Tired? Gaining Weight? Low Mood? Could Your Thyroid Be Under Active?

Hypothyroidism, also known as an under-active thyroid, is fairly common. But because symptoms begin gradually and get worse over time, many don’t even realize that they are suffering from this disorder.

The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck, and produces thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone helps regulate your temperature, metabolism, heartbeat, and how efficiently your body burns calories. When the thyroid gland is underactive, thyroid hormone levels fall lower than normal, and your body’s energy level decreases. Think of your thyroid like a gas pedal. When operating properly, the pedal is pushed down and your vehicle (your body) is moving along at peak performance. When not producing enough of the hormone, the pedal is barely pushed down at all, and you feel like you are hardly moving.

Two of the most common symptoms of an under-active thyroid are fatigue and an increased inability to lose weight. But people often mistakenly attribute these symptoms to getting older. In fact, a thyroid condition may go undetected for years because many people fail to question the gradual loss of energy, or the slow onset of depression.

Hypothyroidism far too often under-diagnosed. Some physicians do not ask the right questions or they put too much faith in the lab tests that they customarily use, and do not explore past ‘normal’ results they see. A woman’s long and sometimes wide-ranging symptoms can lead doctors to attribute them to the onset of menopause, or depression. Some doctors rely too much on one test to determine thyroid function when they need to add tests for active thyroid levels.

If you’re not feeling your best, ask yourself if you have any of these symptoms:

Fatigue
Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
Depression
Brain fog (including poor concentration or memory)
Brittle nails and hair
Muscle and joint aches
Shortness of breath
Sensitivity to cold
Low libido
Thinning hair
Chronic yeast infections
Constipation
Poor sleep
Infertility
It is important to work with a doctor who takes a careful and complete health history and who uses appropriate lab tests to find what is causing your symptoms.

There is hope! There are a variety of treatment options for hypothyroidism including safe and proven medications, nutritional supplements to help regulate the thyroid balance, and even gradual lifestyle changes.

Dr. Keller is committed to helping you find safe and effective treatments to help you get back to living your best life. Contact us today to find out more about your symptoms, appropriate tests, and how to restore thyroid balance for your optimum health.
Dr. Betty Keller keeps up-to-date on the latest findings to help you develop a plan for optimal health.

VI PEEl: Medical Skin Peel to address Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Pigmentation and Scarring

Medical Skin Peels


I recommend our medical skin peel as one of the best ways to improve a variety of skin concerns. It promotes skin rejuvenation, anti aging, and corrects hyper pigmentation. Now is the perfect time, to renew your skin before the holidays!

A Medical Skin Peel that Treats Acne Scarring, Uneven Pigmentation, and Fine Lines and Wrinkles
There are many types of treatments. We offer 5 specifically formulated VI Peels.
VI Peel for aging
VI Peel Precision for advanced aging
VI Peel Precision Plus for sun spots and skin pigmentation
Vi Peel Purify for acne prone skin
Vi Peel Purify with Precision Plus for acne and acne scaring

Why choose the VI Peel?

VI Peels represent the next generation in chemical peels. Each treatment is virtually pain free with results in as little as 7 days. Unique from other peels, the VI Peel nurtures the skin with vitamins and minerals during the exfoliation process.

Transform Your Skin
Anti-Aging Transformations
VI Peels are suitable for various skin types, including darker skin tones. They offer specifically designed treatments that are convenient and targeted to address:

Toning and reducing lines and wrinkles (anti-aging)
Hyperpigmentation
Sun spots
Damaged skin
Acne-prone skin
Acne scarring
Acne Skin Repair

The VI Peel Portfolio provides dramatic results with no skin preparation and minimal downtime. The VI Peel also provides you with a take home kit of essential products for your treatments’s success, ensuring optimal and lasting results. Enjoy your feeling more confident in your skin.

What To Expect from Your VI Peel
The VI Peel combines a unique blend of ingredients to stimulate powerful skin rejuvenation with:

Minimal Downtime
Virtually Pain-Free Experience
No Preparation
Beautiful Results
Within a week your skin will have:

Improved tone, texture, and clarity
Reduced age spots, hyperpigmentation, including Melasma
Softened lines and wrinkles
Clearer skin and reduced acne and acne scars
Increased collagen production for firmer, more youthful skin

Call and schedule your complementary consultation to see which VI Peel is right for you.
I just did a peel last week and just love the results, I know you will too

For Medical VI Peel Consultation with me, Dr Betty Keller
Call 201-485-7930

Optimal Wellness Medical Spa
172 Franklin Ave Suite 4A
Ridgewood, NJ 07405
We are here to help you look and feel your very best.

Perimenopause and Menopause: New Hope For Difficult Symptoms.

Treatment for difficult menopause symptoms

Treatment for difficult menopause symptoms
Experiencing difficult menopause symptoms? Some women seem to go through perimenopause and menopause without missing a beat. But others find themselves ‘dazed and confused’ by what is happening to the way they feel every day.

Many people think of menopause as the time when periods stop, and symptoms start. But most symptoms actually begin long before menopause. They start to appear during perimenopause — the time leading up to the end of menstruation. This is a longer period than most women realize — on average, four years before menopause, the time when a woman has had no period for a year.

Menopause Symptoms are Common but Intensity Varies
Some of the more common perimenopause and menopause symptoms are:

Hot flashes
Night sweats
Disrupted sleep patterns
Changes in emotional well-being
Unfortunately for some women, some symptoms become intense enough to throw them off keel. They experience:

Brain fog
Dizziness
Body aches
Panic attacks or intense emotional distress
Excessive fatigue
These symptoms can be too disruptive to ignore.

You may have tried to tell your friends what you’re going through but they don’t understand. All the other women your age may seem to be getting along and coping just fine. They might even tell you, however nicely, that you “get a grip” or “snap out of it” or just relax and have a glass of wine. They can’t sympathize; it’s a lonely place to be!

Unfortunately, doctors can also misunderstand that some women experience menopause differently. Maybe you’ve tried to get help from doctors, but felt like they saw you as ‘a complainer’ or with a weak tolerance for discomfort. Because it’s a normal phase of a woman’s life, some people may expect you to just take it in stride. The fact is, perimenopause is a very individual experience.

Your Experience Is What’s Normal for You
While perimenopause lasts an average of four years, your personal experience may vary. You are a unique individual, and average does not equal normal. For many women, perimenopause takes place for much longer than they expected. For some women, it lasts only two years, or takes as long as seven, 12, or 15 years.

It is possible for women to begin to notice menopause symptoms in their early forties. The average age of actual menopause is 51 years for women in the United States.

Each woman will experience symptoms in her own way. Your own symptoms may change in intensity over time. You may be surprised to know the number of women who experience severe perimenopause or menopause symptoms. Here are three groups of symptoms that may cause concern.

Sleep Problems
As many as 40-60% of women suffer from insomnia during perimenopause (says Medscape). Insomnia isn’t just a bad night’s rest. This is night after night of difficulty falling asleep, or of getting poor quality sleep. Insomnia often makes it hard for you to function during the day. It can be acute (noticed over days or weeks) or chronic (you’re wondering, after a month or more, if this will ever stop).

Emotional Symptoms
Many women notice changes in their emotional outlook, or shifts in their sense of well being during menopause. Unfortunately, the term ‘mood swings’ tends to lump together a wide range of experiences. It doesn’t mean these emotional changes should be a simple walk in the park for you.

Emotional symptoms during perimenopause range from mild crankiness, to feelings of depression or panic that are very intense and very real. Some medical experts estimate that 20% of women will endure depression during menopause (reports Medscape).

Women may be ashamed to admit anxiety, depression or panic attacks during the transition to menopause. High anxiety during perimenopause may be more common than most people imagine. The symptoms may include feelings fearful for no clear reason, feeling tense or irritable, or feeling the heart pounding, racing or palpitating.

One study found, for women with low baseline anxiety before perimenopause, about 13% experienced anxiety symptoms for years, reaching a peak level of high anxiety late in perimenopause. The good news, the study found, was that anxiety levels decreased for these women later in postmenopausal years.

Emotional health is complex. A woman may have good reasons for depression or anxiety in addition to hormonal changes. So it is important to discuss your emotional health with appropriate, qualified healthcare professionals you trust.

Changes in the Ability to Enjoy Sex
With decreasing estrogen levels, the walls of the vagina become thinner, and the skin of the vagina becomes more dry. This is because the number of folds in the lining of the vagina decreases over time with lower estrogen levels.

