A non-invasive or minimally invasive procedure can provide results that show improvement yet are subtle enough so that it may not be obvious that you have undergone a cosmetic procedure. With IcoOne, there is no scaring. In fact, it aids to minimize scaring and stretch marks. It breaks down fat pockets targeting localized fat that cannot be eliminated by exercise or diet and reduces cellulite. If you are interested rejuvenating your body back to its youthful state, noninvasive is probably the choice for you.
Let’s talk the pros and the cons. These are facts I found when comparing the two options.
Some procedures take longer than open surgery.
Reduced tissue trauma
No blood loss
Faster recovery and return to normal activities
Outpatient – you go home with no downtime
NO postoperative pain
Increased patient satisfaction
Rebuild collagen in the skin
Normalize cell function
On the other hand, if you are looking for dramatic change, where everyone can tell you had something done, then you might want plastic surgery. Plastic or cosmetic surgery also leaves scars, even when minimal. Most people are satisfied with their postoperative outcomes. Let’s not forget disappointment with the results is a real possibility as well. People who undergo breast surgery may experience contouring or asymmetry problems, while those undergoing facial surgeries could simply not like the result. Once your body is cut into, it is never the same again.
The pros of plastic surgery is it’s instant, whatever you want changed can be totally different in the matter of hours! We live in a time when instant is what everyone desires.
Nerve Damage (loss of feeling)
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Noninvasive or Invasive is a personal choice, ultimately whichever you chose is something you have to live with at the end of the day.
Having cosmetic surgery can be vital to confidence levels and self-image. If you have a physical feature that you’ve spent years wishing was different or that has an impact on your daily life or health, this is usually an indication that it is something you truly desire to change. Opposed to a sudden dislike for something about yourself that recently became an issue. However, obsession over a specific facial or body feature can indicate mental health issues, and therapy might be a better option than surgery.
Beware cosmetic surgery is still surgery and shouldn’t be taken lightly. The potential for complications exists, just like any other operation. Pain is a significant drawback to plastic surgery, and recovery times can be as long as six months in some cases.
Did you know thatIcoOne can eliminate that after workout burn?Lactic acid is the substance in your muscles that causes them to feel fatigued during exercise and sore following prolonged exertion. Even if you’re not familiar with lactic acid and its function, I’m sure you have heard of alpha hydroxy acid. Lactic acid is classified as an alpha hydroxy. It is made synthetic or naturally. Lactic acid is a pure condensed form of fuel.
Lactic acid production in exercise is a great thing for your overall state of health and fitness. Lactic acid acts to firm up your muscles and increase your aerobic capacity. Your body used extra calories to absorb lactic acid. Your body also gains aerobic capacity, making it both more efficient at burning fat during exercise (Remember, your body needs oxygen to burn fat). Last but not least, the more you “feel the burn” during exercise the more growth hormone substance your body will make. HGH or human growth hormone helps keep our bodies youthful. So, it’s a win-win.
During a IcoOne treatment, the roboderm technology aids lactic acid along with other toxins to be released from your muscles into the surrounding soft tissue. You will feel rejuvenated!
*Drink more water than you usually would to help flush out toxins after your treament.
90% of women are affected by cellulite at some point in their lives. Being slender does not make you exempt. Unfortunately, cellulite can run in the family, it’s one of those genes that can be passed down. It occurs when connective tissue is weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation.
If you incorporate 5 things into your routine, you will see a vase improvement of your cellulite in just a few weeks.
DRINK AT LEAST 3 LITERS OF WATER A DAY! Drinking water first thing in the morning will also reduce your appetite. We suggest you drink this water at least a half-hour before eating, which will provide some time for the water to digest, and won’t dilute the stomach acids too much, which can impact how well enzymes in your stomach digest your food.
This is VERY important! Water flushes your system daily and drink it room temperature or slightly chilled! It will keep you regular and help pass the toxins that will be coming out of your body during this detox.
