Fitness expert Jillian Michaels joins The Doctors to demonstrate ways to transform your body!
Jillian's latest DVD, Yoga Meltdown, is available in stores now. "I love the benefits that a yoga workout delivers: core strength, flexibility and total body conditioning," Jillian says. "That's what inspired me to take traditional yoga power poses and blended them with my circuit training methods to create the ultimate fat-melting, body shredding workout."
Have Better Sex
A toned physique can lead to a healthier sex life. Research shows that the fitter the person, the fewer the problems he or she will encounter in the bedroom. And, just like regular workouts, sex can help improve mood and self-esteem.
Still need convincing? "For every 30 pounds that a man loses, he gains an inch [down there]," Jillian says. "That's incentive!"
Halt a Hangover
Alcohol can have toxic effects on the body's systems, and one of the main effects, dehydration, can contribute significantly to hangover symptoms. Alcohol is a diuretic that forces water out of the body, causing dehydration.
"When you drink too much alcohol, you get a toxic buildup of something called acetaldehyde [in your liver]," Dr. Travis says. "And unfortunately, there's no real cure for that other than time."
"Hair of the dog," or drinking more alcohol to offset a hangover, is not a cure. "All it's going to do is prolong your hangover," Dr. Travis says. "What you need to do is get rid of all those toxic metabolites and that just takes time."
To avoid a hangover, Dr. Travis suggests drinking a glass of water after every alcoholic beverage to help keep your body hydrated.
Eating certain foods while drinking may increase the body's ability to metabolize alcohol and decrease the chance of a hangover.
Egg yolks: contain cysteine, an amino acid that helps break down acetaldehyde in the liver.
Asparagus: enhances the body's ability to break down toxins.
Tomato juice: high in potassium, which helps replenish cells and improve organ and tissue function.
Bananas: high in potassium, which helps replenish cells and improve organ and tissue function.
Check out plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon's hangover remedy!
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a collection of ailments that can occur in a woman a few days to two weeks before her menstrual period. Symptoms include anxiety, tension, bloating, acne, food cravings, breast tenderness, bowel changes and mood swings. The exact cause of PMS is unknown, but several factors such as age, stress and hormones may contribute to its length and severity.
The fluctuation of the hormones estrogen and progesterone during the menstrual cycle plays an important role in regulating mood. "They affect your body, your skin, your cravings, because they also affect your brain," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains. "As women, we're hormonal beings."
"Studies show that if you just exercise 30 minutes, at least four times a week, you're going to decrease your PMS symptoms," Dr. Lisa continues. "That's because it releases that high in your body, the natural neurochemicals in your body that make you feel good."
Foods can help prevent and alleviate the effects of PMS as well. New research indicates that a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D may help prevent or decrease symptoms. Foods such as milk and yogurt are rich in calcium and can help decrease bloating.
Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains and vegetables, increase levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is thought to have a calming and feel-good effect on mood.
"Right before your period, avoid [foods] that are more estrogenic," Jillian says. "Alcohol is estrogenic in the body. You want to avoid soy in particular; it's very estrogenic and it will make your symptoms of PMS worse."
Avocado: boosts libido in both men and women. The high levels of vitamin B6 stimulate male hormones; high potassium levels help regulate the female thyroid gland and high levels of folic acid increase energy and stamina.
Chilies: high in capsaicin, a chemical that increases blood flow and triggers the release of mood-enhancing endorphins.
Celery: boosts production of the male hormone androsterone, which is released through perspiration and acts as a pheromone.
Cabbage: A 2002 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that 90 percent of men reported a noticeable boost in libido after eating sauerkraut.