During perimenopause, the vagina begins to secrete less lubrication. The skin of the vulva, around the opening of the vagina, may become drier and prone to irritation. The vagina can shape too — becoming shorter, narrower, and less elastic. These changes tend to occur especially for women who do not have regular sexual intercourse.

If a woman has not been sexually active during perimenopause, and then wants to have more sex, she may experience pain, even when using familiar lubricants. The discomfort can be so great that it interferes with a woman’s ability to enjoy sex or may dampen her level of sexual desire.

Fortunately, these symptoms usually respond well to low-level estrogen therapy. Vaginal estrogen with bioidentical hormones can help by providing estrogen directly where it’s needed, with minimal impact on the rest of the body.

Hormone Replacement and Bioidentical Hormones
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a reliable approach to treatment for menopausal symptoms. There are many new forms of HRT available: tablets, skin patches, vaginal lubricants, and lotions.

How do you know if HRT is safe for you? That is where talking to an informed doctor comes in. Not all hormones therapies are the same. In recent years, extensive studies show that the chemical makeup of the hormones plays a key role in their safety and effectiveness.

Bioidentical hormones are formulated to match the body’s own chemistry, that so that the body processes them safely, just as it would the natural human hormone. Bioidentical hormone therapy offers health benefits with lower health risks than the earlier generations of synthetic hormones used decades ago.

You can learn more about bioidentical hormone therapy. We’ve addressed many questions patients have in these articles:

Bioidentical HRT: The Truth About Hormone Therapy for Menopausal Women
Low Libido in Women – How Can Hormone Therapy Help?
Women and Hormone Imbalance – Signs that You Are Experiencing Hormone Imbalance and What You Can do About it
We are Here to Listen and to Help You
I welcome your questions about how Bioidentical Hormone Therapy can help you.

If you live in or near Ridgewood, New Jersey, come to the Optimal Wellness Center and learn about our individual approach to your perimenopause or menopause symptoms. Hormone balancing is can help you if you are suffering from sleep disturbances, low libido, or emotional and memory changes with perimenopause. So can a doctor who listens carefully and understands that you have your own set of symptoms.

Contact Dr. Keller at the Optimal Wellness Center in Ridgewood New Jersey, at 201-485-7930 or request an appointment online.

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Perimenopause, Menopause and Estrogen Dominance

Perimenopause and Estrogen Dominance

In the past physicians have focused mainly on Estrogen when treating the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.

We know now that progesterone is as important as estrogen in balancing women’s hormones. In order to treat the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, estrogen and progesterone need to be balanced.

Balancing progesterone levels is especially important for women going through perimenopause. Progesterone levels decrease much earlier then estrogen levels during perimenopause. Most perimenopausal women have enough estrogen, and their symptoms are actually caused by low levels of progesterone, a condition called Estrogen Dominance.

When a women’s estrogen starts to decrease as well, her progesterone has already decreased to a greater degree, so estrogen dominace can occur even when estrogen levels start to drop. Its just that progesterone has dropped to a greater degree and there is a relative estrogen dominance. In addition, if a women is prescribed estrogen without progesterone, this can also cause estrogen dominance.

What happens during perimenopause?
During a normal menstrual cycle, estrogen increases at the beginning of your cycle, peaks at ovulation and then decreases. If the egg is not fertilized it ruptures and releases progesterone, which now is the dominant hormone during the second half of the cycle. Estrogen raises in the first half to promote cell proliferation, and progesterone rises in the second half to oppose estrogen and prepare for the beginning of your next cycle (menses).

The beginning of perimenopause actually occurs when there is a large decrease in progesterone levels after ovulation. This causes estrogen levels, which decline at a slower rate to be high relative to progesterone, resulting in estrogen dominance. Your periods start to become irregular, and you can develop a variety of symptoms, because of an imbalance in your hormones.

Estrogen Dominance can produce the following symptoms:

Irregular bleeding
Weight Gain
Breast tenderness
Hot Flashes
Mood instability (anxiety, depression, irritability)
Trouble sleeping

Fatigue
Low sex drive
Foggy Thinking
Migraines

Prescribing progesterone during the luteal phase can help even out this imbalance.
Once menopause is reached and estrogen levels have declined, women may need estrogen replacement as well. It is important to balance these hormones with optimized dosages.

It is important to have individualized treatment and dosages. At optimal Wellness, our individualized treatment is based on your history, symptoms and comprehensive laboratory evaluation. We prescribe Bio identical Hormones, If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, call us at 201 485 7930, to see how we can help you address your symptoms of hormone imbalance.

What’s New At Optimal Wellness Center

What’s new at Optimal Wellness Center and Medical Spa?
I have been busy training and learning about the latest in Aesthetic Medicine, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Medical Weight Loss. I just completed Allergan’s Medical Aesthetics Injection Training Course, where I learned the latest techniques in using Botox and Juvederm to get naturally beautiful results. In addition I also just completed ” Advances in Hormone Therapy” the most up to date information regarding Bioidentical Hormone replacement. This weekend I attended The International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference, this conference is held once a year in New York and highlights the latest advances in aesthetic treatments. I am so excited about what I have learned and cannot wait to share it with you. Look for new treatments and services including  “Change Your Biology Diet” all coming soon to Optimal Wellness Center and Medical Spa.
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Hypothyroidism 12 Common Symptoms. Is It Time To Call Your Doctor?

 

Hypothyroidism also known as an under active thyroid, presents with a variety of symptoms. These           symptoms arise because your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. When this  occurs it causes a slowing down of all your bodies processes. Here are common symptoms that indicate you  may have hypothyroidism.

  • Fatigue: Hypothyroidism, one of the main symptoms, and often the first sign of hypothyroidism is fatigue. Without enough hormone your body slows down. You may have trouble getting up in the morning despite getting 8 or more hours of sleep each night..
  • Weight Gain: Hypothyroidism slows your metabolism down, which can make you gain weight, even though  you eat healthy and exercise.
  • Feeling Cold: Without adequate thyroid hormone to keep your metabolism active, you may feel like you are always cold no matter what the temperature is.
  • Depression: Hypothyroidism can also cause mood disorders like depression and or anxiety. It can also worsen symptoms in people who already have depression. If your mood is low, get your thyroid checked.
  • Memory Problems: Low thyroid hormones cause a slowing of all processes in your body including your brain. You may have difficulty focusing, problem concentrating, suffer from mental fatigue, and problem with short term memory. Although there are many causes, your thyroid could be the problem.
  • Muscle and Joint Pains: Hypothyroidism can cause your muscles and joints to hurt. The pain can be severe enough to interfere with your daily activities. Left untreated some people can develop muscle profound weakness. Again there are many causes of joint, and muscle pain but if you have persistent aches and pains its time to call your doctor.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, you should make sure to have your thyroid levels checked.Hypothyroidism is a common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms can include numbness, tingling and or pain in your hands.
  • Constipation: Hypothyroidism is associated with slowing down of your digestion system, resulting in constipation. The thyroid can make your whole digestive system “lazy”. The proper blood test may reveal its due to low thyroid hormone.
  • Change in Menstrual Cycle. You may develop lighter periods or even skip your menstrual cycle if you thyroid hormones are low. A change is your cycle may indicate thyroid disease.
  • Infertility: If your thyroid is underactive it can interfere with your fertility. Talk with your doctor about checking your thyroid if you are having fertility problems.
  • Elevated Cholesterol: If you have elevated cholesterol, your thyroid may be to blame.
  • Dry Hair and Skin: You can develop dry hair and skin. Some people also notice hair loss. A classic sign of hypothyroidism is the absence of hair on lateral one third of your eyebrows.

In addition if you have a family history of hypothyroidism you are at an increased risk of developing an underactive thyroid. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to discuss these with your doctor. Make sure to discuss any family history of thyroid or autoimmune diseases. When asking to have your thyroid checked, make sure they do a complete profile and not just check your TSH. You should have FreeT4, FreeT4, RFreeT3, Thyroid antibodies and also have your adrenal function tested. If your adrenal glands are not functioning properly, they can cause your thyroid to not produce enough thyroid hormone. Additional testing may be indicated depending on your symptoms.

If you think you may have an underactive thyroid, we can help!

To schedule a consult with Dr. Betty Keller call 201 485 7930

Optimal Wellness Center 172 Franklin Ave Suite 4A Ridgewood NJ 07450

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Are Your Hormones Balanced?

bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps restore your optimal health

Bioidentical Hormone Specialist in NJ Explains Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

Hormones are responsible for making your body run properly. And for optimal health they need to be balanced.