Proper hydration is absolutely essential to wellness and vitality, as well as proper function of every bodily process. Remember our bodies are made of 70% water. Chronic dehydration, however mild, pushes your internal environment towards one where disease conditions flourish.
If a person doesn’t drink enough water to balance the increased water needs, the kidneys produce more concentrated urine, which increases the risk of forming kidney stones.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL you are thirsty to drink! Our thirst impulse lags behind the body’s needs, so you should not wait until you are really thirsty to reach for a glass of water because that means your body is already dehydrated.
The International Sports Medicine Institute recommends 1/2 to 2/3 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day, ingested periodically throughout the day.
Dry brushing is a centuries-old health practice that you may want to add to your daily routine. It’s an easy and effective natural beauty routine that as we grow older your body will thank you for! Cellulite is made up of trapped fat cells, by dry brushing you can help to release these trapped toxins and break them down, or at least reduce their appearance.
IcoOne Massage aids the lymphatic system. It is responsible for picking up practically all the body’s wastes as well as foreign objects such as viruses and bacteria, which it transports to the lymph nodes to be broken down by immune cells. The lymphatic system can get overwhelmed and backlogged, due to injury, illness, physical inactivity or tension, which can cause immune problems, brain fog, achiness, or swelling.
This is where the massage helps decongest the area and get the fluid moving again. The lymphatic system is located directly beneath the skin, so the pumping, circular movements are very light. Too much pressure actually closes the capillaries but it’s very effective at reducing inflammation and edema associated with injuries or surgery, auto-immune disorders, and allergies. IcoOne can helps the body heal from surgery, and aids in the body’s natural waste removal or detoxification.
You will need to start to exercise at least 2 to 3 times a week and possibly lose weight.
No getting around it, you will have to have some cardio in your life. My favorite cardio is walking. It works out every part of your body at the same time. Just a 20-minute brisk walk 5 days a week will do your body justice. If walking isn’t your thing, you can also:
Ladies, most of us are hit with cellulite on our backsides and thighs more than anywhere else. These quick exercises below are really thigh changing.
Get on your hands and knees on the floor in an all-fours position.
Kick each leg back behind you, concentrating on using your glutes and upper thighs.
Lower each leg and repeat on the other side.
Stand with your feet together.
Lunge to one side at a time, squeezing both your inner- and outer-thigh muscles.
Go back to center and repeat on the other side.
Stand in front of a bench or a sturdy exercise box.
Then step up on it, one foot at a time.
Step back down in the same pattern.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and make sure your toes are pointed forward.
Lower your glutes as if you were sitting in a chair, making sure your knees don’t go over your toes.
Squeeze back up to your starting position and then repeat.
This is a step beyond the regular squat with the added challenge of a jump at the end:
Perform a regular squat.
Instead of squeezing all the way back up to the starting position, make a small jump off your toes.
You don’t have to live with your cellulite another day. No better time to start getting rid of it than now.
Dry brushing is a centuries-old health practice that you may want to add to your daily routine. It’s an easy and effective natural beauty routine that, as we grow older, your body will thank you for! I prefer the handheld dry brush over the one on the long stick. I feel I can get a better massage by holding it closer to my skin.
The benefits of dry brushing are innumerable and go deep. Using a body brush helps to shed dead skin cells and exfoliate on the surface level, which helps skin to absorb nutrients and retain moisture, thanks to clearer pores. Dry brushing also reduces cellulite. Cellulite is made up of trapped fat cells, by dry brushing you can help to release these trapped toxins and break them down, or at least reduce their appearance. The same goes for varicose veins.
More than that, the technique can improve blood circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system, which is an important component of the body’s immune system. This can keep you in tip-top shape and may even help prevent illnesses.
You need to make sure you are dry-brushing at the right time of day. Since dry brushing stimulates your senses and increases blood flow, it makes the most sense to do it first thing in the morning. We recommend doing it in the shower with the water off! Dry brush right before you start the water to bathe.
There is a right and wrong way to do it, so here is a little instruction:
Start at the soles of your feet. Begin brushing with swift, firm strokes traveling from your feet up your legs, always brushing toward your heart area.
