Medical and Spa Communities Unite on '09 Health Resolutions

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BoardCertified.com and Le Jardin Day Spa Partner to Offer Ten Ways to Achieve a New You This New Year

BoardCertified.com, the largest global online community of certified physicians, and Le Jardin Day Spa and Salon, the most award-winning and credentialed day spa in the Philadelphia-area, have teamed up to offer ten ways to achieve better health in 2009.

"As the New Year dawns and the economy wanes, it seems that the one thing many of us have control over, our own health, may be suffering along with our portfolios," said Stephen Fox, owner of Le Jardin Day Spa & Salon. "Therefore, as we embrace the evolution of medical spa services, we hope, through the help our friends at BoardCertified.com, to offer consumers unique and even obvious ways to find strength and resilience in 2009."

The joint advice was conceived in response to the thousands of inquiries from BoardCertified.com member patients and Le Jardin Day Spa & Salon clients about how to achieve optimum health during such turbulent times. The requested results combine old world medicine and with new millennium techniques to provide day spa quality experiences with traditional and holistic health benefits including regularity, increased energy, mental clarity, reduction of chronic pain and even weight loss.    

BoardCertified.com and Le Jardin Day Spa & Salon suggest implementing at least three of the following ten tips into your New Year/New You Resolution:

Go Green: Consume green tea daily. As a drink or in supplement form, this leaf contains a powerful source of healing antioxidants--similar to the compounds found in fruits and vegetables. Green tea also boasts EGCG (epigallocatechin-gallate), a potent antioxidant which may help to prevent various types of cancer, lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and even stave off tooth decay. Green tea supplements can be found at most high-end spas or in your drug store.

Start with Your Surface: Consider using mineral makeup. The all-natural, unadulterated mineral compounds are free of heavy filters and pore-clogging ingredients allowing skin to breathe freely and the all-natural ingredients do not support the growth of bacteria. Mineral makeup is perfect for women who suffer from acne, rosacea, or other skin conditions--ideal for harsh winter weather. Every one of the products in Le Jardin Day Spa's Avielle cosmetic line, for instance, are skin-safe and contain no potential irritants such as fragrance, oil, talc and dyes which are found in many leading department store and pharmacy brands.

Workout the Knots: Get a weekly massage. The benefits from massage are endless when administered by a trained professional on a regular basis. Massage can increase lymphatic drainage, reduce water retention, the appearance of cellulite, tension and muscle pain as well as increase oxygen and blood flow throughout the body.

Detox Monthly: We sneeze, sweat and cough to get rid of irritants, mucus and toxins from our bodies. In fact, because the feet contain over 2,000 pores, it's the perfect way to rid your body of further toxic parasites and chemicals on a regular basis. A relaxing 30-minute detox treatment involves placing just your feet into a warm bath of salt water. Among other rejuvenating services, Le Jardin Day Spa & Salon offers a revolutionary detox treatment designed to rebalance your whole body creating renewed energy levels and a feeling of well being.

In a Pinch, Try Acupuncture: One of the oldest therapies in the world aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body using hair thin needles. In the United States acupuncture is becoming a more widely accepted compliment to traditional medicine to aid in chronic or other specific ailments. In contrast to traditional Chinese beliefs, the Western explanation of acupuncture incorporates modern concepts of neuroscience and many practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Ask your family doctor to recommend a certified professional, or utilize BoardCertified.com's "Find a Physician" function to locate a certified medical professional near you.

Strike a Pose: Any exercise is good exercise, even if it's for just 10 minutes a day. Though, more and more studies are finding that the benefits of Yoga are stunning. Yoga's deep breathing exercises, positioning and meditation develop strength, coordination, flexibility, as well as focus and concentration.

Take Care of Your Teeth: Start with flossing. BoardCertified.com physician- members strongly urge their patients to floss in order to not only prevent gum disease but heart disease too. It's a fact; flossing reduces the risk of heart attack, gingivitis, tooth decay, osteoporosis, pregnancy complications, diabetes, respiratory disease and the most obvious, bad breath. Plus, brushing alone cleans only 65% of your mouth.