Our hormones play a major role in our body’s health. Hormones effect how we look, feel, and function.

Why Hormones Impact Health So Many Ways

Hormones are the chemicals that make things happen within the systems of our body. These chemical messengers control our metabolic processes by stimulating the cells in our bodies.

Your hormone levels change throughout your lifetime. You may notice changes in mood, weight, body composition, energy, and physical strength. Hormone balance is extremely important to have optimal health.

The same hormones that keep you happy and healthy, when out of balance can cause emotional and physical distress. Hormones are the most finely tuned systems in our body. It is a delicate balance; each hormone is depended on the other hormones to work properly.

What Throws Hormones Out of Balance?

Women with a healthy hormone balance enjoy long healthy and productive lives. Life stressors from working long hours, taking care of the family, commuting, poor sleep, unhealthy eating habits, environmental toxins and other forms of physical and emotional stress can disrupt our natural hormone balance.

Hormonal imbalance can make life challenging. Hormone imbalance can contribute to, common problems including, weight gain, mood disorders, PMS, perimenopausal, and menopausal symptoms. The following are some symptoms that can be caused by an imbalance in your hormones.

Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have a hormone imbalance.

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Excess facial or body hair
  • Acne
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Aches and pains
  • Thinning Hair
  • Dry Skin
  • Reduced Libido
  • Decreased Muscle Mass/Strength
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritable/ Mood changes
  • Poor memory/concentration
  • Frequent/chronic infections
  • Headaches
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Cravings for sweets/carbs
  • PMS

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Treats Hormone Imbalance

Dr. Keller is a bioidentical hormone doctor, specializing in helping you look and feel your best.  Contact us about bioidentical hormone treatment at the Optimal Wellness Center, Ridgewood, NJ 201-485-7930.

 

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September Is The Time To Repair, Restore, and Renew Your Skin For Naturally Beautiful Healthier Skin

 

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After a summer of fun, its time to,

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Our scientifically developed, advanced formula skin care products visibly reduce redness, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size & puffiness. Improve skin texture and tone while you protect your skin from UV damage. See our line of moisturizers, sunscreens and anti-wrinkle formulas in our store.

Bioidentical HRT: The Truth About Hormone Therapy for Menopausal Women

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Dr Betty Keller is a menopause specialist and bioidentical hormone doctor who helps you understand and care for your menopause symptoms.

Menopause is a normal stage of life, and some women have symptoms they can take in stride. But for others, mood changes, disturbed sleep, increased urinary issues, and discomfort during sex have too much impact on quality of life and well-being.

Many women have heard that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (bioidentical HRT) can help. But there is a great deal of uncertainty and confusion about the safety of HRT medications. More women need access to updated information so they can learn about treatments without fear.

When Menopause Occurs

Menopause is an important health milestone in a woman’s life. A medical definition of menopause refers to the 12 months after a woman’s last period. However, changes in hormone levels occur for most women between the ages of 45 and 55.

Common Symptoms of Menopause

Many women are satisfied that the issues of pregnancy and monthly periods are over. But for some women, these hormonal changes have a major negative impact on their well being:

  • Negative Changes in Mood: Changes in levels of estrogen and progesterone can affect mood. As the body adjusts, some women find it difficult to concentrate or keep from becoming irritable.
  • Painful Intercourse: Lower levels of these hormones make the skin around the vagina thinner and less lubricated. This can make sex painful or uncomfortable.
  • Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: Hot flashes are symptoms of menopause that cause sensations of sudden heat in your upper body, neck and face, and may trigger increased perspiration. And when a hot flash is over, you may feel a damp chill. Night sweats (hot flashes that occur during bedtime) can disturb sleep for months at a time for some women.
  • Bladder Control Problems: During menopause, changes in vaginal tissue can impact bladder function. As these tissues become thinner, less elastic, and lose strength, some women find that normal coughing, sneezing or lifting causes uncontrollable leaks. It may be hard to sleep through the night without having to get up and use the bathroom. Some women get painful urinary tract infections more often.
  • Bone Health: If menopause is premature or early, some women may be concerned about bone health.

Women who want to improve their quality of life during menopause have good questions, but may also have doubts about the safety of hormone replacement therapy. The level of distrust and misinformation around HRT is unfortunate.

It is important to inform women about bioidentical HRT, especially those who do not know the benefit of new forms of these hormones.

The Checkered History of HRT

Hormone replacement therapy began to be widely prescribed for menopausal women during the 1980’s and 1990s. HRT usually came in the form of oral tablets called Premarin and Prempro. But many stopped in 2002 with the public reports of health risks by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).

The media widely reported the finding that combinations of hormones used at the time were linked to increased risk of heart disease and cancer. Women were suddenly told to discontinue taking their medications, and there was widespread alarm about unwanted health risks.

What these studies could not show, because of their design, was the role of the synthetic forms of estrogen and progesterone used.

Premarin, for example, was processed from the urine of pregnant mares (as the name Premarin reflects). These drugs had adverse affects because the hormones extracted and synthesized in the lab had a different chemical structure than the body’s own forms. As the body processed the synthetic forms, they released harmful byproducts.

What is Bioidentical HRT?

Bioidentical hormone therapy uses hormones that match those made by the human body. In other words, the chemistry of these hormones matches the body’s own estrogen, and the body processes them the same way.

Bioidentical hormones are sometimes called “natural” hormones, which can be very confusing. Many HRT products can claim a “natural” origin, be it plant or animal. The important difference is that bioidentical HRT medications are formulated to act just like the body’s own hormones. The FDA has approved many bioidentical HRT medications for use in treating women with concerns about menopausal symptoms.

More Recent Findings

Research after the WHI study identified important factors that impact the safety and outcome of HRT, such as how soon it begins after menopause, and whether it is taken orally or in other forms. Unfortunately, the news of these findings is much less widespread.

Follow up studies found that the way a treatment delivers hormones also plays a part in how safely the body can use them. Some hormones in pill form carry different risks than those taken through the skin as a cream or gel, for example.

If you were to try to get information on the Internet, it is difficult to know who to believe. Some medical sites continue to share findings of older studies, and some focus on some of the newer studies without making clear what the full range of risks and benefits are.

Talk with a Doctor Who Is Informed about Bioidentical HRT

If you are concerned about symptoms and the safety of HRT, the best step for your health is to become better informed by talking with a knowledgeable doctor you trust.

HRT safety and effectiveness depends on when it starts, how long treatments last, what preparations are used, whether hormones are combined, and how the hormones themselves are formulated.

The benefits of any treatment must certainly outweigh the risks. And you deserve the opportunity to work with a doctor who will carefully assess and diagnose your symptoms and talk with you about the safest, most effective therapy for you.

Bioidentical HRT in Ridgewood, New Jersey

If you are in the Ridgewood, New Jersey area, and want to see bioidentical HRT can help, speak to Dr. Keller at 201-485-7930 or request an appointment online.

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Collagen Induction Therapy for Younger-Looking Skin: Your Micro-needling Questions Answered

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What is micro-needling as skincare treatment?

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) also known as micro-needling, is a skin treatment that stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself. Micro-needling uses tiny sharp needles to create hundreds of micro-channels in your skin.

In response to these micro injuries, your body releases growth factors and cytokines, which trigger the wound healing process. During this process, the body produces more collagen and elastin, essential components of your skin that contribute to its structural integrity and elasticity. This revitalizes the natural structure of your skin, resulting in firmer, smoother, younger-looking skin with a healthy, even glow.

What is the device called the Skin Pen?

The micro-needling device we use is called the Skin Pen because it is shaped like a pen, but that’s where the similarity ends.

The device allows a medical professional to safely use a cartridge with 12 tiny surgical-grade needles, which makes microscopic punctures in the skin’s surface. The applicator is automated for precise, safe control. Each cartridge is only used once per person for each treatment — and discarded afterward.

What is a treatment like?

We gently clean the area of the skin being treated, and apply a numbing cream. You relax for about 20 minutes and the numbing cream is washed off before your procedure. Most patients find the treatments non-painful, as the numbing cream ensures your comfort. Some patients experience a mild sensation on the skin, mostly notably the vibration of the device as it glides over the skin. Micro-needling of your face takes approximately 30 minutes.

How soon will you see results?

There is some redness immediately after the treatment, which naturally begins to reduce within hours. A post-procedure skin care formula helps calm and nourish the skin for its natural repair and remodeling process.

