Saving Stressed Skin

We hear it all the time, stress is the leading factor of disease within the body…and the skin is no different. As our largest organ, it’s paramount we learn how to keep damage in check during anxiety-ridden times, especially if your face is the place that’s showing signs of stress.


Noticing more fine lines and laxity in your skin? Stress may be impacting you on a hormonal level. Cortisol, the hormone released in response to stress, is the natural enemy of collagen, breaking down the connective tissue that keeps your complexion taut and firm. But beyond damaging collagen, anxiety can also cause us to hold certain facial expressions, such as furrowing the brow which can eventually cause permanent wrinkling on the forehead and around the eyes.

The Solution: Become mindful of when you are holding facial expressions in moments of stress. Breathe in deeply, and as you exhale, visualize your face being relaxed and smooth. Meditation is also helpful, even if you have just a few moments. Download a meditation app onto your mobile device so you have no excuse to take a quick beauty bliss moment. Lack of hydration is typically a wrinkle culprit, so make sure you consume at least 8 glasses of pure water each day to prevent dry skin and to eliminate toxins. For a quick hydration fix, use a serum that contains hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that naturally occurs in your body and holds 1,000 times its weight in water. It even pulls moisture from the air into the skin, instantly hydrating and leaving you with a gorgeous glow.

Under-Eye Bags

Tomorrow’s to-do list can weigh on your mind, keeping you from getting enough beauty sleep. This can cause fluid to pool below your lower eyelid resulting in a puffy mess in the morning. Stomach sleepers, bad news: You can expect the puffiness of your under-eye bags to be even worse due to gravity.

The Solution: Get at least eight hours of sleep. Since the light from your smartphone’s screen simulates sunlight, shut off any electronic devices an hour before you go to sleep. Use your downtime to enjoy a cup of caffeine-free chamomile tea to help calm and relax you before bed. If you still wake up with puffy eyes in the morning, hold the back of a cold spoon (pop it in the fridge) up to your under-eye area and massage it from the inner to the outer corner of your eye to jumpstart the fluid’s drainage. Then, apply concealer in an inverted triangle under your eye. The brightness will start slightly below your nostrils and build toward your eye, concealing the puffiness.

In today’s world, stress seems inevitable, yet, there are simple solutions that can make all the difference in showing a face that appears to have just returned from a relaxing vacation.

Elizabeth Scarcella, founder of Go Get Young and co-owner of Rx2Fitness, is dedicated to helping others find health in all aspects of life. For more information, find her at [email protected]

The Evolution of Skin Rejuvenation

Acne is dramatically reduced after ten weeks of treatment. (Photo by Envy Medical, Inc; results may vary)

When a new service joins Desert Health®, I like to know as much about it as I can – to educate myself and to better inform readers. Such is the case with SilkPeel Dermalinfusion. I hadn’t heard of the treatment which Studio Facials owner Kris Kabris called “all the rage in LA,” so I went to work researching its efficacy.

It appears that many celebrities do indeed turn to SilkPeel to achieve that “flawless look.” Not only are they treating their face, but also different parts of the body including the décolleté, neck, hands, and feet. Local plastic surgeon Andrew Ordon, MD, stated on The Doctors that it is the new trend, “It used to be all about the face, and now, they want everything to match.”

What sets this treatment apart from others?

The SilkPeel combines three treatments in one to exfoliate, extract and infuse skin with beneficial serums to treat a variety of skin conditions. “It’s non-invasive, takes only 30 minutes and has no downtime,” says Kabris, “So you can use it prior to a big event or simply on your lunch break.”

Like microdermabrasion, SilkPeel is a skin resurfacing treatment, but with added benefits. First, instead of spraying particles at the skin or scraping with a more abrasive crystal tip, SilkPeel uses a diamond-tipped wand to softly resurface and polish the skin while at the same time using suction to remove dead skin cells. Simultaneously, healthy serums for specific skin conditions such as sun damage, acne or fine lines are delivered into the skin via the wand right after exfoliation when the newly surfaced skin is most receptive. After the treatment, you can immediately apply makeup. 

