As we gear up for our summer vacations, many of us will experience the dehydrating effects of air travel.  Today’s flights include a quick visit from the beverage cart, occasionally accompanied by a pack of peanuts or crackers.  Undercover Agents know the Golden Rule:  hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Yet, drinking water on a plane is a double-edged sword; if you do not drink enough the epidermis dries significantly; if you drink too much, though, he lower body retains too much liquid. So what’s a non-ankle-swell-enthusiast to do?  Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, an anti-aging expert and long time health advisor to the New York Rangers, shares how to fight flight-induced dehydration with foods!

Watermelon  “Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods there are,” says Dr. Calapai “It’s a great alternative to plane snacks which have large amounts of sodium, which in turn make you more dehydrated.”  Pack big thick slices in a large plastic baggies and take them in your carry-on.  They will not be relinquished at the TSA checkpoint and will help you avoid salty snac.

Cucumbers  Cucumbers are about 96 percent water and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol.  According to Dr. Calapai, they are also high in Vitamin B6, “which helps in the production of serotonin which is the brain chemical that controls mood,” he shares.  Sliced or cubed they are also TSA-approved.  Dr. Calapai suggests preparing small cucumber-watermelon bites, as they make delicious snacks

Strawberries  When the airplane cookies come around say ‘no thanks’ and reach for some strawberries instead! “Strawberries have the highest water content of any berry, 92 percent to be exact,” shares Calapai “You can enjoy the tart-sweet flavor without consuming too much sugar.”

Soup  If you are the type of person who needs an actual meal to feel satisfied, Dr. Calapai recommends bring along a low-sodium Cup of Noodles carton.  It, too, is not TSA-restricted.  Simply ask the flight attendant for some boiling water and allow time for the mixture to reconstitute.

Coconut Water  You cannot totally avoid drinking liquids, but this one may only be found inside of the terminal.  “Coconut water is low in calories and high in naturally occurring hydration replenishing electrolytes, which regular water does not contain,” advises Dr. Calapai.  “It’s a better option than sports drinks which have artificial flavors and more calories.”  Simply allow for some extra time and hit the mini-mart after passing through security.

FIVE FOODS TO DEFY FLIGHT-INDUCED DEHYDRATION!


Summertime is officially here and we are so ready to embrace warm-weather activities. As we shed our long pants and lightweight sweaters, exposing our pasty, wintertime skin, we are compelled to pay attention to our skin.  Beverly Hills dermatologist, Dr. Lisa Chipps, shares some insights into some  common seasonal skincare issues and provides easy, manageable ways to get a head-start on treating them!

Thinning Hair: “Many women don’t realize that hereditary hair loss is a treatable condition, but it is! Early acknowledgement and action are absolutely critical because thinning hair can worsen over time if left untreated. Women’s Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Foam is an easy solution you can incorporate into your daily beauty routine to get a head start on treating hereditary hair loss. The key active ingredient in Rogaine is minoxidil and it’s actually the ingredient I recommend turning to for hair loss. It’s also the only topical ingredient FDA-approved for hair regrowth and Rogaine foam contains 5%. However, before starting any treatment, see your doctor to make sure that there is not an underlying medical condition causing your hair loss.” (Reminder: August is Hair Loss Awareness Month and 1 in 4 women experience it

Fine Lines/Wrinkles: “Retinol is an incredible ingredient derived from Vitamin A that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that can be a result of skin’s loss of collagen over time. It also works in balance with the skin’s natural renewal system to improve skin tone and firmness. End the day with a proven night cream/retinol combo like RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream. This night cream has been around for years – stick with it and the product will help visibly smooth wrinkles through the night while the skin rejuvenates itself.”

Sun Damage: “The sun’s UV rays are strong year-round so it’s important to apply sunscreen every day, not just during the summer. Incorporate a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 into your regular skincare routine. For your face, try Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for Face – its oil-free formula provides protection from harmful rays, and has the added benefit of hydrating your skin against sweat, chlorine and salt water.”

GETTING AHEAD OF COMMON SUMMER ISSUES!


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