What's your Body telling you?
September, 2012 - Issue #95
The saying goes that "no one knows your body better than you do," - which may be true. But what also might be true is that you don't know your body nearly well enough. Read on to find out what your body wants you to know.

Message: Put on a little lean mass and I'll burn more calories, even when we're resting.
The Science: Studies have shown that resistance training is one of the key components of fat loss. By putting on 10 pounds of lean mass, your body will - even at rest - burn an additional 500 calories per day, seven days per week! That's 3,500 calories burnt per week just via lean mass.

What to do about it: Gold's Gym is equipped with state-of-the-art strength equipment and the Valencia gym is home to the latest cardio machines - outfitted with individual LCD television screens and iPod docking stations - and includes a cardio cinema where members can watch movies while working up a sweat. Members can also take advantage of a heavy bags area, 25-meter outdoor pool, Jacuzzi/whirlpool, tanning center, supplement store, kid's club and pro shop. Additional onsite features include certified personal trainers, nutrition programs and supplementation as well as the best selection of group exercise classes available in the Santa Clarita area including Zumba, Body Pump, Yoga, Pilates, Group Cycling, Core Training, Dance, Step, Hip-hop and more! Most importantly, Gold's Gym offers a culture of authority in fitness where people go to change their lives from the outside in.
Gold's Gym 219-0400

Yes, You do have Time for the Surgery You Deserve
Is "not enough time to recover" on your list of reasons for putting off the cosmetic procedure you've been considering? You may be surprised to find that, using the newest, least-invasive technologies, recovery times have never been shorter.

Breast Augmentation
A typical patient is released from the place of surgery the same day as the procedure. You should have a period of downtime for 24 to 48 hours following the surgery, with little to no activity other than getting up to go to the bathroom. You should continue to have a lower-than-normal activity level for a few more days. If you work sitting down or your job doesn't require a lot of movement, you can return to work just a few days after the surgery, or whenever you feel up to it.

Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck can take up to a month to recover from, because the procedure involves moving and tightening the abdominal wall muscles and removing excess skin. The body's core is affected each time you make even a slight movement, so you will not want to move at all in the first few days following surgery. You will need some help at home for one to three days. You should plan to take a week off work following the surgery, unless your job is very physically demanding, in which case you may need one to three weeks of downtime.

Liposuction recovery varies from two days to two weeks, depending on the extent of the fat deposits removed. In most cases, there will be about two days of downtime followed by one to two weeks of a reduced-activity level. After two days most patients can return to work and after two weeks most patients can begin exercising again.
Beverly Hills Physicians 800-788-1416

Treat them to a "Back to School" Gift of Wellness for Only $49
Parents, students, teachers, staff and administrators often complain that the beginning of the school year is the most stressful. Help relieve their tension and boost their immunity with a One-hour Relaxation Massage from Massage Envy. The price is an incredible $49, making it the perfect gift for both you and the lucky recipient. For a special treat, combine the massage with Massage Envy's Introductory One-hour Healthy Skin Facial for only $59.
Valencia 259-0878 or Stevenson Ranch 255-ENVY (3689)

Message: I'm tired, sore, sick and feeLing hormonal - I think I need a massage.
The Science: A recent study from Cedars-Sinai indicated that not only does massage feel good, but it provides proven health benefits. Swedish massage was studied, and those receiving it experienced measurable positive changes in their body's immune and endocrine responses. Besides that, we also know there are many other benefits from massage, including helping overworked muscles recover faster, increased relaxation and mood improvement.

What to do about it: Balance Point offers 30, 60 and 90 minute massages (and you get the full time!), as well as couples and pregnancy massages. Book an appointment! And you may want to ask for Brian at Balance Point; he's a certified lymphatic drainage therapist. Lymphatic drainage is a therapeutic method that uses massage-like manipulations to stimulate lymph movement. (Lymph is the plasma-like fluid that maintains the body's fluid balance and removes bacteria.) It is used to treat lymphedema, swelling in the limbs caused by lymph accumulation due to surgery and other causes. It is often very helpful in easing discomfort and promoting better recovery for a myriad of issues.
Balance Point Spa 252-0650

Message: There's another upside for choosing a less-painful treatment for pre-cancerous lesions.
The Science: Pre-cancerous lesions, known as Actinic Keratoses, can be treated, per the FDA, with the Fraxel Re:store laser. Traditional methods have proven to require significant down time and cause quite a bit of discomfort. With the Fraxel Re:store laser, there is no clinical downtime - and there's a major added bonus! The laser treatment leaves you with less fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

What to do about it: Book an appointment with the medical office; this one's a no brainer.
DermaCure Medical Aesthetics 257-8400

Message: Laser light could be the solution to your thinning hair.
The Science: Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a breakthrough technology that has recently been featured on dozens of national newscasts across the country. LLLT is a non-surgical, medically-tested and FDA-approved treatment that uses low-level lasers to deliver light-emitted energy directly from each laser position. The laser light stimulates cell metabolism and helps damaged cells be repaired. It's been proven safe and effective in successfully regrowing hair.

