BEST OF METRO 2018: Health & Beauty

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    Best of Health and Beauty   Nouvelle Beauty Bar Best Downtown St. Petersburg Salon to be Pampered The modern decor is chic and inviting for a manicure, pedicure, waxing or facial. Relax with a glass of wine or champagne and let the stresses of life float away. 727.896.2700; CAMP Best Fitness Camp […]
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January 6, 2018 |

BEST OF METRO 2018: Health & Beauty

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    Best of Health and Beauty   Nouvelle Beauty Bar Best Downtown St. Petersburg Salon to be Pampered The modern decor is chic and inviting for a manicure, pedicure, waxing or facial. Relax with a glass of wine or champagne and let the stresses of life float away. 727.896.2700; CAMP Best Fitness Camp […]
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December 19, 2017 |

HSN is Championing Heart Health

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  Behind the Scenes with HSN’s Mindy Grossman at Tampa Bay METRO Photo Shoot   HSN‘s Mindy Grossman is a great supporter of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay.  Today METRO had a sneak peek behind the scene photo shoot that […]
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January 11, 2017 |

METRO Health: 6 Ways to Purify Your Skin

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Tampa Bay Metro Magazine: a springtime glow 6 ways to purify your skin


A Springtime Glow: 6 Ways to Purify Your Skin


(BPT) – You’ve heard of detox diets and ridding your body of toxins, but did you know the same is possible for your skin? Environmental toxins and pollutants not only cause breakouts, but also bring out a dull, less vibrant looking complexion.

“Stressors from your environment and lifestyle can cause redness, irritations and premature aging,” says Claire Larsen, skin category manager for LifeSpa at Life Time Fitness. “Proper skincare goes beyond simply washing your face before you go to bed. Detoxing your skin can help prevent oily and itchy skin, and even age spots and wrinkles.”

Larsen offers her expert tips for detoxifying your skin and flaunting a natural glow year round:

1. Cut out acne causing foods.

Often, what you eat will show up on your face and body. Forehead breakouts are usually due to eating foods your body has trouble breaking down, like refined sugars, carbs, wheat and dairy. Between the brow breakouts are linked to the liver, so try cutting down on alcohol and fatty foods, and adding in liver supporting herbs such as dandelion root, milk thistle seed or yellow dock root. No matter what you do, always be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

2. Identify hormone imbalances.

Track the timing, location, shape, size and sensation of your breakouts. Hormonal acne tends to flare up at predictable times and is likely located beneath the cheekbones and along the jaw line. It’s also typically deep, cystic and sensitive. Talk to your dermatologist or health care provider if you think you might have hormonal related breakouts.

3. Notice how your routine affects your skin.

Are you noticing temple breakouts? It could be from the products in your hair. Make sure you’re thoroughly cleansing your face each morning and night, making sure to concentrate on your hair line. It’s also important to regularly change your sheets and pillowcases. Studies show you should wash your bedding once every week.

4. Use detoxifying products.

Serums with vitamins C and E, like Vivierskin® CE Peptides Serum, help to neutralize free radicals before they can damage the collagen and elastin in your skin. Products with antioxidants will fight against the toxins and pollutants your skin faces every day. Additionally, a detoxing bath containing Epsom salt, like mio’s Liquid Yoga Bath Soak, will help to clean out your pores.

5. Try a skin detox treatment.

When your skin feels like it needs some extra TLC, head to the spa for a HydraFacialMD®. LifeSpa’s HydraFacial service deep cleans with vortex extractions and a mild chemical peel while also infusing lots of hydration. A lymphatic drainage can be added for a special focus on detoxification and an LED light treatment can also help with the clarity and smoothness of your skin.

6. Get your sweat on.

When you get your heart beating and your skin sweating, it’s easier for your body to release toxins. Try to work up a sweat at least three days a week. You could even consider trying out a hot yoga class or heated spa session to encourage the sweat beads to fall.

