Ultraformer facelift guide

Loose skin is frustrating especially when it is on your face. Skin tightening has been always a challenge in front of many people. Fortunately, we live in an era with amazing plastic surgeries and aesthetic procedures. In Singapore, for example, numerous treatments could improve your skin condition no matter how bad you think it is. There are at least 10 different methods, surgeons today use to tighten your skin. Last few years, one treatment has become popular because it has fast results and easy technology – ultraformer facelift. Ultraformer Singapore improves face and neck skin without invasive injections. Ultraformer Singapore is ultrasound technology, as you may guess from the name.

What exactly is ultraformer facelift?

The dermatologist uses a handheld device that radiates ultrasound that destroys cells in the skin. The upper surface of the skin stays untouched because the beam targets other layers. Usually, surgical facelift targets these layers and tightens them.

The human body has healing response that works better if it is provoked by something. In Ultraformer facelift treatment, the ultrasound beam provokes it. Healing response includes creating new collagen in cells. This is a long process but during the treatment is its start. Ultraformer facelift is not a long procedure and there are no side effects or recuperation. Its length is 60 minutes most and patients are able to go on with their day as if nothing has happened. The only outcome patients see right after the procedure is slightly lifting but it is not the final lifting. Results come when old collagen is changed to a new one in 2 or 3 months period. Of course, ultrasound will not replace facelift surgery because one non-invasive treatment can’t be so drastic as results.

See Moricara Ultraformer Facelift in Veritas Medical Aesthetic in Singapore.

 

Who could have the ultraformer facelift?

First signs of ageing usually are visible on the skin. Look yourself in the mirror and try to spot a difference in the position of your eyebrows from before and now. Loose skin on the upper eyelid is one of the first signs that your cells start losing collagen and you will need some treatment to rejuvenate it. Facelift surgery is a typical choice for people whose ageing signs are advanced while non-invasive facelift, like ultraformer in Singapore, is for people whose skin just start to lose elasticity. Unlike other non-invasive treatments, this one is just one session. You will not need 3, 4 or more repetitions until final results. The treatment is almost painless so every patient is awake during the procedure. Some dermatologists apply numbing cream on the treated area if the skin is more sensitive. Don’t forget that ultrasound doesn’t affect the upper layer of the skin so you can apply your make up right after the procedure. Of course, wearing one during the procedure is not recommendable. Have it on the mind and clean it before.

Our advice is to make a photo of your face under a good lighting before the procedure and 3 months after. It is important to use the same lighting in order to see the differences clearly. Otherwise, changes come gradually and you will not be able to notice them.

What are the main benefits of the treatment?

A non-surgical facelift has one big benefit and that is low risk and zero downtime. This is a great thing when you are afraid of consequences and side effects that could happen. However, if you are looking for a full list of things you can improve it, we managed to sum them up. First, it could tighten your eyebrows and lift skin around the eyes. Upper eyelids are perfect area susceptible to this treatment, too. Jawline wrinkles, marionette wrinkles, Jowls wrinkles and corners on the mouth are other places where ultrasound could improve skin texture and shape. Have you seen people with wide pores who use tons of makeup to hide them? Ultraformer in Singapore helps a lot with wide pores restoration, too. You might be surprised but ultrasound could improve significantly your skin condition.

What is the difference between lasers and ultrasounds?

They target two different layers of the skin. Most lasers target superficial layers, while ultrasound targets the inner layers. Foundational layers are more important when it comes to tightening and rejuvenating skin.

Neogen – the exceptional non-surgical eyelift

What do you know about eyelift? Probably, you have heard that it is painful and the recovery time is at least 3 weeks. We encourage you to forget about that and find more info about this new exceptional non-surgical eyelift treatment. Conventional eyelift has a whole list of flaws and complications, like inflammation, bruising, asymmetry, etc. When it comes to the face, bruising and asymmetry could ruin lives.

We all want to be beautiful and young at least 50 years but nature has different plans. That’s why we struggle daily with cosmetic and treatments. Neogen is an exceptional eyelift in Singapore provided by Cambridgetherapeutics.com.sg, because it gives you the opportunity to improve your look for a longer period.

What exactly Neogen is?

The treatment targets one area and points plasma to it. Plasma produces heat that heals the tissue without affecting surrounding one. This is extremely important because people who have surgical eye lift report that they have bruises and swelling all over the eye are not only the targeted one. However, Neogen in Singapore is a non-invasive and delicate treatment that is able to accomplish spectacular results.

