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What you should know about 3D nipple tattoos

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If you need a mastectomy to treat your breast cancer, there are various reconstructive techniques that can be used to restore the shape of the removed breast. For many women, nipple restoration is the final step of this process and helps them close a painful chapter of their lives. Here’s what you should know about 3D nipple tattoos.

The procedure
3D tattoos offer a realistic-looking and less invasive alternative to nipple reconstruction surgery. In order for the tattooing to work well, the breast tissue must be healthy and not show any signs of inflammation. As such, you may need to wait up to a year after your mastectomy to get a 3D nipple tattoo.

Using oscillating needles coated with pigment, a tattoo artist or medical esthetician will create an image of a nipple and areola on the reconstructed breast. The size, placement, and color of the tattoo can be customized to give it as natural of an appearance as possible. While this is a permanent solution, the tattoo can fade as the skin regenerates and touch-ups might be necessary.

Alternatively, tattooing can be used to complement nipple reconstruction surgery by adding color and creating an areola around the new nipple.

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Winter veggies: the virtues of parsnips

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Parsnips are a sweet, cream-colored root vegetable that can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Closely related to carrots, this vegetable is packed with nutrients and associated with numerous health benefits. Here’s a look at the perks of parsnips.

Antioxidants
Parsnips are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and polyacetylenes, which can help protect against cancer and other chronic conditions.

Fiber

Packed with fiber, this hearty root vegetable promotes satiety and proper digestion. It also helps prevent constipation.

Vitamin B
Parsnips contain several B vitamins including folic acid (B9), which is essential to the proper development of the fetal nervous system during pregnancy.

Minerals
Potassium, magnesium, manganese, and other minerals found in parsnips promote good oral health and proper bone development. They also help protect against free radicals.

Carbohydrates
Parsnips contain nearly twice as many carbs as carrots, which makes them an excellent source of energy.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the benefits of this tasty vegetable, from a roasted parsnip soup to a shaved parsnip salad. Look for mouthwatering recipes online or flip through cookbooks at your local bookstore.

Allergy alert
If you’re allergic to pollen, ragweed, or nuts, you might also be allergic to parsnips.

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5 ways to help someone with Parkinson’s

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If someone you care about has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be wondering how to offer your support. Depending on the severity of their condition, there are several ways you can help.

1. Encourage them to regularly engage in physical activities such as walking and stretching.

2. Remind them to correct their posture. A rounded back or slumped shoulders can affect their ability to breathe and eat.

3. Assist them in sorting through their clothes and taking them shopping if needed. Every piece should be comfortable and easy to put on.

4. Help them adapt their home to reduce their risk of falling. This can include removing carpets and installing handrails.

5. Give them challenges to maintain their communication and writing skills. For example, suggest that they read a magazine article out loud or write in a journal every day.

For more ideas about how you can support and encourage a loved one with Parkinson’s disease, speak with a health-care professional, or consider joining a support group.

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Movember : How men can take control of their health

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Did you know that around the world, life expectancy among men is six years less than it is among women? This is due in part to the higher rate of suicide in men. The incidence of prostate and testicular cancer also plays a role. So does physical inactivity among men, with its attendant medical risks, notably heart disease.

It’s against this backdrop that Movember takes place every year. This month-long event aims to encourage men to take better care of their physical and mental health.

Five tips
Here are some ways men can be healthier:

1. Remain in touch with family and friends and seek out new connections.

2. Talk with people you trust about important personal issues (breakups, fatherhood, financial problems, and anything else that’s going on).

3. Learn more about your family history to assess your level of risk for developing serious medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

4. Stay active. Run, cycle, go to the gym, participate in team sports, and find other ways to keep moving.

5. Consult your doctor right away whenever you have a health concern.

For more information about Movember, visit movember.com.

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How to avoid feeling stuffed over the holidays

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While it might be hard to resist that second helping of turkey and mashed potatoes, overeating can leave you feeling sluggish, bloated, and even nauseous. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy just enough of your holiday meal.

