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NEW! Vita-Gel Manicure at Cooper Spa

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Say hello to longer, stronger nail color and superior shine with our new Vita-Gel Manicure.

Cooper Spa is one of the first in Dallas to bring you this gel manicure system that delivers incredibly durable chip-free manicures for at least one week. Plus, it’s power-packed with an infusion of Vitamins A, E and Pro-Vitamin B5 to nourish nails.

With LED light technology nails dry in 30 seconds allowing you to be ready for wherever your life takes you next. The result? Full protection and incredible shine.

That’s the ultimate in good-looking meets good-for-you.

Experience the results for yourself. Book your appointment today at cooperspa.com/Dallas or call 972.392.7729.

Celebrating 15 Years at Cooper Spa

Beautiful Fit Products

Introduced in 2011,Cooper Spa’s own private label, Beautiful Fit–coming soon online.

What were you doing in August 1998? I was getting ready to start another school year. And Cooper Spa was proudly opening its doors! That means this month we’re celebrating our 15th Anniversary.

I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of this team for a third of those years. Did you know that we have teammates who have been here for all 15? Since the beginning Cooper Spa has been offering spa products and services designed for and dedicated to your total well-being—physical and emotional.

We’ve grown to 28 professional and licensed therapists trained to pamper the body and mind with restorative, therapeutic and rejuvenating treatments. And over the years our product line has evolved to meet the needs of today’s customers.

  • With more customers wanting to add natural products to their beauty routine, we now offer our Beautiful Fit™ line. This 100 percent natural line of body, skin care and aromatherapy products are free of parabens, mineral oils and artificial fragrance. They are  made from natural and renewable raw materials and are 100 percent therapeutically beneficial. They form the basis of our Beautiful Fit Massage, Manicure, Pedicure and Facial. Beautiful Fit products will soon be available online so you can easily experience Beautiful Fit at home for yourself.
  • Our customers’ desire for natural products means we have natural color products too. We recently added the Jane Iredale® makeup line, made with high performance minerals, antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Just like many of you customize your workout routines we all have a need to customize our skin care. After all, no two faces are the same! Whether you need extra hydration, added firmness or a deep cleansing we have a facial for you. The same holds true for our other services. In fact we offer seven massages that can further be customized with aromatherapy enhancements for an even more personal touch.
  • As we all become more crunched for time we want to address that need too. We’ll soon be one of the first spas in Dallas to offer Vita-Gel Manicure, a gel manicure system that delivers incredibly durable chip-free manicures for over an entire week. Plus. It’s power-packed with an infusion of Vitamins A, E and Pro-Vitamin B to nourish nails

In short, we’re here for you to take away some of the stress, help you to relax and feel pampered, and show you how we care.  Throughout our anniversary month we’re offering fun online and in-spa giveaways. We are so grateful for our clients and friends who come to visit on a regular basis.  If that’s not you yet, come and let us serve you!

See our full menu and book an appointment today.

How Much Running is Too Much?

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Excessive RunningResearch from The Cooper Institute has shown that the value of exercise is overwhelmingly good; however, studies also show that more is not always better. 

How much running is too much? This a very controversial question, but Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, has long said that if you are running more than 15 miles a week, you are doing it for a reason other than health. When you run beyond 15 miles a week, there is a fairly sharp increase of muscular skeletal problems in areas such as your knees and hips.

If you are training for a vigorous physical activity like endurance running, it’s important to make sure that you are not damaging your body tissues.  When you are an endurance athlete, your body can be compromised from oxidative stress as you lose essential nutrients through sweat and increased oxygen consumption. When this occurs, your body can begin to produce dangerous free radicals, which are a by-product from the metabolism of oxygen. An increase in these free radicals throughout your body can result in soreness, DNA damage, cancer, muscle tissue damage and other degenerative diseases.

Running 30+ miles per week may be linked to scarring of the heart due to a lack of oxygen and free radical damage. If you’re running this much, Dr. Cooper says it is imperative that you supplement your body with the proper nutrients to suppress any DNA damage from free radicals. Elite athletes can benefit by taking the proper dosages of vitamins E, C and beta carotene. Dr. Cooper recommends taking 400 international units (IU) of vitamin E twice a day to decrease risks associated with excess running. The Cooper Complete Elite Athlete formula provides the nutrients needed to suppress free radical damage.

Over the years, there have been reports of sudden deaths while endurance athletes were running. Dr. Cooper stresses that this is a rarity, because the majority of athletes who suddenly die while running often have an underlying congenital heart defect. This defect can typically be detected from an EKG.

Our bodies were designed to be fit and active. When you put this topic into perspective, you can clearly see that the proven benefits of exercise outweigh the risks associated it. If you are an endurance athlete, consult your physician to ensure that you are receiving the proper supplementation to stay healthy while you train.

