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Healthy Salad Dressing: 8 Fats To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Salad

Healthy Salad Dressing: 8 Fats To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Salad

Commented Jun 26, 2012 at 20:21:27 in Healthy Living

“Don't roast any nuts - because roasting reduces omega-3s.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

lionstar on Jun 26, 2012 at 23:19:02

“Yes I would never roast nuts--but what about salmon when you cook it? Are its omega3's impacted from cooking?I've never heard that they are but now I'm wondering.”
Healthy Skin Tips: 10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know

Healthy Skin Tips: 10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know

Commented May 31, 2012 at 17:00:51 in Healthy Living

“I used olive oil for many years. Loved it -- until I found virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil is even better! I use it on my face and my whole body. Marvelous stuff! (I am not paid for saying this).

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

beach4me on Jun 2, 2012 at 14:32:57

“I had never had skin problems before and then out of no where, I got the worst case of eczema on both of my legs. After going thru the expensive medications with little results, I tried some coconut oil and it has worked wonders. Love it!”

Gizmo9 on Jun 2, 2012 at 10:42:56

“I use virgin coconut oil to remove waterproof eye make-up. Not only that it is harmless but it goes a long way too. As they say... if you can not eat it do not put it on your skin.”

Sunshinegirl24 on Jun 2, 2012 at 09:22:35

“i have also heard that the aroma of coconut is good for the brain. :) another plus. where would I get virgin coconut oil? a health food store?
and is coconut milk good for you? the thing now seems to be coconut milk sold because of the goodness of it. is this true or is that a hype?”

onebluebrick on May 31, 2012 at 17:48:00

“Good because coconut oil smells like coconut. I personally do not like the smell, and know others who do not, either.”
Healthy Skin Tips: 10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know

Healthy Skin Tips: 10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know

Commented May 31, 2012 at 16:58:07 in Healthy Living

“Not sure why in nearly every health advice of yours dairy and milk products are recommended - long after science has debunked them. Dairy is inflammatory, and does NOT help your bones - walk instead, get some sunlight, and take vitamin D of your level is low. To build strong bones you need many more minerals than calcium - like selenium, boron, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, which you will find in plant food: vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, herbs. Dairy is at the root of faster aging - with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, arthritis, depression, cancer and autoimmune diseases.

Also: Why a moisturizer if plain old virgin coconut oil works so much better? Most cosmetics contain petroleum byproducts.

Facial exercises are great. To fight a sagging chin line, stretch out your tongue often. 21 times, if you are at it.

Hot water application has to be used with caution. It can aggravate skin conditions like rosacea and tiny red broken vessels. Splashing your face (preferably also you whole body) with cold water after warm water is much better.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

thrtkennel on Jun 2, 2012 at 20:01:36

“yes, dairy is awful unless it is raw organic... A good old fashioned bone broth is excellent for skin...”

Ann Theresa on Jun 2, 2012 at 10:50:17

“My skin is very sensitive to chemicals. I cannot use most moisturizers because they all have PABA in them. I love using coconut oil. It is pure, no chemicals, and a little goes a long way. The jar lasts a long time and it is much cheaper than those pricey cosmetic counter moisturizers.....I agree. Coconut oil is it!”

BlueGinger on Jun 2, 2012 at 09:38:10

“What do you think about almond milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk for calcium?”

RubyToday on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:36:44

“Thank you for the advice. When I finish using the expensive department store skincare line I'm using now I'll check out the virgin coconut oil. And, any advice on drinking the almond milk? Or is that not good as well?”
How Much Water Do You Really Need? What Hydration Looks Like

How Much Water Do You Really Need? What Hydration Looks Like

Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 16:37:35 in Healthy Living

“That is confusing two tests:

1. If you press on your flesh (usually at the legs) and a dimple stays, it shows that there is water between your tissue - also called edema.

2. If you take up a skin fold (usually on your hand or arm) and it stays up ("tenting") for a little while, you are dehydrated.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

petey shabadoo on Mar 1, 2012 at 00:59:14

“Looking at skin tenting on the arms and hands is a pretty poor indicator of volume status. Sun exposed skin tends to lose its elasticity. Better to look at truncal skin which, unless you're dealing with an eldery lifeguard should be better protected.
(Additionally, considering you're a doctor, please use the correct terminology, dehydrated means lack of water, while you are describing a test for volume depletion)

Petey, MD, physician, clinician”
How Much Water Do You Really Need? What Hydration Looks Like

How Much Water Do You Really Need? What Hydration Looks Like

Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 16:35:07 in Healthy Living

“Yes, it is normal.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”
How Much Water Do You Really Need? What Hydration Looks Like

How Much Water Do You Really Need? What Hydration Looks Like

Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 16:34:11 in Healthy Living

“Bad news: There's NOTHING in life you can have as much as you want. Everything in moderation - even water!