Keep the same brush strokes upward your legs, as many times as desired before moving on to your hands and arms.
Grab a buddy, if you can and have him/her help you brush your back or do it yourself if you have a long-handled brush. (If not, get all the areas you can.) Repeat as needed.
Finally, brush your stomach, chest, and neck. Avoid sensitive areas (face, nipples & genitals) or use a gentler touch there.
After your skin is nice and tingly, turn on the shower, and try alternating between very hot and very cold water to further stimulate circulation. I always end my shower with a cold rinse off to close my pores and my hair cuticles.
After you shower and dry off, be sure to moisturize your skin with an all-natural body lotion or butter.
Here are a few important things to remember:
Never dry-brush a wet body.
Don’t dry-brush over cuts, bruises, or sore spots.
Start off slowly and gradually build up in intensity.
For best results dry-brush daily. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to only dry brush twice a week.
It’s important to keep your brush clean. Wash it in warm water with a mild liquid soap once a week. After rinsing thoroughly, allow it to air-dry completely before stowing to prevent mildew or bacteria growth. Lastly when you’re not using your brush, store in a dry, well-ventilated place.
Cherry season has arrived: they are among the first fruit trees to ripen. The abundance of vitamins in cherries makes it a wonder fruit. Eating cherries is not only good for your skin but is equally beneficial for the health of your hair as well as your digestive system. The vitamins present in cherries are capable of providing nourishment to the hair. Here’s how the different vitamins present in cherries help in maintaining healthy hair.
It regulates the production of an essential acid called retinoic acid which is important for hair follicles and helps keep hair and scalp hydrated.
Vitamin B helps improve blood circulation in the body, including the scalp, which results in regeneration of the existing cells and triggers hair growth.
Vitamin C is very essential for hair. It helps in strengthening hair follicles and prevents breakage from the roots. It also nourishes the hair and prevents split ends and hair loss by stimulating the growth of new hair follicles.
This vitamin helps with proper blood circulation to maintain immunity and helps prevent any hair damage. It also maintains appropriate moisture in the hair and scalp.
Water is the true fountain of youth! Most overweight people are overweight simply because they are not drinking enough water! Most people with skin issues have it because they are not drinking enough water!
After having my daughter, my doctor asked me if I wanted to drop my baby weight fast. “Of course,” I told him! Then, he told me to drink 16 ounces of water on an empty stomach. It will help the body flush out toxins and alkalize my body. Layman’s terms: it’s gonna make you shit. According to Ayurvedic medicine, drinking water right after waking up has pretty amazing health advantages. It cleanses the kidneys and expels accumulated toxins, enhances the metabolism, improves the oxygen flow and supports the health of the lymphatic system.
Do you wake up in the middle of the night thirsty?
At night, your body repairs itself and removes toxins. This is why some people sweat more at night than others. Your body is casting away all the bad stuff. So, it’s your body’s way of begging you for proper hydration, so your cells can do their jobs. Most likely, you didn’t drink enough water during the day.
Did you know if you don’t drink enough water it can alter your mood as well? Dehydration causes confusion, anxiety and fatigue.
I get asked a lot about how do I stay looking so young? What products do I use on my skin? Youth is from the inside out! A lot of you don’t know I am a certified nutritionist. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.
Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and wellbeing. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function properly. The goal is to keep it natural from the inside out.
Food or medicine
Only a small percentage of Americans (any groupings by age, sex or skin color) actually consume the recommended minimum of five daily servings of fruit and vegetables to maintain health. The National Cancer Institute now suggests nine servings of fresh plant foods per day to reduce health risks, a goal which is not likely to be achieved by a significant percentage of the population, let alone among minority groups in society.
Americans with low intake of folic acid (green leafy vegetables) have higher homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an undesirable protein in the blood circulation, which is linked with cardiovascular disease and brain dementia. It is amazing when they estimate the impact of poor nutrition upon Blacks. It is encouraging to realize that nutritional strategies could be employed to eradicate or reduce common health risks in family of Americans at very little cost.