For more information, read The Dallas Morning Newsrecent article where Dr. Cooper discussed this topic or you can view Dr. Cooper’s statement on excessive exercise that he published as a result a Wall Street Journal article on endurance sports.

Statement on Excessive Running

December 18, 2012 2 comments

By Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, Founder and Chairman of Cooper Aerobics

Running a RaceAn article entitled “One Running Shoe in the Grave” published in the Nov. 27 issue of The Wall Street Journal. In this article, they stated that “in older endurance athletes, new studies suggest that ‘the fittest reap few health benefits.'”

As I have said in many of my presentations and have written in my books, “If you run more than 15 miles per week, you are running for something other than cardiovascular fitness.” However, if you want to continue running after 50 years of age, have no musculoskeletal problems, and have been cleared of any cardiovascular disease, I am not concerned about older endurance athletes running too much.

The theory of excess running – running more than 30 miles per week and running marathons – is that it may damage the heart, and that scarring the heart muscle will occur after many, many years of endurance running in older athletes. My feeling is that this condition does occur rarely in endurance athletes, but is not the normal response. If you do develop extensive scarring, this could produce a type of fatal heart irregularity which could result in sudden death from that irregularity (ventricular fibrillation).

Studies from Germany indicated that when highly trained endurance athletes exercise to maximal performance, some DNA damage occurs as a result of the increase in free radicals. But also, they showed in these athletes that if they took 1200 IU of vitamin E (600 IU twice daily), it almost totally suppressed the DNA damage.

The Cooper Complete Elite Athlete formula (four tablets twice daily) gives you a total of 800 IU per day. If you follow my guidelines regarding signs of overtaining and take the Cooper Complete Elite Athlete as prescribed, this should effectively reduce any DNA changes or problems with free radicals, enabling you to run safely whatever speed and distance that you so desire.

What I have found personally and in many of my older patients, a runner stops running primarily because of musculoskeletal problems and, if so, I recommend that they continue walking since you can get great cardiovascular benefit from walking if you walk far enough and fast enough.

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association in 2011 showed that walking speed at age 80 is one of the best predictors of longevity. If men and women can walk an average speed of 3.5 mph (a 17-minute mile), there is an 84 percent chance that men will live to age 90, an 86 percent chance that a woman will live to age 90.

In summary, the benefits of exercising throughout your life far outweigh any detriments that have proven to show a reduction in deaths from all causes and an increase in longevity.

Best Brain Foods

We may not be able to dial back the years as we get older, but we do have some control over what we eat to enhance our brain health. Research tells us that certain foods rich in omega-3 fats, vitamin E and other antioxidants may provide a wealth of health benefits. Remember, there’s no one food that is the magic bullet. Here are some “smart” examples with healthy food.

    1. Blueberries—All fruits are rich in antioxidants, but there’s something in blueberries that makes them stand out. They contain a certain antioxidant that fights stress in the body and helps minimize age-related diseases. Throw some in your cereal, salad or in your yogurt for a delicious treat.
    2. Wild or farm-raised salmon—Take your pick, but all salmon is undeniably high in omega-3 fats, which fight inflammation and keep your blood moving, even in the tiny capillaries that flow in your brain. You can lower your risk of dementia and stroke and enhance your memory with eight to12 ounces of omega-3 fatty fish per week. Go with three to four ounce portions; grilled, baked or broiled.
    3. Whole grains—Healthy carbohydrates found in whole grains break down into glucose or readily available sugar. Did you know that glucose is the main fuel for your brain? According to Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism, we need at least 100 grams of carbohydrates daily for brain function. Examples include whole wheat bread, pasta, cereals, corn and brown rice. Whole grains are referred to as “whole” because they are unprocessed and contain intact nutrients like vitamin E, antioxidants and fiber.
    4. Beans—“Beans, beans, good for the heart…” Well, all of that is true! Beans of all kinds offer loads of fiber, which helps keep your blood sugars steady throughout the day and allows your brain to function better. Try to eat beans at least three to four times a week.
    5. Nuts and seeds—These are chock full of good fats. Many are good sources of protein, minerals and vitamin E. Some are high in omega-3 fats, omega-6 fats, vitamin B-12 and folic acid. Nuts and seeds may promote higher brain function, good blood flow and a healthy heart. Choose a small handful a day from a variety of healthy nuts and seeds such as walnuts, almonds, peanuts, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds.

Start eating these “smart” foods regularly for all the great benefits they have to offer. Now that’s something you don’t have to think twice about! What are your favorite foods from this list? For more information about Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services, visit our website or call 972.560.2655.