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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <articles> <article> <ID>26190</ID> <title>A Green Mediterranean Diet May Positively Impact Your Health and the Planet</title> <publishDate>2022-09-23 13:21:47</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_1 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_1"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_1 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_0 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_0 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_1 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_2 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_1 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The traditional Mediterranean diet is often lauded for its health benefits. But did you know that this way of eating can also be good for the planet?&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A 'green' version of the Mediterranean diet—one that includes plenty of plant-based foods and fewer animal products—can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while still providing all the health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;So, what exactly is a green Mediterranean diet? Essentially, it is a more plant-based version of the traditional Mediterranean diet, which has been shown to protect against heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases. The green version of this diet includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Health Benefits of a Green Mediterranean Diet &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are well-established. This way of eating has been linked with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other chronic conditions.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4830057/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Researchers&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; found that people who followed a Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of dying from any cause over 12 years compared to those who didn't follow this diet.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;a href="https://heart.bmj.com/content/107/13/1054" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;New studies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; suggest that a green version of the Mediterranean diet may offer even more health benefits, including cardiovascular health, gut health and protection from brain atrophy. The green Mediterranean version includes more vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes while focusing less on meat and dairy.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The health benefits of a green Mediterranean diet are supposedly linked to the high intake of polyphenols. These plant-based compounds have &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6160559/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and have been linked with a lower risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In addition, following a green Mediterranean diet may also be good for the planet. Sustainable seafood options, for example, help preserve ocean resources, and eating locally grown produce reduces your carbon footprint.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Foods in a Green Mediterranean Diet&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you're interested in trying a green Mediterranean diet, there are many delicious recipes to choose from. Start by incorporating more plant-based foods into your meals, such as plant-based foods rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and olive oil. The diet also includes nuts such as almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Some of the best foods to incorporate into this diet are:&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Fruits&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: apples, oranges, pears, peaches;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Vegetables&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: broccoli, cauliflower;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Grains&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: brown rice; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Nuts&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: almonds; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Oils&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: olive oil. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ul&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Environmental Impact of a Green Mediterranean Diet &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.foodsystemprimer.org/food-production/food-and-climate-change/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;growing body of research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; shows that what we eat can significantly impact climate change.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The traditional Mediterranean diet is already considered environmentally friendly because it includes lots of locally grown fruits and vegetables and relies on olive oil as its primary source of fat. However, we could make this way of eating even more sustainable by including more plant-based foods and fewer animal-based products.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A green Mediterranean diet, in particular, is beneficial for both human health and the environment. There are several reasons why the Mediterranean diet is so beneficial for the environment. First, the diet is based on whole, unprocessed foods, typically grown locally, which reduces the need for long-distance transportation and greenhouse gas emissions. Second, the diet emphasizes plant-based foods with a lower carbon footprint than animal-based foods.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Mediterranean diet is also relatively &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1476-069X-12-118"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;low in meat consumption&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; compared to the standard western diet. This has a lower impact on the environment because meat production requires more resources than plants, and raising animals for food emits greenhouse gasses.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The climate crisis is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and it's essential to find ways to reduce our impact on the planet. One way to do this is by changing our diets. So, if you're looking to improve your health and do your part for the planet, a green Mediterranean diet is a perfect place to start!&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Green-Mediterranean-Diet.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/a-green-mediterranean-diet-may-positively-impact-your-health-and-the-planet/</url> </article> <article> <ID>26181</ID> <title>Is There Such a Thing As Having Too Much Sex?</title> <publishDate>2022-09-22 13:12:29</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_2 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_2"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_2 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_1 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_3 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_4 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_5 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_2 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Romantic life is a healthy, fun and intimate part of any relationship and one of the best possible &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.sdrelationshipplace.com/4-ways-a-healthy-sex-life-supports-good-mental-health/#:~:text=Sex%20boosts%20serotonin%2C%20which%20helps,soothed%20from%20stress%20and%20anxiety.&amp;amp;text=A%20lack%20of%20sex%20can,worth%20and%20confidence%20to%20plummet." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;boosts to your emotional, mental and physical health&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. But is it possible to have too much sex? This is an important question that deserves to be addressed in terms of physical health, emotional maturity and mental wellbeing. So, what does the research say when it comes to having 'too much sex?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is It Even Possible to Have Too Much Sex?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It might not be a simple cut-and-dry answer at first, but the truth is, it depends. As you consider the question of having too much sex in light of your own life, ask yourself what values and uses of your time are most important to you. If you spend an excessive amount of time thinking about sex, you can throw off the balance of your life. If such daydreaming distracts you from work or your ability to engage in your hobbies, you might be dealing with an early sign of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/signs-sex-addict" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;sex addiction&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Even if sex addiction is not on the table, you should still consider whether or not you're having too much sex. You don't need to be experiencing physical health problems for sex to be getting in the way of your highest quality of life. Instead, consider the most important people, organizations and events to you. Is your relationship with sex preventing you from pursuing those opportunities? If so, cutting back on sex and freeing up time and mental energy to invest in your friends, family and hobbies can greatly &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://familydoctor.org/health-benefits-good-sex-life/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;benefit your emotional health and overall quality of life&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Can I Tell If I'm Having Too Much Sex?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Several physical indicators help answer this question. Both men and women can develop &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.forhims.com/blog/is-it-bad-to-have-sex-every-day#:~:text=No.,lead%20to%20certain%20physical%20issues" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;soreness in the pelvic region&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; as a result of excessive sexual activity. Excessive friction can also lead to skin irritation for both men and women, thus providing an opportunity to ask yourself whether you should take a break.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Other &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex/too-much-sex#signs-it-may-be-too-much" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;physical indicators&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that you might be overdoing it include pain during intercourse, urinary tract infections in women and neck pain resulting from too much strain. If the amount of sexual activity doesn't leave time in your schedule to take care of yourself, your problem will only get bigger as time goes on. Additionally, using sex as a coping mechanism to avoid difficult tasks or conversations is a good sign that it's time to slow down and make more responsible choices.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Can I Do to Help Myself and My Partner?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If these symptoms of excessive sexual intercourse haven't raised any alarm bells, then great! Maintain the frequency that you and your partner find most comfortable, but keep in mind a few tricks for making regular sex pleasant and healthy. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;First, arrange your diet around high-nutrient foods that will increase your sexual desire and boost your mood, such as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hamiltonhealthcenter.com/top-sexual-health-tips/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;oranges, grapefruit, almonds, cashews, salmon and kale&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. In addition to dietary changes, alterations to your exercise habits have the potential to boost your sex drive. Exercise, in general, will improve your cardiovascular health and stamina, but &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/11-ways-to-help-yourself-to-a-better-sex-life" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Kegels&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; especially will strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor and intensify sexual response.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Your emotional intimacy with your partner also plays a vital role in the quality of your sex life. If you and your partner can maintain openness and honesty in your conversations about the sexual dimension of your relationship, you will build a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hamiltonhealthcenter.com/top-sexual-health-tips/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;foundation of trust&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which is imperative for communicating your needs to each other. If, for example, one of you feels that you have sex too frequently, the trust that you've built will make it easier to work together and find a solution.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You owe it to yourself and your partner to assess the place sex has in your lives. If you're experiencing consequences to your physical or mental health, it might be time to hold off. Don't be afraid to have difficult conversations and make an honest assessment of the situation!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Having-Too-Much-Sex.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/is-there-such-a-thing-as-having-too-much-sex/</url> </article> <article> <ID>26173</ID> <title>Genetics and Your Health</title> <publishDate>2022-09-21 12:51:54</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_3 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_3"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_3 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_2 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_6 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_7 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_8 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_3 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Have you ever thought about your predisposition to certain diseases based on your family's medical history? Some people may think that your chances of getting diseases or conditions are entirely up to lifestyle and fate. However, a significant portion of a person's predisposition to certain medical conditions and diseases comes from genetics.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What is Genetics? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how genetics determine some aspects of your health, let's first look at what genetics really are. Genetics is the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/fact-sheets/Pages/genetics.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study of genes and heredity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which is how a person's unique traits are passed onto them from their parents. A gene is &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/fact-sheets/Pages/genetics.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;a blueprint for building molecules&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to ensure that your body functions properly. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.gen.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/whygenetics" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Geneticists have discovered&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that we can learn a lot about people from genetics and utilize this information to further medical research and development. Genetics &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.gen.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/whygenetics" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;impacts a broad spectrum of scientific research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and can be utilized to influence your everyday life.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Genetics Can Affect Your Health &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Although several factors go into developing certain diseases, such as lifestyle and exposure to disease-causing substances, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19932/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;your family history&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; plays one of the most prominent roles as a risk factor. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19932/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Diseases&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; such as cardiovascular disease, psychiatric illnesses, cancer, autoimmune disorders and diabetes can be passed down to you from your parents and their genes. Therefore, being aware of your family's medical history and propensity toward certain diseases is valuable for taking control of your health.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;When a new human life is formed, the fetus has a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19932/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;complete set of genes from both the mother and the father&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This is why knowing your family's medical history can help you better understand your own health. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Being aware of your genes and family history can help you pick up on genetic predispositions. Having a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/understanding/mutationsanddisorders/predisposition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;genetic predisposition&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, also called genetic susceptibility, means you have an &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/understanding/mutationsanddisorders/predisposition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;increased likelihood&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; of developing specific diseases based on your unique genetic makeup. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you know you have a genetic predisposition toward a particular disease, you can take better precautions and stay on top of your health. Regularly meeting with your doctor as a part of preventative healthcare is a great way to utilize your genetic knowledge to your advantage. This is one of the many reasons why the study of genetics can be so valuable: having a better understanding of genetics plays a vital role in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cdc.gov/genomics/about/basics.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;developing better ways to prevent and treat diseases&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Genetics and Lifestyle &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Having a genetic predisposition toward disease is not the only way to develop diseases. Although genes make a large contribution, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/understanding/mutationsanddisorders/predisposition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;lifestyle and environment&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; may make you more susceptible to disease. Diseases caused by multiple factors are called &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/understanding/mutationsanddisorders/predisposition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;multifactorial diseases&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;However, genetic susceptibility does not necessarily guarantee that you'll develop a disease. This is one of the reasons why proactively taking care of your health through regular exercise, healthful nutrition and annual doctor visits can have lasting benefits. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Even if your family history indicates that cancer or diabetes runs in your family, you can prevent and even break the cycle. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/genes-or-lifestyle#:~:text=Even%20if%20a%20condition%20like,says%20cardiologist%20Donald%20Lloyd%2DJones." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Exercising and weight management&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; can make a significant difference in several diseases, even if they are often passed down genetically. Although starting as early as possible is always best, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/genes-or-lifestyle#:~:text=Even%20if%20a%20condition%20like,says%20cardiologist%20Donald%20Lloyd%2DJones." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;research shows&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that turning your health around even in your 60s and 70s has major health benefits, so start wherever you are right now!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Although you can't alter your genetics, you can take wise, preventative steps to benefit your health. You can start by documenting your family's medical history and see how far back you're able to go. This approach may help you realize whether you have a genetic predisposition towards a specific disease. Also, sharing this information with your doctor will help them better personalize your care and look out for certain diseases early on.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Genes play a large role in your likelihood of developing some diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease; however, other factors like lifestyle and environment are as significant as genetics. Ensuring that you're eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly and having annual check-ups with your primary care doctor are great ways to start taking control of your health!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Genetics-and-Your-Health.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/genetics-and-your-health/</url> </article> <article> <ID>26159</ID> <title>Sound/Music Therapy</title> <publishDate>2022-09-20 10:50:50</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_4 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_4"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_4 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_3 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_9 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_10 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_11 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_4 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Have you ever thought about whether sounds or music could aid in healing your body?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sound therapy is an effective and increasingly popular way to improve overall health and well-being. From sound baths to music therapy, there are many ways to use sound for its healing properties.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sound therapy can reduce anxiety, improve sleep quality and manage pain when used to its full potential. As a result, hospitals and other healthcare settings are increasing their use of sound therapy to support patients during their recovery.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The history of sound and music therapy dates back thousands of years, when ancient cultures used music and sound for healing purposes. Today, sound therapy is regaining its pristine popularity as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approach.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are many different types of sound therapy, each with its unique benefits.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Binaural Beats&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Binaural beats are your brain's illusive perception of two different frequencies being played in each ear, thus creating a third frequency in the middle of the two. For example, if the left ear picks up a tone at 210 Hz and the right ear picks up a tone at 200 Hz, the binaural beat is 10 Hz, the difference between the two frequencies. The binaural pulse is an illusion created by your brain rather than an actual audible sound heard by your ears.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The pulsing tone perceived by your brain causes your brainwaves to synchronize with the tone's frequency, an effect called brainwave entrainment.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The effects of this therapy are still not fully understood, but decades of research have uncovered several benefits, such as stress relief, sleep disorder amelioration and focus improvements. Binaural beats are often used for meditation or relaxation, but they have also been found to help with insomnia, anxiety and PTSD. In addition, the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26612201/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;40 Hz or gamma wave binaural beat&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; has been shown to promote focus and concentration alongside improvements in memory. Subjects were shown to have improvements after even just 3 minutes of exposure. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sound Baths&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A sound bath is a type of therapy that uses sound to heal the body, mind and soul. It's a relaxing session where you lie down on your back and listen to sounds from bells, gongs, singing bowls and other instruments for about an hour, typically after a yoga session or as a one-time event.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Singing bowls for sound baths use vibrational frequencies to promote healing. The bowls are made of metal or crystal, producing a resonant sound when struck with a mallet. The sound waves produced by the bowl can help the body relax and rejuvenate. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sound baths are gaining popularity as a way to relax and de-stress, as they help promote relaxation and stress relief. A 2020 &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32507429/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;research review&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; reiterated the positive effects but cautioned about the small number of studies on sound baths and their potential risk of methodological bias. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Music Therapy&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another popular type of sound therapy is music therapy, which people use to help their bodies heal from physical, emotional and mental traumas. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Music therapy uses multiple techniques to achieve its benefits. These include listening to music, playing instruments and singing. The therapist will work with the patient to find the best approach for their needs.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Music is beneficial for reducing stress, improving moods and helping people cope with anxiety and depression. A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/major-health-benefits-music-uncovered-225589" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; from Mcgill University has shown that listening to music was more effective than taking prescription drugs in reducing anxiety before surgery.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Music is also beneficial for those who are ill or recovering from surgery by reducing pain, anxiety and stress and promoting healthy recovery. A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/298069#Music-reduced-pain,-anxiety-after-surgery" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; from Brunel University in London has shown that music therapy can reduce both pain and anxiety in patients recovering from surgery. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Music therapy can be a salutary avenue for people struggling with addiction. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cochrane.org/CD012576/ADDICTN_music-therapy-people-substance-use-disorder" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Studies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; have shown that music therapy help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms in people trying to quit drugs or alcohol. Music therapy also helps people struggling with addiction by providing a positive outlet for emotions and helping them to cope with stress. It is the ideal channel for expressing feelings and achieving more profound levels of relaxation. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The benefits of music therapy break the barriers of age. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/301680" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; has shown that singing is better for calming babies down than talking. Babies are more relaxed and engaged when they hear their parents sing rather than talk. Singing also helps them develop their language skills and their ability to understand music and rhythm.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you're looking for a natural way to reduce stress and promote healing, sound therapy may be right for you. And if you're wondering where to start, there are plenty of binaural beats available on the Internet that might resonate with you. However, it is best to look for qualified, professional music therapists for sound baths and music therapy. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/SoundMusic-Therapy.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/sound-music-therapy/</url> </article> <article> <ID>26157</ID> <title>Is Mental Healthcare Less Accessible to Marginalized Communities?</title> <publishDate>2022-09-20 10:42:45</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_5 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_5"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_5 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_4 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_12 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_13 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_14 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_5 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mental health is increasingly becoming a fundamental element of healthcare for all. But accessibility is a challenge the healthcare community is struggling to resolve. While some groups can take advantage of mental healthcare, marginalized communities have less access to it, thus worsening outcomes for those who have mental illnesses. Due to a lack of accessibility, Hispanic or Black Americans who live in historically marginalized communities cannot treat their mental illnesses as other Americans.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;How Mental Health Affects the Marginalized&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Unsurprisingly, mental health affects marginalized communities as well as those who aren't marginalized. But those mental health illnesses are usually &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/why-mental-healthcare-is-less-accessible-to-marginalized-communities" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;less common but more severe&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; in historically marginalized communities. For black and Hispanic Americans, this means that they are &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/why-mental-healthcare-is-less-accessible-to-marginalized-communities" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;less likely to suffer from depression&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; than white Americans, but when they do, it is worse. Such severe mental illnesses are highly debilitating and require treatment from professionals. Yet, despite the unequal outcomes for those suffering from mental illnesses in marginalized communities, access to mental healthcare does not reflect this reality. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;The Barriers to Mental Healthcare for the Marginalized &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mental healthcare provision is uncommon for marginalized communities. Several factors contribute to this lack of access, but one of the largest is the lack of utilization by marginalized communities. In 2015, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/why-mental-healthcare-is-less-accessible-to-marginalized-communities" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;researchers&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; found that 48% of white adults suffering from mental illnesses used mental healthcare while only 31% of black and Hispanic adults did the same. White Americans are more likely to receive treatment for their mental illnesses when compared to their black and Hispanic counterparts. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Additionally, men and women from marginalized communities can face stigma for their illnesses or even prejudice, reducing their access to mental healthcare. Like many suffering from mental illnesses, those from marginalized communities can experience the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.pharmacytoday.org/article/S1042-0991(21)00476-X/fulltext" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;stigma and shame&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that often accompany mental illness. By being from a marginalized community, it's possible for them to also suffer from &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.pharmacytoday.org/article/S1042-0991(21)00476-X/fulltext" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;racism, homophobia and other forms of bias&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that may reduce their access to healthcare. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Such pressures vary from one marginalized community to another as pressures and stigmas can also be applied inside the community. For example, Asian Americans are less likely to engage in mental health services due to cultural pressure within their communities that considers the acknowledgment of mental illness &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.pharmacytoday.org/article/S1042-0991(21)00476-X/fulltext" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;taboo&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Likewise, Middle Eastern Americans are more likely to receive stigma from other Americans but typically do not seek help from mental healthcare because they seek that assistance &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.pharmacytoday.org/article/S1042-0991(21)00476-X/fulltext" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;within their own families and communities. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The economic element can prevent equal access to healthcare for the marginalized as well. Unfortunately, there is an overlap between the socially marginalized communities in America and the lack of adequate &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7011222/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;health insurance coverage&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. As a result of less coverage, marginalized communities often have less access to what is often a costly service. This can be a significant barrier to preventing the marginalized from receiving needed assistance and care. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;How the Healthcare Industry Can Remove Barriers &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The barriers to receiving adequate and equal access to mental healthcare for marginalized communities are significant. Therefore, the healthcare industry has to step up to the plate to make a dent in the wall that prevents care from being accessible to those who need it. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Luckily, there are several areas for improvement that the healthcare industry is quickly becoming aware of. According to a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5192088/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; from the National Library of Medicine, researchers recommend that providers combat these barriers by improving training and education, clinical infrastructure and developing multidisciplinary teams to understand, prepare for and combat barriers preventing accessibility for the marginalized. By implementing these changes, providers will help make mental healthcare more accessible for the marginalized and improve the quality of their care.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mental healthcare is much less accessible than it should be for marginalized communities. Luckily, these barriers are not insurmountable, as healthcare providers can effectively overcome them by instituting changes designed to improve accessibility. By doing so, providers will create a more equitable world with equal access to mental healthcare for individuals from all communities. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Mental-Healthcare.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/is-mental-healthcare-less-accessible-to-marginalized-communities/</url> </article> <article> <ID>26150</ID> <title>Long-Term Effects of Tanning Beds</title> <publishDate>2022-09-19 08:56:25</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_6 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_6"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_6 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_5 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_15 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_16 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_17 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_6 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sometimes, achieving that most wanted look requires a visit to the tanning salon. And although the majority of people know the dangers of tanning, either indoors or outdoors, they still keep doing it. Therefore, people need to inform themselves and understand the dangers and long-term effects of tanning in tanning beds. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Tanning Beds Health Risks&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;No type of tanning is safe or healthy. By getting tanned, your skin becomes damaged, which is when the risks associated with skin damage start to appear or increase. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The fact that tanning beds pose a substantial risk for your skin health has been known and public for a long time. It doesn't matter the type of skin you have, your age or the intensity of the tan. Your skin still becomes damaged, and you are only putting yourself at significant risk. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#1: Are Tanning Beds Bad for Tattoos?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you just got a tattoo or have one that is not fully healed, you have to stay away from tanning beds. Tanning a fresh tattoo can cause more damage and lengthen the tattoo's healing process. Also, it can cause the color of the tattoo to fade away. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cover the tattoo with a piece of material if you really can't stay away from the tanning bed. You can also apply sunscreen over the tattoo for better coverage and protection. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#2: Will Tanning Beds Lighten Your Hair?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Indeed, a tanning bed will lighten your hair color. This happens because the lamps used to tan your skin emit artificial UV radiation. As this radiation darkens your skin color, it also lightens your hair. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The effects differ from one skin and hair type to another. While skin is made out of living tissue cells, hair is made out of dead tissue. As a result, UV radiation breaks the pigment in the hair, thus lightening its color. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#3: Why are Tanning Beds Worse Than Outdoor Tanning?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Tanning beds are considered more harmful than outdoor tanning. People tend to pick tanning beds over outdoor tanning because the time invested in the tanning process is much shorter, although the risks are more significant. No tanning type is healthy, although outdoor tanning brings fewer risks than tanning beds. Tanning beds produce 100 times more UV radiation levels than outdoor tanning. The risks of tanning grow exponentially after a day on the beach, so the levels skyrocket when talking about tanning beds. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#4: Premature Aging&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Since tanning damages skin cells, premature aging becomes more pronounced, especially over the face area. There are two primary UV rays used in tanning beds: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;UVA&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; has a longer wavelength and is associated with skin aging.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With its shorter wavelength, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;b&gt;UVB&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is associated with skin burning and tanning.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The difference between the two is that UVB rays cause faster tanning while UVA needs more prolonged exposure to very high levels so that the results can show. Certain tanning beds use mainly UVA rays, which, unfortunately, infiltrate more profoundly into the skin and cause devastating effects on the skin cells, such as melanoma and other types of skin cancer. Also, because UV exposure causes your skin to dry up, you will become more susceptible to acne breakouts.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#5: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2913608/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Do Tanning Beds Cause Cancer?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Tanning beds increase the risks of developing skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You don't need to be exposed to tanning beds for a long while for these risks to become hazardous. The damage appears even after the first tanning session. And with each session, the damage accumulates, so the damaged cells grow out of control. You may also be putting yourself at risk of developing ocular melanoma, cataracts and other diseases that may leave you blind. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you find that your family has a history of skin cancer, the risks may be higher for you. Many cases of melanoma, which is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, are linked to regular tanning, especially in tanning beds. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Myths about Tanning Beds&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are numerous myths regarding tanning beds. One of the most popular is that tanning beds will whiten your teeth, which is entirely false. You may get this impression because your teeth appear whiter as your skin becomes darker. Yet, this is only an illusion. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another popular myth is that indoor tanning is safer than outdoor tanning. But the reality is quite the opposite. Tanning beds use much higher UV lights that penetrate your skin and add to the damage with every use. As a result, tanning beds are more dangerous than sun tanning. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;These myths have appeared only to give bed tanning a better reputation and an excuse to use. But never underestimate the scientist's words and research. Any type of tanning is dangerous, mainly indoor tanning. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You can always pick a healthier alternative, such as spray tanning. Spray tanning does not expose you to dangerous rays such as UV and will instantly give you a look and glow of your choice! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Tanning beds are hazardous to your health, so don't let anyone change your belief. Premature aging and various skin diseases are a very high price to pay for such a small thing. Remember, a natural tan is always the healthiest choice if you want your skin to be one with the summer!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Tanning-Beds.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/long-term-effects-of-tanning-beds/</url> </article> <article> <ID>26142</ID> <title>The Benefits of Ice Baths</title> <publishDate>2022-09-18 08:27:26</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_7 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_7"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_7 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_6 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_18 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_19 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_20 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_7 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ice baths, also known as cold-water immersion, have become quite popular among athletes and fitness enthusiasts. You may have watched videos of athletes submerging into massive tubs or barrels filled to the brim with ice-cold water. It may seem odd or even unbearable for you, but ice baths bring many health benefits, especially after intense workouts, and they’re not just for professional athletes!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ice Baths and Their Health Benefits&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ice baths represent the practice of entering a tub filled with freezing water (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e., &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;50-59 F) for about 10 to 15 minutes. Usually, such baths are taken after intense exercise sessions or sports competitions that require the overwork of the muscles. They are believed to reduce muscle pain and soreness, commonly occurring after consuming workouts.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ice Baths May Boost the Immune System&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4034215/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; indicated that ice baths, combined with meditation and different breathing techniques, may strengthen the immune system. The study participants, who were all exposed to bacterial infections, showed fewer symptoms after experiencing an ice bath. Although the researchers note that deep breathing played a significant role in the experiment, the technique only worked if paired with ice baths or cold exposure. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ice Baths Diminish Muscle Soreness&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28177718/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; showed that ice baths are the perfect combatant against muscle soreness by reducing inflammation in just 15 minutes! The participants were asked to rest in water at 50 F for 10 to 15 minutes. Researchers concluded that the practice reduces muscle soreness more effectively than just waiting it out.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ice Baths Improve Recovery from Intense Training&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;For athletes, ice baths are nothing out of the ordinary. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24626137/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Studies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; show that ice baths can boost the recovery of different injuries resulting from high-intensity training. Athletes like boxers and MMA fighters benefit most from ice baths, reporting less soreness and inflammation after injuries, training and intense competitions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Not only do athletes benefit from improved recovery, but also gym members. If you are sore after an intense workout, try taking an ice bath. You will experience its benefits in no time! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ice Baths Can Reduce Cardiac Stress&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cardiac stress, a part of every athlete's life, increases exponentially if the environment is scorching hot because the athletes already overheat during training. Ice baths can ease your cardiac stress after training or competitions, especially in the heat, as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31343603/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;studies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; show that ice baths reduce participants' heart rate after long training sessions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Improve Recovery from Cardio&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24626137/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; showed that after a 20 minutes session of intense cardio, athletes recovered faster if they took an ice bath in the 15-minute break between sessions. In addition, the study compared results from athletes that took ice baths and those that didn't. Not only did the athletes perform better after the ice baths, but they recovered faster from exhaustion. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Answering Questions about Ice Baths&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is natural to have questions before starting any practice, and it's no different for ice baths. Many people online are looking to solve questions such as:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Do Ice Baths Help Sunburns?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ice baths can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.sedermatologyspecialists.com/blog/4-tips-for-healing-your-sunburn" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;indeed help heal sunburns&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This is because the cool water used in ice baths helps decrease the inflammation caused by a sunburn. Some people do not want to take anti-inflammatory medicine, and for them, ice baths are an excellent solution! Not only will ice baths encourage the process of healing, but they will also keep you cool and fresh!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Ice Baths Help Lose Weight?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Practicing ice baths can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.firstpost.com/health/do-ice-baths-help-in-muscle-recovery-and-weight-loss-7748911.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;activate&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; the brown adipose, primarily located around your neck and collar bones. When activated, it releases different hormones responsible for burning the fats that gather around your waist and thighs, and, as a result, it can help you lose weight. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Prepare Your Ice Bath&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are a few requirements to remember before preparing your ice bath, starting with the temperature, which must be around 50-59 F or 10-15 C. Also, keep an eye on the time spent in the ice bath, as spending too much time in an ice bath can have adverse consequences. You should not spend more than 10-15 minutes in an ice bath. Finally, before entering the ice bath, you must make yourself comfortable with the water. Begin with your feet, then legs, chest, and so on.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Keep in mind that an ice bath may not be for everyone. Many studies point out that the benefits are more valuable for athletes than the general population. If you want to use ice baths to recover from athletic injuries or intense training sessions, always look out for the temperature of the water and the time spent in it.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Ice-bath.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/the-benefits-of-ice-baths/</url> </article> <article> <ID>20075</ID> <title>How Can Life Experiences Shape Food Preferences?</title> <publishDate>2022-09-13 09:23:04</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_8 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_8"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_8 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_7 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_21 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_22 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_23 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_8 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The food we eat is one of the most important things that affect our health and quality of life, which is why it is essential to explore what drives our food choices and why we make the choices we do. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Many factors influence our tastes and preferences. Culture, religion, what we were taught when we were younger and even the country where you live can impact your food preferences.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Genetic Influence on Food Preferences&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is important to keep in mind that many factors influence what kind of food we like, and some are more important than others. People tend to have food preferences based on their biology (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;e.g., &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;inborn feelings and tastes) because they can't control these factors. For example, kids grow up with an innate idea about their food preferences, which often comes from their parents' tastes.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are also &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/90/3/707S/4597118" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;evolutionary reasons&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that influence our food preferences. If your ancestors ate a particular type of food, your body might have developed specific tastes that make you want to eat that same food. For example, if your ancestors were hunter-gatherers, you're probably on team meat. On the other hand, if your ancestors were primarily farmers, you might prefer grains and vegetables.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Economic Factors&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/24461733" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Economic factors&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; can affect your food preferences. Often, food choices depend on food affordability and availability in your living area. Income fluctuations can also change your preferences. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In the consumption process, people pay attention not only to the available food type and its taste but also to prices. Thus, economic factors influence consumer preferences. For example, when an individual's increased earnings allow for a better quality of living, such as healthier restaurant choices or more expensive products, they tend to be more careful in choosing food items. Preference for organically grown produce is a good example of the effect of economic factors on consumer preferences. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cultural and Religious Experiences&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wathi.org/food-identity-of-culture-and-religion-researchgate/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cultural and religious beliefs&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; influence food consumption and preferences as well. For example, followers of Judaism eat kosher food. Followers of Islam only consume halal foods to be able to obey their faith, which restricts them from eating food such as pork.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;People who are vegan or vegetarian do not consume any animal products such as meat or dairy products. Vegans also avoid eating food produced by animals, such as honey.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Many cultures have their own set of food preferences. For example, in most Southeast Asian countries, every meal is prepared with rice. In other countries, especially in Europe, people prefer to eat their meals with bread. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Food preferences can also be influenced by advertising, which often promotes certain foods while discouraging others. This diet culture is especially prominent in North America, where many people are targeted with advertisements for highly-processed and sugary foods.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Places with a strong influence from a long-established culture still prefer traditional food over the more popular processed foods. Some cultures have a high-fat diet, such as the Inuit in North America and the Maasai in Africa. Other cultures have a very low-fat diet, such as that of the Okinawans, who consume a lot of vegetables and root crops. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Several factors can affect our food preferences, including life experiences. Some tastes may be acquired through exposure to certain foods, while others respond to certain dishes' positive or negative experiences. Our environment and culture can also play a role in shaping our tastes. Ultimately, it is important to be open to new flavors and experiment with different foods to develop a well-rounded palate.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Food-Preferences.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/how-can-life-experiences-shape-food-preferences/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19960</ID> <title>The Imperative of Giving Back: An Interview with Dr. Emily Letran</title> <publishDate>2022-09-13 07:14:19</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_9 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_9"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_9 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_8 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_24 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_25 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_26 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_9 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;late&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; 1960s, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://savvydentist.com/dr-emily-letran/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;a little Vietnamese girl watched the war&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; in her country play out on her family's &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;black and white &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;television. After the Fall of Saigon in 1975, she learned how it felt to have to stand in long lines for food. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;When war broke out again&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; in 1981,&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;this time with China and Cambodia, the girl's aunt &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://savvydentist.com/dr-emily-letran/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;left the country with her&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and other family children. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;For a week, with only a two-day food supply, they were '&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_boat_people" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vietnamese boat people&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;' among the mass of refugees crowded in woefully inadequate boats. They eventually &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://savvydentist.com/dr-emily-letran/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;traveled to the US&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, where 10 people living in a two-bedroom apartment was a luxury. She learned English mainly by watching the news on television.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;They started with nothing but hope and faith, she recalled in a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://savvydentist.com/dr-emily-letran/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;recent podcast interview&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fast forward to the present day, the young girl, now a grown woman, has a successful career as a dentist, businesswoman, motivational speaker, private coach, marketing strategist, published author and humanitarian. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This is the story of Dr. Emily Letran, DDS.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dr. Emily Letran, DDS&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Letran &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://cosmeticdentistmonrovia.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;practices general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Southern&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;  California. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"In the late 80s, I knew I wanted to go into healthcare," Dr. Letran said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Friends suggested dentistry, and a few years later, she earned a DDS and an MS in Oral Biology from UCLA. She also&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;finished a residency in treating difficult cases  and serving medically compromised patients.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"As I started practicing dentistry," she said, "I realized it gave me the ability to be in healthcare, help people and develop great relationships with my patients. I could &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;give back &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;and create an impact in the community."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;The Practice: Relating to Patients&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"My favorite part of what I get to do is watching my patients' families grow. The biggest compliment I see for myse&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;lf is serving three ge&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;nerations of the same family," she shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Letran finds joy in pausing to talk and listen to the patients.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"The patients share their stories with us. Paying attention to the metrics of your dental practice is important, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;and&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;it also means a lot to be a part of that family's story," she explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In fact, her team treats patients like family. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"With family, you tell it like it is and don't sugarcoat things. We tell them what will happen if they don't take action right away. They appreciate that," she shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Letran and her team hold patient events, such as appreciation dinners, bowling outings and movie nights. And when patients are in the office, one of the team's goals is to make patients laugh at least once.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;The Business of Dentistry&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I have owned my practices for 25 years. I have had three offices for nine years, and I currently have two. I run my business as a business. I have specialists and associate doctors in the practice. This way, I can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;have time for my family, a&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;ttend seminars and travel while the practices are still running," she explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Letran pointed out that it is fine if a patient doesn't recognize her because her team represents her brand well. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"They don't necessarily need to know the owner," she explained. "They should know the philosophy and maybe the story behind that business, but they don't necessarily need to know the person who founded the business.&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;At the end of the day, the patients come for the services that your brand represents.”&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Wearer of Many Hats&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With her practices in good hands, Dr. Letran is free to engage in her &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.dremilyletran.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;multiple other roles&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;— Keynote Speaker, Marketing Strategist, Business Consultant, High-Performance Coach, Leadership Training and Team Building Leader, Seminar Host and Workshop Trainer — in which she instructs other dentists &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;and healthcare professionals &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;on building and growing&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; their healthcare pr&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;actices. Her &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachemilyletran?original_referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;keynotes have included topics&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; such as: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Fast Track to High-Performance Leadership;"&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Action to Win: How to Keep a Client for 20 Years;"&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Team Building: What to Expect When You're Expecting."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;She shares with other dentists what she has learned about success in her 29 years of practice.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"My goal is to help healthcare professionals control stress, increase net income and live a happier, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;more&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; impactful life. A lot of professionals feel overwhelmed sometimes. They go through certain challenges in their career. As a certified high-performance coach, I help them gain clarity and focus on what's most important to them, rather than getting involved in a lot of things that may not make a difference," she explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Letran gave an example. If you invest $70,000 in buying a high-tech piece of technology you think you need without understanding the marketing, how are you supposed to sell its use? Now you're stressed because you still have this big payment to handle.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Letran helps&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;healthcare&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; professionals focus and avoid such issues by teaching them to be high performers &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;who can&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; control their business decisions, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;understand&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; what comes next and how to maintain balanced lives. Part of what makes this work, she said, is &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://savvydentist.com/dr-emily-letran/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;leveraging staff and other experts&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://savvydentist.com/dr-emily-letran/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hire others who can do those things&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. You don't need to do everything. See how others can support you," she said. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Letran designed a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://emily-letran.mykajabi.com/high-performance-quiz" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;High Performance Quiz&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to help other business professionals assess where they are in their personal lives, health, time management, business potential and success milestones.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Spreading the Word in Writing&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Letran shares her philosophy and business observations in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachemilyletran?original_referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;her many articles&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, such as:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.dentistrytoday.com/five-habits-for-successfully-handling-the-stress-of-a-dental-career/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;“Five Habits for Successfully Handling the Stress of a Dental Career” &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.dentistryiq.com/practice-management/staffing/article/16367910/may-i-have-a-moment-the-talk-dentists-dont-like?fbclid=IwAR0L583XuSA3ui5hC68y8YFt4aVwyZX9y81NbJ-SrjJIC1nLqIN8NWE_Xis" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;“May I Have a Moment? The Talk Dentists Don’t Like”&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2021/02/17/struggling-with-self-promotion-14-things-to-not-do/?sh=d588f4125ac7" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;“Struggling with Self-Promotion? 14 Things To Not Do” &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2021/09/17/14-commonly-overlooked-methods-for-increasing-business-profits/?sh=3e9920813883" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;“14 Commonly Overlooked Methods For Increasing Business Profits”&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2021/02/12/12-signs-a-client-isnt-ready-for-coaching/?sh=468a3cb428b1" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;“12 Signs a Client isn’t Ready for Coaching” &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;a href="https://startuptodaymagazine.com/how-to-handle-crisis-with-high-performance-expertise/?fbclid=IwAR0sM5bvIYX82r4oZv8RgsgReieOYhNFrMMSyY0skChzpVmqnClGmvHUNBc" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;“How To Handle Crisis With High Performance Expertise” &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;She has also published books: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Woman-Have-All-Sacrifice/dp/1633021823" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Modern Woman: To Have It All With No Sacrifice&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; (co-authored by Dr. Bak Nguyen); &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Commit-Embracing-Your-Big-Life/dp/1942688059" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Commit to Embracing Your Big Life&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/No-Nonsense-Dentistry-Dental-Peeps-ebook/dp/B086PN5SBF/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1HBT1R01RMMYV&amp;amp;keywords=no+nonsense+dentistry+emily+letran&amp;amp;qid=1662067522&amp;amp;sprefix=no+nonsense+dentistry+emily+letran%2Caps%2C147&amp;amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;No Nonsense Dentistry For Dental Peeps&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;(co-authored by &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Steven G. Mautner)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Innovative-Women-Healthcare-Exceptional-Leadership/dp/1637921713/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ZTGNW4S74CMD&amp;amp;keywords=innovative+women+in+healthcare+emily+letran&amp;amp;qid=1662066080&amp;amp;sprefix=innovative+women+in+healthcare+emily+letran%2Caps%2C153&amp;amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Innovative Women In Healthcare&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;    &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Giving Back to the Community&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Letran &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;knows she is blessed to be able to help in giving back to the community.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"As healthcare professionals, we are already positioned as advisors. As influencers, people look up to us and listen to us. We should give back to the community that supports us. We can always do that small part as a way to give back to America," she explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With how she approaches her dental practices and all the helpful hats she wears, Dr. Letran has devoted her entire career to giving back to her profession, the community and the country. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Emily Letran is an extraordinary woman who climbed from a war-scarred childhood to life as a refugee to success built upon uplifting others and giving back. To learn more about her go to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.dremilyletran.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;www.DrEmilyLetran.com&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Headshot_top_100.jpg</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/the-imperative-of-giving-back-an-interview-with-dr-emily-letran/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19948</ID> <title>You Are What You Eat: Is This Accurate?</title> <publishDate>2022-09-12 06:56:02</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_10 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_10"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_10 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_9 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_27 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_28 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_29 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_10 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You've likely heard the saying, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;you are what you eat&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. But is this scientifically sound or just an urban myth? The answer may both be surprising and more complicated than one would think. While what you eat doesn't necessarily make you what you are, what you eat dramatically affects your physical and mental health, even at a cellular level.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;What Does It Mean to Say, You Are What You Eat?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;At its surface, this phrase tells you that what you eat determines what you are, and there is some truth to this. After all, what you eat is what your body uses to build cells. Oxford researchers determined that diet can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://brainworldmagazine.com/are-we-what-we-eat/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;affect the genetic composition of organisms&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. DNA, the building block of your body, can be affected by your diet. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;So, in some sense, what you eat does become what you are. After all, eating foods high in fat will lead to weight gain, while eating lean foods will help with weight management. This sounds like it could be scientifically based, but is it? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;You Are What You Eat in Excess&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It turns out that just eating fats won't make you fat. What may be more accurate is that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/you-are-what-you-eat-is-wrong-2015-7" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;eating small amounts of literally any food&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; won't affect you too much. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Therefore, the real risk isn't eating fat, cholesterol, sugar or anything else; it's eating anything in high amounts. Instead of attacking these food groups, what we should be focusing on is the size of our portions. Perhaps a more accurate saying would be, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;you are what you eat a lot of&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. But, of course, that's not so catchy. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Your Mood May Be What You Eat&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;However, it is true that what you eat can significantly affect your mood. Something we often forget about when we eat is our so-called "&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://brainworldmagazine.com/are-we-what-we-eat/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;brain-gut connection&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;." Simply understood, when you eat healthy food, you feel better and are happier. On the contrary, your happiness and mood will take a hit when you eat unhealthy food. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It even goes beyond this simple connection. Shockingly, it turns out that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://hbr.org/2021/08/weirdly-true-we-are-what-we-eat" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;some foods can do more&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; than just make you feel good or bad but can cause you to be more aggressive, confident, happy, uncomfortable or even increase pain. For example, even without consumption, spicy foods can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://hbr.org/2021/08/weirdly-true-we-are-what-we-eat" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;incline us toward aggressive&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; thoughts or intent. On the other hand, sweet foods trigger neuroreceptors in the stomach that can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://hbr.org/2021/08/weirdly-true-we-are-what-we-eat" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;improve your mood&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, causing you to be happier and more confident. Hot food also affects your mood, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://hbr.org/2021/08/weirdly-true-we-are-what-we-eat" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;increasing the discomfort and pain&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; your body experiences. So, while it's not necessarily true that you are what you eat, what you eat can dramatically affect you. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;How to Make Yourself the Healthiest You Can by Eating the Healthiest You Can&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With the dramatic effect of food in mind, how can we eat healthier? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fortunately and unfortunately, it's not so simple as avoiding one type of food. Whether it's a high-fat diet like the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/secrets-longevity/201306/you-are-what-you-eat" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mediterranean diet&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; or the fad diet that targets cutting out a different food group every five years, dieting is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, the best advice you can probably receive for a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.idsmed.com/news/is-it-true-you-are-what-you-eat/461.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;healthy lifestyle&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is to focus on unprocessed foods, vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and foods high in fiber and nutrients. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Moreover, the best dieticians say that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/you-are-what-you-eat-is-wrong-2015-7" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;the best diet plan&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is eating in moderation while focusing on plant foods. This approach will keep your fiber high while ensuring that you're eating well in moderation. It's better to make sure that you're getting enough fiber by eating lots of plants and eating some carbs, fats and proteins than to neglect one and overly prioritize another. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ultimately, the saying, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;you are what you eat&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is not entirely inaccurate, although it is misleading. Eating something unhealthy in moderation will not make you unhealthy, and eating something (or even not eating something) that the current trends say is healthy in overabundance won't make you healthy either. The truth lies in eating in moderation. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Eat.