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NuFace: Now anyone can look younger and reduce wrinkles.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 25, 2009

Did I Find The Fountain of Youth?

Do you “feel” your age?  What’s your age suppose to feel like anyway?  I’m not sure how I am suppose to be feeling at forty-something,  but I am feeling more and more like I’m “looking” my age.

The thing is…I don’t care enough about how I look to ever go under the knife and have plastic surgery, but I do care enough to wonder about other ways I might be able to maintain a youthful appearance as the years tick by.

Well, several weeks ago (January 1st to be exact), I decided to Google non-surgical face-lifts.  Most of what came up on that search were remedies and treatments available at spas and cosmetic surgery offices.  But I was really looking for something I could do myself and wouldn’t cost me a fortune to maintain.  I ended up becoming interested in a micro-current devise called NuFace.

What is a microcurrent facial?

Just how does microcurrent facial toning work? To understand that, we first need to understand what causes our facial skin to wrinkle and sag. As we age, our muscles become accustomed to certain expressions and tend to “stick” in these positions. A great example of this is the furrow between the eyebrows that many people get. At the same time, other muscles in our face are hardly ever used, and they begin to atrophy, which leads to sagging. An example of this can often be seen around our jaw lines, chins and necks where we tend to develop sagging or loss of definition as we get older.

Microcurrent facial toning machines sends safe, painless impulses to the muscles in your face that help overly-tightened muscles to relax and helps under worked muscles to regain strength. In essence, microcurrent facial toning “re-educates” the facial muscles and restores them back almost to their original shape.

When this happens the visible results are quite dramatic and the face is lifted, firmed and toned back to a much more youthful appearance. At the same time, the microcurrents improve circulation to your face which stimulates production of collagen, improves tone and texture, and improves or eliminates fine lines.

The NuFace seemed very easy to use and compared to the cost of having this type of treatment done at a spa or doctors office, reasonably priced.

So…I contacted a representative at NuFace, and they were kind enough to send me the product to try.  I had no idea what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.  It was very simple to use, there was no discomfort at all, and my face really did feel firmer after the first time I used it.  Here are my before and after photos…

This is my before pic…

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Wrapping Up BlogHer’s 2009 Good Health-A-Thon

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 24, 2009

Good Health-A-Thon Final Check In

The BlogHer 2009 Good Health-A-Thon is coming to an end, but your good health choices can still continue.   I hope we’ve been able to help you get on the right track to better health in 2009, I would love to hear how you’ve been doing in comments.

I thought I would take this opportunity to do a little wrap-up of our Good Health-A-Thon…

We started off talking about setting goals.  Did you set any?  Have you stuck to any of them?

Zandria posted on fitness goals.  Mir had goals for getting healthier with the kids, skeeterbess tackled good health in midlife, and sassymonkey took a couples approach to better health.

Then there was nutrition

Suzanne looked at how nutrition and diet affects relationships, Maria had tips for singles eating healthy, and Melissa covered the importance of families taking the time to eat together.

Let’s not forget how important exercise is to good health…

We had Debra blog about exercise and the middle age woman, Zandria covered getting motivated, Denise addressed couples and exercise, and Mir blogged about exercising with the kids.

I asked if you are getting enough sleep?

Suzanne wondered if sharing a bed with a partner affected sleep, Melanie addressed insomnia, and we also heard from a Midlife Insomniac.

Then we talked about stress reduction and positive affirmations

Denise talked about good stress vs. bad stress, Suzanne about stress and relationships,  and I wondered if the economy was stressing you out.

We also covered bad habits and addictions…

I blogged about addictions like sugar, coffee, and Facebook, Suzanne wanted to know about your partner’s bad habits, Super Jive talked about how our kids are watching our bad habits, and Laurie wondered if we should be trying to break our bad habits.

We talked about yoga and yoga with a partner.

And we just finished up talking about annual checkups

Suzanne covered couples and how to get your partner to go for a checkup, and Melissa blogged about the family checkup.

But that’s not everything.  Here are a few other posts you might have missed…

The Tao of Healthy Living and Weight Loss

Do You Know Your Resting Heart Rate?

Mashing The Internet Potato and Tales of an Internet Potato

Getting Off The Couch

What is Heart Healthy Eating?

Heart Health

Memory Loss

So that’s a quick roundup of BlogHer’s 2009 Good Health A-Thon, you can check out all of the Good Health-A-Thon posts here.  Did you have a favorite topic?  Did you blog about good health?  Are you on your way to better health?  Let us know in comments.

