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What Is Cellulite And How Do I Get Rid Of It?

August 22, 2016
Cellulite

It happens to almost every female on the planet: one day you wake up, look in the mirror, and realize that the skin on your thighs or buttocks region has started to become bumpy and rippled. This is cellulite and it affects 95 percent of all women.

Cellulite can be really aggravating for most women. Even though cellulite doesn’t necessarily indicate any medical issues, it definitely takes a toll on your physical appearance. What makes it worse is even though you are at your ideal weight and you work out, cellulite doesn’t go away.

You are not alone in this fight. Women of all shapes, sizes, and genetic history suffer from cellulite, so whether you are trim or overweight, chances are you have to battle with cellulite at one point or another. Even models in magazines have cellulite (although airbrushing and photo re-touching eliminates it.)

Since this problem is so universal and the overall consensus from women who have cellulite is that they want to get rid of it, we will walk you through some important information about cellulite.

• What is cellulite?
• What causes it?
• Can I prevent it?
• Can I get rid of it for good?

What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a persistent subcutaneous fat that causes dimpling of the skin primarily on women’s hips and thighs. Because women genetically have particular types of fat and connective tissue that differ from that of men, women are always the victims of this skin problem that is also referred to as “cottage cheese skin.”

There are four different grades of severity when it comes to cellulite. Like many other medical or genetic issues, depending on several different factors, you may be suffering from a low grade version to a high grade version.

The different grades of cellulite include:
1. Grade 1—no visible cellulite, even when the skin is pinched.
2. Grade 2—no visible cellulite when lying down or standing, but persistent dimpling can be seen when the skin is pinched.
3. Grade 3—visible cellulite when standing, but may disappear when lying down.
4. Grade 4—visible cellulite when standing and lying down.

As mentioned earlier, there is really no need to fret over cellulite other than the fact that you may not like how it looks on your body. Other than being bothersome, there are no medical repercussions of cellulite.

What Causes Cellulite?

Due to the fact that cellulite is so prominent, there are quite a few factors that cause women to suffer from it. Some of the primary factors include:
• Hormonal factors
• Genetics
• Diet
• Lifestyle

Hormonal Factors

Women are no strangers to the effects of hormones on their bodies. Like many other strictly female issues, estrogen is the primary culprit for cellulite. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything you can do about the fact that you have high levels of estrogen in your body. Sorry ladies, there’s no quick fix for hormones!

Genetics

Once again, this factor cannot be remedied. Unfortunately cellulite is a genetic trait passed on from mothers to their daughters. Chances are, if your mother or grandmother suffer from cellulite to a certain degree, you will as well.

Diet

Many people may notice that the more overweight an individual is, the more cellulite they get on their body. Fortunately for you, this is one thing that you have full control over. By changing your diet, consuming less calories and fat, and increasing your intake of fruits, veggies, and fiber, you can be one step closer to reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Lifestyle

Exercising is another method to getting rid of this unwanted friend. By committing to exercising more often, you can watch the cellulite disappear!

How Can I Prevent Cellulite?

If the particular grade of cellulite you suffer from is not caused by hormonal or genetic factors, the best way to prevent the occurrence of cellulite is through diet and exercise. By eating a healthier diet, you lessen the chances of weight gain and therefore lessen the chance of the appearance of cellulite. However, extreme dieting is highly discouraged by doctors. Extreme dieting can have the opposite effect, and can actually make you more prone to having cellulite appear on your body.

Exercise is another great way to prevent “orange peel” skin from occurring. Cellulite primarily shows up in the areas of the body with the least circulation, so by exercises that increase circulation and warm the skin are your best bet. So be sure to try swimming, running, or brisk walking for the best results!

How Can I Remove Cellulite?

If you have tried every option available to you and still can’t get rid of your cellulite, you may want to consider liposuction. Many doctors who practice liposuction also offer services that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. The best way to find out what may work for you is to consult a board certified practitioner who can guide you through the procedures available. This consultation should be offered at no charge and the doctor should be willing to share a variety of options with you.