The results continue to improve over time. As increased elastin and collagen form, you see a softer, smoother, more even complexion, reduced fine lines and wrinkles. Scars and stretch marks are also reduced as new collagen and elastin remodel the skin. Some patients see the greatest improvement starting from 2-4 weeks after beginning treatments. Those who are familiar with Skin Pen notice their skin continues to improve over time for up to 3-6 months after the last treatment.

What skin conditions can it improve?

Skin Pen is ideal for people with skin damage due to sun exposure, acne, or stretch marks.

Micro-needling benefits skin health by reducing

  • Age spots
  • Mild to moderate acne scars
  • Large pores
  • Hyperpigmentation (unusual uneven complexion)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stretch marks

Benefits include:

  • Revitalizing your skin
  • Healthier younger skin
  • Improved skin appearance
  • New collagen to reverse years of sun damage

Where on the body can micro-needling be performed?

The procedure is an excellent treatment for the face, neck and décolletage. Unlike photo laser peels or chemical peels, micro-needling causes little if any peeling or sloughing of the skin. It can also be used on the arms, hands, legs, back, and abdomen.

Is there any downtime?

Each person’s experience will vary. Usually the treated areas are “pink “ to “light red” after the procedure. This usually quickly resolves over the first 24 hours, some patients may see redness for up to 48 hours.

We use Skinfuse post procedural skin care products that help reduce downtime. It is clinically proven to augment micro-needling’s ability to increase collagen and elastin, enhancing your results.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of recommended treatments will depend on the condition of the skin you want to improve.

For example, a treatment for mild scarring may need a series of 3 treatments about 4 weeks apart.

We work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your goals. Our aim is to plan only the treatments you need to give you the optimal results and help you maintain them.

Got more questions?

You can schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Betty Keller by calling the Optimal Wellness Center at 201-485-7930, or make your appointment online.

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The Four Essential Supplements For Optimal Wellness

The Four Essential Supplements
by Dr. Betty Keller

The Four Essential Supplements
With so many vitamins and supplements available, what are the essential supplements we need for optimal health?
A good Multivitamin, a little insurance policy to ensure you are getting essential vitamins and minerals. Despite eating a healthy diet it is very difficult to get all the essential nutrients your body needs to function optimally.
A good probiotic, probiotics are naturally occurring “good bacteria” they are essential for your optimal wellness. They manufacture key nutrients, and limit unhealthy bacteria. Stress, poor diet and antibiotics can disrupt the balance, a good probiotic can return your intestinal tract to the proper balance. They improve digestion, strengthen your immune system, and help prevent inflammation, which can lead to chronic disease.
Fish oils, which are rich in essential omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to good health. These essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent chronic disease. They support the immune system, the cardiovascular system, and help with cognitive function, attention, mood, and memory.
Vitamin D is involved in playing an essential role in preventing disease. It is essential for muscle strength, helps build bones, strengthens the immune system and has both anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects. Low vitamin D is associated with chronic pain, low mood and dementia. Having adequate levels is essential for optimal health.
Make sure you get good quality supplements, vitamins and that the fish oil is purified and free from heavy metals and other contaminants. I recommend using Metagenics brand for multivitamins, probiotics, fish oil and Vit D.

Discuss with your Doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements.
To order products from Metagenics.com:
Web Address:https://optimalwellnessctr.com/store/metagenics-supplements/
Our Practitioner Code: drkeller

Top Skin-Firming, Fat-Reduction Treatment With No Pain, No Downtime




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Our clients say the best non-surgical treatment for skin tightening and fat reduction for the face, neck and body is Venus Legacy

See firmer, smoother skin, and melt fat away with painless treatments. No downtime!

Sounds too good to be true? Not with the Venus Legacy, it delivers excellent results, without surgery, injections or pain!

Why the Skin Creases and Sags Over Time

Being born with good genes can help some of us look younger than our years. But as we age, we lose the collagen and elastin that gives our skin that youthful glow. Even if you eat healthy foods and exercise well, you may have a few trouble spots that you just can’t get rid of. The torso, thighs, arms, neck and face are prone to wrinkles, stubborn fat deposits and loose skin as we age.

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How Can You See Younger Looking Skin – Without Surgery?

Venus Legacy is not only the latest in non-invasive, medical aesthetics; treatments are also amazingly effective in achieving an optimal natural and youthful result for skin tightening and fat loss. It gently uses magnetic energy and radio frequency to stimulate the skin’s elastic properties and melt fat.  No invasive surgery is needed. Venus Legacy treatments look great immediately – it requires no downtime.

Venus Legacy is an exciting option because it is a non-invasive, pain-free solution for treating cellulite and wrinkles, contouring the body, and toning the face, neck and body for a sculpted, toned and natural look. Your younger appearance is natural looking — not ‘fake’ — because the process stimulates the body’s own deep, natural healing response.

How It Works, and How Soon

skin firming cellulite reductionThe Venus Legacy treatments are not only the latest in modern technology, but they are also hassle-free.

 

Venus Legacy combines two of the most successful medical technologies into one very effective treatment. The treatment consists of an exclusive combination of magnetic pulses and radio frequency. A trained medical professional uses an applicator on the treatment area in a painless, risk-freeprocedure that works. The treatments are so comfortable, that, in fact, you may fall asleep because of the soothing, warming feeling.

Patients can expect immediate results after one session and permanent results can be acquired in as little as two to four treatments.

Where It Works

venus-legacy-sbVenus Legacy can be applied to all skin types and body parts, making this procedure ideal for face, neck, arms, torso, thighs, and buttocks. This is an all-in-one procedure used to tighten skin, improve elasticity, trim circumference, reduce fat and cellulite, and reduce wrinkles for both men and women.

High Satisfaction for Patients

Patients have been thrilled (some are ecstatic) with the difference in their appearance. Appointments take only 20 to 30 minutes,fitting easily into your day, since you’re able to return to daily activity immediately after a Venus Legacy Session.  Enjoy relaxing while your skin rejuvenates without any inconvenient down time from your schedule.

We asked our patients why they love the Venus Legacy and here is what some of them had to say.

 

I love the way my face has a refreshed glow immediately after my treatments. I started doing Venus legacy when I turned 50! I have been keeping up with a treatment every 4 months and love the way I look. JK -Wyckoff, NJ

 

I love that Venus Legacy is painless and I can stop in on my lunch break and go back to work without having to take time off from work. I also love the results! NL – Mahwah, NJ

 

I love the way Venus Legacy tightened my skin and reduced my little stubborn belly. I eat well and exercise regularly but it just wouldn’t budge. So happy withth the results I’m doing my love handles next. KP – Midland Park, NJ

 

I love the way Venus legacy tightened the skin on my arms, I had crapy skin and was too embarrassed to wear sleeveless shirts or dresses. Now my arms look fabulous, cant wait to wear my summer clothes. SL – Ridgewood, NJ

 

I love the way Venus Legacy helped make me look my best at my son’s wedding. We timed it so I started 3 months before the wedding and I had a touch up the day before! I love the natural refreshed look. MC – Saddle River, NJ

 

I love how Venus Legacy gives natural looking results. I love that it stimulates my body to produce collagen. I just didn’t want to have injections and fillers. AH – Franklin Lakes, NJ

 

I love that I can put off the signs of aging by starting Venus Legacy now while I still have a youthful appearance. I plan on keeping up with my treatments as part of my regular beauty regime. MG – GlenRock, NJ

 

I love that the Venus Legacy made my thighs smooth, I couldn’t believe the results. I love the way I look in my shorts! SG – Ridgewood, NJ

How to Find out More

You can view before and after photos, and learn more about the treatment on our Venus Legacy page.  You can also contact Dr. Betty Keller with your questions, and make an appointment for a free consultation by calling 201-485-7930.

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Want Beautiful Skin? Try Adding These Whole Foods To Your Diet.

        Want  Beautiful SkinTry Adding These Whole Foods To Your Diet.    

 

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There are many whole foods that can  help promote healthy beautiful skin. Eating a variety of these healthy foods can give your skin a natural glow! Whole foods provide your skin with the nutrients it needs to maintain skin health. Try adding these foods to your daily diet, your skin will thank you!

Green Leafy Vegetables, especially Spinach are loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants that help provide protection from the damaging rays of the sun.

Citrus fruits, are loaded with Vit C, a powerful antioxidant that also helps support collagen production.

Berries, are full of antioxidants that help fight free radicals, which can age your skin prematurely.

Apples, in addition to having Vitamin C, which helps with collagen formation, apples also contains copper.  Copper is needed to produce melanin the skin pigment that helps protect your skin from UV damage.