What skin conditions does SilkPeel treat?

Like other treatments, SilkPeel stimulates blood circulation and revitalizes collagen production, which promotes younger-looking skin. However, the therapy is also designed to help problem skin conditions through the different serums added.  The vitamin C solution helps sun-damaged skin and is used as a skin brightener for hyperpigmentation. For acne, the skin is infused with two healing agents: salicylic acid which dissolves pore plugs and bisabolol, an agent extracted from chamomile which works to calm inflammation and condition the skin. For dark spots, the active ingredient is lumixyl peptide, and for dehydrated skin, hyaluronic acid, which is produced in the body naturally.

“If a client has multiple problem spots, say acne in some areas and dryness in another, I can mix it up to apply the individual serums where they are needed,” says Kabris adding that the wand tips can also be changed for different body parts. She has successfully used it in the breast and belly areas for post-pregnancy stretch marks
as well.

How many treatments are required to see improvement?

“You’ll see improvement with the first treatment as your face will appear plumper,” says Kabris. “And you’ll continue to see improvement for days later as the serum continues to work under your skin.” The company recommends a series of four to six treatments scheduled every other week and then maintenance once a month in place of a standard facial. Problem skin conditions may take longer. “With acne, swelling and redness will be reduced immediately. I have some clients who see very noticeable improvement with just one treatment, and then significant improvement after four to six sessions.”

Are there any adverse side effects?

According to numerous websites, serious side effects don’t seem to be a major concern. Skin irritation and redness from the exfoliation process and some reactions to the serums were noted.

I enjoyed my treatment with Kris and the plump and polished look that followed. She recommended the vitamin C for anti-aging and kindly reminded me to wear sunscreen daily. She also used the hydrating serum on my lips and around the eyes. I was in and out within an hour and on with my day. For me, results were indeed immediate and visible for days.

For more information, contact Kris Kabris at Studio Facials (760) 636.3555.

Sources: 1); 2) The Doctors TV, March 21, 2016; 2); 3)

Functional, Fashionable Footwear

Few fashion items seem as elusive as finding the perfect summer shoe. As the years grow on me, my tootsies demand more respect (and support) than an inexpensive pair of trendy flip flops can provide. In addition, I have finally accepted that Birkenstocks and Crocs, albeit comfy, are not always the most suitable choice to complete a more polished look.

Having been on the quest for a chic-practical-go-with-everything-in-my-closet shoe, I have curated 3 must-have styles that are sure to keep your feet smiling and your inner fashionista proud.

Neutral platform wedges with an ankle strap. Platform sandals come in a variety of styles to suit your preferred look and budget. Whether you go for a “flatform” wedge in which the entire sole of the shoe is anchored solidly on the ground (similar to a sneaker) or you opt for a raised platform, you can’t go wrong with this choice, which pairs perfectly with linen shorts, cotton capris, or a full skirt. When selecting the perfect hue, check your predominant color palate…do you tend toward warm tones or cool tones? Purchase a pair that complements your wardrobe in order to get the most use.

Flat stacked mule slides. Mule slides are an easy, classic shoe that transcend many fashion styles and have remained on trend for decades. Since you can find them in unlimited colors and fabrics, it becomes effortless to match them with your existing summer wardrobe. Alternatively, I am obsessing over this summer’s ice cream colored palette serving up all the “flavors” – from mint green to yellow sorbet. Decide to be bold and add a pastel punch of color to an ordinarily plain colored outfit.

Block heel sandals. Flat sandals aren’t always an option, especially when attending a swanky garden party or dining at a chic restaurant. However, a block heel, also called a chunky heel, is the ideal option. Again, this style of sandal comes in a bevy of colors and fabric choices. Block heel sandals work with everything from fancy adorned jeans to a midi-length dress, or even a ball gown. I suggest choosing a scrappy metallic version to instantly increase the sizzle factor and look appropriately dressed, all while being comfortable throughout the duration of your festivities.