There is a connection to skin color, nutrition and disease, which is exemplified by role of vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” among blacks. Dark melanin skin pigment slows the natural production of vitamin D in the skin upon exposure to the sun. Blacks may require as much as ten times more sun exposure to produce the same vitamin D as Caucasians. Shortages of vitamin D are causally linked to high blood pressure, stroke, cancer (colon, breast, prostate, ovarian, lymphoma), Crohn’s disease, immune problems and osteoporosis, health problems that are common in the black community.
There are claims that “A low intake of dairy food nutrients, such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, may contribute to the high risk of hypertension seen in African Americans.” Milk is a very poor source of magnesium and potassium. Blacks notoriously exhibit intolerance to milk products. In one study abnormal lactose tolerance was found among 81% of Blacks and only 12% of Whites. This explains our avoidances of dairy.
It is obvious Blacks are genetically different (not inferior) and due to their melanin skin pigmentation exhibit special health and nutritional needs that are not being adequately addressed by the medical community nor the food industry.
Here at KIAN SPA, we understand nutrition is not one size fits all. We go the extra mile to make ensure our clients are receiving individualized consultations so they can meet their personal nutrition goals.
To reach out for a nutrition consultation you can book though
Alzheimer’s is the biggest epidemic in the world. It is something that will directly affect us all. My mom used to work at this great place called Sunrise Senior Living in Westlake Village, CA. She worked on a floor that they refer to as “The Reminiscences”. Many of my friends live on this floor so I am there to visit often. I find it offensive when people feel it is too hard to care for their elderly love ones and seldom come back to visit. I understand it’s hard seeing your mother revert to your daughter or your father revert to your son but often that’s the course life gives. People are afraid of what they don’t understand. I believe education is the key so let me do my part to spread what I know.
Currently, an estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease. This figure includes 5.1 million people 65 and older and 200,000 under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.
Based on these estimates, approximately 500,000 Americans under age 65 have Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Of these, about 40 percent are estimated to have Alzheimer’s.
One in eight persons 65 and older (13 percent) have Alzheimer’s.
Every 70 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s. By mid-century, someone will develop Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds.
Women are more likely than men to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Fourteen percent of all people 71 and older have dementia.
Women 71 and older have higher rates than men: 16 percent for women and 11 percent for men.
The 2008 estimate is that 2.4 million women and one million men 71 and older have dementia.
The number of Americans surviving into their 80s and 90s and beyond is expected to grow because of advances in medicine and medical technology, as well as social and environmental conditions.
Since the incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other dementias increase with age, the number of people with these conditions will also grow rapidly.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — the loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. In Alzheimer’s disease, healthy brain tissue degenerates, causing a steady decline in memory and mental abilities. Although there’s no cure, treatments may improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Those with Alzheimer’s — as well as those who care for them — need support and affection from friends and family to cope.
Alzheimer’s disease may start with slight memory loss and confusion, but it eventually leads to irreversible mental impairment that destroys a person’s ability to remember, reason, learn and imagine.
Everyone has occasional lapses in memory. It’s normal to forget where you put your car keys or to blank on the names of people whom you rarely see. But the memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease persist and worsen. People with Alzheimer’s may:
Often forget conversations or appointments
Routinely misplace things, often putting them in illogical locations
Eventually forget the names of family members and everyday objects
Problems with abstract thinking
People with Alzheimer’s may initially have trouble balancing their checkbook, a problem that progresses to trouble recognizing and dealing with numbers.
Difficulty finding the right word
It may be a challenge for those with Alzheimer’s to find the right words to express thoughts or even follow conversations. Eventually, reading and writing also are affected.
People with Alzheimer’s disease often lose their sense of time and dates and may find themselves lost in familiar surroundings.
Loss of judgment
Solving everyday problems, such as knowing what to do if food on the stove is burning, becomes increasingly difficult, eventually impossible. Alzheimer’s is characterized by greater difficulty in doing things that require planning, decision-making and judgment.