So, if you are doing everything you should be and are still plagued by cellulite, consider contacting someone like the professionals at DreamBody. The DreamBody team may be able to help get rid of cellulite for good!

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Top 5 Low Impact Work Outs

August 22, 2016
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When you want to get in shape or lose weight working out is, of course, one of the best ways to do it. Working out burns calories, builds strength and helps trim, tone, and tighten your body. It’s great to get out and exercise more but there is more you need to consider when it comes to choosing a workout routine.

Many people make the mistake of thinking “any workout is a good workout” and in some senses that is true.  Unfortunately, there can be some negative aspects that go along with particular forms of exercising. For people who do not work out regularly, the idea of high impact exercise may not seem all that threatening. So what if you go for a run a few times a week? That surely can’t cause enough repercussions to make running “bad” for you, right?

High impact workouts such as running, jumping rope, or doing plyometrics can yield wonderful cardiovascular benefits and can help you lose weight more quickly, however, your joints can take a major beating when it comes to these types of calorie burning activities. When you continuously take part in high impact exercises, your body can pay the price years later when the need for knee or hip replacements may occur.

This doesn’t mean that you can never run – running can be a great workout! It’s just important to remember that you need to start slowly when you are getting back into exercising and that there are lower impact exercises that still burn calories, are much easier on your body, and will keep you healthier in the long run.

Low impact workouts cannot only be a great way to lose weight, but they are a fun alternative to a boring treadmill routine. Some of the benefits of low impact workouts include:

• Keeps joints healthy
• Increases the opportunity to work out more areas of your body
• Decreases the feeling of pain after a workout

You also ensure that your joints will stay healthier longer and you can increase your strength and flexibility with low impact workouts. So, why not switch it up this week and try one of these fun exercise alternatives instead?

1. Elliptical
2. Cycling
3. Rowing
4. Yoga
5. Swimming

1. Elliptical

If you are the type of person that enjoys working out in a gym environment, there are several great options for you when it comes to low impact exercises. The elliptical is one of the best choices as it combines the benefits of cycling and the treadmill, but completely eliminates impact on your joints. The elliptical is a great way to get your heart rate up and allows you to smoothly sail through your daily calorie burning.

2. Cycling

Whether you prefer to work out indoors or outdoors, cycling is a great option for you. Riding your bike gives you the opportunity to get your heart rate up while really working out your leg muscles as well. With cycling, you can also increase or decrease your intensity. If you are cycling indoors, you can turn up the intensity on your machine, allowing you to work out your leg muscles even more.

If you are cycling outdoors, you can challenge yourself every time you go up and down a hill. Not to mention you will get to see some beautiful scenery along the way! If you prefer to workout in group settings, cycling classes are the perfect solution for you! These high intensity, fun, and energizing classes allow you to burn even more calories while being pushed to your limit by your cycling instructor.

3. Rowing

Rowing is one of those exercises that doesn’t tend to cross people’s minds, but is one of the more challenging workouts you can choose. A lot of gyms have rowing type of machines available for you to use, but the best way to execute this workout is by doing the real thing. If you live near a lake, chances are they will have rowing classes/teams available. This group setting allows you to get outside and enjoy your workout with other people. You will get your heart rate up while drastically increasing your upper body and core strength.

4. Yoga

If you could use a bit more Zen in your life, yoga is a great low impact alternative workout. Depending on what you want to focus on the most when exercising, there are several different options when it comes to picking the right type of yoga for you. Traditional yoga takes place in a room temperature studio and guides you through postures and positions that increase your strength and flexibility.

If you want to incorporate more cardio into your yoga, Bikram or any other type of hot yoga is the perfect solution. These rooms are usually kept at temperatures around 105 degrees encouraging you to sweat and get your heart rate up, while practicing traditional yoga postures.

Yoga is a great option, regardless of which type you choose.  By consistently practicing it you will strengthen muscles all over your entire body and gain flexibility and balance, all while minimizing the impact on your joints.

