Health Tips From the Experts

By Leah Groth

We may think we know every supplement and antioxidant our bodies need, but we’re also aware that the Experts know more than we do. We count on their advice to navigate the wellness waters in nutrition, skin care, fitness and mental flexibility, relying on their wisdom and practical recommendations to get us in tip-top shape, from the inside out. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Ditch the Diet

Marco Borges, Exercise Physiologist and Founder 22-Days Nutrition

“Optimum wellness is about consistency. It's not about perfection but rather progression,” explains plant-based nutrition expert Borges, who famously transformed Beyoncé’s diet with his 22-Day Revolution program. “Often times, I find that people are either unhappy because they're on a ‘diet’ or because they need one.” While he strongly encourages his clients to skip animal products altogether, he advocates finding a lifestyle that works for you and making a habit out of it. “This way you're enjoying the journey every step of the way not just upon arrival!”

2. Don’t overdo it to get an underdone look

Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, NYC Dermatologist:

“If you leave a few wrinkles, it looks more authentic,” Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas told The New York Times. When women go overboard with cosmetic procedures, “It becomes like an artificial tree,” she says. "The leaves are a brighter green and the browns are kind of perfect. But it doesn’t look like a real tree anymore.”

3. Brighten from the inside out

Mia Togo, Yoga Instructor and Life Coach

"Embrace your age and own your wisdom,” advises Mia Togo, senior YogaWorks teacher and teacher trainer based in Los Angeles. “We often get caught up in wanting to be younger or look younger. When we own and embody our age, we cultivate inner strength and release toxic emotions like shame, which block the flow of life. This is like currency, because energy attracts like energy. You lighten yourself up and everything around you brightens from the inside out." She suggests sitting down two to three minutes a day or longer, and taking the time to write down or meditate on struggles you have been through, focusing on how they have taught you strength.

4. Create your own self-care ritual

Ramani Durvasula, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Licensed Clinical Psychologist

“This is a great time in life to start a daily practice. It can be a daily walk, meditation, journaling, self-care ritual – but something that is ‘your’ time,” Durvasula says. She explains that during this period of life, many women who have become accustomed to doing for others forget about themselves and risk burnout. “As we go into the second half of our lives it may be time to train ourselves to do for ourselves – even if it is just five minutes of quiet time. It teaches us to set boundaries and create time to come down. “

5. Take a real breath

Andrew Weil, MD, Holistic Health and Integrative Medicine Physician

Master the art of breathing
“If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly." advises holistic health and integrative guru Weil in his book, Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing. He suggests a 4-7-8 breath. First, exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for seven counts. Exhale completely through your mouth, making whoosh sound to a count of eight. This is a single breath. Repeat the process again three more times for a total of four breaths.

6. Simplify your diet

Mark Hyman, MD, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

“The best advice is to avoid foods with health claims on the label, or better yet avoid foods with labels in the first place,” Hyman wrote on The Huffington Post, encouraging instead the consumption of real foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy oils (olive oil, fish oil, avocado and coconut oil), small amounts of whole grains and beans and lean animal protein including small wild fish, grass-fed meat and farm eggs, in order to “unjunk” our diet and detoxify our bodies and minds. “There are no diets, no calorie counting, and no measuring fats, carbs or protein grams. None of that matters if you choose real, whole, fresh, live foods. If you choose quality, the rest takes care of itself.”

7. Maintain strong, healthy muscles and bones through exercise

Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, Obstetrician and Gynecologist

“Real, weight-baring and muscle-building exercise is really important when it comes to aging healthily, because as we age we start losing bone mass and that sets us up for fractures – which is a big health issue for women during the middle and later ages. By putting pressure on your bones, your bones will remain strong,” says Beverly Hills physician Gilberg-Lenz, explaining that weight lifting, yoga and barre classes are great exercise options for women, because while building muscle, they also increase lean body mass, which aids in burning fuel more efficiently. “I started lifting weights at 50, and it not only keeps my endorphins going and has superficial benefits, but has also been mentally empowering to push beyond my self-imposed limits.”

8. Have a lot of sex

Tammy Nelson, PhD, Certified Sex and Relationship Therapist

“Make love with your partner often,” encourages Nelson, author of The New Monogamy and Getting the Sex You Want. “Sex creates a bond that goes deeper than just the skin between you.” An added bonus? “Sex releases hormones and brain chemicals that remind you that the small things don't matter.”