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/you-are-what-you-eat-is-this-accurate/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19938</ID> <title>Nutrition's Impact on Hormones</title> <publishDate>2022-09-11 06:41:45</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_11 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_11"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_11 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_10 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_30 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_31 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_32 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_11 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormones are chemical messengers that help regulate many of the body's processes, including growth and development, metabolism, sexual function and reproduction. With so many functions, it's no surprise that hormone level imbalances can cause various issues.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We all know that nutrition is important for our overall health, but did you know that what you eat can also directly impact your hormone levels? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Is a Hormonal Imbalance?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormones are essential for orchestrating almost all the activities in our bodies. They play a role in everything, from mood and energy levels to metabolism, fertility and weight loss. Therefore, an imbalance can seriously impact your health and well-being.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Many different causes hide behind a hormonal imbalance, such as poor nutrition, chronic stress, lack of sleep and environmental toxins. An imbalance can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mood swings;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fatigue;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Weight gain or difficult weight loss;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hot flashes;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Night sweats;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Insomnia;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Decreased libido;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;PMS or menopause symptoms.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Not all symptoms of an imbalance are caused by imbalances in estrogen and progesterone. Many other hormones in the body can be thrown out of balance, such as testosterone, thyroid hormones and insulin. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Diet Cause a Hormonal Imbalance?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's no secret that what we eat can affect hormones. After all, a healthy diet (such as a mediterranean diet) provides the human body with the nutrients it needs to produce hormones. Certain foods can trigger imbalances, such as processed meats and soy products, which contain compounds that mimic estrogen in the body and increase its levels. In addition, consuming too many refined carbs can cause spikes in insulin levels, leading to imbalances. Fried foods are another known culprit behind imbalances.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;On the other hand, eating a healthy diet can help keep hormone levels in check. Foods high in fiber and antioxidants help detoxify the body and remove excess hormones. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseeds can also help to regulate hormone levels.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Processed Foods and Hormonal Imbalances&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One of the main culprits of an imbalance is processed foods. These foods have been stripped of their nutrients and often contain harmful chemicals. Processed foods are everywhere, from the bread aisle to the frozen food section, and while they may be convenient and tasty, they wreak havoc on our hormones.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;When you eat processed foods, your body doesn't get the nutrients it needs to function properly. Processed foods are often high in artificial sweeteners, unhealthy fats and artificial ingredients, causing weight gain and hormonal imbalances. In addition, processed foods often lack essential vitamins and minerals, leading to deficiencies that can further disrupt hormones.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Avoid Processed Foods&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The best way to avoid processed foods is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats, and limit your intake of processed foods as much as possible. When you eat processed foods, choose those made with whole, natural ingredients and are free of sugar, unhealthy fats and artificial ingredients.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Foods Should I Eat to Balance My Hormones?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Certain nutrients are essential for maintaining hormonal balance:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Protein&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Protein helps build and repair tissue. It's also necessary for creating hormones and enzymes. Foods rich in protein include meat, poultry, fish, eggs and legumes.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Healthy fats&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Healthy fats are vital for hormone production and regulation. They can also help reduce inflammation. Outstanding sources of fats include avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Fiber&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Fiber is vital for regulating blood sugar levels and gut health. Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Antioxidants&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Antioxidants protect cells from damage and help reduce inflammation. Foods rich in antioxidants include berries, dark leafy greens and tomatoes.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Including these nutrients in your diet is a great way to help maintain hormone balance. It's especially important for those who are dealing with imbalances. Luckily, certain foods can help correct imbalances by providing the body with extra estrogen.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;10 of the Best Foods to Eat for Hormone Imbalances&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Fatty fish&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and herring are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (also found in olive oil), which help balance hormones by reducing inflammation.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Avocados&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Avocados are a great source of essential healthy fats for hormone balance. They also contain vitamin B6, a necessary nutrient for progesterone production.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Nuts and seeds&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Nuts and seeds are an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. They also contain magnesium, a necessary nutrient for testosterone production.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Eggs&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: The abundance of protein and choline found in eggs boosts estrogen production.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dark leafy greens&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard are rich in vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and calcium.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Sweet potatoes&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin A, mandatory for testosterone production. They also contain carotenoids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Tomatoes&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cruciferous vegetables&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts contain vitamin C, folate and fiber, essential nutrients for maintaining a hormone balance.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Berries&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Berries are a good source of antioxidants known to help reduce inflammation.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dark chocolate&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Dark chocolate contains a type of plant estrogen known as flavonoids, which can help balance hormone levels. Additionally, dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants and can help improve heart health.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ol&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormones are responsible for many of our body's processes, so it's no surprise that what we eat can impact them. In addition to eating healthy, you can do a few other things to help keep your hormones in balance. Exercise is a great way to reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and promote hormone health. Getting enough sleep is also important, as sleep deprivation can lead to imbalances. And lastly, try to avoid processed foods, sugar and alcohol as much as possible!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Taking care of your body is no easy feat, and it just shows that falling into an imbalance can rob you of your well-being. An unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, stress and medical issues can all impact our hormones. Unfortunately, there's no one-size-fits-all answer to hormonal imbalance, but certain nutrients are known to help. If you're struggling with hormonal imbalance, talk to your physician about incorporating healthy foods into your diet.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Nutritions-Impact-on-Hormones.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/nutritions-impact-on-hormones/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19931</ID> <title>Practice and Teaching: An Interview with Dr. Jedediah V. Huss, DDS, DICOI</title> <publishDate>2022-09-10 06:30:24</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_12 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_12"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_12 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_11 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_33 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_34 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_35 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_12 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Some practice their profession. Some teach it. And some do both. One dentist, Dr. Jedediah Huss, DDS, DICOI, practices dental surgery and teaches implant surgery to other professionals looking to learn new skills or enhance current knowledge. And along the way, he learns too. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Huss practices at Moorpark Dental Group and Orthodontics in Moorpark, California. He is also the Founder &amp;amp; Clinical Director of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://restoredsmilescourses.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Restored Smiles&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, a continuing dental education company. He splits his time between caring for and learning from his patients and traveling around the country conducting his training courses. He is the author of several articles related to dental implants and has lectured on implant dentistry. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"A lot of the focus within my practice has been heavy on the surgical side—implants, extractions and grafting. Then four years ago, I started teaching, and I loved it. It was super rewarding to help improve doctors and their careers and get them passionate about something I was so passionate about," Dr. Huss shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;The Path to Dentistry&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"As a kid, I wanted to be a doctor like my dad, who was an OBGYN. But I didn't like the idea of constantly being on call, working at 3:00 a.m., and the whole hospital scene," Dr. Huss explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;He considered business and finance but eventually changed his mind.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I don't know what the defining moment was, but I really wanted to be a doctor and see patients. I also liked the business aspect that came with it," he explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dentistry emerged as the best career fit, as Dr. Huss enjoys working with his hands and the artistry in dental work. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I can be a doctor, have patients and practice the art. I fell in love with surgery and was amazed at how passionate I became about it. And I can deal with the business side," he shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Restored Smiles&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In 2018, Dr. Huss founded &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://restoredsmilescourses.com/restored-smiles/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Restored Smiles&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, a continuing dental education company that enhances dentists' skills and knowledge regarding dental implant surgery. The program combines online, lecture and hands on, as well as LIVE surgical experience where professionals can expand their expertise and practices.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One course, for example, is called Concentrated Growth Factors, where students learn to draw and mix blood in a centrifuge to get concentrated healing cells. Then, they use these growth factors to incorporate into their bone grafting procedures. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We teach doctors that have never placed implants how to do it or doctors that have placed 20, 50, or hundreds of implants and want to improve. We have online courses and in person lectures with a lot of hands-on exercises. There's also a LIVE surgical course where my company partners with a company in Guadalajara, Mexico, and we do LIVE surgeries there," Dr. Huss explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dental reviewer &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.coursekarma.com/rating-region/restored-smiles/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Course Karma&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and peers declared Restore Smiles the highest-rated implant course on their site.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I received Top Instructor for the last two years and Top Provider for implants last year," he shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In addition to being an instructor, Dr. Huss also considers himself a motivational speaker.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Being an outstanding mentor has a lot to do with teaching the right way. The biggest thing I have to do is to make sure that the doctors I teach feel confident. If they don't, whatever I teach will not stick. So being a good motivator while teaching will help build their confidence," he explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Stories from the Dental Chair&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Throughout his career, Dr. Huss has experienced several outstanding cases that have touched his heart and taught him valuable lessons no one taught him in school. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Wrongfully Convicted&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One patient had been wrongfully accused of rape and went to prison for almost 15 years. He was later acquitted by DNA evidence.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We helped get him healthier. We took care of his gums, did some extractions and gave him some partial dentures at no cost. And he was ecstatic. He had an awesome smile and received so many compliments on it," he said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;The Consequences of Disease and Neglect&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Huss had to extract all 32 teeth from a patient who was only 37 years old.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"He had severe periodontal disease. It wasn't drugs, just really bad genes and a lot of neglect. He had a huge open bite, and the teeth were just floating in the wind. So, it took me less than two minutes to extract all of the upper teeth. That's how ready those teeth were to be removed," he shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;To rebuild, they placed several bone grafts and implants to support a snap-in denture. The patient couldn't be happier and more grateful. He hadn't realized how a smile could change his life so dramatically. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Restoring Confidence&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One patient had had horrible experiences with doctors in the past. He had been paralyzed and told he'd never walk again. Fortunately, he proved them wrong, but he was left with a bad case of anxiety when faced with the medical profession. Dr. Huss helped him work past that as they repaired his teeth.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"He wrote an unbelievable letter. It said, 'Doc, you changed my life. My smiles are attracting women left and right now, and I'm having to keep them away with a stick. The other way you changed my life is you restored my confidence in doctors. The last time I gave someone control over me, I ended up paralyzed and mentally broken. You changed that, and I'm forever grateful,'" Dr. Huss shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Helping Mom&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Huss' most important patient was his own mother. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"My mom was on a walk with my sister, and she fell. The real impact was on her three front teeth," he said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;They had to extract all three teeth and she did not have a lot of bone to work with. So, they had to do a ridge augmentation and build a lot of bone. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We had to rebuild everything and cross our fingers that she'd heal well. And she did! Six months later, we took a 3D X-ray that showed great bone growth. We placed three implants and a few crowns restoring her entire smile," he shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Huss was grateful to be in a position to be able to help his mother when she needed it. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Throughout his career, Dr. Huss has learned a great deal from not only his formal training but also from his patients. And he has influenced and helped improve the careers of other dentists by imparting knowledge of advanced surgical techniques. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Learning doesn't end with earning a degree. It continues for a lifetime. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Huss.jpeg.jpg</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/practice-and-teaching-an-interview-with-dr-jedediah-v-huss-dds-dicoi/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19924</ID> <title>Virtually Awake: Discussing a New and Improved Alternative to Sedation with Dr. James Clarkson, MD</title> <publishDate>2022-09-09 06:27:52</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_13 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_13"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_13 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_12 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_36 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_37 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_38 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_13 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You find yourself in need of minor surgery. Right away, images of a hospital, operating room, fasting before the procedure, being placed under anesthesia, recovery time and a hefty bill flash through your mind. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;But what if you could have your surgery in your doctor's office with only local anesthesia? It would undoubtedly save you significant time and money. But you hesitate because, even if it's pain-free, you don't want to be awake to see that! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What if there were something that so distracted you that you stopped worrying about the procedure? Dr. James Clarkson and his team have developed a way to use virtual reality to distract patients from the anxieties associated with being awake during surgery.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dr. James Clarkson, MD&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. James Clarkson, MD (MBBS, MSc, FRCS (Plast), FRCSC) was the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, from 2016 to the end of 2021, specializing in hand surgery. He recently passed on the title to his colleague. He is now focusing his talents on being the Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of Wide Awake Virtual Reality, Inc.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I reconstruct wounds from major injuries—leg, upper limb, body and facial wounds. I also manage hand trauma," Dr. Clarkson said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Inspiration from Family Tradition&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Clarkson patterned his career after his grandfather, a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Abstract/2008/02000/Prevention_by_Organization__The_Story_of_No__4.38.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;World War II plastic and hand surgeon.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I've always been inspired by my grandfather. I pretty much do the same work that he did. I have these pictures of injured soldiers from 1943 and the amazing reconstructive work that he did," Dr. Clarkson shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Clarkson published some of his grandfather's work based on the available photographs, data and written records. At that time, this work would be considered beyond the accepted medical care.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"He advocated for early closure of wounds and pioneered the early removal of burns and application of skin grafting. He looked at how people were doing things and realized it was people copying people. They weren't thinking for themselves. And he thought for himself," Dr. Clarkson explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Clarkson inherited his grandfather's forward-thinking and willingness to question the status quo. So, when faced with a string of complications that seemed to be centered around general anesthesia, Dr. Clarkson first started questioning. Then, he started innovating. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;The Question of General Anesthesia&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Problem Revealed&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Over the years, some of Dr. Clarkson's patients encountered serious complications after minor procedures. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"One patient had a small stroke. Another had a major heart attack. An elderly man developed such bad pneumonia that he nearly died in intensive care," he said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Clarkson concluded that the unnecessary use of general anesthesia contributed to these complications. Yet when he spoke to others, it was considered business as usual.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"That inspired me to make a simple observation that nobody wanted to make—we're overusing general anesthesia," he explained. "It's not that it should never be done. But it should only be done judiciously and when it's necessary with the minimum required intervention. General anesthesia isn't always required."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;About General Anesthesia&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/howard_county_general_hospital/services/surgery/anesthesiology/anesthesia_options_risks_and_side_effects.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;General anesthesia&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is a combination of medication and gas that render patients unconscious. For most patients, it is a safe, effective method of avoiding pain. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Yet, as with any medical procedure, there are associated side effects and risks, such as nausea and vomiting, confusion and dizziness and muscle aches. In addition, it  can be hazardous for patients with conditions such as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/side-effects-of-general-anesthesia"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;diabetes, sleep apnea and heart disease&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;As the population grows older and more frail, these risks, in addition to post operative confusion, are set to grow.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Local Alternative&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;While general anesthesia is a must for major surgery, the profession is interested in moving minor surgery to the doctor's office and using local anesthesia only. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;But Dr. Clarkson finds that patients often have no desire to be awake, even for minor surgery. The fear of surgery is a significant fear to overcome, and Dr. Clarkson realized that the solution is not in a haze of unconsciousness. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"What they need is something we haven't been using—a form of distraction," he explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;He found a solution outside of traditional medicine.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Virtual Reality Solution&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;From an idea inspired by his children, Dr. Clarkson pioneered the use of virtual reality for his patients.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We were playing with a virtual reality headset, surrounded by visual and audio sensations. I was entranced by it. Then, it occurred to me that this was synergistic with distracting my patients," Dr. Clarkson shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.livescience.com/53392-virtual-reality-tech-uses-beyond-gaming.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Virtual reality has become valuable beyond gaming&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; in the past few years, with applications in entertainment, space exploration, museums, manufacturing, education, law, mental health, shopping and the military. In addition, it has helped advance diagnosis, treatment, education and surgery in healthcare as a profound distraction. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"The object," &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://healthtransformer.co/wavr-uses-immersive-media-to-improve-the-patient-experience-and-reduce-costs-3fa7315c5617" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Clarkson said&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, "isn't to create a meditative experience. Instead, we want to engage the mind, where our patients are intensely interested in what they're looking at."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Wide Awake Virtual Reality (WAVR)&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; intellectual property developed by partners&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; David Wheeler and Joseph Gough, Dr. Clarkson founded &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wideawakevr.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Wide Awake Virtual Reality, Inc.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and developed a VR device. Patients are immersed in original content and kept anxiety-free while undergoing minor surgery with local anesthesia in the doctor's office. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Content includes visually stunning, beautiful documentaries and fascinating material that fills your mind with activity. There's lots going on. It's stuff that patients have never seen before," Dr. Clarkson explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;A VR Study&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Clarkson conducted a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wideawakevr.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; on VR instead of general anesthesia, and the results point toward an improved patient experience. VR patients &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Abstract/2019/08000/Virtual_Reality_Improves_the_Patient_Experience.27.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;reported lower anxiety&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and described the experience as fun. In addition, the procedure conducted with local anesthesia decreased costs and shortened the hospital stay. Patients are more likely to choose this safer, more accessible procedure when their anxiety is eliminated. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;The Success of the Solution&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I'm very pleased with the results," Dr. Clarkson said. "A day's surgery is now just a little visit to the office. They have breakfast, and they can drive home after the surgery. And there's absolutely no risk from anesthesia."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Of Dr. Clarkson's hand surgeries, he performs &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://healthtransformer.co/wavr-uses-immersive-media-to-improve-the-patient-experience-and-reduce-costs-3fa7315c5617" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;about 60%&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; in his office with a local anesthetic and a VR headset. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"VR makes their surgical experience a neutral or even pleasurable experience," he said. "We even give them post-operative educational information directly into the headset."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Clarkson has followed his grandfather's path of medical innovation and created a way to keep patients safe and happy. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Remember," he said, "&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wideawakevr.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's always safer to be awake&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;!"&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Virtually-Awake.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/virtually-awake-discussing-a-new-and-improved-alternative-to-sedation-with-dr-james-clarkson-md/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19917</ID> <title>The Health Benefits of Sex</title> <publishDate>2022-09-08 06:02:43</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_14 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_14"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_14 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_13 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_39 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_40 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_41 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_14 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hearing the phrase 'sexual health' sends most people to avoiding an unintended pregnancy or preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). But sexual health is a broader phrase, incorporating a person's physical and emotional well-being concerning sex and sexuality. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellmind.com/why-should-you-have-sex-more-often-2300937#:~:text=Sex%20can%20be%20a%20beneficial,a%20person's%20desire%20for%20sex." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;2015 study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; found that the general well-being of a person is associated with sexual activity. Therefore, men and women deserve to enjoy a healthful sex life, especially when in relationships. A sexually healthy person, as defined by the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.pandiahealth.com/resources/guide-to-sexual-health/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;American Sexual Health Association&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, is someone who understands sexuality as a natural part of someone's life.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Important Is a Healthy Sex Life?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Although sex isn't always necessary, it can be a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellmind.com/why-should-you-have-sex-more-often-2300937#:~:text=Sex%20can%20be%20a%20beneficial,a%20person%27s%20desire%20for%20sex." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;vital element of a happy and healthy relationship&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The importance of sexual health varies from person to person. Some people believe that having a sexual relationship with their partner is essential. Others may consider other forms of intimacy and connection to be more valuable.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Having regular sex with your partner can help your general well-being, as sex is frequently associated with &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellmind.com/why-should-you-have-sex-more-often-2300937#:~:text=Sex%20can%20be%20a%20beneficial,a%20person%27s%20desire%20for%20sex." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;increased affection&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Although sex can be a vital component of a relationship, having sex less frequently does not always imply that your relationship is less enjoyable. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is Frequent Sex Good for My Overall Health?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to science, everyday sex can bring wonders to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.themewspractice.com/the-10-health-benefits-of-regular-sex/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;your health and well-being&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Sex is an excellent way to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/sex-and-health#:~:text=A%20good%20sex%20life%20is,sex%20more%20often%20may%20help." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;maintain a healthy balance of estrogen and testosterone&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. It's possible that having more sex more frequently will also help lower the risk of heart failure and improve the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.themewspractice.com/the-10-health-benefits-of-regular-sex/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;immune system&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. It is like any other physical exercise in that the health benefits it delivers can help you &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.themewspractice.com/the-10-health-benefits-of-regular-sex/"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;live longer&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sex Health Benefits&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You may be surprised by the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.themewspractice.com/the-10-health-benefits-of-regular-sex/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;range of sex health benefits&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Sex can improve your immune system, keep your heart healthy, lower your blood pressure, relieve pain and migraines, lessen your chance of prostate cancer, improve your sleep, relieve stress, boost your cognitive power and self-esteem and extend your lifespan. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Does Having Sex Frequently Reduce the Chances of Prostate Cancer? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's been suggested that men who ejaculate regularly may be protected from prostate cancer, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/prostate/statistics/index.htm#:~:text=Aside%20from%20non%2Dmelanoma%20skin,races%20and%20Hispanic%20origin%20populations." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;the most common cancer in men in the United States&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. For example, men who ejaculated 21 times or more per month were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who ejaculated four to seven times per month, according to research led by &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.themewspractice.com/the-10-health-benefits-of-regular-sex/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Micheal Leitzmann of the National Cancer Institute&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Frequent Sex Lower Blood Pressure?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Yes, frequent sex can help lower high blood pressure. Sexual activity &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellmind.com/why-should-you-have-sex-more-often-2300937#:~:text=Sex%20can%20be%20a%20beneficial,a%20person%27s%20desire%20for%20sex." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;dilates blood arteries&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach all body parts while lowering blood pressure. There have been &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/sex-and-health#:~:text=Lowers%20Your%20Blood%20Pressure,many%20studies%2C%E2%80%9D%20he%20says." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;numerous studies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; on the relationship between sex and blood pressure, with one of the most important findings being that sexual intercourse lowers systolic blood pressure.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sex and Mental Health&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual activity may impact your health and cognitive abilities as you grow older. According to research, although the frequency of sex will decrease as we age, sexually active people aged 50 to 90 have &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex-health-benefits#in-men-and-women" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;a better memory&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. They were also less prone to be lonely and depressed. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sex brings numerous benefits to one's mental health, as it can help you think more clearly. According to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.themewspractice.com/the-10-health-benefits-of-regular-sex/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, regular sex may also help women's memory. Women with penetrative intercourse had higher memory recognition, according to the results of a word-memory challenge. This benefit stems from how sex stimulates the hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning and memory.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sex and Heart Disease&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The benefits of sex extend to cardiovascular function, as well. Physical activities that strengthen the heart are beneficial to your health, and you should exercise three to five times per week to keep your heart in good shape. Fortunately, this includes both sex and exercise! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.themewspractice.com/the-10-health-benefits-of-regular-sex/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Being sexually aroused raises the heart rate&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, similar to a hard workout, with the number of beats per minute rising during the climax.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Does Sex Boost the Immune System?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you and your partner frequently engage in sex, know that it will give you a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex-health-benefits#health-benefits" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;stronger immune system&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. IgA is an antibody that plays a fundamental role in preventing illnesses. If you have regular intercourse (one to two times per week), you will have higher IgA in your saliva. This discovery is based on a study of immunity in people in romantic relationships. IgA levels were considerably lower in people who seldom had sex (less than once a week).&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Does Satisfying Sex Boost Self-Esteem?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sex can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellmind.com/why-should-you-have-sex-more-often-2300937#:~:text=Sex%20can%20be%20a%20beneficial,a%20person%27s%20desire%20for%20sex." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;improve your self-esteem&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and help you feel less insecure. Sexual intercourse can promote emotional benefits, such as enhancing self-esteem, in addition to all of the physical benefits of having frequent sex. According to a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.themewspractice.com/the-10-health-benefits-of-regular-sex/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; published in the Social Psychology and Personality Science journal, college students who engaged in casual sex reported higher levels of happiness and self-esteem than those who did not.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sex and a Better Sleep&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.themewspractice.com/the-10-health-benefits-of-regular-sex/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Regular sex improves sleep&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; because orgasms promote the production of the hormone prolactin, which aids in sleep. Aside from prolactin, a cocktail of hormones, including oxytocin, dopamine and an endorphin rush, is released in the brain during intercourse. These hormones work together to improve sleep. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual activity can make you feel healthier and improve your well-being. In addition, regular sex with your partner is one of the best ways to keep your relationship going and alive. So, make love and enjoy it to the fullest! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Health-Benefits-of-Sex.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/the-health-benefits-of-sex/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19910</ID> <title>Detecting STIs</title> <publishDate>2022-09-07 05:40:34</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_15 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_15"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_15 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_14 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_42 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_43 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_44 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_15 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Taking responsibility for your sexual health ranges from planning out pregnancy and pregnancy prevention to growing intimacy with your partner through understanding how your partner best receives pleasure. But one element of sexual health that doesn't often get the attention it deserves is &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://reproductive-health-journal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12978-021-01296-4" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;sexually transmitted diseases and infections&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Whether you do or do not have any personal experience with them, sexually transmitted diseases are a subject that every health-conscious adult needs to understand.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Testing for STIs&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from a sexually transmitted infection, the first step is to contact your primary care physician. Once you've scheduled a visit to your doctor, being honest with them about your sexual activity is imperative. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.popsugar.co.uk/fitness/does-routine-blood-work-test-for-stds-46885016?utm_medium=redirect&amp;amp;utm_campaign=US:RO&amp;amp;utm_source=direct" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Testing for STIs&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is not a regular part of a standard checkup, so you should not schedule a checkup expecting to be tested. Remember that honesty is the first step in getting tested for STIs. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Once this conversation has taken place, your doctor will determine which tests are best for your circumstances. This step is necessary because different STIs require different kinds of tests. They include &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/get-tested/how-does-std-testing-work#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;urine tests, cheek swabs, blood tests, physical examinations and removal of fluids or cell samples with a swab&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Not all tests will render immediate results; some will come back the same day, while others can take days or even weeks to show results. After getting tested, make a note to call your doctor after some time has passed if you don't find out your test results immediately.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What are the Symptoms of STIs?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The range of options for detecting STIs available in modern medical facilities is impressive, but how can you tell if you should go in for testing in the first place? The key is to stay on the lookout for the physical symptoms that might indicate the presence of a sexually transmitted disease or infection. These &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicinenet.com/stds_common_symptoms/article.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;symptoms vary for different infections&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, so don't be afraid to research.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The list of symptoms includes some that are similar to the flu, such as fever, body aches, swollen glands and a general tired feeling. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/get-tested" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Other symptoms&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; are more localized to the genitalia, such as unusual discharge, itching, sores or bumps and a burning sensation during urination. Increased frequency of urination, as well as irritation or swelling of the penis, vagina, vulva or anus, can also be an indicator. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicinenet.com/stds_common_symptoms/article.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Symptoms&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; also include flesh-colored warts around the genital area, blisters around the genital area or scaly rashes over the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Some sexually transmitted infections are asymptomatic, meaning no symptoms will present themselves even if you do have the infection. Although &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellhealth.com/asymptomatic-disease-and-the-std-epidemic-3133039" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;no symptoms may be present&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, it is still possible for you to pass the infection along to your sexual partners, which means it's important to get tested regularly.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Can I Avoid STIs?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Whether you have personal experience with sexually transmitted infections or not, it's essential to know what steps you and future partners can take to avoid catching them in the future. One of the simplest is to remember to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/how-to-prevent-stis#:~:text=Use%20a%20latex%20or%20polyurethane,a%20higher%20risk%20of%20STIs." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;use condoms&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; - whether made out of latex or polyurethane - every time you engage in sexual intercourse. A more comprehensive prevention method is to keep track of and reduce your number of sexual partners since an increase in partners increases the chance of getting an STI.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is also critical to understand that some kinds of sexual activity carry more risk than others. Anal sex, for example, poses a certain risk to tissues in the rectum that can break easily. Because it involves a potential tissue rupture, anal sex carries a higher risk of transmitting an STI. Bodily fluids, of course, can also transmit STIs. So, whether or not you're in a monogamous relationship, knowing the facts about STI symptoms and testing is crucial for taking responsibility for your sexual health&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Detecting-STIs.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/detecting-stis/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19903</ID> <title>3 Dermatologist-Approved Ingredients to Strengthen Your Skin As You Age</title> <publishDate>2022-09-06 05:04:23</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_16 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_16"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_16 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_15 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_45 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_46 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_47 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_16 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Man or woman, young or old, we all have a responsibility to care for ourselves. For our quality of life and the benefit of our loved ones, we should do everything possible to maintain our health, including skincare! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The aging process can sometimes make skincare feel like a losing battle, but there's no need to throw in the towel! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://askthescientists.com/science-of-skincare/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Plentiful research has gone into the science of skincare&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, and we're now able to benefit from recommendations by professionals.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Should I Choose Sunscreen?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The first indispensable ingredient when it comes to healthy skin is sunscreen. This may be an obvious choice for those of us who live in sunny climates, but the fact is that sunscreen isn't useful only for long days at the beach. Exposure to sunlight can do quite a bit of damage to your skin. The possible &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.dallasdermcenter.com/blog/how-does-sun-exposure-affect-skin/"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;effects&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; include the destruction of elastic and collagen fibers, dilation of small blood vessels under the skin, yellowing of the skin and pre-cancerous lesions. The good news is that effective sunscreen can mitigate these risks. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There is now a dizzying array of sunscreen available in your average supermarket. While it's up to you to choose the right brand for you and your budget, a few general guidelines from dermatologists will make the best choice stand out. The first piece of advice is to select a sunscreen listed as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://gowaxhead.com/blogs/the-thrive-lab/what-is-broad-spectrum-sunscreen" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;broad-spectrum SPF&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;which will protect your skin from UVA rays and UVB rays.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Two other things must be kept in mind when choosing sunscreen. First, your sunscreen's sun protection factor (SPF) should be at least 30. Choosing a sunscreen with SPF 30 means that you'll be protected from about &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/choose-the-right-sunscreen.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;97% of UVB rays&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Since it's nearly impossible to filter out 100% of these rays, 97% is a perfectly adequate goal to aim for. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You should enter the sunscreen aisle with the knowledge that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;waterproof&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;water-resistant&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; have different meanings. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/choose-the-right-sunscreen.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sunscreen&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is only water-resistant, and the bottle will typically tell you whether that resistance is good for 40 minutes or 80 minutes of swimming. Either way, the best practice is to reapply every two hours.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Do Antioxidants Help?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The second ingredient to healthy skin might come as a surprise: antioxidants. The biggest threat to your skin that antioxidants protect you from is free radicals, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.curel.com/en-us/skin-health/skin-science/free-radical-damage-prevention/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;unstable molecules that damage skin cells&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Since free radicals can break down your skin's collagen, it's essential to build a line of defense. This is where antioxidants come in. By reducing inflammation, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.dermstore.com/blog/antioxidants-in-skin-care/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;antioxidants&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; fight against free radicals and the effects of aging. They interrupt the oxidative stress that limits your skin's ability to repair itself.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Antioxidants are also helpful in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.dermstore.com/blog/antioxidants-in-skin-care/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;protecting your skin from sun damage&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; because they reduce your skin's inflammation due to coming into contact with sunlight. The reduced level of inflammation means that your skin is better able to repair itself in the face of intense UV rays. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;So, how can antioxidants be added to your daily routine? The ingredients under the umbrella term &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;antioxidant&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; include &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://topdoctormagazine.com/project/issue-154/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. While you won't find a skincare product that says &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;antioxidants&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; on the bottle, you can look for these vitamins in a beneficial blend.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Are Retinoids Necessary?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The last ingredient is retinoids, the workhorses of the skincare world. Derived from vitamin A, retinoids can be found in skincare products applied in the evening instead of the morning. Retinoids help your skin &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/do-retinoids-really-reduce-wrinkles#:~:text=Retinoids%20reduce%20fine%20lines%20and,softening%20rough%20patches%20of%20skin." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;build collagen&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, reducing lines and wrinkles resulting from aging and stimulating the production of blood vessels. While there are prescription-strength retinoid products on the market, you don't need a diagnosis to seek out products that can help your skin remain strong despite aging.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Strengthen-Your-Skin-As-You-Age.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/3-dermatologist-approved-ingredients-to-strengthen-your-skin-as-you-age/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19896</ID> <title>These 5 Healthy Habits Could Add 10 Years to Your Life</title> <publishDate>2022-09-05 04:51:55</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_17 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_17"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_17 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_16 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_48 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_49 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_50 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_17 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Who hasn't thought about ways to prolong their youth? And while it may sound like a fantasy, there are ways to preserve your youthful vigor to a certain extent. Obviously, eternal youth is not possible, but it is possible to extend your lifespan by following healthy habits.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;#1: Minimize Unhealthy Substances&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The first healthy habit to be implemented into your health is limiting unhealthy substance consumption. This means cutting out foods, drinks and other unhealthy habits, with smoking and drinking at the top of the list. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Smoking&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Unsurprisingly, those who want a longer life should avoid smoking. Smoking is an incredibly unhealthy addiction that can reduce your life expectancy by as much as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-habits-linked-to-a-long-life#TOC_TITLE_HDR_7" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;10 years.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Moreover, a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/4-top-ways-to-live-longer" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; from Johns Hopkins found that people who adopted four smart habits, one of which was avoiding smoking, reduced their chance of death from all causes by 80%. Thus, it is essential to quit or avoid smoking entirely in order to prolong your lifespan.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Drinking&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Drinking alcohol is not necessarily harmful in itself. However, excessive drinking (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e., &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;consuming 14-25 alcoholic drinks a week) can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.onemedical.com/blog/healthy-living/longevity-7-healthy-habits-help-you-live-longer/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;shorten life spans&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; by one or two years, even as much as 4 to 5 years in extreme cases. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;On the other hand, moderation (one glass per day for women, two for men) is more than salutary. Limiting alcohol consumption reduces the risks associated with excessive drinking and can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wellandgood.com/increase-healthspan/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;extend your lifespan&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; by lowering your risk for heart illnesses. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;#2: Exercise Often &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another key healthy habit for a long life is regular exercise. To stay healthy for as long as possible, it is vital that you get up and move every single day. This doesn't necessarily mean that you need to become a marathon runner. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.onemedical.com/blog/healthy-living/longevity-7-healthy-habits-help-you-live-longer/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; has found that being active for 15 minutes every day can add up to three years to your life! Additionally, the aforementioned Johns Hopkins &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/4-top-ways-to-live-longer" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; concluded that daily exercise is one of the four smart habits we must implement for a long, healthy life. So, if you want a healthy life, make sure you exercise for 15-30 minutes a day!  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;#3: Eat Healthy Foods&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A key component of living a long life is eating healthily. While this may look different for each person regarding calorie amounts of food groups, everyone can benefit from eating more plants and nuts. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-habits-linked-to-a-long-life#TOC_TITLE_HDR_5" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Nuts&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; are a great source of minerals that have been linked to a 39% decreased risk for premature death. Likewise, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-habits-linked-to-a-long-life#TOC_TITLE_HDR_5" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;plants&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; have been found to reduce cancer risks by 29-52% and lower premature death risks by 12-15%. So, regardless of what you like to eat or how many calories you need, you have to eat more nuts and plants if you want a longer life!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;#4: Get a Healthy Amount of Sleep&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sleep, while often overlooked, is an invaluable part of a healthy lifestyle. However, both over and undersleeping are highly detrimental to your health. According to a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellhealth.com/things-to-stop-if-you-want-to-live-longer-2223866" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; on people's sleep, sleeping too little or sleeping far too much can increase your risk of death. To keep a careful balance between these two extremes, try to go to bed at the same time every night and get &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.onemedical.com/blog/healthy-living/longevity-7-healthy-habits-help-you-live-longer/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;7-8 hours of rest every night&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;#5: Be Active in Your Mental Health &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The last tip is to be active in mental health. While sometimes overlooked, your mental health can have unquestionable effects on your life. It's essential to minimize negative mental states like stress, anger, loneliness and fear since they can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellhealth.com/things-to-stop-if-you-want-to-live-longer-2223866" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;shorten your lifespan&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Thus, keeping your mind positive and being active in your social life is critical to keeping your life healthy and long.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The key to a long life isn't the fountain of youth or some magical potion— it's living a healthy lifestyle. By exercising regularly, managing your diet, sleeping enough, staying positive and steering clear of unhealthy substances, you can keep your life healthier longer. The real fountain of youth hides in the habits you practice every day!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Healthy-Habits.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/these-5-healthy-habits-could-add-10-years-to-your-life/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19887</ID> <title>Consequences of Zinc Deficiency</title> <publishDate>2022-09-02 04:31:46</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_18 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_18"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_18 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_17 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_51 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_52 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_53 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_18 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The human body properly functions only with the right amount of necessary vitamins and minerals. A valuable example of such nutrients is zinc, a mineral necessary for your body to fight infections and produce new cells. With such a fundamental role in the human body, it's no surprise that any zinc deficiency may be detrimental to your health.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Does Mild Zinc Deficiency Develop?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Zinc is one of the essential elements in the human biological system, helping the body ward off infections, heal injuries and manage the senses of smell and taste. Although your body does not need a large quantity of zinc intake for proper function, even so, you can still develop a zinc deficiency. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;An adult needs no more than &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-Consumer/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;11 milligrams&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; of zinc on a daily average. For breastfeeding women, the quantity increases to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-Consumer/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;12 milligrams&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The only way you can develop zinc deficiency is if you skip some of the following foods:&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Red meat;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Oysters;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Seafood (especially crab and lobster); &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cereal;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Nuts;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Whole grains;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dairy products;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Beans.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ul&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;These foods are consistent with providing the human body with abundant zinc levels. Therefore, not eating any foods with zinc in their composition makes zinc deficiency a troubling prospect. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Are the Signs of Zinc Deficiency? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Zinc is essential for the human body, so it is only natural that zinc deficiency has some severe and harmful symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms are:&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Loss of appetite;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Delayed wound healing; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Impaired sense of smell and taste;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Weakened immune system;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormonal imbalances.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ul&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Zinc Deficiency Cause Weight Loss? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A severe symptom of zinc deficiency is drastic weight loss. Because they impair the senses of smell and taste, zinc deficiency may influence the appetite. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Zinc Deficiency and Anxiety  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another zinc deficiency symptom is frequent mood changes. Zinc deficiency can lead to&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.intechopen.com/chapters/50622" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; neurological and somatic symptoms&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, such as increased anxiety, irritability, emotional instability and depression. This is why a lot of anxiety and anti-depression&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.intechopen.com/chapters/50622" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; medications contain zinc&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Zinc Deficiency and Nails&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The association between the body's zinc levels and nails speaks about the function of your metabolism. Zinc encourages the production and strength of protein in your body. And because nails contain protein, zinc deficiency can&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746228/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; influence&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; their toughness. If the zinc deficiency is significant, a person could &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746228/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;lose their nails completely&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Does Zinc Deficiency Cause Hair Loss? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Failure to address zinc deficiency promptly may result in hair loss. Zinc has a significant role in regulating hormone levels and keeping your metabolism healthy. Hormones are tied to your hair growth, keeping it strong and healthy. Because of zinc deficiency, the immune system is jeopardized, and you can develop&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.indiatoday.in/lifestyle/wellness/story/fatigue-suffering-vitamin-deficiencies-iron-zinc-tired-health-wellness-275953-2015-12-07" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; alopecia&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, an auto-immune disease that causes significant hair loss. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Zinc Deficiency Cause Fatigue?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/hsr2.301" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fatigue&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is the most common symptom of zinc deficiency. Without enough zinc, the body will lack the required energy levels for metabolism, and the muscles will lose their functional capacity.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Zinc Deficiency Cause Dizziness?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you experience dizziness through an episode of zinc deficiency, it is time to call your physician. Zinc has a lot of essential roles in your bodies, so experiencing dizziness means your levels are dangerously low. Dizziness and fatigue symptoms may lead to unconsciousness.   &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Zinc Deficiency Cause Skin Problems? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Zinc is the primary mineral that helps your body fight infection and heal your wounds. Therefore, zinc deficiency will impair your body's ability to heal. Zinc deficiency can also lead to eczema and rashes that won't heal with lotions or moisturizers. Your rashes, wounds and eczema will truly heal only by regulating your zinc levels.   &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is There Such a Thing as Severe Zinc Deficiency?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In some cases, your zinc levels can get so low that they will lead to more severe symptoms. Although uncommon, severe zinc deficiency can be very harmful and lead to&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/erectile-dysfunction/zinc" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; impotence&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, pregnancy issues, skin and eye lesions, hair loss, diarrhea, delayed sexual maturation and hypogonadism in males.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Are the Best Zinc Supplements?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you want to ensure a healthy zinc intake, zinc supplements may be your next step. Such is the preferred approach for vegetarians, who can't take their zinc from red meat or seafood. Some of the best zinc supplementation products are: &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#1: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.thorne.com/products/dp/double-strength-zinc-picolinate-60-s-1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Thorne Research Zinc Picolinate&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One capsule of Thorne Research Zinc Picolinate provides 30mg of zinc, a safe quantity for your body to take in at once.  &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#2:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://goodstate.com/products/liquid-ionic-zinc-ultra-concentrate-10-drops-equals-15mg-100-servings-bpa-free-plastic-bottle"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Good State Ionic Liquid Zinc Ultra Concentrate&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Maybe you are not really on good terms with pills. That's not going to be a problem! This zinc supplement comes in liquid form, which is especially good for children. It also allows you to customize the doses and mix them directly with water or juice. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#3:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-premium-zinc-gluconate-30-mg-250-tabs"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Swanson Zinc Gluconate&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Swanson supplements are well known for their affordable price. One capsule is priced at a few cents, perfect if you don't wish to purchase for the long run. The only downside to these supplements is that the dosage may be a little high for some people, so be sure to check the label before consumption.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you ever find yourself experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, weight and hair loss, fatigue or dizziness, don't hesitate to contact your physician. Zinc deficiency can turn into a life-threatening problem. Because zinc is such an essential mineral, experiencing zinc deficiency can only lead to significant health issues.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Zinc-Deficiency.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/consequences-of-zinc-deficiency/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19272</ID> <title>Decluttering and Organization: The Effects on Your Mental Health</title> <publishDate>2022-08-28 10:39:02</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_19 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_19"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_19 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_18 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_54 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_55 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_56 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_19 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Decluttering and organization have numerous &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://bewell.stanford.edu/a-clean-well-lighted-place/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;positive effects on mental health&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. When your surroundings are clean and organized, your brain, no longer concerned about the surrounding mess, finds it easier to focus and be productive.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Happens to Your Mental Health When You Organize Your Home?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Organization and decluttering can have a considerable impact on your mental health. It can help you feel less stressed and more relaxed by reducing the stimuli our brains need to process. According to a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://paw.princeton.edu/article/psychology-your-attention-please" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; by Dr. Sabine Kastner of Princeton University, our brains are not good at blocking clutter. Working in a cluttered space makes it harder for your brain to focus on the task at hand.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://repettilab.psych.ucla.edu/no%20place%20like%20home.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;UCLA study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, how we describe our homes affects our moods, so keeping our spaces neat and clean can significantly improve our moods. The bigger the mess, the more stressed and unhappy we are likely to become.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Start Decluttering and Organizing Your Home&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Decluttering is the process of removing unnecessary things from your space. It can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Start with one room at a time. Ensure you have enough boxes or bins to hold all of the items you want to keep and make sure that they are labeled to know what goes in each box or bin.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Take everything out of the room and start sorting by category: clothes, books, kitchen supplies, etc. Once everything is sorted out, take each category outside the room and put them in their respective boxes or bins. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;When it comes to getting rid of old possessions, those that no longer provide much value should be discarded first. Unless an object brings you a sense of joy, holds fond memories for your life or is a possession worth holding on to, it's time to let go.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You can get rid of your unwanted items in numerous ways:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Donating to a charity shop;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Selling your possessions online;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Taking your possessions to a recycling center.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Decluttering and Essentialism&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Decluttering is not about getting rid of everything in your home or office; it's about getting rid of the things that don't serve any purpose in your life. As you declutter, remember to be mindful of how different items make you feel. There is more to decluttering than just tossing things out. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Essentialism-Disciplined-Pursuit-Greg-McKeown/dp/0804137382" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less"&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; by Greg McKeown lays out a guide on living a more fulfilling life by decluttering and simplifying. The author argues that we should focus on life's essentials and eliminate the clutter. By focusing on what is essential, we create more meaningful relationships with our possessions. In addition, by eliminating distractions, our lives become more simple, and our brains will process information quicker.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Decluttering and organization have numerous positive effects on mental health. When your surroundings are clean and organized, your brain, no longer concerned about the surrounding mess, finds it easier to focus and be productive. Decluttering is not just about throwing away your old clothes or unwanted items; it's about getting rid of the mental clutter we all carry around with us.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Decluttering-Organization.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/decluttering-and-organization-the-effects-on-your-mental-health/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19266</ID> <title>5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Start Living NOW</title> <publishDate>2022-08-27 10:25:25</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_20 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_20"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_20 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_19 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_57 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_58 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_59 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_20 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Life can be challenging and unfair sometimes, but we have to push ourselves to go on. Life is a gift. We need to see and enjoy the beauty of being alive. There may be some downfalls in life, but we need to stand back up and start again.