Added Sugar Could Contribute To Added Holiday Pounds

- Submitted by The Baylor College of Medicine

partycelebrateThe holidays can be a tricky time for those with a sweet tooth, but according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine, we should all be aware of the amount of added sugar we’re consuming year-round and especially during the holidays.

“The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories of added sugar per day for women (about six teaspoons) and 150 calories of added sugar per day for men (about nine teaspoons). While you might not add this amount of sugar to your food, many foods come with the sugar already in the product,” said Roberta Anding, registered dietitian with Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Anding, who is also a sports dietitian, notes that the major sources of added sugars are sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and fruit punch.

“You might not consume those types of beverages, but don’t forget your lattes, hot chocolate, egg nog and other holiday beverages,” she said.

The dangers of consuming too much sugar can be weight gain, accumulation of visceral or belly fat and an increased desire for more sugar. The visceral or belly fat can be viewed as an endocrine organ, meaning it could cause inflammation and contribute to the development of diabetes and heart disease.

She notes that artificial sweeteners should also be used with caution as recent studies suggest they may alter the natural balance of bacteria in the gut.

When reading nutrition labels, Anding says to look for words such as cane syrup, sucrose, maltose, rice syrup, coconut sugar, dextrose, palm sugar and agave. To reduce sugars, she recommends saving sugar for desserts and avoiding sugar in beverages of all kinds.

“Start to downsize your portions. Take half of a dessert or share one with a family member. You can still have the sweet treat – just less of it,” she said.

Feng Shui Your Kitchen For A Healthier You

By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

healthychoiceWhenever you want to make a change in your life, “move 27 things” says an old Chinese proverb. It may sound a bit crazy, or simplistic, but you’ll be amazed how much truth is in that one statement.

For 20 years I’ve been practicing and teaching the principles of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art and science of energy management. One of the main tenets of Feng Shui advises us to get rid of clutter. When we are surrounded by clutter we are bogged down and suffocated in our minds as well as our emotions. Clearing away objects also clears up the path for new energy to flow through.

Live only with what you love. If something doesn’t spark joy in you, then you must donate it, recycle it, store it or dump it. Then you will find you have room for change because the “stuck” energy will shift and you will be able to make room for and enjoy the changes you desire. De-cluttering is the path to a fresh start.

There is also a way to Feng Shui your health.

To start improving your health, you want to change what you eat. When temptation is out of eye sight you can make healthier choices for what you feed your precious body.

Step one: De-clutter your refrigerator and pantry.

1. Toss out any cereals or bread products that are refined, presweetened, made with white flour, high in saturated fats, sodium and sugar.

2. REPLACE these with organic, high fiber, steel-cut oats and truly whole grain bread products.

3. Toss out any instant soups, rice and noodle mixes, (both high in fat and sodium) instant drink mixes, hot cocoa mixes, iced tea mixes (high in sugar and saturated fats like palm oil).

4. REPLACE these with whole grains such as brown rice, bulgur wheat, dried beans, lentils, peas, and high quality green, black or oolong teas.

5. Toss butter, white sugar, vegetable oils.

6. REPLACE them with non-GMO spreads like Earth Balance, extra virgin olive oil and canola oil.

7. Start using spices in place of salt and salty seasonings.

8. Grow your own or use fresh herbs in your dishes like rosemary, basil, sage and thyme for aromatic and flavorful meals.

In your refrigerator:

1. Toss creamers with artificial, additives and sweeteners, regular margarines or spreads that contain, “partially hydrogenated oil” yogurt with sugary fruit or artificial sugars, American or processed cheeses, “cheese food” and cream cheese.

2. REPLACE them with organic, hormone free, fat free milk, organic unsweetened soy, almond, oat or rice beverages, organic yogurt that is plain and unsweetened (add you own fresh fruit) and small amounts of reduced fat natural hard cheeses or chees alternatives like the ones made by Lisanatti Foods soy, rice or almond cheese alternatives in a variety of delicious flavors and textures.

When you give yourself a break using healthy food, you will find that you feel more energetic, healthier, and happier. Move 27 things and change your life for the better.

- Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy™ is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding. While earning her PhD in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy, she completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University.

Easy Ways To Eat Smarter This Holiday Season

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healthysaladSubstituting foods that are lower in fat, salt, and sugar will keep holiday meals healthier.

