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Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to focus on the year ahead. Whether you make resolutions, or not, now is a good time to plan for the year and perhaps shake things up a bit. The following pages are filled with ideas and ways to help us all make healthier choices; from scheduling routine eye exams and adding physical activity to our daily routines, to information on preserving brain and heart health. Just a few minutes of exercise a day can make quite a change in the way we look and feel. Counting calories really is no fun, but being conscience of what we eat, how we eat, and even when we eat can make a huge difference. Come on, you know there’s always room for improvement. So it’s time to get up off of the couch, throw away the junk food and embrace 2017 with a new attitude. After all, the summer will be here before you know it!

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION Make health & fitness a lifestyle By Martha Michael When the clock ticks midnight every year on Jan. 1, Times Square isn’t the only place we see the ball drop. In a few months’ time, most of us will drop the ball ourselves – on our New Year’s resolutions.

“A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions regarding their finances ... resolving tax issues, changing the way they budget, saving more, or even just communicating better with their spouse,” says Santa Clarita CPA Laura Troost.

According to, only about 9 percent of people successfully achieve their resolutions. And they can involve virtually any arena of life. The top five include “quit smoking” and make “better financial decisions,” says the site.

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from holiday spending. “It is a bit surprising, but people are often slow to come back right after the holidays. It’s cold outside and they are still in hibernation, working on their New Year schedule and maybe feel financially strapped,” says Whitcomb, who is director of operations for Professional Weight Control Centers, a medical corporation with an office in Canyon Country. “The patients that do come in have that extra edge of excitement, because they know they are living up to their New Year’s See NEW YEARS, page 6

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resolution. It is a good feeling, knowing you are making the move to look better, feel better, and decrease your risk for medical problems in 2017.” The focus on weight loss has an obvious impact on local gyms. “As a trainer, January is my favorite month! It’s New Year’s resolution time!” says Vanessa Coleman, fitness instructor and personal trainer at UFC Gym in Canyon Country. “After the holidays people are sick of unhealthy eating and ready to start a healthy lifestyle. Then, by the end of January, only the disciplined and committed stay.” Why do so many people buckle under the weight of working out? Coleman has her own theories. “They do too much too fast. You can’t go from being a couch potato to working out seven days a week, eating chicken breast and broccoli every day,” she says. “You’re setting yourself up for failure.” Her recommendation? “Instead, start slow; remember, the tortoise wins the race,” Coleman adds. “Start with committing to fitness classes three times a week, walking your dog after dinner, setting up personal training sessions for the month.” UFC Gym, which trains with an emphasis on boxing, is launching a six-week New Year’s Challenge on January 23. And Coleman’s coaching reaches outside the ring. “Add that to taking one

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Spin instructor Vanessa Coleman walks around and encourages her class on Jan. 16, 2017 at UFC Gym in Canyon Country. Katharine Lotze/Signal bad thing away from your diet. ‘No sugar’ is too general; be specific – soda, coffee drinks, desserts,” she says. “Look at Fitness and health as a lifestyle, not a diet. There’s no end date to fitness. It’s like brushing your teeth. You need to make it a habit. It’s the appointment you don’t “Fitness cancel.”

Villasenor says. “We make sure our clients are clear it’s a lifestyle you have to develop, not just a New Year’s thing.”

Villasenor builds customized nutrition programs, but what his clients get is also a host of fitness activities, including workouts in the park, and is Saturdays at 80 percent 9 a.m., when nutrition, 20 he leads group hikes at Towsley percent Canyon.

Fitness advocate Christian Villasenor exercise and agrees that “Fitness 100 percent exercise is 80 percent is noncommitment.” nutrition, 20 negotiable. percent exercise The local and 100 percent Herbalife representative commitment,” he says. also sees more people But for some, it’s not just reach out to him this time pounds they’re looking to of year, but he advocates lose, but years. To that end, making permanent Advanced Dermatology lifestyle changes. in Valencia offers services “In January there’s from chemical peels to always a surge of people; eyelid surgery. And like you can see on Facebook many others, they see there’s more of a buzz,” a surge in patients with

resolutions to trim down. “We hear a lot of, ‘I needed a jump start on my weight loss program to keep me encouraged,’” says Donna Harrison, cosmetic manager at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Care, where many patients turn to Coolscuplt to drop clothing sizes quickly.” Coolsculpting technology diminishes fat cells under the skin using a crystallization process. Numerous areas can be targeted and your skin is unaffected by the treatment. The march of time is pretty much in your face – you can’t resist it entirely. But taking action now means that next year, when the clock takes you from December 31 to January 1, 2018 you can look back and see how your resolutions are shaping up.