What to do about it: Hair Loss Treatment Center uses the best, newest clinical laser to aid in the treatment of hair loss, thinning hair and scalp problems. If your serious about correcting your hair problem, give them a call.
Hair Loss Treatment Center 294-6880

Total Woman Gym & Day Spa Offers more than "just Cardio"
Yes, you can work up a sweat at Total Woman Gym & Day Spa - they do offer the finest in cardiovascular and strength training equipment - but don't forget the full schedule of group fitness classes and a full-service Pilates studio! Here's a brief intro to what's in store for members:

Cardiovascular Equipment
Total Woman Gym and Spa offers a state-of-the art cardiovascular room that has treadmills, ellipticals, arc trainers, recumbent and upright bikes, and much more.

Strength Training Equipment
They offer a top-of-the-line strength training area designed specifically to suit the female body, including circuit training equipment, functional training equipment and free weights.

Group Fitness Classes
Total Woman's Group Fitness program offers a wide variety for all levels of fitness.

Each Total Woman Gym offers a full service Pilates studio for superior results.

Specialty Personal Training Sessions
Specialty training at Total Woman offers a little something for everyone, tailored to meet specific training needs or personal interests.
Total Woman Gym & Day Spa 286-0229

Message: Your 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. office job is doing great for your career but nothing for your Vitamin D levels.
The Science: Vitamin D is known as the "sunshine vitamin" because it's produced by your body when exposed to sunlight. A deficit in D can lead to weak bones, depression and a host of other medical maladies. If you shun the sun, you need to find other ways to get your D on.

What to do about it: Many people take Vitamin D supplements, but the scientific jury is out on whether these are effective or not. You can replicate the sun's rays, and get your D, with the help of a tanning bed. Westside Tan is the only tanning salon in the Santa Clarita Valley to offer the Sun Angel bed; this burn-free bed helps you get your D without the risk of overexposure.
Westside Tan 295-0999

Message: Stress isn't just messing with your mind - it's doing a number on your teeth, too.
The Science: If you're stressed, you may clench or grind your teeth - during the day or at night, and often unconsciously. Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism. If you already clench and grind your teeth, stress could make the habit worse. And, grinding your teeth can lead to problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet.

What to do about it: See your doctor and ask what can be done for the clenching and grinding. Your dentist may recommend a night guard, worn as you sleep, or another appliance to help you stop or minimize the actions.
Everbright Family Dentistry 296-3300

Message: A beautiful smile is only as good as the dental health behind it.
The Science: Helping patients achieve optimal dental health, as well as a beautiful smile, is the goal of Joanne Young, DDS. She explains: "A healthy mouth is essential for overall well-being. According to the US Surgeon General, at least 75 percent of the US population suffers from gingivitis or some form of gum (periodontal) disease. The bacteria and inflammation associated with gum disease has been linked to heart disease and low-birth-weight babies. Patients with diabetes are also at a greater risk of developing periodontal disease."

What to do about it: Says the doctor, "Getting regular check-up exams and cleanings can help detect and prevent these problems in their early stages."
Joanne Young, DDS 257-6453

Message: Get to the dentist if you want to avoid diabetes, strokes and more.
The Science: Oral bacteria-causing infections in gum tissue may threaten more than your teeth and gums. Research has established associations between oral bacteria and systemic diseases including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, blood clots, strokes, preterm and low-birth-weight babies and chronic inflammation.The theories linking oral bacteria to other diseases explain that the mouth may be a portal for bacteria to spread to the rest of your body. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease for example, pathogenic bacteria are likely forming colonies that cause localized inflammation and damage in your gum tissue. Those bacteria may enter the blood stream through small ulcers in your gum tissue.

What to do about it: As research continues, it is important to understand that oral bacterial infections are serious and that they should be treated. Talk to your dentist about scheduling regular check ups and treatments to reduce likelihood of infection.
Valencia Dental Arts 799-9989

Have your Varicose Veins Evaluated
Varicose veins are not cosmetic; long-standing varicose veins can damage the skin, lead to spontaneous hemorrhage in the leg and open wounds. Prevent phlebitis, skin discoloration and leg ulcers with treatment of varicose veins via vascular surgery. And it should be noted: Spider veins are unsightly but much less serious, and can be treated in an office setting.
Dr. Panasci of Valencia Vein Center 254-0720
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