If you notice a problem with your skin, a detox may be just the solution you’ve been searching for. Try these tips to purify your skin so you can radiate confidence, or book an appointment online or at your local LifeSpa, the nation’s largest spa operator, for a personalized skin analysis with a certified esthetician.





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May 8, 2016 |

USF study: Not following career calling can lead to health consequences

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University of South Florida researcher Michele Gazic’s recent study on careers and personal health is generating buzz.

  • Study finds those who don’t follow calling reported higher levels of physical, mental health issues
  • Also finds those who haven’t found a calling fared as well as those following a calling
  • Researcher offered coping mechanisms for those who are currently unable to pursue calling

Specifically, her study examines the life, job, and health-related experiences of those who pursue their occupational calling. She also examined the lives of those who haven’t yet discovered their calling.

Gazica’s study was published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior.

“Literature today shows that people with a calling have better outcomes, such as work well-being, as well as physical and mental well-being. There was no study to see what happens when people can’t pursue their calling, so that’s why I thought it was needed, “ explained Gazica.

A total of 378 professors nationwide completed the online survey. Gazica asked them questions about their health and well-being. She looked at those who had a calling and were following it, those who had a calling and didn’t go after it, and those who didn’t have a calling at all.

“We found that, as expected, those who were pursuing their calling did have better work outcomes,” Gazica reported. “They were more engaged, more involved, and less likely to leave their jobs. Those who had no calling to a particular occupation at all fared just as well as those who had an answered calling. So they didn’t have any type of physical or mental health detriments that differed from those with answered callings."

Gazica said those who had a calling but weren’t pursuing it experienced some serious side effects.

“Higher levels of fatigue, back aches, stomach pains. When we’re talking about mental well-being, we’re talking about depression, anxiety, and irritation. So those who had a calling and couldn’t pursue it reported higher levels of those symptoms,” Gazica said.

Gazica understands not everyone can quit their job. She offered coping mechanisms.

“You might be able to pursue your calling outside of work, leisure activities, volunteer work, as well as what we call job crafting, which is bringing parts of your calling into your current job.”

Gazica hopes people will pay attention to this study and develop the courage to stop settling and instead, go after their dreams.

Next, Gazica plans to examine how people develop a calling over time.

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April 17, 2016 |

Best of Metro 2016: Health & Beauty

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The Best of Metro Tampa Bay.

Best of Tampa Bay Metro 2016

the bay’s best


Tampa Bay Health & Beauty




Pure Natural Nail Lounge
Best Organic Nail Salon
This organic, natural nail salon and spa in downtown St. Petersburg, will make you feel pampered, relaxed and pretty.  727-914-7655;

Salon Jack
Best Celebrity Cut
Looking your best has never been easier than with a haircut from Salon Jack’s owner, Chad Malm, who has coiffed his share of celebrity clients. Get your next cut, color or blow dry, and feel like a celeb. 813.831.8955;

You Glow Spray Tan
Best Place to Get a Healthy Glow
Get a healthy glow with a custom or VersaPRO spay tan from You Glow. Using only natural and organic based products, get that sun-kissed glow, anytime of the year. Bridal packages are also available. 813.876.4560 – South Tampa;

Best Natural Spa
No harsh or harmful chemicals in this nail salon; they use only the finest ingredients and paraben-free products. Fun and creative nail designs await. No appointment necessary and walk-ins are welcome. Stop in for the fun, stay for the pampering. 813.837.2600;

Spa Jardin
Best Relaxation Spa
Melt away the stress inside this cute bungalow that offers a private outdoor oasis. Inside enjoy a signature massage, facial or pedicure. The heavenly scent will transport your mind and body to tranquility. Body and skincare products are also available in the gift shop. 813.835.9549;

Pia Esthetics Day Spa & Body Shop
Best Wax In Town
There is no need to shave anymore. Pia’s three locations: South Tampa, St. Petersburg and Westchase, offer the best in waxing including the Brazilian, Bikini, Barely There and more. Feel smooth and flawless for weeks; or treat yourself to a relaxing massage or the  perfect mani/pedi. 813.831.2418;

