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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2012 PAGE "riB (StatePoint)--Our mod- ern lifestyles can take a toll on our skin. Lack of sleep, pollutants and stress are all contributing factors to signs of aging, dryness, irritation and blotchiness. While makeup can reduce the appearance of such wear and tear, there are natural steps you can take to actually make skin healthier, rather than simply masking the problem. '!Time and the environment deplete necessary minerals from our skin and body," says Dawn Diorio, education manager for Ahava, a cos- metics company that creates skin care products made of mineral-based compounds from the Dead Sea. "Restoring this balance will soften and hydrate your skin, and give you that coveted radiant glow seen in magazines." Healthier skin can be at- tained naturally. Try incor- porating these simple habits into your daily lifestyle: Protect: Warmerweather means bathing suits, tank tops and shorts. It also means more skin exposure to the elements, which can break down your protective outer layer of skin. Avoid burns and "irritation caused by harmful UV rays and wind by applying sunscreen daily, and stylishly limiting direct sun exposure with hats, sunglasses and beach cover-ups. Go natural: Sometimes nature provides the most effective" skin Care solutions. The Dead Sea for example, thrives with life:enhancing ingredients with regenerative properties, and has long been a mecca for wellness-seeking sure (StatePoint)--It's possible you or a loved one could be suffering from one of the most common and often mis- diagnosed heart conditions, and not know it. According to the Heart Failure Society of America, five million Americans are affected by heart failure and many rnpre may have the condition but are unaware. As such, it's a great'time to learn about heart failure and its symptoms, andwhatto do i to stay heart healthy. Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood. Blood can back up in areas of the body and vital organs eventually shut down. The most common cause of heart failure is coronary artery diseasel a narrowing of vessels that deliver blood to the heart, therefore reducing oxygen levels and impairing the heart's functionality. Other contributors include infection in the heart muscle, valvular heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, dia- betes and age. Adults over 65 are more at risk, as well as those with a history of heart attack or cardiac arrest. Heart failure symptoms vary by age, population and gender, and can start gradu- ally or suddenly. Common symptoms include short- ness of breath while active or at rest. fatigue, persistent coughing, heartpalpitations, and swelling of the ankles, feet or abdomen. Symptoms become more prominent as the condition advances. Men typically have a higher incidence rate. but it is com- mon for women to downplay symptom severity, leading doctors to under-treat them. "It's important to report any symptoms or changes in health status to your physi- cian. no matter how minor you feel they may be," says Dr. Kevin R. Campbell, a cardiac electrophysioiogist who cares for a large popula- tion of heart failure patients at Wake Heart & Vascular in North Carolina. "You may not see a correlation between symptoms, but they can sig- nal worsening heart failure to a physician which could be life threatening." travelers. While a dip in these waters may not be possible for everybody, you can use mois- turizers and cosmetics that contain Dead Sea minerals to achieve the same benefits. For example, Ahava offers a product line of moistur- izers, cleansers, cosmetics and bath salts that contain an extract of Dead Sea water and are rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium. When applied to the skin, this minerafmix increasesmoisture levels, im- proves skin texture and elas- ticity, and reduces wrinkles. Dead Sea salt also possesses natural antiseptic properties and is therapeutic in helping topical infections. Eat right: It's not only about what you put on your skin that makes a difference. What you eat can make a big iStockphoto.com/ClerkenwellImages lf you be!ieve you have heart failure, make a doctor's appoint- ment to start monitoring symptoms and determine treatment. Simple lifestyle changes can help reduce your risks. Daily exercise, a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grain and low-fat proteins. quitting tobacco, and regu- lar health screenings are all helpful. When lifestyle changes aren't enough, medicine may help treat symptoms and prevent heart failure from worsening. In some cases, a medical device may help improve a patient's quality of life. Certain kinds of pace- "makers can resynchronize a failing heart to improve heart function, while implantable defibrillators can prevent sudden death. As a last resort. a heart transplant may be necessary. "Heart failure is the most common cause of hospi- talization for patients over age 65 in the U.S. and is the first-listed diagnosis in more than 875,000 hospitaliza- tions each year," said Dr. Mark Carlson, chief medical officer in the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division at St. Jude Medical. "Current device therapy and future devices will improve quality of life tbr patients, and address an important clinical and health. economic problem." The Dead Sea is rich with minerals that keep skin healthy and beautiful. impact as well. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish is not only great for overall health, it also will sup- port glowing healthy skin. 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