• Eat a balanced breakfast. If you sit down for a big meal feeling famished, you’re more likely to overeat. Opt for filling foods like oatmeal with berries or scrambled eggs on whole-wheat toast. Depending on when the feast will be served, you might want to have a healthy snack later in the day to tide you over.

• Start small and go slow. You can always go back for seconds but start with a tiny portion of each dish you want to taste. Chew slowly and take time to fully enjoy your food. Put down your utensils between bites and converse with the people around you. This gives your brain time to signal satiety.

• Finish with a mug of tea. Rather than sip a liqueur (which can actually slow digestion), brew a pot of herbal tea at the end of your meal. Peppermint, ginger, or fennel infused in boiling water are particularly effective at soothing an upset stomach and promoting digestion.

Finally, it’s a good idea to take a walk after you’ve eaten. The fresh air and movement will restore your energy and allow you to work off your meal.

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5 creative ways to keep busy this winter

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Making art can contribute to your overall health and well-being by helping to improve cognition, concentration, self-esteem, and more. If you want to reap these benefits and stave off boredom this winter, here are five creative activities to try.

1. Painting
If you don’t feel comfortable starting with a blank canvas, a paint-by-numbers kit is an ideal way to familiarize yourself with this hobby. In addition to improving your dexterity, painting provides a chance to put your worries aside and create beautiful artwork.

2. Crafting

Do-it-yourself projects help preserve your fine motor skills and engage your imagination. From greeting cards and murals to scrapbooks and macramé, there’s no shortage of what you can create. For inspiration, look online, or visit your local library.

3. Singing
Whether you prefer to belt out your favorite lyrics in the shower, car, or kitchen, singing is a great way to let loose and express your emotions. Even if you don’t think you have a good voice, this pastime can boost your confidence and reduce your stress.

4. Coloring
Adult coloring requires concentration and precision as it usually involves filling in mandalas and other complex patterns. In addition to reducing stress, this activity stimulates both the logical and creative sides of your brain.

5. Photography
This art form can help you gain a new perspective of the world. Plus, it’s a great way to hone your observation skills and express yourself. From magnificent vistas and bustling cityscapes to portraits of your pets and family members, you can use any type of camera to capture moments that fill you with joy.

If you want to add a social element to your creative activities, find out if your local community center, library, or retirement home offers classes. Alternatively, you can plan weekly art sessions with friends and family members.

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7 tips for achieving your fitness goals

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Have you decided to start going to the gym? If so, here are seven tips for following through on your exercise goals.

1. Find a gym you like
Visit the gyms in your area and choose the one that suits you best. Some things to consider are the price, equipment, services, opening hours, clientele, and amenities (in particular, the locker room). You should also assess a facility’s cleanliness and find out how busy the place is during the times you plan to exercise.

2. Get a gym buddy

Do you know someone else who wants to get in shape? For many people, exercising with another person helps them remain disciplined and motivated.

3. Gear up
Having the right clothing and equipment will help you feel more comfortable at the gym. At the minimum, get a good pair of shoes, breathable exercise attire, and a decent gym bag.

4. Get expert advice
Consider hiring a trainer or other fitness professional to help you create a personalized exercise plan. This will help you make the most effective use of your time at the gym.

5. Track your progress
By regularly noting your weight, body measurements, blood pressure, and other progress markers, you’ll be able to see how much your hard work pays off. This will help keep you motivated.

6. Challenge yourself
To make progress, you need to keep pushing past your comfort zone. For example, if you continue to curl 15 pounds when it’s no longer heavy for you, you won’t make further gains. Bump up to a higher weight or harder type of exercise when you’re ready.

7. Celebrate your achievements
Have you been regularly working out for a month? Have you lost 10 pounds? Reward yourself when you reach milestones. You could buy that tech gadget you’ve had your eye on, get a massage, or enjoy a night out with your exercise buddy — whatever you choose.

Lastly, when you’re at the gym, avoid comparing yourself to others. No two people are the same, and the guy doing 300-pound deadlifts also had to start somewhere.

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