Green Juice

Juicing isn’t just a celebrity trend any more; rather, its become a lifestyle among urban 18-49ers.  Available in specialty shops, markets, and even your local drugstore, its hard to find a lunch menu without a proper juice selection!  But how do we balance the benefits of juicing without encountering its many pitfalls?  We asked registered dietician, Amanda K. Foti, of Selvera Wellness, to share her juicing checklist:

1. Check the overall calories. Depending on the ingredients used, some juices can rack up over 300-400 calories from the fruit and sugar. If you’re using this as a post workout beverage or even worse, to compliment a meal, you will be consuming a high amount of calories in a short amount of time. Look for the lower calories options around 100 calories.

2. Check the sugar levels! Some green juices can quickly rack up over 25-35g sugar. Avoid juices that use fruit juice as a base and certainly those that have added sugar. Often times the added sugar is to improve the taste, but it’s not doing any favors for you waistline or health. Keep it to less than 15g and avoid any juices that list sugar, cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup or any other sweeteners in the ingredient list.

3. Check the Protein! If you’re grabbing a juice for a meal replacement or a post-workout refuel, you want to make sure your juice is paired with a protein source, at least 10g. Some juices will add protein powders, soy milk, or yogurt to boost the protein. If protein isn’t included, grab a whole food source of protein to compliment your juice like hard boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, or a protein bar (at least 10g protein, less than 15g sugar). Read more of this story »


Acne Before and After Photos Patient 2Let’s face it, acne is truly a four-letter word.  It affects people of all demographics, and often results in permanent scarring.  Until recently, there was never truly an immediate fix for deep acne scars.  Treatments, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels, often result in skin discoloration and additional scarring.  Today, the gold standard is fractional laser resurfacing, achieved through either a single treatment C02 laser (entailing significant downtime) or multiple treatments with a minimally-invasive Erbium laser.  However, like its predecessors, results are not immediately realized.

Recently, Bellafill, a smooth collagen-based dermal filler with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres, was approved by the FDA to treat both nasolabial folds and acne scarring.  Delivering dramatic results in a single office visit (with little-to-no downtime), Bellafill lifts acne indentations while helping the skin recreate its own firmer structure for a smoother appearance.  Celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Ava Shamban, of Beverly Hills, explains, “[It’s] placed below the acne scar depression using a fine needle. The collagen gel provides immediate volume and lift and, over time, is absorbed by the body. The microspheres remain in place and create a matrix that provides structural support to the skin for lasting correction.”


Flibanserin-SproutThe Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday its approval of Addyi, a daily, non-hormonal, sex drive-enhancement drug, clinically known as filibanserin.  Designed for premenopausal women affected by hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or HSDD, it is expected to treat nearly 10% of all adult women in the United States who suffer from the condition. HSDD is characterized as “low sexual desire that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty and is NOT due to a co-existing medical or psychiatric condition; problems within the relationship, or the effects of a medication or other drug substance.”

Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s manufacturer, will launch the drug commercially on October 17, 2015, where it will likely retail for between $30-$75 per month (when covered by insurance).  Unlike its male counterpart, Viagra, the drug will take “weeks” to show its efficacy in patients and will be tagged with a “Black Box Warning” against combining it with alcohol and certain antifungals, which have been shown to cause episodes of low blood pressure and fainting.  Addyi acts on the brain chemicals associated with mood an appetite, in the same fashion of an antidepressant.