By Maiysha Clairborne, MD

The body is a symphony, constantly regulating itself with hormones such as cortisol, thyroid, testosterone, estrogen and progesterone, to name a few. They work together like an orchestra, and when one instrument is off, the entire system can become a chaotic mess. Some signs of hormone imbalance include low sex drive, irritability, depression, mood swings, weight gain, fatigue and infertility.

Often overlooked is the impact that our diet has on the health of our hormones. Eating hormone healthy foods is essential to restoring balance and maintaining healthy hormone production in our bodies. salmonHere are five categories of food to begin to incorporate into your daily diet to promote hormone health.

  • Foods high in protein. Protein is important for the production of testosterone and growth hormone. Enjoy lean organic meats such as turkey and salmon, and include nuts like almonds and walnuts as well.
  • Cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli are essential for maintaining proper estrogen balance. They work by flushing the body of excess estrogen, which can be harmful to the system.
  • Foods rich in iodine. Potatoes, strawberries, cranberries, navy beans and even kelp are rich in iodine and are responsible for supporting the thyroid. Thyroid is one of the master metabolic glands in the body that, when imbalanced, affects many other hormones.
  • Stress-reducing foods. Foods like dark chocolate, turkey, bananas, citrus fruits, oatmeal, nuts, seeds, spinach and salmon are also important because they help to preserve and support the primary stress glands, the adrenal glands.
  • Healthy fats. Fats are essential to the production cycle of hormones. It’s important to choose healthy fats that are high in omega-3 and in leptin, such as coconut oil. Foods high in omega-3 include flax seeds and salmon, and in moderation, you can enjoy organic dairy and cage-free eggs.
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Heather Levine from Beauty Bar of Buckhead gives her best advice on how to do your eye makeup for fall!

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What eye makeup trends do people get stuck in?

The most common one would be the smoky eye with lots of eyeliner, which will close in the eyes. Instead, use a nude or flesh tone color as a liner on the bottom inner part of the eye to make eyes appear open.

How can someone get a dramatic look with their eye makeup this season?

Start with a volumizing mascara, and top it off with a bold black liner on your lash line. If your lashes are still not getting the length and thickness you desire, you can add eyelash extensions to give you that bold lash effect.

What is the most important factor when applying eye makeup?

First determine the shape of the eye, which will help you decide whether or not a bold, smoky eye or a natural, nude eye will be best suited. For close set eyes, stay away from dark colors on the lid area, which can make the eyes appear closed. With deep set eyes, use darker colors in the crease area and more soft nudes or vibrant colors on the lid.

What styles of lip color are best for women in their 30s? In their 40s? Beyond?

The best style of eye makeup for women at any age is soft and natural because it’s classy and timeless.

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Dr. Asaf Yalif from Y Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery answers a reader’s question about a botched filler injection.

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Q: What can be done to fix a botched injection of Botox or another filler?

A: Depending on the filler utilized, we actually have a “cure.” Vitrase is an injectable that degrades hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm, Restalyne and Voluma. Unfortunately, non-hyaluronic fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptura can’t be removed as easily, and one has to wait for them to degrade over time or address the outcome with a more invasive option. Botox will also “wear out” over time. Also with Botox, if there is a significant asymmetry, the doctor can likely do additional injections to create a more aesthetic, symmetric appearance.

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This year the Susan G. Komen 3-Day kicks off this Friday, October 17 and lasts until Sunday, Oct. 19. Over the course of these three days, women and men from all over the state will walk 60 miles, all the while raising funds for Susan G. Komen. 3-dayOf the net proceeds from the 3-Day, 75 percent will go to Susan G. Komen’s Research and Training Grant Program and large public health outreach programs for women and men facing breast cancer. The other 25 percent will go towards funding local community and breast cancer outreach programs.

The route for the 3-Day will take walkers 15-22 miles per day, spending nights and breaks in the 3-Day camp. Each walker is required to raise $2,300 for the 3-Day in order to walk.