Difficulties performing familiar tasks
Once-routine tasks that require sequential steps, such as cooking, become a struggle as the disease progresses. Eventually, people with advanced Alzheimer’s may forget how to do even the most basic things.
Personality changes People with Alzheimer’s may exhibit:
Distrust in others
Alzheimer’s Disease typically develops slowly and causes a gradual decline in cognitive abilities, usually over a span of seven to 10 years. It eventually affects nearly all brain functions, including memory, movement, language, behavior, judgment and abstract reasoning.
Dividing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease into stages can help you plan for the future but remember that not everyone will experience the same symptoms or progress at the same rate. While each individual is different, the progression of his or her disease can be roughly divided into three stages — mild, moderate and severe.
Mild Alzheimer’s disease
People in the early stage of Alzheimer’s may experience memory loss, lapses of judgment and subtle changes in personality. They often have decreased attention span and less motivation to complete tasks. In addition, they may resist change and new challenges, and get lost even in familiar places.
While everyone occasionally forgets words or names during conversations, this problem occurs with increasing frequency in people with mild Alzheimer’s. They may substitute or make up words that sound like or mean something like the forgotten word. They sometimes even avoid talking to keep from making mistakes and appear subdued or withdrawn — especially in socially or mentally challenging situations.
They may also put things in very odd places. For example, a wallet may end up in the freezer, or clothes may go into the dishwasher. They may ask repetitive questions or hoard things of no value. When frustrated or tired, they may become uncharacteristically angry.
Moderate Alzheimer’s disease
In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s, people can’t organize thoughts or follow logical explanations. They lose the ability to follow written instructions and often need help choosing proper clothing for the season or occasion. Eventually, they’ll require help getting dressed because their confusion may cause them to put their pajamas on over their daytime clothes or their shoes on the wrong feet. They may also have episodes of urinary or fecal incontinence.
It’s usually during this stage that people start having problems recognizing family members and friends. They may mix up identities — thinking a son is a brother or that a spouse is a stranger. They may become confused about where they are and what day, season or year it is. They become unable to recall their address or phone number.
Because they lack judgment and tend to wander, people with moderate Alzheimer’s disease aren’t safe on their own. They may exhibit restless, repetitive movements in late afternoon, or continually repeat certain stories, words or motions, such as tearing tissues.
Problems with communication worsen during the moderate stage of Alzheimer’s. This can lead to a variety of challenging behaviors, including:
Paranoia that sometimes provokes accusations of infidelity or stealing
Agitation, frustration or anger that can lead to cursing, kicking, hitting, biting, screaming or grabbing
Severe Alzheimer’s disease
People in the last stage of Alzheimer’s require help with all their daily needs. They lose the ability to walk without assistance and then the ability to sit up without support. They are usually incontinent and may no longer speak coherently. They rarely recognize family members. Swallowing difficulties can cause choking, and they may refuse to eat.
The rate of progression varies widely among individuals. For some, severe dementia occurs within five years of diagnosis. For others, it can take more than a decade. On average, people with Alzheimer’s live for eight to ten years after diagnosis. Some live as long as 20 years. Most people with Alzheimer’s don’t die of the disease itself, but of pneumonia, a urinary tract infection or complications from a fall.
If you are someone caring for a love one living with Alzheimer’s PLEASE:
Remind yourself frequently that dementia or Alzheimer’s is not their nor your fault. They did not ask for this to happen to their mind. But also help yourself come to the realization that their “old life” no longer exists and changes in personality are to be expected.
Write in your journal every day the memories you have with this individual when their life was good. These will help you to keep them alive in your mind while you begin to grieve them.
If you find yourself getting frustrated, in which you will, take frequent short breaks to alleviate the constant building of irritation in your mind. Keep in mind, you cannot care for a loved one with a mental disease by yourself. You need to be able to ask for help to allow yourself some time to take a break.
Remind yourself your loved one has come to depend on you for care. Whether they realize it or remember it, they are depending on you. The have essentially become a child and you are their parent.
