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10 Benefits of Adding Coconut Oil to Your Diet

1. Coconut Oil Contains a Unique Combination of Fatty Acids With Powerful Medicinal Properties

Coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fats known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated.

However, new data is showing that saturated fats are harmless. Many massive studies that include hundreds of thousands of people prove that the whole “artery-clogging” idea was a myth.

Additionally, coconut oil doesn’t contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in cheese or steak.

No, they contain Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length.

Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently.

They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

2. Populations That Eat a LOT of Coconut Are Among The Healthiest People on The Planet

 

Coconut is kind of an “exotic” food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people.

However, in some parts of the world, coconut is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for many generations.

The best example of such a population is the

Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific.

They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world.

These people are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease.

Another example of a population that eats a lot of coconut and remains in excellent health is the Kitavans.

 

3. Coconut Oil Can Increase Your Energy Expenditure, Helping You Burn More Fat

 

Obesity is currently one of the biggest health problems in the world.

While some people think obesity is only a matter of calories, others (myself included) believe that the sources of those calories are critical too.

It is a fact that different foods affect our bodies and hormones in different ways. In this regard, a calorie is NOT a calorie.

The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats.

One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totalling about 120 calories per day.

 

4. The Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil Can Kill Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi, Helping to Stave Off Infections

 

Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is the 12-carbon  Lauric Acid.  When coconut oil is enzymatically digested, it also forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin.

Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.

For example, these substances have been shown to kill the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus (a very dangerous pathogen) and the yeast Candida Albicans, a common source of yeast infections in humans.

 

5. Coconut Oil Can Kill Your Hunger, Making You Eat Less Without Even Trying

 

One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger.

This may be related to the way the fatty acids in it are metabolized, because ketone bodies can have an appetite reducing effect.  In one study, varying amounts of medium and long chain triglycerides were fed to 6 healthy men.

The men eating the most MCTs ate 256 fewer calories per day, on average.

Another study in 14 healthy men discovered that those who ate the most MCTs at breakfast ate significantly fewer calories at lunch.

These studies were small and only done for a short period of time. If this effect were to persist over the long term, it could have a dramatic influence on body weight over a period of several years.

 

6. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Are Turned into Ketones, Which Can Reduce Seizures

 

A so-called ketogenic (low carb, higher fat) diet is currrently being studied to treat various disorders.

The best known therapeutic application of this diet is treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children.

For some reason, this diet can dramatically reduce the rate of seizures in epileptic children, even those who haven’t had success with multiple different types of drugs.

Because the MCTs in coconut oil get shipped to the liver and turned into ketone bodies, they are often used in epileptic patients to induce ketosis while allowing for a bit more carbs in the diet.

 

7. Coconut Oil Can Improve Blood Cholesterol Levels and May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

 

Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fats, which actually do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously thought.

Saturated fats raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and change the LDL cholesterol to a benign subtype.

In one study in 40 women, coconut oil reduced Total and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL compared to soybean oil.  Also improves blood coagulation factors and antioxidant status.

This improvement in cardiovascular risk factors should theoretically lead to a reduced risk of heart disease over the long term.

 

8. Coconut Oil Can Protect Hair Against Damage, Moisturize Skin and Function as Sunscreen

 

Coconut oil can serve various purposes that have nothing to do with eating it.

Many people are using it for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair.

Studies on individuals with dry skin show that coconut oil can improve the moisture and lipid content of the skin.

Coconut oil can also be very protective against hair damage and one study shows effectiveness as sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Another application is using it like mouthwash in a process called oil pulling, which can kill some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth, improve dental health and reduce bad breath.

 

9. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Can Boost Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Patients

 

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia worldwide and occurs primarily in elderly individuals.

In Alzheimer’s patients there appears be reduced ability to use glucose for energy in certain parts of the brain.

Ketone bodies can supply energy for the brain and researchers have speculated that ketones can provide an alternative energy source for these malfunctioning cells and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

In one 2006 study, consumption of medium chain triglycerides led to immediate improvement in brain function in patients with milder forms of Alzheimer’s.

Other studies support these findings and medium chain triglycerides are being intensively studied as potential therapeutic agents in Alzheimer’s disease.

