Monday, February 25, 2013

Color of the Year 2013: Emerald

There are 23 days till Spring!!!! Time to work on your spring wardrobe and green is the color to wear! The Pantone Color of the Year for 2013 is Emerald. Not just emerald green is in. There are plenty of shades of green to choose from this spring especially minty green shades. Crisp black and white looks are also in if you are not feeling the green. Another trend for spring that you may not like is 90's fashion. Yes, the 90's are back! Acid washed denim, printed leggings, crop tops and bold print tops. Good luck with that!  You will also be seeing the 60's influence that we have been seeing. Bermuda shorts are hot as well as strips. A trend I really like is polka dots. They are always fun and happy and are great to add as an accent. A polka dot scarf work well. We have lots of options this spring. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Cold and Longer Life

I hate the cold, but as it turns out, it may help us live longer! A study at the University of Michigan suggests that lowering out body temperature reduces the rate of chemical reactions slowing the aging process. The study found that cold air activates a receptor (the TRPA1 channel) found in nerve and fat cells causing a chain of signaling which ultimately stimulates a gene (DAF-16/FOXO) associated with longevity. And eat your sushi! The wasabi that goes with it also stimulates the TRPA1. So I guess, if you want to live longer, sit outside on a cold winter day and eat sushi with lots of wasabi!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Q&A: Pale Nail Beds

Q. My nail beds have a pale look to them. What could be causing it?

A. You could have an iron deficiency. Start by adding more high iron foods to your diet. Some of the usual and some unexpected high iron foods include dried apricots, egg yolks, roasted pumpkin, squash, sesame and sunflower seeds, artichokes, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, beans, lentils, chick peas, soybeans, fortified cereals, dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach and collard greens. You want to eat a high vitamin C food (such as oranges, strawberries and peppers) with your high iron foods to help your body absorb the iron. Your doctor can do a blood test to find out if the problem is an iron deficiency or if the cause is some other problem.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Real Self Website

Thinking of getting a little something done? Check out for reviews on plastic surgery procedures, laser treatments, tooth whitening, etc. Members share if their elective services were worth it, how much their procedure was, post reviews and comments. It gives you some great information to help you make your decision.