Nuts,  walnuts are a good sources of omega three fatty acids, which help decrease inflammation in your skin. They also contain Vitamins B and E, which help prevent damage to your skin cells.

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Reverse The Signs Of Aging With Venus Legacy!

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Looking to reduce the natural signs of aging? Then Venus Legacy is the answer your looking for. It is the best non invasive solution for skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, body contouring, fat, cellulite and stretch mark reduction.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia diagnosis and treatment at the Optimal Wellness CenterFibromyalgia is a syndrome that causes chronic, wide spread musculoskeletal pain, and it is often associated with one or more other symptoms, such as fatigue, stiffness, and insomnia.  The pain of fibromyalgia syndrome (also know as FMS) typically includes particular areas of increased sensitivity called tender points.

How is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?

Approximately 2% of the U.S population meets the criteria for FMS that the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) established for research purposes.  These criteria require patients to have widespread pain, both above and below the waist and on both sides of the body, for at least three months, in combination with a minimum of 11 of 18 specified tender points.

In actual clinical practice, however, physicians often diagnose FMS in patients who may not meet these criteria. Instead, the diagnosis may be made in people who have a generalized lowering of the pain threshold along with other typical characteristics.

How Common Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia affects more than 3.5million Americans, it affects women, men and children.  People with other rheumatic diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are at greater risk for fibromyalgia.

Causes of Fibromyalgia

The cause of FMS remains unknown.  The current research shows that it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors that leads to a process called ‘central sensitization’.  A sensitization of the central nervous system is the proposed mechanism for pain.  This means that there is an abnormal pain signaling process in the brain and spinal cord.  The disturbance of sensory processing is most likely a general sensory processing disorder and not pain specific.  People with fibromyalgia are also frequently sensitive (hyper-responders) not just to pain but also to temperature changes, loud noises, bright lights, smells, medications and chemicals.

Onset and Development

While the symptoms of FMS often develop gradually, up to one-quarter of patients can remember a physical or emotional trauma preceding the onset of symptoms.  Precipitating factors can include both physical trauma including hypermobility, and mental stress and or mental trauma.  Infectious diseases are also commonly seen prior to the onset of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia has been reported to follow numerous infections, including viral hepatitis C, parvovirus, Epstein Barr virus, and bacterial infections including Lyme. People with chronic autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis often develop symptoms of fibromyalgia as well.

Current Fibromyalgia Research

Research has shown a number of abnormalities in patients with fibromyalgia. These include sleep disturbances, hormonal abnormalities, metabolic abnormalities and abnormalities in sensory processing.

Sleep Abnormalities and Fibromyalgia

Insomnia is a frequent complaint of patients with fibromyalgia, and abnormalities are commonly seen on sleep electroencephalography (EEG).

Endocrine Factors

Many patients have endocrine abnormalities; there can be abnormalities in the hypothalamic-pituitary- adrenal axis (the brain and hormone interactions that regulate the stress response).  Some patients have low levels of insulin like growth factors and growth hormone, which may contribute to postexertional muscle pain. Others may have under an active thyroid.

Metabolic Abnormalities

Several abnormalities in central nervous system fluid have been observed.  These include increased levels of substance P (known to influence pain perception) and lowered levels of serotonin (known to influence both mood and pain perception).

Central Sensitization

Fibromyalgia patients have differences in pain perception (with an overall increase in pain sensation) due to central sensitization, which causes a generalized disturbance in the processing of sensory information within the central nervous system. There is extensive evidence supporting this hypothesis. ‘The volume is set too high’.  People with fibromyalgia feel pain from stimuli that would not ordinarily be painful to others.  This happens because their brain and spinal cord are either augmenting normal pain processing or missing some of the filters that usually dampen painful sensation from the periphery.  The end result is that the brain receives more signals indicating pain or other unpleasant sensations.

Symptoms

Diffuse musculoskeletal pain and tenderness are the clinical hallmarks of fibromyalgia.  In general, widespread muscle pain is the predominate symptom. While the sensation of join swelling and pain is not uncommon there is not objective evidence of swelling.

Other symptoms include fatigue, stiffness, muscle tenderness, post-exceptional pain/ fatigue, trouble sleeping, and parenthesis (sensations of numbness). Some people may have heightened sensitivity to temperature changes, smells, sounds, medications and or chemicals.  Stress, anxiety, lack of sleep may make symptoms worse.  Many people have cognitive problems, such as difficulty with memory and vocabulary.

Other central sensitization syndromes

Many patients with fibromyalgia may also have migraines, premenstrual syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, restless leg syndrome, and Raynaud’s syndrome.  The degree of overlap may be significant; for example, one-third of patients with fibromyalgia also fulfill criteria for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  These conditions are felt to be a part of the central sensitization syndrome.

Importance of Confirming Diagnoses

It is important to get the right diagnosis and rule out other causes. Physical exam is usually normal, except for tender points or (allodynia).  Allodynia is the term for the pain evoked by ordinarily non-painful stimuli.

Evaluations

Laboratory tests in fibromyalgia are usually normal.  The following tests should be done to make sure you don’t have any other disorders.  These include: complete blood count (CBC), chemistries (including muscle enzyme tests CPK and aldolase, thyroid function tests, urinalysis, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and a check of autoimmune blood markers such as antinuclear antibody (ANA) and rheumatoid factor (RF).  Other tests may be ordered depending on your history.

Fibromyalgia/ Coexisting Autoimmune Diseases

People who have already been diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder also may develop fibromyalgia syndrome.  FMS patients may have symptoms that are common in autoimmune disorders (such as systemic lupus erythematous and rheumatoid arthritis).  Fibromyalgia may coexist with autoimmune disease in up to one-quarter of patients with systemic lupus and other connective tissue disorders.  However, these other diseases have abnormal laboratory tests and/or other signs to differentiate them from FMS.

Our Philosophy for Treatment

We take an integrative approach, combining Western medicine, therapeutic lifestyle changes, with complementary and alternative therapies.  A patient centered holistic approach is taken, which takes into account all aspects of our patients, including physical, mental, and emotional.  We seek to support the body’s natural healing process.  First we do a comprehensive evaluation, which includes a detailed history, review of your records, and physical.  Appropriate tests are used to confirm your diagnosis.  This is the most crucial part of your first consultation.  Your individual treatment plan will include a comprehensive plan looking at all aspects, physical, mental, and emotional.  We address every symptom as part of a whole.  There is a complex interconnection between mind and body.  We look to support the body’s natural healing system. We start by evaluating your diet.  Recommendations are based on your needs as well as evaluation of any food sensitivities.  We may recommend medical foods, medications, herbs, nutritional supplements, or vitamins based on your unique needs.

We Also Focus on Teaching Stress Management and Relaxation Skills

We focus on mind body techniques to elicit the relaxation response to reduce the harmful effects of stress on your health.  The relaxation response helps your body heal.

We want to educate our patients on so they can take control of their health/wellness: We are here to guide and support our patients and help them strengthen and heal.

Another integral part of healing includes Cognitive Restructuring Techniques

Cognitive restructuring techniques are taught to stop automatic negative thoughts from worsening your physical symptoms.  Replacing them with thoughts that heal your body.

Exercise/Condition

Exercise is essential for the healing process.  Exercise (the right amount) is part of every treatment plan.  We may also recommend medical acupuncture and or laser acupuncture.  Acupuncture helps the body heal and has been found to be very beneficial in treating pain syndromes and relieving stress.  Additional recommendations may include, but are not limited to, massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

 

The Power Of Your Mind Is The Key To Successful Weight Loss!

The Power Of Your mind Is The Key To Successful Weight Loss

In order to consistently change the way you eat, you need to change the way you think about eating. Many of us have lost and regained the same 5, 10, 20 or more pounds only to see it creep back on and unfortunately along with a few extra pounds. It can be discouraging once we lose the weight somehow our old habits that caused us to gain weight in the first place return. The only way to consistently lose weight and keep it off is to change the way we think. We need to develop a plan to control negative thoughts that sabotage and undermine our sense of control. We need to choose an eating plan that we can live with for life. Diets do not work in the long run. Changing your lifestyle, including, how you think about food, what and how much you eat, and engaging in regular activity. In addition, we need to develop ways to counter act the effects of excessive stress in our lives and make sure we get enough good quality sleep. These changes not only will help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight you will also feel better, have more energy, a more positive outlook and reduce your risk of developing chronic disease.

