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How to make nut milks

Many people today have started to stray away from dairy products. Instead they are choosing alternatives such as almond and even hazelnut milks. Unfortunately, even some of those items still contain preservatives. They may also contain carrageenan, an ingredient which studies have correlated to increasing risks of glucose intolerance, stomach ulcerations, and some cancers.

There’s got to be a better way, right? There is. You can make your own.

Judy Nicassio, a certified nutritionist at Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics, LLC, shared the following recipe. (Photo provided by Katie Snyder).

Nut milk process, by Katie Snyder

Nut milk process, by Katie Snyder


1 cup nuts of your choice (preferably raw and organic)

4 cups very hot pure water

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Use liquid stevia to taste (optional)


Place nuts in a large bowl and add pure water to cover by approximately 2 inches.  Let soak for at least 12 hours (the longer the nuts soak, the creamier texture of the milk).

Drain nuts and discard liquid.

Puree nuts, 4 cups of hot water, and sea salt in a blender on high speed until very smooth, approximately 2 minutes.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve or nut milk bag (easy to purchase online) into a medium bowl, pressing down on solids.  Discard nut pulp.

If you prefer a thinner texture, add more water to desired consistency.

Store in airtight container (mason jars work well) and chill until cold.  OR you can also pour the nut milks into ice cube trays.  Once frozen, remove and transfer to plastic bags for convenience.

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Tips to avoid holiday stress, work burnout

As the days grow shorter and colder, the holiday season is fast approaching. An inevitable side effect of holiday joy is added stress, whether it is in the workplace or at home.

Josselyne Herman-Saccio, a leader of The Landmark Forum and Advanced Course, said there are five telltale signs that someone has hit a “burnout wall” at work.
According to Herman-Saccio, these five signs are indicative of someone who has reached his or her stress limit in the workplace:

1.    Repeatedly complains
2.    Frequently participates in gossip and doesn’t enjoy being with co-workers
3.    Dreads going to work and/or is chronically late
4.    Is overly tired and feels trapped/stuck with no place to go
5.    Cut corners, tell lies (however small) to cover himself or herself and is just not doing as good of a job as possible

Herman-Saccio said that if someone is experiencing one or all of these five things in relation to his or her work, there are two simple questions that should be asked in order to evaluate the issue:
1.    What’s the source of the burnout?
2.    What’s the solution?

After asking these questions and working to identify issues, Herman-Saccio said there are several ways to get one’s head back in the workspace, such as making to-do lists, focusing on the positive benefits that a job has in one’s personal and professional life, and turning complaints into requests in order to see the positive side of things.

Dr. Suneil Jain, a naturopathic doctor with Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics in Scottsdale, said the holidays can heighten stress in the workplace.

“There’s a lot of social gatherings and get-togethers. There’s pressure with seeing family and getting gifts, another year coming to an end and realizing that you’re getting older. There’s a lot of things coming on around that time,” Jain said.

Jain said in naturopathic medicine, taking care of the body as a whole is key to maintaining health and eliminating stress.

“If you’re not eating right, that puts extra stress on your body and that gets you even more prone to being anxious,” Jain said. “Exercise is important, too, because it … can help you relieve stress.”

Jain said an office environment that encourages people to voice opinions and offers time to take breaks and unwind can be key to diminishing stress.

“You can tell when somebody is stressed because they’re not performing the way they usually perform, they’re making mistakes, looking tired and not performing the way an employee typically performs,” Jain said.

Jain said stress often manifests itself physically with fluctuating weight, exhaustion and can age someone a lot faster if they can’t get the stress under control.     “Stress controls literally every function in the body,” Jain said. “Everyone can do some deep breathing, where you learn how to properly take a deep breath in and deep breath out,” Jain said. “Do that a couple of times a day and during stressful situations.”

Jain said proper deep breathing techniques involve breathing in through the nose, allowing the abdomen to expand and breathing out through the mouth. People usually take short, shallow breaths and deep breathing can help relax and rejuvenate the body, Jain said.

“Other than that simple technique, there’s other things you can do for stress, like yoga, meditation, tai chi. Those are all great exercises that I think everyone should be doing or at least familiarizing themselves with,” Jain said.

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Botox may break a sweat-filled summer

Arizona’s scorching summer temperatures make it inevitable to break a sweat. Releasing sweat is a body’s natural method of detoxifying, but how much is too much sweating? A small percentage of the population is seeking the popular noninvasive cosmetic procedure used to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles on the face, Botox, to eliminate excessive perspiration.

