APRIL, 2017 — What Does a Chemical Peel Really Do for My Skin?

CME Author: Michelle Cullum, at Inspire GYM

  • Improve the overall tone and texture of your skin
  • Lighten and brighten your skin
  • Remove or reduce hyper pigmentation, melasma, sun damage & age spots
  • Reduce the appearance of pore size
  • Soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce or eliminate acne and acne scars
  • Stimulate the production of collagen resulting in firmer skin

A chemical peel involves applying a chemical solution to the face to remove surface layers of skin. Chemical peels can transform your skin, providing younger, healthier looking skin in just a few days. This non-invasive modality typically involves 2-7 days of visible peeling.

The combination and quality of ingredients are very important to maximize the results of a chemical peel. One leading chemical peel that offers a safe, virtually painless peel experience and high-quality, effective ingredients is The Perfect Peel by Bella Medical Products, which contains glutathione as one of its main active ingredients. Glutathione is an anti-oxidant that helps increase cellular turnover to diminish stubborn acne scars.

The right chemical peel can give you younger, healthier looking skin in a short period of time. The exfoliation process will reveal a fresh, new complexion. Results last as long as the skin is maintained with proper skin care products and maintenance peels. It is generally recommended to do two to four treatments per year to maintain your results.

The Perfect Peel requires no preconditioning of the skin prior to treatment and application only takes a few minutes. Peeling typically begins after a couple of days and by day six or seven the peeling process is normally complete and the results are often dramatic.

Schedule your Perfect Peel today at the special introductory price of only $250 (reg. $300)

APRIL, 2017 — Hormone Optimization Your Self-Test

CME Author: Dr. Dalhoumi, Medical Director

At Inspire my passion is to help educate & treat you on the role of hormone optimization at any age, both male and female patients. I want to help you maximize your well-being while providing safe, research based treatment options. Learn the truth of how hormone optimization can help you stop treating the symptoms and start living a life of healing and success.

Your first step towards this optimized life is to take the self-test below to see which hormones are not being optimized in your body. Circle the statements that are true for you. For each hormone circling 2 or more statements suggests that hormone should be tested. Bring your self-test to either Inspire Wellness location, anytime, no appointment needed and have the corresponding hormone lab drawn to verify your hormone levels.

    Cortisol
  • I lack energy and am always tired.
  • I have withdrawn from activities I use to find pleasurable.
  • I don’t sleep well at night.

Testosterone I have a reduced desire for sex that is not OK with me. I have decreased stamina/endurance or drive in life. I lack energy and am always tired. I have noticed a loss of tone in my muscles. Weight seems to settle in certain areas of my body and remains there despite weight loss.

Estrogen I have hot flashes or night sweats. I don’t sleep well at night. I get very emotional the week before my period.

Progesterone I don’t sleep well at night. I get very emotional the week before my period. I often feel anxious or suffer from panic attacks. I have a history of PMS, or suffer from it now. I’ve had problems with heavy periods or menstrual cramps.

Thyroid My hair is thinning or I’ve lost much of my eyebrows. I seem unable to lose weight. I lack energy and am always tired. Being overweight runs in my family. I have trouble remembering things or difficulty concentrating (brain fog). I am often cold when others are comfortable. I have been unsuccessful at lasting weight loss with multiple programs. Weight seems to settle in certain areas of my body and remains there despite weight loss.

Your second step is to schedule a one hour consultation visit with me. During this time, we will review your lab work and together formulate a hormone treatment plan that starts you on a life of optimized living!

It’s really that simple. Don’t wait or put this off, start living the life you deserve today!

MARCH, 2017 — CAN’T LOSE WEIGHT, MAYBE YOU HAVE A THYROID DISORDER

CME Author: Dr. Dalhoumi, Medical Director

Hypothyroidism is a thyroid disorder that means you have an underactive thyroid gland. If you have trouble losing weight no matter what you do, it could be because of this. Almost 30 million Americans have thyroid disease and women are 7 times more likely than men to have it. Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder and often misdiagnosed by doctors.