How can we change our thoughts? One way is through Cognitive Behavior Therapy. CBT has been very successful in helping people control their eating. CBT is a form of talk therapy that helps you identify these negative or unhelpful thoughts that can sabotage your healthy lifestyle. This form of therapy helps you develop effective solutions. The basis of CBT is awareness and change. You learn to identify negative thinking patterns, and develop tools to challenge these unhelpful thoughts and make choices that are positive. There are many books available as well as certified CBT therapists that can help you get started. A great way to learn more about CBT and how it can help you lose weight and keep it off is to read:

The Diet Trap Solution by Dr. Judith S. Beck

 

At The Optimal Wellness Center we take a holistic approach to weight loss. Including using CBT techniques to help our patients successfully lose and keep the weight off.

Optimal Wellness Center is located at 172 Franklin Ave Suite 4A Ridgewood NJ 07450

Want To Lose Weight? Watch your Portion Size!

 

Portion Size

It’s about the portion size!

Lifestyle changes that lead to a lighter healthier you.

Watch your portion size

Losing weight is a matter of eating less and moving more. Calories in minus calories burned determine your weight. Not so fast, it also has to do with the types of foods you eat and when. We will discuss that later. More importantly if you want to keep the weight off, you need to make permanent lifestyle changes or it will just creep back on. Here are some small changes you can make which can add up to big results, a lighter and healthier you.

GIVE UP THE SUPERSIZE!

Watch your portions; let me repeat that portions do matter. Even healthy foods contain calories. Our brains have been “hijacked with supersized portions, giant bagels, commercials of skinny women holding supersized cereal bowls, (Special K), restaurant, portions are frequently 2 to 3 times the healthy serving size your body needs. You need to retrain your brain to recognize the correct portion size. Measure, measure, measure. Try this trick pour yourself what you think is a serving size of cereal and then in another bowl actually measure the 2/3rd of a cup serving. Chances are you poured two to three times the serving size which means you are eating two to three times more that you should. This may be the reason the pounds are not coming off even though you increased your activity level.

Next replace your large dinner plates with smaller salad size plates, you will naturally give yourself smaller portions. If you fill up a big plate you will be doubling or tripling the portion sizes, and eating far more calories then your body needs. If you have a smaller plate your brain will be satisfied with the smaller portions, the brain registers that your plate is full. Again, measure until you know exactly what a serving size looks like.

Here are some guidelines. Your fist equals about 1 cup, the palm of your hands is about 3 to 4 oz. serving of chicken fish or meat. Your thumb is about 1 oz. (cheese) a tennis ball is about a half cup of fruit or vegetables your thumb tip is about 1 tsp. a small handful of nuts is about 1 oz. (20 almonds)

Also serve yourself from the stove, never bring serving bowls to the table, it is too easy to keep having additional servings. If you have to get up from the table to get a serving you will be less likely to over eat.

We all know when we go out to eat the portion sizes are at least twice what we need to be eating. Try ordering a salad (dressing on side) and appetizer instead of an entrée or ask to have half your entrée wrapped up to take home before they serve it. Consider splitting an entrée with someone.

Remember eating was meant to be enjoyable, enjoy your food. Eat slowly it takes time to signal the brain that it’s full.

Portion Size

It’s about the portion size!

Lifestyle changes that lead to a lighter healthier you.

Watch your portion size

Losing weight is a matter of eating less and moving more. Calories in minus calories burned determine your weight. Not so fast, it also has to do with the types of foods you eat and when. We will discuss that later. More importantly if you want to keep the weight off, you need to make permanent lifestyle changes or it will just creep back on. Here are some small changes you can make which can add up to big results, a lighter and healthier you.

GIVE UP THE SUPERSIZE!

Watch your portions; let me repeat that portions do matter. Even healthy foods contain calories. Our brains have been “hijacked with supersized portions, giant bagels, commercials of skinny women holding supersized cereal bowls, (Special K), restaurant, portions are frequently 2 to 3 times the healthy serving size your body needs. You need to retrain your brain to recognize the correct portion size. Measure, measure, measure. Try this trick pour yourself what you think is a serving size of cereal and then in another bowl actually measure the 2/3rd of a cup serving. Chances are you poured two to three times the serving size which means you are eating two to three times more that you should. This may be the reason the pounds are not coming off even though you increased your activity level.

Next replace your large dinner plates with smaller salad size plates, you will naturally give yourself smaller portions. If you fill up a big plate you will be doubling or tripling the portion sizes, and eating far more calories then your body needs. If you have a smaller plate your brain will be satisfied with the smaller portions, the brain registers that your plate is full. Again, measure until you know exactly what a serving size looks like.

Here are some guidelines. Your fist equals about 1 cup, the palm of your hands is about 3 to 4 oz. serving of chicken fish or meat. Your thumb is about 1 oz. (cheese) a tennis ball is about a half cup of fruit or vegetables your thumb tip is about 1 tsp. a small handful of nuts is about 1 oz. (20 almonds)

Also serve yourself from the stove, never bring serving bowls to the table, it is too easy to keep having additional servings. If you have to get up from the table to get a serving you will be less likely to over eat.

We all know when we go out to eat the portion sizes are at least twice what we need to be eating. Try ordering a salad (dressing on side) and appetizer instead of an entrée or ask to have half your entrée wrapped up to take home before they serve it. Consider splitting an entrée with someone.

Remember eating was meant to be enjoyable, enjoy your food. Eat slowly it takes time to signal the brain that it’s full.

10 Tips To Help You Lose Weight and Get Healthier.

Here are 10 basic tips to start you on your way to permanent weight loss, one step at a time:

#1 Start with a personal commitment to yourself.  Before you can make changes that last, promise yourself that you are doing this for real.  No medical consultation in the world is going to make a difference if you are not committed to making changes happen.  Your progress in choosing foods, activities and ways to reduce stress only work if you are ready and willing to make the new choices you’re giving yourself.

#2 Find what motivates you and work with that.  Only you know the real reasons you want to make a change.  No one can tell you the right reason. This has to be what you want for yourself.  Think about what means most to you, like “I want more energy and fun playing with my kids,” or “I want to feel more comfortable in my body.”   Write your reason down.  Keep it in mind.  These thoughts will help you make positive, healthier choices.

#3 Say to yourself:  I can do this! Your mind is powerful – the most powerful tool you have.  When you tell yourself “I can,” you’re helping set the course of your actions.  Your actions follow your thoughts.  “I can do this” leads you on to your own personal success.

#4  Look at how you think about food, and change the way you think about it. Food is meant as fuel for your body.  It gives you nourishment and the ability for your body to perform.  People may talk about “comfort” food.  But any “comfort” in eating doesn’t last very long.  Our thoughts and relationships about food are complicated.  Be willing to reflect on your thoughts and feelings about food, and decide which thoughts to keep.#5  Take time to relax and enjoy yourself when you eat.  Enjoy your food.  Be mindful and allow yourself to sit down for your meal, and enjoy every bite. Don’t watch TV while eating, or check your email, or read.  Make meal time a pleasure and a break you take for yourself.

#6 For the first 3 weeks, write down what you eat in a food diary.  This isn’t forever, — it’s good to do at least for the first 21 days.  Keeping a food diary will help you become aware of the new habits and choices you are forming.  It will help keep you on track..

#7 Keep unhealthy foods out of your home.  Remove any foods you’ve decided to keep out of your life for now.  You save yourself a lot of stress and temptation if it’s not in your house.  Make sure you remove trigger foods from your home: those which you can’t stop eating once you get started.  Know that you’re not alone in having foods that are just not safe for you to have nearby:  There’s a reason why certain potato chips makers advertise that “You can’t eat just one.”

#8 Drink water.  Plan times to help yourself to a glass of water.  Drink a glass before you have a meal, and before you have a snack.  When you make sure to give your body enough water, you are less likely to make the common mistake of eating, thinking you’re hungry, when you are actually thirsty instead.  Drinking plenty of water also helps prevent food cravings, and keeps you from feeling fatigue due to dehydration.

#9 Get active.  Find an activity that you enjoy.  Make time to enjoy your activity for at least half an hour, 5 days a week.  Exercise speeds up your metabolism.  If you stay active for 60 minutes a day, you reach your weight loss goals even faster.  In addition to an activity that gives your heart rate and metabolism a healthy boost, find an exercise that helps you improve muscle strength.  Just two days per week of strengthening exercises is enough to improve wellness.  Your doctor can help you find a range of activities that are safe and beneficial to you.   Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

#10 Eat breakfast – don’t skip it.  A healthy breakfast is a signal to get your metabolism going after having no food overnight.  When you skip breakfast, your body response as if you are under stress.  It automatically responds with hormones that tell your body to conserve fat tissue.