Inert nitrogen gas produces the plasma easily. Higher levels of energy allow plasma to tighten skin and contour it. Lower levels of energy allow it to straighten wrinkles, bleach age spots and improve fine lines. Thanks to the specific properties of the plasma, Neogen eye lift can easily stimulate the skin to produce more collagen and to change the old one.

What should I expect from the Neogen treatment?

People always expect too much too soon when it comes to dermal procedures. However, the Neogen treatment is like others and its results are developing with time so the primal effect is not the biggest one comparing to this one in a 2, 3 months. As soon as collagen in the cells is restored the skin starts to look rejuvenated. If we have to settle some time limits – first 3 months are the important ones. However, the whole year after the Neogen treatment in Singapore, changes are happening, so you should observe carefully.

Neogen treatment is recommendable for people who have to tighten their eyelids, no matter if it is a lower or upper one. The eye area has additional benefits from the treatment; it will bleach the dark circles under eyes. Actually, Neogen is able to lighten dark spots from ageing all over the patient’s face. People who have acne scars could benefit from the treatment, too.

Who should have the Neogen treatment?

Everyone who has skin problems and look for a fast and painless solution. People who are of certain age and can’t risk having surgical eye lift can benefit from the Neogen treatment. Young people who have spotted their first eye wrinkles and dark age spots and don’t think they need surgery but a slight improvement, too. People who have skin discolouration, acne scars, or large pores can find a saviour in this treatment.

How long is the procedure?

One procedure is long 30 or 40 minutes long. However, people with serious skin condition might need more than one procedure. The best results need efforts.

 

Ptosis surgery herbal recovery

Ptosis surgery? There is another way. Droopy eyelids can be improved not only with a surgery, nevertheless, surgery is the fastest way. Most people don’t know that there are several other methods that could help in this condition. Ptosis surgery is needed when the patient can see clearly because of the eyelid. If patient’s vision is not affected then ptosis surgery is not as necessary as people think. Some people are really concern that droopy eyelids can ruin their appearance but in fact, it is not as noticeable as people think.

Ptosis surgery is, in fact, according to Bagsundereyescauses.com, a conventional method, but here we will pay attention to some others methods that could improve this condition. Chamomile tea, Acupuncture, Vitamin B12, Nasya and netrapana, and Gelsemium sempervirens are some of the things people with ptosis could try before deciding to have a ptosis surgery in Singapore.

How is ptosis formed?

The droopy eyelid is a condition provoked by weak eye muscle. Another reason is hiding in the nerve that is controlling this muscle, he can stop working due to some damage. This could happen because of infection, injury or some health condition, like a congenital defect, stroke, diabetes, tumours or myasthenia gravis. Some children may develop ptosis that is followed by lazy eye but as soon as they cope with the ptosis, lazy eye improves. Ptosis surgery has some side effects so most people don’t hurry up with the decision. For example, there might be a swelling, or infection right after the surgery. Depending on the surgeon the eyelid might not be positioned right so this is a risky touch.

Does Homeopathic treatment help?

Do you know that before people have invented pills, herbs were used? Jasmine is a magical plant and has plenty of good features. People make tea from it and drink it to improve their vitality. Gelsemium sempervirens derives from jasmine – it is useful for droopy eyelids. It reduces weakness in the muscle and people are able to control better their eyelid. It can improve the nervous system if you drink it constantly. Conium maculatum is another thing that doctors could recommend from a homoeopathic pharmacy in Singapore. However, there are lots of herbs that can improve nerve system easily.

Does acupuncture help with ptosis?

Recent researches show that patient who has midbrain infarction and ptosis have significant improvements after herb treatment combined with acupuncture. This is not a surprise because it pressure on certain spots can force muscles to work better. If you have acupuncture on your face and scalp then the results could be significant and you won’t have to undergo a ptosis surgery.

What is a chamomile therapy?

Ageing causes loose skin and droopy eyelids. Chamomile can fight against it thanks to its properties affecting the nervous system. If you drink tea from natural chamomile, it will improve your nervous system. If you apply wet bags with chamomile tea on your eyes, they will absorb toxins and will decrease sagging.

Will vitamins help enough?

Vitamins are more powerful than you think. If you combine them with the right therapy and diet, they can make miracles. The nervous system is feeding with folic and B12 so we should consume more foods with them. You can find them in fish, oysters, and mussels.

