Health Tips

When to Call the Dermatologist


If you notice any of these changes, you should make an appointment for a checkup:

• A new spot on skin that is raised, is more than one color, or has an irregular shape.
• Any old spots or moles that appear to be changing.
• Sudden, extensive hair growth on your face or chest.
• Patchy hair loss on your scalp.

Simple Ways to Boost Your Energy: Ready to Get Energized?

      If a demanding career and or busy family life has you feeling worn out, it's time to take action. A life filled with vitality, energy, and enthusiasm is within your reach, and I'm here to help you grab it. Get ready to go from  feeling frazzled to fabulous: Read on for 12 tips that will help you get there!

 Breathe Deeply

     Whenever you're feeling sluggish, the first thing to do is stop and take a few long, deep breaths. Close your eyes and breathe slowly — in through your nose, out through your mouth — and repeat this until your heart rate slows. Meditative breathing like this increases the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream, which can help lower your blood pressure and heart rate and can relax tense muscles. With each breath, you'll deliver energy-giving oxygen to every cell in your body.

Get up and Moving

     Instead of sipping coffee every time you feel the need to reboot, try taking 60- to 90-second minibreaks throughout the day to get your blood flowing. Once an hour, simply stand up and stretch your arms over your head, take a deep breath, swing your arms from side to side, or walk up and down a flight or two of stairs. The science is basic: Moving stimulates circulation, which allows more oxygen to be transported to your muscles and brain. And more oxygen means more energy! You'll be amazed at how big of a difference these 60-second breaks can make.

Eat an Energizing Snack

     If you find your energy dipping midmorning or midafternoon, it's likely that your blood sugar levels are low. Having a snack will help — but not just any food will do! The most energizing snacks offer a mixture of healthy carbs and protein, a hearty combo that will rev your metabolism and power you through to your next meal. Shoot for the 100- to 200-calorie range, and keep a few of these snacks on hand to ensure you never get caught with a grumbling tummy. Some of my favorite options: sliced veggies with hummus, air-popped popcorn and string cheese, or a piece of your favorite fruit with a handful of nuts.