Regardless of the color or particular style you are drawn to, functional fashionable summer footwear is not as mystical as you may have thought. Use the suggestions above to create a custom look that’s entirely your own.

Remember, the most important factor in choosing your summer supplies is that you think happy thoughts, feel a sense of calm and peace, and consequently, inspire others to do the same. Happy feet forward!

Elizabeth Scarcella, founder of Go Get Young and co-owner of Rx2Fitness, is dedicated to helping others find health in all aspects of life. For more information, find her at [email protected]

Summer Essentials for Healthy Hair

Sun, hot dry air, chlorine and salty water…we sure do torture our hair throughout the summer months. It’s no wonder we complain about split ends, oily scalps and dull, lifeless locks. However, with the help of a few essentials, you have a good shot at keeping your hair healthy all summer long.

Trim Your Tresses. Summer seems like the most hassle-free time to grow your hair as you find yourself in messy buns and braids as opposed to a coifed up-do or a sleek blow-out. Yet, it is essential to cut the split ends before they become worse. Desert heat dries everything out – including the shaft of our hair. As hair grows, it continues to split up the shaft causing more damage and the inevitable need to lop off even more than you initially wanted. Book yourself an appointment now, and dust your ends.

Cover Your Coconut. Your hair is like any other part of your body…it needs protection from damaging UV rays. Also, it is a misconception that our hair will protect our scalp from sun damage. To protect your scalp and keep your hair shielded from becoming burnt (yep, that’s actually a real thing), use coconut oil. Coconut oil is not only an antioxidant keeping the harmful rays at bay; it also has natural SPF as well. You can lather the oil onto damp hair as a deep conditioner, repairing your hair and protecting your dome, all while lounging in the pool. After all, why not multi-task? Get your pool time in and let the sun’s heat work its magic.

Just Say No to Daily Shampooing.  Unless you are washing the coconut out, washing your hair daily is really not recommended. Although seemingly counterintuitive, frequent washing actually increases oil production leading to an even greasier scalp and dry brittle hair – not a good look at all.

Instead go for a dry shampoo which helps to reduce scalp oil without drying out your luscious locks. For the adventurous souls, try this DIY treatment to control oil secretion:

Mix 2-3 tbsp of coconut water with the juice of a lemon. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it for 5 minutes before rinsing it with cold water. For best results, do this as a weekly treatment.

Water Thyself.  Like all living things, we need water to exist. It cannot be overstated how imperative it is to drink copious amounts of water, especially during triple-digit mercury readings. The proper amount of water each person needs is different; however, newer research indicates that eight 8-ounce glasses a day are really not enough for proper hydration. A good rule of thumb is to drink enough water to produce nearly colorless urine. Feel good as you get your sip on, knowing water is our #1 defense against lifeless locks.

Regardless of how you tame your mane, the most important factor in achieving healthy summer hair is spending your days thinking happy thoughts, creating a sense of calm and peace within, and inspiring others to do the same.

Cheers to happy, healthy hair!

Elizabeth Scarcella, founder of Go Get Young and co-owner of Rx2Fitness, is dedicated to helping others find health in all aspects of life. For more information, find her at [email protected]

This Year’s Beauty Trends

There’s never been a better time for beauty. Buoyed by the sheer number of millennial consumers, with their desire to be Instagram-worthy and their constant craving for the new, the beauty industry is thriving. Revenues for the U.S. beauty industry alone top $56+ billion annually. Globally, the beauty and personal care industry is expected to surpass $750 billion by 2024, up from $432.7 billion in 2016. And it’s not all about women anymore. Here are a top 10:

Custom combinations: Personalization is the biggest overarching trend in the industry for 2018. Whether it’s the shade of their foundation (witness the immediate success of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line) or the “slip” of their moisturizer, consumers expect to mix and match different products/brands to get exactly what they want.