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KICKING OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A HEART HEALTHY START (BPT) – Now that it’s a New Year, it is an opportune time to focus on your health and wellness. If you or a loved one is living with cardiovascular disease (CVD), you may be dealing with many burdens, including access to medications - an increasingly common problem. When prescribed a medication by a physician, most individuals expect to receive the medication without jumping through hurdles. However, for many people affected by cardiovascular disease across the country, this is increasingly not always the case. According to Symphony Health Solutions, commercial payers deny up to 90 percent of initial claims

submissions for patients with CVD, with the final rejection rate for patients at 73 percent. Many of these patients who are rejected have high cholesterol and/ or familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), which is an inherited form of significantly high cholesterol and one of the most common genetic diseases, affecting at least one in every 200 to 500 people. Thus, these patients are exploring new treatment regimens because they have not been able to get their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), or “bad” cholesterol, under control despite treatment with a statin - the current standard of treatment. Additionally, many

patients living with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), which is caused by a build-up of cholesterol-rich plaque in the arteries, are unable to get their LDL-C under control with current treatment options. With CVD being a major public health concern in the U.S, it is imperative to lower bad cholesterol for patients who have already had a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack or stroke, as well as patients with FH who require additional treatment options to lower their LDL-C levels along with their statin. Yet, there is a growing concern that many patients with uncontrolled LDL-C levels continue See KICK, page 8

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to face challenges in accessing PCSK9 inhibitors their physicians have prescribed based on the approved indication. PCSK9 (or proprotein convertase subtilisin/ kexin type 9) inhibitors are human monoclonal antibodies that block the protein PCKS9, which prevents the body’s natural system from eliminating “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol or LDL-C) from the blood. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration carefully determined which patients would be appropriate for PCSK9 therapy given the clinical trial information, many payers have implemented restrictive prior authorization processes using stringent utilization management criteria, which is resulting in many patients being denied access. This is not unique to PCSK9s though; we

* Talk to Your Doctor: If you are denied access to vital treatment, talk with your physician about what you can do to receive the therapy you need. * Share Your Story: Patients and physicians should feel empowered to speak out and engage with their networks, sharing their stories to help drive attention and awareness to the issue. * Engage Advocates: Seek out advocacy groups and patient networks that have resources. Make your health a priority for 2017. If you (or a loved one) suffers from CVD, make sure to talk to your physician - or encourage your friends and family - to ensure you or a loved one are receiving the appropriate medical care. For more information, visit www.

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(BPT) – Losing weight and increasing exercise commonly make the top of New Year’s resolution lists. Yet many people fall short of their wellness goals each year. What can you do differently in 2017 to ensure you’re among those who succeed? “Mental health and taking time for yourself can greatly improve your chances of achieving your health and wellness goals,” says the Mayo Clinic. “It’s important to realize that changing any behavior is often a complex process that requires you to address the mental as well as physical aspects of the change you want to achieve.” Below are helpful strategies from the wellness professionals at Mayo Clinic to assist you in achieving your goals this year:

Be on your mental game Weight loss is a common New Year’s resolution goal, but to achieve it, you’ll likely need to do more than simply change your eating habits. Behaviors, thoughts and emotions may be playing a role in keeping you from shedding pounds. For example, not getting enough sleep can thwart better eating and exercise habits. Sleep deprivation can hinder your ability to control your emotions, interfere with positive thought processes and make you too tired to exercise regularly. Being aware of factors that contribute to negative habits not only can help you succeed, it can also help you sustain the changes.