Holiday dining is often full of meals and snacks high in calories, fat, and salt. But it’s possible to minimize unhealthy eating with a little planning, reports the December 2014 Harvard Health Letter.

“Particularly during the holidays, when we’re surrounded by foods that we do not eat the rest of the year, it is important to take a breath while deciding what to include,” says Debbie Krivitsky, a registered dietitian at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Substituting foods that are lower in fat, salt, and sugar is one way to stay healthier this holiday season. It will also lower calorie intake significantly, letting diners enjoy a larger portion for fewer calories. For example, one ounce of artichoke dip has 19 grams of fat and 312 calories, while four ounces of cocktail shrimp and one ounce of sauce delver just 130 calories and 2 grams of fat.

What are the best choices on a buffet? Krivitsky recommends going for salsa, hummus, and dips made with yogurt instead of sour cream, along with lean protein sources such as fish, chicken, or turkey. Don’t forget fruit and veggies. Think baked, not fried. And uses spices, yogurt, or lemon juice instead of calorie-laden sauces.

There’s no need to make the holidays a season of deprivation. Indulge in favorite foods, but when cooking try making healthier versions. That means using low-fat milk instead of cream in mashed potatoes and other foods. Applesauce is a great substitute for fat when baking.

And when temptation strikes, make sure “it’s the exception rather than the rule,” says Krivitsky, “and it is for a finite period of time.”

Read the full-length article: “Boost the health of your holiday buffet”

Also in the December 2014 Harvard Health Letter:

* A red flag for obstructive sleep apnea

* How electronic gadgets are changing doctors’ offices

* Surprising new ways to build knee strength

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $16 per year. Subscribe at or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

The Little Gym Shares New Study That Shows Physical Activity Can Help Kids Academically

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familydrivewayThe Little Gym is excited to share the findings from the Journal of Pediatrics that explores how physical activity can help children in academic settings as well.

At The Little Gym, we know that being active provides serious benefits. So it came as no surprise when a recent study confirmed that regular physical activity can improve a child’s academic success. The Journal of Pediatrics found that “Promoting physical activity that involves aerobic exercise and motor tasks during the school years may be important not only for health, but also for successful academic development.” The study monitored two groups of children; those that were engaging in regular physical activity in afterschool programs, and those who were not. The results showed that children who were physically active displayed substantial improvements in testing scores, memory, focus, and problem-solving skills.

How can you encourage your child to get and stay active? Show children that exercise is fun! Go for nightly walks, bike rides, or have a family dance party. Get children involved in age appropriate exercises and group activities like The Little Gym. The benefits of being active will help improve your child’s academic performance, social skills, health, and much more. Get up and get moving today!

To learn more about the study, click here.

Tips For Properly Disciplining Children

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kidsunningtogether“Disciplining” children is in the news a lot lately. It’s an important issue for those who care about children and parents. Many parents think the word discipline is all about punishment ― and especially about physical punishment. But discipline really is about helping a child understand what to do ― and learn how to self-regulate.

“The word discipline actually means to teach or to guide,” says D’Arcy Lyness, PhD, behavioral health editor for “It’s not about punishment ― and certainly not about shouting, scolding, or physically hurting a child. Effective discipline is built into the daily parenting of a child ― not used an after-the-fact reaction to an unwanted behavior.”

Parenting (and discipline) that is emotionally warm, has high expectations for kids, and focuses on teaching children positive ways to act is far more effective ― and far more rewarding ― than parenting that focuses on punishment.

Physical punishment, like slapping or hurting a child, is never acceptable. And not just because it’s wrong ― it is also less effective than other methods. Why? A parent who hurts a child almost always does so out of frustration and anger. It’s an out-of-control moment that sets a bad example for children. A parent who uses physical force might get a child to stop doing something for the moment, but risks damaging the parent-child relationship permanently.

“Children who are physically disciplined develop less self-control rather than more. They do worse in school and have more emotional problems than children who are disciplined in other ways. That’s just the opposite of what their parents intend,” says Lyness.