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

FlowerGypsy on Feb 28, 2012 at 19:42:21

“this is true. one time i was drinking far over a gallon a day to keep myself from getting hungry and instead my body FREAKED out”

dancerctry on Feb 28, 2012 at 17:15:40

“I sip water when exercising and try to drink some but in my case we're talking a 6.9 fl oz bottle and maybe half total each day. Here's my exercises.

http://homewithmommy-fran.blogspot.com/2012/02/ultimate-exercise-routine.html It's been modified slightly but this is basically it. I have been on a diet (there are other posts about it almost there! Waist is the issue now not weight). anyway, My BA is in Dance. I'm a SAHM.”
How Much Water Do You Really Need? What Hydration Looks Like

How Much Water Do You Really Need? What Hydration Looks Like

Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 16:32:24 in Healthy Living

“Unfortunately, that is not true - especially in older people: The thirst center in the brain is not as alert anymore as it should be. Observing the color of your urine is a much more reliable way. The charts shown here have no true colors - at least not on my computer (they look pinkish). Rule of thumb: If it definitely is yellow (without taking vitamins), then you definitely are not hydrated well.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author of the book "Health20 - Tapping into the Healing Power of Water", Mc Graw Hill 2007.”

petey shabadoo on Mar 1, 2012 at 01:13:40

“Just curious on how many patients you have seen with intact cognition and access to water who have come in with hypernatremia?”

DakkonA on Feb 28, 2012 at 21:53:28

“Err... is checking the color of your urine really a less-delayed indicator than the feeling of thirst?”

Ossit on Feb 28, 2012 at 18:30:02

“Oh. Mine is either clear, coldwatermd or it has a tinge of pale yellow to it and I drink tea every day. I don't see why I'm not hydrated when tea is water. What does it mean when it's been as brown as rust but I otherwise feel okay?”

GetAbike on Feb 28, 2012 at 17:25:51

“thanks for your comments and helping people with their questions doc.”
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What Happens In Your Body When You Eat Ramen And Gatorade

Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 17:53:35 in Healthy Living

“How can anything hydrate better than fresh pure water? We are made for fresh pure water!

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

JRF52374 on Oct 19, 2012 at 11:26:27

“For simple hydration yes, nothing better than pure water. However, during a rigorous work out you lose a lot of salt and electrolytes. These when replenished enhance the drained energy making ya last longer like the energizer battery. Is this not obvious?”

MalteseTiger on Mar 16, 2012 at 13:21:54

“Sweat = lost water, sodium and potassium
Water = water
Gatorade and the like = water, sodium, potassium and electrolytes.

Some med school appears to have played a terrible prank on you..”

jeffgschultz on Feb 16, 2012 at 20:52:36

“is sweat made out of pure water? I think you should ask for your money back on tat PhD....”
10 Celebs Who Refuse To 'Fix' Their Teeth

10 Celebs Who Refuse To 'Fix' Their Teeth

Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 17:50:19 in Healthy Living

“The health problem with fixing teeth is that one undergoes a perfectly unnecessary procedure - and each procedure has a slim but definite risk that something goes awry. Many people who whiten their teeth now will find later that they weakened their precious teeth enamel. And living solely for the opinions of other people is a sorry state of mind.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

mtknibbesr on Feb 16, 2012 at 18:29:10

“So, Dr. Fleckenstein, Did you bless us here on Huffington Post with your presence to give us your opinion on our teeth or is there another reason? You may strike my question up to just
that..curiosity.”
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Global Health Food: Nielsen Survey Reveals Food Attitudes Around The World

Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 19:07:02 in Healthy Living

“Are you being paid by the dairy industry? Why else do we see this line-up of the usual suspects?

Instead of telling us what other nations wrongly perceive as healthy, how about telling us about what really is healthy?

If you want my opinion: Dairy products are not among them - unless they come from your own cow in your own backyard!