The thyroid gland takes in iodine, combines it with tyrosine (an amino acid) and converts it into the hormones T4 & T3. If your thyroid is normal, 80% will be T4 and 20% T3. These hormones travel through the bloodstream, converting oxygen and calories into energy. If this process doesn’t work properly, then you may gain weight or be incapable of losing weight.

Symptoms include: weight gain, depression, forgetfulness, fatigue, hoarseness, high cholesterol, constipation, feeling cold, hair loss, dry skin, low sex drive, tingling hands or feet, irregular periods and even infertility.

What can you do? Step one is to have a complete thyroid panel test done. This blood test will check for TSH, T4, T3, Free T4 and Free T3. This is a simple blood draw that we do at Inspire and requires no appointment. Your results are received within 72-hours.

Step two if your results are abnormal or sub optimal, Inspire may be able to replace the hormone or optimize it with synthetic or natural forms of a thyroid hormone. The ability is available to restore thyroid hormone levels for your optimal wellness.

MARCH, 2017 — 3 THIGH TONING EXERCISES YOU CAN DO AT YOUR DESK

CME Author: Mick, at Inspire GYM

Keeping thighs toned can be done at your desk with thigh toning exercises. The key is to be creative when working with a limited amount of space, time and equipment.

1. One-Legged Squat
Before performing this exercise, make sure your chair is stable and will not roll out from under you very easily. Sit with your buttocks towards the front half of the seat. Keep one foot planted on the floor, with the other leg slightly raised out in front. Keep your hands on the arm rest of the chair for support and balance. Slowly raise your buttocks off the chair about 6 inches, hold for one count, then slowly lower yourself back to starting position. Repeat these 8 to 12 times, then repeat with the other leg. This will work all the major muscles in the thighs, as well as the gluteal muscles in the buttocks.

2. Leg Extensions
Sit upright on your chair with your hands resting on the chair for leverage. Straighten one leg out in front of you and contract your quadricep muscle as much as possible. Hold this static position for about three to five seconds, then lower back to starting position. Repeat this action between 12 to 20 times, then switch to the other leg. This is an exercise that can be repeated throughout the day at your desk without anyone ever noticing.

3. Hip Flexion
Sit upright in your chair with your hands on the arm rests for support. Bend one knee slightly so that it is a little more than 90 degrees. Slowly lift your leg up towards your body so that your knee is being driven towards your chest. Slowly lower your leg back to starting position. Perform 20 of these hip flexions on each leg. This exercise works the front of your hips and thighs, as well as your abdominal muscles, and can be done easily at your desk.

MARCH, 2017 — HOW TO PROPERLY APPLY EYE-CREAM

CME Author: Michelle, at Inspire GYM

Using eye cream on a daily basis, you are more likely to look refreshed, bright-eyed and youthful, but what about these questions…

How do you apply eye cream? What area of the eye should you focus on? What’s the difference between pat gently or tub in? When should eye cream be applied?

When choosing the appropriate eye cream, it is essential to make sure it penetrates, not only to get the results, but also due to the fragile, thin nature of the under-eye skin. Here is a step-by-step description of the proper way eye cream should be applied:

  • 1. Wash your face with your cleanser.
  • 2. To balance the skin’s pH, use a toner.
  • 3. Next, apply any desired serum to the face, neck, and décolleté allowing complete absorption.
  • 4. Using your ring finger, apply small dots around the eye, above the eye, up to the brow bone area, and under the eye.
  • 5. Now gently tap the cream in to stimulate circulation until you feel it absorb – making sure to not pull or stretch the delicate skin around the eye. Pay special attention to problem areas when tapping cream.
  • 6. Finish with a moisturizer and/SPF during the day for protection.

FEBRUARY, 2017 — DON’T GET SICK! PREVENTION IS KEY

CME Author: Dr. Dalhoumi, Medical Director

Regardless of whether the threat is a simple cold or the flu, there are several things you can do to protect yourself from unnecessary downtime.

Proper Hand Washing This gets top billing because of its true effectiveness in preventing illness. The most important aspects of hand washing are the length of time (at least 30 seconds) and the amount of friction you use, not the water temperature.

Fluids and More Fluids Staying well hydrated clearly benefits our skin, the largest organ of our immune system. The advice to stay adequately hydrated is even more important in the cold, dry months of winter.