5. Swimming

When it comes to low impact workouts, swimming is one of the best! The impact on your body during swimming is practically zero, but swimming can still be an intense workout that helps you really burn calories and get your heart rate up. Additionally, swimming uses muscles all over your body and can also focus on particular muscle areas when you change your stroke. Swimming is perfect year round as many gyms and fitness clubs have indoor pools, but swimming outside during the summer can be a pretty satisfying workout as well. Water aerobics are also an excellent way to burn calories, glean aerobic benefits, and build strength while sparing your joints from the pounding of higher impact activities.

So, if you are starting a new exercise routine, try to incorporate lower impact activities that will be easier on your body and allow you to build up to higher impact routines. With lower impact exercise, you will avoid injury and be able to work out consistently. This of course, will ultimately help you achieve those weight and fitness goals!

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Get Fit With Pokemon Go!

August 1, 2016
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Pokemon Go was released early in July and it has taken the country by storm. In less than a week, it became the number one downloaded app with more than 7 million downloads! In case you haven’t heard of it, Pokemon Go is an app for your phone that tells you where to find digital creatures called Pokemon. Those little critters can be anywhere – in parks, grocery stores, even in front of your neighbor’s house. You then “capture” them on your phone. As a result, scores of people are suddenly outside searching for Pokemon and inadvertently getting exercise. You would think the app would just appeal to kids, but grownups everywhere are having a great time trying to “catch them all.”

If you have already succumbed to the craze or you are looking for a fun way to get some cardio, then Pokemon Go can definitely help you in your fitness goals. The app rewards you for traveling longer distances and it also rewards you when you catch the same Pokemon several times. So even if you have already caught a “Charizard”, every time you catch another one, you build strength in the app. By doing this, the app encourages you to stay out looking for Pokemon and helps you get more cardio at the same time.

The app focuses on distance rather than time, so for many people, it helps them stay motivated to keep moving. The “mission” never really ends and there may be another Pokemon just up the road. People often find that they are so caught up in catching Pokemon that they don’t stop to consider whether they are tired or not whereas while running on a treadmill, it’s all too easy to get bored and want to stop. People are commenting all over Twitter and other social media that they have covered 3, 5, or even almost 7 miles while hunting for Pokemon.

Another benefit to all the walking you do with Pokemon Go is that it is good for your mood and helps lower anxiety. Added to that is the fact that you are playing a game and it is fun! Most of us tend to think of exercise as something we have to get through and Pokemon Go brings back that feeling of playing outside from our childhoods while still helping us get our steps in. It’s also a great way to get out and meet people. Pretty much everywhere you go, you’ll see folks walking along with their phones, obviously looking for Pokemon. It’s not too hard to strike up a conversation. There are even groups popping up on sites like Facebook, so if you want to find some fellow enthusiasts just start clicking. We all know it’s easier to keep doing something that is fun, so Pokemon Go is an excellent way to stay motivated to exercise.

If you have kids or dogs, Pokemon Go is a wonderful excuse to get outdoors with them. Adults are not the only ones facing an obesity epidemic in the U.S., it is on the rise for kids as well. Pokemon Go gets everyone off the couch and enjoying each other’s company. Parents all over the country are commenting that they love looking for Pokemon with their kids. And what dog wouldn’t benefit from a longer walk?

Of course, it’s pretty hot here in the Valley right now, but you can still play and reap the cardio benefits. Many people go out early the morning or later in the evening. From about 7:00 pm on, our parks are full of Pokemon hunters. You can also hit malls and stores as they tend to be loaded with Pokemon. As always, make sure to stay hydrated and avoid too much sun so that you can join in the fun safely. If you are looking for an enjoyable new way to exercise or want to add to your exercise routine, Pokemon Go might be just what you’re looking for! So get out there and catch ‘em all!

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Can Biotin Help Your Hair, Skin, and Nails?

August 1, 2016
Biotin

You may have seen biotin listed on the label of products and supplements that can help your hair, skin, and nails, but you may not know what biotin is. Biotin is part of the B complex of vitamins and is sometimes also called vitamin H.  These B vitamins help our bodies convert food into energy. Adults and adolescents need between 30 and 100 mcg of biotin a day. Most people get plenty of biotin from a normal, healthy diet.