Don't Forget to Flush: Although it's typical to feel sluggish when you've over- indulged or have maintained a poor diet, you can flush your system with plenty of water and soluble fiber regularly to achieve more energy and reduce bloating. Many doctors will tell you that unless it's for a surgery or specific ailment, cleansing your colon isn't necessary. The Institute of Medicine offers these daily fiber recommendations: 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women 50 and younger, and 30 grams for men and 21 grams for women 51 and older.

Eat to Live, Don't Live to Eat: Some of the best ways to flush out our bodies toxins is by putting the best foods in. The following are a few foods that help us naturally detoxify: water, lemons, garlic, green leafy veggies, broccoli and sesame seeds. Try incorporating these foods in to your meals on a regular basis along with a well-balanced diet. Also, a rule of thumb for portion control is to stop eating when you're 80% full.

Drink More Water! This last point needs to be emphasized. If you're trying to lose weight and/or get healthy--start with pure, clean water. Coffee, seltzer and sparkling water don't count. Since our bodies are made up of about 60%-70% water, it is the main ingredient of all body fluids, including lymph and digestive juices and is involved in almost every bodily function such as digestion, circulation and the all important elimination of waste. Water also plays a major role in all of the suggested tips above. You need it after you have a massage, receive acupuncture, complete a detox treatment, exercise, and more.

"More and more American's are turning to complimentary medicine or alternative ways to heal or just cure the winter blues," says Dr. Benjamin Schlecter, M.D., F.A.C.S, a BoardCertified.com Advisory Board member. "These days, I'm more often suggesting good old fashioned cures along with innovative non-medicated technology to treat common aliments such as eczema, irregularity, cellulite and fatigue."    

The ionization in most detox treatments, for example, is generated by the movement of water molecules and offers us a similar relaxing reaction to what one would feel when walking near a beach or waterfall while it helps with the body's natural filtration and elimination process and continued health. BoardCertified.com and Le Jardin Day Spa & Salon stress that the aforementioned advice either results in or helps lead to the harmonization of our body and thus a feeling of wellbeing. By committing to do even three out of these ten health resolutions, one can energize red blood cells, circulation and aid with kidney and liver function which is key to good health.

For more information on these tips, Le Jardin Day Spa or BoardCertified.com contact Kristi Hughes at kristi(at)manavistapr.com.

About Le Jardin Day Spa and Salon
Located in a beautifully restored Victorian mansion in the charming village of Collegeville, PA, Le Jardin (http://www.spalejardin.com), which opened its doors in 2003, is area's leading day spa and salon. This beauty oasis offers a relaxing and elegant environment as well as the highest quality aesthetic services on the market today. Boasting one of the most award-winning and exceptionally talented beauty professional teams available in the area, clients receive state-of-the-art treatments which unify the body, mind and spirit.    

The Spa offers services ranging from Hot Stone Massage and Peppermint Sea Twist Body Wraps to dynamic hair design, spa pedicures, specialized facial treatments and gift certificates. Avielleā„¢, a sophisticated line of mineral-based cosmetics, is exclusively available at Le Jardin. The Spa is now open 7 days a week for the customer's convenience. For more information, visit http://www.spalejardin.com.

About BoardCertified.com
BoardCertified.com is the largest global online community of certified physicians connecting more patients with doctors than any other network. The community represents over a half of a million doctors nationwide, at hospitals and in private practice, in specialties ranging from anesthesiology and dermatology to orthopedics and plastic surgery. The most visited section of BoardCertified.com, the Physician Directory, welcomes an average of 4,000 unique visitors a day.

To a physician, the unique BoardCertified.com network provides an increased and more credible online presence, offering the ability to enhance a physician's profile and practice information. The multi-tier membership offers a broad range of benefits to doctors, hospitals and associations, including micro-site profile pages, Comprehensive Physician Profile Pages, and even website design and hosting.

To a patient, the user-friendly BoardCertified platform empowers visitors with not only the ability to locate doctors in their area of medical interest but also the knowledge and information about related procedures and treatments. Patients can utilize the search functions of BoardCertified.com on an unlimited and cost free basis.

The company, launched in 2005, is headquartered in suburban-Philadelphia, PA.

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