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is time to get motivated to move on and face life's daily challenges.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#1: Self-Reflection and Meditation&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to the famous Greek philosopher &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://harappa.education/harappa-diaries/self-motivation-meaning-examples-and-importance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aristotle&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;the beginning of all wisdom is knowing yourself&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The process of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://mindworks.org/blog/self-reflection-meditation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;self-reflection&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is to recognize our thoughts, feelings, values and beliefs. It gives us insight into our thoughts and aspirations. Find some time to sit quietly in a room alone, meditate to connect with your inner self and focus on the moment.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Reflection through meditation can help you reevaluate your principles and core values. It gives you the chance to look back and identify the values that sometimes go astray. A mindful and reflective brain helps you keep your words and actions in check. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Remember that we all have a role to play in shaping our destiny. In making appropriate decisions that are compatible with our purpose, it is essential to take some time to sit and think about it. It keeps us focused on our future. The results of meditation are genuine joy and well-being. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#2: Create and See the Positive&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-think-positive#overview" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;recent study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; of 70,000 women found that optimistic women had a significantly lower risk of dying from several major causes of death, such as heart disease, stroke, cancers, infection and respiratory diseases.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Being a positive thinker doesn't erase all the problems we encounter. It isn't magic. It will just make our problems more manageable. Positive thinking can help you approach and deal with hardships more productively. Other proven benefits of positive thinking include a better quality of life, higher energy levels, faster recovery from injury or illness, lower rates of depression and a longer life span.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Creating and seeing the positive in your daily life can be achieved through positive self-talk and imagery. In every situation, focus on the positive instead of the negative. You can always find the silver lining, even if it isn't apparent yet. Eventually, all things will come all right with positivity. Remind yourself that things will get better.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#3: Do What You Love&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you are stuck in a job you hate, get out of it as soon as possible! Instead, find your &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.skillsyouneed.com/rhubarb/motivate-yourself.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;passion&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, something you can enjoy while doing. The famous quote from &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.intrepidexecutivegroup.com/blog/love-youll-never-work/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Confucius&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;do what you love and you'll never have to work again&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, still holds until this day. Take some time to find out what your true passions in life are, then research jobs regarding that passion. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Once you find the job that aligns with your passion(s), plan a course of action to make the transition. Don't second-guess yourself about the "what ifs," or you will never succeed. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Embarking on a new job may sound daunting since there is no guarantee of success. What you need to take are the first initial steps. Then, take the plunge and do all the best you can. Keep the faith and pursue your passion.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#4: Be Grateful&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2022/02/01/7-ways-of-remembering-youre-going-to-die-one-day-motivates-you-to-live-in-the-moment/?sh=11e4d7106ffe" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Be thankful for what you have&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. You'll have it all by starting your day with appreciation. Life is a fragile gift. It isn't perfect, but the goal is to be happy. Happiness is giving thanks to what you have and still striving for more. Look around and be thankful for all you have to see how far you've come.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#5: Live in the Moment&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We spend so much time replaying the past moments or planning too much for the future. That's how we miss the great moments that are unveiled right before us. Next time you have the opportunity, stop and enjoy the moment. We have no idea how many more &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/5-reasons-why-should-live-the-moment-instead-planning-too-much.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;moments&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; we still have to experience in this life. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Living in the present is one of the sure-fire methods you can adopt to manifest genuine happiness in your life. However, there is still a need for a necessary plan and goals. You can plan to invest in yourself or save money, but don't forget that you are in the present.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Start looking for your motivation. Set aside all of the negativity and simply start. Keep a list of your goals and work your way to accomplish them with a positive mindset. Say "thank you" more often. You can write down what you are grateful for as a daily routine. Exciting goals such as improving your fitness, getting an education, saving money or starting a business can keep you motivated. Reflect every day and see how far you have come.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Motivate-Yourself.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/5-ways-to-motivate-yourself-to-start-living-now/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19256</ID> <title>You're Never Too Old to Play: 20 Joyful Activities to Add to Your Self-care Routine</title> <publishDate>2022-08-26 10:09:13</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_21 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_21"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_21 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_20 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_60 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_61 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_62 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_21 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Finding joy and meaning in life keeps us young, so we should never shy away from finding something that brings us enjoyment. People are never too old to try a new activity that might seem fit only for the young crowd. So, what's stopping you from engaging in joyful activities that will do wonders to your physical and mental health? You may believe it to be an annoyingly outdated truism, but, indeed, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;age is just a number, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;as long as you make it so.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Add Something New to Your Daily Activities&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;When was the last time you opened a cookbook and took a shot at expanding your culinary knowledge? So many people don't find time to cook or try new recipes, which is hard to understand since cooking can be such a relaxing and rewarding activity! Of course, we're not talking about French fries or mashed potatoes. Instead, grab some friends and sweeten it up with a crazy dessert recipe! &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Don't be afraid to create a mess—the first try is never perfect. Fancy hot chocolate is always a terrific start if you want to start small. Whipped cream, sprinkles, cookies, berries, marshmallows—anything you can think of, you can add into the cup. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Next, look through your wardrobe. Find a T-shirt that you already know hasn't been your favorite lately. Then, buy a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/best-tie-dye-kits-5077127" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;tie-dye kit&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and let your imagination fly sky high! Create something unique while having fun at the same time.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One thing is sure—we always style our hair, and mostly we style it with monotony. It's time to mix it up by challenging yourself and trying new hairstyles every day. French braids and ponytails always bring back that youthful feeling we all need in our lives.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Pick Up New Hobbies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There is no shame in trying something new because you never know what you might enjoy. Knitting always seems like the hobby everyone wants to get on but never does. So, challenge your creativity and create a blouse, scarf or even a simple coaster. We all have to begin somewhere. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Braiding bracelets is also a refreshing hobby if you think knitting is not for you. Pick up a pattern and create bracelets for your friends or family. This hobby allows the finished product to be gifted and keeps your mind sharp.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Maybe hobbies that involve your hands and body are not your type. But there are always alternatives for everyone. One of the oldest and most known hobbies is reading. The variety of genres and authors will keep you engaged, help you learn new words and train your mind! &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Not a fan of the written or printed word? Audiobooks are always a splendid alternative! You can listen to an audiobook when taking a bath, mowing your lawn or doing household chores. It is phenomenal how audiobooks allow you to kill two birds with one stone!&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you feel like taking up a hobby that involves exercising and being fun simultaneously, buy either a hula hoop, a yoga mat or a jumping rope. These exercises require very little time from your schedule and give you the boat of energy you need.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Do Something That Makes You Feel Young&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dancing is an activity that brings out youthfulness in everyone! It is a fun way of exercising that allows for infinite versatility—you can never get bored of it! So, grab a couple of friends and throw a dancing party every now and then, with different thematics and costumes. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Grab some makeup and try that look you were too afraid to see on you. Use that shade from your pallet you never touched, draw that big wing you always feared and put on the most scandalous lipstick color you own.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Video games are such a big part of teens' lives right now, so why not give them a try? There are endless video games from which you can choose. You have to find something that brings you joy and can keep you hooked. Maybe you will enjoy gardening games or the ones involving strategy—it doesn't matter. Video games keep your mind young and train your reflexes. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Have some friends and pull out that dusted Scrabble game from the wardrobe! Board games such as backgammon, Monopoly, chess, Sorry!, Rummy and Pictionary are always great when played with friends. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Every young teen had a journal in which they wrote anything that flew through their mind. And, of course, somehow, it always ended up in your mother's hands. But now it's yours and yours only. So, vent your feelings in a journal, and you will feel exactly like a teenager.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Rewatch your favorite series or childhood cartoon, and don't forget the popcorn. So what if you already watched it a hundred times? That's why it is your favorite! Grab a cozy blanket and a comfortable pillow and start binging. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Go for a picnic in the park with your significant other or some friends. Prepare small sandwiches and some refreshing apple juice that will make you feel like a small child. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Listen to a podcast while driving to work. This will keep you curious until you return for your drive back home. I bet your favorite YouTuber has a podcast, so start from there! &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This may seem like a chore, but organizing and reorganizing your home can bring you joy! It doesn't have to be anything huge. Start by grabbing those used napkins from your desk and organizing your books and plants. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Go to the park and jump on the first swing you see. I bet you will get some looks thrown at you, but worrying about it should be your last problem. Feel like a kid again and allow no one to stop you! &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Grab some fresh flowers that will improve the scenery of your house. Flowers do not have to be gifted to you by someone all the time. Instead, you can head to the flower shop by yourself and grab the first bouquet that stands out. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Lastly, you can always grab your fanciest clothes and have a dress-up by yourself, just like when you were young. You are never too old for dress-up, but you can wear your clothes this time instead of your mum's.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Many activities can bring joy to your life, but first, you have to find out which ones are perfect for you. Never be afraid to explore your possibilities and do what makes you feel young. Then, you can spread the joy and ask your friends to join in for a great day!&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Self-care-Routine.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/youre-never-too-old-to-play-20-joyful-activities-to-add-to-your-self-care-routine/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19249</ID> <title>Can Orgasms Improve Your Mental Health?</title> <publishDate>2022-08-25 09:54:42</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_22 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_22"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_22 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_21 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_63 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_64 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_65 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_22 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We think of orgasms as the height of physical pleasure. However, orgasms can do more than just make you feel good on a physical level—they can also help improve your mental health!&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &amp;nbsp;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;What Do Orgasms Do to Your Brain? &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Orgasms are an intense physical sensation in response to a build-up of sexual tension. They are experienced as an increased heart rate, blood pressure and involuntary muscle contractions resulting in intense pleasure. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Orgasms also affect us on a physiological level, altering our brain chemistry through the release of hormones to help us feel good and reinforce our attachment to our partners. These hormones are &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/orgasm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;dopamine and oxytocin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, two chemical messengers associated with positive feelings. Both of these chemicals can positively impact your mental health.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &amp;nbsp;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;What Does Dopamine Do?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22581-dopamine" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dopamine&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22581-dopamine" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;neurotransmitter&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; also called the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22581-dopamine" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"feel-good" hormone&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; for its ability to make the body feel good. Dopamine also works as part of the body's &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22581-dopamine" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;fight-or-flight system&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, helping to relax the body and relieve stress. When releasing dopamine, the body is helping itself to relax and making it feel good, rewarding whatever behavior sparked the release. Naturally, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22581-dopamine" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;this process can become addictive&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, as is the case with junk food, which can cause a dopamine release in the brain. Behaviors that cause a dopamine release are associated with happiness, even to the point of addiction. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &amp;nbsp;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;What Does Oxytocin Do? &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Oxytocin is a hormone that the body produces to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22618-oxytocin" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;regulate its reproductive system&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Since it's a hormone, oxytocin, like dopamine, also works as a messenger in the body, reacting to and creating several bodily functions. For example, oxytocin works in your brain by &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22618-oxytocin" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;fostering feelings&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; of trust, arousal, romantic attachment and even recognition of others. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This hormone helps us form social bonds with others, from friends to family and even partners. Without oxytocin, we wouldn't be able to form meaningful relationships critical to one's mental health. As a result, oxytocin is a wide-reaching hormone essential to our well-being. Moreover, due to these extensive effects, oxytocin has been connected to various &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22618-oxytocin" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;mental phenomena&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, including anxiety, depression and addiction. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &amp;nbsp;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;How Orgasms Improve Your Mental Health&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Because orgasms release dopamine and oxytocin, they can significantly improve your mental health by helping you feel happier and more connected to others. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Orgasms are more than just a happy feeling. Researchers found in a study of newlywed couples that because of the oxytocin they release, orgasms could leave a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://happiful.com/orgasms-what-are-the-mental-health-benefits/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;feeling of satisfaction&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that can last as long as 48 hours after experiencing one.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dopamine releases reinforce these feelings of satisfaction and stimulate the reward system in your brain to help create a feeling of persistent happiness and reduce stress. Additionally, researchers have found that the release of these hormones can even boost your &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wellsanfrancisco.com/orgasms-good-mental-health/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;confidence and self-esteem&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Orgasms also release other chemicals and hormones that can help keep one's sex drive strong and help create a lifestyle that relieves the stress and anxiety at the root of mental illness. While this is not as powerful as therapy, medication and clinical treatment, orgasms can still help to leave you feeling less stressed. Additionally, this state can even help you &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wellsanfrancisco.com/orgasms-good-mental-health/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;sleep better&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; by relaxing and causing you to become sleepy. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &amp;nbsp;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Orgasms are much more than just a physical reaction. They can also affect your brain by releasing hormones that boost mood and happiness. Therefore, orgasms can improve your mental health by boosting your confidence and causing you to feel happier. Orgasms may not be the cure-all to mental illnesses, but they certainly can help alleviate the stress and anxiety that may keep you from finding your mental balance.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Orgasms-for-a-Better-Life.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/can-orgasms-improve-your-mental-health/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19238</ID> <title>Hydration Facts: Your Favorite Beverages Compared</title> <publishDate>2022-08-24 09:32:00</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_23 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_23"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_23 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_22 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_66 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_67 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_68 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_23 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Drinking water is considered the fundamental factor in hydration—the human body cannot survive without it. That's why drinking enough water, especially during working hours, is essential. Imagine your day without water; you would feel lethargic and sluggish. In the summer, when the temperatures are sky-high, you will feel more dehydrated, and your productivity will decrease accordingly. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Water alone doesn't quite cut it in terms of hydration; you need minerals that provide electrolytes to ensure your body is functioning at its best.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Electrolytes are essential for &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diagnostics/21790-electrolytes" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;various bodily functions&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, such as regulating the heartbeat and blood pressure, digestion, muscle contraction and nerve transmission. Therefore, it is paramount to look at your drinks' electrolyte and mineral content to optimize hydration. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sports Drinks&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Although drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated, sometimes, we need an extra boost. That's where sports drinks come in. Sports drinks contain minerals such as sodium and potassium, as well as carbohydrates for energy. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are many types of sports drinks, usually categorized by the number of carbohydrates. These are &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.diabetes.co.uk/sports-drinks.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;isotonic, hypotonic and hypertonic&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; sports drinks. Each type has its use in different sports and physical activities. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sports drinks can help replenish electrolytes and prevent dehydration during extended exercise or heat exposure periods. But not all sports drinks are made the same. Check the ingredients to find out which sports drink has the right balance of minerals, carbohydrates and electrolytes to keep you going.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Coconut Water&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Coconut water is a drink that many people consume to hydrate themselves. It has many benefits and can be used to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-water-benefits#1.-Good-source-of-several-nutrients" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;substitute for water intake&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; when one is feeling dehydrated.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Coconut water is an excellent source of minerals and hydration. It's packed with electrolytes, including potassium, magnesium and sodium, which help keep your body hydrated and functioning properly. Coconut water is also a good source of antioxidants and vitamins, making it a healthy choice for keeping your body hydrated and healthy for sports or daily life.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vegetable and Fruit Juices&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vegetable and fruit juices contain minerals and vitamins that can help the body stay hydrated. These juices are made up of mostly water. They are also a good way to pack the body with more nutrients. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Look for juices with &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.svasthlife.com/fruits/often-asked-which-fruit-juice-is-good-for-dehydration.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;high water and lower carbohydrate content&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; for hydration, such as cucumber, watermelon, honeydew and other melon juices. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Coffee &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Coffee is often cited as a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/caffeinated-drinks/faq-20057965#:~:text=Drinking%20caffeine%2Dcontaining%20beverages%20as,increase%20the%20risk%20of%20dehydration." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;dehydrating beverage&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, but this is not entirely accurate. While coffee does have a mild diuretic effect, it is not dehydrating in the sense that it causes your body to lose more water than it takes in. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In fact, coffee contains a fair amount of minerals and other nutrients that contribute to your overall hydration levels. Especially when mixed with milk, coffee can be quite beneficial to your hydration.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Of course, it's important to remember that coffee is not a water replacement, and you should still make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. But if you're looking for a way to get a little extra boost of minerals and hydration, coffee may be a good option.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Milk&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Milk is a great option for hydration. A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ajc.com/pulse/why-water-isnt-the-best-liquid-when-youre-dehydrated/OJE2YHNLDGQVUZOBAKQS76AKAA/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; found that skim milk is one of the best ways to combat dehydration. Many minerals found in milk can help hydrate your body, including calcium, potassium and sodium. However, a significant portion of the population is lactose intolerant. If you're lactose intolerant, avoid milk as a source of hydration. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Drinking plenty of fluids is the best way to stay hydrated, but not all fluids are created equal. Water is always the best choice for hydration, but other drinks, with their solid mineral composition, can help. Just be sure to choose a drink that contains the right minerals that are easily absorbed and used by the body for replenishment and hydration.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Hydration-Facts.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/hydration-facts-your-favorite-beverages-compared/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19231</ID> <title>Panic Attacks and Anxiety</title> <publishDate>2022-08-23 08:40:08</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_24 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_24"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_24 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_23 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_69 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_70 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_71 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_24 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Our lives can get busy and stressful. So, it's fairly normal for people to experience panic attacks and anxiety these days. Unfortunately, many people still confuse anxiety and panic attacks, sometimes claiming they are the same thing.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Panic Attacks&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Panic attacks are short periods (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e.,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; up to 10 minutes) of experiencing intense feelings of overwhelming fear. They manifest suddenly, without any warnings, and come along with difficult symptoms such as:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Nausea;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Shortness of breath;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Palpitations;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sweating;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sense of choking;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Chest pain;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Trembling;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dizziness;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Chills.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Different people manifest different panic attack symptoms. Specific external and internal stressors induce panic attacks where often, the internal stressors manifest themselves through thoughts and constant worry about the unknown future. Conditions that can cause a panic attack are:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Social phobia;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Anxiety disorders;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Agoraphobia (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e.,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; the fear of crowded or open spaces).&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are, of course, medical conditions that can induce panic attacks as well. For example, asthma, thyroid problems, cardiac issues and neurologic problems can all play a significant part in panic attacks. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Anxiety&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Anxiety is a natural human reaction when someone expects a future outcome. People feel anxious when they are worried or afraid about what could happen in the future. It manifests through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. The typical anxiety symptoms are: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fatigue;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Difficulty concentrating; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Irritability;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Anger;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Muscle tension;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sleep disturbances.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Because anxiety is normal for people to experience, the causes are not as grave and specific as in panic attacks. A stressful job, an incoming exam, driving, social situations, phobias or memories of traumatic experiences are all causes of anxiety. Some people can become anxious about very banal things or events such as a birthday party next Friday or the high prices at the supermarket. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Differences between Anxiety and Panic Attacks&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Because anxiety and panic attacks have similar physical symptoms, people think they are the same. But that's not the case. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The differences between the two manifest themselves through the emotional symptoms. When having a panic attack, you will feel a sense of detachment from the world and powerful fear of dying or losing control. But when experiencing anxiety, you will feel apprehension, worry, distress and restlessness. The only similarity between the two is the fear you will feel. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Treat Anxiety without Medication&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Medication is a simple way to combat anxiety, but not the only one. Talking to one of your friends or a family member, shouting as loud as you can, screaming, punching a pillow and stomping your feet are as important to treating anxiety as medication. These methods ensure a much-needed healthy release of emotions and stress. You must embrace anxiety as a part of you because if you bottle it up, you will never be able to let it go.    &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Other ways to partially relieve your anxiety are: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Exercise;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Drinking less caffeine;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sleeping as much as you need;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Saying "no" whenever you feel like it.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Treat Panic Attacks without Medication&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are fewer ways to fight panic attacks without medication than with anxiety attacks because panic attacks are more draining and heavier on your body and mind. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Breathing exercises and applied relaxation are effective ways to combat panic attacks. These approaches are perfect for counteracting hyperventilation, a major part of a panic attack. Training your muscles to relax on demand will prove helpful when facing muscle tension.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Other ways to fight panic attacks without medication are:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Self-monitoring your symptoms;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Keeping your mind occupied and away from stressors;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Exercise;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Talking about your feelings;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cutting back on sugar and caffeine.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;People must be aware of the difference between panic attacks and anxiety. Contact a medical professional if you notice you have or are experiencing a panic attack. It's best to approach the problem swiftly and learn how to control it.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Panic-Attacks-and-Anxiety.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/panic-attacks-and-anxiety/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19221</ID> <title>What Is Stress Tracking?</title> <publishDate>2022-08-22 08:19:41</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_25 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_25"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_25 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_24 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_72 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_73 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_74 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_25 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Stress is a big part of our lives. Being stressed is a normal part of our lives, from work-related stress to the stress we run in at home. We must learn to monitor and control this stress as it's becoming a rising problem.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The good news is that it has become relatively easy to track our stress levels because of modern technology. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Is Stress Tracking?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You may not be aware of what is causing stress in your life. That is why you have to start stress tracking. To do so, you have to keep track of the times you feel stressed by writing them down on a notepad or your phone so you can find out what triggers your stress levels.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you don't have the time or energy to stress track manually, worry not! There are devices precisely built for stress tracking. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A stress tracking gadget is a device that monitors physiological stress indicators through heart rate monitors. Old technology allowed us to monitor our heartbeats per minute but now new devices have developed and function much faster.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Stress Tracking App&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Stress tracking has never been easier. Because most people nowadays have a smartphone, many developers create stress-tracking apps. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;a href="https://apkpure.com/gps-for-the-soul/com.huffingtonpost.gpsforthesoul" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;GPS for the Soul&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This stress tracking app uses biofeedback to help you regulate your stress levels. Also, the app contains meditation tools such as calming pictures and soothing music. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe2relax/id425720246" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Breathe2Relax&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Breathe2Relax app contains breathing exercises to stimulate your &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoracic_diaphragm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;diaphragm&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and information on the adverse effects of stress on your body.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/personal-zen/id689013447" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Personal Zen&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Personal Zen is a stress tracking app developed by a psychology and neurosciences professor. It's based on a series of games meant to reduce your anxiety levels.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.148apps.com/app/304062482/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Squeeze and Shake&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;On a funnier note, this stress tracking app lets you externalize your stress on a virtual rubber duck. This little yellow friend is the perfect tool for venting your anger and stress harmlessly. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Stress Tracking Watch &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Technology made it possible for us to keep track of our stress levels. Devices such as Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch or any other smartwatch offer you the possibility to monitor your stress levels 24/7. Stress tracking watches have become popular in recent years because of heart rate variability.&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Heart rate variability (HRV) measures the interval between heartbeats and focuses on each of your heartbeats.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Stress tracking watches became popular because technology increased their accuracy. Nevertheless, we have to be careful when choosing a stress-tracking watch. If the heart rate sensor is not reading your heart rate accurately, it's time to switch to a better watch. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Best Smartwatches for Stress Tracking&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Bluetooth-Advanced-monitoring-Tracking/dp/B089DPMDNM" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Samsung Galaxy Watch 3&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Advanced-Monitoring-Tracking-Long-Lasting/dp/B07VQJ56T3" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;These smartwatches have built-in heart rate monitors to help you keep track of weekly graphs and stress scores. Also, they come&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;with an app called Samsung's Breathing Exercises to help reduce your stress levels. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/apple-watch-series-6/s?k=apple+watch+series+6" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Apple Watch Series 6&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Watch-GPS-40mm-Starlight/dp/B09G9FS5YN" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Apple Watch SE&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you fight in the war between Apple and Samsung, there is a smartwatch for team Apple. These stress tracing watches use heart rate monitors as well. They use HRV measurements and center around your stress levels. In addition, the Apple smartwatch comes with the Breathe app, which reminds you every five hours to take a break from work and focus on your breathing. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Fitbit-Advanced-Smartwatch-Management-Temperature/dp/B08DFLG5SP" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fitbit Sense&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.de/fitness-smartwatch-continuous-monitor-assistant/dp/B08DFPZG71/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?adgrpid=81521607745&amp;amp;gclid=CjwKCAiAjoeRBhAJEiwAYY3nDKdy90xvH2y8OkPOfEXt4F0_DTwKlwtBALi6QWa5ZWmhcJveq-8SFRoCC-wQAvD_BwE&amp;amp;hvadid=394621135081&amp;amp;hvdev=c&amp;amp;hvlocphy=9040252&amp;amp;hvnetw=g&amp;amp;hvqmt=b&amp;amp;hvrand=2828193183165303024&amp;amp;hvtargid=kwd-420844853896&amp;amp;hydadcr=23340_1782705&amp;amp;keywords=fitbit+versa&amp;amp;qid=1646408953&amp;amp;sr=8-2-spons&amp;amp;psc=1&amp;amp;spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExQ0E5M08xUzNYNTlYJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjI1OTcxMVNVVUNIUDBFNDRJNSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNjQ5ODk3MzdGSDlCSFdOUko3USZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fitbit Versa 3&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Fitbit-Wellness-Management-Tracking-Graphite/dp/B08ZF7QDXJ" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fitbit Luxe&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A lot of people love the slick style of these stress tracking watches. Like the other smartwatches, Fitbit offers the Relax app to help diminish your stress levels. This stress tracking app boomed on the market with built-in heart rate monitors, guides for breathing exercises and meditation sessions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Skagen-Connected-Stainless-Touchscreen-Smartwatch/dp/B082JMMRQJ" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Skagen Falster 3&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.fossil.com/en-us/smartwatches/learn-more/gen-5/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fossil Gen 5&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.kay.com/fossil-sport-smartwatch-ftw6025/p/V-290634207" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fossil Sport&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;These smartwatches enter the race for the most popular stress tracking watches on the market.&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The breathing exercises of this smartwatch will monitor your breathing and advise you when you should slow down for a more relaxed pace. It also provides a breathing summary and points out your breathing during the exercise. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Stress follows us every single day. That's why it's important to start tracking our stress levels and learn how to cope and reduce them. Our lives can get much easier by using these stress tracking apps and watches. Keep an eye out for what stresses you out and remember to relax.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Stress-Tracking.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/what-is-stress-tracking/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19214</ID> <title>Journal for Mental Health</title> <publishDate>2022-08-21 08:10:18</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_26 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_26"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_26 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_25 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_75 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_76 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_77 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_26 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mental health affects people all around us. There are times that we can't express our thoughts and emotions as others might invalidate what we feel. We look down on ourselves and feel anxious, stressed or depressed, isolate ourselves and stop speaking to our loved ones. This leads to people having mental issues,&lt;/span&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6165520/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;the leading cause of suicide&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With the right therapy, mental health issues are very much treatable. One way to help with our mental health is through writing a journal.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Is Journaling?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Journaling is a writing experience that allows you to reflect on your day. You may use journaling for self-reflection and self-expression. It stands as a coping mechanism when dealing with hardships and stressful situations. You may explore your experiences to gain a greater comprehension of those events. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Journaling is often used as a therapeutic activity for those suffering from depression or anxiety, allowing them to send a message to their future self about overcoming circumstances. Journaling allows readers to obtain complete clarity in their current situation by externalizing troubles into the journal itself. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Benefits of Journaling for Mental Health&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Whether for mental health or personal reasons, journaling can bring about many changes to your life. Benefits include self-understanding, accurate perception of the world around you, memory improvement, better communication skills, stress relief and improved mood.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Journaling for mental health helps improve communication with doctors and therapists and can help them understand how you feel.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Writing in your journal &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_journaling_can_help_you_in_hard_times" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;relieves mental stress anxiety levels&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. You could have a better understanding of your emotions whenever you are faced with a difficult situation. If you are going through an emotional situation, writing in your journal could help you break away from obsession and think clearly about moving forward.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Start Journaling?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Writing a journal is not as complicated as it might seem. Your journal is a tool that can help you process your thoughts, can give clarity to your emotions and could keep your behavior and thinking patterns in check.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Journaling at least once per week will make it easier to see your progress and provide insights about yourself. Some people like to keep their journal private, while others like to share their journal with one specific person or more- a friend, a counselor or the Internet. Journaling allows for self-exploration and self-expression, which is why it should be done in a private space where you feel comfortable writing about what you want and how you feel.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Why Journaling Works&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Keeping a journal is one of the most insightful things we can do for ourselves, not only in terms of giving us a strong sense of well-being but also in helping us understand ourselves better. This is because it targets the two crucial areas: thoughts and feelings.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Writing is a way to disclose our emotions rather than bottling them up. Contained emotions are not mentally or physically healthy; they can cause tightness on your chest or even fainting because of extreme emotional stress. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The writing process helps us think and organize our thoughts and experiences in a sequence. This gives us the chance to reflect and think about our actions and have a better perspective on what we can do in the future to make ourselves better.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Not everyone can easily express themselves in a way other people do, which is why journaling is an effective tool to get these thoughts out of our system.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We all have stories and experiences to tell, and writing them down in a journal allows us to look back and see that we have changed for the better.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Journal-for-Mental-Health.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/journal-for-mental-health/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19207</ID> <title>Orgasms for a Better Life</title> <publishDate>2022-08-21 07:53:15</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_27 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_27"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_27 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_26 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_78 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_79 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_80 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_27 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's no surprise that a healthy sex life will improve intimacy between romantic partners. Affectionate relationships, where each partner considers the needs and desires of the other, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/blog/the-positive-effects-of-love-on-mental-health-5-ways-your-relationship-can-aid-in-the-treatment-process/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;will do wonders for our mental and emotional health&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, and active sex life is often a part of that. But what if the benefits of orgasm go even further? If regular orgasms improved your overall health, would they motivate you to adjust your lifestyle accordingly? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Orgasms Improve My Physical Health?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Yes, and in more ways than you might expect! The first aspect of your physical health influenced by orgasms is your immune system. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg16221820-800-can-regular-sex-ward-off-colds-and-flu/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; conducted at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania indicates that regular sex boosts your antibodies, improving your body's ability to fight off infections. The research is not 100% conclusive in this regard, but there have been enough positive findings that this dimension of sexual activity should be considered and explored further.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aside from the immune system boost, orgasms can lead to regular menstrual cycles. Irregular periods affect &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/womens-health/2020/november/irregular-periods-why-is-my-period-late#:~:text=After%20puberty%2C%20many%20women%20have,their%20first%20period%20and%20menopause." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;between 9% and 14% of women&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. There's a good chance that someone you know is affected by this phenomenon, and they might benefit from understanding methods to counteract it. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fortunately, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://thesheaf.com/2012/02/16/eight-reasons-you-should-have-sex-in-case-you-any-needed-more-convincing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; from both Columbia and Stanford universities found that women who engage in sex once or more per week tend to have more regular menstrual cycles. Conversely, women who did not engage in regular sexual activity were less likely to experience regular cycles.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;An orgasm benefit that doesn't require as much scientific research is the strengthening of your pelvic floor muscles. These are the muscles you exercise when you engage in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/kegels-should-i-do-them" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Kegel workouts&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. They are incredibly convenient because they can be done anywhere - you don't have to change into exercise wear and break a sweat to benefit from Kegels. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You'll achieve the benefits of doing Kegels also through sexual activity and orgasm. The pelvic floor muscles surrounding your reproductive organs get a solid workout, and the results should be evident in weeks.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Orgasms Reduce My Risk of Serious Disease?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The aforementioned benefits of orgasm are great, but they're all very concrete. What about the more abstract and long-term benefits of orgasms? Sexual activity has advantages here, too, with sleep at the top of the list. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;When you experience orgasm, your brain releases a range of hormones that have the potential to improve the quality of your sleep. Two examples are the hormones &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wellandgood.com/orgasm-and-sleep/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;vasopressin and oxytocin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which reduce stress. A heightened level of these two hormones will make it much easier to fall asleep faster.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;But it's not just about how quickly you fall asleep. The chemicals released during orgasm can also improve the quality of your sleep once you're out. Two additional hormones, called &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wellandgood.com/orgasm-and-sleep/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;serotonin and norepinephrine&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, help your body get into the REM sleep cycles that make you feel rested. Engaging in sexual activity resulting in orgasm is a sure way to increase your body's concentration of these two hormones.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Orgasms play a substantial part in reducing your risk of severe diseases as well. For men, orgasm can make a big difference in avoiding prostate cancer. Whether it is achieved through masturbation, sex with a partner or nocturnal emission, orgasms can make a notable difference. One &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.biospace.com/article/around-the-web/one-orgasm-a-day-may-reduce-risk-for-prostate-cancer-harvard-medical-school-study-/#:~:text=The%20study%20data%20showed%20that,to%20have%20a%20sex%20partner."&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;recent study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; indicated that men who ejaculate around once per day reduced their risk of developing prostate cancer by 22%. Since &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cancer.org/healthy/cancer-facts/cancer-facts-for-men.html#:~:text=Prostate%20cancer%20is%20the%20most,over%20the%20age%20of%2065." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;prostate cancer is the kind that most often affects men&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, this is a significant risk reduction!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Are The Other Benefits of Orgasms?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Finally, sexual activity and orgasm can benefit your life due to their cardiovascular effects. In fitness terms, sex is a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise that burns around three calories per minute. Like any aerobic exercise, sex can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.prevention.com/health/a20517285/sex-for-heart-health/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;lower your risk of type 2 diabetes&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, lower your blood pressure and strengthen your heart. It's not a cure-all or a replacement for vigorous exercise, of course, but being aware of these orgasm benefits can help optimize your health both in and out of the bedroom.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/betterlife2.jpg</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/orgasms-for-a-better-life/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19200</ID> <title>Why Does Sexual Wellness Matter?</title> <publishDate>2022-08-20 07:37:41</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_28 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_28"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_28 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_27 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_81 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_82 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_83 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_28 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With so many different dimensions of our health to worry about, sexual wellness often takes a backseat. Topics such as diet, exercise and sleep get a lot of attention in popular books and online sources, while our overall sexual health gets short shrift.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Is Sexual Wellness?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It might be tempting to define sexual wellness as a lack of sexually transmitted diseases or infections, but the truth is that the topic is more complex than that. The best way to think of sexual wellness is as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.gr8ness.com/defining-sexual-wellness/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being concerning sexuality&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Understanding sexual wellness means acknowledging that sex is not limited to intercourse or masturbation. In conversations about overall wellness, the term 'sex' also encompasses your intimacy and connection with your partner and your self-confidence in your body.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual wellness encompasses three different areas: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(21)00099-2/fulltext" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;sexual health, sexual pleasure and sexual justice&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. For us all to achieve the greatest possible sexual wellness, all three of these areas of sexuality must work in harmony. For one or two, or even all three areas to be imbalanced does not mean that you can't achieve sexual well-being, but this framework helps provide a place to start. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Do I Need to Know about Sexual Health?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One of the basics of sexual health is preventing and treating sexually transmitted diseases. Unfortunately, this issue has taken on public health risk proportions. Instead of a private issue affecting only the fringes of society, sexually transmitted infections saw an explosion of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/prevalence-incidence-cost-2020.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;26 million new cases as recently as 2018&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. While this issue affects many different age groups, it disproportionately impacts those aged 15 to 24-year-olds, who represented &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/prevalence-incidence-cost-2020.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;almost half of the new STIs in 2018&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Although these numbers are concerning, despair won't help the situation. Instead, it would be best if you asked what you could do. The first step is to educate yourselves and your loved ones about the realities of STDs and STIs. Understanding these health risks and how best to prevent them is critical to keeping yourself safe. Medically speaking, vaccination can be an effective way to protect yourself from STDs. Your risk is also, of course, affected by lifestyle decisions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A few ways to limit your chances of contracting an STD are practicing &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/default.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;abstinence, mutual monogamy or safe sex&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The resources provided by the CDC are an excellent way to dig deeper into this vital dimension of sexual health.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another critical aspect of sexual health is reproductive health, and a holistic understanding of reproductive health must include knowledge of contraception. Various contraceptive methods are available to women, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/womensrh/index.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;including intrauterine contraception, hormonal and barrier methods and sterilization&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. While this range of options can be intimidating, a conversation with your physician will help you determine which is the right approach for you.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Can I Start My Sexual Wellness Journey?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With the essential medical considerations already covered, let's take a moment to discuss how you can take control of your sexual wellness. Start with a simple step: strengthening your pelvic floor. You may have heard of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/kegel-exercises/art-20045283" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Kegels&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, an exercise that works the muscles surrounding your pelvic floor. A few minutes of Kegels per day is a great place to start!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Next, make sure you understand your STI status. The best practice is to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.sassyhongkong.com/sexual-wellness-guide-sex-dating-lifestyle/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;get tested&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; either once a year or more frequently, depending on the frequency of your sexual activity. Understanding your status and developing the ability to have honest conversations about your status is critical to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Finally, take the time to make self-pleasure a habit. In the same way that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.sassyhongkong.com/sexual-wellness-guide-sex-dating-lifestyle/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;we are not automatically skilled at sex with a partner&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, we should not assume that we will automatically be skilled when it comes to masturbation. Practicing relaxation and mindfulness of your self-pleasure will not only contribute to greater self-esteem — it will lead you to a greater overall sexual wellness!!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Sexual-Wellness-Matter.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/why-does-sexual-wellness-matter/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19193</ID> <title>Functions of Vitamins and Minerals: Importance of Vitamins and Why Take a Multivitamin</title> <publishDate>2022-08-20 07:21:35</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_29 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_29"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_29 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_28 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_84 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_85 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_86 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_29 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The terms &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;vitamins&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;minerals&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; are frequently used when talking about health, but what do they actually mean? It can be challenging to sort through the wealth of information available to us via the Internet, but with the right approach and a pinch of help, you will learn why and how to use vitamins and minerals to maximize your health!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Are Vitamins and Minerals?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One way to distinguish between vitamins and minerals is the organic distinction: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamins/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;while vitamins are organic substances, minerals are inorganic&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The most recognizable examples of minerals are calcium, sodium and potassium. On the other hand, vitamins are either fat-soluble or water-soluble, which impacts how your body takes in the vitamins.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Different vitamins accomplish different functions in the body. Vitamin C is an interesting case because humans can't make it out of other compounds; if we're going to get vitamin C, it has to be from our diet. The recommended quantity per day is between &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/vitamin-c/faq-20058030#:~:text=For%20adults%2C%20the%20recommended%20daily,Nausea" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;65 and 90 milligrams&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. However, you should note that any intake &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/vitamin-c/faq-20058030#:~:text=For%20adults%2C%20the%20recommended%20daily,Nausea" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;over 200 milligrams&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; will be excreted as urine instead of being used by the body.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The intake of vitamin C is a little complex, but what benefit do we get from it? There are many advantages that you can derive from healthy vitamin C, such as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/Vitamins-and-minerals#types-of-vitamins-and-their-functions" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;collagen formation&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which strengthens blood vessels and bones, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/Vitamins-and-minerals#types-of-vitamins-and-their-functions" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;antioxidant function&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which keeps cells healthy, and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/Vitamins-and-minerals#types-of-vitamins-and-their-functions" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;infection fighting&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which preserves your overall health. While these are critical functions for the body to perform, a healthy diet will provide the adequate amount of vitamin C your body needs.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The difficulty in discussing minerals is that they also perform a dizzying variety of functions in the body. For example, most of us know that calcium is critical for bone strength, but it also assists in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/Vitamins-and-minerals#types-of-minerals-and-their-functions" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;enzyme function&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/Vitamins-and-minerals#types-of-minerals-and-their-functions" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;transmitting nervous system messages throughout the body&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Another popular understanding of this mineral, which turns out to be accurate, is that the best foods for getting calcium into your body are dairy-based. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/calcium/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Milk, yogurt, cheese and soymilk&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; all help supply the appropriate amount of calcium.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Happens When I'm Vitamin or Mineral-Deficient?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The benefits of vitamins and minerals come with a dark side: our bodies can be impacted for the worse if we are short of the elements we need. A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/endoscopic-weight-loss-program/conditions/post_bariatric_surgery/vitamin_mineral_deficiency.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;vitamin D deficiency&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, for example, can result in bone abnormalities. Too little of the mineral iron can lead to anemia. A lack of vitamin A can bring about visual and skin changes, and vitamin E deficiency can cause neurological disorders.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Luckily, you can identify these deficiencies with &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/endoscopic-weight-loss-program/conditions/post_bariatric_surgery/vitamin_mineral_deficiency.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;a simple blood test&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Speak to your physician if you believe you're affected by a vitamin or mineral deficiency. While these problems may not affect people with a consistently healthy diet, they are essential to understand if you want to appreciate the role of vitamins and minerals in your health. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Value of Multivitamins&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/is-there-really-any-benefit-to-multivitamins#:~:text=Half%20of%20all%20American%20adults,vitamin%20or%20mineral%20supplement%20regularly." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Recent research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; has indicated that half of America's adults take a multivitamin, so there's a good chance that the concept is familiar to you. But how much benefit can you get from these dietary supplements? The &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/multivitamin/#:~:text=The%20main%20purpose%20of%20a,key%20to%20an%20optimal%20diet.)" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;average multivitamin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; contains all 100% of the daily dose of the 26 vitamins and minerals critical to your health. If you're eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, multivitamins might be unnecessary.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;However, there are also circumstances in which a multivitamin might be the perfect boost to your regular diet. If you have &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/multivitamin/#:~:text=The%20main%20purpose%20of%20a,key%20to%20an%20optimal%20diet.)" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;a medical condition that hinders your body's ability to absorb nutrients&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, or if you've recently undergone &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/multivitamin/#:~:text=The%20main%20purpose%20of%20a,key%20to%20an%20optimal%20diet.)" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;surgery&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, a multivitamin may do you a lot of good. If financial circumstances or a busy schedule prevent you from eating a well-rounded diet, the convenience and low cost of multivitamins will be very beneficial. Do some research, speak to your physician and consider adding a multivitamin to your daily routine!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Multivitamin.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/functions-of-vitamins-and-minerals-importance-of-vitamins-and-why-take-a-multivitamin/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19186</ID> <title>What Is Upcycling Food?</title> <publishDate>2022-08-19 07:02:27</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_30 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_30"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_30 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_29 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_87 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_88 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_89 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_30 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You've probably heard the folk wisdom of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;waste not, want not&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; before. Unfortunately, food is more often wasted than put to good use with &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/upcycled-food-trend-turns-waste-to-ingredients-found-on-store-shelves/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;1.3 billion tons of food&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; wasted globally every year. This massive amount of food, enough to feed the needy population, is often discarded. That's where upcycling comes in. Upcycling allows us to repurpose food that otherwise would be thrown away. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;What Is Upcycled Food?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Upcycled Food Association describes &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.upcycledfood.org/upcycled-food" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;upcycled food&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; as food outside of human consumption but with a potentially positive environmental impact. Upcycled food can range from stale bread to fruit fiber leftovers from juicing. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In addition to these "leftover products," upcycling also uses "imperfect" food, such as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/daphneewingchow/2021/05/31/upcycled-food-is-the-coolest-trend-you-probably-never-heard-of/?sh=7b56a3932f0a" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;misshapen, lightly bruised veggies or plant stems&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; we say no to at the grocery store. Upcycled food uses these products to create entirely new ones, upcycling products doomed to be discarded. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;What Is Upcycling Food?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The food upcycling process takes many shapes and forms. For instance, fruit pulp may be pressed into bars; the barley used in beer making may be ground into flour. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Recycling discarded food is not a new concept. Humans have been upcycling food for hundreds of years. Foods like sausages, broths and jams often use &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://theconversation.com/upcycling-promises-to-turn-food-waste-into-your-next-meal-157500" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;discarded scraps from other recipes&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. For example, the company &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.upcycledfood.org/upcycled-food" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Rise&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; uses discarded barley and other byproducts of making lagers and pilsners to create flours for baking and other purposes. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Food Upcycling Benefits&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;Upcycling is about more than just a trendy way to reuse food; it's also about saving the environment and avoiding unnecessary waste. Food waste in our modern society is devastating, amounting to &lt;a href="https://www.upcycledfood.org/upcycled-food" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;1 trillion dollars&lt;/a&gt; per year. All this wasted food still has to be grown in the first place, causing &lt;a href="https://www.upcycledfood.org/upcycled-food" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;28%&lt;/a&gt; of the land used for agriculture to grow purposeless food. Additionally, food waste accounts for &lt;a href="https://www.upcycledfood.org/upcycled-food" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;8%&lt;/a&gt; of greenhouse gas emissions, making it the prime target for reducing humanity's footprint on the environment. &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Upcycling food combats these devastating effects of waste. The upcycling company &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Ugly Company&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; has already prevented &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/daphneewingchow/2021/05/31/upcycled-food-is-the-coolest-trend-you-probably-never-heard-of/?sh=7b56a3932f0a" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;140,000&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; pounds of unnecessary fruit waste and aims to prevent another 4.6 million this year. Upcycling food also improves &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/daphneewingchow/2021/05/31/upcycled-food-is-the-coolest-trend-you-probably-never-heard-of/?sh=7b56a3932f0a" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;food and water security&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; by minimizing food waste and preserving the water used in food production. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Upcycling food is also beneficial to the consumer. Some of the most frequently discarded foods are also the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/daphneewingchow/2021/05/31/upcycled-food-is-the-coolest-trend-you-probably-never-heard-of/?sh=7b56a3932f0a" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;most nutritious.