Biotin deficiencies are not very common and in fact tend to be found in pregnant women or in people with Type 1 diabetes. However, doctors may prescribe biotin supplements for people with hair loss or a red scaly rash on their skin. You can also get biotin from the following sources-

  • egg yolk
  • organ meats (liver, kidney)
  • nuts, like almonds, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts
  • nut butters
  • soybeans and other legumes
  • whole grains and cereals
  • cauliflower
  • bananas
  • mushrooms

 

If you are still concerned about dry, brittle hair and nails, or you have issues with your skin, you should consult an expert like the medical professionals at DreamBody. They will be able to test and determine whether biotin or other vitamin supplements can address your concerns. So before you throw a lot of money at a product that promises miracles, come in to DreamBody for a consultation so that you can find out what could be causing your thinning hair, nail breakage, or acne and treat it effectively.

 

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Germs Can Be Good

August 1, 2016
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As the global population increases, more work moves indoors, and world-wide travel is more frequent, we are exposed to many more germs than just 10 years ago. In fact, one study found that bacteria on office computer mice has increased three-fold since 2005 and during the period from 1940 to 2004, more than 300 new infections emerged. We are bombarded with products that promise to kill germs or that are made of antibacterial or antimicrobial material. It is no wonder that many people feel a little (or even a lot) germophobic.

Unfortunately, exposure to germs is unavoidable but luckily, most of it is harmless. Also fortunately for us, bad organisms are far outweighed by good ones– in the environment and on our bodies. We are actually covered in bacteria with billions on our skin and trillions in our intestines. This bacteria lives in friendly symbiosis with us and helps us digest food, absorb vitamins, and protects us from other bacteria that can make us ill. “Some bacteria produce vitamin K, which prevents bleeding, and others turn fiber into a compound that helps protect against cancer,” notes Vincent R. Young, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Additionally, research has found that not enough exposure to germs can cause your immune system to overreact. This can result in allergies, eczema, and even autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s disease. When we are deprived of enough contact with common bacteria our immune system does not learn how to distinguish and react appropriately to threats. Studies have found that children tend to develop more allergies if they took antibiotics early in life or if their parents made them wash their hands frequently and bathe more than once a day. A 2008 study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases also links lower rates of asthma to infection with intestinal worms and the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. And what’s true for children is even more so for adults. In 2002, a massive survey published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology showed that hay fever, allergies and asthma are less common in people who have been exposed to hepatitis A, herpes virus 1 (the one to blame for cold sores) and toxoplasma, a parasite found in cat poop.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you want to roll in mud every day (or let your children do so) but if you are constantly disinfecting every surface in your home or washing your hands so frequently that your skin is becoming cracked and dry, then you’re probably going a little overboard. You should adhere to safe food handling and cooking guidelines, as well as washing your hands frequently (like every time you enter your home, or after you’ve been in contact with a lot of people), and of course, avoid touching your face unless your hands are clean. It’s a good idea to disinfect surfaces after someone has been ill in your home or office, but disinfecting doesn’t need to happen daily or multiple times per day. The best way to stay healthy is to boost your immune system by eating well, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. All the hand sanitizer in the world won’t help if you aren’t taking care of yourself.

So don’t be afraid of germs and don’t let avoiding germs interfere with your daily life. Life can be messy and that’s not always bad!

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Healthy Watermelon Sorbet

July 17, 2016
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Watermelon Sorbet

This refreshing sorbet gets ruby color from raspberries and plenty of zest from fresh lime juice.

Watermelon Sorbet

Makes: 7 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Yields: 3-1/2 cups
Prep: 20 mins
Freeze: 6 hrs
Watermelon Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  •  12 ounces chopped watermelon (2 cups)

 

Directions

Finely shred 2 teaspoons peel from lime. Juice lime (2 tablespoons); set aside.
In a medium saucepan stir the sugar and water over medium heat until just simmering, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Add raspberries and lime juice. Stir to thaw.
Place raspberry mixture and watermelon in a food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Press mixture through a fine-mesh sieve; discard seeds. Stir in lime peel.
Transfer mixture to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Cover; freeze until firm (4 to 24 hours). Transfer to a chilled bowl, breaking up if necessary. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until smooth and lightened in color. Return to dish. Cover and freeze for 2 to 4 hours or until firm.

