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The MSN Healthcare Health Blog offers news and analysis on weight loss, fatigue, personal health, and health news. It includes contributions from Dr. Mark Neumann and others. Click now.


6 Diet-Friendly Foods with Unique Health Benefits

Mark Neumann

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Achieving weight loss goals can be a difficult task, but what many of us find the most challenging is sacrificing our favorite foods. Good news – this list is full of diet-friendly foods tasty enough to be guilty pleasures – and they have some unique health benefits too.

Strange But True

Pancakes with syrup, coffee and pizza are all foods commonly surrendered at the beginning of a diet. You may think twice after reading these:

●     Maple Syrup could help inhibit cancer growth. Due to the antioxidant properties of certain phytochemicals it contains, maple syrup could reduce cell damage and slow cancerous growth. Two caveats – you must use real maple syrup instead of artificial pancake syrup, and since maple syrup is high in sugar, very little goes a long way.

●     Coffee could lower risk for Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Not only does coffee actually contain nutrients such as potassium, niacin, and riboflavin, but it could also help combat Type 2 diabetes. Its memory-boosting effects have even been linked to a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s – as much as 65% lower risk in women compared to non-coffee drinkers.

●     Tomatoes help wounds heal faster and prevent scarring. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A and C, which help with cellular growth and skin tissue growth and repair.  In addition, tomatoes boast healthy amounts of lycopene, an antioxidant known for boosting the immune system and improving blood flow, both of which aid in healing. Bonus – tomato sauce, soup, ketchup and other tomato products still provide these same benefits. Pizza, anyone?

Dense in the Best Sense

Other foods are surprising in the sheer density of the nutrients they provide. Try one of these tasty, nutrient-dense foods next time you’re looking for a weight loss friendly snack or meal:

●     Potatoes. Potatoes contain a ton of nutrients, including potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, Vitamin C and many B vitamins. They get a bad rap due to their starch content, but often, it’s the toppings that get you. Try a small baked potato with a dab of skim cottage cheese for a filling snack.

●     Blueberries. Blueberries are a well-known antioxidant and are higher in vitamins and minerals than other fruits. Try a handful on cereal, Greek yogurt, or simply by themselves.  

●     Dark Chocolate. Real dark – read: high in cocoa content – chocolate contains fiber, magnesium, iron, and manganese, as well as being a prime source of antioxidants. Chocolate is also linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Keep your portions reasonable, but do we really need to give you snack suggestions for this one? Enjoy!

If you’re concerned about maintaining a healthy body weight, Dr. Mark Neumann can help. Develop an individualized weight loss program for maximum success when you contact MSN Healthcare today.

Eat This, Not That: Holiday Edition

Mark Neumann

Christmas is a time for good company and excellent food. Unfortunately, it often puts a strain on our waistlines. With so many good things to eat it can be a challenge to cut back on calories. Luckily, there are some easy substitutions you can make this holiday season to help you keep your self-control. Check out these lower calorie options and give them a try at this year’s table.

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3 Things You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Mark Neumann

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What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Many of us dream of silky-smooth skin, free of unsightly hairs – and tossing all our razors, waxes, and shaving creams for good. There is a solution to these frustrating body hair woes: laser hair removal.

Using a cosmetic, medical-grade laser, the laser hair removal process transmits a beam of light into your hair follicles. The process depends on your skin pigment, with the laser being attracted to the blood around hair follicles for darker skin types and the pigment of hair follicles for lighter skin types. This results in stunted hair follicle growth and smooth skin.

While this procedure may seem like a miracle cure, there are risks involved in the process, as well as important preparation and after-care techniques. Here's what you need to know before going under the laser.

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Identify What Areas for Laser Hair Removal

This process works best on the bikini line, above the lips and around the chin, and under the arms. You can also opt for laser hair removal on your legs, arms, and anywhere else you want to remove hair from. If you’re uncertain about a body part, consult with a licensed laser hair removal technician.

Prepare Beforehand

You should avoid sun exposure for 2-4 weeks prior to laser hair removal. The technician can’t perform the process if you’re sunburned or have a tan. Many people start their treatments in colder months to effectively avoid the sun.

In addition, you will need to shave the area you want to be lasered before your appointment. Do not wax the area – the hair follicle needs to be present for laser removal to work, and waxing removes the follicle. If you forget to shave, you can do so at your appointment.

Be Patient and Consistent

You won’t leave your first laser hair removal appointment with the silky-smooth skin of your dreams. You will need to attend at least 5-6 hair removal sessions to see optimal results. You will also need to be consistent in your appointment attendance – successful patients usually receive a treatment every 4-6 weeks, and they see results within 3 months.

Ready to take the plunge and remove stubborn hair for good?

Please let us know if laser hair removal sounds like a good option for you. Dr. Neumann is happy to discuss your goals in more detail during your consultation. Contact him today or call the office at 734-847-4700.

Reasons to Consider Getting a B12 Injection

Mark Neumann

Your body cannot function at optimal levels without a consistent intake of vitamins and nutrients. A deficiency of one – especially vitamin B12 – could impact your health and happiness. Getting a vitamin B12 injection can prevent deficiency and give you all the benefits of having this vitamin in your system. It is an at-home medication with a variety of benefits for your brain, body, and mood. Keep reading if you believe a B12 injection could help you.

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