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Upcycling these foods improves our environment and food and water security.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Easy Food Upcycling Ideas&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Participating in upcycling is not difficult; it all comes down to buying from brands dedicated to upcycling food. Upcycling brands &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://myethicalchoice.com/en/journal/food-loss/upcycled-food-brands/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;include&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Planetarians&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; (which make chips out of sunflower seeds), &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Candid&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; (which uses plant products to sweeten their chocolate), &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Wize Monkey&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; (which makes tea out of discarded coffee leaves) and&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Sweet Benin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; (which juices cashew apples), just to name a few! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Upcycling food is the future of conservation, environmental efforts and fiscal responsibility. It doesn't make sense to continue to waste trillions of dollars and billions of tons of food better used to feed hungry mouths. So, don't wait any longer! Get involved and start buying from food upcyclers!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Upcycling-Food.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/what-is-upcycling-food/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19177</ID> <title>3 Foods That Fight Memory Loss</title> <publishDate>2022-08-18 06:43:45</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_31 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_31"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_31 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_30 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_90 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_91 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_92 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_31 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The passing of time starts to take its toll on our whole bodies, including the brain. Keeping our minds as healthy as possible is crucial towards fighting diseases associated with old age. So why not do it while savoring healthy and delicious meals? &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Age Causes Memory Loss&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Our brain functions start to get rusty as we age. We take longer to process information, we forget simple words or definitions, we take longer to find answers to questions, and so on. But if we give our brain enough time, the information will come back to us by itself.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is crucial to learn the differences between normal age-related forgetfulness and the symptoms that indicate you are succumbing to illness.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Our brains are constantly producing new brain cells unaffected by age. As we age, because we are too weak to do as many things as when we were young, we tend to use our brains less and less. And just like muscles, if we don't use them, they lose strength. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We have to keep our brains healthy by &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/how-to-improve-your-memory.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;engaging them in daily activities&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#1: Vegetables&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One great vegetable to enjoy while keeping your mind healthy at the same time is broccoli. This vegetable is packed with compounds such as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29748497/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;antioxidants&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and vitamin K, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6436180/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;essential&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; for your body to form &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6436180/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;sphingolipids&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which is the fat found in brain cells. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32148962/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Studies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; show a link between high vitamin K intake and better memory in older adults. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Turning your nose up at the sight of broccoli? You can try cauliflower or Brussel sprouts, likewise rich in vitamin K! Also, leafy greens such as kale, spinach and collard greens are full of vitamin K.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#2: Fruit &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Various fruits are great for keeping your mind and memory in top-notch condition. For starters, blueberries and many other berries carry plant compounds called anthocyanins, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31329250/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;effects&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. In addition, anthocyanins &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31960481/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;act against&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Oranges are best known for their significant vitamin C levels. But did you know that oranges can improve your memory to an elephant's level? This is because vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5622720/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;essential&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; in preventing mental health decline. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6454201/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; shows vitamin C enhances attention, memory and focus. Also, vitamin C &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30074145/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;protects&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; your brain from anxiety, depressive disorder, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Not a big fan of oranges? Try kiwi, guava or strawberries instead!&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#3: Drinks&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Although a beverage is not really considered food, we can't ignore coffee and wine's contribution to tackling memory loss.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Coffee is the perfect beverage to keep you safe from memory loss. Coffee contains &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7554764/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;antioxidants&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and caffeine, two essential components for supporting brain health. Drinking coffee also &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26677204/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;reduces&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; the risk of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29167102/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;These effects&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; were visible in adults drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee daily. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If coffee is an essential beverage for fighting memory loss, then green tea cannot escape this list. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Green tea contains &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theanine" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;L-theanine&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, an amino acid&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31758301/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that increases&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; the activity of&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theanine" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; the neurotransmitter GABA&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that helps reduce anxiety. Green tea is also rich in polyphenols, and alongside antioxidants, they &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31137655/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;reduce&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; the risk of developing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28056735/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Studies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; show that green tea improves alertness, focus, memory and performance. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In moderation, wine has positive and protective effects on our brain health. Wine contains &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavonoid" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;flavonoids&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, plant chemicals that act as anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Drinking a couple of glasses of wine a week reduces the risk of developing &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12196314/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Alzheimer's disease&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; or &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15066068/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;dementia&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Wine also contains an organic compound named &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resveratrol" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;resveratrol&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, a dietary supplement found in plants). &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://gumc.georgetown.edu/news-release/resveratrol-impacts-alzheimers-disease-biomarker/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Studies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; show that resveratrol can keep Alzheimer's disease away from our brains. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is vital to watch out for your brain health. By being careful about your food, you can live a long and healthy life. Although developing memory loss is always possible, keeping an eye out for your brain health is the best choice to protect it against memory loss.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Fight-Memory-Loss.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/3-foods-that-fight-memory-loss/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18916</ID> <title>How Does the Body Produce Vitamin D from Sunlight?</title> <publishDate>2022-08-15 22:51:07</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_32 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_32"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_32 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_31 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_93 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_94 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_95 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_32 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We all know that getting enough vitamin D is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But have you ever wondered &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;how&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; our body creates vitamin D?&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Where Does the Vitamin D Production Process Start?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin D production starts with Ultraviolet Ray B (UVB) exposure. The UVB rays stimulate the skin cells to produce a substance called 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC), which then reacts with an enzyme called cholesterol side-chain cleavage enzyme (CSC) in order to produce cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). This process is known as vitamin D synthesis. The liver or kidneys must &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/endocrine/otherendo/vitamind.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;metabolize&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; vitamin D3 synthesized by the body in order to be utilized. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is another form of vitamin D found in some foods and supplements. Both vitamin D3 and vitamin D2 are converted into calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin D) in the body. It is then further converted into a hormonally-active form called calcitriol (1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol).&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;While the sun is the best way to get your vitamin D, other factors, such as your skin color, the amount of sunscreen that you use, the time of day you go out, the time of the year, or the amount of sunlight in your part of the world, can all affect your body's vitamin D production.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin D Production for Darker Skin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The body's largest tissue, the skin, is vital for vitamin D production. Skin color is determined by melanin, a pigment found in skin cells called melanocytes. Melanin protects the skin from ultraviolet light and assists the production of vitamin D.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;People with darker skin have a more challenging time producing vitamin D. The sun's rays do not penetrate the skin as deeply, so vitamin D production is not as efficient. The more melanin your skin has, the more difficult it is to produce vitamin D because melanin blocks UV rays from the sun from reaching your skin. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5946242/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; has shown that people with darker skin need more exposure to sunshine for vitamin D production, especially at higher latitudes. Therefore, the farther away from the equator, the less likely you are to produce vitamin D because of the lack of sun exposure.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Does Sunscreen Block Vitamin D Production?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;UVB absorption in the skin is fundamental in building Vitamin D in the body. However, UVB can also cause skin issues such as sunburn, skin cancer and eye damage. To mitigate UVB damage, most people use sunscreen lotions. So you might wonder, does using sunscreen reduce the body's ability to produce vitamin D?&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30945275/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Studies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; have shown that this is not the case. Research provided little evidence to show that sunscreen affects concentrations of vitamin D. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;While spending time in the sun is the best way to produce vitamin D, sunscreen is essential to protect your skin from the harmful effects of too much UVB exposure. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Why Your Body Needs Vitamin D&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin D is essential for bone health and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3012979/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, two vital minerals for strong bones and teeth. It also boosts your immune system and helps regulate cell growth. A lack of vitamin D can lead to rickets, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23253239/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;osteoporosis, cancer and other health issues&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The sun is the best source of vitamin D, but you can also get it from certain &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;foods&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; such as fatty fish, red meat, liver, eggs and fortified milk. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Getting enough vitamin D is essential for everyone, but it becomes vital for people who don't get much sun exposure. Consider 10–30 minutes of midday sunshine several times per week to maintain healthy vitamin D levels. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you have darker skin, you may require a little extra than 30 minutes of sunshine per day. The amount of sun exposure should be determined by how sensitive your skin is to UV radiation and your location in the world. If the part of the world where you live does not have enough sunlight, you might consider supplements to meet your needs. Check with your doctor and get a regular blood panel done to see if your vitamin D levels are sufficient.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/sunlight.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/how-does-the-body-produce-vitamin-d-from-sunlight/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18909</ID> <title>5 Teas That May Support the Immune System</title> <publishDate>2022-08-14 22:40:06</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_33 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_33"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_33 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_32 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_96 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_97 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_98 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_33 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Tea is known for being one of the healthiest and tastiest beverages (unless you're on team coffee, of course). Almost any type of tea has a positive effect on your body, but certain plants can prove vital when talking about the health of your immune system.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Does Tea Support the Immune System?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Tea contains polyphenols, a group of antioxidants linked to the health benefits that tea brings to the table. This beverage also contains flavonols and other chemicals proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, the antioxidants found in tea help protect your body against harmful effects caused by smoking, pollution and UV rays. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#1: Green Tea&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Green tea has overall positive benefits for your body. This healthy source of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catechin" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;catechins&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and antioxidants is especially effective against &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/free-radical" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;free radicals&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Antioxidants are produced by the human body but not in sufficient quantities. If your body cannot fight these free radicals, your body will be more prone to developing cancer, heart diseases, Parkinson's disease and respiratory diseases. Therefore, your immune system will thank you for the additional antioxidants from green tea.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Furthermore, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2855614/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;long-term consumption of green tea&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; reduces the risk of diseases such as:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Liver diseases;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Viral diseases;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Coronary diseases;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Bacterial infections;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Obesity;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Type II diabetes.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#2: Black Tea&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Although many people do not enjoy the taste of black tea, they might consider giving it a second chance after finding out how it helps the immune system. Besides helping the body fight free radicals, black tea contains tannins (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, antioxidants) that cause the beverage's abnormal taste. Tannins are an excellent weapon against conditions such as influenza, hepatitis and dysentery. The antioxidants in black tea are perfect against strokes, cholesterol build-up, high blood pressure and high sugar levels. They also encourage the production of healthy gut bacteria. If you want to enjoy these amazing health benefits and kick the coffee habit, black tea is the place to start!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#3: Ginger Tea&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This spicy tea has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and is excellent for escaping nausea. Ginger, in general, has many health benefits, and by turning it into a cup of tea, it becomes more pleasurable. Antioxidants are also present in ginger tea which improve blood circulation and help with congestion. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ginger tea is ideal for a healthier immune system and faster recovery during flu season, as it is known to fight pain, fevers, coughing and infections.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#4: White Tea &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;White tea is an immune system boosting beverage with a light and delicate taste. Known to have similar properties to green tea but not as powerful, the antioxidants in white tea &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/05/040526070934.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;are proven&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to be effective against fungal, bacterial and viral infections. In addition, white tea protects the immune cells responsible for locating cancerous by-products. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#5: Turmeric Tea&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The last but not least beverage on our list is turmeric tea. This amazing beverage promotes the function of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17211725/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;T and B cells&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which are essential parts of the immune system. Moreover, turmeric tea fights inflammation, arthritis, asthma, allergies, diabetes, cancer and heart diseases.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Keeping your immune system healthy and enjoying yourself always go together. Drinking delicious beverages like these tea options will improve your health and help your body fight any incoming illnesses. You can enjoy a cup of hot tea while working, reading or watching your favorite series. You can always squeeze a cup of tea into your day to boost your immune system!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/tea.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/5-teas-that-may-support-the-immune-system/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18900</ID> <title>Is Your Positivity Toxic?</title> <publishDate>2022-08-13 22:25:43</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_34 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_34"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_34 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_33 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_99 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_100 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_101 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_34 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Too much of anything is bad, even when it's something &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;good. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;As much as we want to always stay positive and spread good vibes to everyone we meet, there are just some moments in life when &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;looking at the bright side&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; will not fix a situation. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;So, where should we draw a line between genuine optimism and toxic positivity? Perhaps it's time to delve inwards to see if your overly sunny disposition may just be a defense mechanism to avoid facing the truth of a not-so-perfect reality.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What is Toxic Positivity?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://thepsychologygroup.com/toxic-positivity-the-dark-side-of-positive-vibes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Psychology Group&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, toxic positivity amounts to excessively overgeneralizing a happy or positive state on any given occasion that leads to denying, minimizing and invalidating an authentic human emotional experience.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Part of what makes life worth living is the broad spectrum of emotions we get to feel and experience. Joy, love, sadness, pain, anger, loss, excitement, fear, disappointment—the list goes on. That's why you often hear people say that life is like a rollercoaster ride: sometimes you go up, sometimes you go down. In those down moments, it's important to lean in and accept them for what they are instead of trying to escape them.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Toxic positivity masks the true and unpleasant reality with a false perception that the world is full of rainbows and butterflies. Such a perception is harmful to your mind and body because you're creating a narrative that everything is great when the reality is, you're scared to face the negative emotions tied to a situation. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is Toxic Positivity Real?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Toxic positivity is real, and you can spot the signs when you or someone you know might be guilty of toxic positivity.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Signs of Toxic Positivity to Look Out For&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hiding or disguising your true feelings;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Minimizing other people's experiences and emotions by using 'feel good' statements;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Feeling guilty for feeling negative emotions like sadness, anger or disappointment;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Brushing off your problems with an 'it is what it is' attitude&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Shaming or chastising others for expressing negative emotions or anything other than positivity;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Invalidating someone's emotional experience by saying things like 'it could be worse';&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dismissing emotions or trying to sweep them under the rug.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ul&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you found yourself nodding and gasping, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;that's me!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to four or more of these signs, then maybe it's time to take a step back and reflect on why you may be acting this way. Not showing your genuine emotions or invalidating others' feelings can create a wall that will prevent you from connecting with yourself and others. People might even think of you as someone who lacks empathy and will naturally steer away from you.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Toxic Positivity versus Optimism&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How are you supposed to stop toxic positivity from controlling your life? Experts say that allowing yourself and others to feel a certain amount of compassion and catharsis is the best way to spread genuine positivity. So, when you're looking for a silver lining, acknowledge that the rain clouds are also there, which is what optimism essentially is!&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What sets apart toxic positivity from optimism is that optimism is rooted in the sense of reality, where the person knows and accepts the dire situation in front of them but still believes the tough times won't last forever. As a result, optimistic people proactively search for a way to try and upheave the situation they're in.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;On the other hand, toxic positivity disengages from reality and pretends everything is fine when it isn't. And while it may seem like a good idea to 'fake it til' you make it' by being positive all the time, this coping mechanism becomes limiting because you are not allowing yourself to face the negative feelings and harsh truth in front of you. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How To Avoid Toxic Positivity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The way to overcome your toxic positivity is by allowing yourself to feel all the negative emotions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.instagram.com/thatgirl_jmarie/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Jasmine Marie&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, a breathwork coach and founder of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.instagram.com/blackgirlsbreathing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Black Girls Breathing,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; even suggests that you don't have to look at them as 'negative' emotions at all: sadness, anger and grief aren't inherently negative. These feelings are just responses to what's happening to us. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Instead, Jasmine encourages us to use these feelings as indicators to become more aware of ourselves. Ask yourself, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;what do I need to pay attention to?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;what do I need to give myself compassion on?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; whenever these 'negative' feelings arise. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The sooner you learn to sit with these uncomfortable emotions and understand them for what they are, the sooner you can move forward with feeling genuine happiness and positivity. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We often choose the easy route and escape, not realizing that our problems will just come back for us unless we decide to face them head-on. Sitting with our emotions and thoughts will help us become more comfortable in discomfort, making us stronger and ready to slay the next dragon that comes for us.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Positivity-Toxic.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/is-your-positivity-toxic/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18893</ID> <title>What Is Sexual Anxiety?</title> <publishDate>2022-08-12 22:09:38</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_35 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_35"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_35 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_34 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_102 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_103 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_104 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_35 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One of the reasons couples stay happy in their relationships is their sex life. In a healthy relationship, sexual partners are open and can be intimate with each other without inhibitions. Unfortunately, not all couples are on the same page, as numerous go through toils and tribulations because of factors such as sexual anxiety (or sexual performance anxiety). &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are many reasons you or your sexual partner suffers from sexual anxiety, although there's no reason to despair: treating sexual performance anxiety is possible, and your healthy sex life lies just around the corner! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Is Sexual Anxiety?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual anxiety refers to a range of negative emotions that can interfere with sexual arousal and enjoyment. These may include fear of sexual performance, body image concerns and worries about pleasing a sexual partner. Sexual performance anxiety can be short-lived and situational or it may be a long-standing problem that causes significant distress.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Why Do I Get Sexual Performance Anxiety?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Numerous factors lie behind sexual performance anxiety, such as: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Deteriorating medical conditions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Psychological issues; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Being in stressful situations or overthinking that you are not good enough to please your sexual partner.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Does Sexual Performance Anxiety Cause Erectile Dysfunction?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Erectile dysfunction symptoms include getting an insufficient erection for sex or not being able to get an erection at all. These symptoms are due to multiple health-related issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, but psychological factors, such as sexual performance anxiety, can cause and worsen erectile dysfunction symptoms as well.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Difference between Sexual Performance Anxiety and Sexual Dysfunction&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual performance anxiety is different from sexual dysfunction, which refers to difficulties with sexual response or sexual performance. Sexual dysfunctions can happen any time during the sexual response cycle and prevents you from experiencing sexual satisfaction. It is more common for people over 40 to experience sexual dysfunction because it is often associated with aging. However, sexual anxiety can often lead to sexual dysfunction, as the anxious thoughts and feelings can interfere with arousal and make it difficult to maintain an erection or reach orgasm.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Why Do I Get Sexual Performance Anxiety?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The main reason someone experiences performance anxiety is negative thoughts. Your body can't get excited over sexual activity if your mind is stressed. A person going through this issue often overthinks sexual activity as they are afraid that they can't satisfy the sexual needs of their sexual partner, don't look good enough or don't deserve the love being given to them. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One other factor why a person suffers from performance anxiety is &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.blueheart.io/post/spectatoring-during-sex" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;spectatoring&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which occurs when a person is watching themselves from above and is disconnected from what is going on, trying to manage how your sexual partner will experience you instead of being there in the moment.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Other Causes of Sexual Performance Anxiety Include:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Body image issues (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e., &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;you are afraid that your penis won't measure up or you are concerned about being overweight);&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Kids or family members;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Work and financial issues;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Concerns about ejaculating too early;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Negative thoughts or feelings before or during sex;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Lack of interest in sex;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vaginal dryness;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Inability to climax or reach orgasm during sex.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Common Is Sexual Performance Anxiety?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Performance anxiety is a type of sexual performance anxiety that can affect both men and women. It is more common in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2050052119300745?via%3Dihub" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;men&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, where 9-25% experience sexual performance anxiety, while &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2050052119300745?via%3Dihub" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;women&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; sit at 6-16%, but it can be just as debilitating for both sexes. Performance anxiety is the fear of not being able to perform sexually or of not performing well enough to please a partner. Performance anxiety issues can lead to avoiding sexual encounters altogether and difficulties getting or maintaining an erection or reaching orgasm. Couples going through sexual performance anxiety often lead to one of the partners looking for sexual activity elsewhere or even separation.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual Anxiety in Marriage&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual performance anxiety can stem from a variety of sources. It may result from past experiences, such as sexual trauma or abuse, or body image issues. Instead of sharing an emotional connection with your partner, you put yourself under a lot of pressure by measuring the quality of your performance. In some cases, it may simply be a matter of mismatched libidos.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are also times that a spouse controls the sexual activity where they determine when they want to have sex or use it as a form of punishment by withholding or, in other cases, they offer it solely as a reward. Whatever the cause, sexual anxiety can take a toll on your relationship. It can lead to communication problems, intimacy issues and even erectile dysfunction.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Sexual Abuse Cause Anxiety?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Survivors of sexual abuse may feel that their bodies are not their own, and most of the time, they blame themselves for the assault and experience a significant loss of interest in sexual relations. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another factor that decreases libido is post traumatic depression. Women who experience sexual abuse may experience flashbacks and are afraid to lose control of their lives. Survivors also suffer from attachment issues and usually struggle with intimacy.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Sexual Anxiety Cause Premature Ejaculation?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Premature ejaculation happens when a man ejaculates sooner than his partner or earlier than he wants during intercourse. The cause of premature ejaculation is both biological and psychological, including early sexual experiences, sexual abuse, depression and poor body image.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are many reasons why you experience sexual anxiety, and you need to get to the bottom of each of them before solving this issue. Having open communication with your partner about your sexual needs and concerns and educating yourself about sexual anxiety can be empowering as you will learn how to deal with the issue and might be able to help others who are suffering.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/sheets4.jpg</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/what-is-sexual-anxiety/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18885</ID> <title>Sex after Pregnancy</title> <publishDate>2022-08-11 21:58:06</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_36 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_36"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_36 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_35 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_105 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_106 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_107 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_36 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;New parents have an incredible amount of planning ahead of them when a baby is on the way. Questions of medical care, at-home baby care and self-care all come into the mix as they prepare for their newborn baby's arrival. Eventually, though, a perfectly legitimate question will come to the surface: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;how will this impact your sex life&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Physical Changes Will New Mothers Experience?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The first thing to understand is that new mothers' bodies will need some time off because there's a lot of recovery to do! The typical recommendation is to wait &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/news/20190214/is-there-a-right-time-for-sex-after-childbirth" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;four to six weeks after birth before resuming sexual activity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. While this is a helpful number to keep in mind, the most important strategy is maintaining honest communication with your partner.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;New mothers will experience significant hormone changes after birth, with various effects on the body. The vaginal tissue, for example, often becomes thinner and more sensitive. The size of the vagina, uterus and cervix will be altered by pregnancy, and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-answers/cervical-length/faq-20058357#:~:text=Pregnancy%20week%20by%20week&amp;amp;text=Cervical%20length%20refers%20to%20the,and%206%20days%20of%20pregnancy." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;they will need some time to return to their former size&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. In some cases, women must also recover from a perineal tear or an episiotomy, a surgical cut intended to widen the vaginal canal during birth.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Common Issues with Sex after Pregnancy&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With all of these physical changes going on, it's no surprise that post-pregnancy sex is a journey in itself. The good news is that the communication skills you've developed throughout the pregnancy will help maintain your sex life after your baby's birth. Some obstacles include &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/sex-after-birth#effects-of-delivery-on-sex" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;vaginal dryness, a loss of elasticity in vaginal tissue, loose muscles, fatigue and low libido&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. These are caused by hormonal factors and the physical process of delivering the baby but can be overcome with patience and communication.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It should be recognized that a cesarean delivery, commonly called a c-section, does not exempt new mothers from these changes. The &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/postpartum-health-and-care/sex-after-c-section/#:~:text=Sex%20after%20C%2Dsection%20recovery%20can%20be%20painful.,vagina%20may%20feel%20uncomfortably%20dry." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;hormone fluctuations&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; experienced in vaginal delivery still occur in cesarean deliveries, often making vaginal tissue dry and thin. Low estrogen levels mean less blood is flowing throughout the body, exacerbating these effects. In addition to the incision sites and healing muscles that come with any abdominal surgery, these factors can lead to painful sexual intercourse.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another factor to consider is pregnancy's effect on the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles, which play significant roles in sexual activity and delivery, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-archive/continence/pregnancy-and-childbirth-the-effects-on-pelvic-floor-muscles-26-02-2009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;are at risk of being stretched or injured during birth&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The good news is that you can engage in various exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, both before and after pregnancy. These exercises include bridges, pelvic tilts and Kegels.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Can You Restore Your Sex Life?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Communication is the most important way to maintain intimacy after pregnancy. Making a habit of listening to your partner's needs and expressing your own experience to them is the best way to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/sex-after-birth#tips-for-a-healthy-sex-life" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;avoid unnecessary pain&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; in spite of the unusual physical and hormonal circumstances. Communication is also critical to making time for sex, which can be difficult with a newborn baby to take care of. Be intentional about scheduling time to spend together where physical intimacy is the focus.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The physical dimension of sex after pregnancy can also benefit from intentionality and patience. The effects of pregnancy and birth often result in unusually thin and dry vaginal tissue. Counteract this by using a combination of methods, such as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/labor-and-delivery/in-depth/sex-after-pregnancy/art-20045669" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;water-based lubricants, increased foreplay before penetration and physical exercises such as Kegels&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. These exercises can be done by imagining you are sitting on a marble and then using your muscles to lift the marble up. Holding the muscles for three seconds and then releasing them for three seconds will, over time, make a big difference in the condition of your pelvic floor muscles.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Pregnancy does not herald the end of your sex life! Communication between you and your partner, patience with yourself, and knowledge of your body are essential to maintaining postpartum intimacy.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Sex-after-Pregnancy.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/sex-after-pregnancy/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18877</ID> <title>Aloe Vera</title> <publishDate>2022-08-10 21:38:43</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_37 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_37"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_37 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_36 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_108 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_109 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_110 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_37 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera is a succulent plant related to the agave and cactus plants, native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It is known for its numerous medicinal and cosmetic uses. The plant has long, narrow leaves that are green in color. The leaves can grow up to three meters, but they are often cut off before they reach their full height.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Aloe Vera plant has a thick outer layer of skin called the epidermis. This epidermis contains many nutrients, vitamins and minerals that make it beneficial for human health and beauty purposes.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It can be used in many different ways. It can be eaten, taken as a supplement or applied topically to the skin for various benefits.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera Types&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are two main types of Aloe Vera: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://deepgreenpermaculture.com/2019/04/16/identifying-and-growing-edible-aloe-vera/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera barbadensis Miller&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://deepgreenpermaculture.com/2019/04/16/identifying-and-growing-edible-aloe-vera/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera var. chinensis&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The two main types can be differentiated by edibility: Aloe Vera barbadensis Miller is edible, while Aloe Vera var. chinensis is not edible.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Best Potting Soil for Aloe Vera&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera is a popular houseplant that you can find in many homes. To grow the Aloe Vera plant indoors, it is necessary to provide the plant with a soil mixture rich in nutrients and with adequate drainage to prevent root rot.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Since Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, it needs adequate drainage for its soil. The most common soil type for Aloe Vera is &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/aloe-vera-plant-care.htm#:~:text=Like%20cacti%2C%20succulents%20do%20best,has%20plenty%20of%20drainage%20holes." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;cacti potting soil&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. However, you can use potting soil, provided it is amended with perlite or building sand. Potting soil is often composed of peat moss, perlite and sand. The peat moss provides the plant with the necessary nutrients, while the perlite provides adequate drainage and aeration. The sand helps increase the weight of the soil and prevents it from becoming too soggy. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera plants can also be grown in large pots with a soil mixture of sphagnum peat moss, sand and perlite. If the plant does not need to be moved for any length of time, you can mix the potting soil with small amounts of compost to provide a more nutrient-rich soil.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is the Aloe Vera Plant Edible?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera barbadensis Miller is the edible type. It can be identified by its thick, broad leaves that grow upright and are a silvery green color. However, you must prepare it the right way for consumption. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Keep in mind that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/can-you-eat-aloe-vera#leaves" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;not all parts of the plant&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; are edible. Try to remove as much as the potentially poisonous aloe latex. You can do this by washing the aloe while peeling the skin or soaking the leaves for 10-20 minutes in water before removing the skin. The gel and the skin can then be eaten after the preparation but be wary of the bitter taste. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The gel inside the leaves is the most edible part of the aloe plant. There are many different ways to prepare the gel, but the most common is to make a slurry with three parts water to one part finely ground aloe leaves. Next, add a little honey or some other sweetener to make the gel more palatable and then cook with water.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera var. chinensis plants are not edible and should only be used as a topical ointment for sunburns, burns, wounds and other irritated skin ailments.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Are Aloe Vera Plants Poisonous to Cats?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is important to note that Aloe Vera plants can be toxic to cats. For example, the plant's leaves may cause minor irritation and stomach upset in some cases. However, if ingested, they can cause significant damage and even death. Cats are most likely to chew on the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant if it is near food or water bowls.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Recipe for Aloe Vera Juice&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You can use the plant's gel to prepare an Aloe Vera juice.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;b&gt;How to prepare:&lt;/b&gt;&#13; &lt;ol&gt;&#13; &lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Cut the leaves off the plant into small pieces.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Soak the leaves for 10-20 minutes and remove as much of the yellow aloe latex as possible.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Drain the water.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Put all the pieces in a blender and add water until it gets a thick consistency.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Add lemon juice and honey if desired, then blend again for another minute or two until all the ingredients are mixed.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Pour the mixture into a bottle or jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ol&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Much Aloe Vera Juice to Drink Daily&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Drinking Aloe Vera on a daily basis can offer a host of health benefits. However, it is important to drink the juice in moderation. Nutritionists recommend drinking no more than &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://haleynutrition.com/how-much-aloe-vera-juice-should-i-drink/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;6-8 ounces of Aloe vera juice per day&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to ensure that you reap the maximum health benefits without overdoing it.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Face Benefits of Aloe Vera&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fresh Aloe Vera gel has been used for centuries to help soothe sensitive skin and provide &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6330525/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;relief from minor burns&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. It contains many vitamins, minerals and amino acids that can help heal skin cells, maintain moisture and reduce inflammation.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Aloe Vera gel is also often used as an ingredient in skincare products because it's a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial agent that can help fight acne.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera for Hair Growth&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are no scientific studies to prove that Aloe Vera can help with hair growth, although some &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/a30174093/aloe-vera-for-hair/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;evidence&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is pointing in that direction. First, it may help with inflammation and itchiness reduction. It is also known that Aloe Vera has a moisturizing effect, which could help with hair loss reduction. Secondly, it moisturizes the scalp and follicles to stop breakage and split ends from occurring. Finally, Aloe Vera gel has nutrients that promote the growth of healthy hair follicles and hinder dandruff development.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is Aloe Vera Good for Eczema?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera is a plant that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various skin problems, including &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323507" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;eczema&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Aloe Vera gel can be applied to the skin as a moisturizer and help with dry, sensitive skin and sunburns. You can apply Aloe Vera gel to wounds to help reduce pain and swelling.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aloe Vera for Acne Marks and Acne Scars&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The sensitive skin benefits of Aloe Vera also include &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/aloe-vera-for-acne-scars" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;reducing acne marks and acne scars&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. It is also beneficial for those who have skin problems or want to improve their skin condition in general.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's important to note that Aloe Vera is not a magic cure-all solution to all your skin problems, but it can provide some relief when used regularly.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;While Aloe Vera has many health benefits, it's essential to use it safely. Be sure to talk to your doctor before using any products that contain Aloe Vera, especially if you have a medical condition.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Aloe-Vera.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/aloe-vera/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18870</ID> <title>7 Foods to Avoid While Pregnant</title> <publishDate>2022-08-09 21:33:36</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_38 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_38"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_38 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_37 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_111 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_112 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_113 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_38 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The nine months of pregnancy take a lot of patience. Pregnant women have to be very careful, especially when it comes to what they are eating. A healthy diet for pregnant women has to include specific nutrients for the baby's healthy growth, and not all foods are good for your pregnancy.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Foods to Avoid&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#1: Fish&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;All women here they have to avoid sushi at all costs. But why is that? Because fish is high in mercury, a chemical substance linked with growth &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/mercury.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;disruption and brain damage&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fish such as swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish and shark are particularly high in mercury. If you really crave some fish, canned tuna, with its low mercury content, is an exceptional choice. But regardless of type, remember to eat fish in moderation. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#2: Shellfish &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Eating shellfish while pregnant bears the danger of contracting seafood-borne illnesses. Oysters, mussels and clams have to be avoided altogether during pregnancy, even when appropriately cooked. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#3: Unpasteurized Foods&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Low-fat dairy products that contain unpasteurized milk have to be cut out of the diet while pregnant. These products may contain &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listeria" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;listeria bacteria&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which can cause &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://fsi.colostate.edu/cheese/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;foodborne illness&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Avoid soft cheese such as brie, blue cheese and feta if the label informs you that the product is manufactured with unpasteurized milk. Unpasteurized juice has to be avoided as well. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#4: Raw Eggs &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Food containing raw eggs as an ingredient is also dangerous for your pregnancy. Raw eggs can potentially infect you with salmonella. Homemade foods such as dressings, mayonnaise, cookie dough, ice cream and sauces are all prepared with raw eggs. Avoid them altogether and stick to commercially manufactured foods. Because commercially manufactured products contain pasteurized eggs, the risk of contracting salmonella is diminished. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#5: Pâté &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The liver meat used in pâté may contain dangerous levels of vitamin A and listeria bacteria.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Excessive vitamin A intake can lead to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/teratogens#Known-Teratogens" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;teratogenic effects&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e.,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; chemicals that can cause abnormal fetal development). These effects can lead to the baby being born with a birth defect. Refrigerated pate and meat spreads should be replaced with canned pate and safe meat spreads. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#6: Caffeine &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Studies show that caffeine intake in moderation is safe. On the other hand, some &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(07)02025-X/fulltext" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;researchers&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; point out the exact opposite, as miscarriages and premature labor have been related to caffeine intake. Avoid drinking coffee, black tea, caffeinated sodas and energy drinks in the first trimester of your pregnancy. If you are craving coffee or any other beverage that contains caffeine, the limit of caffeine intake per day must be lower than &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/caffeine-in-pregnancy.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;200 mg per day&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Because caffeine is a diuretic (i.e., it increases the need for urinating), you may eliminate excessive amounts of fluid from your body and cause calcium loss. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#7: Alcohol&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Although it is self-evident not to consume any types of alcohol during your pregnancy, you must know why. Consuming alcohol will hurt your baby and interfere with the healthy development of the baby. Drinking alcohol can lead to disorders such as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/facts.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fetal Alcohol Syndrome&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Avoid drinking alcohol during breastfeeding as it can reach the baby through the milk. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;No woman can carry a successful pregnancy to term without sacrifices. Although it's sometimes hard to say "no" to cravings, steering clear of these seven foods and drinks will keep your baby safe and healthy in the womb. Wait until you bring a "little miracle" into the world, then you'll be free to tap into your guilty pleasures once again.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Pregnant.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/7-foods-to-avoid-while-pregnant/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18860</ID> <title>Olive Oil: Nutrition, Health Benefits and More</title> <publishDate>2022-08-09 21:16:18</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_39 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_39"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_39 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_38 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_114 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_115 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_116 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_39 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The world of olive oil is very complex and fascinating. The phrase "olive oil" barely scratches the surface of the varieties and qualities of olive oil across the world. The impact that olive oil can have on your health is surprisingly wide-ranging; all you have to do is learn how to reap these benefits in your own diet!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Olive Oil Types&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthifyme.com/blog/olive-oil-101-types-best-suited/#:~:text=There%20are%20five%20primary%20grades,oil%2C%20the%20better%20the%20quality." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;five different grades&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; of olive oil, termed extra virgin oil, virgin oil, refined oil, pure olive oil and olive pomace oil. The grade of a particular olive oil depends on the oil's "smoke point," which refers to the temperature at which the oil will start to smoke instead of glisten. This is worth knowing because smoking or burning olive oil will give your food an unpleasant flavor. Fortunately, the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.oliveoilmarket.eu/the-difference-between-different-olive-oils-for-salads-and-cooking/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;oils most frequently used in cooking have a high smoke point.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Oils with lower smoke points are typically used for salads and dressings instead.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Olive Oil Nutrition Info&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;All this excitement about olive oil raises a natural question: what are the numbers for olive oil nutrition facts? It's all well and good to discuss its uses in cooking, but we should also understand what each bit of olive oil brings to the table. Knowing this nutritional information for household food items will be critical to that diet's success if you're either on a diet or planning to start one soon.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Much Omega-3 Does Extra Virgin Olive Oil Contain?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Let's start with calories! One tablespoon of olive oil &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://oliveoillovers.com/blogs/our-journal/calories-in-olive-oil-nutrition-facts" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;contains 120 calories&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The best practice when using olive oil on a salad is to pour 1 tablespoon of the oil for every two cups of salad you're eating. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The average salad brings around 200 calories in olive oil. The good news is that these calories come from monounsaturated fatty acids, making them some of the healthiest calories you can consume.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Much Omega-3 Does Extra Virgin Olive Oil Contain?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How about Omega-3? Omega-3 is an anti-inflammatory component that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://timperio.co/extra-virgin-olive-oil-evoo-is-rich-in-omega-3-6-and-9-so-good-for-you/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;will lower your risk of heart disease and reduce your blood triglyceride levels&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This compound is another significant consideration for those on a diet, so we must understand its role in olive oil! The average tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil will contain &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://timperio.co/extra-virgin-olive-oil-evoo-is-rich-in-omega-3-6-and-9-so-good-for-you/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;an 8:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 acids&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This sounds like an oddly balanced ratio, but this combination is ideal for the oil's effect on your body. This ratio means the olive oil is low in saturated fat and that you'll experience the greatest benefits of the Omega-3!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is Olive Oil Gluten-Free?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This is an essential question to ask right now because the number of gluten-free Americans has &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2017/01/17/the-number-of-americans-going-gluten-free-has-tripled-since-2009-infographic/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;tripled since 2009&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Even if you are not following a gluten-free diet, there's a good chance that a member of your family or one of your friends is on a gluten-free diet. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The good news is that plain olive oil is gluten-free. However, certain brands and varieties can be &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellfit.com/is-olive-oil-gluten-free-learn-when-to-trust-olive-oil-4169769" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;cross-contaminated with gluten products&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, so do an appropriate amount of research before purchasing!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Olive Oil Health Benefits&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Olive Oil Hair Benefits&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With the nutritional characteristics of olive oil out of the way, we should next discuss the health benefits of olive oil! The first benefit doesn't come from consuming olive oil as part of your diet but from using it as a hair conditioner! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It sounds odd at first, but the reality is that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/olive-oil-hair-care#rinse" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;olive oil has tremendous potential to both soften and strengthen your hair&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. You can reap olive oil's hair benefits by taking a few tablespoons of olive oil, massaging it into your hair and scalp and letting your hair soak for about fifteen minutes. After that, comb and then shampoo your hair to get the oil out.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Olive Oil Helps Weight Loss&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The second major benefit of olive oil comes from consuming it, and it's an advantage that everyone taking responsibility for their diet should be aware of. Olive oil can help you lose weight! We've already discussed how the Omega-3 fats are healthy for you, but that's also true of olive oil's medium-chain triglycerides. Research has indicated that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/olive-oil-for-weight-loss#bottom-line" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;both compounds have potential benefits for weight loss&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Olive oil is the perfect healthy addition to pasta, salads, pizza or vegetables when used in limited quantities.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Olive Oil Benefits for Skin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The last but not least health benefit of olive oil is its impact on your skin. The &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellhealth.com/olive-oil-skin-benefits-5095861" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;fats, antioxidants and vitamins in olive oil can all increase the health of your skin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which is why a variety of beauty products have added olive oil to their product blends. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Even without one of these elaborate skincare mixtures, you can use extra virgin olive oil to pursue the skin benefits of olive oil! Applying a thin layer to your face before putting on makeup, but after applying lotion will do the trick. The most significant benefits of integrating olive oil into your skincare routine will include &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellhealth.com/olive-oil-skin-benefits-5095861" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;anti-inflammation, moisturized skin, reduction of signs of aging and lower risk of acne&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Olive Oil Be Substituted for Vegetable Oil?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;These health benefits are great for olive oil, but several other kinds of oils should be discussed as well. Comparing the value of olive oil and vegetable oils will help us find the best fit for our personal health needs. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Olive Oil vs. Avocado Oil&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How does olive oil stack up against avocado oil? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/avocado-oil-vs-olive-oil#nutrition" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;While they are identical in calories, fat and saturated fat, olive oil has a slight edge&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; because it contains 33% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin E.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Olive Oil vs. Coconut Oil&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What about olive oil and coconut oil? Although coconut oil can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-vs-olive-oil-which-is-better#downsides" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;boost your healthy cholesterol levels&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, it is also likely to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-vs-olive-oil-which-is-better#downsides" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;increase levels of unhealthy cholesterol&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Overall, olive oil is the safer bet. It has the potential to lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease, and the scientific evidence in olive oil's favor has been more consistent.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Olive Oil vs. Canola Oil&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The last kind of oil we should compare with olive oil is canola oil. If we're comparing these two based on health benefits, olive oil is again the clear winner. The heart-healthy antioxidants that come with olive oil are hard to beat. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;However, this comparison has more to do with cooking techniques for most people. Canola does beat out olive oil when &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/canola-vs-olive-oil#:~:text=The%20bottom%20line&amp;amp;text=Whereas%20canola%20may%20be%20better,is%20good%20for%20your%20heart." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;frying food&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, but they're on equal footing for &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/canola-vs-olive-oil#:~:text=The%20bottom%20line&amp;amp;text=Whereas%20canola%20may%20be%20better,is%20good%20for%20your%20heart." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;cooking with medium heat&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Can I Cook with Olive Oil?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;As you can see, olive oil should be a staple of any healthy diet. The nutritious qualities of olive oil — no matter the variety — can benefit many parts of our overall health, from the skin to the heart. While there are a dizzying variety of olive oils available in the average grocery store, it is important to remember if you're cooking to go with extra virgin olive oil. This will ensure that you get &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/packages/shopping/product-reviews/best-olive-oils" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;maximum flavor and an appropriate smoke point&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Even better: most olive oils &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/does-olive-oil-go-bad#bottom-line" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;will last between 18 and 24 months&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; before they go bad, so you'll reap the health benefits of olive oil for a very long time.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/oive-oil.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/olive-oil-nutrition-health-benefits-and-more/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18851</ID> <title>What Is the Healthiest Food for Your Kidneys?</title> <publishDate>2022-08-08 20:42:18</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_40 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_40"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_40 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_39 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_117 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_118 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_119 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_40 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It can be tricky to take care of ourselves with bodies that are so complex. Trying to understand the functions of every organ can be overwhelming, making it easier to forget that responsibility and give up. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;But there is hope! It is entirely possible to take care of yourself without an advanced medical degree, and the secret is to learn a little bit at a time. So, let's cover the essential information about your kidneys and how you can take care of them through your diet.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Are Kidneys for, Anyway?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Healthy kidneys perform a surprising variety of functions in the body. The job that most people are familiar with is the removal of waste through urine, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. While they are a critical part of the waste-removal process, there's a lot more going on. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Healthy kidneys are also responsible for releasing &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.yourhormones.info/glands/kidneys/#:~:text=Renin%20is%20an%20enzyme%2C%20also,helps%20to%20control%20blood%20pressure." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;prostaglandins to regulate blood pressure&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This substance is highly significant because healthy blood pressure is the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270644#:~:text=It%20is%20an%20important%20force,and%20hormones%20such%20as%20insulin." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;driving force behind the oxygen and nutrients that you need to power the rest of your body&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There's another kidney-produced hormone you should be aware of: Vitamin D. The importance of Vitamin D cannot be overstated because its presence is critical to your skeletal system. We all know that calcium is necessary for healthy bones, but the reality is that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-vitamin-d/art-20363792#:~:text=Vitamin%20D%20is%20a%20nutrient,cellular%20functions%20in%20your%20body." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;calcium can only be absorbed when Vitamin D is present in your body&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. In addition, vitamin D is critical in helping the immune system fight off infection.