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Be aware of self-talk Everyone has an integral dialogue, and it’s the voice we all believe the most. Is yours negative or positive? The voice of your self-talk can greatly affect your confidence level. Pay attention to your self-talk and evaluate if what you’re telling yourself is actually true. When self-talk turns negative, try to challenge it and find a more positive way to look at the situation. For example, turn “I always fail at losing weight because I eat too much” into “I enjoy eating fruits and vegetables and can easily eat three servings a day.” It will take time and practice to learn how to turn negative self-talk into positive, so be patient with yourself.

Fight boredom with fun and creativity People fail at wellness goals for many reasons,

including boredom. Approaching your goals with a creative and fun attitude can help keep them fresh and exciting - and keep you on track! Try learning something new or vary your routine. For example, try a new recipe or modify your usual food

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choices. Learn to use a new piece of equipment at the gym, or take an exercise class to learn something you’ve always wanted to do. Dance around the house, take a healthy cooking class, read a book, travel, check an item off your bucket list or create a list if you don’t have one. However you define “fun,” if you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to want to keep doing it.

Prepare to overcome setbacks No matter how committed you are to a goal, setbacks are normal. Don’t let them derail you. Planning for setbacks and how you’ll overcome them can help you stay on track for the long term. When planning how you’ll reach a desired behavior change, try including some what-if scenarios. For example, if your fitness routine includes a yoga class after work and you get delayed,

think about what you could do to still meet your exercise Approaching goal. You might be your goals with a able to substitute another class or use body weight exercises creative and fun at home. Having a back-up attitude can help plan in case your original goal keep them fresh doesn’t work out can help you avoid “all-or-nothing” thinking.

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If you experience a setback, be compassionate with yourself; change is rarely easy. Giving yourself a break will help you dust

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yourself off and get back on track. By taking a mindful and proactive approach to your health, you’ll be on the way towards achieving your wellness goals through 2017 and beyond. To learn more about healthy living, visit For more information on customized wellness programs at Mayo Clinic, view our Healthy Living Program.

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SICK OF BEING SICK? (BPT) – From obligations at work to errands and chores and making time for family and friends - your plate is fuller than ever and, unfortunately, getting sick can throw a major wrench into your marathon of activities and greatly hamper your productivity. Despite how frustrating it can be, your busy life doesn’t come to a halt when you’re sick. That’s why you need to do everything you can to start feeling better faster so you don’t fall too far behind. Take these five steps to help you get back to conquering your full to-do list in no time. • Get plenty of sleep. With all of the hustle and bustle of your day, taking the time for sleep may seem impossible, but an established sleep schedule is one of the most important things you can do to support

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BETTER AND KICKING THAT COLD TO THE CURB your health. Getting eight hours of sleep is always optimal especially when sick; however sickness can often disrupt our sleep. To help combat symptoms like sinus pressure or a stuffed nose from keeping you up, you can make easy changes like propping yourself up in bed and moisturizing the air with a humidifier or vaporizer. You may find you breathe - and sleep - easier. • Combat your worst symptoms. When your cold and flu symptoms become too much, get some real relief. The best plan of action? Turn to your pharmacist for expert advice and medicine recommendations. Advil Cold & Sinus is the number one pharmacist recommended brand to treat your worst cold and flu symptoms. Ask for it at the pharmacy counter. • Don’t be afraid to exercise. If your symptoms are primarily in your head and neck, you’re generally still healthy enough to exercise. Nevertheless, consider a lighter workout to get the benefits of exercise without putting too much stress on your already-suffering body. A brisk walk for 30 to 45 minutes each day while sick is recommended to help you recover. However, be sure to dress appropriately for the climate.

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• Binge on super foods. We all know about the benefits of getting plenty of Vitamin C when sick, but you can also complement its effects by increasing your intake of Vitamins A, E and B6, as well as iron and zinc to help you recover faster. These helpful nutrients can be found in fruits and veggies, like sweet potatoes and carrots, whole grains and lean meats or fish, so don’t be afraid to add more of these foods to your diet when you don’t feel well. harder? We can do that. Need lower impact? No problem. “Kaia is more than a fitness program to me, it has empowered me and made me more confident,” Schlottman says. “My vision for Kaia in SCV is that it will be known as a place full of kind, hard-working women who are strong and empowered. We are accepting of every woman and we lift each other up.” For more information, visit

• Drink up. Water, broth or herbal tea - the more hydrated you stay, the better. Fluids not only soothe your throat, but they also ward off dehydration, thin your mucus and help your body systems function adequately - which, in turn, helps your immune system function at its best. With that said, not all drinks are created equal; stay away from caffeinated or alcoholic drinks. These beverages will actually increase dehydration, not relieve it. Being sick can be painful enough without the fear of missing out on important activities, so follow these tips to get back on your feet as fast as possible. To learn more about Advil Cold and Sinus, visit www.