The Four Essential Supplements

The Four Essential Supplements

With so many vitamins and supplements available, what are the essential supplements we need for optimal health?

A good Multivitamin, a little insurance policy to ensure you are getting essential vitamins and minerals. Despite eating a healthy diet it is very difficult to get all the essential nutrients your body needs to function optimally.

A good probiotic, probiotics are naturally occurring “good bacteria” they are essential for your optimal wellness. They manufacture key nutrients, and limit unhealthy bacteria. Stress, poor diet and antibiotics can disrupt the balance, a good probiotic can return your intestinal tract to the proper balance. They improve digestion, strengthen your immune system, and help prevent inflammation, which can lead to chronic disease.

Fish oils, which are rich in essential omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to good health. These essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent chronic disease. They support the immune system, the cardiovascular system, and help with cognitive function, attention, mood, and memory.

Vitamin D is involved in playing an essential role in preventing disease. It is essential for muscle strength, helps build bones, strengthens the immune system and has both anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects. Low vitamin D is associated with chronic pain, low mood and dementia. Having adequate levels is essential for optimal health.

Make sure you get good quality supplements, vitamins and that the fish oil is purified and free from heavy metals and other contaminants. I recommend using Metagenics brand for multivitamins, probiotics, fish oil and Vit D.

Estrogen Dominance

Hormone specialist NJ Dr. Betty Keller identifies insomnia, weight gain, and anxiety among symptoms of estrogen dominance.  Discover Dr. Keller’s holistic treatment approach to restore hormone balance.

Estrogen Dominance:What Every Woman Needs to Know

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Estrogen dominance affects about fifty percent of the women in the United States. It describes an imbalance of estrogen the “stimulating hormone,” relative to progesterone the “calming hormone.”

Estrogen and progesterone work with each other to create a balance. Estrogen is a stimulant.  It can induce anxiety, insomnia, and cellular proliferation of breast and uterine tissue. Progesterone is the “calming hormone.” Progesterone helps with anxiety, sleep, mood and inhibits cell proliferation in breast and uterine tissue.

What Is Estrogen Dominance?

Estrogen dominance is a condition in which women can have deficient, normal, or excessive levels of estrogen, but too little progesterone to balance the estrogen level. It is the balance between the two that matters. Women can have low estrogen but relatively lower progesterone and have symptoms of estrogen dominance.

Common symptoms of estrogen dominance can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Agitation
  • Heavy periods
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Fibrocystic disease
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Weepiness
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Food cravings
  • Sweet cravings
  • Muscle pains
  • Joint pains
  • Acne
  • Foggy thinking
  • Memory difficulties
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Insulin resistance
  • Decreased libido
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Fibroids
  • Allergic tendencies
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers

Adrenal Fatigue and Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen dominance is often seen in combination with adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance share many of the same symptoms.

Adrenal fatigue occurs when your body is exposed to sustained stress.  We often experience stress due to our modern lifestyle. Chronic stress eventually overwhelms our adrenals and they cannot keep up with the increased demand for cortisol, a stress-response hormone. Eventually stress hormone levels decrease and fatigue sets in.

Estrogen dominance and adrenal fatigue frequently occur together. Progesterone produces cortisol. Since most estrogen dominance is due to low progesterone, you will also have low cortisol. Most adrenal fatigue results when the adrenal glands are not able to answer the body’s demand for cortisol. So when the adrenals are overtaxed, they rob the body of progesterone to make more cortisol. As more progesterone is shunted to cortisol, you have less progesterone available to balance estrogen. So, it is important to correct not only the hormone imbalance between estrogen and progesterone.  We must also correct the adrenal imbalance.

Restoring Hormone Balance with a Holistic Treatment Plan

At the Optimal Wellness Center, we take a holistic approach to estrogen dominance and adrenal fatigue. Often we prescribe appropriate medications including Bioidentical hormones. In addition, we also prescribe medical foods, vitamins, and supplements.

We also address the many lifestyle issues that can affect hormone levels. We work with our patients to develop individualized wellness plans that include diet, exercise and stress management. As our patient, we help you find your own unique balance.

Contact Dr. Betty Keller, Hormone specialist NJ

Talk with Dr. Keller to understand your symptoms or for a consultation for your optimal wellness plan. Contact Dr. Betty Keller at 201 485 7930.

Venus Legacy Sofia Vergaras’s secret for looking her best!!

Ever wonder how popular stars get that red carpet look?
Here’s Sofia Vergara’s secret – Venus Legacy.
The Ultimate, non-invasive and painless aesthetic treatment to regenerate your face neck and body.

  • Non Invasive Body Contouring
  • Cellulite and Wrinkle reduction
  • Skin tightening
  • Stretch mark reduction
  • No down time
  • No Discomfort

See an actual treatment here –

The good news is, you don’t need to go to Hollywood to benefit from Venus Legacy.

Talk with Dr. Betty Keller about convenient, relaxing treatments here in Ridgewood New Jersey:  Request a consultation appointment at 201-485-7930

Sun Screen Don’t Leave Home Without Appying It! Even When It’s Cloudy!

 

Sunscreen Don’t Leave Home Without Applying!

The sun’s Ultraviolet A (long-wave) and Ultraviolet B (short-wave) rays both penetrate the atmosphere and play a role in causing skin cancer, premature aging, and wrinkles. The use of a sun block that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is recommended to reduce not only the risk of skin cancer but also the signs of aging.

Excessive UV radiation damages your skin’s DNA producing genetic mutations, which can lead to skin cancer. Excessive UV radiation also leads to premature aging and wrinkles.

UVA rays penetrate the deeper layers of skin and have a major role in tanning, skin aging and wrinkling. Until recently scientists did not think UVA rays contributed to skin cancers. However research has proven that UVA light damages both basal and squamous skin cells and contributes to the development of skin cancers.

UVB rays damage the more superficial layers of your skin, and is responsible for your skin turning red and burning. UVB rays play a major role in causing skin cancer, but also contribute to tanning and photo aging.

Its essential to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays.

All sun screens have a Sun Protection factor (SPF). The number indicates how long it will take UVB rays to redden the skin when using a sun block compared without sun block protection. For example an SPF of 30 will allow someone to stay out thirty times longer than if they were not wearing sun block.

An SPF of 15 will block 93% of the sun’s UVB rays, an SPF of 30 blocks 97% and an SPF of 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays.

Both UVA and UVB cause damage to your skin so it is important to get a sun block that provides protection from both types of ultraviolet light. To ensure you are getting good protection choose a sun block of SPF of 15 or higher. (I prefer an SPF of 50). In addition, in order to also get adequate UVA protection, look for some combination of titanium dioxide (UVA/UAB), zinc oxide (UVA/UVB), and or avobenzone (UVA)

Our M.D. Skin Essentials skin care line includes, two Age Defense Antioxidant Sunscreens, a moisturizing formula, and one for sensitive skin.

At Optimal Wellness our skin care products are the finest medical grade scientifically based line of skin care products. All our skin care products are gluten free, cruelty free, made in the USA, and paraben free..

Our broad-spectrum antioxidant sunscreens are both SPF50, giving maximum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

The moisturing skin formula is for dry or more mature skin; it is a wonderful moisturizing base that can double as a makeup primer. The sensitive skin formula, is perfect for people with sensitive skin, those with oily skin or prone to acne.

To read more about our sun block formulations, click on the following link, then scroll down to see full description

https://optimalwellnessctr.com/store/age-defense-antioxidant-sunscreen-moisturizing-formula/

NYC Caterpillar WAlk-Fibromyalgia Awareness Event

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The Caterpillar Walk program is a fundraising campaign designed to raise awareness and support for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain. 100% of proceeds raised will support education, advocacy and research efforts.

One of the greatest challenges of this syndrome is the lack of awareness and visibilty, as a result the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain association has launched this year’s theme: Your Voice Matters, YOU make Fibromyalgia Visible. Your participation in this walk will help us make Fibromyalgia visible.

While many walks have taken place across the country to support our work, this is the 1st annual walk in NYC. Our goal is to help bring the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain community together.

The NYC Caterpillar Walk will take place on Saturday May 16th.

Registration: 9:00 am

Welcome, Announcements & Awards: 9:45 am

Walk Start: 10:00 am followed by finish line photos, entertainment and an afterparty at the Riverside Boat Basin (within walking distance of finish line).