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
at Catherine-Morgan.com and Women4Hope

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Depression and Heart Disease

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 22, 2009

Are you depressed?  In a bad relationship?  Stressed out over the economy?  All of the above?  If so, you could be at a greater risk for heart disease.

There is new study that links serious depression to sudden cardiac death in women.  Depression linked to heart disease

Severe depression may silently break a seemingly healthy woman’s heart. Doctors have long known that depression is common after a heart attack or stroke, and worsens those people’s outcomes. Monday, Columbia University researchers reported new evidence that depression can lead to heart disease in the first place.

The scientists tracked 63,000 women from the long-running Nurses’ Health Study between 1992 and 2004. None had signs of heart disease when the study began, but nearly 8 percent had evidence of serious depression.

The depressed women were more than twice as likely to experience sudden cardiac death — death typically caused by an irregular heartbeat, concluded the 12-year study, published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. They also had a smaller increased risk of death from other forms of heart disease.

How is your marriage?  Are you happy?  Did you know that an unhappy marriage could increase a woman’s risk for heart disease?

A strained marriage can lead to heart disease risks for women. A new study show the chances of developing depression, leading to metabolic syndrome and obesity is worse for women in strained marriages than for men. The result is increased heart disease risk for women who are in an unhappy marriage.

And recently I blogged about a new study that found women are increasingly stressed over money and the economy.

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Try Yoga For Better Health

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 19, 2009

When you hear the word “yoga” what do you think of?  You may think you know all there is to know about yoga, but there is a good chance that you don’t.  Let’s take a look at some of what women are blogging on the topic of yoga.

Have you heard of Hot Yoga?

From Fat Fighter TV – Hot Yoga

Benefits of Bikram Yoga are said to include:

  • toning, strengthening, and lengthening your muscles
  • strengthening your spine
  • increasing flexibility
  • improving circulation
  • flushing toxins from your body
  • improving digestion
  • reducing stress
  • improving cardiovascular health
  • helping with weight management

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Do You Keep Up With Annual Checkups?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 19, 2009

Do you keep up with your annual checkups?  We all know we should, but it’s easy to come up with reasons to avoid them.  Instead of ignoring checkups, try understanding why they are so important.  Even better, know the right questions you should ask your doctor, and how your doctor should be communicating with you.

I found a great resource by Merck that allows you to pick a topic and then gives you all the questions you should ask your doctor about that topic.  It’s called MerckSource

Going to see the doctor? Even the best physician can’t give you the right answers if you’re not asking the right questions. Our simple, structured, and easy to read “Questions to Ask Your Doctor” section helps put you in control of your healthcare.

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Head Injury: Natasha Richardson Dies After Skiing Accident

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 19, 2009

All day yesterday there had been speculation about the condition of actress Natasha Richardson, after she suffered a head injury while skiing on Monday. Sadly, her death has been confirmed in a written statement by a spokesperson for her family…

“Liam Neeson, his sons (Micheal, 13, and 12-year-old Daniel), and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha,” the statement said. “They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

The statement did not give details on the cause of death for Richardson, who suffered a head injury and fell on a beginner’s trail during a private ski lesson at the luxury Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. Seemingly fine after the fall, about an hour later she complained that she didn’t feel well. –read full AP article here

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Cutting Calories Key To Weight Loss

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 4, 2009

It seems like a no-brainer that the key to weight loss is cutting calories, but many people swear by one diet or another as being best.  It turns out that the most important part of any diet is your ability to reduce your calorie intake.  This news verifies what I have always believed…The best diet is one that is tailored to you personally.  A diet that you can stick to (and possibly enjoy) will make it easier to reduce your calories, and have the most benefits.

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What Are You Addicted To?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 3, 2009

If you’re alive, you’re probably addicted to something.  What are you addicted to?

So many addictions, so little time. What are you addicted to? Smoking? Coffee? Chocolate? Soda? Sugar? Food? Exercise? Blogging?

I haven’t based this on any scientific study, but it’s my observation that…

If you’re alive, you’re probably addicted to something.

What do you think? Is it just human nature to be addicted? Do you know of anyone who has no addictions in their life? Are some addictions acceptable and others not? Have you replaced one addiction with another? What is your addiction? Is there a 12 step program for it? Do you wish there was?

Here is a little addiction roundup

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