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(BPT) – To lose weight and/or get in better shape consistently ranks as one of the top New Year’s resolutions. However, many resolutions to reach this goal fall short or last less than a month because a great idea is seldom successful without a plan to make it happen. If you’ve tried and failed to get in shape or lose weight as part of a New Year’s resolution, it’s time to put a plan behind your passion. Below are five tips from BiPro’s 31 Ways in 31 Days challenge. They are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, so use them to start your own wellness resolution, whether it’s on Jan. 1, March 1 or whenever you’re ready to make a healthy change.

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* Measure your success. Minneapolis fitness expert Chris Freytag says celebrating those small victories will keep you motivated to pursue your final goal, and there are ways to measure your results beyond stepping on the scale. She recommends keeping a workout journal to record improvements in your weight training, biking or running. Record each session in detail so you can review them later and see how your numbers have progressed. It’s the perfect pick-me-up. * Balance your protein intake throughout the day. Most Americans consume barely any protein in the See FIT, page 14

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metabolism. It’s a natural means of attaining freedom from headaches, insomnia, abdominal pain and fatigue, and instead experiencing happiness and harmony. Healthy, delicious food includes fruit acai bowls, wraps and sandwiches, made with only fresh ingredients. Movita’s top sellers are: Greenex Juices; Meal Replacement Smoothies; and its famous Acai Bowl that boosts your immune system with a mix of fruits, seeds and peanut butter. All recipes are balanced for optimum flavor and health, and you can enjoy them in a clean and comfortable atmosphere. Movita Juice Bar is scheduled to open February 2017 and is located at 23866 W. Copper Hill Drive, Valencia, CA 91354. Call 661-678-0023 or visit

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morning, a fair amount for lunch and a lot with dinner. For the best results, you should try to balance your protein intake throughout the day. That way, your body has a constant stream of the nutrients it needs to function at its best. You can estimate how much protein you need each day using the protein calculator at Once you’ve found your number, be sure you’re consuming a steady and balanced portion of protein not only at dinner, but

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Find the sport that appeals to you. Be it boxing, swimming or bike riding, there is a solution out there that works for you and your existing injury.

* Get motivated to work out even when you don’t feel like exercising. Sometimes you just don’t want to work out, but instead of putting it off until tomorrow, Jordan Hasay, a record setting professional runner, says it’s important to set small daily goals. “It’s all about winning the day,” she says. “As a professional athlete, my workouts every day are difficult. It’s all about taking baby steps and really looking at one step at a time and setting individual goals for the day.”

* Don’t let a preexisting injury postpone your workout. After a decade of playing pro football, Ben Leber had trouble running without pain due to his worndown knees. So he took up boxing, as his twiceper-week cardio workout. The sport is physical and gets Leber’s heart rate up, all without putting unneeded pressure on his knees. Find the sport that appeals to you. Be it boxing, swimming or bike riding, there is a solution out there that works for you and your

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(BPT) – The leading cause of blindness, diabetes, is steadily growing and is expected to affect one in 10 people worldwide by 2040, the International Diabetes Federation predicts. As prevalent as the condition is, 79 percent of Americans don’t know diabetic eye diseases have no visible symptoms and more than half do not know comprehensive eye examinations can detect diabetes. Those findings are from the 2016 American Eye-Q Survey conducted by the American Optometric Association (AOA). “In 2014 alone, eye doctors found diabetes-related manifestations in 240,000 patients who were not aware they had diabetes, leading to a prompt diagnosis and care which minimizes the risk of complications,” says AOA President Andrea P. Thau, O.D. “A comprehensive eye examination with a doctor of optometry is important Coolsculpting The ugly truth is – we all have stubborn fat. And as we age, gravity and genetics only make things worse. Proper diet and exercise are not enough to keep these unwanted bulges at bay. After weight loss, fat cells get smaller, but the number of fat cells stays the same. Coolsculpting is the solution for getting back the body you want, without surgery or downtime. The Coolsculpting procedure safely delivers precisely-controlled cooling to gently and effectively target unwanted fat cells in the selected area to induce a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat bulges. Fat cells under the skin are crystallized (frozen), then die, and your skin remains unaffected. Over time, your body naturally processes