KidsHealth offers these tips for parents looking to help their children learn better behavior and how to self-regulate:

* Have high expectations for good behavior ― but make sure your expectations match your child’s age. For example, it’s unrealistic to expect a toddler not to touch things. Toddlers naturally explore and touch everything within reach. With that developmental reality in mind, parents can focus on toddler-proofing the home to make it safe, providing things to play with and explore, and being attentive and responsive. If your toddler ventures toward something off-limits, protect and redirect him, rather than scold or punish.

* For preschoolers, have clear rules and consistent routines, and be proactive by patiently showing kids how you want them to behave. Your everyday interactions ― from playtime to bedtime to mealtime ― are the perfect opportunities to show and tell your child how to behave in different situations. Model positive cooperative behaviors, and be clear and firm about what’s OK and what’s not.

* Look behind the misbehavior. Misbehavior isn’t always intentional. Sometimes a preschooler is cranky because he’s hungry or sleepy. Or perhaps the spilled water was part of young child’s experiment with water. Looking at the misbehavior from your child’s perspective might affect how you react.

* Respond to your child’s emotional needs with warmth and understanding. Give your preschooler opportunities to do things “all by himself,” but offer help as needed. Use routines to help kids get into good habits like putting toys away, helping, sharing, saying sorry, cooperating when it’s bath- or bedtime. Expecting and praising desired behaviors helps them become habits. And practicing these habits helps kids develop self-help, and social and cognitive skills.

groupkids* When it comes to responding to a young child’s misbehavior, take firm but gentle action without too much talking or explaining. Making too much of your child’s misbehavior, or reacting too emotionally, sometimes keeps it happening.

* Avoid asking questions, (‘why would you do that!?’) and avoid harsh words that disparage or shame your child (‘you are so selfish’). And don’t be distracted by your child’s story about why he did what he did (“she started it!”). Instead, stay focused on the specific misbehavior you want to correct. Simply stop your child, and calmly (but firmly) say what’s not allowed (‘it’s not OK to grab her toy’). Then say what will happen next (‘you need to say you’re sorry for grabbing, and give her back the toy’). When your child does that, offer brief praise (‘that’s better, thanks’). Most times a longer punishment is unnecessary. It can be more helpful to encourage your child toward a positive way to behave (‘OK, ready to get back to playing nicely together?’).

* Manage your own emotions. It’s natural for parents to feel frustrated or angry when children misbehave. Be aware of your emotions, but be in control of how you express them. Remain calm and clear when responding to your child. Avoid yelling or preaching. Teach kids to manage their own emotional meltdowns by setting a good example.

* When it comes to discipline, parents should be warm and fair…but firm and clear. Don’t use threats, physical punishment, or consequences that are too harsh or out of scale with the misbehavior. Have reasonable consequences for misbehavior, and carry them out calmly.

* Use approaches that help your child learn to problem-solve and to manage difficult emotions. Some young children are more challenging than others, such as those who are often oppositional or uncooperative. Help kids learn to cooperate with your requests by giving specific instructions (nicely), and breaking down tasks into small parts. Teach cool-downs or use time-outs to help kids regroup. Ignore your child’s protests whenever you can. Stay calmly focused on what you expect. Praise your child for self-reliant cooperative behaviors. Teach your child to know and name emotions and to tell you how he feels and why.

* Reach out for help and support. Your support network may include family members or friends. But also consider talking to your child’s doctor, nurse, teacher, or a child therapist. Take a parenting class. Read. Talk to other parents who are successful at raising children without having to use physical force.

* Above all, be patient. Being a parent is a difficult job. But raising a happy child who is socially and emotionally equipped to be successful in life is probably the most important (and rewarding) job a parent can have.

For more information about disciplining children, visit these KidsHealth articles:

Disciplining Your Child

How Can Parents Discipline Without Spanking?

Am I Too Tough When I Discipline My Kids?

Nine Steps to More Effective Parenting

Private Lives Of Primates With Loretta Breuning

Greetings fellow mammals,

brainI have consciously ignored “the news” for years, but last week it suddenly bombarded me. A news monitor blared in the elevator of a conference I was attending. The elevator was a slow, the conference was on the 18th floor, and I needed a lot of breaks from the three-day event. So I ended up with a huge dose of murder and mayhem in my ears. Then I got stuck by a CNN monitor at the airport. Normally I avoid these monitors, but I happened to be standing near it when my flight was delayed. I expected to board any minute, so I didn’t move. Five minutes later, global apocalypse filled my head and I was feeling bad. I moved, but it was a strong reminder of the awful feeling I used to get from “the news” before I kicked the habit. I realized that other people are still living with that feeling.