Dental implant cost in Singapore and all over the world

There are two reasons why people are scared of dentists. The first one is the pain because there are brave people in this world but no one is so brave not to be afraid of dentists. The second thing is the price – dentist service is expensive everywhere around the world. This is a fact because dentist’s work is really special and delicate. Every specific job has a higher price so it is not a surprise.

Dental implant cost in Singapore, for example, is less than a dental bridge price although both services are dentist job. However, we will dig deeper into different countries and the price of dental services. You should know that prices are different because countries have a different health system. In addition, every patient has completely different teeth so his problems are different and the cost, too. Don’t ever trust a dentist who is able to tell you the price for dental implants without exanimating you first.

What dental implants are?

They are created to change your natural teeth so you will be able to eat and feel proud of them. Dental implants are a high level of the modern medicine because it was not long ago when we didn’t have this technology and people who have lost their teeth don’t have an option. Dental implants are not dentures. Dentures are not permanently attached to patient’s jawbone and he removes it every night. Dentures have their flaws and there is a big chance to slip and fall. In comparison, dental implants are attached to the jawbone and can’t slip. Actually, they can’t move at all.

 

 

What are the advantages?

Dental implants cost in Singapore, according to Doctorxdentist.com, is higher because they look natural. In comparisons with dentures that could cause infection in the gums, dental implants look like natural teeth. They are made by specialists who are following the exact shape of the mouth so not only they look natural but patient feel them natural. Patients are able to start smile again without worrying from their teeth.

Around the world, dental implants have different prices due to different reasons. For example, every health ministry defines the level of dental service costs so people can cope with it. Dentists receive education in different universities and pay different taxes. The last but the most important factor in economic development of the country. Singapore, for example, has experience in medical services in almost every area of the medicine, so specialists could afford to offer a good quality service at higher prices. In Singapore, you can pay for dental implant surgery between $2,000 and $4,000.

If we look at the other end of the world, in Mexico you can have teeth implant for less than $1,000, but the quality of the procedure will be questionable. In Costa Rica, the price is even lower than this in Mexico. While Mexico has the lowest price of $750, Costa Rica reports show $650 for teeth implants. Next stop will be America. As you may know, the health service in the USA is expensive. We found out that they are not so much. Dental implant in the USA might be found between $1,000 and $4,000 so the prices are equal to those in Singapore.

However, if you are planning to visit a foreign country for your dental implants, have in mind that you will have additional expenses like accommodation, transport, etc.

The Most Popular Hair Loss Treatments in Singapore

Official data claims that more than a half men experience hair fall until their 30s and more than 80% until their 50s. Equally for all reasons that could cause men hair loss is the number of treatments that could help them control it.

What should I do to prevent hair loss?

People search constantly information about hair loss treatments in Singapore but usually, they do it when they already have some troubles with their mane. Singapore Beauty Blog made a long list of question and answers about hair loss treatments. Old people say that prevention is better than healing, and we find out this is completely true. Preventing losing your hair has a whole list of things you can do. First, it is a good lifestyle to control your nutrition. Eating healthy food with vitamins and minerals is what your hair needs. Most people think that diet is harmless but in fact, it is not. Every limitation effects on the body strength and vitality. Hair attaches to the scalp thanks to follicles so this structure needs a full range of vital nutrition. For example, zinc and iron are extremely important if you want to have a gorgeous hair without discolouration. Another recommendation is to use a wide comb. This way you will not tear your hair while brushing it. Men should brush their hair at least once per day in order to remove particles and dust. Although women have the habit to tie their hair on tight ponytails, there are men who do it, too. It is not something that your hair is happy for so try to avoid it as much as possible. People can’t prevent every type of hair loss that’s why there are hair loss treatments in Singapore that can help them in their fight against baldness.

What are the most common hair loss treatments for men?

First, we will take a look at medication because of you visit a dermatologist he will prescribe you at least one. In fact, there is still no magical pill for this type of health issue but there are two medications, which help a lot – finasteride (Propecia) and minoxidil (Rogaine).

Using a minoxidil for hair loss treatment for men was not the initial plan. This medication was created to cure high blood pressure but one of the side effects was too much hair grows, so they decided it will work in this area, too. Today, minoxidil is prescribed mostly for men losing their hair. Scientists find out that hair follicles become more stable on the scalp and new hair start to grow faster. It prolongs anagen phase of the hair so people can spot a significant difference in the hair density. What are the exact reasons for this unexpected result they still can’t find out?

