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Youthful Looking Eyes in 6 Steps

If eye wrinkles, puffiness or dark circles are bothering you, skip the invasive procedures and try these effective, natural techniques for firmer, brighter eyes!

  1. Don't resort to invasive procedures for youthful-looking eyes - try these simple steps:
  2. Wear sunscreen. Ultraviolet rays can weaken collagen, causing premature wrinkling and sagging.
  3. Invest in quality sunglasses. Look for ones that block out UVA and UVB rays.
  4. Don't smoke. It affects the blood supply that keeps skin tissue looking healthy and supple.
  5. Use a moisturizer for hydration.
  6. Consider a vitamin A cream, which can help prevent wrinkles and minimize ones you already have.
  7. Cool down inflammation around your eyes. Puffy eyes can be addressed with cucumber slices, cold spoons or chilled teabags.



3 Steps to Healthier Cheese Choices

Get the most out of your cheese choices by skipping the low-fat, processed cheeses and instead following these recommendations.

From cheese-stuffed sandwiches to the samples on toothpicks in the grocery store, cheese seems to be everywhere. While it is a good source of calcium, its high calorie (and often high sodium) content suggest it should be enjoyed in moderation. On the other hand, calories from fat don’t appear to drive weight gain to the extent that calories from carbohydrates do – this may help explain why the cheese-loving French have far lower obesity rates than we do in the U.S. In any case, try the following when the cheese plate comes your way:

  1. Choose a cheese you really enjoy and savor it all by itself – skip the cracker!
  2. Opt for high-quality, full-fat, organic versions.
  3. If you're pregnant, avoid soft cheeses (such as feta, goat, blue and brie) as they may harbor Listeria, a bacterium that can harm a growing baby. Instead, choose hard cheeses like true Parmesan, Gruyere and hard Swiss cheese when you're eating for two.

For more healthy food information, join Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging - where you’ll find hundreds of recipes, articles and guides based on the Dr. Weil-recommended Anti-Inflammatory Diet!


Want to Try Magnet Therapy?

You may have seen athletes wearing magnetic bracelets or necklaces – used for a variety of reasons. Learn more about magnet therapy and who may benefit from it.

Magnets have long been promoted as treatment for a wide variety of disorders. Proponents claim magnets can minimize pain and anxiety, and treat cancer, heart disease, snoring, incontinence and just about everything else. While most of these claims are unproven, and most magnets on the market are unlikely to do any good at all, several studies do suggest that magnets may have something to offer for pain relief:

  • A 1997 study at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston showed that 76 percent of patients treated with magnets for severe joint and muscle pain due to post-polio syndrome reported less pain compared to only 19 percent of those who received placebos.
  • University of Virginia researchers said participants reported clinically meaningful improvements when using magnet therapy to reduce the intensity of pain from fibromyalgia (researchers also cautioned the overall results of their study were inconclusive).
  • A University of Tennessee study showed that 60 percent of women with pelvic pain reported improvements after three weeks of magnet therapy compared to 33 percent of those treated with placebos.

Taken as a whole, studies suggesting that magnets help with pain relief are outnumbered by those that find no benefit.

If you do try magnet therapy, keep in mind that using magnets is not without risk, particularly for those with a pacemaker or other implantable medical device such as a defibrillator, insulin pump or liver infusion pump. In addition, therapeutic magnets are often pricey, there is no evidence that magnet therapy is safe during pregnancy, and there have been anecdotal reports of dizziness, nausea and prolongation of wound healing and bleeding among those wearing magnets.


Sitting or Standing: What Should You Choose?

It’s been said that sitting is the new smoking – in other words, sitting for hours daily is now being linked to dangerous health conditions, just as smoking was in previous decades. Find out what makes standing the healthier option, and ways to make standing something you do easily and naturally.

If you are concerned about heart disease and weight gain, one simple move can make a big difference: stand up! Even if you get regular exercise, prolonged sitting can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity. When you are inactive for long periods of time, your body's metabolism slows down; this can lead to weight gain, which raises the risk of many diseases including type 2 diabetes and many cardiovascular conditions.

Some simple ways to stand more often without even thinking about include:

  1. Getting up every hour and filling your glass with water - drink it while standing up.
  2. If you are in a long meeting at work, stand in the corner for a period of time. Better yet, if the weather is cooperative, schedule "walking meetings."
  3. When you are on the phone or writing emails, try standing instead sitting - you can do this at home by writing emails at your kitchen counter.
  4. At work, look into a stand-up desk. These raise and lower via a built-in motor, and offer the flexibility to stand or sit.

What Happens if You Take Too Many Supplements? 

Taking too many vitamins can have a detrimental effect on your health – but not getting enough can have downsides as well. Learn more about what Dr. Weil says when it comes to getting the right amounts of vitamins, minerals and other supplements.

People often ask if they should be worried about getting too much of a particular vitamin. While supplements can help supply nutrients that may be deficient or missing in the diet, dosage can be the difference between benefit and harm. It is especially important to always read labels carefully and discuss your supplement regime with your physician, particularly when combining different multivitamins, multiminerals and fortified foods with similar ingredients, which can lead to a higher intake than is recommended.

To avoid any potential for toxicity or overdose, you may want to choose a supplement routine that is designed for you by a nutrition specialist and that takes overall dosages into account. The Weil Vitamin Advisor has three separate evaluations to ensure the proper dosages across a wide arrange of vitamins - try it today for your free recommendation.


Want to Practice Intuitive Eating?

If stress or boredom lead you to overeat, consider intuitive eating. It may help you gain perspective on your diet, and prevent unwanted weight gain. Learn more!

Do you tend to when stressed or bored? If so, you may be especially prone to putting on unwanted extra pounds. One way to minimize weight gain is through “intuitive eating.” This practice involves slowing down, paying careful attention to your body and its hunger signals (or lack of them) and adjusting your intake to your actual needs. This practices has been linked to weight loss (and, as a bonus, lowering cardiovascular disease risk). Intuitive eating doesn't limit what or how much you eat, but rather dictates that you eat only when really hungry and stop when you are satiated.

So next time you catch yourself eating simply because you are under pressure, under-stimulated or depressed, consider that you're doing the opposite of "intuitive eating" and consuming unneeded calories that can lead to weight gain. Resolve to bring mindfulness to your eating for the rest of the day, until doing so becomes a habit.


Seasonal Recipe: Spinach Toasts

Spinach is a veritable powerhouse of nutrients, offering up lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidant carotenoids that may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as calcium, folate, manganese and vitamins K and A. This recipe makes for a perfect start to any meal!

Cooking spinach takes very little time, but you need to wash and drain it carefully, and remove tough stems first, which may take 5 or 10 minutes. Plan accordingly. The spinach on these little appetizers is a great source of iron and vitamins A and C.

Get the Spinach Toasts recipe!


Want to Lose the Love Handles?

If you are exercising, but can’t seem to make a difference in areas that are bothering you, consider this advice on how to address love handles, underarm fat and more.

Do you have love handles, underarm fat or a paunchy middle - even though you're exercising, eating well, and on track with your supplement regimen? Sometimes our "trouble spots" seem to escape our best fitness efforts, but keep in mind that "spot reducing" isn't how the body works. We have sophisticated mechanisms that keep fat fairly evenly distributed, even when we focus on arm curls or stomach crunches. This means that time in the gym, or even simple things like using the stairs instead of the elevator, all help us shed overall body fat rather than fat in any particular place.

Varying your fitness routine by incorporating some higher resistance lifting or high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can help you over the plateau. Consider signing up with a trainer at a gym for personalized instruction, and you'll find the fat receding from the trouble spots - and everywhere else!