Get ready for a new you! The Doctors reveal top tips for a better body, a brighter smile and everything in between.
Hidden Fat Dangers
It's commonly known as a "muffin top," but the inch or so of fat you can pinch on your midsection, called subcutaneous fat, can be bothersome and unsightly. The real health concern however, lies in visceral fat, which hides deep within your abdominal cavity, between your organs. Visceral fat does not only occur in visibly overweight individuals, as it can be just as present in people who appear to be a healthy weight, and it can cause a long list of medical problems, including diabetes, breast cancer and metabolic syndrome. But how can you know for sure if visceral fat is hiding between your organs?
Tamara, 43, is 5 feet 8 inches tall and nearly 200 pounds, and says her addiction to sugar has resulted in significant weight gain. She wants to find out how much of her weight is causing her bulge, and how much of it is dangerous, visceral fat.
Physical medicine composition specialist Dr. Mary Oates performs a head-to-toe body scan on Tamara with the Corescan, a cutting-edge device that obtains accurate measurements of fat concentrations in the body.
"To obtain the amount of visceral fat [a person has], we perform a total-body scan. With that information, it gives us the total amount of fat, muscle and bone in the body,” Dr. Oates explains. “We use Corescan to drill down how much of the love handles and muffin top are visceral fat versus subcutaneous fat.”
After the eight-minute procedure, Tamara’s scan is instantly shown on screen to provide an accurate visualization of her total body fat, muscle and bone mass.
While Tamara’s scan reveals that she is carrying a dangerous amount of visceral fat, E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork assures her that she can take action by being proactive about her health.
“The good news is, visceral fat can be the easiest fat to lose with life changes,” Dr. Travis says.
“Be more active. Do simple things like limiting your saturated fat intake, adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet and eating whole grains. The fresher your foods, the better off you’re going to be,” he adds.
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Pressed for Pumping Time?
Nursing moms: Are you pressed for pumping time? OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson shares tips for managing your breast milk on a busy schedule.
Erin, 30, is a new mom to 12-week-old Carson, and asks Dr. Lisa how to manage her breast milk when going back to her fulltime job.
“The average breastfeeding mom can produce 24 to 28 oz of milk per day,” Dr. Lisa says. “That’s about six new-born bottles worth.”
Take the following items to work:
• A portable pump.
• A warm compress: If you get stage fright at work, place a warm compress on your breast to relax and coax the milk out.
• A piece of paper: If you have your own office, write a friendly note to post on your door like “Do not disturb – Making food for my baby!” to ensure privacy while you pump.
• A framed photo of your baby’s face: Looking at a photo of your baby will trigger the mechanisms to let down the milk. Even the sound of a baby’s cry can make a woman lactate.
Once you’re done pumping, be sure to store the milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Use clean, sterile bottles with screw caps, and label each bottle, indicating the date the milk was pumped. Breast milk can be stored at room temperature for four to eight hours, in the refrigerator for two to three days and in the freezer for up to two weeks.
Don’t add fresh milk to frozen milk, and don’t be alarmed if refrigerated milk changes colors. It is normal for frozen or refrigerated breast milk to turn slightly blue, yellow or brown and separate into colors.
To create more milk between feedings, drink a non-alcoholic beer. Polysaccharide in barley, which is an ingredient in beer, stimulates prolactin, which promotes the production of breast milk.
Lastly, be sure to pump every last drop to avoid mastitis, the infection of the breast.
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The Doctors' After-Sex Sandwich
Feel fatigued after sex? Try The Doctors’ After-Sex Sandwich and stay energized for round two between the sheets.
“This is not your ordinary sandwich!” Dr. Travis says. “Every ingredient in here has something special to replenish your body.”
• 2 slices whole-grain bread
• 1/4 avocado
• 3 slices of turkey
• 1 1/2 tbsp ricotta cheese
• 1/4 cup Kale
• 2 slices of tomato
Spread avocado on one slice of bread and ricotta cheese on the other. Stack turkey, kale and tomatoes on the ricotta cheese slice, then stop with the remaining slice. Cut in half and enjoy!
Each 37-gram slice of whole grain bread contains roughly 13 milligrams of inositol, one of the most richly concentrated nutrients found in seminal fluid, and a member of the B-vitamin family, that is lost during ejaculation. Avocado is a healthy alternative to mayonnaise and is high in zinc, which is also lost in the body after male orgasm. Lastly, glutathione, a nutrient depleted after sex, can be reinstated with turkey and ricotta cheese, which are rich in amino acids and protein.