Another famous drug used for hair loss treatment for men is Propecia. Male baldness patter affects mostly middle part of the scalp. Only adult men should use this medication because side effects can affect teenagers and pregnant women. Like minoxidil, Propecia was not created to treat losing your hair. The scientists have created it for prostate cancer patients and his main action is decreasing a significant hormone. Luckily, the hormone is responsible for damaging hair follicles so neutralizing it, they boost growth. A side effect of minoxidil is hair grow all over the body, while Propecia doesn’t do that. Side effects are a downside of this treatment so you should be really careful what may happen if you take them continuously.

 

Slipped (Herniated) Disc: Symptoms and Treatments

Slipped disc or also called Herniated disc has common symptoms and is well known for people in Singapore. We will have to surprise you and tell you that sometimes our bodies are not perfect. Every time when you feel pain something is happening in your body, you are just not aware of it. A slipped disc is a common problem for people in Singapore and is exactly this type of situation where you can’t find out what is going out and why you feel pain. The pain can go on for 6 – 8 weeks and then vanish by itself. During this time, there are certain things that you shouldn’t do in order to decrease your recovery time.

Slipped disc – what does it mean?

The verb “slip” is used inappropriately because nothing has run away from your body. The back structure contains bones and discs between them. If something damages one of the discs, the gel liquid that works like a cushion leak and causes swelling and pain. Swelling could press nerves and the pain is a fact. There are different types of slipped disc treatments in Singapore but there are things that all people have to follow. Sometimes the pain is so strong that the patient report that his arm and legs hurt, too. Bones are not supposed to touch each other and when the disc is damaged, this touching is inevitable.

First few hours could be painful as hell.

That’s why most doctors prescribe an anti-inflammatory pill and one for pain relief. This method will give the body time to reabsorb the liquid back. There are non-operative and surgery methods for slipped disc treatment and HC Orthopaedic Surgery can explain you both.

Like every other swelling ice is useful here. If you don’t have ice packs, you can use frozen vegetables or something cold and apply it to your back for 5 minutes every few hours. Cold therapy should be limited to 3 days after the beginning of pain and then warm therapy should follow. Warm therapy needs to relax muscles and nerves and then you can easily stretch them.

Exercises are important for slipped disc recovery.

The best-slipped disc treatment is to wait until pain decreases. Next step should be strengthening your back muscles. The spine is a complex structure so you should follow your physiotherapist recommendations what to stretch and how much. He can recommend you different exercise that will change your posture. There is a big chance to be in this situation because of bad posture and not a proper distribution of stress. Another good advice is to avoid sleeping on your stomach because this posture is not the most suitable if you have a slipped disc.

What should you do and don’t?

Try to go on with your normal daily life in Singapore. There is a whole list of forbidden movements like bending over too fast, lift heavy objects, twisting, sitting and driving for too long. Don’t sit in too low chairs or too squashy because you will not able to stand up. If we have to sum up try to move carefully until you are fully recovered.

Is it going to happen regularly?

It depends on how careful you are with your spine. If you had additional slipped disc treatment, then you shouldn’t worry at all. In contrary, if you wait to see how bad it could become, then we recommend you to call your doctor in Singapore and book an appointment. The most important part is that you should pay attention to your posture and to exercise regularly.

Different Facelift Types and Thermage Facelift

Facelift procedures are different and might be suitable for different face areas. In addition, they could affect different skin layers with different power. Another division is types of incisions that are made during the procedure. The grandparent of facelift surgery is a rude technique where the surgeon cuts the skin and stretches it. As you can imagine, sculpting a face this way might be a hard task. The downside of this technique was that skin proceeded to fall because nothing holds it straight except the stitches. Thankfully, this is history and today we have modern plastic surgeries that can improve our face without the scary effect. In Singapore, many surgeons have specialized in plastic surgery area, for example. This is a great foundation for a big competition which is basic for more quality procedures.

What are different facelift types?

The Deep Plane lift – SMAS lift.

Superficial musculoaponeurotic, also called SMAS, is situated under the upper layer of the skin and involves muscles that are responsible for facial expressions. The deep plane lift includes incision along the hairline and finishing behind the ears. This facelift includes separation of the skin from the SMAS layer so the surgeon could reposition the face. If there is some excessive skin at the end of the procedure, the surgeon cuts it and stitches. This type of facelift is suitable for people who have very loose skin and lots of sagging. The procedure is long and complex and the cost is above $13 000. The results will be visible for 10 years at least.