Nutrition Facts (Watermelon Sorbet)

Per serving:
138 kcal cal.,
0 g fat (0 g sat. fat,)
0 g polyunsaturated fat,
0 g monounsatured fat),
0 mg chol.,
2 mg sodium,
35 g carb.,
2 g fiber,
33 g sugar,
1 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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The Top 5 Spots for Cold Laser Lipo

July 17, 2016
Lipo Trouble Spots

You, like many other people, may be trying to get rid of pesky, stubborn fat that seems to stick around no matter how hard you diet and exercise. Fortunately, Liposuction is the perfect solution that can fix that problem area you’ve fought for so long.

Many people have a lot of questions about Lipo and a good provider should be able to answer those questions for you. Some of the most common questions concern where Lipo can be used on a person’s body. DreamBody has performed hundreds of successful Cold Laser Lipo procedures and we have found that the most popular areas are;

1. Abdomen
2. Waistline (love handles)
3. Thighs
4. Upper arms
5. Neckline

1. Abdomen
The abdomen is one of the most difficult places to lose fat from. You can diet and exercise and find you still have a little tummy pooch. Even some of the most fit people struggle with belly fat. The lower abdomen can be especially stubborn and Lipo sometimes is about the only way to get rid of that extra pocket of flab.

2. Waistline
Love handles and “muffin tops” are the enemies of many otherwise fit people. Men and women struggle with the fat that collects in this area.Just like belly fat, losing fat from your waistline can be extremely tricky as well. This is a difficult to target region when working out and spot reduction doesn’t really work that well anyway. For people who tend to collect extra pounds around their waistline, Lipo is the best way slim all the way down.

3. Thighs
The thigh region can be one of the trickiest areas to lose weight from for both men and women. With lots of diet and exercise, you can generally slim down this area, but it is one of the fattiest regions on your body and can remain flabby—even if you are a workout warrior. Many women can be extremely fit and yet still have “saddlebags”.
And many men complain about not liking the way that their thighs feel or look too. Lipo is perfect for sculpting the thighs and helping you look better and more confident in your clothes.

4. Upper Arms
Women tend to struggle more with this area of the body, but men can be affected as well. As we age, our underarm area loses its elasticity and becomes more and more flabby, thus leading to the dreaded “bat wing”. Diet and exercise can definitely help eliminate a large portion of fat from this area but sometimes people need that final push that Lipo can give in removing that stubborn pocket of fat.

5. Neckline
Your neckline is one of the most difficult areas to cover up. Unless you are wearing turtlenecks on a regular basis, this part of your body will almost always be exposed. Because this is a high visibility area of the body, many people seek Lipo for their neckline. Again, with aging, your skin tends to lose its elasticity and any weight gain is dramatically more visible here than it was when you were younger. Exercise can’t help much with this region, which means that Lipo is your best bet to get rid of the excess fat for good!

Of course, Cold Laser Lipo is great for many other areas of the body including calves, the tops of your knees, your jawline, and many others. If you diet and exercise and still have bulges that just don’t respond, then Lipo is probably a great option for you. Cold Laser Lipo is one of the most popular procedures in the U.S. (in fact, more that 200,000 people chose it on the past year.) Cold Laser Lipo is safe and affordable. Contact DreamBody Medical Centers to find out if Lipo is for you!

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4 Tips to Help You Exercise Safely in Extreme Heat

July 17, 2016
Hot Exerciser

Summer is here in Arizona and it is hot, hot, hot! We love living here– most of the time our weather is beautiful, the sun shines almost every day, and we are surrounded by the beauty of nature. This time of year can be tough, though. Temperatures are consistently over 100 degrees and almost everyone stays indoors in the air conditioned cool. This can make staying fit a bit of a challenge. You can always go to the gym of course, but if you want to mix it up and get outdoors to exercise, you actually still can. You just need to make sure that do not underestimate the heat.