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The final important kidney function has to do with red blood cells. It would be an oversimplification to say that your kidneys produce red blood cells, but that would be a step in the right direction. The truth is that healthy kidneys produce another hormone, called &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.niddk.nih.gov/news/media-library/7478#:~:text=Healthy%20kidneys%20produce%20a%20hormone,(O2)%20throughout%20the%20body." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;erythropoietin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which interacts with bone marrow to produce red blood cells. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's a complicated process, of course, but the main takeaway is that your kidneys are necessary for the health of your entire body and that taking care of them via your diet is very important!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How Can My Diet Affect My Kidneys?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Your diet plays a role in the health of your kidneys. Some foods will help, and some will hurt, so you need to distinguish between them. The food that has the most potential to harm the kidneys is any item that is high in phosphorus. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/phosphorus#:~:text=Normal%20working%20kidneys%20can%20remove,your%20bones%2C%20making%20them%20weak." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; indicates a link between phosphorus-rich foods and an increased risk of kidney damage.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;On the other hand, an intentional and organized diet can do wonders for the functioning of healthy kidneys. Omega-3 fats, which have the potential to lower blood pressure are helpful for healthy kidneys, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325390#fatty-fish" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;keeping blood pressure low with Omega-3-heavy foods is a great way to protect your kidneys&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Just like high blood pressure, excessively high sodium levels can also pose a threat to healthy kidneys. Foods high in potassium will &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325390#sweet-potatoes" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;regulate the sodium levels in your body&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325390#sweet-potatoes" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;protect your kidneys&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Which Foods Are the Healthiest?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Let's start with a staple of your diet: water! Water is imperative for the body's healthy functioning, and your kidneys are no exception. Water is the substance that healthy kidneys use to filter out toxins and release them through urine. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How much water should you drink per day? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.kidney.org/content/6-tips-be-water-wise-healthy-kidneys#:~:text=The%20Institute%20of%20Medicine%20has,a.k.a.%20end%20stage%20kidney%20disease)." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Recent research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; indicates that men need an average of 3 liters per day, while women need just over 2 liters per day.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Omega-3 fats are helpful to your kidneys, but which foods will provide them? Your best bet is to eat fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, cod and mackerel. The unsaturated fats present in these fish will help not only your kidneys but your heart health as well. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How much fish should you eat? The suggestion from the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/omega-3/art-20045614" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;American Heart Association&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is to eat these kinds of fish at least twice per week to obtain the maximum health benefits.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another staple of a healthy-kidney diet is antioxidant-rich berries. If you eat half a cup of blueberries, you're getting a little less than &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/blueberries#:~:text=Blueberries%20are%20also%20low%20in,CKD%2FTransplant" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;150 milligrams of phosphorus&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Berries are a healthy snack for those looking to preserve these vital organs. This is especially true if you're suffering from a kidney disorder, as the low sodium and low phosphorus content lightens your kidneys' workload.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You should also be mindful of your sodium intake to maintain healthy kidneys. Sweet potatoes are a helpful example as they contain vitamins and minerals that can help regulate the sodium level in your body, and they can be beneficial to your kidneys. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;On the flipside, though, sweet potatoes pose more risk than they're worth. The &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/sweet-potatoes-harmful-kidneys-2454.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;high potassium content&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; can exacerbate conditions like kidney stones and kidney disease, so be mindful of this when consuming them to improve kidney health.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Armed with all this information, you're now prepared to preserve healthy kidneys! The proposed dietary changes offer substantial potential for assisting healthy kidney function. So, whether you leave to get a glass of water, add fish to your grocery list or grab a handful of blueberries from the fridge, your kidneys will thank you by performing an amazing array of life-giving functions!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Kidneys.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/what-is-the-healthiest-food-for-your-kidneys/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18845</ID> <title>BHRT Training Academy: An Interview with Ms. Donna White</title> <publishDate>2022-08-08 20:10:27</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_41 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_41"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_41 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_40 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_120 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_121 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_122 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_41 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.linkedin.com/authwall?trk=bf&amp;amp;trkInfo=AQEgzELvnS1LZAAAAYD0WEQ4NQC8qcvjWV0AlLilNrmBVgFfydq2pJhdr-eZzyRae0w3298vCrKNdfQrpLEnIL8ypPpqaR1G07Y-yInrBn__aJMT6ZmS7xle2rvDQU2i-KUMgas=&amp;amp;original_referer=&amp;amp;sessionRedirect=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Fdonna-white-31b07517%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Donna White&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; turned her nightmarish battle with severe PMS symptoms into a thriving business helping medical practitioners learn to alleviate similar ailments for patients with hormone imbalances. Determined to help herself, she undertook years of research and found a highly effective solution—bioidentical hormones. She then refocused her determination to bring this solution to others.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;"I have spent the past 25 years sharing the powerful, life-changing effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy with practitioners and women across the U.S. and Canada," she said. &lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;She founded a training business, the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://bhrttrainingacademy.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;BHRT Training Academy&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, to help conquer PMS, perimenopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal symptoms through this remarkable treatment modality. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/donna-white-31b07517/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Every woman&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; deserves to live free from symptoms related to hormone imbalance, such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, weight gain, hot flashes, low sex drive and more," she said. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Ms. Donna White&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;White opened BHRT Training Academy in 2019. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I am a recovered hormonal train wreck," she stated on her &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://bhrttrainingacademy.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;website&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. "About 28 years ago, I had a severe case of PMS. I know what it's like to suffer with symptoms. That's why I got into the field of BHRT, to get the help I needed," she explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;White did not want to take synthetic medications, so she dove into an extensive research project on her own. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I was looking to find the underlying cause and correct it. I figured out that my symptoms were hormone-related because they were tied to my monthly cycle. I felt like I wanted to jump out of my skin, which had acne. I was very irritable at that time of the month," she shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;When she started researching nearly 30 years ago, there wasn't much information to be found other than a few books and articles, but her knowledge base gradually grew. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Now there's a lot of information available, including much information online. But unfortunately, there's a lot of conflicting and confusing information, which is why I think education is critical. And that's why I'm very passionate about bringing education to medical providers," she explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;White has published several eBooks and training manuals, appeared on radio and television, hosted three radio shows, produced training videos and podcasts, written blogs and spoken at medical conferences, business organizations, women's groups and churches. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Hormones&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22464-hormones" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;endocrine system&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; produces hormones that regulate growth, reproduction, metabolism and other body processes. Even a minor change in hormone levels can create chaos and require medical help. As the body ages, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/15660-bioidentical-hormones" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;hormone levels decrease&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, causing hormone imbalances with symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain and mood swings. Daily life becomes difficult. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Each hormone must connect with a corresponding, uniquely shaped hormone receptor. The hormone fits perfectly into that receptor like a key fitting into a lock," she explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Bioidentical Hormones&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Bioidentical hormones are synthesized from plants, and whose structure is identical to what your body produces.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Your body can't tell the difference," White explained. "It fits the receptor. However, non-bioidentical hormones, such as most forms of conventional hormone replacement or birth control pills, have a different molecular shape. It's like trying to put the wrong key into a lock. It doesn't fit perfectly, so it does not have the same effect."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;After decades of study, White believes bioidentical hormones to be a more effective way to manage hormone balance, and they are not new. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Bioidentical hormones were first synthesized in labs back in 1943. They have been used in Europe for 60 plus years," she added.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Bioidentical hormones can be delivered in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/15660-bioidentical-hormones"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;various forms&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, such as pills, subcutaneous pellets, patches, creams, injections and gels. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;BHRT Training Academy&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;The Market for BHRT &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In the U.S., the BHRT industry saw growth beginning in the early 1990s, joining the decades of use in Europe. White expects the global market to expand by about 50% between 2018 and 2026.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"A lot of practitioners are interested in providing solutions to their patients with hormone imbalance and conditions associated with hormone imbalance. Unfortunately, there is also a tremendous patient demand for this modality and not enough practitioners trained for it," she explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;The BHRT Training Academy&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;White's online training program gives providers the knowledge to effectively treat patients with hormone imbalances. Practitioners attend &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://bhrttrainingacademy.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;online lessons&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; at their own pace and meet with experienced mentors. They have lifetime access to educational materials, resources and tools, and they learn all dosing forms for male and female patients. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I started facilitating practitioner training 25-plus years ago because of the demand of providers who wanted to learn this. But, because there's only one me, I couldn't effectively help as many as I wanted to unless I took this training online. So, we developed the BHRT Training Academy three years ago to make it available to practitioners across the country and internationally," she shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The online program provides the flexibility and thorough coverage a typical weekend conference cannot provide. The program offers more than 40 hours of training from world leaders in the field of hormone therapy such as Dr. Deborah Matthew, Dr. Lindsay Berkson, Dr. Tabatha Barber and many more.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I wanted to make sure our providers feel very equipped. We teach not just sex hormones but all hormones—adrenal, thyroid and insulin, for example. They have a powerful interplay, so providers must understand how these hormones relate together," she explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;White and her team created a comprehensive care model for the providers: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What do you do on the first visit? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How often do you see these patients? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How often do you test them? What do you charge? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ul&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;They wanted to make it seamless so that patients get the best possible outcomes. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We mentor the providers going through our program. We have a regular weekly case review Zoom call. It's a community, so our providers are not alone," she said. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;BHRT Changes Lives&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I love the impact patients experience when you help them sleep through the night, get their sex drive back or get their energy back. You change their ability to function professionally or in their relationships," White shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;She points out that BHRT can help prevent diseases or conditions associated with the age-induced reduction of hormones, such as bone loss or cognitive decline. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;BHRT also helps providers' practices grow as it becomes more popular. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"It's a profitable modality for practitioners, and it improves patients' lives. What better combination is there than that," she concluded.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/donnawhite-katherinekirchner-2021-59-e1660076451210.jpg</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/bhrt-training-academy-an-interview-with-ms-donna-white-2/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19085</ID> <title>The Impact of the Medical Metaverse on Patients and Physicians</title> <publishDate>2022-08-06 14:35:15</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_42 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_42"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_42 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_41 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_123 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_124 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_125 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_42 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The medical metaverse is not a small pocket of technology with a handful of applications in the medical space but the future of healthcare provision. Like the internet, the medical metaverse is likely already available in your clinic or home. The only thing you need to do is access it. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This revolutionary technology will impact everything from patient-doctor communication to patient treatment and 'office visits.'&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;How the Medical Metaverse Works to Help Patients &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The medical metaverse helps patients by utilizing advanced technology, notably augmented reality, to help patients receive the best possible care. For example, AR can use the power of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://adtechexplained.com/what-is-volumetric-video-volumetric-video-explained/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;volumetric video&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, found even in smartphones, to capture actual images of your face or body. These images can then be augmented with artificial intelligence (AI) to create virtual reflection. Imagine this as looking into a mirror, but instead of an actual mirror, you're looking at a reflection made from authentic images of you by an AI. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This reflection can be altered using AR for something as simple as a hair color change or as complex as plastic surgery. These images can then be &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://adtechexplained.com/what-is-volumetric-video-volumetric-video-explained/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;played back and viewed from any angle&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; so that you can interact and view any changes made to your original appearance. This invaluable information gives you a clear picture of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/augmented-reality-technology-may-help-guide-plastic-and-reconstructive-surgery" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;your facial surgery's results&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; before the procedure itself and can help you make the best decisions possible for your aesthetics.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This technology will also enable patients to communicate and work with their physicians to plan their procedures. Patients will better understand their projected outcomes and, therefore, better communicate their desired results with physicians. Most excitingly, results can be tailored in real-time, giving patients and physicians an immediate feedback loop on what the physician is planning to do and what the patient would like delivered. The better the communication between patients and physicians, the better the outcome. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Improving Remote Patient Experiences &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The medical metaverse will make remote patient experiences more effective and expansive. Providing medical treatment remotely has never been more vital than amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The past few years have highlighted the importance of developing robust patient care options for patients who can't physically visit an office. However, as great as it has been for facilitating remote work, ZOOM is not a sufficient healthcare option for many patients. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;However, with the medical metaverse, remote patient care can evolve far past having a virtual meeting with a physician. Instead, patients could &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/virtual-reality-diagnose-medical-conditions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;receive more advanced forms of diagnosis and care&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and use the medical metaverse to access the AR images and digital constructs within their own homes. This revolutionary approach would make it easier for patients to interact with their physicians without going into an office.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Additionally, the medical metaverse will put more medical information than ever before into the hands of the patient, not just about different treatment options or conditions but also about physicians. For example, the medical metaverse could be used to create a recommendation engine for highly qualified surgeons who match your specifications. This engine would make it easy for patients to find a physician who can match their preferences and needs. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Is the Medical Metaverse Private? &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The medical metaverse is and always will be private. Obviously, with the amount of sensitive medical data and information that will now be stored and conveyed digitally, privacy is a natural concern for many. The developers of the medical metaverse are doing everything they can to create a safe and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/metaverse-and-virtual-reality-are-gaining-foothold-healthcare" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;private shared ecosystem for medical devices and technology&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;For systems like AR technology in plastic surgery, legitimate systems will only store data and simulations on the device. Such storage policies eliminate the chance of compromising images or data being shared on the internet. So if you're a privacy-conscious physician or patient, rest assured that privacy will be a defining feature of the medical metaverse. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;How the Medical Metaverse Helps Physicians &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Similar to how it will improve healthcare provision for patients, the medical metaverse will also help physicians get sales without the patient needing to visit the office. Patients can view treatment options or cosmetic procedures in their homes through the medical metaverse. This approach will allow the patient to browse various products from home, making sales possible from afar.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The medical metaverse can also improve your clinic's revenue by adding more offerings for your patients. The global medical metaverse market is projected to reach &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/metaverse-in-healthcare-market-worth-71-2-billion-by-2030---exclusive-report-by-insightace-analytic-pvt-ltd-301554870.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;$71 billion by 2030&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, with consistent growth in sight. By incorporating more of the medical metaverse into your clinic, you will be able to increase your offerings to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.delveinsight.com/blog/metaverse-in-healthcare" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;include things like&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A virtual wellness space for mediation and mental health support; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Superior plastic surgery experiences for patients with visualized results even before the surgery is performed. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Therapeutic virtual reality for pain management.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The medical metaverse is an inevitability — it is the future of medical care and its normalization in the healthcare space is a question of 'when,' not 'if.' It will make healthcare experiences for physicians and patients alike more effective, accessible and enjoyable. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you're a patient, you should be excited that the medical metaverse will make it easier for you to interact with medical care from your own home. If you're a physician, you have a rare opportunity to be at the cutting edge of medical care. So regardless of whether you're a patient or physician, it's no understatement that the medical metaverse will completely reinvent how you experience the healthcare industry!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_43"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_2_5 et_pb_column_43 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_divider_0 et_pb_space et_pb_divider_hidden"&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_divider_internal"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_3_5 et_pb_column_44 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_43 et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h3&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Schedule a consultation!&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;If you want to know more about how AR will impact the performance of your clinic and your relationship with your patients email us below and and someone from the office will get back to you.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;div id="et_pb_contact_form_0" class="et_pb_module et_pb_contact_form_0 et_pb_recaptcha_enabled et_pb_contact_form_container clearfix" data-form_unique_num="0" data-form_unique_id="e2f61e53-816b-4684-a30e-3e9d361352e9"&gt; &lt;div class="et-pb-contact-message"&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_contact"&gt; &lt;form class="et_pb_contact_form clearfix" method="post" action="https://topdoctormagazine.com/xml/"&gt; &lt;p class="et_pb_contact_field et_pb_contact_field_0 et_pb_contact_field_half" data-id="name" data-type="input"&gt; &lt;label for="et_pb_contact_name_0" class="et_pb_contact_form_label"&gt;Name&lt;/label&gt; &lt;input type="text" id="et_pb_contact_name_0" class="input" value="" name="et_pb_contact_name_0" data-required_mark="required" data-field_type="input" data-original_id="name" placeholder="Name"&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class="et_pb_contact_field et_pb_contact_field_1 et_pb_contact_field_half et_pb_contact_field_last" data-id="email" data-type="email"&gt; &lt;label for="et_pb_contact_email_0" class="et_pb_contact_form_label"&gt;Email Address&lt;/label&gt; &lt;input type="text" id="et_pb_contact_email_0" class="input" value="" name="et_pb_contact_email_0" data-required_mark="required" data-field_type="email" data-original_id="email" placeholder="Email Address"&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class="et_pb_contact_field et_pb_contact_field_2 et_pb_contact_field_last" data-id="message" data-type="text"&gt; &lt;label for="et_pb_contact_message_0" class="et_pb_contact_form_label"&gt;Message&lt;/label&gt; &lt;textarea name="et_pb_contact_message_0" id="et_pb_contact_message_0" class="et_pb_contact_message input" data-required_mark="required" data-field_type="text" data-original_id="message" placeholder="Message"&gt;&lt;/textarea&gt; &lt;/p&gt; &lt;input type="hidden" value="et_contact_proccess" name="et_pb_contactform_submit_0"/&gt; &lt;div class="et_contact_bottom_container"&gt; &lt;button type="submit" name="et_builder_submit_button" class="et_pb_contact_submit et_pb_button" data-icon="&amp;#x3d;"&gt;Submit&lt;/button&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;input type="hidden" id="_wpnonce-et-pb-contact-form-submitted-0" name="_wpnonce-et-pb-contact-form-submitted-0" value="d760020b14" /&gt;&lt;input type="hidden" name="_wp_http_referer" value="/xml/" /&gt; &lt;/form&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_44"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_1_2 et_pb_column_45 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_blurb et_pb_blurb_0 et_clickable et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_blurb_position_top et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_blurb_content"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_main_blurb_image"&gt;&lt;a href="https://topdoctormagazine.com/research/news/the-medical-metaverse-useful-data-and-simulations-for-medicine-in-the-palm-of-your-hand/"&gt;&lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap et_pb_only_image_mode_wrap"&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/scientist-doctor-with-augmented-reality-glasses-3d-vr-2.jpg" alt="" class="et-waypoint et_pb_animation_top et_pb_animation_top_tablet et_pb_animation_top_phone wp-image-19079" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_blurb_container"&gt; &lt;h4 class="et_pb_module_header"&gt;&lt;a href="https://topdoctormagazine.com/research/news/the-medical-metaverse-useful-data-and-simulations-for-medicine-in-the-palm-of-your-hand/"&gt;Part 2: The Medical Metaverse: Useful Data and Simulations for Medicine in the Palm of Your Hand&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h4&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_blurb_description"&gt;&lt;p&gt;Augmented reality and the metaverse is no longer just for video games and social media. These two technologies are being applied to the medical field to completely revise how patients...&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_1_2 et_pb_column_46 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_blurb et_pb_blurb_1 et_clickable et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_blurb_position_top et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_blurb_content"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_main_blurb_image"&gt;&lt;a href="https://topdoctormagazine.com/research/news/augmented-reality-and-medicine/"&gt;&lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap et_pb_only_image_mode_wrap"&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/doctor-virtual-glasses-laboratory-conducts-experiment-nanotechnology-medicine.jpg" alt="" class="et-waypoint et_pb_animation_top et_pb_animation_top_tablet et_pb_animation_top_phone wp-image-18549" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_blurb_container"&gt; &lt;h4 class="et_pb_module_header"&gt;&lt;a href="https://topdoctormagazine.com/research/news/augmented-reality-and-medicine/"&gt;Part 1: Augmented Reality and Medicine&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h4&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_blurb_description"&gt;&lt;p&gt;The future is now, thanks to science! As our technology advances and our digital world continues to develop, the line between the real world and the digital becomes increasingly blurred. ...&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/doctors-operating-wearing-vr-virtual-reality-headset-with-interface.jpg</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/research/news/the-impact-of-the-medical-metaverse-on-patients-and-physicians/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18749</ID> <title>The Emerging Field of Regenerative Medicine Part 3: Personalized, Precision Medicine</title> <publishDate>2022-07-29 22:23:21</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_43 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_45"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_47 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_42 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_126 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_127 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_128 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_44 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Every patient is unique — their biology, genetics and biomolecular makeup — and should be treated uniquely, as each patient is likely to respond differently to specific medical treatments and therapies. This emerging reality is rapidly driving medicine from the traditional 'one-size-fits-all' approach toward a 'personalized' or precision-based viewpoint. This revolution is rapidly being adopted across the medical world, perhaps none more so than within the emerging field of regenerative medicine. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Changing the Narrative&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The German physicist Max Planck said that science advances one funeral at a time. Put another way, he realized that new scientific truths do not win out by convincing opponents and making them 'see the light,' but rather because opponents eventually die and are succeeded by a new generation more familiar with it.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Historically, paradigm-changing scientific innovations rarely make their way by gradually winning over and converting their opponents. Prior to being awarded the Nobel prize in 1945 for the discovery of penicillin, Alexander Fleming spent over a decade and a half attempting to convince his peers of the medical potential of his discovery. By the time of the award, many of Fleming's opponents had retired or passed away. Now we can barely imagine a world without antibiotics like penicillin.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Regenerative medicine, in conjunction with personalized medicine, is responsible for the next major paradigm shift in modern medicine. However, neither regenerative nor personalized precision medicine are subjects traditionally found in the curriculum of U.S. medical schools. As such, this emergence has been met with skepticism, doubt and confusion. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The difference between Fleming's time and today is that patients have unlimited access to information and choice regarding healthcare. The medical industry is no longer willing to sit by for 17+ years and wait for new technologies to make it into the market. The current COVID-19 pandemic is a good example of how patients choose their own treatment based on ideas from opinion leaders, blogs and online forums. As patients navigate the web, biohacking is becoming a driving force for a paradigm shift in self-care, moving medicine towards a new age of patient-driven wellness. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Patients now recognize that understanding their biological makeup will allow them to choose the best diet, lifestyle and even medical and regenerative therapies to activate internal, 'natural healing.' They are more willing than ever to try innovative technologies to enhance and optimize their overall health, wellness and longevity. This biohacking revolution is not only evolving patients from passive users to proactive seekers but is also a powerful driving force moving medicine forward after decades of stagnation.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Because of the biohacking revolution, it has become critical to broadcast accurate scientific information to counteract false narratives that undermine the mainstream adoption of this medical revolution. One of the biggest issues facing this field is where to obtain reliable, scientifically accurate information. In this regard, Top Doctor Magazine has taken the initiative to provide this resource to physicians and other stakeholders to help guide the evolution of regenerative medicine and educate the future medical community. Early adopters understand the biophysical and biochemical complexity of human diseases and that current 'boxes' in which we've historically placed patient diagnoses are not rigid as once thought but fluid and personal — welcome to personalized, precision medicine.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;From 'One-Size-Fits-All' to Personalized, Precision Medicine&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Recognition that physicians need to consider individual variability has played a fundamental role in the rise of media interest in a new healthcare industry trend. Since 2015, when President Barack Obama announced a $215 million national Precision Medicine Initiative, which included, among other things, the establishment of a national database of genetic and other data from one million people in the U.S., the industry has responded. Numerous pharmaceutical and technology companies are now investing in a more precise and personalized medicine, including a common goal of improving optimal longevity that takes health span — the period of life spent in good health, free from chronic diseases and the disabilities of aging — into consideration.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Diverse terms, such as 'personalized medicine,' 'precision medicine,' 'genetic medicine' and 'personalized genomics,' have emerged to describe a range of genetics-related healthcare practices through which we define patients' bio-individuality. Understanding bio-individuality as a myriad of factors — medical, biomolecular, genetic and environmental, etc. — helps shape a patient's health, longevity and treatment outcomes.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;From the model of bio-individuality, 'personalized medicine' and 'precision medicine' have become popular concepts in the medical community, although there is a lack of consensus on their definitions. It is widely accepted that precision medicine incorporates the concept of bio-individuality to create groups of similar people and develop a more targeted approach toward their shared similarities. Personalized medicine, on the other hand, implies that treatments and preventative strategies can be developed uniquely for the specific biomolecular makeup of each patient. Although a worthwhile goal, personalized medicine is considered by many to be impractical and unscalable at this time.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Incorporating a Personalized, Precision-based Approach into Regenerative Medicine&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mounting evidence suggests person-to-person and population variations can significantly impact the outcome of regenerative therapies. As we age, our stem cells age with us, losing viability and, eventually, shutting down and dying. Studies have linked this process to the deterioration of the microenvironment (the 'stem cell niche') in which these cells are embedded. As the micronutrient reserve of the niche deteriorates — mostly a result of stress, inflammation, poor diet, sugar consumption, nutrient absorption impairment and use of certain drugs, alcohol and medications — our healing and tissue regeneration capacity becomes compromised. This leads to accelerated aging, age-related functional decline and chronic diseases. Hence, the quality of the niche is key to the health and function of stem cells within our tissues. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This is where personalized biomolecular and regenerative medicine merge to optimize niche quality and enhance stem cell function and viability. Examples from our research suggest that stem cells respond positively to hormones, like oxytocin — the love hormone produced in our bodies when giving or receiving love. Oxytocin is most abundant during pregnancy, when both mother and child need their stem cells to be most healthy. Interestingly, many in the field of regenerative medicine believe that oxytocin in amniotic fluid is responsible, in large part, for the beneficial effects seen in unrelated donor amniotic fluid transplants. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;These observations support the philosophy that optimizing the 'inner chemistry' of the niche and optimizing the body's microenvironment in preparation for therapeutic interventions is critical to positive treatment outcomes. Indeed, ignoring such observations while providing regenerative therapies could be compared to pouring the therapy into a pot of boiling water. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Summary&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cellular or acellular therapies must be adjusted according to patient-specific profiles for physicians and healthcare providers to achieve the best outcomes for their patients. Moreover, the patient should be prepared by optimizing their physiology using a personalized biomolecular approach, a phase of treatment referred to as 'priming.' The use of patient-specific IV nutrient therapies, diet modifications, sleep adjustments, detoxification, stress reduction and modulation of inflammation are all key components of priming that will enhance the outcome of regenerative therapies. These treatments are essential to any reparative, regenerative or restorative therapy. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;As we advance our knowledge of personalized medicine, we not only benefit the patient but also progress toward understanding the nuances that have historically undermined the field of regenerative medicine due to inherent variations in outcomes. Progress is inevitable, but we still have a long way to go until these emerging fields gain universal acceptance. We can only hope that it is our generation of scientists and physicians who ultimately adopt these advancements, and we don't have to wait on the next generation.   &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Ian White is an aging and regenerative medicine expert with over 20 years of experience in academia and industry. He is the founder and CSO of Neobiosis, a perinatal tissue manufacturing CDMO, the scientific advisor to Top Doctor Magazine and Vice President of The American College of Regenerative Medicine. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Ivel De Freitas is an internationally recognized longevity expert. She has over 20 years of professional experience as a medical doctor specializing in functional, precision, and personalized biomolecular medicine. Dr. De Freitas is the founder and CEO of ONOGEN, a healthcare technology company delivering personalized biomolecular, anti-aging and regenerative medicine using pioneering algorithm-based technology.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/part-3.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/the-emerging-field-of-regenerative-medicine-part-3-personalized-precision-medicine/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18742</ID> <title>Gardening: The Secret Form of Meditation</title> <publishDate>2022-07-29 22:02:09</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_44 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_46"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_48 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_43 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_129 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_130 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_131 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_45 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With all the distractions of our current world, one must dedicate time each day to find peace and bring focus back to their mind. A great way to do this is through gardening. One could even say that gardening is a secret form of meditation.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are many &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;benefits to meditation&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, with mindfulness, stress relief and improved focus on the forefront. Meditation can also help reduce depression and anxiety, create a sense of calmness in stressful situations and increase your self-awareness. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gardening as Mindfulness Practice&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mindfulness&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; can be described as a state of being present in the moment and aware of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations and surroundings through a more nurturing perspective.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gardening can be a great way to get in touch with your inner self and achieve a state of mindfulness. By paying attention to the plants in your garden, you can learn to focus on the present moment and clear your mind of distractions. Gardening helps you focus on a single-hand task - watering plants or removing weeds, for example. Furthermore, gardening requires two essential skills: care and control. It forces you to take care of your plants as if they were sentient beings while also allowing you to control what happens to them in the future.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gardening as Stress Relief&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/gardening-just-twice-a-week-improves-wellbeing-and-relieves-stress/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Some studies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; have shown that people who garden are less stressed, happier and have better mental health. These are the same outcomes we get from daily meditation.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gardening can create a space where minds are distracted by the surrounding nature. This allows us to redirect our attention away from ourselves and our problems, relieving stress and boosting positivity in our minds.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gardening can also be a more physical activity with its own health benefits. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/exercise-and-stress/art-20044469" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Physical activity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; greatly reduces stress and can also be looked at as a moving meditation.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gardening as a physical activity is amazing for all ages because it doesn't feel as exhausting as going to the gym, although it uses a comparable amount of calories.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Some people don't even have to leave their homes to garden because they can have a small outdoor space specially designed for gardening and flower planting.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gardening to Improve Focus&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mental health is one of life's most important aspects. One way to improve mental health is to reduce social media consumption and reduce the time spent on screens because excessive screen use has been linked to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.screenfreeparenting.com/screen-time-effects-on-sustained-attention-and-how-to-build-attention-span/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;diminished goal-driven attention&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Reduce your screen time, and you'll be better focused. You can reduce screen time by engaging in other activities that require more physical movement and attention, which gardening is perfect for.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gardening isn't just a terrific method to reduce screen time; it also helps us focus on the right things. By nurturing plants, we can create a more positive outlook toward life. Taking care of a living being and seeing it flourish can create a sense of fulfillment. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gardening is a great way to slow down, take in the surroundings and cultivate a healthier lifestyle away from a digital life and social media, which have been shown to have &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/social-media-and-mental-health.htm#:~:text=The%20negative%20aspects%20of%20social%20media&amp;amp;text=However%2C%20multiple%20studies%20have%20found,about%20your%20life%20or%20appearance." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;many adverse mental health effects&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; such as isolation, depression and anxiety.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gardening is an excellent way for anyone to stay mentally healthy. Just like meditation, it can be calming and therapeutic. Planting flowers and other plants in a garden or on your porch can lead to a calming environment and a calmer mind. The wonderful color of the flowers, soft, soothing sounds from the birds and even the dirt under your fingers can lead to a meditative state of relaxation.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Gardening.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/gardening-the-secret-form-of-meditation/</url> </article> <article> <ID>19033</ID> <title>The Medical Metaverse: Useful Data and Simulations for Medicine in the Palm of Your Hand</title> <publishDate>2022-07-29 14:03:08</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_45 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_47"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_49 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_44 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_132 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_133 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_134 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_46 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Augmented reality and the metaverse is no longer just for video games and social media. These two technologies are being applied to the medical field to completely revise how patients and providers interact with and experience medicine. This new 'medical metaverse' will deliver an immense amount of valuable data into the palm of your hand!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;How Augmented Reality is As Close As Your Phone&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Augmented reality (AR) isn't some fancy technology used only by tech heads with expensive gear. On the contrary, it is already at your fingertips on your phone! If you are familiar with the phone game 'Pokémon GO,' a recent cultural sensation, you already know what AR on your phone can look like. Pokémon GO lets you look through your phone's camera to see digital images of pokemon (i.e., the video game's magical creatures). However, your phone's AR is not just for video games.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Filters on the Phone for Chat and Video&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another AR usage you're likely familiar with takes the shape of filters for social apps, chatting and video calls. This usage is sometimes called '&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.groovejones.com/social-app-ar-101-an-insiders-guide-to-augmented-reality-using-social-apps/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;social AR&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;' because it is used on social media apps from Snapchat to Instagram and Facebook. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Social AR works by putting a filter over your video or photos to change your appearance. You can use AR to digitally put sunglasses on your face on a video call or even place a digital background behind you on video calls. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Google Translate for Signs&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Google Translate can now use AR to impact how you see the world. Using the power of AR, Google Translate uses your phone's camera to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.theverge.com/2015/1/14/7544919/google-translate-update-real-time-signs-conversations" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;translate signs into your chosen language in real-time&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This feature allows users to experience a window into a world where the signs and other text are translated into your language. Needless to say that this AR application makes traveling much easier and removes the inherent barrier between societies with different languages. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Assisting Home Improvements &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Using AR, you can now measure the size of objects and spaces using your phone's camera through &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.popsci.com/best-uses-for-augmented-reality-on-phone/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Apple and Google's measuring apps&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. These apps use the power of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.popsci.com/best-uses-for-augmented-reality-on-phone/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;AR's ability to measure the volume of spaces&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to accurately measure the distance between two objects or how large an object is. You can now plan for home improvements without lifting your measuring tape! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;AR will also let you visualize what a new piece of furniture would look like in your house before you buy it. For example, apps like &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.popsci.com/best-uses-for-augmented-reality-on-phone/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ikea Place&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; can place a digital rendering of a couch or chair in your home and see what colors or styles would work best for your home.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;​&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_image et_pb_image_0"&gt; &lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap "&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/scientist-doctor-with-augmented-reality-glasses-3d-vr.jpg" alt="" title="scientist-doctor-with-augmented-reality-glasses-3d-vr" class="wp-image-19078" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_47 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Introducing the Medical Metaverse&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The medical metaverse combines medical technology and expertise with augmented reality. The overlap of digital visualization, massive amounts of medical data and a unique patient creates the opportunity to demonstrate alternate views of a patient's health and appearance in real-time. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Improving Patient Treatment and Surgeries &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;As you can imagine, the medical metaverse has numerous applications for medicine. The power to overlap digital visualizations with medical data on a unique patient can help healthcare providers learn better, provide superior care in the operating room and communicate more clearly with the patient. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Medical providers can create a '&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/90748662/the-metaverse-is-already-reshaping-healthcare" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;digital twin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;' of the patient using the power of AR and the massive amount of medical data created for a unique patient through medical scans. The twin can then be used to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/90748662/the-metaverse-is-already-reshaping-healthcare" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;plan for surgeries or treatment and track diseases in the patient&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This technology also allows the doctor to communicate plans for surgery or treatment to the patient using this digital twin so that the patient can understand what the outcome of surgery will be or how the doctor plans to treat their illness. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Inside the operating room, providers can use this digital twin to see a model of the patient in real-time. This model is created using the patient's medical data collected through CT and MRI so that the surgeon can see the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/90748662/the-metaverse-is-already-reshaping-healthcare" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;inside of the patient's body as they operate&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. These AR-assisted surgeries make the surgeon more precise and deliver the best care possible for the patient. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Describing Outcomes and Improving Patient-Practitioner Communication in Cosmetic Treatments&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Through AR technology in the medical metaverse, providers are able to use volumetrics video to create three-dimensional renderings of the patient in a two-dimensional video. This process equips physicians and patients with an interactive experience to see how changes affect appearance. Needless to say, cosmetic surgery has the most to gain from this technology.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The most challenging part of cosmetic procedures is often communicating the finished result to the patient and ensuring that they will be pleased with it. However, AR allows the practitioner to project the results over the patient in real-time, so they can see &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170825144322.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;their new face, hair or body&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; over their current one! By moving around and interacting with it, the patient better visualizes the results and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170825144322.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;communicates any desired changes to the doctor&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This way, both the doctor and the patient are satisfied with the outcome. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Closing Thoughts on the Future of the Medical Metaverse&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The future of AR and the medical metaverse in standard medical practice is undeniable. AR improves every aspect of the medical field, from preoperative planning and surgery to treatment plans and patient-doctor communication. As AR becomes more advanced, these benefits will only increase. As a result, it's no overstatement that AR will completely reimagine how we understand and interact with medical treatment.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_48"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_2_5 et_pb_column_50 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_divider_1 et_pb_space et_pb_divider_hidden"&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_divider_internal"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_3_5 et_pb_column_51 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_48 et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h3&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Subscribe Now to Stay Current!&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;Want to know more about how AR will impact the performance of your clinic and your relationship with your patients?&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Join our newsletter&lt;/strong&gt; to stay up to date as we dive deeper into this emerging field of medicine.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;div id="et_pb_contact_form_1" class="et_pb_module et_pb_contact_form_1 et_pb_recaptcha_enabled et_pb_contact_form_container clearfix" data-form_unique_num="1" data-form_unique_id="e2f61e53-816b-4684-a30e-3e9d361352e9"&gt; &lt;div class="et-pb-contact-message"&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_contact"&gt; &lt;form class="et_pb_contact_form clearfix" method="post" action="https://topdoctormagazine.com/xml/"&gt; &lt;p class="et_pb_contact_field et_pb_contact_field_3 et_pb_contact_field_half" data-id="name" data-type="input"&gt; &lt;label for="et_pb_contact_name_1" class="et_pb_contact_form_label"&gt;Name&lt;/label&gt; &lt;input type="text" id="et_pb_contact_name_1" class="input" value="" name="et_pb_contact_name_1" data-required_mark="required" data-field_type="input" data-original_id="name" placeholder="Name"&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class="et_pb_contact_field et_pb_contact_field_4 et_pb_contact_field_half et_pb_contact_field_last" data-id="email" data-type="email"&gt; &lt;label for="et_pb_contact_email_1" class="et_pb_contact_form_label"&gt;Email Address&lt;/label&gt; &lt;input type="text" id="et_pb_contact_email_1" class="input" value="" name="et_pb_contact_email_1" data-required_mark="required" data-field_type="email" data-original_id="email" placeholder="Email Address"&gt; &lt;/p&gt; &lt;input type="hidden" value="et_contact_proccess" name="et_pb_contactform_submit_1"/&gt; &lt;div class="et_contact_bottom_container"&gt; &lt;button type="submit" name="et_builder_submit_button" class="et_pb_contact_submit et_pb_button" data-icon="&amp;#x3d;"&gt;Submit&lt;/button&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;input type="hidden" id="_wpnonce-et-pb-contact-form-submitted-1" name="_wpnonce-et-pb-contact-form-submitted-1" value="d760020b14" /&gt;&lt;input type="hidden" name="_wp_http_referer" value="/xml/" /&gt; &lt;/form&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_49"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_52 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_blurb et_pb_blurb_2 et_clickable et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_blurb_position_top et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_blurb_content"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_main_blurb_image"&gt;&lt;a href="https://topdoctormagazine.com/research/news/the-impact-of-the-medical-metaverse-on-patients-and-physicians/"&gt;&lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap et_pb_only_image_mode_wrap"&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/doctors-operating-wearing-vr-virtual-reality-headset-with-interface.jpg" alt="" class="et-waypoint et_pb_animation_top et_pb_animation_top_tablet et_pb_animation_top_phone wp-image-19086" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_blurb_container"&gt; &lt;h4 class="et_pb_module_header"&gt;&lt;a href="https://topdoctormagazine.com/research/news/the-impact-of-the-medical-metaverse-on-patients-and-physicians/"&gt;Part 3: The Impact of the Medical Metaverse on Patients and Physicians&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h4&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_blurb_description"&gt;&lt;p&gt;The medical metaverse is not a small pocket of technology with a handful of applications in the medical space but the future of healthcare provision. Like the internet, the medical...&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/scientist-doctor-with-augmented-reality-glasses-3d-vr-2.jpg</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/research/news/the-medical-metaverse-useful-data-and-simulations-for-medicine-in-the-palm-of-your-hand/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18735</ID> <title>What's the Secret to Happiness? Well, Science Says It's Our Relationships</title> <publishDate>2022-07-28 21:43:37</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_46 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_50"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_53 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_45 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_135 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_136 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_137 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_49 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Our lives reflect what we surround ourselves with. If we choose to live around cheerful, positive people, our lives will be the same. Surrounding ourselves with negative, grumpy and pessimistic people will take a toll on our lives. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Social Side of People and How It Affects Our Demeanor &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Humans are &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://ccare.stanford.edu/press_posts/good-social-relationships-are-the-most-consistent-predictor-of-a-happy-life/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;social creatures&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Without socializing with other people around us or social media, our mental health &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ptsdjournal.com/posts/11-negative-effects-of-lack-of-socializing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;suffers&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Our sociable nature is the one thing we can't lack. To live a long and happy life, we need people around us to form relationships with. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The constant nature of these relationships gives the impression that they can never end. Some of us might believe that we can neglect our relationships without consequences. But that is not the case, as the damage we do affects us as well. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Relationship with Family &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;To create and maintain a relationship, you need to interact with the people on the other side. From a very young age, we build a tight relationship with our family. Because we interact with our family daily, we tend to take up very much from this relationship. For example, living in a happy, joyful family will reflect in our lives. Our personalities will be optimistic and cheerful, and the relationship will be stronger. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Relationship with Friends&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Some think these are the most influential relationships we develop throughout our lives. We surround ourselves with people that become our friends at school, work or in our community. Some people tend to interact and befriend problematic individuals, leading to a shift in personality, especially in mental health. That's why surrounding ourselves with understanding, positive people is essential for our mental health. We need that joy and happiness to function and be the best version of ourselves. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Relationship with Partners&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The intimacy between two particular individuals that forms a relationship defines our lives later in life. We need someone next to us that can understand and love us for who we are. Unfortunately, some people will try and change their partner for their benefit. This process is so damaging that it can lead to serious mental health problems like anxiety and depression. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Maintain a Relationship&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The most important thing anyone can do is be positive and build a happy and fulfilling relationship with the other side. Relationships can drastically improve just by showing interest and care. Taking some time out of your day to call your family, meet up with some friends for a chat or cook a delicious meal for your partner can work wonders. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Positive Alacrity &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Practice &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://betterhumans.pub/want-a-happier-more-fulfilling-life-75-year-harvard-study-says-focus-on-this-1-thing-88cbde105983" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Positive Alacrity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, the art of creating experiences with an emotionally uplifting impact on others. Voicing positive thoughts in a relationship creates an emotional and positive response from the other side. An incredibly fulfilling sense of satisfaction will engulf you. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;By practicing Positive Alacrity, you're improving your relationship with others and uplifting yourself. Positivity only works if it's perceived as genuine. As long as you truly believe in what you are saying, there will be a positive outcome.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Improving our relationships takes time and effort. Interacting positively with the ones dear to us and showing them that we care keeps a relationship healthy. And happy relationships equal happy lives! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/secret.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/whats-the-secret-to-happiness-well-science-says-its-our-relationships/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18726</ID> <title>Elderberries: Everything You Need to Know About Them</title> <publishDate>2022-07-28 21:13:53</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_47 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_51"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_54 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_46 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_138 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_139 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_140 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_50 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The elderberry plant is one of the most widely used medicinal plants globally with century-old health benefits. Elderberries are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain powerful antioxidants that can boost your immune system. Elderberries can be eaten fresh, dried or made into syrup, tea or essential oils. You can also find them in supplements and skincare products.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Is an Elderberry?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry is a shrub-like plant that can grow up to 10 feet high. It has dark green leaves and clusters of white flowers that bloom in the summer months. The berries, harvested in the fall, are small and dark purple.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry is a popular medicinal herb because it's believed to have immune-boosting properties which means it's often used for treating colds, flu, congestion and sore throat.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can I Eat Raw Elderberries?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are many different ways to consume elderberries, with one of the most popular ways being eating them raw as a berry or in a salad with fruit and vegetables. They are also often consumed as syrup, juice or tea.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.elderberryedgefarm.com/pages/are-elderberries-toxic-a-personal-experience" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Raw elderberries can be toxic if consumed in large quantities&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Therefore, it is recommended that you only eat one cup of raw berries or drink two tablespoons of tincture per day if you consume them regularly. Otherwise, elderberries should be cooked as much as possible before consumption.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is the Elderberry Plant Poisonous?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry is &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://csuvth.colostate.edu/poisonous_plants/Plants/Details/32" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;not poisonous&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, but it does contain chemicals that can be toxic to humans. The toxicity of the elderberry plant is due to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides in its leaves and stems. These chemicals are found in many other plants, such as apple seeds and apricot kernels.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry Health Benefits&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry has been used medicinally for centuries. The &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ishs.org/ishs-article/1061_2" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Greeks and the Romans&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; describe it as a healing plant. It is an herbal remedy for fever, diarrhea, flu and infections in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.whiterabbitinstituteofhealing.com/herbs/elderberry/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;traditional Chinese medicine&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberries effectively &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02414607" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;reduce inflammation, lower fevers and relieve pain&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberries also have several skin benefits. When &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wellandgood.com/outdoor-dining-set-walmart/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;applied topically&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, elderberries can help with various skin conditions or help reduce the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wellandgood.com/outdoor-dining-set-walmart/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;appearance of wrinkles and age spots&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is Elderberry Safe for Pregnant Women?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There have been &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/elderberry-pregnant" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;no reports of toxicity or adverse effects&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; in breastfeeding or pregnant women taking elderberry supplements in recommended doses. It is recommended that breastfeeding and pregnant women speak with their healthcare providers before taking any herbal supplements. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry and Breastfeeding&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There isn't enough information available to determine if elderberry is safe for nursing moms. There are &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://mypuredelivery.com/5-reasons-elderberry-may-not-be-safe-while-breastfeeding/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;no studies on breastfeeding mothers consuming elderberries&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; due to the ethical concerns in attempting to perform a double-blind scientific study on pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. More in-depth medical study is required to establish dosage and whether or not it impacts a breastfed baby. Ensure that your doctor knows you are nursing before asking for advice on elderberries.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberries and Prescription Drugs&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are no well-known interactions between elderberry and other medications. However, elderberries may &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/transplant/Pages/medications.aspx#:~:text=Medications%20that%20help%20prevent%20the,Prednisone" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;decrease the efficacy of immunosuppressants and medications&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that lower the immune system, such as Tacrolimus (Prograf), cyclosporine (Neoral, Gengraf), Prednisone, Mycophenolate (CellCept, Myfortic), azathioprine (Imuran), Sirolimus (Rapamune) and Everolimus (Zortress). You should discuss the combined consumption of these medicines and elderberries with your doctor. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2018/01/homemade-elderberry-syrup.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry Syrup Recipe &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry syrup can be a natural remedy for colds and flu. It is made from the elderberry plant and has been used for centuries to help people fight illness.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;b&gt;Ingredients: &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;1 pound (4 cups) fresh or frozen elderberries, picked over and all stems removed;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;3 cups of filtered water;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;1/4 cup honey or 1/3 cup sugar (can increase quantity to taste);&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;1/4 cup lemon juice;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;1 small piece of fresh ginger, peeled (optional).&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;b&gt;Instructions:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;To make juice, place berries in a large, heavy saucepan along with water. Cover and bring to a simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, mashing berries with a potato masher until they soften and release their juices.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Press berries through a food mill or fine mesh sieve. Discard solids. Strain juice a second time through a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth to remove any remaining solids. You should have about 2 2/3 cups of juice.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Pour 2 1/2 cups of prepared juice into a saucepan with honey, lemon juice, and ginger. Bring to a simmer, occasionally stirring, until the syrup has thickened slightly and reduced to about 2 1/2 cups, 10 to 15 minutes. Discard the ginger. Once cooled, the syrup will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to six months (pour the syrup into ice cube trays for easy dosing).&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you are canning the syrup, fill a large stockpot or canning pot 2/3 full with water while the berries are cooking. Place a rack of some sort in the bottom and place over medium-high heat. Wash your jars and submerge them in a water bath as it heats. The pot should be just about boiling when the syrup is reduced and ready to go. Keep jars in hot (not boiling) water until ready to use.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ladle hot syrup into sterilized jars, leaving 1/8-inch of headspace. Wipe jar rims and screw on lids. Process in boiling water for 10 minutes (seven if using smaller jars), then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Check seals. Any unsealed jars should be refrigerated and used within two weeks.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ol&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry Juice Recipe &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry juice is a great way to consume elderberries. This &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://eatsmarter.com/recipes/elderberry-juice-2" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;recipe&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is easy to follow and yields a delicious drink.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;b&gt;Ingredients:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;3 kilograms elderberry; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Enough water to cover the elderberries.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;b&gt;Instructions:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Rinse the berries several times thoroughly. Remove the berries from the vine. Add to a large saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes until the berries are soft and appear wrinkled. Pour the mixture through cheesecloth or a fine strainer into another pot. Squeeze the fruit to remove as much liquid as possible.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Alternatively, you can process the berries through a juicer. This approach is typically much faster and more efficient.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The elderberry juice will be ready after this process. If you'd like to enjoy it for an extended time, you can preserve it. To do this, you must add the juice to bottles and seal them with a rubber stopper or screw-tops.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Heat a pot of water, and add the bottles to the water bath. Process for at least 30 minutes to ensure that the juice is sterilized and that pathogens are deterred from forming. Cool the bottles, and keep them in a cool place.