Short Scar Lift in Singapore

This term could mean several different procedures. What is common between them is that they don’t have a full incision. First one, the S-shaped facelift is not going behind the ears. Although the incision is a short one, the surgeon manages to lift the chin area and smile lines. The second type is the minimal access cranial suspension lift also called MACS and it stops next to the earlobe. If you want to have minimal scars, these 2 procedures are the best for you. They are suitable for people who are around 50 years old.

Endoscopic Facelift type

This is hi-tech facelift because the surgeon uses a camera that is inserted in your face. Thanks to the picture, the surgeon can have a better loon on the inner structure of the facial muscles. Usually, the results from this facelift, are not spectacular compared to others so patients don’t use it very often. In addition, it can’t be used for a neck lift. the best results are visible if cheeks are treated, only. Endoscopic facelift is one type that is not going to be improved because patients are focused on more reliable ones.

Thermage facelift type

Thermage facelift in Singapore is non-invasive so there aren’t incisions. The Thermage facelift surgeons like Drcychua.com use a radiofrequency to tighten skin. The procedure is suitable for people who lack collagen in their cells, too. A thermage facelift will increase the ability of the skin to produce collagen and it will have a positive outcome for the patient’s skin condition. However, heat could be dangerous when it comes to the most precious thing – the face. That’s why there are plenty other alternatives to facelift procedures that are without so higher rate of side effects and incidents.

 

Winter fun for everyone

The snow has fallen, the lakes have frozen, and there isn’t a mosquito in sight. It must be winter! For many cold-weather outdoor enthusiasts these are all great signs, and for them it’s time to get out in the snow and have some fun. But even for those who might not like winter, it will be hard to avoid being out in the elements at some point. So whether you are out frolicking in the snow or begrudgingly trying to clear it from your driveway, we all need to be aware of one of the dangers of winter: Frostbite.

Frostbite is caused when extreme cold freezes the skin and underlying tissues. The first stage of frostbite (called frostnip) is characterized by red or pale skin, prickling, and numbness. Frostnip doesn’t cause lasting harm, but it does mean that you should get out of the cold immediately and let your skin warm up. Failure to do so could lead to more severe frostbite which may result in lasting damage to your skin, tissues, and muscles. If you see signs of severe frostbite, like hard/waxy skin or blisters, you should consult a medical provider immediately.

In order to protect you and your family from frostbite, it’s important to plan ahead and dress warmly while protecting skin from any prolonged exposure to cold or moisture.

What you wear is your most obvious defense from the cold, but harnessing your own body’s heat is truly your greatest ally. Strive for loose, light, and comfortable layers. These help to trap warm air close to your body and don’t restrict your movement. Ideally, the innermost layer should be a moisture-wicking material, followed by an insulating layer like fleece or wool. The top or outer layer should be windproof and waterproof.

And don’t underestimate the value of warm extremities. The areas most commonly affected by frostnip and frostbite include the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Make sure hats completely cover your ears. Especially in wind, cover your face with a facemask or scarf. Keep feet and toes safe by wearing two pairs of socks with insulated winter boots. You can get frostbite even under mittens, boots, or other clothing. For that reason, what you wear on your head, hands, and feet should follow the same rules as what you wear on the rest of your body: moisture-wicking, insulated, windproof and waterproof material.

In intense cold and wind, frostbite can occur in a matter of a few minutes, so prepare for it as you would any other winter emergency. Carry an emergency kit in your car with blankets, supplies and warm clothing in case you become stranded. Have your cell phone charged and ready to go. Make sure someone else knows your route and expected arrival time.

So there you have it: dress smart, prepare for the worst, and take care of yourself. Winter can remain a fun and active time of year for everyone as long as we adapt to the weather. Stay safe and have a great winter!

How to beat the holiday blues

It’s no secret that with the holiday season comes increased stress. There are travel, baking, holiday parties, greeting card family photos, choosing an amazing present for everyone, worrying about the 10 pounds you gain every year—the list goes on and on. It’s perfectly normal to feel some extra pressure this time of year. However, if the pressure starts to turn into the “holiday blues” or depression, it’s time to do something about it. Here are some suggestions to help bring back your holiday cheer no matter what you celebrate, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or New Year.

1. Focus on what truly matters. Why do you celebrate this holiday? Family? Faith? Tradition? Most likely you wouldn’t say to “buy presents” or to “attend as many holiday parties as you can.”

2. Forget Perfection. Remember that no one’s perfect. If your turkey is slightly overcooked or you forget to sweep the bathroom floor, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you are your own worst critic, and there’s no shame in asking for help. The time you would have spent sweeping that floor is better spent with your family anyway.