You may be shocked by the thought of ignoring “the news.” (I use quotes because it’s just one slice of news rather than “the” news. Good news is only reported when it fits an editor’s view of what is good.) You may think you must follow “the news” to be a good person. You may think bad guys will rule the universe if you stop monitoring them on “the news.” I believed this until I realized that news is a happy-chemical habit. It gives you a good feeling in the short run but you pay a high price in the long run – like other happy habits. Here’s how it works.

When you find a way to meet your needs, your mammal brain releases the great feeling of dopamine. Information meets your needs when it helps you find rewards and avoid threats. “The news” appeals to that need, but it never actually meets it. News squanders your attention on generalized threats signals that you can’t really act on. You are better off gathering your own information to navigate your own obstacles. You may think it’s more honorable to focus on the pain of others than on your own needs, but the opposite is true. Paralyzing yourself with anxiety does not help you contribute. You can do more when you focus on tangible obstacles in front of you instead of on abstract threats everywhere. And you can get more dopamine by finding needed information than by absorbing the alarm calls of news packagers.

Our brain looks for safety in a world of potential threats. Oxytocin causes the feeling of safety in the company of those you trust. Animals avoid harm by sticking with a group and listening for their alarm calls. News is a steady stream of alarm calls, and reporters are always suggesting that you put your trust in them. So it’s easy to build social affiliations around today’s headlines. News chat helps ease your mammal brain’s sense of threat and stimulate oxytocin. But it’s a two-edged sword. Your herd mates expect you to share their state of hyper-vigilance. They shun you if you don’t share their sense of threat. You lose the oxytocin that gave you a sense of belonging and told you who to trust. You can stimulate oxytocin in other ways, but people often don’t because the herd created by “the news” is so easily available.

You get a a nice one-up feeling when “the news” critiques people in power. News is a reliable serotonin stimulater because it always puts the common man in the one-up position and finds fault with the powerful. Hostility toward leaders is glorified as a mark of intelligence despite the fact that apes have the same hostility. Apes live with alphas who dominate their food and mating opportunity. Feeling grieved by the man is a primal impulse, not an intellectual triumph. Higher intelligence is needed to see that simple answers do not solve complex problems. When you watch “the news,” you may fantasize about having the power to do the right thing. Your mammal brain loves the power feeling, but your higher intelligence eventually realizes that problems would not vanish if you were running things. You tell yourself you follow “the news” for sophisticated policy analysis, but it rewards you with a feeling of significance akin to adolescent oppositionalism. Alas, you end up feeling trampled and powerless if you rely on “the news” for your sense of importance, because you cannot truly put yourself up by putting others down.

I hate being in the bubble created by “the news.” I have learned to notice it and leave. Creating my own bubble is better than living in the bubble created by journalists.

You can avoid negativity. A program for doing that is described in my new book, Beyond Cynical: Transcend Your Mammalian Negativity. ~ Loretta Breuning

Banish Night Terrors

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twokidsunThis new program, “Banish Night Terrors” gives parents and caregivers a way of finally ending the screaming, thrashing, and sleep walking associated with night terrors; quickly, easily, and without drugs. The program is designed for the specific needs of children and toddlers, whose parents and caregivers are struggling with night time sleep disruptions.

This new program, “Banish Night Terrors” gives parents and caregivers a way of finally ending the screaming, thrashing, and sleep walking associated with night terrors; quickly, easily, and without drugs. The program is designed for the specific needs of children and toddlers, whose parents and caregivers are struggling with night time sleep disruptions.

The Program was created by a mom whose own children suffered from night terrors. After implementing all of the suggestions given by the traditional medical community, and experiencing no change to the intensity of the night terrors, the answer “showed up” one night during a particularly difficult screaming episode.

The Banish Night Terrors Program:

* Simple, and easy to use

* Saves you money and time – no more expensive doctor visits that waste your time being told “to just wait it out”

* Flexible and individualized – available when, where, and how YOU need it

* No negative side effects – just peace and rest for the household

* No equipment needed

Jennifer Nearents, program creator and co-founder of The Academy Of Holistic Healing, said, “I know what it is like to suffer as a parent whose child experiences night terrors. The lack of concern, and flippant responses to my repeated requests for help, showed me that the medical community really doesn’t know or understand the impact that a child’s night terrors can have on a household.”