Online registration is now closed, but you can still call 800-996-3DAY to register today.


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The scoop on what’s new around Atlanta 

Go Green in Your Closet


Think beyond just the grocery store – now your clothes can be organic too! BeGood, a clothing brand that launched this summer, produces garments using organic cotton and other naturally occurring fibers like silk and bamboo. The clothes’ colors come from non-toxic dyes, and most of their textile mills are Global Organic Textile Standard certified. To offset their environmental impact even further, BeGood partners with the nonprofit group Evidence Action to donate 12 gallons of clean drinking water across Kenya and Uganda for each piece sold. These responsible garments start at just $15, and BeGood’s fall line is available online now.


Cycle Your Way to Health

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Currently, six out of 10 Atlanta residents are overweight or obese. My City Bikes, a national public health initiative, has partnered with the local store Fresh Bike Service to help change those numbers. Together they launched the free Atlanta Bikes app, which serves as a guide to Atlanta’s cycling community. It’s built specifically for Atlanta and includes information on road, mountain, recreational and commuter biking in and around our city. The app is available now for Apple and Android.


2nd Annual Moustache Dash 5K/1M

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After a breast cancer-focused October, male-centric “Movember” will take the stage, encouraging men to grow moustaches throughout the month. This humorous rebranding of the month “November” is intended to raise awareness for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer. Show your mustachioed support at Best Self Atlanta’s family-friendly Moustache Dash race, which includes 5K and 1-mile options starting from the intersection of Peachtree Road and Piedmont Road. The pre-race activities include free stick-on moustaches, prostate cancer education, a health expo and group warm-up, and post-race festivities include free food and awards.


Beer of the Legends


The local brewery Orpheus Brewing keeps your beer-tasting experience close to home and, simultaneously, steeped in tradition. Their name and philosophy draw from Greek mythology, but their flavors are cutting edge. Brewmaster Jason Pellett says, “We’re creating flavors that you can’t find elsewhere, and beers I’d actually want to drink.” Recently they unveiled a new brew called Lyric Ale, which joins the beer Atalanta as the second option available year-round. To try these and their seasonal offerings, head to the Orpheus Tasting Room, which overlooks Piedmont Park and the Beltline.

Details: 1440 Dutch Valley Place NE, Suite 2001, Atlanta, GA, 

Great Life Giveaway Winner Meets Oprah! 

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Amy Angeli, one of Best Self Atlanta‘s Great Life Giveaway contest winners, won two VIP tickets to Oprah’s “The Life You Want Weekend” tour. She and a friend attended the life-changing workshop in Philips Arena on September 5 and 6. After the event, she told Best Self Atlanta, “It was one of the most incredible weekends of my life!”

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Dance the night away while supporting a great cause! This Saturday, October 18, LiviRae Lingerie will host the second annual Burlesque for Breasts Under the Big Top at the Westside Cultural Art Center.

In a partnership with Empreinte, LiviRae created this event as a way to raise funds for I Will Survive, Inc. It is their goal to raise awareness about breast cancer while educating women about how a correctly fitting bra can affect your breast health.BFBreasts Event Flt-1 (2)

But while the subject of breast cancer is serious, the ladies of LiviRae hope that through a fun-filled night, women will gain much needed knowledge about their health while still having a great time.

“With this event, we’re bringing everyone together to party with a purpose, raise funds, and spread awareness about breast cancer!” said Molly Hopkins, Owner and Co-founder of LiviRae Lingerie.

This year’s event promises party-goers a ton of excitement with Christy Blair as the Mistress of Ceremonies, an over the top lingerie showcase from Empreinte and LiviRae, and live music.

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By Dr. Genie Burnett

Ashley woke up at 5 a.m. and stepped on the scale, which today read 103. “I just have four more pounds to go until I am in the double digits,” she thinks. “So I’ll run for one hour this morning, I’ll skip breakfast, and I will only have a small salad for lunch. Then after school, I will do 200 burpees, 100 lunges and will walk for another hour. Then, just maybe, I will lose some more weight.”