3. Budget. Figure out what you can realistically spend and stick to it. You can also try to hand-make some gifts, discuss a small gift exchange with your family or plain old cut down on the spending.

4. Avoid family conflict. We’ve all been there before. There’s that one subject that always sends your aunt into a fit. There are controversial topics in any family, and the holidays just seem to make them sneak up to the surface. Life pro tip: Plan a neutral response to questions you know will come up and have an escape strategy in case of conflict.

5. Engage in mood-boosting behaviour. Exercise and sleep. Your body (and brain) will thank you. Exercise (even a 30-minute walk or yoga session) releases endorphins, which are your natural antidepressants, and helps you to get better sleep. Over the holidays, you should try to maintain your and your kids’ normal sleep patterns. Take a short nap if needed.

6. Watch what you eat and drink. Caffeine can decrease your level of serotonin, which is a chemical necessary for good moods, while too much alcohol makes sleep less fulfilling and makes you more likely to get into an argument. Instead, try some serotonin-boosting foods for extra help fighting the blues, such as those high in omega-3 fatty acids (e.g., salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, anchovies), healthy fats (e.g., coconut, avocado, sunflower, olive oils), and lean proteins (e.g., turkey). Keep your blood sugar stable and decrease mood swings by eating regular meals, rather than “saving up” calories for later in the day.

7. Make time for yourself. Find a few minutes every day to focus on you. Family time is great, but you’ll enjoy it all the more if you spend some time relaxing by reading a short story, meditating or praying, listening to music, walking outside, watching a funny movie, or however else you like to take a break.

I hope these tips help you get through the holiday season with a smile on your face. Do keep in mind that depression is a very serious condition and should not be treated in the same way as the “holiday blues.” Please contact our providers at RetraceHealth if you want to discuss any medical testing, supplements, or the way you are feeling in more detail. We would be happy to help create a personal plan just for you.

Eat and be merry

Turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, rolls, pies, stuffing, cornbread, wine, beer… the gluttony of Thanksgiving is upon us once again. But I’m not here to tell you what you think I’m going to tell you. I’m not here to lecture you on the danger of simple carbs and or the threat of rich sauces. In fact, as a healthcare professional, I’m here to tell you to go ahead and enjoy your Thanksgiving feast. It may surprise you that someone in healthcare would condone this behaviour, but it’s only one day of the year and everyone participating knows that they’re dumping their bodies with sugar. What concerns me is the sugar that you consume on a regular basis that you aren’t aware of. Let me tell you more about that.

Sugar is necessary for our brain and bodies, but it’s not something you need to go out of your way to find. Even if we don’t eat the white powdery sugar, we find sugar in other products that end in “-ose.” For example, lactose is in milk and fructose is in fruit. These sugars feed our cells, and once our cells have had their fill we store the excess in our livers, and once our liver has its fill, we store the rest as fat. So, a little bit of sugar — taking into consideration its many forms — is not inherently bad; it’s when we eat too much of it that it can lead to obesity, high triglycerides, fatty livers, and diabetes.

Unfortunately, many forms of sugars are often not obvious in our foods. Sugar is used to provide flavour and texture to foods, preserve foods, decrease acidity, ferment and help increase the bulk of foods. When it’s used in these different ways, it’s not labelled specifically on the label as “sugar.” Instead, you see it disguised as high-fructose corn syrup, cane juice, cane syrup, crystal dextrose, anhydrous dextrose, honey, fruit juice concentrate, and molasses. This makes it hard to track how much sugar you’re taking in.

So here’s a guide to reducing your sugar consumption on a daily basis. Look at the label. Ingredients are listed in the order of weight. If sugar (fructose, glucose) or one of its codewords is near the top of the list, then you know the item is laden with sugar and should be avoided. However, an even better way of avoiding these sneaky sugars is to eat a diet with more whole foods, where no added sugars are lurking (read: no weird ingredients on the label).

One of the dangers of sugar is that it’s hiding in foods that we buy regularly. Of course, when you’re checking out a new food, you will probably read the label. But what about foods you buy all the time? When’s the last time you checked if your favourite cereal is really as healthy as you remember? Every once in a while, check your staples to see if they’re as good for you as you think. Surely you’ll find that you can switch out some of them with healthier alternatives.

So on Thanksgiving, enjoy your food, family, and friends. But when it’s over, pay some attention to what you eat on a regular basis. Happy Thanksgiving!