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not just to maintain eye and vision health but can be a first line of diagnosis for many systemic diseases.” The AOA advocates for regular, dilated eye exams for those with diabetes, or at risk for diabetes, because the alternatives, like online vision apps, only check for refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism and cannot detect diabetes. “When the eyes are dilated, an eye doctor is able to examine the retina for signs of diabetic eye disease and prescribe a course of treatment to help preserve an individual’s sight,” Dr. Thau says. “Many eye problems show no symptoms until they are in an advanced stage, but early detection and treatment can truly save

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a person’s vision. No online app can do that.” The survey, designed to drive education of eye health issues, also found that people diagnosed with diabetes are acutely aware of its effect on eye health and are more likely than the average American to worry about their eye health. In fact, loss of vision is a major fear among members of this group, who report they are three times more concerned about blindness as a diabetes-related side effect than they are about the next largest side effect, kidney failure. Unfortunately, that worry does not always result in people taking action to better care for their eyes and protect their vision. The study found that only 54 percent of people with diabetes who were surveyed regularly visit their doctor of optometry to understand the toll diabetes is taking on their overall eye health. The AOA, the leading authority in eye and vision health care, is committed to educating the public about the relationship between diabetes and eye health, as the annual Eye-Q survey shows that after learning about the topic, many participants said they would be prompted to take steps to ensure their eye health. Some additional findings about attitude changes related to diabetes and eye health include the following: * Learning that the only way to determine if diabetes will cause blindness is through a comprehensive eye exam would prompt 89 percent of Americans to visit a doctor of optometry.

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* Understanding that a comprehensive eye exam can sometimes detect and diagnose diabetes sooner than a primary care doctor would prompt 87 percent of Americans to visit a doctor of optometry. * Learning that diabetic eye diseases have no visible symptoms would prompt 79 percent of Americans to visit a doctor of optometry. Visit for more information on diabetes and comprehensive eye examinations.


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(BPT) – Everyone knows aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and lifting weights keeps muscles strong. But when it comes to keeping the brain healthy, most people are unsure what to do. As you age, brain health and maintaining memory functions becomes a top concern. Turns out, these issues may begin sooner than you think.

“We tend to think about memory decline as an older person’s issue, but that’s not the case at all,” says Dr. Aimee Gould Shunney, a licensed naturopathic doctor specializing in women’s health and family medicine. “There was a study published in 2012 in the British Medical Journal that examined cognitive function in people age 45 to 70. The researchers did not expect Health & Fitness: Newhall Pharmacy Newhall Pharmacy, a community retail drugstore, is located in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley. The store is in historical downtown Newhall across from Canyon Theatre Guild and next to the IMAC Medical Group on the corner of 6th and Main streets. This hometown family pharmacy has given personalized service to the Santa Clarita community and provided health care needs to the senior population for the last five years. The local business has a professional health care program with knowledgeable pharmacists: Moazzem Chowdhury, MPharm; Willon (bill) Henderson, PharmD; and Dr.Charles Zandberg, PharmD. Dedicated pharmacist Moazzem H. Chowdhury has been professionally involved in the SCV since 1994 as an owner and director of pharmacy

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services at several different pharmacies. He consistently offers individualized service, while operating a free health clinic, free delivery and flu shot program. Medication consultation is an important service for everyone who walks into Newhall Pharmacy. Prescription medications and over-the-counter items are always well stocked. They accept almost all insurances, offering the lowest discount prices for cash customers, and consulting with doctors to save money for the patients. Moazzem Chowdhury and his team have also been actively involved in philanthropic activities for the last four decades. For many years, Newhall Pharmacy has been working with the non-profit medical services organization Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers in Santa Clarita. Newhall Pharmacy is located at 24237 Main Street in Newhall. Call (661) 799-7017 for assistance.