 

10. Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Fat, Especially The Dangerous Fat in Your Abdominal Cavity

 

Given that coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it makes sense that it can also help you lose weight.

Coconut oil appears to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs.

This is the most dangerous fat of all and is highly associated with many Western diseases.

Waist circumference is easily measured and is a great marker for the amount of fat in the abdominal cavity.

A study in 40 women with abdominal obesity, supplementing with 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day lead to a significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference in a period of 12 weeks.

Another study in 20 obese males noted a reduction in waist circumference of 2.86 cm (1.1 inches) after 4 weeks of 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day.

This number may not seem too impressive on the surface, but be aware that these people aren’t adding exercise or restricting calories. They’re losing significant amounts of abdominal fat simply by adding coconut oil to their diet.

Ulthera vs Botox

According to the BotoxCosmetic® website, close to 12 million people have had Botox® treatments since its release in the United States in 2002. Botox® has become standard treatment for forehead wrinkles and is the centerpiece of virtually every aesthetic practice’s cosmetic offering.
An interesting phenomenon accompanies aging where Botox® alone becomes less effective in reducing wrinkles and lines and frequently leads to a lowered brow position. Many feel they have become “immune” to Botox. ® They attribute brow lowering to their body “fighting” the cumulative effects of Botox® as it tries to elevate the brows.
Atrophy of facial bones and fat typically begins at age thirty. As the aging process progresses, atrophy of the frontal (forehead) bone is evident as there is less antigravity support for the forehead. The body responds with more forehead muscle activity to lift the falling forehead. This, along with thinning of the skin, results in more visible forehead wrinkles. Using more Botox® initially may be effective; however, wrinkles caused by increased muscle activity are critical to maintaining brow position. Therefore Botox® actually leads to a lowered or aged brow position.
The correct way of treating the aging process and forehead wrinkles is to treat the cause—forehead atrophy. Fillers work well but do not slow the aging process and can be expensive due to the large area of the forehead. Fat grafting works; the stems cells in body fat slow the aging process, but the procedure is quite technique dependent. Today, another alternative is available.
Ulthera ®has been used successfully to elevate the brow position by tightening the forehead skin and muscle. It also increases the collagen content of the skin improving elasticity and reducing wrinkles during animation. Using Botox® between the eyebrows and for crow’s feet releases these muscles resulting in additional brow elevation.
This combination approach has given patients a dynamic duo that treats both the symptom and the cause of aging in the upper third of the face, cost effectively and with no downtime.

Anatomy of the skin around the eyes

The anatomy of the skin around the eyes, also referred to as the adnexa is unique to the face and body. In order to properly care for the skin around the eyes, it is important to understand not only the anatomy of this area, but also the process of skin cell renewal.

Eyelid skin is composed of several layers. The deepest, the subcutaneous layer contains a thin layer of fascia which lies on top of the orbicularis muscle, a muscle that allows the eyelid to move. Next, the dermis, which forms the support layer of the skin, is made up of threadlike proteins including bundles of elastin and collagen, fibroblasts, nerves and vessels. The top layer, the epidermis, is made up of basal cells, melanocytes, Langerhans cells, keratinocytes and on top, the dead cell layer (also known as the stratum corneum) made up of corneocytes. The epidermal layer gives the skin its appearance, color, suppleness, texture, and health.
Basal cells reproduce new cells every few days. As these cells migrate upward, they become drier and flatter.  Once they reach the surface of the skin, they are no longer alive, and are referred to as corneocytes. This process of migration from basal cell to corneocytes is what gives the epidermis the ability to regenerate itself. This skin renewal process is known as desquamation. Desquamation is an ongoing process that takes about two seeks in a young person, and significantly longer – about 37 days for individuals over 50. The build up of corneocytes gives skin a callous or dry, aged and thickened look. The skin feels and looks rough and its ability to retain water becomes impaired.

Sexy lips

lip print

Augmentation of the lips should be subtle.  A small increase goes a long way and gives a natural, sexy fullness to the lips. Your lips should not arrive in a room before you.

You should discuss what you’d like your lips to look like. Do you want more body in your lips, more definition of the edges of the lips, or both? Your upper lip should be smaller than your lower lip (70% the size of the lower lip). The lower lip should not be filled all the way to the corner (oral commissure) to avoid a “sausage” appearance.