Eat Your Vitamins A balanced diet, which includes all food groups, gives your immune system the resources it needs when it faces a challenge like the flu.

Eight Hours of Sleep Research continues to prove how vital this is to every part of our well-being. It affects everything from our ability to resist illness to managing weight.

Hands and Face It is important to keep your hands away from your face, particularly the eyes, mouth, and nose, which are favorite points of entry for viruses. Start paying attention to how frequently you touch your face. Break the habit, and you could reduce your risk of colds and flu this season by more than 50 percent.

FEBRUARY, 2017 — RECHARGE YOUR ENERGY WITH ACUPUNCTURE

CME Author: Michelle, at Inspire GYM

If you feel tired and drained, you are not alone. “Lack of energy” is one of the top five complaints that doctors hear in their offices. According to Oriental medicine, the cold months of winter are the perfect time to recharge your battery and generate vital energy in order to live, look and feel your best.

The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment. The cold and darkness of winter urges us to slow down. This is the time of year to reflect on health, replenish energy and conserve strength.

During the winter months, it is important to nurture and nourish our vital energy; it is the time where this energy can be most easily depleted. Our bodies are instinctively expressing the fundamental principles of winter – rest, reflection, and conservation of energy.

Eating warm hearty soups, whole grains, and roasted nuts help to warm the body’s core and to keep us nourished. Sleep early, rest well, and stay warm.

Seasonal acupuncture treatments in winter serve to nurture and nourish your vital energy which can greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress, aid in healing, prevent illness and increase vitality.

FEBRUARY, 2017 — HOW CAN I LOSE WEIGHT WITH RESISTANCE EXERCISES?

CME Author: Mick, at Inspire GYM

We all know Cardio is King when it comes to burning calories and losing excess body fat. So why incorporate weight training into my routine? Resistance training stimulates the muscles in such a way that you will continue to burn calories even after you have finished exercise. You may burn 200-300 calories in a great cardio session but all that shredding stops as soon as you get off that Treadmill or Bicycle. Weight training keeps the fire burning at rest.

Pick one exercise from each muscle/movement group below. Each group starts with beginner exercises and gradually moves to more advanced exercises. Remember, start simple and then progress. Complete 15 reps of the selected exercise, then rest for 30-40 seconds. Complete 3 sets of each.

  • Quads – Body Squats (Beginner), Lunges, One legged squats, Box jumps (Advanced).
  • Butt and Hamstrings – Single leg step ups, Hip raises, and Stiff leg deadlifts.
  • Push (chest, shoulders, and triceps) – DB Bench press, Pushups, Dumbbell Flys, Overhead shoulder press, Dips.
  • Pull (back, biceps, and forearms) – Single arm dumbbell rows, Inverse bodyweight rows, chin ups (underhand grip), pull ups (overhand grip).
  • Core (abs and lower back) – Plank, Exercise ball crunches, Side planks, Bridge, Hanging leg raises.

So the next time you’re sitting at your desk, why not burn calories at the same time. Add some basic resistance exercises to your weekly routine.

FEBRUARY, 2017 — PEPTIDES… WHAT ARE THEY ANYWAY?

CME Author: Michelle, at Inspire GYM

Pick up any skincare product today and you will notice that many have peptides in them. Take a closer look and those products with peptides usually cost more than those without. What are peptides and why do you want to pay for them in your products?

Peptides are present at the birth of tissue and are recognized as the building blocks of life. In your tissue, peptides keep the skin firm. As tissue ages peptides break down causing lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Thank goodness lab-created peptides work from the inside of your tissue to address these aging concerns, especially wrinkles.

Under a microscope, peptides look like a string of pearls. These strings are made of amino acids, held together by nitrogen and carbon bonds. What makes the lab-created peptides so beneficial is their molecular size makes them able to penetrate the skin.

Peptides will produce results, so the cost is justified. They are easy to use and non-irritating to most skin types. That said; just know changes won’t happen overnight. Peptides take time to work because you are building from within the skin outward to the surface of your face.

Next time you see a skincare product with peptides in it take it home and give it try.