8 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Men tend to burn more calories than women. For most people, metabolism slows down after the age of 40.

1. Build Muscle – The more muscle, the faster you burn calories.

2. Have a High Intensity Workout – Try a more intense class at the gym.

3. Drink Water – If you are dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down.

4. Snack Every 3-4 Hours – It keeps your metabolism going.

5. Add Spicy Foods to Your Diet – It can boost your metabolism rate.

6. Eat Protein – The body burns more calories digesting protein.

7. Drink Black Coffee – A short-term increase in your metabolism rate.

8. Drink Green Tea – Increases your metabolism rate for a couple hours.

The FLT Program at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine encompasses the above and more. Find out more about the program at www.fltchicago.com


What is a BIA?

And why do I need one?

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis or Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) is a method of assessing your “body composition”— the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an integral part of a health and nutrition assessment.

Why Is Body Composition Important to My Health?

Research has shown that body composition is directly related to health. A normal balance of body fat is associated with good health and longevity. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, known as altered body composition, can greatly increase your risks to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more. BIA fosters early detection of an improper balance in your body composition, which allows for earlier intervention and prevention. BIA provides a measurement of fluid and body mass that can be a critical assessment tool for your current state of health.

BIA also measures your progress as you improve your health. Improving your BIA measurement, or maintaining a healthy BIA measurement, can help keep your body functioning properly for healthy aging. Your BIA results can help guide us in creating a personalized dietary plan, including nutritional supplements when appropriate, and exercise to help you maintain optimal health and wellbeing for a lifetime.

How Does a BIA Work?

BIA is much more sophisticated than your bathroom scale, but just as simple— and almost as quick. BIA is performed in our office with the help of a sophisticated, computerized analysis. This analyzer “calculates” and estimates your tissue and fluid compartments— using an imperceptible electrical current passed through pads placed on your hand and foot as you lie comfortably clothed on an exam table. In just minutes, we’ll have detailed measurements to help create an effective, personalized program for you.

For more information about a BIA and your health, contact Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine at 773.435.1150.

Foods for Healthy Hair

If you eat a healthy diet, you will grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body.

When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it’s hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron. A deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids can result in a dry scalp and hair, giving it a dull look. If you are a vegetarian, include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.

Dark Green Vegetables
Spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard, are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.  Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.

Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.

Brazil nuts are one of nature’s best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp.  Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

Chicken and turkey, both have high-quality protein. Without adequate protein, you can experience weak brittle hair, and a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color. Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bioavailability.

Eggs is one of the best protein sources you can find. They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.

Whole Grains
Hearty whole grains, including whole wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, are a hair-healthy dose of zinc, iron, and B vitamins.

Oysters may be better known for their reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they can also lead to healthy hair. The key to their hair-boosting abilities is zinc — a powerful antioxidant.

Low-Fat Dairy Products
Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision. Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.