Juvederm® is an excellent material for lip augmentation. It is made out of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is found naturally in the intra- and extracellular matrices of our bodies. Juvederm® is derived through a synthetic process by Allergan, the maker of Botox®. Juvederm® provides and even volumetric enhancement (plumping) of the lips because it is hydrophilic (attracts water), which helps with the lines around the lips as well.

 

ArteFill®

ArteFill®. If you have used dermal fillers in the past, you know they are eventually absorbed by the body. ArteFill® is one of the longest lasting filler on the market. ArteFill’s® unique microspheres are not absorbed by the body, allowing them to provide the necessary support for long-lasting results.

ArteFill® is a dual-acting wrinkle filler. It’s secret is in its patented microsphere enhanced collagen. First the collagen inArteFill® visibly corrects the wrinkles, then the microspheres provide the support your skin needs for long-lasting, natural wrinkle correction.   The only thing most people don’t realize is the active ingredient only makes up 20% of the syringe.   Therefore it takes five times as many syringes to achieve long lasting results.

To ensure you are not allergic to the collagen inArteFill®l, a skin test will be administered in our office before your first treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1 – What is ArteFill®?
ArteFill® is a permanent filler that is used for correcting deep nasiolabial folds, which are among the first sings of aging. The safe, simple procedure has immediate results, no down time, and results improve over time.

2 – How does it work?
ArteFill® works similarly to dermal fillers like Restylane, but since it is a collagen gel, the filler is not absorbed into the body over time. That means results are permanent, and typically only one or two treatments are required to produce lasting results. The gel fills and corrects the wrinkle, while its PMMA microspheres provide your skin with permanent support for long-lasting wrinkle correction.

3 – How is Artefill® different from temporary dermal fillers?
All temporary fillers are eventually absorbed by the body. That’s why they require frequent repeat injections. ArteFill® is different. The unique microspheres in ArteFill® are not absorbed by the body. These microspheres provide the permanent support your skin needs for long-lasting wrinkle correction.

4 – What do I need to be aware of?
This is a permanent treatment, so make sure that you have used semi-permanent fillers and like the results before trying them. Your skin must be tested four weeks before your initial ArteFill® treatment to ensure there are no allergies to bovine collagen. It should be postponed if you are on any kind of immuno-suppressive therapy or if you have any skin outbreaks near the injection sites.

5 – Is ArteFill® safe?
Yes. The FDA has approved ArteFill® for the safe and effective correction of smile lines

6 – How long does an ArteFill® injection last?
Depending on the patient and the correction to be made, a second or third injection may be done if the degree of correction from the first injection is not optimal. ArteFill® is a long-lasting implant. The improved results should be visible at least five years or longer depending on the patient. The implant remains for the life of the patient. However, ArteFill® does not stop time and the cosmetic effect of the implant will gradually diminish over time as new wrinkles may be formed.

7. What should I expect during and after treatment?
Usually a simple one-step procedure, done in the doctor’s office. ArteFill® contains an anesthetic which minimizes discomfort. Slight itching at the implantation site is a common symptom. There may be minor swelling, redness, bruising or tenderness that normally subside in one to two days. ArteFill® has an excellent safety record with less than 0.1% incidence of side effects (mainly allergy and inflammation). It takes about three months for the full effect of the implant to be seen. After the swelling has gone down, your wrinkles may temporarily return after a few weeks. This is a normal occurrence, and they will start to disappear again over the next few months as the body forms its own connective tissue.

8. Is an ArteFill® injection painful?
No. A topical anesthetic is normally put on the area to be treated one hour prior to the procedure. Also, ArteFill® contains lidocaine to minimize post-treatment tenderness. The needle used for ArteFill® is very fine and the injection is virtually painless.

9. How long has ArteFill® been in use?
PMMA has been used since the early 1930’s in such common procedures as dental prostheses, eye lenses, bone repair, orthopedics and in pacemakers. These microspheres are well tolerated by human tissue (there have been no reports of rejection), and are only 4-5 times the size of a red blood cell. ArteFill® has been used with more than 100,000 patients over the last 10 years.

10 – Why is a skin test necessary prior to treatment with ArteFill®?
A skin test is a safety precaution to make sure that you are not allergic to the bovine collagen or anesthetic in ArteFill®.