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

Alvarask on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:32:14

“I have to say that three months ago I started getting organic raw milk from a local dairy, and it is excellent. Sweet and creamy and my skin is beautiful. It's very difficult to have non-raw milk now when I go away from home.”
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11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live To 100

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 01:01:00 in Healthy Living

“Let it be garlic - not capsules. Fresh food gives you more return for your bucks.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

Puss-catel on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:25:19

“In a fast paced society such as ours, where people's bad eating habits at times dictate their days, a capsule with a good ratio of these two ingredients is the practical choice. Most people aren't going to sit and chomp on raw garlic and cayene pepper for their inherent benefits and protection from stroke and heart attack. Of course, I agree that "fresh food" is the best bang for your buck in most instances, but in my humble opinion, people have to do decide what works best for their lifestyle and particular situation. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. Although, your opinion would have stood on it's own merit, without you having to mention your credentials.”

time1910 on Jan 19, 2012 at 03:48:21

“.. and bad breath.”
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11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live To 100

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 21:16:29 in Healthy Living

“The most important part of living a long life, apart from enjoying it, is that one more likely avoids the long decline with multiple bad diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and so on, which make life miserable. If you take care of yourself - and have some reasonable genes - you live longer and can pursue better your purpose in life. If you are already sick and out of shape and hurting everywhere by age forty, you will not make it to ripe old age.

And we all hope for a swift, painless end.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author of the book "Healthy to 100 - Aging with Vigor and Grace."”
WIN IT: A $200 Whole Foods Gift Card For Thanksgiving Groceries

WIN IT: A $200 Whole Foods Gift Card For Thanksgiving Groceries

Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 17:35:52 in Healthy Living

“As a physician I always have recommended that my patients feed their souls first: It is more important to be with family and friends and celebrate than to do everything right health-wise on that single day.

BUT: Next day return to your good habits - or start them! - And here in these answers are already a few good ideas!

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”
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5 Green Ways to Kick Back This Summer

Commented Jul 9, 2012 at 20:42:56 in Teen

“Another idea: Learn about the weeds that grow in your garden (or a not-soiled outside place). Harvest and cook them. It quickly will connect you to Mother Nature. In my garden, I harvest stinging nettle, dandelion, vine leaves, purslane, and many others.

Did you know that vine leaves have more resveratrol than red wine?

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”
Brown Fat: Of Smoke... and Fire?

Brown Fat: Of Smoke... and Fire?

Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 21:07:20 in Healthy Living

“The old-fashioned cold shower - and other cold-water treatments - work for several good, physiological reasons. Brown fat is one benefit of cold exposure.

Just end every warm/hot shower/bath with a cold shower - a few seconds are enough. Contraindicated in people who have uncontrolled high blood pressure and people with arterial disease. One also should not take a cold shower during any acute illness, like a cold.

Enjoy!

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author of the book "Health20 - Tap into the Healing Power of Water."”

sabelmouse on Feb 4, 2012 at 08:49:40

“i boil myself i a hot bath every night. i've always had trouble coping with cold. i wear lots of clothes and use lots of blankets and that way i can read in bed for a bit.”

babybelle on Jan 31, 2012 at 08:46:53

“Thanks for saying a few seconds is enough. That's about all I can stand ! LOL!
But I don't have a problem wearing a cold wrap when I work out on my treadmill.”
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Gravitate Toward What You Hate

Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 13:55:17 in Healthy Living

“Why?”
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Gravitate Toward What You Hate

Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 18:45:13 in Healthy Living

“That's funny - a nice article!

I used to hate the flowering plants in my mother-in-law's window ("looks like an aquarium," I complained - and he still loved me!). Now I am a gardener. - Hated ANY form of physical exertion. Now I am giving health advice for exercise. - Hated skiing. I am nearly done writing a book about skiing. - Hated the regular Sunday afternoon coffee and cake sessions at my family's. Now I cherish my siblings.

Still, a few thinks I still love to hate: unfairness, bigotry, racism.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

"Mom, I'm Fat": How I Responded To My 7-Year-Old Daughter

Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 18:03:35 in Parents

“It seems you put all the blame on yourself - look how nearly every paragraph starts with "I".

Your child lives in the world. There is peer pressure, advertisements, TV, movies. You have done your part. Now it is your daughter up to the world - and you can still whisper a few encouraging words.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”
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7 Health Benefits Of Coffee

Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 18:13:40 in Healthy Living

“The photo does NOT show a basal cell carcinoma. This could be an early melanoma but is more likely a benign nevus.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

goddelusion on Nov 1, 2011 at 18:43:01

“All that w/o an biopsy? Next time I'll use my iPhone and send in a picture and forgo the office visit.”

Dinkum Olam on Nov 1, 2011 at 01:30:19

“I thought the same thing when I saw the photo. Freckle.”
What Are The Healthiest Sports?