it, but they found evidence of cognitive decline in the 45-year-old participants as well as the older participants.” She notes there are two basic pathological processes that cause degeneration of the brain: oxidative stress and inflammation. Basically, the standard American diet and lifestyle contribute to those processes. So who is this really an issue for? Men and women of all ages. No matter your age, you can take charge of your brain health by following these five smart steps from Dr. Shunney: Healthy eating “A Mediterranean-type diet that focuses on whole foods, good fats and foods high in antioxidants is a great place to start,” says Dr. Shunney. She encourages her patients to focus on getting omega-3 fats from fish and monounsaturated fats from olives, olive oil, nuts and seeds. She also recommends increasing fruits (especially berries) and beans (they’re packed with antioxidants). What’s more, research shows a little cocoa, coffee and red wine can act as antioxidants and are beneficial in low to moderate amounts. Supplements In addition to a quality multivitamin, Dr. Shunney recommends an omega-3 supplement. “Getting enough omega-3s is one of the most important measures we can take,” she says. “DHA is the dominant omega-3 in the brain. Just like we need to make sure babies have enough DHA to grow their brain, we need to make sure older people get enough DHA to keep their brains healthy.” She suggests Omega Memory by Nordic Naturals. It’s a DHA-dominant omega-3 formula that also includes other brain healthy ingredients: curcumin, phosphatidylcholine and huperzine A. Learn more at

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Regular sleep Poor sleep is a risk factor for cognitive decline. “Studies show both sleep deprivation and sleeping too much impact cognitive performance,” Dr. Shunney says. “A good goal is to go to bed around the same time each night, sleep for 7-8 hours, and get up around the same time every morning.” Thinking activities “I recommend anything that keeps your mind working,” says Dr. Shunney. “Activities that require things to be arranged or puzzles that have to be put together. Crossword puzzles, word games and board games are all great.” She also notes some activities to avoid: “It’s important to limit certain activities. The constant scanning of social media and newsfeeds eliminates creativity and keeps us on edge. Limit the time you spend

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doing that and instead do things that cause you to explore and think and put ideas together on your own.” Socialize “Social isolation has been linked with cognitive decline,” says Dr. Shunney. “In one study, people who

were lonely experienced cognitive decline at a 20 percent faster rate than people who were not lonely.” Make time to take a foreign language class, join a Toastmaster’s Club, take a watercolor class - anything that connects you regularly to other people.

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THE HIDDEN BENEFITS OF WATER (MC) – Dehydration is a dangerous condition that can cause a host of complications and even prove fatal in severe cases. But as dangerous as dehydration can be, many cases are entirely preventable. The best way to prevent dehydration is to drink enough water. When the body does not take in as much water as it puts out, it can become dehydrated. People who live in warm climates or Organic Sweat Shack Organic Sweat Shack on Main Street in Old Town Newhall is where women and men from every walk of life go to relax, detox, recover and heal. Using the world’s finest professionalgrade far infrared saunas paired with therapeuticgrade essential oils and chromotherapy, the Shack treats guests to 30-minute “sweat sessions” that burn up to 600 calories while assisting your body in the release of heavy metals, carcinogens, environmental toxins, dead skin cells and so much more. After your session, your muscles will feel loose, you’ll have a

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in elevated altitudes may lose more water than those who do not. In addition, water loss is accelerated during strenuous exercise, highlighting the emphasis men and women must place on drinking enough water during their workouts. But water does more for the body than prevent dehydration. The following are a handful of lesser known ways that water benefits the body. pep in your step and an overwhelming sense of calm will propel you through the rest of your day. Owner Jenifer Felan, an organic health practitioner, has cultivated an environment of healing at the Shack. Guests range from those treating cancer to eczema, autoimmune disorders, acne and more. Every guest benefits from her expertise – complimentary consults are available upon request – and the wide variety of services and products on site to aid you in the quest for optimal health. Try the Sweat Shack Detox, the Bone Broth protein powders or a healthy treat during your next visit!