11 – Can anyone have ArteFill® treatments?
No. Some people are not good candidates for ArteFill®. ArteFill® is contraindicated in those who:
Have a positive reaction to the ArteFill® skin test.
Have a positive reaction to the ArteFill® skin test.
Have a history of severe allergies and hypersensitivity (anaphylaxis).
Are allergic to the anesthetic (lidocaine) in ArteFill®.
Have a history of allergies to any bovine collagen products.
Are prone to thick scarring (hypertrophic) formation and/or excessive scarring (keloid).
Are undergoing or planning to undergo desensitization injections to meat products.
Are there any other treatment concerns with ArteFill®?
Yes.
If you have any skin outbreaks (e.g., cysts, pimples, rashes, hives, infection) near the injection site, you should postpone treatment until they clear.
If you are taking aspirin (NSAIDs) or anti-inflammatory drugs or have any medical condition that affects your blood, you may experience increased bruising or bleeding at the injection sites.
In addition, you should inform your doctor if:
If you have any skin outbreaks (e.g., cysts, pimples, rashes, hives, infection) near the injection site, you should postpone treatment until they clear.
you have had any treatments for smile lines in the last 6 months.
you are receiving UV light therapy.
you are currently on immuno-suppressive therapy (medication commonly prescribed for those who have undergone an organ transplant, or are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, or cancer).
It’It’s important that you share your medical information with your doctor. Together, you can make an informed decision as to whether ArteFill® is right for you.

12 – Are there any further precautions with ArteFill®?
Yes, you should know:
ArteFill® contains microspheres that help provide the permanent support for wrinkle correction. Treatment results are lasting. The microspheres can only be surgically removed.
The safety of ArteFill® in pregnant or breastfeeding women, and individuals under 18, has not been established.
There is always a risk of infection with any injection. Discuss the symptoms of infection with your doctor so you will be able to recognize them.
Check to see if your doctor is properly trained to provide ArteFill®.
Are there any possible side effects with ArteFill®?
As with any injectable wrinkle filler, you can expect mild swelling and reddening at the treatment site. These side effects are usually gone within 24 hours. Occasionally, there is mild bruising that typically disappears in 3 to 7 days. Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, and increased sensitivity at some or all injection sites. Two other rare potential side effects of all dermal fillers may be lumps and granulomas, both of which can be treated by your physician.

 

Ultherapy – An Uplift, not a Facelift!

Ultherapy is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin on the brow, neck, and under the chin.

The only FDA-approved procedure to lift those hard-to-treat areas, Ultherapy uses the safe, time-tested energy of ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin.

Natural, Noticeable Results
Now there’s a way to stand firm in the face of gravity—on your terms. With Ultherapy, there’s no downtime, no foreign substances, no radical change; just a healthy revving-up on the inside for a natural, noticeable effect on the outside.

With Ultherapy, you can go about your day after a single, 60-90 minute in-office procedure. You may notice a short-term “boost” but the natural process of creating new, more elastic, collagen builds over time—much like the effect that exercise has on building muscle (but without the multiple workouts!).

The Beauty of Ultherapy
Results will unfold over the course of 2-3 months and some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 1 year, including lifting and tightening of the neck, under the chin, along the jawline, and on the brow. You can even treat around the eyes. Ultherapy has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery.

The “See” and “Treat” Ultrasound
In some ways, Ultherapy is just like an ultrasound imaging procedure that expectant mothers may receive. A smooth handpiece is placed on your skin and an image of the tissue beneath is projected on a screen. This allows your practitioner to “see” where they will treat your skin.

But here’s the difference: with Ultherapy, that same handpiece is also used to deliver tiny deposits of focused ultrasound energy at just the right depth below the skin, to the same foundational layer typically addressed in a surgical facelift.

The Lift You’re Looking For
Your body’s response to this energy is to recondition tired skin by stimulating the growth of fresh, new collagen. The result is a tightening and gradual lifting—or shifting—of the skin and underlying tissue back into a more youthful position and form-fitting shape.

How is Ultherapy different from lasers?
Lasers typically address issues in the superficial layers of the skin (e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes). Ultherapy addresses the deep skin layer and the foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery that lift and lend support to the skin. Therefore, the two technologies are quite complementary!