What Are The Healthiest Sports?

Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 16:24:02 in Healthy Living

“Squash is a highly accident-prone sport - I would not recommend it.

Instead, play a game of pick-up ball on the field around the corner with a few neighborhood friends. Much more bang for your buck - no buck at all, actually.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”
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Can You Really Wash Away Your Troubles?

Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 14:27:50 in Healthy Living

“Water rituals have been used in all religions - from baptism to the ablutions of the Koran. Thus, it might be difficult to decide if we feel cleansed by a washing ritual because water does that to our psyche, or because those religious believes are so ingrained in us.

Probably both come together, making water so powerful. Add to this the surprising effects of COLD water - and you have a powerful tool to improve your health! And those effects are not only on the psychological level - their physiologic, endocrine, hormonal, and so on, effects have been recorded by science.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author of "Health20 - Tap into the Healing Power of Water".”
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Live to 100, Beautifully

Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 18:51:48 in Healthy Living

“Agree with all of this - BUT will we use our later years for creating a better life for all, or is is only more of entertainment and distraction?

Elders have to give so much to society. Yet your many additional years might easily become a burden if all your loved ones have died and you have not connected to the younger generations.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author of "Healthy to 100 - Aging with Vigor and Grace.”
For Better Or For Worse? How Your Spouse Impacts Your Diet

For Better Or For Worse? How Your Spouse Impacts Your Diet

Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 21:10:54 in Healthy Living

“How about some beef - or food for thought? Namely how to get both parties to be healthier.

Here a few ideas:
- Attend a cooking course together
- Alternate in preparing breakfast and cooking dinner - and then discuss after which meals you feel better
- Stop all snacks, preferably before you have children who will follow your example
- Plan an outing every weekend: a hike, a bike tour, a walk, a (healthy) picnic, a dive - whatever moves you
- Take turns on a simple rowing machine/stationary bike in front of TV
- Eliminate all dairy (butter, cream, yogurt, milk, cheese, etc.) most of the time
- Find recipes for a sinful birthday cake made without flour (hint: Viennese walnut cake - made of nuts and cream)
- Don't spend your money on juices and soft beverages; stick to water, herbal teas, green and black teas.

Hug and kiss and touch often - have a happy marriage!

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

Danny Dragone on Sep 25, 2011 at 16:51:29

“I have a gluten allergy. I'm confused. Your cake idea sounds great but it goes against the rule before it to not eat dairy. ???? All the other ideas are great and my fiance and I do many things similar.”
6 Beauty Secrets To Steal From Your Grandma (Plus 2 To Skip)

6 Beauty Secrets To Steal From Your Grandma (Plus 2 To Skip)

Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 21:51:48 in Healthy Living

“Vaseline, made from petroleum, is not a good idea. Olive oil and coconut work wonders on skin, and are cheap.

Beauty comes from the inside - so a diet high in vegetables is important. Plenty of sleep regenerates cells. Regular movement in house and garden plus walking is less expensive than a gym, and helps your life in other ways. Drinking warm water (herbal teas!) from the inside and taking cold showers and sitzbaths to strengthen your immune system and bring a healthy glow to your skin. Think some friendly thoughts.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”
Healthy Food So Cheap You'd Think It's Fast Food

Healthy Food So Cheap You'd Think It's Fast Food

Commented Aug 26, 2011 at 13:37:17 in Healthy Living

“Yogurt and other dairy products are not healthy - they are highly inflammatory, and add to the burden of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, arthritis , cancer and depression.

Really cheap and fresh are cabbages (white, Savoy, red, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, etc), root vegetables *rutabaga, red beets, carrots, turnips, etc.) and veggies and fruit in season - right now is berry time!

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.”

ftp2k112244 on Aug 28, 2011 at 16:59:41

“While this is true”

MJinCanada on Aug 26, 2011 at 17:14:01

“Human beings evolved and adapted to eat whatever was available in their region. People in the far north of North America, Asia and Europe traditionally lived largely on fatty meats, often raw or barely cooked, and a "normal" North American balanced diet creates problems with diabetes. In the hilly areas of Europe, where cropland was scarce, goat, sheep, mare and cow milk products are a traditional staple. In Japan and surrounding areas, people have seasoned their food with a seaweed containing high amounts of naturally occurring MSG -- but they traditionally don't have dairy products and many Asians are lactose intolerant.

People in various regions eat snails and larvae as well as fish, beans and roots that are highly toxic unless properly prepared.

So trying to say that any one food is "BAD" for everyone is just plain silly.”
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