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Kale: a Superpower

Think kale is just a trendy foodie food? Let’s be honest. Kale has always been a farmer food, packed with energy-providing nutrients and detoxifying properties, but has just recently become an extreme frenzy in the health and diet world.

However, in addition to simply being a healthy part of your diet, kale has numerous health benefits for the brain, body and skin. The plant-based omega-3 acid in kale helps lower your risk of developing depression and diabetes. Both diabetes and obesity wreak havoc on the brain and kale is a great first step to fighting both. The brain depends on essential vitamins and minerals to function — and by these traditional measures of nutrient density, kale is at the top of the charts.

To learn even more about kale’s brain, body and skin benefits, we sat down with Naturopathic Physician Dr. Suneil Jain. Read details below and get started on those salads (hint: try an acidic dressing for a burst of flavor!)

What are the biggest benefits kale has on the brain and involving brain function?

166324468Kale is one of the most, if not most, nutrient-dense of all foods. It provides large amounts of crucial vitamins, minerals and enzymes necessary for a healthy human body. Our bodies become susceptible to chronic disease when many of the nutrients in kale are deprived. Among those nutrients crucial for proper brain function are protein, vitamins A, C, and K, B-vitamins, calcium, manganese, potassium, and omega-3 fats. Perhaps manganese, vitamin K and omega-3’s can be singled out for being of most importance to the brain as together they help prevent nerve damage, decrease inflammation and increase circulation to the brain. Oxygen deprivation to the brain is one of the leading causes of dementia.

How does kale help lower the risk of depression, specifically?

Kale contains L-tyrosine. This amino acid is a building block for protein and is responsible for the synthesis of two neurotransmitters in the brain called dopamine and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters help elevate mood, improve memory, promote critical thinking and reduce stress caused by multitasking.

How does kale help lower the risk of diabetes?

Aside from all the powerful antioxidants and naturally low glycemic index, kale’s richness in fiber allows the body to break down sugars over a slower, more gradual period of time.  This allows for better sugar control and more efficient insulin regulation. Without this, diabetes risk increases significantly.

We’ve heard there are skin-related benefits to kale. Is that true?

Kale is excellent for the skin for multiple reasons.  Kale is rich in antioxidants that protect the skin against oxidative damage, a major risk factor for premature aging. Kale also improves oxygenation at the cellular level. This improves blood flow to the skin allowing for proper nutrient replenishment. Being rich in vitamins A and C helps with collagen formation.  Healthy collagen delays the onset of wrinkles and keeps the skin hydrated and firm.  Kale’s vitamin K content helps improve skin elasticity and diminishes the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.

How often should one eat kale to reap these benefits?

It really is too hard to get too much kale, unless one has an allergy or sensitivity to it. Kale can be enjoyed raw in salads, smoothies, and juice. It can be added to various dishes after being steamed. It’s always advisable to eat a complete whole foods diet rich in all the colors from the rainbow.  Kale happens to be one of the strongest representatives for the color green!

Photo Genesis - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Changing Your Spots With Photo Genesis and Photofacials

Photo Genesis and Photofacials help even your skin tone and make you look younger.

After three months of chasing the kids through water parks, lake outings, afternoons lounging by the pool and daily outdoor exposure, sun damage is inevitable for many of us in the Valley. And with the holidays nearing, this means having to endure family portraits and family reunions — times when looking your best is important, especially when you are being captured in photographs that will be around for years to come.

Plus, the amount of sun damage present in one’s skin has a direct effect on “skin age,” says Dr. Suneil Jain, NMD, of Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics in Scottsdale. “The more sun damage a person has, the older he or she looks.”

Instead of using Photoshop to correct the damage after the photo is taken, you zap away the imperfections with skin rejuvenation treatments before the photo is taken.

Two types of treatments that can make your skin look younger are Photo Genesis and Photofacials. But how are they different, and how do you know which treatment is right for you?

Photo Genesis – which costs between $150 and $700, depending on the area treated – reduces uneven pigmentation in your skin, including brown spots, sun damage and redness or rosacea. It uses a series of gentle pulses of light that are delivered deep into the skin. The light is selectively absorbed only by those areas that are pigmented spots, evening out the tone of the skin. Photo Genesis is considered when patients are “looking for a quick, safe and effective way to have a beautiful radiant complexion,” Jain says.

However, Photo Genesis does more than just clear complexion and even skin tone. According to Jain, it can help to repair and remove small blood vessels, treat acne, reduce the redness of rosacea, improve skin tone and texture, and even stimulate collagen growth.

“The fall and winter are the best times of the year to do Photo Genesis treatments because sun exposure is at its most minimal level,” Jain says. “The holidays are also a time when patients desire to look their best.”

Another type of skin rejuvenation treatment is a Photofacial. Jain says the difference between the two treatments is comfort level.

“The Photo Genesis is a safe and easier procedure,” Jain says.

Photofacials, which cost between $250 and $750, also consist of short pulses of visible light — Intense Pulse Light — that are focused on “hyper pigmented areas and red pigmented areas to break up and remove it,” says Dannielli Marcelino, senior
medical laser technician and esthetician of Suddenly Slimmer Medical Spa.

While Photofacials also treat discoloration and evens out and tones the skin, the procedure also rids skin of sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, liver spots, freckles, melasma, rosacea and
spider veins.

However, Marcelino says patients need to know the procedure is not for all skin types. It is only recommended for light- skinned individuals.

“(With) darker-skinned individuals, there is less of a contrast between overall skin color and pigmented spots,” Marcelino says. “So (Photofacials) can increase the risk of having an adverse reaction.”

Both Photo Genesis and Photofacial procedures have a shared benefit, though. Both treatments only take 20 to 30 minutes, and patients can resume their normal activities after the procedure is completed.

Marcelino says Suddenly Slimmer’s patients include not only women, but men. The number of men receiving Photofacials is “without a doubt increasing,” including many golfers, Marcelino says.

Photofacial is one of the most popular treatments in Scottsdale for correcting sun damage,
according to Marcelino, considering the city of one of the top in the nation for sun damage and pre-mature aging.

“Although Photofacial is a popular treatment used to correct the skin on the face, it is also great for removing sun spots all over the body,” Marcelino says. “When you even out the skin tone on the neck, chest, shoulders, back, arms, hands and legs, you can look 10 years younger!”

For more information about Photo Genesis or Photofacials, contact Rejuvena or Suddenly Slimmer.

Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics
9977 N. 95th St., Ste. 101
(480) 551-9000
werejuvenate.com Suddenly Slimmer Medical Spa
3313 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
(602) 952-8446