You absolutely must take proper precautions for physical activity in order to keep yourself and your body safe. If you have lived in the Valley of the Sun for a few years, you know that serious injuries and fatalities can occur when people who don’t adequately prepare to exercise in such extreme weather.

Even though braving the triple digit temperatures can be a bit unnerving, if you take the proper steps you can still safely exercise in extreme heat.

Follow these tips for exercising in the summer:

  1. Hydrate
  2. Dress properly
  3. Avoid direct sun
  4. Choose the right time

1. HYDRATE
This is the number one thing you need to do. Even in cooler months, you will see Arizona natives consuming plenty of water. Our climate is pretty dry year round. In the summer, staying hydrated is even more important due to the high temperatures. Many people will fill a large jug of water (with 64 ounces or more) early in the day and make sure that they have consumed the entire thing by nightfall. A good rule to remember is, “don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink”. When you work out, make sure you drink water before, during, and after exercising. If you will be hiking, bring more water than you think you will need. Unfortunately, people who have not followed this rule have paid dearly for it. After your workout snacks like chocolate milk, olives, seaweed, bananas, leafy green vegetables, yogurts, nuts, and nut butters will all supply electrolytes and help your body recover more quickly.

2. DRESS PROPERLY
Shorts and tank tops are a must during this time of year and you want to wear clothing that will help keep you cool.Loose fitting clothes in light colors will be your best friend during this time of year. Allowing air to circulate will assist in maintaining your body temperature and prevent you from getting over heated. Always avoid dark colors since they absorb more heat. Lighter colors will do a better job of reflecting heat. Some workout clothing lines even have dry fit technology to keep them from becoming drenched in sweat and sticking to your body. If you will be outdoors, a sunhat or baseball cap (in a light color) is a must as is sunblock.

3. AVOID DIRECT EXPOSURE
If you can find a shady spot to work out, you should definitely do so! Even though finding a place to run or hike that is filled with shade is difficult, there are some areas that have more shade than others. There are parks and trails where you can find shade all around the Valley. Exercising in the direct sun is not a good idea and you should probably avoid it. And of course, hats, visors, sunglasses, and sunscreen are all necessities for summer workouts.

4. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME
It’s nice to do a spontaneous hike, run, or bike ride but during the summer it is not a good idea. When the weather gets hot, you will want to plan your workouts ahead of time and do them during a time of day when it is cooler. The hottest times of the day are between noon and 4 pm, and the best time to tackle your workout will be in the early morning hours, or later in the evening. If you will be running or cycling after the sun has set, make sure to wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight for additional safety.

Again, it is not impossible to stay fit when the weather gets hot and if you adequately prepare, you can still work out. No matter what, make sure that you let someone know where you are going and an approximate time that you will return. Carry a cell phone just in case and make sure you get approval from your doctor to exercise. If you follow the four tips above, you can stay in shape–even when it is 105 degrees!

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Garlicky Zucchini Noodles (Without the Pasta)!

June 27, 2016
Garlicky-Zucchini

(From Better Homes and Gardens Healthy Recipes)

You won’t believe how easy these noodles are! Perfect for a simple summer dinner, this quick meal comes together in just 20 minutes!

We ditched the pasta for a bowl of spiral zucchini noodles topped with fragrant walnut oil, and heady garlic.

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut two medium zucchinis into long, thin strands. Then, cut through the noodles with kitchen scissors.

In a large skillet, heat two tablespoons of walnut oil over, medium high heat. Add six cloves, of smashedand halved garlic. Cook and stir until the garlic just begins to brown.

Next, add the zucchini to the skillet. Cook and toss for one minute, then transfer to the serving bowl.

Add a half cup of walnuts to the skillet. Cook until just toasted. Then add them to the zucchini. Add a half teaspoon kosher salt, and a quarter teaspoon crushed red pepper. Toss the mixture to coat, then set aside.

Next, heat one tablespoon walnut oil in a skillet. Add four slices of torn pancetta or prosciutto, and cook until crisp. Add the pancetta to the zucchini mixture along with green apples and toss. Top with goat cheese before serving.

And there you have it, a playful dish of zucchini noodles flavored with garlic and topped with crunchy green apples – a perfect light and healthy dish for a summer dinner!