Striking oil: Oils continue to be a huge skin care trend in 2018. According to Pinterest, which recently released its top 100 trend predictions for 2018, repins of “cleansing oil” are up 555%. Watch for oils that protect and moisturize face, lips and body to continue to take off.

Beauty gadgets: Derma rollers/facial rollers designed to help make skin care more effective will benefit from consumers’ desire to get the most from their products. Ranging from ice or needle rollers to jade and quartz, these tools also help consumers recreate the spa experience at home.

Hurry up: At the other extreme from the time-consuming K-beauty rituals that captured consumers’ attention in 2017, convenience is hot for 2018. Miniature or travel-sized products will be popular, along with “just-add-water” options such as skin care in powder or film form.

Mask madness: The mask craze is far from over. Charcoal masks and unique clays are popular. Masks with silt from remote lakes and volcanic ash, and “dry masks” are trickling down to the mass market, according to Cosmetics Design’s 2018 forecast.

Shelter from the sun: Skin protection is a growing concern worldwide with special attention to products that promise to shield consumers from sun and pollution. UV-filtering antioxidant products are popular as the ozone shrinks and more people congregate in urban centers.

Lashing out: Now that consumers have done everything possible to their brows, 2018 features a renewed focus on eyes. Pinterest says searches for “lashes” are up 152% and with new mascaras launching seemingly every day, there’s no shortage of product to fulfill customers’ needs. Bright eyeliner and eye shadow are popular as well; Pinterest searches for “bright eye shadow” have increased by 63%.

Shine on: Speaking of eye-catching looks, glitter is also prominent this year. Whether it’s crystals, jewels or actual glitter on the eyelids, golden highlighter or glimmery lip glosses, consumers want stuff that sparkles.

Nailed it: ‘Nail art’ shows no signs of fading (although nail art designs are becoming more minimalist). Mintel Market Research says the nail treatment category is especially hot, as consumers seek to care for their nail health the same way they care for their skin.

Cleaning up: Last but far from least, natural cosmetics and skin care continue their climb. The latest trend, according to Future Marketing Insights, is “clean color cosmetics.” Offering natural formulations without the “natural look,” these products offer full coverage, serious pigmentation and plenty of staying power.

Michele McDonough is a strategic consultant and executive recruiter in the field of health and beauty. She is also co-founder of Women’s Power Circle and can be reached at [email protected]

Source: 1) Global Biz Circle

Bright Eyes: More Than a Fresh Look

Interpersonal communication is such an important part of life. And we are naturally drawn to people’s eyes as the focal point. The eyes provide visual and emotional cues and other non-verbal information and are vital in communication. Thus, we naturally want our eyes to look and feel their best.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery restores your natural eyelid contour and refreshes your appearance; however, this common surgery does more than enhance your looks.

The eyelid skin is very unique, as it is the thinnest and most delicate on our body. Eyelid skin is normally smooth, but with time, the eyelid tissue stretches, the fat bulges, and the muscles weaken. These changes are most often caused by age, heredity and sun damage. Dermatochalasis, the medical term used for excess eyelid tissue, occurs in both the upper and lower eyelids. When the upper lid is affected, you may have a feeling of heaviness and the redundant tissue may interfere with your peripheral vision. You may experience forehead fatigue as your body attempts to use these muscles to lift the excess upper eyelid skin out of your field of view. Some may note the urge to tilt their chin up in order to see more clearly, or have the sensation that their eyes want to close on their own while reading. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) can help to alleviate these symptoms while also improving your appearance.

Some patients may also have ptosis (“toe-sis”), or a drooping eyelid. The muscle used to lift the upper eyelid is very delicate. With time, its attachment may become loose, causing the lid to droop. This drooping can be addressed with a ptosis repair. The repair can be performed with an incision on the inside of the upper eyelid, or through a skin incision. Your surgeon will help you determine if you have ptosis, and if so, which approach is most appropriate for you. At times, upper lid blepharoplasty or ptosis repair may be medically indicated if the patient meets certain criteria. A visual field test must be performed in the office to determine medical necessity.