”I am a parent who has lived through three children who experienced night terrors, where each episode and each child was different.”

“I can still vividly remember my own frustration at the lack of answers, the lack of support, the fear and worry that kept building night after night. To be able to help other parents end this cycle has been very satisfying.”

“The program TRULY dispels the screaming, thrashing, and sleep walking… works so well, in fact, it seems like magic.”

Reports from others who have used it have noted changes within days.

The program utilizes a modified Emotional Freedom Technique / Meridian Tapping routine intuitively designed in response to the particular needs of a child, the parent, and the night terrors environment.

Those who are searching for an answer can find more information here: Banish Night Terrors

Ten Ways to Stay Positive During the Holidays

By Loretta Breuning

brainthinking1. Notice the social comparisons your mind makes.

Social comparisons upset us, yet our minds keep going there. That’s because our brains are inherited from ancestors who had to make social comparisons to survive. When you recognize your own impulse to compare, you’re less hooked by the thought that others are judging you. Each time you catch yourself making a social comparison, you can choose to focus elsewhere.

2. Avoid the news.

The constant blast of negativity is draining. You may be surrounded by media, but you don’t have to give it access to your brain. Learn to notice when you’re getting sucked in, and shift your focus to your own goals instead.

3. Prepare a positive topic.

Be ready to talk about something you feel good about. Find a relatable topic instead of showing off. You don’t have to wait around for a positive topic to come up because you can take the risk of bringing one up yourself.

4. Find the good in others.

Some of the people in your holiday rounds will get on your nerves. Some of them will shoot down your positivity. If you focus on their flaws, you will miss out on the good. You have the power to find the good in interactions that might have annoyed you.

5. Notice your anger.

Your inner mammal thinks anger is positive! Anger is the impulse to fight for the one-up position instead of accepting the one-down position. In the animal world, anger is self-limiting because it can get you killed. We humans learn to mask and muzzle it, which is why we can also marinate in it. We bond around shared anger the way our ancestors allied against common threats. This feels good in the short run, but it wastes your energy in the long run. Instead, you can learn to put yourself up in ways that don’t put others down.

womantwisting6. Celebrate your goals.

It’s easy to lose sight of your goals when you overindulge. “I’ve already blown it so I may as well have more,” you may think. Hating yourself in the morning only intensifies the urge to indulge. You can escape this loop by habitually re-focusing on your goals. There’s joy in the act of choosing goals, and joy in each step you take toward them. You have the power to enjoy things that are good for you.

7. Read Meet Your Happy Chemicals

and learn to stimulate more dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphin.

8. Read Beyond Cynical: Transcend Your Mammalian Negativity

and build realistic expectations that you enjoy meeting.

9. Read I, Mammal: Why Your Brain Links Status and Happiness

and make peace with your inner mammal.

10. Choose to stay positive.

Choosing means investing effort in new neural pathways. Old pathways light up effortlessly. Negativity is effortless. Positivity takes work, but the effort is rewarded in the long run. Each time you go positive, you build pathways that make it easier.

4 Ways To Implement Smart Eating

By Zaheen Nanji

saladheartsmallAnytime you change or improve your eating habits, you are on a diet? However, the word ‘diet’ has been overused in the media and has a negative connotation to it. Whenever, you eliminate a certain food or add nutritious food, you are changing your diet! That’s why we have dieticians! Instead of looking at this negatively, view this as a smart eating plan! In fact, let’s change the word ‘diet’ to ‘Smart Eating’. It’s not the normal way you used to eat, but is an unbalanced way of eating and this causes physiological and biochemical changes in the body which in turn could affect your mind and you experience different moods and feelings. A part of you will want to give in because it doesn’t like being in this state – it misses the ‘old’ you.

Here are 4 ways to implement smart eating, also called the POOP theory! That’s right, keep the POOP going so that you are better equipped:

1. Plan ahead

What makes you want to grab a quick bite to eat or eat out most of the time? One of the reasons is the lack of meal planning. I hear the following excuses:

“I don’t have time to cook”

“I don’t know what to cook”

I don’t like cooking for one person”

As a busy mother and entrepreneur, I don’t have time to cook everyday either. However, I make at least two to three meals on Sunday that lasts for a couple of days and I use the slow cooker frequently on other days. Another great idea is to pre-cook ground beef ahead of time and freeze up portions for those days when you need something quick to prepare.

