The Doctors answer the age-old question: Just what do women want, anyway? Better bodies, better hair and better skin, to name a few. And don’t forget better sex!
Jillian has partnered with Norwegian Cruise Line to create a Wellness Cruise. “Most people gain up to 12 pounds on a cruise,” she says. “I want people to be losing pounds on this cruise and have fun doing it.”
Angie, 38, lost her husband to cancer three years ago. She turned to food for comfort, and has been trying to lose the weight she put on. Jillian surprises Angie with two tickets on the Norwegian Wellness Cruise in the Bahamas with airfare provided by JetBlue Airways.
Check out Jillian’s surefire strategies to reboot your metabolism and shed weight fast!
Better Your Skin
Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Benest and her esthetician, Ewa, demonstrate how their organic Green Peel helps lighten age spots and restore the skin’s natural glow. The facial contains a dozen different herbs and silica, a polishing agent.
“What makes [the peel] unique is we don’t put an acid on the skin,” Dr. Benest explains. “Most people use an acid.”
Managing Peri- and Menopausal Weight Gain
For many women, weight gain can skyrocket at the onset of perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause. Weight gain, night sweats, forgetfulness, moodiness, loss of her sex drive and energy are common symptoms of the condition.
The average age for a perimenopause diagnosis is 45, but some women face it as early as their late-30s and early-40s. The levels of the hormone testosterone start to decrease and libido is greatly affected. Weight gain is common, especially around the mid-abdominal area.
On average, a woman will gain a pound a year during this time. Women who gain in excess of 20 pounds after menopause can increase their risk for breast cancer risk by nearly 20 percent.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help minimize and stave off the effects of hormonal changes in the body.
Foods to Eat:
• Plenty of fruits and vegetables
Why? They have phytoestrogens and boron that helps the body hold onto estrogen.
• Foods high in calcium such as fat-free Greek yogurt
Why? Women should consume 1,000 to 1,500 mg of calcium per day to help maintain healthy bones.
Why? Flaxseed and Omega-3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol and reduce tumor properties. • Foods high in fiber such as whole-grain breads
Why? Twenty grams of fiber per day can help digestive function and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
• Foods with iron such as almonds and other nut products
Why? As a woman approaches menopause, fluctuating hormone levels can lead to increased blood loss. At least 8 milligrams of iron can help fortify the blood.
Foods to Avoid:
• Caffeine and carbonated beverages such as soda
Why? They deplete calcium in the body.
• High sugar foods such as breakfast cereals
Why? They contribute to insulin spikes in the body and can cause weight gain.
• Foods high in saturated fats and trans-fatty acids such as cookies and chips
Why? Saturated and trans-fats found in processed and fast foods raise LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
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