A blepharoplasty may also be performed to reduce excess fat and skin in the lower eyelids. The surgeon makes incisions (either on the inside or on the skin of the lower lid) and excess tissue is removed. Incisions made inside the eyelid are not visible; incisions on the skin are barely visible and generally fade over time. The goal of surgery is to provide a more rested but natural appearance. Your surgeon will help you determine which approach is most appropriate for your surgery.

Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients may have the surgery with local anesthetic only, or they may receive intravenous sedation (twilight sleep) as well. Pre-operative preparation includes a thorough review of your medical and ophthalmic (eye) history as well as a review of your medication and over-the-counter supplements. After surgery, swelling and bruising are alleviated with ice packs. Most patients experience minimal down time and are able to return to many activities within a week. The results of surgery are generally long lasting, leaving patients looking refreshed, seeing clearly and feeling lighter and vibrant.

Dr. Hui is the founder of The Eyelid Institute in Palm Desert. She is an Oculoplastic surgeon and has a special interest in helping patients with eyelid, lacrimal and orbital conditions and can be reached at (760) 610.2677.

Beauty Tips to Remember

Are you often confused when buying beauty products? Do you reach for that product which advertises the most therefore capturing your attention? Or, do you head to the counters to buy the secret potion that a friend recommended while sharing that her wrinkles had disappeared overnight?

Whatever reason motivates your beauty purchase or anti-aging investment, here are some simple things to remember:

  • The most expensive on the market is not always the best. Many times products can be extremely close in formulation but just packaged differently. Some products have cleaner ingredients and a better delivery system.
  • Buy your skincare when there are free gift promotions so you can try free samples first to make sure you have no allergic reactions.
  • A facial once a month not only forces you to sit still; it gets the blood moving which is very good for your skin.
  • Our diet shows up on our faces, unfortunately! Watch what you eat and avoid diet drinks and fast foods. Think about the old saying, “You are what you eat.” It’s true!
  • Sleep is the cheapest form of an anti-aging product! Make sure you get your 8 hours of sleep if you can.
  • Alcohol, medication and cigarette smoking can promote early signs of aging as well.
  • Our Moms used items from the kitchen before there were fancy products available at the cosmetic counter. Sometimes just a little olive oil or coconut oil can ease the pain of dry hands or feet.

My favorite “go to” resource for beauty information is Below are some consumer industry trends I’d like to share. The beauty survey referred to in this article can be found on their website in its entirety.

The beauty space is turning green, and smart companies are taking part. Green features are secondary only to efficacy, suitability, and a quality-price balance in consumers’ decision-making, and are actually more important than low prices and strong brand names, according to the 2016 beauty survey results. So what are the best “shades” of green? In particular, “all natural” product claims matter to 50% or more of green-minded buyers in all markets, while other factors, like water efficiency, 100% organic, or botanically-derived ingredients exhibit regional appeal. 

It’s all about me! Consumer demand is moving from ‘suitable for me’ towards a ‘made for me’ level of customization. This is achieved through individual product formulations, digital consultation on brands’ and retailers’ websites and smart devices and applications that provide near constant feedback on efficacy. At the same time, consumers’ expectations for a healthy and extended youthful appearance continue to hold strong across many age groups.

Michele McDonough is a Strategic Consultant and Executive Recruiter in the field of health and beauty. She is also co-founder of Women’s Power Circle and can be reached at [email protected]

Summer Beauty Tips

Use non-comedogenic products. Non-comedogenic beauty products are designed not to clog pores which can lead to irritation and blemishes. This is important to remember for sunscreens, but may impact you more if you moisturize often and are prone to acne – especially in the summer. Hot and humid weather leads to sweat which takes a longer time to evaporate off your skin. Combining that with oily products isn’t exactly a party for your pores. Go the oil-free or non-comedogenic route to ward off pimples.