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Why Summer Is The Best Time For B-12 Injections

June 27, 2016
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Even though it gets really hot here in the Valley of the Sun, we all still look forward to summer! Summer means a break from school, work tends to slow down a bit, vacations, adventures, road trips, and three day weekends.

Even though life seems to be a little easier in the summer, there is still a lot going on so it’s important to keep your energy levels high. With trips to the airport, entertaining guests, carpools to drop the kids off at camp, long distance drives in the car to get to the nearest beach, it’s no wonder that sometimes summer feels like it’s gone in the blink of an eye.

And of course, dealing with the extreme heat during Arizona summers is exhausting. Simple, everyday tasks can leave you completely drained. Between work, kids, and other commitments that don’t go away just because it’s summer,  it’s hard to catch up on your sleep or take a few days off. For those people who are struggling to maintain their energy levels during this time of the year, there is truly no better time to start B-12 injections.

To put it simply, B-12 Injections, are concentrated doses of the vitamin B-12 that allow you to have higher energy levels and lose weight faster. There are countless benefits to receiving B-12 injections and they have become a proven method of weight loss.

So if you are looking for an excuse to have more energy this summer, here are a few reasons why summer might just be the best time for you to start B-12 Injections!

1. Travel
2. Extreme heat
3. Exercise
4. Vacation

1. Travel

It’s no secret that travel can take a major toll on your body and your energy levels. Whether you are taking a short road trip up to Flagstaff or you are flying across the globe, traveling is an exhausting activity that can make you vulnerable to illness.

When you pile the whole family into the car and are scrambling to try and organize everything, your energy quickly becomes depleted. Since you are exposed to so many different people (especially at airports) when traveling, your risk for catching a virus of some sort immediately escalates.

B-12 Injections can not only help you maintain energy levels when you undertake these potentially exhausting endeavors, but they also help boost your immune system.

No one likes getting sick while traveling, so avoid the risk this season and take the proper precautions before hitting the road.

2. Extreme heat

As mentioned earlier, the heat in Arizona will cause you to feel fatigued and depleted. Activities like yard work or running errands become drastically more challenging when you are trying to accomplish these things in triple digit temperatures.

Even getting in and out of the car can be draining. The temperatures inside the car often reach 130 or higher and it takes a while for the air conditioning to kick in. Plus, parking lots are just about the hottest places in metro Phoenix due to the dark asphalt. Ugh!

Even with pools and plenty of air conditioning, we can’t avoid the Arizona heat completely, so avoid the possibility of exhaustion by investing in the solution of B-12 shots. B-12 shots make it easier to face your busy day in 100 plus degree temperatures cheerfully!

3. Exercise

Much like daily activities, exercising in the summer gets more challenging. Regardless of whether you exercise indoors or outdoors, working out in the summer is no easy task. Fortunately, in addition to providing you with higher energy levels, B-12 Injections also help to boost weight loss.

During a time of year where dieting and exercising can be challenging, this simple solution can solve all of your problems. Not only do B-12 shots help you with your weight loss regime, they make it unnecessary to undertake extreme exercise during the brutal summer weather. When the weight comes off more quickly, you won’t feel the need to be so hard on your body during workouts. You will be able to burn more calories with a more moderate (and safer) exercise routine and you will have more energy to accomplish your workouts.

4. Vacation

Vacationing should be filled with lots of rest and relaxation, right? Contrary to popular belief, vacationing can actually be more tiring than it is relaxing. Planning, packing, driving/ flying and then enjoying adventures once you have reached your destination can all take a toll on your body.

When you vacation, you are out of your element. Even though this can be a great thing, it can mess up your energy levels, your sleeping patterns, and your eating habits. You can become jet lagged, your diet probably consists of foods that aren’t very good for you, and your exercise routine may become non-existent.

When you return home, instead of feeling refreshed and ready to tackle daily life again, you might feel like you need a vacation from your vacation! B-12 injections can help you get back in the groove much more quickly so that you can get back into your daily routine including exercising and eating well.  Come back from your trip energized and ready to go!

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.