For the 5’4” sophomore, this was her daily morning routine, motivated by a time when a guy at school teased her by calling her “Assy Ashley.” From that moment, all Ashley could do was criticize her physical appearance, spending hours in front of the mirror each day. During her runs, she envisioned her perfect self, who was thin to the point that her hip bones jutted out. “Then,” she thought, “I will make Matt so jealous, that he will be sorry that he said that. I will be able to walk away from him knowing that I got back at him.”

scaleThis is a mere fraction of many people’s thought processes when they struggle with eating disorders, no matter their age. Criticism, negativity and self-loathing permeate their thoughts, and their need for acceptance is taken to a whole other level: obsession. One base belief is, “If I am perfect, then I am loveable. Otherwise, I’m nothing.”  Unfortunately, even with an amazing support system, this belief can remain for most of their lives.

If you or a loved one (male or female) exhibit thoughts or behaviors similar to Ashley, or if you identify with a combination of the signs listed below, it may be time to seek support for an eating disorder:

  • Obsessing, whether out loud or in thought, about weight, food, the latest diet or working out
  • Weighing multiple times per day, with a resulting change in attitude or mood
  • Making up excuses for not eating when hungry or lying about being hungry (e.g., I’m not hungry, I’ve already eaten, I’m not feeling well)
  • Leaving the table after eating, which may indicate purging behaviors
  • Eating, potentially to excess, on one day but not eating the next
  • Exercising to extremes (though this may not be the case if the person is a high-level athlete)
  • Body changes such as fluctuating weight, growth of light, feathery facial hair or appearance of “chipmunk cheeks”

Bottom line: please take these thoughts and behaviors seriously, because the earlier the intervention, the better.

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Alyson Hoag from Authentic Beauty is here to give you her best advice on how to dress up your lips for fall.

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What lip color trends do people get stuck in?

I see too many women still wearing a glossy pink that is out of 1987 and hasn’t been updated.

 What are the current trends for fall lip color?

Deep red or chocolate brown lips that are primarily matte. There are a lot of options, but the common denominator for fall is richness of color.

 What is the most important factor when selecting a lip color?

Lipstick is your accessory, so there are no hard and fast rules about choosing one. The only real rule of thumb is to balance out your look. Make sure that if you have a bold mouth, you have softer eyes.

 What styles of lip color are best for women in their 30s? In their 40s? Beyond?

In your 30s, this is the time to wear some trends! Have fun and play! Then as we age, we tend to lose color in our skin, so the lips will appear stronger. A little more color makes us look brighter and a bit more healthy. Just remember that if you haven’t changed your makeup people can tell exactly how old you are by the way you wear your makeup.

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It is time for jazz, dinner, dancing and fighting breast cancer! The Harmony Social Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Jazz and Dinner Event on Saturday, October 18. The Harmony Social Club is a community outreach and social organization based in Mableton, Ga. harmonyThe event includes fabulous door prizes, giveaways and more. Grab your hubby and head to the event to enjoy a night full of romantic jazz music, tickets are only $30 a couple and 100 percent of the will be donated to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Affiliate.  Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m., so don’t be late!

Contact Leslie Walker at 770-819- 3240 for more info.

Details: 620 Lions Club Drive, Mabelton, GA 30126,

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Dr. Thomas J. High from Thomas J. High, MD, Family Medicine answers a reader’s question about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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Q: What is Seasonal Affective Disorder, and what can I do about it?

A: SAD is a type of depression that affects people around the same time of year and is characterized by loss of energy, moodiness, anxiety, sleep disruption and appetite changes, among other symptoms. Often, SAD is triggered by a reduction in the amount of sunlight we receive, especially during the winter months. Phototherapy (light therapy) has proven to be effective in treating SAD, along with psychotherapy and medications. If you experience symptoms for several days, call your doctor, who can diagnose SAD and prescribe treatment.

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