Stay moisturized with good clean/organic products. A faithful moisturizing routine can do so many beneficial things for your complexion. Your skin is a barrier that protects you from environmental factors like pollution, bacteria and moisture loss, and keeping it moisturized helps keep that barrier working properly. Dry skin is unhappy, damage-prone skin, so apply a light moisturizer to protect it from summertime drying agents like sunburn, salt and chlorine.

Exfoliate at the right times – and don’t overdo it! Not only will it help you maintain a fresh fake tan (when your dead skin cells flake off, the old tan will come off with it), but gentle facial exfoliation will help keep your skin free of clogged pores and create a better canvas for makeup application. However, keep in mind that exfoliation reveals new, sensitive skin that can be more prone to burning in the sun. Reserve your exfoliating habits for the evening (and not right before a special occasion), or for days when you aren’t heading straight from the shower to the pool.

Aloe can be your new best friend during the summer. It is a known anti-inflammatory that also provides moisturizing relief. Applying products containing aloe vera after sun exposure will calm and soothe your skin, leaving you far less likely to experience that awful scaly dryness that comes with summer. It’s also said to contain antioxidants that can help repair damaged skin and prevent free radicals from doing their undesirable work. Keep an aloe plant in your backyard or even your kitchen and use when needed!

Invest in moisturizers that work on wet skin when best absorbed. Don’t skip the after-bathing rehydration! Many brands now make body washes that provide hydration via their oil ingredients with many that you apply even before you towel off.

Buy quality sunscreens. Look beyond the SPF and buy quality sunscreens with safe ingredients. Reapply every hour or so, and if you take a dip in the water, reapply when you get out. Water attracts the sun (like snow), creating a glare that can cause sunburns.

Michele McDonough is a strategic consultant and executive recruiter in the field of health and beauty. She is also co-founder of Women’s Power Circle and can be reached at [email protected]

Benefits of Collagen: More than Skin Deep

The word “collagen” is derived from the Greek “kolla,” meaning glue. It is the most abundant protein in our body forming the musculoskeletal system and all connective tissue. Experts often refer to it as the fountain of youth. As we age, our body’s ability to make collagen begins to slow down. Consequently, our skin, hair, tendons, cartilage, bones, joints, organs, and intestines start losing their structure, causing signs of aging and poor health.

Collagen is made of primarily amino acids, many of which need to be obtained through diet. There are delicious foods that help replenish collagen, but supplementation may benefit you more efficiently and in more ways than just beauty.

Research shows our skin is made of approximately 70% collagen. In some studies, consumption of collagen peptides was seen to significantly reduce eye wrinkle volume by up to 20 percent and this effect was long-lasting.1 Other studies show how after 6 months of use, collagen led to a clear improvement of the skin appearance in women suffering from moderate cellulite2 and stretchmarks.

About 33% of collagen is made from the amino acids proline and glycine. Today, it can be difficult to obtain therapeutic amounts from diet alone. Hydrolyzed collagen protein (powder) is arguably the easiest way to increase collagen levels. Hydrolyzed simply means the proteins are broken down into easy-to-use molecules. Two highly reputable brands are Great Lakes and Vital Proteins (I have no affiliation with either). Taking 2 tablespoons at breakfast and at night have shown to be enough to experience benefits. There is virtually no taste or smell.