Spa Sudeva
Best Spa Facial
Balance the soul and the body with a treatment at Spa Sudeva in South Tampa. Owner, Edyta Chylinski has created a sanctuary tucked away off the busy streets in S. Tampa, with delightful Reiki energy balancing services, facials and massages. Come get your Zen on! 813.837.4300;

Sandpearl Spa
Best Inside Escape at the Beach
Clear the mind and heal the body at the Sandpearl Spa sanctuary inside Clearwater’s Sandpearl Resort with a signature massage or facial. You’ll feel so relaxed, you won’t want to leave! 772.674.4140;

Spa Indaba
Best Pampering at a Golf Resort
Spend the day at Innisbrook Resorts’ Spa Indaba and reconnect the mind and body with a massage, wrap, facial or body treatment.  Relax in the mediation labyrinth or the courtyard, after a dip in the whirlpool bath or steam room. You’ll never feel better! 727.942.5258;

Glowie & Glow Couture Day Spa
Best Spa to De-Stress
Located in a 1920s bungalow in Palma Ceia, Glow offers pampering massages and customized skincare treatments. Check out their small boutique to find the latest quality skincare products, candles, clothing and other unique gift items. 813.832.8000;

LA Fitness
Best Health Club
Feel good and look great by getting your sweat on at LA Fitness. With state-of-the art equipment, group fitness classes, pool, sauna spa, kids club and juice bar in locations throughout the Tampa Bay Area. 813.775.6492;

Blowbar Express Styling Salon
Best Place For a Blow Out
Whether you want your hair straight, wavy or curly, look your best by scheduling a blow out from Blowbar. Special occasion and bridal up-dos are also available. Come and  host a girl’s     birthday party or small event with friends. 813.876.2569;

Pure Barre
Best Place for LTB
Looking for that mix of pilates and ballet? Pure Barre, the home of Lift, Tone, Burn, will have you looking your best in no time. Several locations throughout Tampa Bay. 813-254-8663;

SoHo Cycling Studio
Best Place to Ride into Health
Looking for a great way to sweat, get your heartbeat going and get healthy? SoHo Cycling makes it easier than ever to get you in the shape you’ve always dreamed of. Indoor classes can be signed up online. Take a virtual ride while listening to music and sweat off those pounds with their passionate instructors. 813-944-3044;

Spa Evangeline at The Epicurean Hotel
Best Boutique Spa
Refresh your spirit with a signature treatment made with fresh herbs from the living herb wall and rich botanical oils. From manis and pedis to facials and massages, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine for select treatments. Call for your next pampering retreat. 813.999.8742;






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January 9, 2016 |

6 Health Symptoms Men Shouldn’t Ignore

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Men's Health advice in Tampa Bay Metro

38% of men visit the doctor only when extremely sick. But just because you feel healthy doesn’t mean you are healthy.


“See your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms and put you, and your family’s mind, at rest,” recommends Dr. Mark Swierzewski, Medical Director of Florida Hospital Carrollwood Men’s Health Services.

1. Chest pain could mean a heart attack, but it could also signal pneumonia, acid reflux, or a pulmonary embolism.

2. Blood in your urine could be prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate but could also signal bladder or kidney stones.

3. Shortness of breath could mean a heart attack, or it could be COPD, lung cancer, or pulmonary hypertension.

4. 70% of erectile dysfunction cases are caused by another condition, like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, kidney disease, neurologic or vascular disease.

5. Excessive thirst is often the first sign of diabetes but could also indicate a severe infection, a failure of the heart, liver, or kidneys.

6. Continual memory loss could signal Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, encephalitis, or stroke.












Contributor: Dr. Mark Swierzewski, Medical Director of Florida Hospital Carrollwood Men’s Health Services

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