•Water can help people maintain healthy weights. Dieting fads come and go, but water is a mainstay for people who want to control their caloric intake in an effort to maintain healthy weights. Water has zero calories, so reaching for a bottle or glass of water instead of a soda, lemonade or another caloric beverage can help people keep the pounds off. A study from researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center found that even diet soda enhances weight gain by as much as 41 percent. In addition, soda has been linked to conditions such as obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. No such association exists with water. • Water helps to fight fatigue. The fatiguefighting properties of

water are another of its lesser known benefits. When the body is not adequately hydrated, it can experience muscle soreness. And fitness enthusiasts who do not drink enough water may notice their bodies require extensive recovery time after working out. Each of those consequences can be prevented by drinking enough water, and doing so can even improve performance, as studies have shown that just a 3 percent loss of body weight due to dehydration can cause as much as a 10 percent drop in performance level. • Water can improve the appearance of the skin. Skin that does not get enough water can

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turn dry and flaky and feel tight. In addition, dry skin is more likely to wrinkle than adequately hydrated skin. Getting water to the skin can be tricky, as the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health notes that water will reach all the other organs of the body before it reaches the skin. But the school recommends applying a hydrating moisturizer within two minutes of leaving the bath or shower and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day to ensure the skin is getting enough water. • Water helps the

gastrointestinal tract. Water can help maintain normal bowel function. When the body lacks sufficient fluid, the colon will pull water from stools in an effort to stay hydrated. That can lead to constipation, a condition in which people experience difficulty emptying their bowels. By drinking enough water, people can ensure their colon will not have to pull water from stools to stay hydrated, thereby helping them stay regular. Water helps the body in myriad ways, many of which might surprise people unaware of just how valuable water can be to the body.

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WHY DENTAL HYGIENE IS ESSENTIAL FOR OVERALL HEALTH (MC) – The importance of maintaining clean teeth and healthy gums goes beyond having fresh breath and a white smile. Many people are surprised to discover that oral hygiene plays an integral role in overall health. Research indicates that

oral health mirrors the condition of the body as a whole. Also, regular dental visits can alert dentists about overall health and pinpoint if a person is at a risk for chronic disease. An oral health check-up also may be the first indication of a potential health issue

SCV Clear Water When it’s this easy to get purified water, you want to take advantage of it! SCV Clear Water in Saugus provides both purified and alkaline water to residents for a fraction of the cost of store bought and water delivery companies. For just 50 cents a gallon, you can fill your container with the freshest water – purified daily in a 6-step process. SCV Clear Water uses reverse osmosis and ultraviolet sterilization, which eliminates 99.9% of all bacteria. The local business is licensed by the Health Department, which means the water is tested to confirm its purity levels. You can use SCV Clear Water’s containers, which come in 5-gallon, 3-gallon,

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1-gallon and personal-sized bottles. Containers come in glass, stainless steel and BPA-free plastic. Owner Lauri Cierzan opened SCV Clear Water 12 years ago, and some of her customers are still with her today. “People really like the taste of the water,” she says. “Water really shouldn’t have a taste, so if it does, there’s a problem.” It’s the freshest source of drinking water – pure and simple. SCV Clear Water is located at 26849 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. Call (661) 513-9613 or visit

not yet evident to a general medical doctor. Heart disease According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a distinct relationship between periodontal disease and conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Joint teams at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, found that people with bleeding gums from poor dental hygiene could have an increased risk of heart disease. Bacteria from the mouth is able to enter the bloodstream when bleeding gums are present. That bacteria can stick to platelets and subsequently form blood clots. This interrupts the flow of blood to the heart and may trigger a heart attack. Brushing and flossing twice daily and rinsing with mouthwash can remove bacteria and keep gums healthy. Facial pain The Office of the Surgeon General says

infections of the gums that support the teeth can lead to facial and oral pain. Gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease, as well as advanced gum disease, affects more than 75 percent of the American population. Dental decay can lead to its own share of pain. Maintaining a healthy mouth can fend off decay and infections, thereby preventing pain. Pancreatic cancer In 2007, the Harvard School of Public Health reported a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. In the ongoing study, 51,000 men were followed and data was collected beginning in 1986. The Harvard researchers found that men with a history of gum disease had a 64 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer compared with men who had never had gum disease. The greatest risk for pancreatic cancer among this group was in men with recent tooth loss. However, the study

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was unable to find links between other types of oral health problems, such as tooth decay, and pancreatic cancer. Alzheimer’s disease

samples from the brains of people who did not have Alzheimer’s. P. gingivalis is usually associated with chronic gum disease. As a result of the study, experts think that the bacteria can move via nerves in the roots of teeth that connect directly with the brain or through bleeding gums.