Bone broth, commonly used centuries ago and popular again today, is abundant in collagen, minerals, and other special anti-inflammatory properties. From your kitchen or health food store, it’s easy to sip on broth like tea, or use in soups and stir fry. Bone broth is high in protein and supports the immune system. It is particularly useful for gastrointestinal health and in reduction of inflammation.3

In our daily diet, fish, meat, bones, and organs are the best sources of collagen. Vegetarians can depend on beans, cheese, eggs and wheat germ. Here’s a great tip: Adding vitamin C from berries and greens will increase the utilization and production of collagen, in addition to the mineral copper, and sterols derived from aloe vera.4 You can get copper from sources such as sesame seeds and cashews.5

Aside from the beauty benefits, collagen’s amino acid profile can be life changing for everyone. It supports mood, gut health, joint6 and post-exercise pain.7 Its high content of proline, shown to be significantly present in wound healing,8 and glycine, an important inhibitory neurotransmitter as well as a natural anti-inflammatory9 are of significant interest in research today.

With consistent use, anti-aging, improved digestion, detoxification, restful sleep7, brain function, as well as weight loss are all benefits of collagen consumption you can look forward to experiencing. For those of us who want to beat the clock, stay pain-free and look younger, collagen may just be your secret weapon.

Tiffany is a certified nutrition consultant and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner and can be reached at (760) 285.1221.

References: 1), 2), 3), 4), 5), 6), 7), 8), 9)

Why Do I Keep Getting Canker Sores?

Canker sores appear in the mouth, on the tongue, lips, cheeks and gums and can develop into ulcers, or a white swelling which can be the size of a pinhead or as large as a quarter. They cause a burning, tingling sensation that can be irritating and painful especially when eating or drinking certain types of foods. They can appear (and may disappear) quickly or linger for as long as a month.   

So what causes these types of ulcers to erupt?  As with many diseases, canker sores are derived from inflammation in the body. There can be many triggers, such as nutritional deficiencies, which can create unnecessary inflammation; hormone imbalances; dental issues; food allergies; excessive stress and fatigue; biting your cheek or gum during eating which creates stress to the area; failing to change your tooth brush routinely, or using a tooth paste with excess chemicals.

There are also diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease or chronic fatigue which can affect the immune system as well as the bowels.  When the bowel is affected and a build-up of toxins occurs, more inflammation builds and outbreaks of the skin (your largest organ) and underlying immune responses to the additional bacteria can cause these types of ulcer outbreaks. 

So, outbreaks can be a simple response to eating the wrong foods that create more acidity within the system and cause inflammation to build, or something more causing a consistent outbreak or long-lasting ulcers that don’t seem to go away.

What can you do?

Cleaning up the diet, addressing hormone issues, managing stress and making sure your elimination process is working efficiently will all make a big difference on how long the canker sore(s) will last or return again. Keep in mind that drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day can enhance elimination and toxin removal from the body.

Nutritional deficiencies such as iron, L-lysine, vitamin B12 and other B-vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C and zinc have all been linked to outbreaks. Taking a quality multi-vitamin daily can help to supply nutrients you may not be getting in your diet.  Garlic and olive leaf together can act as a natural antibiotic and assist with the removal of bacteria.  Alfalfa and red clover can assist in cleansing the blood stream (not to be taken with certain medications or if you are pregnant).

Keeping the body more alkaline than acid is important.  Try eating more salads with raw onions, asparagus and eggs (foods that are higher naturally in sulfur lowers inflammation). Limit, or preferably eliminate, your intake of inflammatory foods such as alcohol, coffee, sugars, citrus fruits, night shade veggies and processed and refined foods.

Other quick remedies include applying a ½ tsp. of coconut oil daily onto the area and taking orally to help rid unwanted bacteria build-up and to speed the healing process. Gargling with warm salt water can also help ease pain.

We all age and as we do, our diet should help our bodies rather than hinder the process to keep us healthy and free of unwanted pain and irritation.

Dr. Beckner is owner of Your Body Code, personalized nutrition and wellness programs in Palm Desert, and can be reached at (760) 341.BODY (2639).  For free recipes and more information visit

1.) Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch CNC, copyright 2002.  2.) Understanding Nutrition, 7th edition by Eleanor Noss Whitney & Sharon Rady Rolfes, copyright 1977.