Click “Donate Now” to register as a walker or create your own Walk Team by clicking “Fundraise for this Campaign.”

Registration is $25.

 

Wellness What’s In The News?

What’s in the News about your Health?

Exercise helps relieve depression!

Multiple studies have shown that exercise has a positive effect on your mood. Based on research aerobic exercise is the preferred form of exercise for treating depression. Researchers suggest that patients participate in 3 to 5 sessions per week for between 45 and 60 minutes. Achieving a heart rate that is 50 to 85 % of an individual’s maximum heart rate. Scientists have long known that exercise increases our neurotransmitters (like serotonin) and endorphins that keep us feeling well, but more recently have discovered another way exercise keeps us from having a low mood. Swedish researchers studying mice, found that higher levels of a protein called PGC-1 (alpha1) which is increased in muscle during exercise has been shown to be associated with lower levels of depression. After reviewing the data on his study co-author Jorge Ruas says, “ The study proves that exercise should be prescribed for the prevention and treatment of depression”

Coffee can help improve memory!

Researcher studied 160 people to see if coffee improves memory and if it was dose related. Dosage was critical in this study. 200mg of caffeine the equivalent of a strong cup of coffee seemed to be the most effective amount to detect improved memory. Subjects were shown photos after drinking coffee and then ask to look at them 24 hours latter. Those who had 200mg of caffeine were able to recall subtle changes in pictures a day after originally viewing them. Those participants who had only 100mg of caffeine showed no improvement and those who had 300 mg reported side effects of headaches and jitteriness. So go ahead and have your coffee, just not too much!

Just Standing up can delay the effects of aging!

Swedish researchers looked at two groups, having one participate in a moderate exercise program and sit less and the other group to just continues their usual habits. They then measured the group’s telomeres, which are the ends of genes that shorten with aging. They found the normal groups telomeres shorted but the active groups telomeres actually lengthened. Furthermore they found that that most of the benefit came from just standing more. So just getting up and moving around can help you live longer!

Eating Vegetables reduce your risk of dying!

Researchers found after tracking the eating habits of 65,000 people over 12 years, that those who eat at least 7 or more servings of fruit and vegetable a day reduced their risk of death by 42%. A serving is approximately 1/2cup. More than likely individuals who eat a healthy diet also engage in other healthy habits that may factor into the equation. Regardless its just one more reason to eat more fruits and vegetable.

Meditation: The Health Benefits May Surprise You

Science clearly supports the many health benefits of meditation.

Meditation can help lower your blood pressure, boost your immunity, treat insomnia, and decrease stress, pain, and inflammation. It can also increase focus, concentration, memory, and learning. It can elevate your mood and decrease anxiety by increasing neurotransmitter like serotonin and dopamine.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have even shown that deep relaxation from methods like meditation can switch on genes that help protect us from disease. Dr Herbert Benson, associate professor at Harvard Medical School who led the research, said the changes were induced by the relaxation response.The relaxation response can potentially be as effective, if not more, than some medications.

Dr Benson reported “We found a range of disease fighting genes were active in the relaxation practitioners that were not present in the control group.” If this was a new medication without any side effects, pharmacies would not be able to keep it in stock.

Meditation does not have any harmful side effects; it may just be the answer for many of todays stressed fueled diseases. Start now and soon you will be on your way to a more peaceful, focused, healthier, and possibly more creative you. There are many resources to learn how to start meditating.

One form of meditation called mindful meditation is becoming increasingly more popular. It involves placing you focus your attention in the present moment. Ideally you will want to find a quiet spot, but you can practice anywhere.

You want to focus your attention on your normal breath -don’t change your breathing pattern. Focus on the sensation of air moving in and out of your nostrils, chest or abdomen, whichever feels most natural to you. If thoughts come in just bring your attention back to your breath. You want to feel your entire breath.

Start out trying it for 5 minutes, and gradually increase the time you spend meditating. You will find yourself in a state of relaxed alertness. Regular practice can greatly improve focus, concentration, memory, and learning! Meditation can help you handle daily stress, you cant eliminate it, but you can develop more control in how you deal with your stress.

Taking a few focused breaths before learning something new, taking a test, doing a presentation or participating in sports can greatly improve your performance. Yes, meditation can be life changing!

To help you get started check out these free apps.

Stop, Breathe and Think, iPhone, free; iTunes,

Meditation Helper, Android, free; Google Play

Mental Workout, iPhone, free; iTunes,Android, free; Google Play

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7 Healthy habits at work

  1. If at all possible do not eat at your desk.
  2. Try and bring your lunch and a healthy snack, rather than going out, ordering take out or getting a snack from the vending machine.
  3. Go for a walk during part of your lunch break.
  4. If you have a desk job get up and walk whenever possible.
  5. Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  6. Try not to skip meals, your lunch should include lean protein and vegetables, add a piece of fruit if you are still hungry.(Protein and fiber keep you full)
  7. Drink water throughout the day.

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We’ve won the 2014 Best of Franklin Lakes Award

Celebrate-successWe’re glad to announce that the Optimal Wellness Center has just received the 2014 Best of Franklin Lakes Award.

For the second consecutive year, the Optimal Wellness Center has been selected for the Best of Franklin Lakes Award in the Wellness Program category by the Franklin Lakes Award Program.

Each year, The Franklin Lakes Award Program honors the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Franklin Lakes area. The Optimal Wellness Center appreciates being named among the exceptional companies that help make the Franklin Lakes area a great place to live, work and play.

Some of our new offerings to you in 2014 include

We appreciate all your comments and congratulations on our Facebook page.  Thank you to all of our wonderful patients and supporters for choosing the Optimal Wellness Center of Franklin Lakes!

Venus Freeze named the #1 Non-Surgical Beauty Treatment in 2013 by “American Health & Beauty” Readers’ Choice Awards

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New Year – Time To Look And Feel Your Best!

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You are ready to look your best in 2014

We have the science to reverse aging and provide desired results

  • A warm, relaxing massage-like treatment
  • Skin tightens …wrinkles reduced

  • Face, neck and body shape improves

  • Gain new collagen …cellulite improves

  • Completely painless …no downtown
  • No injections or lasers

  • FDA-approved 

  • Achieve the appearance you want


Schedule your complimentary Venus Freeze consult and treatments today.
Call us at 201-485-7930 

Limited Time Offer

Special Venus Freeze Packages

Package (1) — Face and Neck

Purchase 6 treatments, Face and Neck for $2200, regularly priced at 3,600.


Package (2) – Mommy Makeover

Purchase 8 treatments for the abdomen
Special Limited Price of $1800, regularly priced at $2400.

*  Based on clinical trials and the ongoing collection of data of actual patients’ results, to achieve the optimum results, Venus Freeze recommends 6 treatments for the face and 6 treatments for the neck. Venus Freeze recommends 8 treatments for the body. Treatments can begin at your consultation. Above Special offers expire April 6th, 2014.

Each Venus Freeze treatment is regularly priced at $300. Special pricing offers are exclusively in package purchases and maintenance treatments.

You must call by April 6th to schedule a consultation and series must be purchased at the time of your consultation in order to receive this special price. Series needs to be completed by June 30th.

Call us to schedule your complimentary consultation: 201-485-7930

Optimal Wellness Center Receives 2013 Best of Franklin Lakes Award

Best of Franklin Lakes Award

Best of Franklin Lakes AwardFranklin Lakes NJ Award Program Honors the Achievement of Medical Wellness Center

The Optimal Wellness Center has been chosen for the 2013 Best of Franklin Lakes Award in the Wellness Program category by the Franklin Lakes Award Program.

Each year the Franklin Lakes Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.   These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service in the Franklin Lakes community.  The Optimal Wellness Center has received the top award as an exceptional company helping to make the Franklin Lakes area a great place to live, work and play.

During 2013, the Optimal Wellness Center launched two series of articles to help people feel better, have more energy and reduce the impact of health problems.   The first is the Fibromyalgia Survival Guide  which helps people find relief from chronic fibromyalgia pain, sleep better, and enjoy life more.  The second is the set of 10 Best Weight Loss Tips that explain the facts about losing excess weight and how to keep it off for good.  You do not have to be a patient at the Optimal Wellness Center to sign up and receive this information by email for free.  Dr. Keller also shares health news and recipes on the Optimal Wellness Center Facebook page.

Dr. Betty Keller is proud to be recognized as the best of local businesses in the Franklin Lakes Community for 2013.  She thanks all her patients, friends and community for their support.