Various health ailments, including poor oral health, have been linked to a greater risk The health of teeth and gums can impact other parts of the body. of developing Photo courtesy of Brandpoint Alzheimer’s These health disease. In 2010, conditions are after reviewing Follow-up studies from from 10 people who just a sampling of the 20 years’ worth of researchers at the did not have the relationship between data, researchers from University of Central disease. Data indicated oral health and overall New York University Lancashire in the United that a bacterium health. Additional concluded that there Kingdom compared – Porphyromonas connections also is a link between gum brain samples from 10 gingivalis – was present have been made and inflammation and living patients with in the Alzheimer’s brain continue to be studied. Alzheimer’s to samples samples but not in the Alzheimer’s disease.

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Movement of Pilates Bringing the healing power of Pilates to every client, Movement of Pilates in Santa Clarita offers private and group sessions in a sophisticated studio with modern equipment and motivational instructors. Serving the community since 2007, Melissa Lee offers relief from physical limitations caused by hip replacements, spinal fusions and osteoporosis, among many others. Pilates can improve range of motion through corrective exercise, and personalized classes grant relief from such conditions as frozen shoulders and painful autoimmune disorders.

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For individuals recovering from injury to men and women who want to increase strength, 55-minute full body workouts create a healthy transformation through working the core without building bulk. From private sessions to circuit classes with up to six students, there is instruction for every level. Movement of Pilates is located at 26267 Prima Way in Santa Clarita. Call 818-613-8730, email Melissaleepilates@ or visit

In your two-to-threeminute cryotherapy treatment at ICE Recovery & Wellness, the temperature during your personalized session will hover around -240 degrees Fahrenheit. Using gasiform nitrogen to lower your skin’s surface temperature by 30 to 50 degrees, your personal cryotherapy chamber will prompt your skin to react to the cold by sending a message to your brain. This messaging acts as a stimulant to your body’s regulatory system, resulting in a “scan,” identifying injury, inflammation and tissue that isn’t operating to its full potential. The extreme temperature also stimulates your body to release

endorphins and antiinflammatory molecules. The process speeds toxins and other inflammatory properties into your blood stream to be processed and naturally eliminated. It’s the ideal treatment for anyone who wants to reduce inflammation and pain; build collagen; heal faster; detox; boost metabolism and stimulate the immune system. Cryotherapy has been linked to positive outcomes with users suffering from arthritis, MS, athletic injury, surgical wounds and more. ICE Recovery & Wellness is offering $20 “first freeze” sessions that include free NormaTec compression, as well as discounted student-athlete packages. Call for details.

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Comfort Keepers In-Home Care I would like to again thank the readers of The Signal for voting Comfort Keepers In-Home Care as “Best of” in Home Care for the 8th year in a row! It has been a privilege to serve our seniors, with offices in both Santa Clarita and Encino, in their homes for over 16 years! We also can assist anyone 18 years or older who may be recovering from illness or injury. We are able to assist with all Activities of Daily Living, including Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, medication reminders, bathing and personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, and much more! It is important to be proactive with our aging loved ones, rather than reactive. Don’t wait until a slip & fall or other incident that will require medical attention. Home Care is a way to enhance our senior’s lives, to re-engage them socially, preventing isolation and depression. Also to ensure

they are eating healthy, taking their medications properly, and even getting them out and about to either social activities or doctor’s appointments. Comfort Keepers is a licensed Home Care Organization, and our caregivers are fingerprinted for a fully comprehensive background check, TB tested, experienced and Comfort Keepers trained in Interactive Caregiving. They are supervised in the field by our Nurse Case Managers. Interactive Caregiving is a philosophy in which we try to involve our clients in their own care, which keeps them mentally stimulated, as well as physically active when possible. A customized Care Plan is created for each client, and can be flexible from a day to day basis, depending on needs. Please contact our office at 661287-4200 (Santa Clarita) or 818-776-5060 (Encino) for a free in-home consultation.

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