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ol&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This recipe yields about 1 cup of elderberry juice. Enjoy it on its own or use it as a base for other juices or cocktails.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;a href="https://recipesfromapantry.com/elderberry-tea-recipe/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Elderberry Tea Recipe&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another way to enjoy the benefits of elderberries is to make dried elderberry tea.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;b&gt;Ingredients:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;6 cups (1.40 L) of water;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;2 tablespoons dried elderberries;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;2 tablespoons honey;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;2 lemons.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;b&gt;Instructions:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Pour water into a heavy saucepan.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Add dried elderberries and boil for 20 minutes.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Strain to remove berries and stir in honey and the juice from one lemon.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Garnish with lemon slices and serve.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ol&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The health benefits of elderberries are numerous as they are a great source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants while also being vegan and gluten-free. In addition, elderberries can help boost the immune system, improve heart health and reduce inflammation. They are a delicious and nutritious addition to any diet!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Elderberries.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/elderberries-everything-you-need-to-know-about-them/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18705</ID> <title>Gummy Vitamins vs. Pills</title> <publishDate>2022-07-27 20:21:35</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_48 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_52"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_55 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_47 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_141 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_142 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_143 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_51 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Many people take vitamins to improve their health or make up for nutrient deficiencies in their diet. These days, gummy vitamins are trendy because they come in various tastes, colors and shapes. Strawberry, lemon, raspberry and orange are just a few tasty gummy vitamin flavors available. In fact, vitamin supplements in the form of gummies are now more popular than pills.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gummy Vitamin Health Benefits&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We need to eat a healthy and balanced diet to keep up with our daily multivitamins. However, if you have problems consuming various foods, have dietary restrictions or have trouble absorbing nutrients, taking multivitamins in the form of gummies may be right for you.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The advantage of a gummy vitamin is its &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://cleanplates.com/nutrition/gummy-vitamins-effective/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;bioavailability&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This trait is beneficial for people who have trouble absorbing certain nutrients because some will be destroyed by stomach acid, others will be expelled and others will simply not enter the body's cells.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Some people prefer gummy vitamins over pills because they are &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/what-to-know-about-gummy-vitamins" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;easier to swallow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, have a nicer flavor and don't have a strange odor. These traits may increase your likelihood of taking vitamins on a regular basis. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Do Gummy Vitamins Work?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Yes, gummy vitamins are effective. Like pills or soft gels, gummy vitamins provide your body with critical vitamins and minerals. Gummy vitamins may provide beneficial nutrients and can help certain people with vitamin deficiencies, such as vegans, older adults and pregnant women.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Gummy Vitamins Go Bad?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Because the FDA does not regulate gummy vitamins, their nutrients may differ from what is listed on the label, making it impossible to establish the exact amount of vitamins and minerals in a dose. Furthermore, gummy vitamins decay faster and have a shorter shelf life than traditional tablets, so the vitamin content in your gummy may have degraded by the time you take it.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gelatin and pectin-based gummy vitamins have a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/do-vitamins-expire" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;shorter shelf life&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; because they can become tough and unpleasant to eat. Gummies can last anywhere from one to two years, depending on the brand and formulation. It's crucial to double-check the label for the expiration date.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Taking Too Many Gummy Vitamins: Vitamin Toxicity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Consuming an excessive amount of gummy vitamins may result in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://sports.yahoo.com/happens-eat-too-many-gummy-193645785.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;diarrhea, vomiting, constipation or headaches.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; While undeniably more appealing than conventional vitamins, gummy vitamins make it difficult for children to distinguish between them and candy. This may result in unintentional overconsumption. Gummy vitamins contain a variety of minerals and vitamins, some of which are toxic in large doses. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is crucial to monitor the right recommended dosage of gummy vitamins according to the product label. If your child or someone in your household has eaten too many gummy vitamins, have them drink plenty of water, ask how many vitamins were taken, and call Poison Control.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Taking gummy vitamins above the recommended dosage for an extended time may develop into chronic toxicity. Symptoms include muscle and bone pain, hair loss, headache and gastrointestinal distress. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Which Is Better: Gummy Vitamins or Pills?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;For various reasons, gummy vitamins are a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://wfmchealth.org/family-health-care/gummy-vitamins-vs-regular-vitamins-which-is-better/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;popular alternative to traditional vitamins&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, and they come in a range of shapes, dosages and tastes. In addition, gummy vitamins are chewable and easy to take for those who have trouble swallowing pills. However, gummy vitamins don't work as well as pills because they &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.insider.com/do-gummy-vitamins-work#:~:text=Gummy%20vitamins%20don't%20work%20as%20well%20as%20pills%20since,faster%20than%20conventional%20pill%20vitamins." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;often contain inconsistencies in the levels of nutrients&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; listed on the labels and degrade more quickly than pill vitamins.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gummy-vitamins#downsides" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;certain disadvantages&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to taking gummy vitamins. Sugars are commonly added to gummy vitamins to give them a pleasant taste. Also, gummy vitamins can promote dental decay because the sugary gelatin can get stuck in your teeth. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gummy-vitamins#downsides" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sugars added&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to gummy vitamins have been related to obesity, heart disease and tooth cavities. Some manufacturers may add sugar alcohols listed under total carbohydrates on the label. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;As a consumer, you must be careful with gummy vitamins, even if they are labeled sugar-free. Furthermore, because gummy vitamins typically taste like candy, taking vitamins in more than the prescribed amount can be tempting.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gummy Vitamins: FAQ &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Are Gummy Vitamins As Effective As Pills?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are some drawbacks to gummy vitamins, such as manufacturers having a more challenging time getting as many vitamins and minerals into the gummy candies.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.insider.com/do-gummy-vitamins-work#:~:text=Gummy%20vitamins%20don%27t%20work%20as%20well%20as%20pills%20since,faster%20than%20conventional%20pill%20vitamins" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gummy vitamins&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; may fall short when compared to their pill equivalents. According to independent studies, many gummy vitamins do not contain all of the nutrients listed on the label, and in certain circumstances, they may have too many of some vitamins.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you want to try gummies as dietary supplements, you should do your homework before choosing a gummy vitamin. You must take a look at the label and examine the components as well as the supplement information. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gummy Vitamins vs. Pills Absorption&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gummy vitamins are &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.naturemade.com/blogs/health-articles/do-gummy-vitamins-work" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;chewable&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and will be broken down before they reach your stomach, so they're significantly easier to take in. Your body will absorb the vitamins faster than if you took a tablet. In a contest between gummy vitamins vs. pills absorption, the gummy vitamins take the crown.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Are Gummy Prenatal Vitamins Effective?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Getting the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://roswellobgyn.org/the-truth-about-gummy-prenatals/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;daily need for iron&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; during the nine months of pregnancy is imperative. Unfortunately, iron is not present in gummy prenatal vitamins. Iron is absent from gummy prenatal vitamins because iron makes the gummies larger and can often result in an upset stomach. Instead of gummy prenatal vitamins, you can opt to eat green leafy vegetables that can provide a lot of iron. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Best Gummy Vitamins&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to one study, while &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthycell.com/blogs/articles/do-gummy-vitamins-work" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;almost 80% of gummy vitamins had incorrect labeling&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, some were more reliable, such as &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.flintstonesvitamins.com/?gclsrc=aw.ds&amp;amp;gclid=CjwKCAjwrqqSBhBbEiwAlQeqGo07zGpyWAfHWOuZ0_lxSuvOp3Cvyp9RE5plfl3m4AqcSvAu9lAMChoCU70QAvD_BwE" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Flintstones Kid Gummies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.naturesway.com/products/alive-womens-gummy-multivitamin" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Nature's Way Women's Gummies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Both of these products have the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.insider.com/do-gummy-vitamins-work#:~:text=Gummy%20vitamins%20don%27t%20work%20as%20well%20as%20pills%20since,faster%20than%20conventional%20pill%20vitamins" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;proper amounts of vitamins&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; listed on their labels.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you want to try gummy vitamins, look for ones that have been third-party tested and have low sugar content. If you are concerned about the sugar content, you can still take it as long as you monitor your food and sugar consumption. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gummy vitamins may be ideal for you, especially if you have children who find it difficult to take pills. They have a candy-like flavor and are simple to consume and digest. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you're unsure about which vitamin to take, consult your doctor. Your doctor may advise you to take the appropriate vitamins in the form of gummy candies or pills.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/gummy-pills.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/gummy-vitamins-vs-pills/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18719</ID> <title>Healthy Food Habits</title> <publishDate>2022-07-26 21:00:46</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_49 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_53"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_56 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_48 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_144 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_145 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_146 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_52 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Everyone is unique in their way, which means our food habits differ. No one says you can't enjoy a hamburger from time to time, but it's essential to have healthy foods and a balance in your diet. After all, no one said that healthy food habits couldn't be a treat to our minds and taste buds.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Healthy Food Habits &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you're searching for healthy food habits, there are a few things you have to follow. Choosing a healthy food habit is a great idea. By adding small changes to your diet, you will notice huge differences in your health. It may sound scary to change such a big part of your life, but the good news is that you can build healthy food habits one step at a time.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#1: Add Fruits and Vegetables to Your Meal&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It may sound obvious that fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy food diet, but some people forget how efficient they are. Pick dark-green, red and orange vegetables to integrate into your dish. Add them to the main dish, side dish or garnish if you don't want to suddenly change your diet. Don't forget about the delicious fruits that go perfectly as a dessert. The more colorful your dish is, the more vitamins and minerals it contains.       &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#2: Eat Fish&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Seafood is full of protein, minerals, and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/17290-omega-3-fatty-acids" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;omega-3 fatty acids&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Add some steamed salmon, tuna or trout to the meal's main course. Try some crab, oysters, or mussels if you prefer shellfish over fish. However, avoid cooking them in too much oil as over-fried food is unhealthy.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#3: Whole Grains &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You will quickly experience significant health changes by switching some of the grains you eat to whole grains. For example, switch from white bread to whole-wheat bread. Next time, try whole-grain pasta, whole-grain crackers in the morning or whole wheat tortilla when you carve a veggie wrap. Read the ingredients of products and keep an eye out for ingredients such as whole wheat, oatmeal, quinoa, wild rice and buckwheat. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#4: Stay Away from Sugary Drinks&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Having sugary drinks in your diet is expected but not healthy. Beverages such as sodas and energy drinks have high sugar levels and, as a result, are full of calories that damage your health. Switch from these sugary drinks to plain water or unsweetened beverages. If you feel water is just too dull, don't be afraid to add a slice of lemon, lime or watermelon in the glass for flavor. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Food Habits in America&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The United States is one of the largest food-consuming countries worldwide. Our country holds around 330 million people, so it is only natural there are a few different food habits. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#1: Ranch&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;People in America have a genuine obsession with ranch, a sauce made primarily with sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic and buttermilk. The ingredients already tell us this sauce is not a healthy addition to America's food habits. Nevertheless, people add it to almost everything, from french fries, chicken nuggets and buffalo wings to salads and different fried vegetables. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#2: Fast-Foods&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We all know that America is the perfect country if you are in love with fast food. The many varieties make it possible for everyone to find a place they will enjoy. Because of this, people can't seem to know when to stop eating at these establishments. Therefore, it is perfectly fine to enjoy some McDonald's or KFC from time to time, but never let it become a habit because overeating fast-food is quite unhealthy. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#3: Frying Almost Everything&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fried food is one of the tastiest foods in the entire world. But the fantastic taste comes at the price of calories and harmful fats. The list seems endless, from fried chicken, potatoes, mac and cheese, turkey, onions and even butter. These fried meals have to be kept away from your diet as they are high in calories, cooked in high-fat and oils and are harmful to your entire body. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Healthy Food Habits for Adults&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;As adults, we have to switch to healthy food habits for a long and healthy life. Besides the provided list of tips, you can try other approaches such as:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Switch from solid fats to vegetable oils when cooking;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Reduce the salt and sodium intake;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Eliminate fast-foods from your diet;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Moderate your alcohol intake;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Add high fiber foods to your healthy food habits;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Never skip breakfast.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Why Healthy Eating Habits Are Important&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Healthy food impacts our life more than we think. A healthy diet helps the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/index.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;body repel diseases&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and keeps our &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4967717/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;mental health thriving&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. It may be hard at first, but the results are solid and impressive over time. You will be happier and healthier and enjoy what you are eating. After all, no one said healthy food habits consist of tasteless and unpleasant food. On the contrary, healthy food can be and is delicious!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Don't be afraid to change your food habits. It may seem scary and not worth it at first, but the results of healthy food habits are outstanding in the long run. Your health is essential, so you have to be careful when managing it. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Healthy-Food.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/healthy-food-habits/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18713</ID> <title>Dealing with Sexual Performance Anxiety. 3 Helpful Things to Remember in the Bedroom</title> <publishDate>2022-07-26 20:44:09</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_50 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_54"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_57 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_49 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_147 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_148 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_149 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_53 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Numerous factors have a say in a healthy relationship, one of which is healthy sex life. Ideally, we can open up with our partners, be intimate and try different things under the sheets. However, because of sexual performance anxiety, some couples cannot enjoy the perks of a healthy relationship. Being in bed with the person you love is supposed to be fun and exciting, and it's tough to have that kind of fun when you are constantly thinking about how well you are performing. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Is Sexual Performance Anxiety?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual anxiety or sexual performance anxiety is a form of sexual dysfunction in which a person experiences sexual difficulty due to fear or anxiety. Sexual performance anxiety symptoms include difficulties with sexual arousal, sexual performance and sexual satisfaction and premature ejaculation. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual anxiety can be caused by various factors, including relationship problems, body image issues and trauma. It can also result from another mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual performance anxiety affects &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31447414/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;9-25% of men&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31447414/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;6-16% of women&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. While others who are unaware that they are experiencing the problem can overcome the issue through lifestyle changes, others have a more challenging time as they don't have a support system or enough knowledge for overcoming sexual performance anxiety.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Causes of Sexual Performance Anxiety&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are many reasons someone can experience sexual performance anxiety and does not realize it or is already suffering but decides not to deal with it. Here are some of the indicators that you are experiencing SPA:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You are conscious about your body and do not feel confident that your sexual partner would appreciate your image (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;e.g.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, concerns about being overweight or the size of your penis, especially with new sexual partners).&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is difficult for you to think about sexual encounters healthily because of past abusive relationships.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is difficult for you to trust your sexual partner due to fear of intimacy.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You have relationship issues with your partner, causing the inability to be open and honest with your partner and constant fighting, arguing or microaggressions.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You are experiencing sexual dysfunctions such as low libido or erectile dysfunction.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You are not in the moment during sexual activities because you overthink about your performance and try to manage how your partner experiences you.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ol&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Overcome Sexual Performance Anxiety&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Treating sexual performance anxiety depends on what's causing it. In general, SPA is a mental health problem linked with other mental health conditions such as depression, as these two intensify one another. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual performance anxiety treatment includes professional medical advice, medications and psychotherapy. The most common type of psychotherapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is used on both men and women. It focuses on changing automatic negative thoughts that contribute to emotional difficulties, depression and anxiety. Identifying these behaviors is difficult, especially if the person involved has a hard time opening up. However, this process leads to new self-discovery and insights essential in the treatment process.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It is essential to have a partner to talk to and be open with the problem you are dealing with. Your partner is the one on the receiving end of this issue, and having your partner with you&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;during these difficult times can be very helpful in finding your way back to intimacy.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hypnosis for Sexual Performance Anxiety&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hypnosis, a state of relaxation and focus that a trained therapist can induce, is a healthy place to start your sexual anxiety treatment. In this state, you are more open to suggestions and more likely to focus on positive thoughts. Hypnosis has been used to treat various conditions, including pain, anxiety and depression. It is also sometimes used to improve sexual function.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual Anxiety and Meditation&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mindfulness meditation training&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;is another technique that is useful for treating anxiety. The goal of practicing mindfulness is to focus on the sensations that are occurring in the present moment while being intimate with your partner and not pass judgment. Mindfulness-based interventions help individuals regulate their emotions, destress and manage their anxiety, which has positive implications for managing sexual performance anxiety.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual Performance Anxiety Tips&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#1: Be Οpen to Trying New Things&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Many people have a minimal view of how sex after marriage should be. However, it is essential to evolve our sex life and try new things even after the honeymoon phase. Couples should not limit themselves to the routine but find new ways to spice up their sex life. There are many ways to spice up your sex life, such as toys, role-playing and new trying positions.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#2: Identify Your Turn-Offs&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Take the time to identify your turn-offs. For example, if the messiness of the room is too much of a distraction and stresses you out, you can tidy it up before initiating foreplay. Such small changes can render significant improvements in your sex life.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#3: Communication Ιs Κey&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Communication is always the key to a good relationship. Τalk to your partner about what feels good or bad, not just with what's currently happening in your relationship but with your sex life as well. This way, you and your partner would have a better understanding of what you want and what you need in bed, as well as address concerns or worries that you have.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sexual performance anxiety can be challenging physically and mentally and will have a negative impact on your relationship unless you find ways to overcome it. It is essential to understand that you are not alone in this battle, as you have your partner who can help you get through these difficult times. There are a lot of treatments available to help you in your journey to be a better person and be a better life partner. The first step is always the hardest, but when you start opening up about your problem, everything will fall into place.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Sexual-Performance-Anxiety.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/dealing-with-sexual-performance-anxiety-3-helpful-things-to-remember-in-the-bedroom/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18698</ID> <title>Hormonal Acne</title> <publishDate>2022-07-25 20:06:14</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_51 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_55"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_58 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_50 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_150 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_151 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_152 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_54 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Have you ever wondered why you sometimes get those huge, inflamed zits that seem to take over your chin for no apparent reason? Is there anything you can do about it other than crossing your fingers and hoping for the best? Luckily, we nowadays have many ways you can alleviate your hormonal acne. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormonal Acne Reasons&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/313084#what-is-hormonal-acne" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to Medical News Today,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; hormonal acne is not a term used in research or medical practitioners, but on the Internet, in magazines or by people selling natural remedies. Therefore, it can simply be called acne or by its medical term: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;acne vulgaris&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Contrary to popular belief, hormonal acne is not caused by overeating sugar or chocolate. It's actually caused by a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://flo.health/menstrual-cycle/health/symptoms-and-diseases/hormonal-acne" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;hormone imbalance&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which can result from many different things that naturally occur as we go through our stages of life: puberty, pregnancy or menopause. It can also be caused by stress and lack of sleep that mess with your estrogen and testosterone. And while it's not entirely understood why some people get hormonal acne and others don't, it is suspected to have a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/is-acne-genetic#acne-and-genetics" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;genetic factor&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormonal Acne from Birth Control&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/acne-caused-by-birth-control#2" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;birth control pills cause hormonal acne&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;? The answer might be different for everyone; sometimes, yes, but sometimes it can reduce acne.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Certain pills with &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/birth-control-for-acne-treatment" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;progesterone&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; only can cause acne to become worse.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;However, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/birth-control-for-acne-treatment" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;other birth control pills&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; can help with hormonal acne because they change how hormones work in your body. For example, some birth control pills cause a reduction in the amount of acne-causing androgen hormones.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Considering the varying effects of birth control pills on acne, it is wise to consult your doctor if you are concerned about how taking them can affect your skin.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormonal Acne Areas&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormonal acne can cause breakouts in numerous skin areas, such as:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Face:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; The most common place for acne to appear on the face is around the forehead and cheeks.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Chest:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Hormonal acne on the chest usually appears as a rash of small red bumps that can look like a sunburn.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Back&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: Back acne usually starts as blackheads or whiteheads on the shoulders and upper back, spreading to more concentrated areas over time.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Buttocks:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Buttocks are one of the most common places for hormonal acne because sweat can irritate pores in this area and cause acne.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ul&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormonal Acne in Pregnancy&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Other than teenagers, the population most affected by hormonal acne are pregnant women because hormonal acne affects most pregnant women in the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-during-pregnancy-treatments-causes" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;second and third trimesters of pregnancy&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The two types of hormonal acne affecting pregnant women are:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Acne due to the rise in androgen levels, or male hormones:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; This type is commonly seen in women during their second trimester and lasts until the end of the third.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Acne due to the decline in estrogen levels or female hormones: &lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This type is commonly seen later in pregnancy. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ul&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6662/isotretinoin-oral/details" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Accutane (Isotretinoin)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is an oral medication for treating severe acne, but you should be careful about taking it during pregnancy as it can cause nasty side effects to a developing fetus.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cystic Acne&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellhealth.com/types-of-acne-15762#:~:text=That%20means%20every%20skin%20care,mild%2C%20moderate%2C%20and%20severe." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cystic acne is a severe form of acne&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; caused by a buildup of bacteria and oil in the hair follicle and can be painful, taking weeks or months to heal. Dry skin is a common problem that may result from an infection, a reaction to certain medications or aging. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In mild cases, topical treatments applied twice daily can be effective. In more severe cases, cleansing three times daily and sometimes taking oral antibiotics is recommended. In most severe cases, it can be treated with a corticosteroid injection called triamcinolone. This injection into the lesion aims to reduce inflammation and scarring.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Will Hormonal Acne Go Away?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are many ways to deal with hormonal acne, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The best way to find out what works for you is through trial and error over time. The best ways to get rid of hormonal acne are:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Clearing your skin of dead skin cells;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Exfoliating twice a week;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Using gentle products that don't irritate the skin.&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; You can use makeup removers, baby soap or natural skincare products such as cucumber slices.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Using a hydrocortisone cream.&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Hydrocortisone reduces inflammation and is good for all types of skin.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Using a benzoyl peroxide cream or gel that you apply to your skin.&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Benzoyl peroxide has antibacterial properties and can help treat acne.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ul&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Treat Hormonal Acne&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormonal Acne Supplements&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are many different types of supplements available on the market for acne reduction, and they work in various ways. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One popular supplement contains &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/vitamin-a-for-acne" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;vitamin A&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which helps reduce sebum production in the skin pores and reduces inflammation. You can also find supplements containing&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/zinc-for-acne" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; zinc&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which helps reduce inflammation, kill bacteria and decrease the number of acne bumps. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You can also try supplementing with green tea extract and caffeine, which may help prevent clogged pores.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Some people swear by &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-for-acne" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;vitamin C supplements&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to reduce the severity of acne and control breakouts. This is due to vitamin C being a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin against the irritants in cosmetics and environmental pollutants. It also helps control excess sebum production, promoting acne formation. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You can find supplements that contain &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321273#_noHeaderPrefixedContent" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;aloe vera gel&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which offers relief from dryness and irritation caused by acne. Aloe also has anti-inflammatory properties that help treat inflammation and reduce redness.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormonal Acne and Accutane&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The standard treatment options for acne are topical creams and antibiotics. However, these treatments are only temporary and will not cure the condition completely. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.aocd.org/page/Accutane" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Accutane (Isotretinoin)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is a medication that has been used for over 30 years to treat severe acne that has not responded to other treatments, such as antibiotics or topical creams. Accutane should be used only in severe acne cases characterized by large, painful cysts and scarring.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormonal Acne and Retinol&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hormonal acne can be caused by an imbalance in the body's natural hormone levels. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/retinol-for-acne" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Retinol&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, a form of vitamin A, can be used to remedy hormonal acne. It helps reduce inflammation and redness, unclogs pores and helps with acne scars. Retinol also reduces fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation problems while improving the overall appearance of your skin.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Treat Hormonal Acne Naturally at Home&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Natural remedies for hormonal acne are cheaper and maybe more gentle on the skin. In addition, they do not have as many side effects as using harsh chemicals on the face.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Here are some natural remedies for hormonal acne:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin and flush out toxins from your body.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Apply ice packs on your face for 15 minutes every day.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Eat foods rich in antioxidants, like blueberries, strawberries, dark chocolate or spinach.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Use &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://tasty-yummies.com/how-to-make-your-own-apple-cider-vinegar-facial-toner/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;apple cider vinegar&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; as a toner.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ul&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Now that you know more about hormonal acne, you are better prepared to face future breakouts and prevent them in the first place. As always, consult your doctor to find out if you're at risk for or dealing with hormonal acne and what else you can do to keep your skin healthy.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Hormonal-Acne.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/hormonal-acne/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18689</ID> <title>Does an Orgasm Take Two to Tango? Health Benefits of Solo vs. Shared Orgasms</title> <publishDate>2022-07-25 19:44:40</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_52 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_56"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_59 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_51 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_153 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_154 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_155 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_55 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Whether you're single, in a committed relationship or somewhere in between, you deserve a fulfilling sex life! Unfortunately, poor communication and cultural stigma surrounding sexuality often make it challenging to achieve fulfilling sex lives. But, no matter how difficult, overcoming these barriers and understanding your body will be worth the effort!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Does Masturbation Have Health Benefits?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It may come as a surprise, but the answer is yes! Solo orgasms provide various benefits to your physical and mental health, and it's essential to understand their potential value. Research has demonstrated that white blood cells, especially those that fight off infection, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://bigthink.com/health/health-benefits-of-masturbation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;increase during sexual arousal and orgasm&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This benefit should not be underestimated since white blood cells are a critical element of our immune systems.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another unexpected benefit of orgasm is headache relief. One &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://bigthink.com/health/health-benefits-of-masturbation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; found that over 50% of migraine sufferers found their pain decreased after orgasm. Of those who suffer from cluster headaches, however, 50% said that sexual arousal and orgasm worsened their headache symptoms. So, while masturbation and orgasm are not a cure-all for severe headaches, we shouldn't rule them out either.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The last physical health benefit worth mentioning has to do with sleep. Anything we can do to improve our sleep should be considered! Research has indicated that masturbation and orgasm can help in this regard. Sexual activity releases &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.humnutrition.com/blog/health-benefits-of-masturbation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;oxytocin and vasopressin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, hormones that help your body regulate stress. Higher levels of these hormones will not only make your day more pleasant; they'll help you drift off to sleep faster, too!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;To experience an increased level of oxytocin is to become less anxious, which means that orgasms might help those who suffer from social anxiety. Research indicates that over &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mhanational.org/conditions/social-anxiety-disorder#:~:text=Fifteen%20million%2C%20or%20seven%20percent,disorder%20and%20major%20depressive%20disorder." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;15 million Americans&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; currently deal with this type of anxiety, so it is by no means an isolated issue. If you're one of them, the oxytocin increase resulting from orgasm might be worth exploring.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Orgasms Really Affect My Mental Health?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A healthy relationship with masturbation, for many people, leads to increased confidence in their bodies. This increased confidence, in turn, leads to a more generalized boost in self-esteem. One &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01614576.1991.11074029" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; found that women in relationships who masturbate have higher self-esteem than women in relationships who do not masturbate. Masturbation and orgasms aren't the only ways to boost your self-esteem, but they're worth trying!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In addition to the anxiety-reducing effects of oxytocin, sexual activity and orgasms provide other helpful hormones. One example is endorphins, which you might have heard about in the context of exercise. These feel-good hormones are responsible for the "runners' high" phenomenon, providing a sort of natural high resulting from vigorous physical activity. It's no surprise, then, that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicinenet.com/is_sex_good_for_depression/article.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;endorphins can also come from sexual activity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, whether solo or with a partner.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Is the "Orgasm Gap"?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This phrase, which has been picking up a lot of traction recently, refers to the different rates of orgasms experienced by men and women. Even in relationships, for example, it's reported that men experience orgasms considerably more frequently than women. One &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/stress-and-sex/201711/close-the-disconnect-between-women-s-self-partner-pleasure" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; found that 85% of men and only 65% of women reported experiencing orgasms during their last episode of relationship sex.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The good news is that there is a solution, and it's easier to come by than you might think. A benefit of masturbation is becoming more familiar with your body, your processes of sexual arousal and the stimulation type you need to reach orgasm. This is the key to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/stress-and-sex/201711/close-the-disconnect-between-women-s-self-partner-pleasure" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;closing the orgasm gap&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;: communicate with your partner what kind of stimulation brings you to orgasm when you're on your own and add that stimulation when you're engaging in sexual activity together. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This process will require you to pay additional attention to your communication, but it will be worth it! Whether you're in a relationship or not, you deserve to understand your body and your needs, and, hopefully, these physical and mental health benefits will be enough of an encouragement to improve your sex life!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Orgasm.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/does-an-orgasm-take-two-to-tango-health-benefits-of-solo-vs-shared-orgasms/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18666</ID> <title>Practice, Research, Business: A View of Plastic Surgery with Dr. Daniel J. Gould, MD, Ph.D.</title> <publishDate>2022-07-24 19:36:13</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_53 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_57"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_60 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_52 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_156 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_157 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_158 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_56 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The medical profession is a continuous progression of new medicines, techniques and knowledge developed through theory and applied research. The combination of science and business promotes the restoration of good health. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Daniel J. Gould, MD, Ph.D., employs his dual degrees to embrace both theory and application. He has played key roles in businesses where he contributes to his patients' well-being and the advancement of science.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Gould is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Dr. Gould Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, California. His &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://drgouldplasticsurgery.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;research&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; has produced hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and presentations on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Gould is also involved in other health and wellness-related businesses.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"It allows me to contribute on a deeper level and change the way I approach each patient, my practice and my contributions back to science," Dr. Gould said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Starting a Career&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Gould followed in his physician father's footsteps while pursuing his affinity towards research. Mentors pushed him toward an MD Ph.D. program and encouraged his developing love for reconstruction and plastic surgery.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I became more focused on bioengineering and tissue engineering. That was a great overlap for reconstructive surgery. Now, I like taking care of patients, researching and putting those two things together to improve outcomes," Dr. Gould said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Practice: Restoring Patients' Well-Being&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Gould's practice involves anti-aging procedures for the face, breast and abdomen, including the state-of-the-art deep plane facelift and drainless tummy tuck.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"There's an overlap between science and surgery with facial aging," Dr. Gould said. "It's challenging—the technical skill, perioperative management, understanding aging and what patients need and want. My practice is all about allowing the patient to recognize who they see in the mirror. We're here to make you look better, not different."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;For Dr. Gould, success means the patient looks natural, not like they've had work done. He is essentially returning things to their natural state.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I'm putting your anatomy back where it belongs. I don't want people thinking, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;I want to be a 10&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. I don't create strange, unnatural beauty," Dr. Gould explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Patient Cases&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;His goal of resetting natural balance produces happy patients. He gave an example of a woman who, after having babies, developed weakness in her abdominal core muscles.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"She had urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction. With one surgery, I can put her muscles back together. I can give her body back," Dr. Gould said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Other patients come in for breast augmentations, not to enlarge their breasts but to correct an imbalance. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"My ideal breast augmentation is when you look at the patient and have no idea they had surgery. They're not going beyond natural anatomy," Dr. Gould added.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Gould does not perform or promise miracles. Instead, he helps patients understand that procedures are consistent with the patient's health, skin condition and natural body type, not what they see on television or social media.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"The deep plane facelift, for example, is all about releasing tension and putting the structures back where they belong. I don't see myself as a special cultivator of beauty. I see myself as an anatomist or a scientist," Dr. Gould said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Research: Contributing to Science&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"My residency and Ph.D. were focused on researching ways to further the science of plastic surgery. As a result, I've written about 120 peer-reviewed publications, and I've given about 600 talks at big meetings," Dr. Gould said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;He is currently an editor for the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://academic.oup.com/asj" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aesthetic Surgery Journal&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and has also helped launch a new &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://journals.lww.com/prsgo/pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;open-access journal&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, publishing several articles in each. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"The new journal is more focused on consumers and giving transparent information about plastic surgery. My goal is to ultimately be a high-level editor or maybe editor-in-chief for one of those journals," he said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_image et_pb_image_1"&gt; &lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap "&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/thumbnail_image2.jpeg.jpg" alt="" title="thumbnail_image2.jpeg" class="wp-image-18670" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_57 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Business: Multiple Paths to Promoting Wellness&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Managing a Business and Creating a Niche&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;To practice medicine and conduct research successfully, a doctor must also manage the business side. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I've learned how to manage a practice, open an office, grow, develop marketing and leads and create a brand. I think one of the biggest mistakes doctors make is failing to establish a niche," Dr. Gould said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Doctors often see themselves as jacks of all trades, but they cannot do everything. Instead, they should focus on two or three things they do well and become known for that. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"In a market largely based on referrals from other providers, other doctors won't send you referrals if you overlap with what they do. You're a competitor. You're a better referral source as an expert in a niche," Dr. Gould explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Partnerships&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A doctor with an established niche can form partnerships with doctors with other expertise, thus building the community of medicine.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"By building those partnerships, relying on your medical and surgical colleagues and developing referral streams, you can grow. But you need to network in order to know who to send people to," Dr. Gould said. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;As a community, the more interlinked doctors are, the more supportive they are of one another, and the better their patients' outcomes will be.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;YouTube&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;On his YouTube channel, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/DrGouldPlasticSurgery" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr Gould Plastic Surgery&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, he discusses such topics as procedures, patient expectations and aftercare.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;b&gt;"&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;YouTube Health reached out to me to become a part of a vetted medical knowledge base. As a result, I'm creating knowledge about cosmetic procedures focused around outcomes," Dr. Gould said. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Love My Delta, Milk + Honey Spas&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://lovemydelta.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Love My Delta&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, a cloud-based software platform, offers analytical tools for people working in beauty, wellness and aesthetic medicine. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I've created a company called Love My Delta with a few friends and partners. We're using crowdsourcing to identify outcomes in aesthetic surgery and aesthetic beauty," Dr. Gould added.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Gould is also the medical service operator for &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://milkandhoneyspa.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Milk + Honey&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; spas. This business features medical aesthetics along with traditional high-quality spa services and products.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We're hoping to become an industry leader in aesthetic beauty and expand our locations," Dr. Gould said. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Gould has created a successful practice by identifying his niche within the plastic surgery field, advancing the science through research and publications and getting involved in other businesses that serve aesthetic patients. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"You have to have your hand in a few different things to push your practice," Dr. Gould said. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The real bottom line, though, is the patients.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"The one thing that motivates me is the best results for the patients,” Dr. Gould explained. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Between the care a doctor provides and referrals for other needed services, patients get the best information and treatment.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"That's the whole goal—the best care always," Dr. Gould concluded. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Dr.-Daniel-J.-Gould-MD-Ph.D..png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/practice-research-business-a-view-of-plastic-surgery-with-dr-daniel-j-gould-md-ph-d/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18658</ID> <title>"It's Not Just All In Your Head": Post Covid Brain Fog: What We Know So Far And Strategies To Help Lift The Cloud</title> <publishDate>2022-07-24 18:54:31</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_54 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_58"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_61 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_53 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_159 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_160 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_161 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_58 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ever experienced mental fogginess, slowness during recuperation from illness? Simply put, you may be suffering from ‘Brain fog’. Though not a medical term, it’s not such a simple medical condition. More recently, brought to the fore by the onslaught of COVID -19. Brain fog is a common, yet troublesome cognitive impairment phenomenon experienced by many patients weeks to months after suffering from COVID-19, to describe feeling mentally slow or feeling not as sharp a thought process as before. This is part of the CDC's umbrella term 'Long COVID-19' or Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), which includes the various symptoms someone can experience during or even after being infected with COVID-19. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;PASC occurs when patients experience persistent, new or recurring symptoms four or more weeks after the initial COVID-19 infection. Even weeks after being infected with COVID-19, some people will continue to experience symptoms, including brain fog, which can stick around for many weeks after you've recovered from the disease. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Symptoms of Brain Fog&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Brain fog is a broad term that encompasses a variety of symptoms. The commonality through these symptoms is some impaired mental function that can make it harder to think clearly, hence the term 'fog.' For example, individuals may have a hard time finding the right word or remembering the names of things. They may also find it hard to focus or multitask. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Brain fog impairs more than one's ability to focus; it can also slow or impair brain function. Normally, the brain controls and accesses information by encoding and retrieving, meaning the brain encodes information into its memory to remember it, and the brain retrieves it from where it was encoded to access that information. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;However, brain fog slows this process, making it harder to learn, encode or retrieve the information you already know. This process also makes decision-making more difficult by reducing the brain's processing speed and creating mental fatigue. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The most severe symptom of COVID-19 brain fog affects middle-aged adults and is called dysexecutive syndrome. It occurs when someone has a hard time organizing information with impairments in speed processing, memory encoding, recall and category fluency, implying an impact on frontoparietal and frontostriatal brain networks. Basically, the brain has a reduced ability to function, indicating that the brain networks responsible for motor, behavioral and mental functions may be affected.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Researchers agree that COVID-19 may be behind this syndrome. According to a research letter published in October 2021 in JAMA Network Open, researchers tested 740 COVID-19 patients in New York with a mean age of 49. Even months after being infected with COVID-19, individuals manifested a dysexecutive syndrome. Researchers also noted that the subjects tested positive for COVID-19 or its antibodies and had no history of dementia. Therefore, their symptoms were caused by COVID-19's effects on their brains, not underlying dementia. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;b&gt;“Not just in your head”: &lt;/b&gt;&lt;b&gt;Causes of Brain Fog&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Our learning of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is occurring in real time, but one thing is clear: brain fog is not entirely a psychological phenomenon. Instead, brain fog has been found to have a biologic basis and can affect anyone who was infected with COVID-19, not limited to those that were extremely sick, hospitalized or on a ventilator. The exact cause of brain fog is difficult to determine, but some of the most common factors are: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Poor brain oxygenation caused by brain injury, lung/multi-organ damage or ventilator use;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Inflammation of the coverings of the brain (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, viral encephalitis) or blood vessels (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, microvascular injury);&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cytokine storm (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e., &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;heightened immune response to the virus or its remnants in the body) leading to a post-infectious autoimmune response;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Autonomic and small fiber neuropathy from complex viral mechanisms could potentially lead to dizziness and lightheadedness.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ol&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;These factors can affect the brain's surrounding tissue or the amount of oxygen the brain receives, resulting in impaired function and the brain fog associated with COVID-19. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Other medical conditions can contribute to COVID-19 brain fog as well. According to a study of non-hospitalized post-COVID-19 patients' cerebrospinal fluid (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e., &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;the fluid which bathes and surrounds the brain), even COVID-19 patients without severe conditions still experienced brain inflammation. This implies that the body's inflammatory response to COVID was still present even months after the initial infection and that the body's inflammatory systems, which are activated during the infection, were still active even after the infection had passed. The researchers also found that patients with brain fog were also likely to have conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, heavy alcohol and stimulant use, and learning disabilities.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_image et_pb_image_2"&gt; &lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap "&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/thumbnail_image1.jpeg" alt="" title="thumbnail_image1" class="wp-image-18787" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_59 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Management of Post-COVID-19 Brain Fog&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Make a diary of your symptoms and seek advice from a doctor through medical examination, lab tests, imaging and neuropsychological studies as deemed appropriate. There are myriad situations which could cause or potentiate brain fog symptoms. Unhealthy diet, poor sleep quality, chronic stress, hormonal changes, may be contributory, as have been the use of certain medications and medical conditions such as anemia, post chemotherapy, and depression, to name a few.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Strategies for Beating COVID-19 Brain Fog&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Once your doctor is sure that there is no other explanation for cognitive difficulties, certain lifestyle strategies may be of help.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Mindful Planning&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Plan, prioritize and pace your daily schedule with time for rest, rotating between mental and physical tasks. Write down on sticky notes, planners and calendars to place on your refrigerator, laptop or door for easy access and repetition. This strategy can help you avoid forgetting important things because of your brain fog.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You should also maintain a symptom diary to find triggers and helpful avoidance strategies. Such a diary will help you better understand your brain fog, what makes it worse and what helps. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ask for assistance when overwhelmed. In some instances, professional cognitive therapy may be helpful to your recovery process. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Mindful Sleep&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to The Sleep Foundation, adults (18-64 years) need an average of 7-9 hours of rest every night. Sleep helps the brain and body recharge appropriately for optimal functioning and healing. It is especially important when you're struggling with brain fog impairing your brain function. So make sure you get extra sleep to give your brain all the energy it can to push through brain fog. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;To help you sleep better at night, try to avoid coffee after 2 p.m., create a relaxing ritual like a warm bath before bedtime, turn off the TV, block blue light on digital devices at least a few hours prior and use the bedroom only for sleep and intimacy.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt; &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Mindful Diet&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The brain-healthy Mediterranean or a plant-predominant diet consisting of whole grains, beans, olive oil, fruits, nuts, vegetables and fish has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Avoid processed foods that are inflammatory. Remember to drink water throughout the day and avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Mindful Exercise &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Exercise can be very beneficial even when you're battling brain fog. However, start slow, with gentle movements, stretching from a few minutes a few times a day, and build up in a graduated manner toward working out 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Remember to warm up and cool down before and after workouts to get the best out of your session.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt; &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Socialize Mindfully!&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Be intentional when socializing. Surround yourself with mindful, mood-enhancing people and activities. You can also pursue reading, listening to music, breathwork, practicing mindfulness, meditation and maintaining a grateful and positive attitude.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Be Mindful of Other Conditions &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Make sure that you keep an eye out for other conditions as well. Seek medical help for conditions such as refractory headache, numbness, hypertension, diabetes, depression, substance abuse and liver, kidney, heart, lung or other multi-organ involvements.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Luckily, brain fog is unlikely to become a permanent condition. An optimistic study shed some light at the end of the tunnel that this fog may not be permanent. The latest research published in Brain Communications suggested that COVID-19 survivors showed a substantial reduction in attention retention on demanding tasks up to nine months after COVID-19 and an even worse memory for up to six months. The researchers found that previous COVID-19 patients had brain functions that were not significantly different from normal after 6-9 months.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Remember, our brain functions best with a balance of rest and repetition for rewiring and eventually getting back on track. The same is true with dealing with brain fog. The best way to overcome it is simply giving your brain enough rest. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Brain fog and other persistent symptoms of COVID-19 may seem challenging to those experiencing them. After all, dealing with symptoms of an illness you think you've gotten over is discouraging. Optimistic research with newer/ repurposed medicines is on the horizon. But, with these strategies, tips, and a tincture of time, you should be able to weather the fog.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;**This article  is a compilation from different medical sources and the author's views and opinions are her own. This is to raise awareness on medical issues, not personal medical advice. Please ask your doctor about any questions/ concerns. Life is precious***&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Post-Covid-Brain-Fog.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/its-not-just-in-your-head-post-covid-brain-fog-what-we-know-far-and-strategies-help-lift-the-cloud-2/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18527</ID> <title>Augmented Reality and Medicine</title> <publishDate>2022-07-22 22:30:39</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_55 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_59"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_62 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_54 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_162 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_163 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_164 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_60 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The future is now, thanks to science! As our technology advances and our digital world continues to develop, the line between the real world and the digital becomes increasingly blurred. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One example of this blurring is augmented reality (AR). Through augmented reality, we can put parts of our digital world on top of our physical one. Typically, we think about augmented reality's implications for entertainment, shopping experiences and social media. But beyond those industries, AR could completely reimagine how we experience and receive medical care. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;What is Augmented Reality? &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Augmented reality is best understood as an interactive experience of a real-world environment. That means that through AR, you're able to interact with your real-world environment through digital technology. Often, this means using a combination of cameras and displays to project a digital image over something in the real world to allow us to interact and change it in real-time. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A good example of AR technology is Google's old &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.techtarget.com/iotagenda/definition/Google-Glass" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Google Glass&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; project. Google Glass worked by projecting digital images through a pair of glasses so that you could see the digital images in the real world. It allowed users not only to see the real world but also to see it digitally enhanced. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;How is Augmented Reality Used Daily?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Even more than just the example of Google Glass, currently, with even more developed AR technology, we cannot only place digital things into a physical world, but we can also make those digital images interactive and reactive. You can use AR all across your daily life. You may have come across some of these common applications of AR already, but even if you haven't, AR will likely continue to be a bigger and bigger part of daily life. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Visualizing New Finishes or Furniture in Your House&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;AR technology can help you remodel or decorate your home. Through AR, you can see what that couch, paint color, finish, etc., would look like in your house before you buy it and have to go through the trouble of installing it. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With AR, you can simply pull up a digital image of your new sofa and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://smartteksas.com/blog/what-is-augmented-reality-ar-and-how-does-it-work/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;see it in your current living room.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; This lets you make more informed decisions as a consumer because instead of taking a risk on a new couch, paint color or home, you know how that new product will look in your home or what your new home will look like. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Bringing Labels on Wine Bottles to Life&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;AR is also being used daily to make labels on wine bottles more interactive, which might be the future of product decoration. For example, the company &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.livingwinelabels.com/en-us" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Living Wine Labels&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; uses augmented reality to turn their labels into an interactive storytelling experience and incorporate fun experiences that add value to their wine for their customers. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Translating Signs into Different Languages&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Perhaps the most exciting usage of AR in our daily lives is the ability to translate street signs and other text into different languages using our phones' cameras. One of the companies that spearheaded this technology is &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wired.com/2010/12/word-lens-augmented-reality-app-translates-street-signs-instantly/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Word Lens&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, a smartphone app that allows users to use their cameras to translate street signs and text in real-time. Apps like &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/words-lens/id1489872903" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Word Lens&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; work almost magically by replacing the original text with translated text in the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.wired.com/2010/12/word-lens-augmented-reality-app-translates-street-signs-instantly/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;same font and size as the original&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, giving you a digital window into a world where all the signs and words are translated into your language of choice. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_image et_pb_image_3"&gt; &lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap "&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/professional-scientist-wearing-virtual-reality-glasses-using-medical-inovation-lab-team-researchers-working-with-equipment-device-future-medicine-healthcare-professional-vision-simulator.jpg" alt="" title="professional-scientist-wearing-virtual-reality-glasses-using-medical-inovation-lab-team-researchers-working-with-equipment-device-future-medicine-healthcare-professional-vision-simulator" class="wp-image-18535" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_61 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;How Does Augmented Reality Work?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;So how exactly does all of this seemingly magical technology work? Through a concept called Volumetric Video. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Volumetric Video works &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.immersivelearning.news/2022/03/16/what-is-volumetric-video-and-why-it-matters-to-the-enterprise/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;by capturing a three-dimensional object or space,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; allowing that same object or space to be digitally viewed as three-dimensional. It gets its name from its ability to capture volume or the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.immersivelearning.news/2022/03/16/what-is-volumetric-video-and-why-it-matters-to-the-enterprise/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;three-dimensional space an object occupies&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. By reproducing that volume, you can make an object digitally interactive as it would be in the real world. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Augmented reality relies on this technology to capture an object and space in 3D and overlay additional information to that image. For example, AR can use volumetric video to accurately scan a room and then put a digital image of a physical object that can be digitally interacted with as though it was actually in the room.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;How Can Augmented Reality Impact Medicine?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;AR can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.magicleap.com/news/how-ar-is-revolutionizing-healthcare-today-magic-leap#:~:text=Using%20an%20AR%20platform%2C%20patients,doctor%20is%20doing%20and%20why" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;reinvent how patients experience medical care&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; by helping them visualize results, make medical advice more memorable and explain how a treatment or illness will affect them.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Prosthetics &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In prosthetics, AR can be used to give patients an idea of what their prosthetic might look like and how they would be able to move and interact with it. The doctor could use AR to help explain how the prosthetic would work in a way that the patient would better understand because they would be digitally interacting with it as the doctor explains it. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Aesthetics&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;AR can also be used for aesthetic medical procedures like plastic surgery, implants or fillers. The hardest thing about these procedures for the patient is the unknown of whether they'll like the aesthetic changes from the surgery. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With AR, the patient will see the proposed aesthetic change before the surgery and be able to move around with it, interact with it and work with the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/augmented-reality-technology-may-help-guide-plastic-and-reconstructive-surgery#:~:text=A%20plastic%20surgery%20research%20group,Open%C2%AE%2C%20the%20official%20open%2D" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;doctor to tailor it to their preferences&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This will lead to greater patient satisfaction and easier communication for doctors. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The same principle applies to smaller things like hair color changes. Through AR, you'll be able to see what your new hair color or style will look like on you as you interact with it. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The same is true for choosing a pair or style of glasses. You won't need to have a physical pair of glasses with you anymore. Instead, you can use AR technology to try on and interact with new glasses from anywhere! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Closing Thoughts about Augmented Reality and Medicine &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Augmented reality is slowly changing many levels of our society, particularly how consumers and patients experience their products or care. In medicine, AR makes it easier to visualize and understand outcomes, removing the anxiety of undergoing prosthetic or aesthetic procedures through clearer communication.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Making it easier and simpler for doctors to explain complex medical procedures and outcomes to patients and for patients to understand and give feedback on proposed outcomes. 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These two technologies are being applied to the medical field to completely revise how patients...&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/doctor-virtual-glasses-laboratory-conducts-experiment-nanotechnology-medicine.jpg</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/research/news/augmented-reality-and-medicine/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18444</ID> <title>Your Stress Is Negatively Affecting the Health of Your Teeth</title> <publishDate>2022-07-08 21:59:40</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_56 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_62"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_66 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_55 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_165 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_166 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_167 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_63 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/teeth-grinding-bruxism" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Stress&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity and one of the main reasons for grinding or clenching teeth. The muscles in the jaw tighten when stressed and put pressure on the teeth and gums. This pressure wears away at the tooth enamel and makes it more prone to decay or breakage.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding and clenching, the everyday habits of people who suffer from stress. These unwanted habits can lead to tooth stress fractures or even tooth loss. Bruxism can also cause problems with the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.physio-pedia.com/Bruxism_and_Temporomandibular_Disorders#:~:text=A%20number%20of%20studies%20have,mysofascial%20pain%20without%20disc%20displacement." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;temporomandibular joint (TMJ)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Pain may develop if you grind or clench your teeth often because of stress. In severe cases, TMJ problems can be debilitating and require surgery. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Luckily, there are several ways to combat stress and protect your oral health. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Meditation&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You can reduce stress through meditation. Meditation has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the brain, reduce anxiety and depression and improve sleep quality. Meditation has also been shown to lower cortisol levels in the bloodstream (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e., &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;the hormone associated with chronic stress and high blood pressure).&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One type of meditation has been researched and shown to reduce stress, called&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellmind.com/benefits-of-mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-88861#:~:text=Mindfulness%2DBased%20Stress%20Reduction%20(MBSR,stress%20and%20undermine%20your%20health." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The purpose of an MBSR program is to help people reduce stress and anxiety levels by learning how to be more mindful or aware in their daily lives. It is a secular form of meditation available anywhere and at any time and does not require any special equipment beyond a willingness to learn about mindfulness. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Breathing Exercises&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2020/10/07/how-stress-affects-your-brain-and-how-to-reverse-it/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Andrew Huberman&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; of Stanford University, we can reduce stress by changing our breathing patterns. Called a "physiological sigh," this technique involves taking a couple of deep breaths in quick succession and exhaling completely. A physiological sigh employs the tiny gas sacks in your lungs, or the alveoli, which expand the amount of air you can take in. These bags deflate over time, reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood and causing carbon dioxide levels to rise. This process causes the physiological response towards relaxation.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Massage&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A massage can help you relax and release the tension in your muscles. It also improves blood circulation. According to a new &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/massage-measurably-reduces-stress" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; by psychologists at the University of Konstanz in Germany, a massage can measurably reduce stress. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Massage therapists can use many different types of contact during a session, including kneading, tapping, rolling and vibration. These various methods are used to improve blood circulation and stimulate relaxation. In addition, some may find that using oils or lotions during a massage can also bring about benefits.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Getting a Night Guard&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aside from addressing underlying stress, one has to address the symptoms of stress-induced teeth grinding. A night guard can help alleviate some of the symptoms of teeth grinding by creating a cushion. A night guard is a device placed over the upper or lower teeth. Night guards can help prevent tooth wear from grinding by cushioning the hard surfaces of the teeth. These devices are typically made from a silicone material with a wire mesh covering. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;While there are many ways to reduce teeth grinding, such as wearing a mouth guard, the best way is to remove stress, the likely cause of teeth grinding, from our lives. Practicing yoga, meditating, deep breathing and getting enough sleep are ways to combat stress. Aside from practicing stress reduction, it would help to talk to your dentist about the best treatment options for your teeth.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_signup_0 et_pb_newsletter_layout_left_right et_pb_newsletter et_pb_subscribe clearfix et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_dark et_pb_newsletter_description_no_title et_pb_newsletter_description_no_content"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_newsletter_description et_multi_view_hidden"&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/stress.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/your-stress-is-negatively-affecting-the-health-of-your-teeth/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18435</ID> <title>Want to Live Longer? Floss Your Teeth</title> <publishDate>2022-07-07 21:43:24</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_57 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_63"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_67 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_56 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_168 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_169 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_170 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_64 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Do you believe that toothbrushing and scheduled dental visits are enough for proper dental care? Both your dentist and the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/flossing" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;American Dental Association&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; might think otherwise and recommend including flossing in your oral care regimen because flossing can keep not only your teeth but your entire body healthy as well.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Flossing and Longevity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to a published &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.labroots.com/trending/cardiology/22181/brushing-flossing-help-live-2" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, researchers have found a significant link between longevity and a comprehensive oral care regimen. The said study covered older adults between the age of 52 to 105 years old, with a median of 81 years old. It was done to measure the connection between oral health and mortality. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The researchers found significant links between oral hygiene and mortality. Those who never brushed their teeth at night had a 20%-35% increased mortality risk. People who did not visit their dentist in the last 12 months increased their mortality risk by 30%-50%, and those who never flossed their teeth increased their mortality risk by 30%. The same study found that the number of missing teeth was correlated with mortality risk.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Tooth Loss and Mortality Rate&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Our oral health has always been a dependable indicator of how well our entire body is doing. A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/want-to-know-how-long-you-will-live-count-your-teeth" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; on tooth loss and mortality found that people who had 20 or more teeth at the age of 70 had a significantly better chance of surviving longer than those with less than 20 teeth. Gum disease or poor oral health are regularly linked to a wide range of general health such as heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, dementia and pregnancy issues. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Flossing, along with brushing, prevents two interconnected diseases: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.beavercreekdentalgrp.com/blog/245496-flossing-for-a-longer-life-expectancy" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;gum disease and heart disease&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. The absence of flossing can onset gum inflammation, which, in turn, facilitates the occurrence of a chronic bacterial infection in your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth can descend into your arteries—the more bacteria attack your respiratory system, the more your arteries will become inflamed and narrow. The situation will impede your heart's proper function and facilitate heart disease.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Gum Disease and Diabetes&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Diabetes management is a lifelong commitment, and good dental care is an integral part of that. A person with diabetes is less capable &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes/art-20043848#:~:text=Early%20gum%20disease%20(gingivitis).,called%20tartar%20(dental%20calculus)." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;of fighting bacteria in the oral cavity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you are a diabetic person, dental care matters. People with type I and type II diabetes already have a substantially higher risk of dental problems than those who do not. This is because &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://meyerdentist.com/7-reasons-you-really-should-floss-every-day/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;elevated blood sugar levels&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; generate sugary saliva, which increases plaque production and the risk of tooth decay. When you add in a lack of flossing, you've got yourself a recipe for severe gum disease.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Unfortunately, diabetic patients have poor wound healing, making it more difficult to recover from gum disease and its complications. Over time, this might result in abscesses, fungal infections and tooth loss.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is It Better to Floss Before or After Brushing?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The crucial aspect of cleaning between your teeth is consistency. It doesn't matter when you floss your teeth as long as you do it thoroughly. Allot some time early in the morning or at night before going to bed to floss your teeth before or after you brush your teeth.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's never too late to start caring for your teeth. Making positive adjustments in our oral health can help us delay the decline of our health as we age. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Taking appropriate care of our teeth can help us avoid oral health diseases that are linked to other health problems.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/floss.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/want-to-live-longer-floss-your-teeth/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18427</ID> <title>Why Is It Hard for People to Stop Drinking Alcohol?</title> <publishDate>2022-07-06 21:30:29</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_58 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_64"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_68 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_57 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_171 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_172 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_173 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_65 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You probably know someone whose life has been negatively impacted by alcohol. Unfortunately, many adults who are otherwise completely intelligent and capable of making smart health decisions have trouble when trying to stop drinking alcohol. Why is this the case? What is it about alcohol that makes it so difficult to stop?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What's the Science Behind Drinking Alcohol?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We must first understand the effect that alcohol has on the brain. This information will go a long way in explaining why drinking is so appealing for so many people. The reality is that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.livescience.com/36084-alcohol-releases-endorphins-brain.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;alcohol releases endorphins&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which you might have heard about in the context of exercise. Endorphins are responsible for the phenomenon of "runners' high," where an elevated mood is reported due to intense physical exercise. Though drinking alcohol doesn't involve that type of exercise, it still activates these positive chemicals in your brain.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Although you might call these positive chemical effects "artificial," the emotional high from these chemicals is difficult to argue with. We all experience stress, sadness and anger, so we're naturally interested in substances like alcohol that can provide a fast release from negative emotions. Unfortunately, this is also the foundation for &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/alcohol-abuse" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;alcohol abuse&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Does Peer Pressure Really Make a Difference?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another factor to be considered is the position of alcohol within the broader culture. Whether we're talking about the entertainment industry or just local nightlife, the modern perception of alcohol is largely positive. Movies, television series and books often &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.peele.net/lib/sociocul.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;portray alcohol consumption positively&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, and this portrayal impacts the way that millions of us think about alcohol. Of course, every individual can make their own decisions about alcohol's place in their lives, but the cultural esteem granted to alcohol is sure to play a role for the average American.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In addition to the extensive cultural pressure, we should also consider &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-020-09060-2" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;peer pressure&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, often one of the elements paving the way for individuals to choose to drink, even if their relationship with alcohol has become a risk to their wellbeing. We have a responsibility to our friends and families to help them take care of themselves and be willing to have open and honest conversations about our consumption of alcohol and its effects.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Quitting Strategies Are Effective?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Despite the positive cultural perception of alcohol, we must acknowledge the serious risk to public health. Around &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.livescience.com/36084-alcohol-releases-endorphins-brain.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;80,000 deaths per year&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; are caused by excessive alcohol use in the United States, and one study has indicated that a third of American adults have experienced either alcoholism or alcohol abuse. Even if other people have their relationship with alcohol under control, we each have a responsibility to make healthy decisions for ourselves. If your alcohol consumption has become a risk for your physical or emotional health - or that of your loved ones - consider some effective quitting strategies.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The first step is to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/alcohol/how-to-stop-drinking#make-a-plan" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;determine how much you drink&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This will serve as a wake-up call, both emotionally and financially. Once you realize how the quantity and price of alcohol impact your health and budget, you'll discover a renewed determination to quit. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Second, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/alcohol/how-to-stop-drinking#make-a-plan" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;determine why you drink&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and brainstorm ways to meet those needs in healthier ways. If you drink alcohol to avoid negative emotions, for example, researching other ways to care for your mental health will be a worthwhile replacement.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Finally, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/alcohol/how-to-stop-drinking#talk-about-it" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;involve your loved ones and find a community&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Family and friends who care about you will support your decision to cut back on alcohol, and a community of people who have made the same choice for themselves is the most effective kind of support you can find.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/alcohol.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/why-is-it-hard-for-people-to-stop-drinking-alcohol/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18418</ID> <title/> <publishDate>2022-07-05 21:05:44</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_59 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_65"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_69 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_58 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_174 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_175 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_176 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_66 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You're never fully dressed without a smile, which is why you need to take care of your oral health. Regular visits to the dentist can help you take care of your pearly whites, but you also need to establish good oral habits. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You should choose the best foods for your gums and teeth for solid dental health. Remember that if it's good for your body, it should also be good for your teeth.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Are the Best Foods for Healthy Teeth and Gums?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The best foods for gums and teeth are low in sugar and acids. Foods such as leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, low-fat dairy products and lean protein are splendid choices for a healthy diet. These foods help protect your teeth from decay and gum disease while also providing essential nutrients to keep your mouth healthy. Generally, the best food for gums and teeth are the ones that are natural, unpacked and unprocessed.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Best Food for Healthy Gums and Teeth&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Leafy Green Vegetables &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Leafy Greens are some of the best foods you can eat for healthy teeth and gums. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are packed with nutrients that support oral health. They are low in sugar and high in fiber, which helps remove plaque from teeth. They also contain calcium, necessary for strong teeth.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Nuts and Seeds&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Nuts and seeds are another great source of nutrients for healthy teeth and gums. They are high in protein and low in sugar, which helps keep plaque from forming on teeth. They also contain minerals like calcium and phosphorus, necessary for strong teeth and bones.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Low-Fat Dairy Products &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt are fantastic for teeth and gums because they contain calcium and other minerals that support oral health. They are also a good protein source, which helps keep plaque from forming on teeth. Try to choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products to avoid adding too much sugar to your diet.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Lean Protein &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Protein is a fundamental nutrient not just for teeth and gums but for overall health as well. Protein helps prevent plaque from forming on teeth and supports oral health by providing essential minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. Choose lean protein sources like grilled chicken or fish, tofu or legumes.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Foods Low in Sugar and Acids &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Low-sugar and low-acid foods are the best choices for healthy teeth and gums. Choose foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein to keep your smile healthy and bright.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;After eating, one of the most important things you need is water. Drinking water after a meal is crucial for your dental health as it washes food particles and keeps your saliva levels high.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Causes Tooth Decay and Gum Disease?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by plaque build-up on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria and saliva. When plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar and cause gum inflammation and tooth decay. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and if left untreated, it can ruin the tissues connecting the teeth to the bones. Foods and drinks high in sugar and acidic content are the main culprits when it comes to tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, the issue is still reversible when in the early stage and if the teeth are not impacted.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you are looking for ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy, eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of these healthy foods. In addition, be sure to brush and floss regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. By taking these steps, you can help keep your smile healthy and bright for years to come.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/best-food.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/what-are-the-best-foods-for-healthy-teeth-gums/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18409</ID> <title>Diet and Mood, Cognition, Sleep</title> <publishDate>2022-07-05 20:52:39</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_60 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_66"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_70 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_59 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_177 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_178 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_179 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_67 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;People are often inundated with advertisements for books and seminars that promise radical lifestyle change simply as a result of a fad diet. Naturally, this can cause us to be skeptical, thinking that purveyors of such fad diets are simply trying to get rich quickly. However, getting to the bottom of it and deciding how to alter your diet for genuine change simply takes a little patience and research.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Role Does Diet Play In Your Mood?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Your diet can impact your mood by affecting your body's chemistry. For example, whole foods with complex carbohydrates (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;e.g., &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;beans, quinoa, rolled oats and sweet potatoes) can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://health.clevelandclinic.org/bad-mood-look-to-your-food/#:~:text=Food%20and%20your%20mood&amp;amp;text=Protein%20consumption%20(from%20foods%20like,your%20mood%2C%20motivation%20and%20concentration." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;increase the presence of serotonin in your brain&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, whose contribution includes &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-serotonin-425327" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;regulating your mood and maintaining your memory&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Other chemicals can be boosted by consuming other kinds of foods as well! Eating protein, for example, has been shown to increase levels of dopamine and norepinephrine. These chemicals &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://health.clevelandclinic.org/bad-mood-look-to-your-food/#:~:text=Food%20and%20your%20mood&amp;amp;text=Protein%20consumption%20(from%20foods%20like,your%20mood%2C%20motivation%20and%20concentration." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;boost your brain's ability to regulate mood, motivation and concentration&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. It's no surprise, then, that eating a diet with complex carbohydrates and proteins can help you have a more productive and enjoyable workday!&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;While these changes are significant and worth pursuing, you should note that mood improvements won't be instantaneous. If you alter your diet to increase these brain chemicals, you should &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://health.clevelandclinic.org/bad-mood-look-to-your-food/#:~:text=Food%20and%20your%20mood&amp;amp;text=Protein%20consumption%20(from%20foods%20like,your%20mood%2C%20motivation%20and%20concentration." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;expect improvements in two to three weeks&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. It won't be immediate - only fad diets and fraudulent strategies can promise that sort of rapid change. Instead, be patient and give your body time to adjust to a healthier lifestyle.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can Diet Boost Your Cognition?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Though we don't have space to lay out all of the scientific research here, the truth is that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324044#whole-grains" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;dietary changes may be the most effective way to boost your brain's function&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Some of the most helpful foods in this regard are oily fish such as tuna and salmon, dark chocolate, berries, avocados and eggs. It only takes a little bit of culinary creativity to add these items to meals throughout the day, and the benefits are more than worth it!&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Can a Better Diet Improve Your Sleep?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It may be a cliche, but it is best to avoid spicy foods before bed. Spicy food is known to cause heartburn, which is worsened by lying down. Since &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/better-sleep-3-simple-diet-tweaks#:~:text=For%20better%20sleep%3A%20Eat%20complex,t%20take%20long%20to%20digest." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;the backed-up acid has the potential to irritate your airway&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, falling asleep after eating spicy foods can become challenging. It's also best to avoid consuming alcohol before bed because &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/better-sleep-3-simple-diet-tweaks#:~:text=For%20better%20sleep%3A%20Eat%20complex,t%20take%20long%20to%20digest." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;it can wake you during an important stage of the sleep cycle once it wears off&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Although alcohol might make it easier to fall asleep after your head hits the pillow, the damage to the quality of your sleep isn't worth it in the end.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Rounding off our list of items to avoid are foods high in fat and protein. While protein-rich foods are beneficial to your dopamine and norepinephrine levels, there's a delicate balance. An excess of protein can negatively impact the quality of your sleep, partially because norepinephrine stimulates the brain. This is a boost for cognitive activity, of course, but it will make it &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2812689/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;harder to fall asleep&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; when the evening rolls around. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Whether you're avoiding foods to improve your sleep or seeking out foods to boost your brain's activity, it's now clear that small dietary changes can bring about significant life changes. So, if you'd like to create a lifestyle that supports your whole body's health, consider researching what foods will be the most helpful on your journey.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/mood.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/diet-and-mood-cognition-sleep/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18399</ID> <title>What Foods Are Easy on the Stomach?</title> <publishDate>2022-07-04 19:44:03</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_61 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_67"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_71 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_60 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_180 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_181 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_182 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_68 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Most of us barely think about how our stomachs will handle the food we put into them. Instead, we often eat whatever food sounds best to us at the time and trust that our body will be able to figure it out. With this mentality, it's not surprising that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/7316-indigestion-dyspepsia" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;25% of Americans&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; experience indigestion every year. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Luckily, combating indigestion and stomach pain is often just as simple as giving our stomach a break by eating foods easy on the stomach. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &amp;nbsp;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;What Causes an Upset Stomach?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;First, it's essential to understand what causes an upset stomach, indigestion and stomach pain. The root cause of indigestion is often dietary. Poor &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/7316-indigestion-dyspepsia" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;diet habits&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; from excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption, excessive fast eating and overly fatty, spicy or acidic foods can all contribute to an upset stomach. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Diet is not the only thing that can cause stomach pain or an upset stomach. Stress or anxiety and taking certain medications such as aspirin on an empty stomach can also &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/7316-indigestion-dyspepsia" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;cause indigestion&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Indigestion can also be caused by problems in your digestive tract from underlying conditions &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/7316-indigestion-dyspepsia" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;such as&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; gastritis, H. Pylori infection, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or even stomach cancer. All such conditions could explain indigestion that is unrelated to poor dietary habits, mental conditions or medications. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Improving your diet is an invaluable first step to easing an upset stomach and avoiding stomach pain. Another solid first step is understanding and incorporating more fiber. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &amp;nbsp;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;The Difference between Soluble and Insoluble Fiber&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dietary fiber is more than a buzzword for nutrition nuts; it's one of the first steps to creating a diet that makes your food easy to digest. Fiber is the part of plant foods that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/soluble-vs-insoluble-fiber#:~:text=There%20are%20two%20types%20of,includes%20plant%20cellulose%20and%20hemicellulose" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;does not get fully digested&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; by your body but rather passes through your digestive tract. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fiber is further divided into &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/soluble-vs-insoluble-fiber#:~:text=There%20are%20two%20types%20of,includes%20plant%20cellulose%20and%20hemicellulose" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;soluble and insoluble fiber&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, where soluble dissolves in water and insoluble does not. These types of fiber serve different purposes within the body but are equally important for making food easy to digest and fostering a healthy digestive tract. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Soluble fiber improves your digestive system by &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/soluble-vs-insoluble-fiber#:~:text=There%20are%20two%20types%20of,includes%20plant%20cellulose%20and%20hemicellulose" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;dissolving into a gel&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; in water. It also reduces blood cholesterol and sugar and reduces your risk for diabetes. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/soluble-vs-insoluble-fiber#benefits" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Insoluble fiber draws water into your stool&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to make it softer, letting it pass more easily through your digestive tract. It also carries the same benefits to your &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/soluble-vs-insoluble-fiber#benefits" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;general health and cholesterol as soluble fiber&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Incorporating these types of fiber into your diet will make your food easy to digest and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/soluble-vs-insoluble-fiber#benefits" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;improve your health&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; by helping to control body weight, lower the risk for colon and breast cancer and help combat hypertension and regulate bowel movements. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &amp;nbsp;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Are Spicy Foods Easy on the Stomach?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Spicy foods, while often delicious, are not easy on your stomach. Spicy foods indeed affect everyone's stomach differently; everyone has a different spice tolerance, which often translates into how easy spicy food is on your stomach. However, even if you are not significantly affected by spicy foods, it still will not be easy on your stomach. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Spicy foods &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/diet/foods-to-avoid-during-digestive-problems/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;stimulate&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; your digestive system. If you're &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/diet/foods-to-avoid-during-digestive-problems/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;already experiencing digestive issues&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, eating spicy foods can worsen your digestive issues. Instead, on a sick stomach, you should stick to more &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/diet/foods-to-avoid-during-digestive-problems/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;bland foods&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; which will be easy to digest. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &amp;nbsp;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Are Fried Foods Easy on the Stomach?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Unfortunately, fried foods are even worse than spicy foods on your stomach since they can sometimes &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/diet/foods-to-avoid-during-digestive-problems/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;pass through your body&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; before it has a chance to digest them. This process will &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/diet/foods-to-avoid-during-digestive-problems/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;either cause&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; diarrhea or make you feel bloated as the undigested food will sit in your digestive system for longer than usual. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fried foods are also generally bad for your stomach and digestive system since they are commonly &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/diet/foods-to-avoid-during-digestive-problems/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;low in fiber&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. As a result, much like spicy food, when you have an upset stomach or indigestion, the best policy is to hold off on eating fried foods for a while since they will &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/diet/foods-to-avoid-during-digestive-problems/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;slow down your digestive&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; system.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_image et_pb_image_4"&gt; &lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap "&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/cooked_veggies.png" alt="" title="cooked_veggies" class="wp-image-18401" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_69 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;What Foods Are Easy on the Stomach?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Now that we've covered some of the common causes of indigestion and foods to avoid, let's explore some options for dinners easy on the stomach by looking at foods easy on your stomach and what food is good for your stomach. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;#1: Cooked Vegetables&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cooked vegetables are a great, easy-on-the-stomach choice for dinners that will be easy to digest. Cooked vegetables are an excellent &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/easy-to-digest-foods#easy-to-digest-foods" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;source of fiber&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that can aid the digestive process. By eating more dinners with cooked vegetables, your stomach will thank you by performing its digestive tasks more efficiently. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;#2: Sweet Potatoes&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sweet potatoes are another great example of foods easy on your stomach that can help your indigestion. Like cooked vegetables, sweet potatoes are a great &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319947#sweet-potatoes" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;source of fiber&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; which will be easy to digest and keep your stomach happy and healthy. Eating sweet potatoes will also help foster more good bacteria in your stomach. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;#3: White Rice&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Despite sometimes being considered less healthy than its brown counterpart, white rice is easy on the stomach and digestive system. While all rice can provide beneficial protein and calories, brown rice is so high in fiber that it can &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319947#rice" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;harm your digestive system&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, leading to bloating, diarrhea and gas. Instead, white rice is easier on your stomach, providing many of the same benefits as brown rice while being easy to digest. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;#4: Very Ripe Bananas&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Bananas are also very good for your digestion and easy on your stomach. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/easy-to-digest-foods#what-to-eat" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Very ripe bananas, in particular&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, can be a great source of fiber. The ripening process helps break down the fiber and makes it easy for your stomach to digest. Additionally, bananas can provide extra &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319947#bananas" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;fluid&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; to your digestive tract, which can help you deal with diarrhea and constipation. However, for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bananas should be eaten with caution as they may trigger &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319947#bananas" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;bloating and cramping&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, among other symptoms. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;#5: Scrambled Eggs&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Scrambled eggs are a great food to eat on a sick stomach that is very easy to digest. Eggs are very nutritious, providing a wide range of nutrition. They are also very easy to digest, making them ideal for those &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319947#eggs" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;suffering from nausea&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; or a sick stomach. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;#6: Low-Fat Yogurt&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Low-fat yogurt is an exceptional food for your stomach. By eating low-fat yogurt, you help introduce live culture bacteria that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295714#:~:text=Yogurts%20can%20be%20high%20in,on%20a%20weight%2Dloss%20diet" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;develop the gut microbiota&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. This process helps your stomach become healthier and digest food better. You should focus on low-fat yogurt since it's also a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295714#:~:text=Yogurts%20can%20be%20high%20in,on%20a%20weight%2Dloss%20diet" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;great source of protein&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Foods that are easy on your stomach are often high in fiber or those that don't overstimulate your digestive system. You can also incorporate foods that help develop your stomach's good bacteria to improve your stomach health. By carefully watching your diet, you can help your stomach avoid indigestion and stomach pain and improve your digestive tract. So, the next time your stomach is feeling queasy, consider eating some of the easy foods on your stomach.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Foods.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/what-foods-are-easy-on-the-stomach/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18389</ID> <title>Marketing the Business of Dentistry: An Interview with Dr. Lee Weinstein, DMD</title> <publishDate>2022-07-04 19:30:23</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_62 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_68"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_72 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_61 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_183 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_184 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_185 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_70 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's interesting that, while there are many specialties within the medical industry, one field evolved as a separate profession—dentistry. The mouth influences and is influenced by the health of other body parts. So, why does the profession live in isolation?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dentistry is perceived as an option, though it needs to be considered an essential. Unfortunately, however, the profession has not focused on changing that perception.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are increasing instances of the medical and dental professions working together. Dentists, for example, are now treating patients for sleep apnea. Therefore, the dental profession must actively push the message of its essential role in overall health.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Lee Weinstein, DMD, discussed his observations on how dentistry presents itself to the world and how that needs to improve. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dr. Lee Weinstein&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Weinstein's career has involved a combination of dental practice, teaching and consulting. He maintained a pediatric dentistry practice throughout the 28 years he spent teaching.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I specialized with kids because I love working with them. That kid walks out of our office smiling and can't wait to get back," Dr. Weinstein said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;However, Dr. Weinstein's career path took an unexpected detour when he developed pinched nerves in his neck and back. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Other Directions&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;After working in insurance, Dr. Weinstein became the dental director of Arizona Medicaid. He also lectures in the U.S. and overseas, finding that, among international audiences, there is a lot of information that they do not have. While COVID-19 has halted his travels, he still conducts programs via Zoom. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We created a program on working with both physicians and dentists. I did one for an audience in Damascus in Syria. There were 5,000 people online listening to this lecture," Dr. Weinstein shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dentistry As an Essential&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Weinstein is concerned that the dental profession is not doing enough to promote itself as an essential service equal to that of the medical profession. For example, the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage/what-marketplace-plans-cover/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Affordable Care Act&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; allows 10 essential health benefits. Dental care, however, is an 'Additional Benefit.'&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"It is left up to the states to decide whether they want to have dental care as a benefit. Right now, dentistry is more of a want. It won't be important until it becomes important in people's minds," Dr. Weinstein said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In comparison, the medical community knows how to maintain its long-held reputation of necessity. Dr. Weinstein points to pharmaceutical commercials as an example.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"The ads say the next time you go to your doctor, ask for that medicine. The drug companies pick a great name and a catchy tune, and you walk into the doctor's office and ask for that drug. And you have no clue what it is. That's what's driving people. There's nothing on television driving people to the dentist. And I blame us, the dentists. I just don't believe we're doing a lot," Dr. Weinstein explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_image et_pb_image_5"&gt; &lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap "&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Dr._Lee_Weinstein.jpg" alt="" title="Dr._Lee_Weinstein" class="wp-image-18391" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_71 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Changing Perceptions&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Our beliefs about dentistry partly came from toothpaste manufacturers. In the fifties, toothpaste commercials told everyone to go to the dentist twice a year.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"That's made up. There was nothing that ever said that you should go twice a year. To sell a lot of toothpaste, they said, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;brush your teeth every day and go for checkups twice a year,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;" Dr. Weinstein shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In reality, some people need to go every three months, while some only need to go once a year. But the perception persists, and dental insurance often covers a standard two visits per year.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"People also say that dentistry is too expensive. From a business standpoint, we haven't done a good enough job to make it important or to market well enough to get people into the offices," Dr. Weinstein said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Small Steps Forward&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Weinstein shared several ways to provide outstanding dental care with low-cost procedures. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I get it; many people don't have much money. But there are so many things to do, like preventive measures, that don't cost very much," Dr. Weinstein shared.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Silver Diamine Fluoride&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ada.org/resources/research/science-and-research-institute/oral-health-topics/silver-diamine-fluoride" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Silver diamine fluoride&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is a low-cost liquid used to stop the progression of caries. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"If you're a three-year-old kid with a cavity, and I really don't want to treat it yet because it's dangerous or you're medically compromised, I can use silver diamine fluoride, which will arrest the decay," Dr. Weinstein explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Fluoride Varnish&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/oral-health/Pages/Fluoride-Varnish-What-Parents-Need-to-Know.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fluoride varnish&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is another inexpensive, preventive treatment applied to a young child's teeth to prevent or slow tooth decay. With good oral care habits and two to four applications per year, fluoride varnish can help reduce the chances of decay.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I try to enlighten the pediatricians. It took me two years to get the pediatricians in Arizona to get Medicaid to pay for fluoride varnish," Dr. Weinstein said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dentistry as a Business&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;For some dentists, the business side of their practice is challenging. As a result, they may not see the importance of marketing, leaving the business side too much to others in the office.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Weinstein believes dentists need to pay more attention to their business. It takes some marketing and a business eye view of your practice to bring people into the office. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Advice for New Dentists&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Weinstein has several valuable points of advice for new and aspiring dentists. His views will help dentists reach their career goals and help change the perceptions of dentistry as 'optional.'&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Learn from Others&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"You don't have to open your own office from scratch. First, work in several offices to learn different ways to do different things. Spend time learning from experienced people. Learn ways to run your business and how to speak to people," Dr. Weinstein said. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Learn about Business and People Skills&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Business courses should be 30% of your education. The big dental companies have done so well because they're investors who run their offices like a business. Also, you need verbal and social skills to relate to your patients," Dr. Weinstein shared.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Weinstein believes in the importance of dentistry to both our teeth and our overall health. It should therefore be considered an essential service, like the medical field. If dentists pay more attention to the business side of their practices, they can actively promote the profession and raise its status. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Through his lectures, Dr. Weinstein contributes toward the achievement of this goal. Gradually, the medical and dental professions will work together more and more for the benefit of all patients.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Dentistry.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/marketing-the-business-of-dentistry-an-interview-with-dr-lee-weinstein-dmd-2/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18366</ID> <title>An Interview with Dr. Heba Ammar</title> <publishDate>2022-07-03 17:30:42</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_63 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_69"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_73 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_62 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_186 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_187 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_188 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_72 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h2&gt;&lt;strong&gt;PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND TELL US ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;My name is Heba Ammar, I am a conservative cosmetic dentist.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dentistry that offers tooth-colored solutions to fix or repair any defect or decay that happens to human teeth. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;I have a post graduate diploma in the three main branches of dentistry which are fixed prosthodontics, endodontics, and operative dentistry. Basically, these represent crown and bridges, root canal treatment and tooth filling.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;I also have another postgraduate two-years diploma in “Conservative Dentistry” which focuses on the art and science behind conserving any, even 0.01, of natural tooth structure while delivering the strongest support for the restorations we make.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;“And this is basically what I do in my everyday practice now. I insist on remaining a conservative dentist who saves teeth while offering tooth colored or cosmetic solutions.”&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The solutions I offer make it difficult to distinguish restoration from the natural tooth. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;strong&gt;WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN DENTISTRY? MORE SPECIFICALLY, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN THE COSMETICS FIELD?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;My father is a physician, and he raised us programmed to be physicians like himself. So, I studied hard to get high scores to join medical school. But fate played its role when I had a complete mental shut down in the calculus exam. Suddenly, I had a blank mind, and I couldn’t go any further answering any question! This situation resulted in losing the extra marks necessary for joining medical school, and I ended up in dentistry.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In the beginning I didn’t think of myself as a dentist because I had always dreamed of being a doctor.  Soon, I realized dentistry was the perfect fit! I was able to sculpt and prepare teeth better than average of my colleagues, and I was satisfied to see myself among highest scores in the practical exams.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;I got involved in cosmetic dentistry long ago with the evolution with modern ceramics more than 25 years ago. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;I love the idea of making new smiles and adding more beauty every day. Being able to put smiles on people’s faces because I am changing how they feel about themselves is my passion. These meanings attracted me to cosmetic dentistry!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;I have always dedicated my career time to deliver decent dentistry even after I became a cosmetic dentist.  In other words, when patients come to my practice, I immediately start putting treatment plans to fix their teeth, rather than distracting their attention towards solely cosmetic procedures in shorter periods of time like bleaching, veneers, or bonding. I used to postpone offering those services until after finishing treatment for the decay or defects they have.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_image et_pb_image_6"&gt; &lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap "&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/7b12f955-d2ff-47ce-ae69-01076c9ed639.jpeg" alt="" title="7b12f955-d2ff-47ce-ae69-01076c9ed639" class="wp-image-18516" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_73 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h2&gt;&lt;strong&gt;COULD YOU SHARE A SPECIFIC PATIENT CASE THAT HAD AN IMPACT ON HOW YOU PRACTICE DENTISTRY?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In the beginning of my career, I used to treat with freehand bonding (which means using bonded composites to anterior teeth). This procedure doesn’t involve cutting in tooth structure. So, it was compatible with my conservative dentistry that I specialized in.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Then, for some time, porcelain veneers were very popular, and patients came to me asking for them. So, I did quite a few of those. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;After some time, my 21-year-old niece visited my practice asking me to replace her bonding with porcelain veneers. I then found myself convincing her NOT to do that. She’s like my daughter, and this was my honest advice to her. I said to her nothing on earth deserves to cut through your teeth enamel. This is a very precious structure that you will never be able to replace again! Veneers could end up with crowns on healthy teeth, so you’d be losing more tooth structure amongst other issues. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ultimately, we ended up deciding to go for no-prep veneers, and I felt bad about this afterwards because I realized that I work with double standard. This became an ethical issue for me internally. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;I decided to quit doing preparation on sound teeth solely for cosmetic purposes. Five years of refusing purely cosmetic procedures has not increased my bank account but it’s very rewarding still. It’s not always easy, but its comfortable and relaxing.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;I have never crowned full mouth! Full mouth crowning is 28 crowns on all teeth and is a treatment option I have never offered to my patients because I haven’t met a case that medically mandates that option.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Patients often come to me asking for a remake to their defective veneers or bad full mouth crowns. So, I’m happy to help them with that piece of decent dentistry.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;strong&gt;WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In 10 years, I see myself having influence on dentists worldwide. I hope to endorse my philosophy of fixing in hopes of delivering ethical, decent dentistry. Especially in the field of implant dentistry&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; In implant dentistry, a treatment plan is the major factor affecting the long-term success of a proposed option offered to patients, especially if they are completely edentulous. I have hopes that my podcast would cover this part.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/iterviw-with-DR-heba.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/an-interview-with-dr-heba-ammar/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18357</ID> <title>Sleep Apnea Education and Treatment Capabilities With Dr. Charles Kravitz, DDS</title> <publishDate>2022-07-03 17:08:44</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_64 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_70"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_74 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_63 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_189 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_190 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_191 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_74 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If someone asked you what is the most vital, life-sustaining human nutrient, would you say food? No. A person can live 45 to 65 days without eating. How about water? Surprisingly, no. The human body is composed of up to 60% water. We can survive as long as three days without drinking water. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The correct answer is &lt;/span&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;oxygen&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. Every living organism and organ system requires a constant oxygen flow to maintain its normal function. How long do you think you would live without oxygen?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A victim of a sleep breathing disorder such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) may spend half of their sleeping time not breathing (apnea= without breath). Hypoxia is an insufficiency of oxygen. Sleep apnea is connected to strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, dementia and even cancer. The more fortunate may experience just a reversible case of weight gain.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hypoxia is a killer. Fortunately, there are effective and patient-friendly treatments for OSA, and it may surprise many to find those solutions in the dentist's office. Dr. Charles Kravitz, DDS, is working hard to bring that expertise to more and more dental professionals and save more lives.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dr. Charles Kravitz, DDS&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Kravitz is a dentist trained in sleep breathing disorders. He teaches other dental professionals how to treat sleep apnea and incorporate treatment modalities into their practices. His focus on sleep apnea came from personal experience. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I lost two people close to me due to sleep apnea," he said. "This got me interested in finding out what I could do to help."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Kravitz believes it is essential to educate both the patient and the practitioner, the former to understand and accept their condition, and the latter to have more knowledge and resources for effective treatment.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"The Latin word for &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;teacher&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is doctor. I am a teacher," he said. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Kravitz is affiliated with &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://join.sleepgroupsolutions.com/sleep-blog/according-to-dr-charles-kravitz-this-is-the-time-for-dental-sleep-medicine/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sleep Group Solutions,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; which provides airway diagnostic technology and education for physicians and dentists who treat sleep apnea and other airway disorders. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;He was also the editor-in-chief and headline writer for&lt;/span&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.thesleepmagazine.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Sleep Magazine&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which goes to dental specialists and medical people involved with sleep all over the country and online. In addition, he created the newsletter called &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sleep On It.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;OSA is a cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more, although pauses may amount to 30 seconds or even longer. This insufficient intake of oxygen, called hypoxia, can occur 30 or more times during an hour. As a result, people with OSA may only ingest enough oxygen for half their sleep time. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"They have pauses where they don't breathe at all," Dr. Kravitz explained. "It can last for 10 seconds to two or three minutes. This is obviously dangerous. And can you imagine how much oxygen would be coming into your lungs and distributed to your organs for that long a time? People have actually died in their sleep because there is no oxygen coming in, and they had a stroke or heart attack."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21129-oral-appliance-therapy-for-sleep-apnea" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;About 25% of men and 10% of women&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; have OSA. It can affect all ages, including children, especially people over 40-years-old or overweight. A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://join.sleepgroupsolutions.com/sleep-blog/according-to-dr-charles-kravitz-this-is-the-time-for-dental-sleep-medicine/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Harvard Health report&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; says that there are 18.9 million undiagnosed cases of OSA, an unsettling statistic that speaks about the imperative nature of education.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_image et_pb_image_7"&gt; &lt;span class="et_pb_image_wrap "&gt;&lt;img src="https://548804-1761066-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/sleep-1.jpg" alt="" title="sleep (1)" class="wp-image-18360" /&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_75 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;OSA Treatments, Old and New&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;CPAP (i.e., Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a standard treatment for OSA. A CPAP machine covers the nose and mouth strapped to the patient's head and a tube connected to a machine continuously forces air past blockages while the patient sleeps. Although effective, the treatment is uncomfortable, and numerous patients dislike it.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"The majority of patients that were offered CPAP were not going to wear it or tried it and did not tolerate it. They say It's uncomfortable, they can't turn over in their bed, it looks like a Darth Vader mask and it makes some people feel like they're drowning," Dr. Kravitz pointed out. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Intraoral Devices&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Fortunately, improved intraoral devices are now available, which are adjusted to open the airway while the patient is asleep. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"The intraoral appliance is custom-designed for each patient," Dr. Kravitz said. "It is comfortable, FDA-approved and less expensive than the CPAP." &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Medical insurance coverage is a big factor in obtaining this service.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Patients are enthusiastic about intraoral devices, as they quickly report improvements in their lives, such as lower fatigue levels, weight loss and increased energy. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Sleep Coordinator Academy&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Kravitz stated in a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://join.sleepgroupsolutions.com/sleep-blog/according-to-dr-charles-kravitz-this-is-the-time-for-dental-sleep-medicine/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;recent article&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; that fewer than 4% of licensed American dentists are qualified to practice sleep medicine. He is working to increase this number through his education programs, speaking engagements, close to 400 published articles and his work with Sleep Group Solutions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Kravitz also created a new role for the Dental practice- Sleep Coordinator—and a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://sleepcoordinator.com/about-us/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sleep Coordinator Academy&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; for training. The Sleep Coordinator may be the dentist or an auxiliary who assists the dentist by handling most of the work with sleep apnea patients that the dentist cannot do because of their busy schedules. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Sleep Coordinators become professionals who work within dental offices and focus solely on screening and treating sleep apnea patients," Dr. Kravitz explained. "I developed an 18-lesson sleep coordinator course. Students can have a background in dentistry or medicine or come from other backgrounds. It's a new, wonderful career saving people's lives."&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A medical background is not required to become a Sleep Coordinator. However, students must be dedicated to the 18-lesson curriculum, as it has all the details they need to be successful in the profession. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://sleepcoordinator.com/about-us/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Academy teaches&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; screening techniques, a comprehensive understanding of OSA and the sleep cycle, the treatment options and how to talk to patients to ensure they understand their condition and gain their buy-in. He also helps them find placement after they complete the program.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We help them find a dental or medical office. In many cases, these graduates will know more about this subject from this course than the person they're working for. They can help train other doctors. As independent contractors, they can choose their hours," Dr. Kravitz explained.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;ABOUT SNORING &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Snoring is not something to laugh about. It is a condition to be taken seriously. Snoring is a warning sign that there is something a lot more serious to investigate because it points out that there is a partial blockage of the airway. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Summary &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Sleep apnea is dangerous; it is prolific and not enough dental professionals are prepared to handle the millions of people in need of treatment. Dr. Kravitz's solution is to educate as many professionals as possible in treating and managing this serious disease. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;He even goes a step further by creating a new category of professionals—the Sleep Coordinator—to focus solely on sleep apnea. They help the practitioners add much-needed services to their practices. He also teaches others to teach the Academy program to further spread the knowledge.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&#13; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Kravitz's efforts are paying off in an improved quality of life, more productive lives and countless lives saved.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Sleep-Apnea-Education.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/sleep-apnea-education-and-treatment-capabilities-with-dr-charles-kravitz-dds/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18002</ID> <title>Genetic Guided Nutrition: An Interview with Dr. Kendal Stewart, MD of Neurobiologix, Inc.</title> <publishDate>2022-07-01 12:50:05</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_65 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_71"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_75 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_64 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_192 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_193 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_194 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_76 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Treatment is not always a cut-and-dry solution when it comes to neurological or chronic medical conditions. In some instances, available treatment modalities only address the symptoms without going the extra mile and addressing the disease's actual culprits. But what if there were supplements tailored to your genetic makeup that could give your body the support it needs to address your illness at a deeper level? &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Kendal Stewart, MD, has developed professional-grade nutritional supplements that strengthen your body precisely where needed and support your recovery. With the right blend of genetically determined supplements, your body will gain the necessary elements to overcome medical conditions and promote healing.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dr. Kendal L. Stewart, MD&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Kendal Stewart is a neurotologist and neuroimmune and genomic specialist at the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://drkendalstewart.com/austin-physicians/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;NeuroSensory Centers of America, Inc.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; (NSCA), founded in 2003. The NSCA team diagnoses and treats neurosensory and neuroimmune disorders. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Stewart is also the Chief Medical Officer for &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.neurobiologix.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Neurobiologix, Inc.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and GX Sciences.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"At Neurobiologix, we base the creation of nutritional supplements on genetic testing. It's Genetic Guided Nutrition™," Dr. Stewart said. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Career Origins&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"In college, I learned practical biochemistry, which is related to the human body and how drugs and nutritional elements work. As a result, I became a neurotologist then my surgical career became less necessary when I was able to recover my patients instead of operating." Dr. Stewart shared.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Stewart eventually realized that a focus on nutritional health would benefit a much larger population, as he wanted to do more than treat symptoms.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We can look at nutritional health, especially in people with devastating conditions like vertigo, migraines, Alzheimer's, dementia and autism. If we could create an environment in their bodies from a nutritional standpoint, they would be more stable and have a much better chance of recovering," he explained.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dr. Stewart's work started by providing a new option for patients with severe neurological ailments who had &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://drkendalstewart.com/austin-physicians/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;only found treatment for their symptoms&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; before. He turned to neurotrophism, a method of reversing the progression of neurological conditions and weakening of the immune system. His therapies reduced nervous system inflammation and improved hormonal and nutritional conditions.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;NeuroBiologix&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"How can I build a perfect recipe to answer your body's nutritional and chemical weaknesses but limit the number of supplements you'd have to take? Genetics. In particular, Nutrigenomics. That's the foundation principle of NeuroBiologix," Dr. Stewart said.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Using &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.neurobiologix.com/Dr-Kendal-Stewart-s/138.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;nutrigenomic testing&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, Dr. Stewart creates nutritional supplements tuned explicitly to a patient's genetic composition. Genetics guide the creation of unique 'recipes' of supplement combinations that best benefit people with compatible genetics. Dr. Stewart's creations come from both a scientific and spiritual point of view.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"What was wrong with the supplement industry was that it had each supplement in separate bottles. But God makes recipes. He doesn't make things with just one ingredient. So, we realized that we needed to do the same," Dr. Stewart explained.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In some cases, anywhere from 5 to 10 nutritional supplements belong together. But Dr. Stewart doesn't want patients taking 10 pills from 10 bottles every day. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"I don't want you taking more than three or four supplements. They will be the right ones for you, and none of what you don't need," he said.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The ultimate goal of Neurobiologix is for every patient to receive the right supplemental recipe to solve their problem and support their health throughout life  &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Let's say you have low muscle tone and can't recover from exercise so easily. With a genetic test, I'd be able to tell what your mitochondria need to make you stronger and recover faster," Dr. Stewart explained.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;a href="https://www.neurobiologix.com/Dr-Kendal-Stewart-s/138.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Neurobiologix products&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; are supplementation and Genetic Guided Nutrition™ created by an experienced physician. They enhance physical performance, a healthy immune system, brain function, blood sugar control and energy levels. These are professional-grade products with high potency, purity and absorption but no artificial ingredients or toxins. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;b&gt;Based in Science&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h3&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Neurobiologix is known for its unique ability to blend supplements into the right ratios to ensure that you get what you need from that supplement. We're reassuring doctors that there is science behind this, not that hokey nutritional background that people sometimes associate with supplementation," Dr. Stewart shared. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Neurobiologix does not dispense combinations of supplements based on assumptions and best guesses. That is simply a waste of money and a missed opportunity to get accurate results. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"This is all based on research performed at institutions worldwide. Our genetic reports, for instance, have bibliographies with 5 to 20 pages of scientific references. The peer-reviewed literature goes a long way in proving what we're talking about," Dr. Stewart explained. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Inflammation &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"Inflammation plays a huge role in the nervous system," Dr. Stewart said. "We've proven it with PET scans over the last several years. Anything in the nervous system that has 'good days and bad days' is inflammation-based." &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Inflammation is not just local; chemical messengers make it a systemic problem. Genetic testing assesses the health of your chemical messengers and determines whether you need help with inflammation control. For people over 55, this is often an issue, as they no longer have the hormones they had when they were younger.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We can create an environment where there is less inflammation in the body, so that, for example, a headache cannot typically occur as easily, or the pain is much less severe," Dr. Stewart explained.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Strengthening the Body&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We're taught as physicians to treat symptoms. If you have a migraine, here's your migraine medicine. But we should also try to get the body in as stable a state as we can. When people come to me, and they're on medicines for certain things, I'm not going to stop the medicine. I'm going to use the patient's genetics and try to strengthen and improve the health of the body. Once we do that, hopefully, we won't need that medicine anymore," he said. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Many doctors embrace Dr. Stewart's approach as they take a more holistic approach to their practices. Yet others are not interested because it requires them to spend more time with each patient. There's more to it than a quick diagnosis and a prescription. Dr. Stewart believes this will gradually change as the beneficial results of supplementation become more apparent. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The key to bringing this new science into the mainstream of medicine is education. Neurobiologix has an extensive educational series to teach doctors how to use genetics and supplements. They teach principles of healing, such as the ability to control inflammation.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;"We have taught probably 4,000 to 5,000 physicians in the last five or six years. Supplementation has come a long way since genetics occurred," Dr. Stewart shared.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With these high-quality supplement recipes made to match patients' genetics, Dr. Stewart and Neurobiologix bring new hope and solutions for patients with severe conditions. &lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Nutrition.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/genetic-guided-nutrition-an-interview-with-dr-kendal-stewart-md-of-neurobiologix-inc/</url> </article> <article> <ID>18453</ID> <title>The Top 10 Best Locations for Medical Tourism</title> <publishDate>2022-06-30 19:00:02</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_66 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_72"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_76 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_65 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_195 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_196 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_197 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_77 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In the face of rising healthcare costs in the U.S. and the rise of health tourism destinations that offer quality and affordable healthcare combined with a fun travel experience, Americans are scrambling to schedule appointments with healthcare providers overseas. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There is an increase in medical tourism, and many countries worldwide are getting involved.. Millions of patients travel yearly from countries lacking the necessary medical infrastructure or less advanced in a particular field to countries specializing in specific medical care such as Asia, South Africa and Eastern Europe. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In order to attract foreign visitors, agencies are being set up to promote less expensive health care. In these countries, procedures that usually cost six figures in the U.S. or the U.K. drop down to four figures. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Patients travel to foreign countries for various medical procedures, from cosmetic surgery to dental work to orthopedic procedures, all at affordable prices. However, healthcare destinations and providers face fierce competition, making it necessary to integrate several factors to drive medical tourism and improve their brand. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;So, what are the best countries to get that expensive surgery, the routine checkup, or the plastic surgery makeover?&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Seoul, South Korea&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Seoul has the highest rate of cosmetic treatment per capita in the world. Gangnam alone is home to some 500 cosmetic and aesthetic facilities offering a variety of surgical procedures. In addition to non-invasive cosmetic procedures, South Korea leads the way with non-invasive strategies such as BOTOX, dermal fillers, laser hair removal and dental veneers. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Japan&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Japanese healthcare is among the most advanced in the world. Despite recent advances in technology and medicine, Japan continues to provide affordable, top-notch healthcare to its citizens and foreign tourists, most of whom are from mainland China.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In 2018, the number of medical visas issued to international patients climbed from 70 in 2011 to 1,650 in 2018. The reason for this increase was the country's top-notch cancer treatment centers and cosmetic surgery expertise.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The low cost of medical care is another major player in Japan's inbound medical tourism. For example, hip replacement surgery costs $4,126, saving patients more than 70% of the cost in the U.S.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Spain&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Spain is one of the most visited tourist destinations globally, attracting tens of millions of tourists every year. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicaltourism.com/destinations/spain" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;MTI rated the country as the fourth global medical tourist destination in Europe&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;because it offers excellent healthcare services and a wonderful travel experience.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In recent years, Spain has attracted a growing number of tourists from the Middle East, North Africa and the British Isles, many of whom seek advanced orthopedic, cosmetic and dental procedures. The cost of healthcare in Spain is a fraction of what it is in the U.S. and U.K. Cosmetic procedures such as facelifts and breast augmentation cost an average of $5,000 in Spain, compared to $15,000 in the U.S.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mumbai, India&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mumbai is India's most progressive urban center, offering exceptional medical care at eye-popping discounts. Almost one in seven U.S. surgeons are of Indian descent, so Americans realize that they can save real money by visiting Mumbai's top doctors without compromising the quality of care. Mumbai has some of the world's top orthopedic and heart specialists.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Canada&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It should come as no surprise that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicaltourism.com/destinations/canada" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Canada ranks first in the 2020 edition of the Medical Tourism Index&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;since the second-largest country in the world boasts of a robust tourism industry that draws more than &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicaltourism.com/destinations/canada" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;14 million Americans each year&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. In light of its proximity to the United States, the country can attract many tourists and patients seeking to bypass the long wait times and high healthcare costs at home. Quality medical treatments and top-of-the-line healthcare facilities are among Canada's top reputations.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Mexico&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Because of Mexico's proximity to the United States and extensive cross-over in medical training, its standards of care often meet those back home at a lower cost. There are quality hospitals in every major city in Mexico.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Additionally, Mexico's focus is also on dentistry. For instance, numerous dental practices along the U.S.-Mexico border receive countless patients a year from the States.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Costa Rica&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;As with Mexico, Costa Rica is one of the region's most developed and expat-friendly countries. In addition to the fact that it is one of the safest and most popular retirement destinations, it uses the U.S. dollar and offers excellent options for medical tourists.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Costa Rica's dental tourism industry is booming, where you can expect to pay $4,000 for a tooth replacement procedure that would cost $10,000 in the U.S.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Dubai&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to the Medical Tourism Index, Dubai's world-class hospitals and internationally acclaimed doctors ranked as the top medical destination in the Arab region. In addition to Asian and neighboring Arab and Gulf countries, Dubai also welcomes medical tourism from Europe and Africa.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;As part of Dubai's medical tourism brand, Dubai Health Experience (DHX) was launched in 2018 to enhance healthcare facilities and improve patient experience through international patient departments.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Turkey&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The medical tourism sector in Turkey, situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, is growing. You will find world-class health treatment centers in Turkey, as well as spas, dentists and cosmetic surgeons.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Turkey is also known for its eye health specialists, where the most expensive ocular procedure costs only $5,000.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Singapore&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Since Singapore is one of the wealthiest cities in Asia, it's not surprising that medical tourism has surged here. With world-class hospitals and highly trained medical staff, Singapore attracts medical tourists who seek quality healthcare at lower prices.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Singapore's medical tourism industry has been snowballing because medical costs are much less expensive than in the U.S., with prices about 30% lower for major medical procedures.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With medical tourism growing every year, more medical tourists realize that they can get the same medical treatment abroad at a much lower cost. And as medical tourism continues to grow and increase its supply, there is no doubt that medical tourists will become more discerning with their healthcare needs, industry transparency and quality of medical providers.&lt;/span&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/world_map-1.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/the-top-10-best-locations-for-medical-tourism/</url> </article> <article> <ID>17994</ID> <title>Medical Tourism and Insurance</title> <publishDate>2022-06-30 12:30:08</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_67 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_73"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_77 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_66 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_198 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_199 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_200 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_78 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Increasing demand for healthcare across borders has been spurred by high-quality alternative healthcare available abroad at affordable and highly competitive rates. Employees and insurers are taking advantage of this trend to save money.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Health care abroad is often more cost-effective than healthcare at home, a fact many people have realized. This means that even after considering travel expenses, accommodation and sick leaves, patients still get to save money.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Many insurance companies offer coverage, should something go wrong during a procedure performed by an international hospital. For example, should complications arise, many U.S. health insurance companies will cover their expenses, including costly life-saving surgeries.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Why Go Overseas for Medical Tourism?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to research done by &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.coa.org/docs/DeloitteStudyMedicalTourism_111209_web.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Deloitte&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, of the estimated 8 million Americans who traveled abroad for medical treatment in 2007, only 250 of them were uninsured. The reasons for this are varied, including personal or religious preferences, the desire to avoid the hassles of traveling with an illness or poor health coverage at home.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aliza Knox, senior manager of Deloitte's U.S. healthcare practice, estimates that more than &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.coa.org/docs/DeloitteStudyMedicalTourism_111209_web.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;100,000&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; Americans traveled in 2008 to India alone.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt; &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Despite efforts by many states, including Dubai, to control healthcare fees, inflation has caused hospitals and clinics to increase prices to survive. As a result, several care providers and insurers in Dubai posted fiscal losses in recent years because they were not adjusting their prices and premiums to keep up with the rising cost of doing business. In 2013, medical costs were expected to increase by 5 to 10%, a trend that affects both public and private healthcare institutions equally.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It means that a visit to the general practitioner for a routine examination or similar care is often priced between AED250 and 400 (roughly &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.uae-medical-insurance.com/blog/2013/06/public-versus-private-hospital-costs-in-dubai/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;$68-110&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;), while a night in a public hospital costs around AED1,000 (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.uae-medical-insurance.com/blog/2013/06/public-versus-private-hospital-costs-in-dubai/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;US$ 272.26&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;) for standard care or AED3,000 (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.uae-medical-insurance.com/blog/2013/06/public-versus-private-hospital-costs-in-dubai/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;US$ 816&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;) for an overnight stay in the ICU. Accommodations at these prices are often dormitory-style, with several patients in a shared recovery area.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Aside from saving money, medical tourists also see the following benefits:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Reduced waiting times;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Ease of booking online and paying in cash;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Recovering away from friends and family;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The opportunity to visit popular tourist attractions while abroad.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Is Medical Tourism Insurance?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;So what exactly is covered by medical tourism insurance? In contrast to travel insurance, it does not cover the actual medical expenses. Instead, this type of insurance covers the costs involved while traveling abroad for medical procedures. This includes: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;pre-medical tests; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;consultations; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;transportation to and from clinics or hospitals; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;accommodation expenses while staying in the country; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;tariffs; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;post-operative treatments or follow-ups; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;prescription medications necessary during the trip; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;food allowances while staying at your destination country hospital or clinic.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Medical Travel Insurance Is Not Health Insurance&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's important to know that the cost of the procedure itself will not be covered by travel insurance, health insurance or medical travel insurance if a person travels abroad specifically for medical treatment. Patients who choose medical tourism often pay for their procedures themselves because of the lower healthcare costs in other countries. Some assume that medical travel insurance is health insurance, but it is not.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Medical Tourism Insurance Is Not Life Insurance&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The same applies to the belief that medical tourism insurance is life insurance. Life insurance typically covers the death of an insured person caused by an accident or illness. However, medical tourism insurance does not provide coverage in a medical crisis or death abroad.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Medical Tourism Insurance Is Not Trauma Coverage&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Trauma coverage is yet another type of insurance that is very different from medical travel insurance. Trauma coverage comes into play when a person is hurt or maimed unexpectedly. This insurance typically covers medical, rehabilitation and therapy expenses after an accident. Medical tourism insurance does not provide coverage for accidents before the traveler goes to their destination country.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Medical Tourism Insurance Does&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Medical tourism insurance covers complications during a patient's procedure or the recovery period. Medical tourism does come with certain risks, however. While those seeking less expensive medical care will see benefits outweighing the risks, the cautious patient will still wish to be protected by medical travel and complications insurance. If complications occur, this insurance will provide relief from unforeseen financial hardships. For anyone considering medical tourism abroad, it is an absolute necessity.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;When Does Medical Tourism Insurance Cover You?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There are two cases in which a medical travel insurance policy would cover a tourist: if their local health insurer has denied them service, and when going overseas for pre-existing conditions that can't be treated at home.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Most credit card companies do not cover medical tourism insurance. Still, it can be combined with certain types of credit cards like the American Express Platinum) to get coverage for medical travel.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;While insurance companies that offer medical travel insurance may cover the costs of complications due to patient negligence, wound infection, surgical error, clinical malpractice or faulty equipment used during surgery, they don't typically cover the cost of procedures. Therefore, it is vital to know what you are paying for and what your plan will and won't cover before you travel for medical care.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/medical-and-insurance.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/medical-tourism-and-insurance/</url> </article> <article> <ID>17980</ID> <title>Risks of Medical Tourism</title> <publishDate>2022-06-29 12:02:14</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_68 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_74"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_78 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_67 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_201 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_202 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_203 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_79 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's no secret that healthcare in the U.S. is expensive. Americans spend nearly twice as much on health care as people in countries like the U.K., France, Germany and Switzerland. Compared to other countries, administrative costs, medication prices and frequent referrals to specialists in the U.S. are the main reasons for the high prices.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Is Medical Tourism?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Medical tourism is any travel outside one's country to receive medical treatment. Medical tourists often are: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;patients with preexisting conditions that need advanced procedures unavailable in their countries; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;patients who can't afford healthcare in their own countries;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;patients suffering from diseases with cures that may be experimental or inaccessible in their own country. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A growing number of individuals facing health crises where services are not easily accessible due to financial constraints opt for medical tourism. It can be risky, though. Even when precautions are taken, the receiving country may not offer the same level of safety and regulation as you get in your home country. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Experts agree that it's essential for prospective medical travelers to research before deciding to go abroad for treatment.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Are the Risks of Medical Tourism?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Almost anything in life carries a certain degree of risk. So before you hop on a plane for treatment, consider the following hazards.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Safety&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The U.S. healthcare system is heavily regulated by federal agencies whose mission is to prevent medical errors and ensure high-quality care while minimizing risks. If you are going to become a patient in another country, you should ask these questions first: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is the hospital reusing its instruments? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How does it handle infection control? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What kind of nursing care does the hospital provide?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Antibiotic Resistance&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Antibiotic resistance is indeed a global concern. However, in some countries, it is more likely to occur. For instance, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6013425/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;medical tourists have been exposed to highly drug-resistant bacteria&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Communication Challenges&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you don't speak the language, it will undoubtedly be challenging to communicate with the destination and healthcare facility staff. This could lead to misunderstandings about your treatment.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Experience&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Be prepared to ask questions like, How experienced is the surgeon? How many cases has the surgeon done? Is the surgeon truly certified in that specialty? What types of medications are they able to administer?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Travel&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There is a certain amount of recovery time associated with every procedure. Considering the risks of post-procedure air travel might make you reconsider receiving treatment abroad. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Flying after surgery can place you at a higher risk of blood clots, particularly deep vein thrombosis. Do not travel by air for at least 10 days after having chest or abdominal surgery to avoid risks associated with changes in atmospheric pressure. Also, anyone who has had cosmetic procedures on the face, eyelids or nose should wait 7–10 days before flying. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You should also consider how much time you are willing to spend outside of the country if there are complications with your procedure. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Legal Issues&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Different countries may also have different medical ethics. In other countries, experimental therapy, like stem cell therapy, can be widely available in private healthcare institutions for medical tourists. Likewise, medical ethics regarding organ transplantation are often different from country to country. Due to the multiple jurisdictions involved and lack of clarity concerning which law applies, patients may not be able to pursue malpractice lawsuits if problems arise.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Value&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;While the cost of a procedure might save you thousands, don't forget to factor in the cost of air travel, lodging and transportation. Additionally, if you're traveling abroad for a procedure, you may need a relative, a friend or a companion to advocate on your behalf. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;How to Minimize Medical Tourism Risks&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Receive a Pre-travel Consultation&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;When traveling abroad for medical care, see your healthcare provider or a travel medicine provider 4-6 weeks before your trip to: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;review general information about healthy travel; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;learn about any specific risks you may face due to your health status, the procedure, and travel before and after the procedure.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You should also obtain international travel health insurance covering medical evacuation back to the U.S.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Be Sure to Keep Health and Medical Records&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Bring a copy of your medical records, as well as the results of any lab tests and other tests performed in connection with your condition and care. Make sure your medical staff is aware of any allergies you may have. Provide a list of all the medications you take, including their brand names, generic names, manufacturers and dosages, as well as copies of all your prescriptions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Before returning home, make copies of your medical records from the destination. They may need to be translated into English.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Research the Healthcare Provider and Facility&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Verify the credentials of the healthcare providers performing the procedure and the credentials of the facility where it will take place. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.jointcommissioninternational.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Joint Commission International&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.dnv.com/assurance/healthcare/accredited-hospitals.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;DNV GL International Accreditation for Hospitals&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;and the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://isqua.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;International Society for Quality in Healthcare&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;have lists of standards that facilities must meet to become accredited. Note that all surgeries are subject to complications, and accreditation does not guarantee a positive outcome.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Get Ahead of the Language Barrier&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you go to a country where you do not speak the language, determine ahead of time how you will communicate with your doctor and others who will be caring for you.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Arrange for Follow-up Care&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Identify where you will stay immediately following the procedure.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You should ensure that you can get any follow-up care you need in the United States before traveling abroad for medical tourism.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's important to discuss the risks and benefits of medical tourism with your doctor and work with your insurance provider to plan a trip that balances financial savings with safety. Before going overseas for your procedure, make sure that you are financially prepared for unforeseen events. Unless you can afford to return home in an emergency, do not go abroad.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/risk.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/risks-of-medical-tourism/</url> </article> <article> <ID>17971</ID> <title>What Is Medical Tourism?</title> <publishDate>2022-06-29 11:49:18</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_69 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_75"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_79 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_68 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_204 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_205 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_206 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_80 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You've probably heard of it before, but you might be wondering, what is medical tourism?  It refers to a person traveling outside their home country to receive medical care. Numerous reasons encourage people to choose medical tourism — it could be cheaper, doctors may have more experience with certain medical conditions or surgeries that people have, the hospital they're going to may offer the latest and greatest medical technology ... the list goes on and on.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The most common types of medical treatments sought by those who travel abroad for medical care are: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;dental work; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;plastic surgery; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;eye procedures; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;fertility procedures; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;weight loss surgery; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;cancer treatment; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;stem cell/bone marrow transplants; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;hip or knee replacement surgery;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;cosmetic surgery.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Medical tourism is a booming business for medical clinics and medical travel agents. In India, medical tourism has become so popular that medical travelers can even buy a medical vacation package: a deal that includes a medical procedure, hotel accommodations, transportation from the airport to the hotel and vice versa, plus sightseeing activities!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Why Choose Medical Tourism?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Quality medical care is not readily available to everyone who needs it, especially in developing nations. Medical tourism has opened up medical care for people worldwide to help get medical procedures they need or get medical procedures done that their insurance will not cover. Medical tourism is so prevalent in India and Thailand that many hotels have even built special wings for medical tourists!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;One benefit of having so many medical tourists is that hospitals in less developed areas can invest more into their medical infrastructure, medical training programs and medical technology.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It's still important to make sure your medical tourism is worth the trip. Research your doctor or medical facility of choice before traveling abroad to make sure they meet your medical needs!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What about Hospital Quality?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Medical tourism is hindered by the fundamental barrier of perceived poor quality. To overcome it, adequate marketing strategies and quality assessment via accreditation by an internationally recognized institution are necessary. This enhances healthcare quality and strengthens patient confidence.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Accreditation can provide even more confidence when affiliated with reputable hospitals or healthcare systems in developed countries. A healthcare provider can be appropriately rated for risk once they are accredited and part of an international referral network.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Are the Costs?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Globally, medical tourism is estimated to be a multibillion-dollar industry that will grow considerably in the coming decade. When looking for health services abroad, the cost is the crucial factor to consider.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In the U.S. and other parts of the world, healthcare costs are excessively high, so many employers and insurance companies are looking at medical tourism as a way to reduce costs. In addition, more and more countries are beginning to see the financial benefits of this emerging market, so they offer premium medical services at significantly lower prices.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hospitals and clinics in developing countries can lower their prices mainly due to their economic status. The country's per capita gross domestic product directly correlates with its income levels. As a result, surgery prices are 30% to 70% lower in medical tourism countries than in the U.S.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Treatment Types&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The treatment types and their availability are also major factors in choosing to engage in medical tourism. For example, patients most commonly seek cosmetic surgery, dentistry, organ transplantation, cardiac surgery and orthopedic surgery when they travel for medical tourism.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A wide range of services can be obtained through medical tourism, ranging from various essential treatments to different types of traditional and alternative treatments. In vitro fertilization, surrogacy and other assisted reproductive technologies are common forms of reproductive tourism and reproductive outsourcing.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Access is another major factor responsible for the growth of medical tourism. In its absence, either due to the lack of technology or the prohibition in the home country, medical tourism can ensue. Common examples include stem cell treatments or cytoplasmic transfer.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If possible, medical tourists should consult a travel medicine expert for advice tailored to their specific health needs four to six weeks before traveling. Medical tourists should also communicate with their primary care provider about any concerns they or their provider might have. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you have any medical conditions, make sure they are well controlled before leaving and make sure you have enough medication (as well as funds) for the duration of your trip. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Finally, medical tourists should stay up-to-date with their routine vaccinations and consider hepatitis B immunization before traveling.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;It’s recommended that medical tourists seek immediate medical care if they suspect complications, either during their trip or upon returning home. An early diagnosis and treatment can result in a better outcome when medical care is sought promptly.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/medical-tourism.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/what-is-medical-tourism/</url> </article> <article> <ID>17964</ID> <title>7 Healthy Foods for Picky Eaters</title> <publishDate>2022-06-28 11:02:34</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_70 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_76"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_80 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_69 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_207 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_208 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_209 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_81 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We all have our likes and dislikes when talking about food. Although picky eaters stay away from many types of foods, they still have to get their bodies vitamins and nutrition. So, what are the seven healthy foods that any picky eater might enjoy?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;What Defines a Picky Eater?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A picky eater is a person that has a unique preference for food. They get thrown off by the dish's taste, smell and look. Many picky eaters refuse the same types of foods over and over. They often do not give a second chance to a dish once they know they dislike it. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Picky eaters usually set their likes and dislikes from a young age, which can be a big problem as toddlers need as many vitamins as possible for a healthy growing process. Many picky eaters tend to stay away from homemade food, vegetables and fruits. When developing these preferences in food, children tend to choose only sweet and savory food, such as fast food and sweets.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is There Any Healthy Food for the Picky Eater? &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;There is always a healthy choice for any picky eater out there. Picky eaters need to try and eat healthy food because they are in much need of vitamins and nutrients. Some picky eaters tend to choose vitamin pills over healthy food because they do not interfere with their unique preference for food. It is highly advised to eat healthy food rather than take vitamin pills, as fruit and vegetables give you precisely what your body needs to grow and remain healthy. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Healthy Meals for Picky Eaters&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#1: Fruit&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Picky eaters should give fruit a chance because they can prepare them into numerous healthy and delicious dishes. Maybe try fruit chips, ice pops, smoothies, yogurt, shortcakes, tarts and the famous fruit salad. The possibilities are endless!. Have an apple pie or some candied fruit. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#2: Raw Vegetables &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Raw veggies may sound like too much for a picky eater. The trick is to pick thin vegetables and cut them into small portions. For picky eaters, the size of the food can be overwhelming. Try carrots, cucumbers or peas in the beginning and work your way up to bigger vegetables, such as celery and cauliflower. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The dislike that some picky eaters have towards broccoli develops at a young age. Because of this, broccoli will usually be the last vegetable they will embrace.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Try tricking your brain into eating these vegetables by serving them on the side of your dish with some ranch or yogurt. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#3: Homemade Bread Dishes &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Picky eaters usually like bread, so they have to use it to their advantage. Use your imagination when preparing the meal. Hot pockets are a great choice because you can change the filling each time. Try filling them with tomato sauce or cheese. Later on, try more complicated fillings and add more ingredients. Other homemade bread dishes you can try are flatbread or french toast sticks.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#4: Meats&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Picky eaters also enjoy soft food. Preparing some juicy meatballs will be perfect for a picky eater. When preparing the meatballs, be careful about the size you want to give them. Picky eaters are more likely to prefer small-sized over big-sized foods. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you don't have the time to prepare meatballs, try deli meat. Because they can be cut into small slices or shredded, ham and turkey will make the perfect meal for a picky eater. Grab a tortilla, spread cream of your choosing, sprinkle some deli meat inside and wrap it. It's that simple! Picky eaters prefer to take bites from their meals instead of cutting them into pieces because it gives them a level of comfort. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Start small if you're trying to add a little bit of spice into a picky eater's diet. Bacon is perfect because it's simple and full of flavor. Another great choice is beef jerky. Not all beef jerky products are unhealthy, but you have to check the sodium level on the package of the product before you buy it. Beef jerky is also full of flavor and proteins.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#5: Nuts&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The majority of picky eaters are big fans of nuts. Peanuts, pistachios, almonds, chickpeas and cashews are a great success among picky eaters. If you don't like plain nuts, you can trick your brain by coating them with honey or spices. Roasting nuts is also a good idea.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#6: Cheese&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Everybody loves cheese, and picky eaters are no exception. Because cheese comes in so many varieties, there is a 100% chance picky eaters will find at least one type of cheese they will like. Besides the numerous types of cheese, the ways you can cook and serve it are endless. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Cheese's versatile flavors give us the perfect opportunity to add different food to it. Vegetables are usually the best choice. Spread some leaves on the grilled cheese, add some tomatoes next to the mozzarella or dip some baby carrots into melted cheese.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;#7: Granola Bars&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Granola bars are already a healthy snack that can replace sweets such as cookies. But the best detail about granola bars is that you can pair them with anything you like. You can add anything from fruits and seeds to chocolate chips. You can also add cream to your granola bar. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Another great detail is that you can give them the size you wish. We know picky eaters prefer smaller servings, making granola bars the perfect snack. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Being a picky eater is not such a bad thing. We all have our likes and dislikes when it comes to food. But it is essential to keep ourselves healthy, which can be tricky when talking about a picky eater. Try adding healthy dishes to your diet, even if it may be challenging.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/healthy-food.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/7-healthy-foods-for-picky-eaters/</url> </article> <article> <ID>17954</ID> <title>If Fast-Food Is Your Only Option, Choose These Menu Items</title> <publishDate>2022-06-28 10:48:25</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_71 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_77"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_81 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_70 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_210 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_211 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_212 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_82 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you find yourself at a fast-food restaurant, you might already know what to order and what items to avoid. But suppose you're like many Americans who rely on local, quick-service restaurants for their meals. In that case, it's worth becoming familiar with the healthiest menu options available at national chains such as McDonald's, Subway and Burger King.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;We know it can be challenging to make a healthful choice when you're standing in line and staring down the menu board at your favorite fast-food restaurant. As a last resort, here are 10 relatively nutritious picks from some of the most popular chains in the U.S., as well as an accompanying "no-no" list of those foods never worth ordering.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;McDonald's: Fruit and Maple Oatmeal &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;With 320 calories, you get four grams of fiber, six grams of protein, and you can save 30 calories if you skip the sugar. It's a delicious and nutritious fast choice. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Subway: Veggie Delite Sandwich&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;On the go and looking for a light lunch? Subway's 6-inch Veggie Delite sandwich is an excellent option for health-conscious fast food lovers. The chicken has 230 calories, three grams of fat and 280 milligrams of sodium without the cheese and sauces. To boost your protein intake and stay full longer, try adding a little cheese.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Burger King: Whopper Jr. or Hamburger&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;In search of the healthiest fast-food burger? Grab a Whopper Jr. for only 290 calories, 12 grams of fat and 500 grams of sodium. For an even healthier choice, hold the mayo.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Chick-Fil-A's Grilled Chicken Nuggets&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Chick-Fil-A offers great grilled chicken nuggets, a great alternative to the traditional fried chicken nuggets since it contains only 130 calories and a significant amount of protein (13 grams). Pairing this with a side salad creates a complete and well-rounded meal.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Starbucks' Protein Box&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You can never go wrong with a protein box. At Starbucks, each box contains a good balance of healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats from either fruit or vegetables or a combination of both. Sometimes, they twist it up with nuts, fruit, cheese and boiled eggs. Each box contains approximately 300 calories, 11 grams of fat (four grams saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat), 420 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbs (one gram of fiber, five grams of sugar), and 13 grams of protein.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Chipotle: Vegetarian Burrito Bowl&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You can create a healthy Chipotle order with light options like roasted veggies and hearty brown rice in just seconds! The vegetarian burrito bowl contains 470 calories, 16 grams of fat and 1,595 milligrams of sodium. Using these recipes, you can even recreate your favorite meals with less sodium.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Arby's: Ham and Swiss Melt&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Even though Arby's is known for its roast beef, they also have lighter sandwiches. This ham and Swiss melt has just 300 calories, nine grams of fat and 1,030 milligrams of sodium, so it's one of the healthiest fast-food options at this restaurant. Many menu items at Arby's are high in sodium, so it's best to go with the lighter sandwich options if you're trying to maintain a low salt intake.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Panera's Turkey Chili&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Due to the protein in the turkey and protein and fiber in the beans, this satisfying soup will get you filled in seconds. Plus, it's total comfort food. Turkey chili also happens to be a healthy crockpot recipe.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Subway's Tuna Salad Sub&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;This sub comes in under 500 calories, with five grams of fiber, 19 grams of protein and a good source of vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. You can also include avocado, which adds on just 60 calories with good fats, or add more tuna or any meat of your choice for extra protein.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Chick-Fil-A's Grilled Market Salad&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Grilled Market Salad with lean protein, fruit and vegetables can be a healthy lunch or dinner pick. To keep calories low, try it with the Light Balsamic Vinaigrette if you're unsure of which dressing to choose.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you're looking to make healthier choices at the drive-thru, here are a few things to keep in mind:&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You might think you're starving, but you could actually be thirsty. Drink some water before diving into your meal to fill yourself up a bit first.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Choose the grilled options instead of the fried ones. By doing so, you will save calories for other foods.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You do not have to super-size anything. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Put the sauce on hold! The amount of sauce added to a sandwich can add up in calories. These sauces can also contain sugar and fat, which are filler calories.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;You don't have to order fries on the side. Fries are high in carbs and fats. Also, sometimes it might take a while for you to feel full, so downing a side of fries only to feel overindulged after isn't the best option&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;/ul&gt;&#13;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/fast-food.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/if-fast-food-is-your-only-option-choose-these-menu-items/</url> </article> <article> <ID>17943</ID> <title>Why Vitamin A Is Important for Your Health</title> <publishDate>2022-06-28 10:17:42</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_72 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_78"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_82 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_71 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_213 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_214 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_215 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_83 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin A is a crucial class of fat-soluble essential molecules for many different functions in the body. One of the most important roles of vitamin A is keeping our eyesight healthy. Vitamin A is necessary for the proper development and function of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. Vitamin A also helps protect the surface of the cells, including the eye lens and cornea, and regulates bone growth and maintenance, immune function and hormone production. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Where Is Vitamin A Found?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The human body readily absorbs two forms of vitamin A: preformed vitamin A and provitamin A. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Preformed vitamin A (retinol, retinyl esters) is found in animal products, such as liver and cod liver oil, dairy products, eggs, rice bran oil, salmon, trout (including their livers), mackerel (including their livers), beef liver and butter. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Provitamin A, converted to retinol, is found in plant products, colorful fruits and vegetables (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;e.g.,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; carrots, sweet potatoes) and leafy green vegetables (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;e.g.,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; kale). &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A diet rich in organ meat, especially liver from different animals such as fish and beef, along with salads with carrots and kale, is a great way to keep your levels of vitamin A at an optimal level.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Why Is Vitamin A Good for You?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin A has many roles in the body. It helps maintain healthy vision and skin, helps with cell growth and differentiation, protects against &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-best-vitamin-for-fighting-inflammation-4176859#:~:text=Verywell%20%2F%20JR%20Bee-,Vitamin%20A,the%20body%20against%20free%20radicals." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;infection&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and helps the body process calcium. In addition, vitamin A helps form &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-A" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;red blood cells, hormones and enzymes&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin A Deficiency &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A deficiency of vitamin A can lead to several health problems, including blindness, dry skin, chronic diarrhea, poor physical growth and increased susceptibility to infections.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Several groups are at risk of vitamin A deficiency, such as children and pregnant women in developing countries, premature infants and cystic fibrosis patients.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin A deficiency is more common in developing nations, owing to a higher prevalence of diets lacking in vitamin A. Clinical vitamin A deficiency rarely occurs in infants and is only seen in those with malabsorption problems. Preterm infants do not have adequate liver reserves of vitamin A at birth, and their retinol levels are normal only after two to four weeks of age; for full-term infants, retinol levels rise to normal in two weeks. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The onset may be gradual or sudden for those with acquired vitamin A deficiency disorders. The symptoms of vitamin A deficiency are mostly subtle, but they manifest themselves with several conditions associated with vision loss and night blindness, such as cataracts, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.cedars-sinai.org/health-library/diseases-and-conditions/a/aniridia.html#:~:text=Aniridia%20means%20lack%20of%20an,%2C%20retina%2C%20and%20optic%20nerve." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;aniridia&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/retinitis-pigmentosa#:~:text=Retinitis%20pigmentosa%20(RP)%20is%20a,of%20side%20(peripheral)%20vision." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;retinitis pigmentosa&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;According to Harvard Health Publishing, the current recommended daily intake of vitamin A is &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/vitamin-a-and-your-bones#:~:text=Taken%20together%2C%20these%20studies%20suggest,(700%20mcg)%20for%20women." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;2,330 IU (700 mcg)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; for females and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/vitamin-a-and-your-bones#:~:text=Taken%20together%2C%20these%20studies%20suggest,(700%20mcg)%20for%20women." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;3,000 IU (900 mcg)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; for males. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Is Vitamin A Good for Acne?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin A deficiency has been linked to acne because it can cause dryness and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21914489/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;excessive sebum production&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; (&lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;i.e., &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;the natural oil produced by the body and found on the skin). In children with severe vitamin A deficiency, hair may fall out because vitamin A is needed for healthy hair growth.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin A Supplementation &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/vitamins-common-misconceptions" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;person with a healthy diet&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; does not need vitamin A supplementation because they will get enough from their diet alone. However, vitamin A supplementation is beneficial to individuals with an inadequate or limited diet and those with a disease requiring vitamin A in high doses. Examples are retinitis pigmentosa and &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/what-is-xerophthalmia" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;xerophthalmia&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Supplementation may also be used in cases of malabsorption and dietary restriction. Those with malabsorption may benefit from taking a supplement that helps to increase the absorption of this vitamin. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3936689/#:~:text=Vitamin%20A%20supplementation%20of%20newborns,optimal%20growth%2C%20development%20and%20health." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;WHO&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; does not recommend vitamin A supplementation in children under the age of six months because they are at risk of developing a vitamin A deficiency called &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK431094/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;xerophthalmia&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which causes permanent vision loss and may even lead to death.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Having Too Much Vitamin A&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin A toxicity is more prevalent in developed nations than a vitamin A deficiency, owing to the high doses of preformed vitamin A (retinol) found in certain supplements. Vitamin A is also fat-soluble, which means any amount that isn't immediately required by the body is absorbed and stored in fat cells or the liver.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The liver converts the vitamin into retinol so other parts of the body can use it. If you take too much vitamin A, your liver may not be able to convert enough of it into retinol. This oversaturation leads to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://aasldpubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/lt.21007" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;hypervitaminosis A&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;, which causes liver damage and even death if left untreated.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322238" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Acute hypervitaminosis A&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is a condition with symptoms including irritability, drowsiness, nausea, abdominal pain, a feeling of pressure on the brain and vomiting. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322238" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Chronic hypervitaminosis A&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; symptoms include mouth ulcers, swelling of the bones, cracked fingernails, bone pain, loss of appetite, cracked corners of the mouth and blurry vision.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Some cases of hypervitaminosis A may result in acute psychosis and death. The main causes of hypervitaminosis A are excessive consumption of vitamin A-rich food, including: &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Eating liver or raw fish; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Taking supplements without checking the label for ingredients that might contain vitamin A (such as retinol); &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Using ointments with high retinol levels such as tetracycline;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Taking supplements that are not considered safe by the FDA. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The symptoms of hypervitaminosis are usually reversible upon cessation of excess intake.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Large doses of preformed vitamin A, beta-carotene and other provitamin A carotenoids have not been linked to significant health risks. Beta-carotene is not as fat-soluble as vitamin A and cannot be stored in large quantities by the body. It is mainly excreted through the feces, so it should not lead to hypercarotenosis. However, beta-carotene supplements have been linked to an &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6636175/#:~:text=Introduction,higher%20risk%20of%20lung%20cancer." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;increased risk of lung cancer in smokers&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin A Interaction with Medications&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Orlistat (Alli, Xenical)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a601244.html#:~:text=Orlistat%20blocks%20your%20body's%20absorption,K%2C%20and%20beta%2Dcarotene." target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Orlistat&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; is a weight-loss drug that interferes with vitamin A absorption. While taking this medicine, your doctor may advise you to take a multivitamin with beta-carotene and vitamin A every day to ensure adequate intake. Orlistat may also be prescribed for patients with chronic pancreatitis or gastroparesis, in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents into the small intestine.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Hepatotoxic Drugs&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Taking high doses of vitamin A supplements and other medicines may heighten the risk of liver disease. Examples of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/toxic-liver-disease" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;hepatotoxic medications&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt; are statins, steroids, antifungal drugs, acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol) and arthritis drugs such as methotrexate or azathioprine. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt; &lt;/h3&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Retinoids &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Retinoids are vitamin A-derived compounds that have multiple skin benefits. They provide several advantages, including reduced inflammation, unclogged pores, reduced wrinkle appearance and controlled cell growth on the skin's surface. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Retinoids and vitamin A supplements may increase the risk of hypervitaminosis A when taken together. You should regularly check your vitamin A blood levels if you take these oral medications together. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt; &lt;/h2&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;A Parting Reminder&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Vitamin A is essential for the proper functioning of the body, especially for our eyes. A healthy, balanced diet of both animal and plant products can help you meet your daily vitamin A requirements. Animal products, which contain preformed vitamin A, and plant products, which contain provitamin A, will ensure your body receives enough of this essential vitamin.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description> <images>https://topdoctormagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Vitamin-A.png</images> <url>https://topdoctormagazine.com/issues/why-vitamin-a-is-important-for-your-health/</url> </article> <article> <ID>17925</ID> <title>Physical Activity May Lead to Other Healthy Habits</title> <publishDate>2022-06-27 20:13:46</publishDate> <description>&lt;div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_73 et_section_regular" &gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_row et_pb_row_79"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_83 et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough et-last-child"&gt; &lt;ul class="et_pb_module et_pb_social_media_follow et_pb_social_media_follow_72 clearfix et_pb_text_align_center et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_216 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-facebook'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.facebook.com/topdoctormagazine/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Facebook' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_217 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-youtube'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgxWTuq7ki1y7bw22kYlwg' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Youtube' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_218 et_pb_social_icon et_pb_social_network_link et-social-instagram'&gt;&lt;a href='https://www.instagram.com/topdoctormag/' class='icon et_pb_with_border' title='Follow on Instagram' target="_blank"&gt;&lt;span class='et_pb_social_media_follow_network_name' aria-hidden='true' &gt;Follow&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="et_pb_module et_pb_text et_pb_text_84 et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_bg_layout_light"&gt; &lt;div class="et_pb_text_inner"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Overall health is something that everyone should aim for because living an unhealthy lifestyle will take a toll not just on your body but also on your life. An unhealthy lifestyle leads to many illnesses and frustrations as certain activities call for a healthy body. Although we don't need to make abrupt changes in our habits, little by little, we can apply changes to our lifestyle and start with a daily physical activity until it becomes a healthy habit.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Exercise and Healthy Habits&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Physical activity can lead to other healthy habits, such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep. A &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-do-we-know-about-healthy-aging"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;recent study&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;showed that physically active people are more likely to have healthier habits overall.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The study looked at data from over 3,000 adults in the U.S. The researchers found that physically active people were more likely to eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep and not smoke. They were also less likely to sit for long periods of time. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The study shows a strong link between physical activity and other healthy habits. So if you want to live a healthier life, start by being more active!&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Importance of Physical Activity for Mental Health&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Regular exercise brings so many benefits to your physical and mental health! Physical activity helps improve cardiovascular health, strengthens bones and muscles, helps control weight and reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Exercise also releases mood-boosting endorphins to help improve your mental health and overall sense of well-being.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults should aim to do at least &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;(such as brisk walking) or &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389" target="_blank" rel="noopener"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;(such as running) per week. In addition, adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities (such as lifting weights) at least two days per week.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;If you're not used to exercising, start slowly and gradually increase your activity levels. There are many ways to get more physical activity into your day-to-day life, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking or biking to work or parking further away from your destination. You can also join an exercise program such as gyms that provide fitness classes, exercise routines and equipment.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Relationship between the Mind and Body&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;The relationship between the mind and body has been heavily studied over the years. The benefits of physical activity on mental health are vast and well-documented. It is no secret that physical activity can lead to other healthy habits. &lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Physically active people are more likely to eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep and can also reduce stress levels and improve mood. All these factors can contribute to a person's overall mental health.&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &#13; &lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Some of the benefits of being physically active include:&lt;/span&gt;&#13; &lt;ul&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"&gt;&lt;span style="font-weight: 400;"&gt;Improved cardiovascular health;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&#13; &lt;li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level=