Overcome Stress Eating

Anyone can be affected by the negative habit of stress eating, whether it's more prevalent during the holidays, or even all year around. There are many reasons why we binge eat because of stress, but luckily there are also many ways to confront this destructive behavior. First, is to understand exactly why we stress eat. Biologically, our bodies are regulated by hormones, many of which control and greatly affect our weight. Cortisol, the "stress hormone" can actually create cravings and make it physically harder for our bodies to drop fat. This hormone is important to be aware of since it can create nervous energy and make us "orally fidgety", causing nail biting, teeth clenching and also eating without being aware. 
To grasp stress eating, we need to first understand that for many people, emotions become tied to eating habits, which makes weight and anything related to, such as food, a very emotional subject. It's important to recognize what emotion is driving us to eat, and realizing that the end result is always the same- guilt, along with the same emotions from before eating lurking close by. This is why the first step to combating stress eating is to figure out what your triggers are. 

Learn how to overcome stress eating, here

Diabetes: Are You at Risk? 

It's unlikely that diabetes is on the forefront of your mind as we approach the end of the year and a busy holiday season, but November is Diabetes Awareness Month and now is really a better time than ever to think about your own personal risk factors for the development of this complex and chronic condition. 

It is estimated that about 30 million Americans live with a form of diabetes, most of whom have type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease of the pancreas that is typically diagnosed in childhood and adolescence, type 2 diabetes typically develops during adulthood and has a slow and insidious onset.

To learn more about diabetes, click here.

Quit Smoking for Good

If you are one of the 42 million Americans who still smoke cigarettes, or if you have family and friends that still do, we wanted to share a national initiative that is going on this month to help smokers quit.  It is called "The Great American Smokeout" and takes place on November 17 th this year.  This special day was established by the American Cancer Society to help smokers pick a quit date and stick to it.  It can be very difficult to quit smoking, but knowing that you are not alone in the struggle can be helpful, and hopefully motivating.

The first thing to note is the innumerable benefits to quitting smoking. Diseases caused by smoking claim an estimated 443,000 American lives each year, including those that are not affected directly, for instancebabies and children.  According to the US Surgeon General, the choice to quit smoking is the "single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of [their] life." So, the choice to quit smoking- even for one day- is so important to your overall health that it can significantly reduce your risk of cancer and other diseases.

To learn more on kicking the habit for good, click here

Healthy Skin Awareness Month

If you didn't know, - November is Healthy Skin Awareness month. Maintaining healthy skin starts from the inside out. A well balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and hydration are critical. Diet combined with proper skin care,which includes in office treatments and at home regimes, will keep you looking your best.

A well balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables provides your body with the vitamins and minerals necessary to combat free radicals which can lead to premature aging. Vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants that prevent damage to the molecules that support your skin cells. It is important to ingest these vitamins as well as apply them topically to provide the ultimate protection against these damaging free radicals.

To learn more about ways to keep your skin healthy, click here

Skincare for 360-degree Health
Our  Dermacenter Medical Spa assists our patients on their journey of long-lasting skin health, by treating skin issues and maintaining healthy and beautiful skin throughout all stages of life.
Every month we highlight different services and procedures to provide our patients access to skincare as a part of a healthy lifestyle.  Click Here for more information on these monthly specials.

Microdermabrasions help rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of acne and facial flaws, making your face look years younger. With the use of a small wand that sprays tiny crystals across the face, the microdermabrasion process mixes gentle abrasion with suction to remove the dead outer layer of the face's skin. 

Chemical Peels "peel "away aged skin to create a more youthful appearance. They also help to reduce blemishes, wrinkles and age spots. In addition to taking years off your facial appearance,chemical peels can also soften acne facial scars and control acne

3 Micro Needling Sessions for $800

Micro Needling can produce dramatic changes in wrinkled and photo-aged skin. This treatment stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin.  It also creates micro-channels, to infuse anti-aging serums deeper into the skin for greater overall effects. 

The treatment also helps to  decrease the appearance of fine lines and gives your skin a more youthful glow. 2-3 treatments are recommended for optimal results. Some patients will see results after the first treatment. 

Flu Season is right around the corner, so make sure to get your flu shot as soon as you can! 

Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center carries the 2016-2017 quadrivalent influenza vaccine, designed to protect against four different flu strains. 

"Flu season" in the United States  can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
So get vaccinated as soon as possible!

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about
two weeks after vaccination.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates  will be most common during the upcoming season. 

It is important to  get a flu shot every year because the viruses that circulate may vary each season and protection from vaccination declines over time.

IV Nutrient Therapy delivers vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly to the body for maximum absorption to maintain optimum wellness and treat acute and chronic conditions. These services are performed at our center daily and supervised by our board certified anesthesiologist and administered by our our board certified Nurse Practitioner Allison Andrews who has extensive experience in IV Infusions. [Learn More]

IV Nutrient Therapy Menu

$149   Hangover Treatment

  $99  Dehydration Treatment

$149  Hydration & Vitamin Boost

$149  Athletic Performance 

$149  Jet Lag, Fatigue, & Stress Treatment

$149  Cold & Flu Remedy

$149  Migraine Relief

$149  Beauty IV Treatment
Call now to schedule an appointment 215-735-7992.

Office Hours and Closures
  • Tuesday, November 8th | 10:00am to 8:00pm
  • Thursday, November 24th | CLOSED

Patient Portal Update

You can now view statements and pay bills on the patient portal by clicking "Latest Statement."

We know so much about our patients and we love to see familiar faces (although preferably for well-visits), but do you ever wonder about who is helping you book your follow-ups or draw your blood? If you do want to know more about our team, we are introducing a new 'Meet the staff' section! We hope that getting a little more familiar with the people you see in our office will make you more comfortable and confident with the care you receive through us.

Bianca Morales, 20 years old, Receptionist

1) What does 'wellness' mean to you?

Wellness to me is an overall feeling, it is not just about keeping in shape. It has to do with keeping up-to-date with your appointments, learning how to manage busy days without overly exhausting yourself or stressing yourself out. Wellness is a mental and physical state that we all need to reach if we want to lead a successful life.

2) How do you feel about healthcare in the U.S. and your role within the system?

Healthcare is an important subject in the U.S. due to the increasing awareness of illnesses and the need to see our providers. I believe healthcare should be easier to obtain for people that are only making minimum wage. We all have the right to be healthy and feel good.

3) What health advice do you promote to your family?

In my household, we do not eat fried foods which may be considered odd in a Hispanic household. To us, it is important to keep ourselves in healthy condition. Most of our family members suffer from diabetes and high cholesterol and that is something we try to avoid by eating healthier.

4) Are there any lifestyle changes that have positively or negatively affected your health?

A positive lifestyle change in my life was working here at Rittenhouse Internal Medicine. Being surrounded by doctors and seeing what they eat changes your perspective on your day to day diet. Also, since my job is in Center City I now take public transportation which means that I'm walking more.

5) What activities do you participate in? What do you you do to help you feel healthy?
Outside of work, I participate in activities that make me feel better such as going to church. It gives me a greater sense of peace. To help me feel healthier, I eat a lot of different fruit. I want to become more active by going to the gym. I think making the gym a part of my routine will help me feel healthier overall.

6) What advice do you have for patients seeking to optimize their health?

Any patients seeking to optimize their health should not jump into a new lifestyle all at once. I believe that changing your not so healthy habits takes time. For example, I was somebody who did not drink water at all. Now, I am slowly starting to incorporate more water throughout my day. I did not try and cut out all other types of drinks because it just makes me crave those drinks more.

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