Category: Articles

Mind your skin.

Enhancing the way we look is not something to feel guilty about. It is clear from the research that the benefits of investing in our appearance extend beyond aesthetics, says Dr. Christina Plaskos.

‘Not having time to invest in ourselves is the “norm”. But accepting the situation is not in our favour…’

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Turning stress into success.

When we view stress in a positive way using cognitive reappraisal, it actually helps us focus better, be more
alert, perform better in daily activities, and experience less depression and anxiety, says Dr. Christina Plaskos.

‘I have always held the belief that we can’t always change our situation but we can always change the way we think about it.’

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DEMYSTIFYING THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: COLLAGEN?

In a world of anti-aging that seeks to achieve and maintain wrinkle-free skin, luscious hair, and a supple body; the word ‘collagen’ is unmatched in its ability to evoke so much desire, confusion, hope, and frustration all at the same time. We desire to have more of it, but are confused how to get it. Yet we have hope that we will ­find the product or procedure to act as our magic elixir and beautify our skin, ultimately leaving us frustrated because what we have tried on many occasions hasn’t delivered the results we expected. I want to share with you what the science says about optimizing our collagen levels as we age as well as my own experience in working with thousands of patients over the last 20 years to achieve Science-based Sustainable Results (TM) in my practice.

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THE BARRIER TO HEALTHY GLOWING SKIN

Ultimately, a comprehensive skin care approach must contain products that address the outside (topical creams), the inside (ingestible), and attention to controlling stress.
Most people would agree the first signs of ageing are usually seen on the outside – the skin. However, the ageing process actually begins on the inside and is reflected outwardly through our skin. So when I see patients seeking youthful and luminous skin, I start from the inside and layer on outward treatments to complement.

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Are you ready to make-up with your metabolism?

Take a slow, deep breath. Become aware of your thoughts and surroundings and quiet the chaos that lives in your mind and environment for the next few minutes.

I work with patients everyday who feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and overworked. The never-ending to-do list, the over-packed schedule, the newest dietary and fitness trends, the late nights; essentially, the constant pressure to work more and sleep less. All of these day-to-day stressors are grinding down our system, exceeding the normal healthy limits of function.

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Detoxing Body AND Mind

With commitment, dedication, and focus, we can rewire our brains. We can train our brains to challenge our recurring thought patterns, and to block new negative patterns from coming in, says Dr. Christina Plaskos.

“If we consider mind toxins to be the negative thoughts that are unhelpful or destructive to optimal mental health, a mind detox aims to eliminate these thoughts.”

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Invest in YOU

Life is a series of investments. When we are young, we invest our time into school, sports, and developing friendships. As we move into the workforce, we invest in a car, a home, and a savings account. As we develop our careers, we invest in conferences, workshops, and professional clothes. As we get married, we invest in our partner and our kids. While all of these wonderful life events are happening, it is common that we forget, or simply don’t make the time, to continue to invest in our appearance, which is one of the highest returning investments we can make. People who feel confident in their appearance perform better at work, make higher wages, report a higher self esteem and experience more satisfaction in life.

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A prescription for osteoporosis… more than just calcium

Although there certainly is a genetic component to osteoporosis, a good diet and exercise program are two powerful weapons to combat bone loss and fractures as you age. Let us take you on a brief science lesson in how bone metabolism works so that you will have a better understanding of what’s going on in your body.

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