They may repeatedly have the same conversation with you. That is okay. Your reaction will control the situation. Pick your battles. Most are not worth beginning. It will only cause frustration and anger for both of you.
Talk to others about your situation on a daily basis. Other people that are not involved will help you to find humor in your particular situation.
So, I wanted to do a piece about Breast Cancer Awareness but I think it’s best for you to read the journey of my BADASS SISTA (20 years strong we been riding).
Shawand Marquez, who kicked breast cancers ass! Shawand is an Actress, Dancer and AWESOME MOTHER! Now I am going to stop bugging her up and let you read her words yourself so you can understand yourself why I am a huge fan of hers……
GOOD AFTERNOON… TODAY IS OCTOBER 9TH… AND EVERYTIME THE 9TH ROLLS AROUND MY MIND STARTS GOING.
IT HAS BEEN EXACTLY 2 YEARS & 4 MONTHS TO THE DAY WHEN I WAS AWOKEN UP FROM #DoubleMastectomy & WAS OFFICIALLY CANCER FREE AND BREASTLESS.
IT HAS BEEN A CRAZY EMOTIONAL JOURNEY…THERE ARE ALOT OF SCARS I HAVE EMOTIONALLY BUT THESE ARE THE ONES YOU GUYS CAN SEE… I AM GRATEFUL TO BE ABLE TO HAVE #LifeAfterBreastCancer WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY NEXT THING…
IN A COUPLE WEEKS IT WILL BE ALL ABOUT MY LIL SIDE KICK… BUT I WANTED TO DO THIS FOR MYSELF & OTHER WOMEN WHO MAY HAVE HAD SURGERIES & C-SECTIONS LIKE MYSELF AND MAY HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THEIR BODY IMAGE…
THIS IS ME AFTER ALL THE THINGS I HAVE BEEN THROUGH. THIS IS ME … YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU BEEN THROUGH… I AM STILL FUN, BUBBLING, SEXY, BEAUTIFUL WHILE WORKING ON WEIGHT LOSS & RAISING 3 KIDS & TRYING TO BE THE BEST WIFE & MOM / STEPMOM EVER …. YEAH I HAVE MY DEPRESSION & CRAZY ANXIETY ISSUES & MOMENTS BUT I‘M GETTING BETTER EACH DAY…
SO LET ME REINTRODUCE MYSELF… ( AGAIN) LOL
I AM Shawand ShaLove Marquez & I have 2 step kids and my first born is about to be a year old… I have gotten surgery up top (Double Mastectomy & surgery down low (C- section) …I have been through mental, physical & emotional abuse …I Love Love lol.. I Love to Laugh & Dance & I have done some acting & I love to be around people with awesome positive vibes ….Yuuuppp Posting this scares me but if it can uplift someone and inspire someone then it is always worth it … ANY QUESTIONS???
BTW YUP THOSE ARE #WonderWoman Underwear for Obvious reasons lol … Yes, I was genuinely laughing because the Photographer is super awesome and funny lol … I had to shoot this a few days after I injured my leg… and still found a reason to laugh so I hope everyone found a reason to smile today annnnnnndddd I hope you guys are checking your Breast with Self Examinations …#EarlyDetection is Key
PEACE LOVE HAPPINESS & NO BODY SHAMING & DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING… XOXOXOXOXOXO
Photo Credit: Nomi Ellenson at Boudoir by Nomi Photography
Unfortunately, 112 Americans die by suicide every day. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of people between 15 to 25 years old. If those numbers aren’t astounding enough, 9.4 million Americans in the United States have had serious thoughts of suicide within the last year.
Never take the threat of someone killing themselves lightly.
Hopelessness, having no reason to live
Talk about feeling trapped
Behaving recklessly, anxiously, or agitated / rage or wanting revenge
Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Not sleeping or sleeping too much
Withdrawing or feeling isolated
Extreme mood swings
If you or someone you know needs help, make sure you reach out to a professional.