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Great News! 5 Ways Kissing Improves Your Health.

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1) IMPROVES YOUR MOOD
with increases in dopamine and oxytocin, neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of desire and bonding, and serotonin that elevates your mood.

2) DECREASES STRESS
by decreasing the body’s cortisol levels also known as the stress hormone.

3) CAN CURE ALLERGIES
by  decreasing IgE antibodies in the blood that are responsible for the release of histamine. Histamine causes allergy symptoms such as sneezing and watery eyes. Therefore, more kissing means less sneezing and histamine release.

4) IS HEART HEALTHY
shown in studies to lower your blood pressure & cholesterol.

5) PROVIDES IMMUNITY AGAINST ILLNESS
by exposure to others germ!?  It’s true.  Kissing can help build up your immune system.

So, how about some tips to make the most out of Kissing for Health?  I found these on WebMD and thought they were particularly apropos.

To Make it Memorable as well as healthy:
“Put your whole body into the kiss,” says Marilyn Anderson, author of Never Kiss a Frog: A Girl’s Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp. “Without words, your lips should say, ‘Baby, there’s more where that came from!’ There are ways to keep it fresh and new all the time.”

She suggests starting with gentle kisses on the neck, move up to the ear, then go to the lips. Take some small breaks and then come back to the lips.

And don’t get hung up on what a kiss might lead to. Enjoy it for its own sake.

Pamela Weiss, marketing director in Los Angeles, offers this tip. “Put a hand on your kissing partner’s neck. It adds passion, like ‘I can’t get enough.’ And let’s be honest. That’s what makes for a great kiss.”

“A good kiss is deep and soulful and you should feel each other’s love through the kiss,” says Dan Landau, a graduate student in Bridgewater, N.J. “A great kiss is an adventure in itself, not a stepping point to something else.”

Great advice!  Now go out there and kiss your Hunny for Good Health!

Dr. Laura

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Orange Glasses Might Help You Sleep Better?

Orange Glasses Might Help You Sleep Better?

Sleep is critical for optimal health.  It allows our cells to “restore” themselves.  Scientific studies show most adults need at least 7 hours of restful sleep to stay healthy and be in top cognitive and physical shape.  And catching up on the weekends just doesn’t cut it.

So why is it so hard for many of us to fall and/or stay asleep?  There are many potential causes of insomnia. Stress, illness, a new baby, a snoring partner, alcohol consumption, hormone imbalances…but one common problem that is becoming more widespread is melatonin deficiency.  Melatonin is a natural hormone secreted by the pineal gland and other tissues in the brain. Levels of melatonin are 10-15x higher at night than day in all organisms, from bacteria to humans. In sufficient amounts it helps us fall asleep.  It’s production decreases with age and with exposure to light, especially from the blue part of the spectrum.

“Devices such as smartphones and tablets are often illuminated by light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, that tend to emit more blue light than incandescent products. Televisions with LED backlighting are another source of blue light… said Debra Skene, a professor of neuroendocrinology at the University of Surrey in England.

A Swiss study of 13 teenage boys, published in August in The Journal of Adolescent Health, showed that when the boys donned orange-tinted glasses, also known as blue blockers and shown to prevent melatonin suppression, in the evening for a week, they felt “significantly more sleepy” than when they wore clear glasses. The boys looked at their screens, as teenagers tend to do, for at least a few hours on average before going to bed, and were monitored in the lab.

LEDs are also increasingly popular as room lights, but “warm white” bulbs, with less blue, tend to be a better choice than “cool white” for nighttime use. The lighting company Philips also makes a bulb, called Hue, that can change the intensity of its component colors via an app, and GE last month announced a reduced-blue LED bulb, meant to be used before bedtime.”  Kate Galbraith, writer for The New York Times, April 7, 2015

Why is all of this so important?  Melatonin is the most effective free radical scavenger known. Essentially, it acts as a potent antioxidant.

  • It protects DNA and proteins from injury
  • It protects mitochondria
  • It protects against ionizing radiation
  • It enhances immune function
  • It inhibits tumor growth
  • It improves recovery after exercise
  • It helps initiate and maintain sleep at night

Low melatonin is associated with:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes)
  • Cancer
  • Infectious disease
  • Immune dysfunction

My recommendations:
1.  Turn off LED emitting devices 1 1/2 hours before bedtime.  Don orange tinted glasses if you must check email or surf the web late at night.  My teenage sons use their laptops for homework until the wee hours many nights–perfect candidates for the blue light blocking orange shades. click here for orange lens glasses

2.  Supplemental melatonin:  take ½ hour before sleep.  As little as 0.3mg by mouth may be enough for some people.  Increase dose in increments up to 3-30mg.  If unpleasant dreams occur reduce dose to previous effective dose.

Melatonin-CR_90c-072512I take 9mg of Xymogen brand melatonin.  I buy the 3mg tab and take 3 of them every night.

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To Your Optimal Health!  Dr. Laura

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