2. Obstacle mastery

Life throws us curveballs. You will be faced with challenges and you will be stretched to your limits, but learning how to deal with these situations and emotions makes you resilient. So how do you master obstacles? Whenever you begin a lifestyle change or plan your meals to improve your relationship with food, look ahead to 4 weeks. Make note of any obstacles that could get in the way, for example a dinner party. Now find two ways you can overcome or embrace that obstacle so you are in control. How can you control the situation instead of the situation controlling you?

3. Outcome orientation

saladplatePeople who are successful at anything have the tendency to visualize the outcome and check in with their feelings before the action has even taken place. When a certain food or a restaurant menu is presented to a naturally thin people or people who have been successful at weight management, they will visualize how they will feel after eating a certain food and then decide whether to eat that food or not. This takes practice and replaces the notion of instant gratification.

4. Play with food

Unfortunately, some of us label ourselves as bad cooks and if you hold that belief, it will always be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Chefs love cooking because they like to play with their food and make creative concoctions. They look at a set of ingredients as an experiment and if doesn’t turn out to their liking they will keep trying. Use that same philosophy when you are in your kitchen. There are thousands of recipes on the internet and until last year, I didn’t know that I could make a cauliflower crust pizza – it was delicious!

If you dwell on what’s not working, you are attracting that very thing – something not working – and then what do most of us do – give up! Instead change this right now and turn it around into the attitude of self-care and self-alignment. Think about this unbalanced process of smart eating as way of your mind and body self-aligning. Your body and mind are going through a process of better nourishment and each needs to go through a ‘healing crisis’ before it can bounce back. It is difficult at first but if you don’t believe then you will never attract your ideal weight. You need to find what works for you and make consistent smart decisions – it took me 10 years to figure this out! Trust and believe in the process and yourself, create a smart affirmation to help you with your journey, learn about your body, become aware of your negative habits and take time to find effective strategies, and I promise you will attract your ideal weight.

- Zaheen Nanji is a resilience champion and teaches people how to embrace change and bounce back. She is also the author of an award-winning book, Attract Your Ideal Weight – 8 Secrets of People Who Lose Weight and Keep it Off. She can be reached at

The Onset Of Middle Age

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The Sudden Appearance of a Double Chin can be a Shock!

newspaperWe all have different reasons to worry about the onset of middle age and how it will affect our lives, from the inevitable aging process to the potential loss of fitness. It should be noted that plenty of men and women manage to grow older without even changing their outward appearance, of course, but it’s not the case for most of us.

The first noticeable signs of aging may be the appearance of a solitary grey hair, perhaps, or the way a paunch just won’t go away. For some people, it will be the development of a double chin, usually preceded by a loss of definition in this crucial area. It’s a sad yet inevitable fact that this issue will afflict a great many people.

For the individual who suddenly sees this in the mirror for the first time, the shock to the system can be extremely upsetting. It’s a development that can affect men and women who may have thought of themselves as physically fit, and who may not even think they have a weight problem. Swift and decisive action is surely needed.

Healthy skin is an issue for both genders and for all ages

Irrespective of your age, your gender or your overall body shape, such signs will be an inevitable cause for concern. Thankfully, you can look online to find a great many articles which claim to know how to get rid of a double chin via a variety of excellent products which help the skin. This condition doesn’t need to be a permanent one.

femalewashingfaceWhile a great many double chins are as a result of the individual being overweight, this isn’t always the case. Skin in the neck area is often extremely thin, even thinner than when compared to many other parts of the body, and this makes it more prone to showing the signs of aging. Thankfully, there are ways to make things better.

Looking after your skin should be about so much more than using products, of course. We can help ourselves by eating the right foods and drinking sufficient quantities of fresh water. Food items which are good for the skin include fish, a range of vegetables and some meats will help you to maintain healthy skin at all ages.

Certain vitamins and minerals can also help you, as can drinking fewer cups of tea and coffee through the day. This is an issue that can prove to be difficult for many men and women, but you can at least make some difference by making the switch to green tea. In many ways, a serving of common sense is the most important thing.