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating is a medical issue leading many to shed up to $900 to $1,000 per treatment. Botox injections are not currently being used to eliminate sweating from every region of the body, though the Food and Drug Administration has solely approved the specific treatment of hyperhidrosis in the auxiliary glands, or armpits.

Dr. Babak Nafe, a Naturopathic Physician who specializes in general and aesthetic medicine at Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics is seeing more patients turn to Botox to relieve profuse armpit sweating rather than simply using prescribed medicated aluminum-based deodorants.

“The way it works is the same way it works in any other part of the body,” Nafe said. “It temporarily blocks the chemical signals that stimulate the nerves that are connected to the sweat glands.”

According to Dr. Nafe, a recent study demonstrated that 84 out 100 patients treated with Botox achieved greater than a 50 percent reduction in sweating.

Although Botox injections to eliminate excessive auxiliary sweating are not as common as using the treatment to diminish facial wrinkles, a small percentage of the population does face this problem. Prescription based deodorants do not always work on all patients leaving many individuals to suffer with the embarrassment of profuse sweating to the point where individuals become self-conscious.

“If they’re finding out that they have to constantly change their shirts, especially in the summer when it’s so hot to the point that they’re ruining their shirts or need to bring extra,” Dr. Nafe said. “Those kind of people would definitely be candidates to try it.”

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for the treatment. Individuals who suffer from diseases that may affect their muscles or nerves would not be eligible for this type of cosmetic procedure.

Each treatment consists of an iodine test to locate a patient’s sweat glands, followed by 15 to 20 injections in each armpit. The procedure usually takes about 20 minutes or less and the results will generally last about six to seven months. There is no recovery time necessary and patients will notice results 24 to 48 hours after their treatment.

As typical with any sort of cosmetic treatment, Botox injections come with side effects, such as allergic reactions, migraine beaches or rashes. Much like many cosmetic procedures, Botox used for this specific reason is not covered by medical insurance.

If excessive auxiliary perspiration is negatively impacting your life, Botox might be the ideal solution for you.

IV Drip

Keep Hydrated In The Summer With An IV Drip

Hollywood health craze, the IV drip, has found its way to the Valley of the Sun. According to Dr. Suneil Jain, Rejuvena founder and owner, intravenous therapy not only keeps you hydrated in the Arizona heat, it’s a faster alternative to regular vitamin intake.

“If you’re out in the heat, you are losing a lot of electrolytes,” Jain says. “We can replenish those through IV drip.”

Many outside workers and athletes have incorporated this into their routines. Phoenix Suns player Steve Nash has had the opportunity to stop in at Rejuvena and spoke of how it improved his performance in his testimonial.

According to Jain, many patients hear about IV drip in their social circles or have ailments that require them to use vitamins in this way.

“Some patients do their research, come back and say ‘Oh, Madonna and Rihanna are doing it’,” Jain says. “It makes them feel better about it.”

IV drip allows vitamins to be absorbed faster and more effectively because the vitamins are deposited directly to the bloodstream.

When vitamins are taken orally, there is a chance that only 30 to 50 percent of the nutrients are being absorbed due to the digestive process. Not only does the process take longer, many nutrients are lost due to various chemicals in the body.

“IV therapy forces the body to absorb all of the vitamins that are injected,” Jain says. The vitamins also continue to permeate the body long after the injection.

According to Jain, this quick absorption does not generally produce side effects. “There may be slight detoxification effects, but generally IVs are meant to replenish the body and provide nutrition and support,” Jain says.

The therapy is also beneficial for patients suffering from various illnesses. It can heal someone suffering from cardiovascular disease, metal poisoning or the common cold.

“When you take the vitamins in high dosages, you see the antivirus benefits,” Jain says. Dosages of upwards of 100,000 milligrams are often given to patients, which does more work than just 1,000 milligrams often coming from pills.

At Rejuvena, basic IV therapy session costs range from $150 to $200. “It’s a big part of our business,” Jain says. “It’s a tool we use a lot of on a daily basis.”

Although Jain says this tool is not an excuse to not eat properly, he acknowledges that it’s a great way to “get essential XYZ vitamins into the bloodstream.”

“In general, IV therapy in itself can be quite powerful,” Jain says.

For more information about IV drip and IV therapy, visit werejuvenate.com.

Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics
9977 N. 95th St. Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 551-9000

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