silicon Valley heavy hitters, Olympic athletes and celebrity sitters such as Matt Drudge are swearing by Gokhale’s method and her book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back. In her quest for a world free of back pain, she studied at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and traveled to parts of the world where back pain is virtually unknown (rural Portugal, Brazilian fi shing villages, etc.). Her technique requires that you sit with your spine in a J shape, with your tailbone arched up and back and your lower torso pushed forward, much as a toddler sits with his or her legs dangling off a chair or couch.
We feel better already. gokhalemethod.com
MORE ON POSTURE: A SHIRT THAT’LL STRAIGHTEN YOU UP
Do you remember your mother telling you to stand up straight? Well, years of gravity, sedentary behavior and a general sense of malaise have most of us bent over like a flower from the dollar store. The truth is bad posture can negatively impact your health.
But sport physician Dr. Tim Brown has developed a posture-enhancing line of shirts called Specific Proprioceptive Response Taping (SPRT). The concept came from years of applying tape to the bodies of professional athletes. He noticed remarkable results when he aligned soft tissue injuries in a specific direction and force.
The shirts feature five-part multi-panel construction that stretches and relaxes chest muscles, stimulates muscles in the lower back, and lengthens and aligns the spine. Professional athletes love them and credit them for improved performance. They’ll make your mom proud, too. intelliskin.net
HEALTHY GUMS HELP RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SUFFERERS
They say the eyes are the gateway to the soul. But the mouth has a lot to say about our overall health. A new study cited in the journal Oral Diseases found a connection between dental hygiene and rheumatoid arthritis. It seems that periodontal treatment may reduce the severity of RA by reducing the joint’s exposure to dangerous toxins and bacteria.
The study followed a group of RA sufferers in their early 40s who had chronic periodontitis. Half had mild RA and half had moderate to severe. Weekly for four weeks, they received periodontal treatments. All participants saw significant reductions in inflammatory biomarkers. Though more studies need to be done, it’s one more indication that oral health is the front line for keeping us feeling good.
A CURE FOR GRAY HAIR?
Gray hair is one of those rites of passage that helps us feel better about joining AARP. But the truth is, it makes us look and feel old. Admit it, you’d rather have your natural hair color (whatever that was) back. Well, guess what? Scientists have just discovered the cause for our silvering manes: a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle that causes hair to bleach itself from the inside out.
Researchers were looking into how hydrogen peroxide and peroxynitrite affect the skin condition vitiligo. They found that when the compound PC-KUS was administered, normal pigmentation returned to the skin and surrounding hair. There’s still a lot more research to be done, but the opportunity to see Anderson Cooper with a full head of luxurious dark hair is just around the corner.
Expect the powerful hair colorists lobby to begin fighting the results in 3, 2, 1…
BEE VENOM VS. THE AGING PROCESS
The beauty world is all abuzz about the latest weapon in the fight against aging: bee venom. Though royal bee jelly has been a staple in the medicine cabinets of beautiful people for several years, bee venom is thought to have even more powerful antiaging properties. Researchers say
the venom tricks your brain into thinking you’ve been stung and sends a signal that the skin needs to heal itself.
Skin cares lines such as Rodial (available at Nordstrom), Lacreme Beaute and Heaven say that once the brain’s signal has been sent, blood rushes to the area, triggering an increase in the production of collagen. The skin tightens and fi rms, they claim. Rumor has it that Catherine, the
Duchess of Cambridge, used a venom mask before the royal wedding. It is worth noting that people with bee allergies should talk to an allergist before use. heavenskincare.com; lacremebeaute.com; rodial.co.uk