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Dr. Oz: Lea Michele shares beauty and fitness secrets: Talks 'Brunette Ambition'

Dr. Oz: Lea Michele talks about stress, and treatment for varicose veins
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Dr. Mehmet Oz welcomed "Glee" star Lea Michele and revealed varicose vein treatments on the May 22 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

Michele is doing well these days, less than a year after her boyfriend and co-star, Cory Monteith, died of a tragic drug overdose. Monteith had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for years and went to rehab several times. Unfortunately, Cory's inner demons got the best of him and he ended up overdosing at age 31.

Lea, author of Brunette Ambition, said managing stress is very important in her hectic daily life. She makes an effort to follow a healthy diet, stay connected with her family, and lead an active lifestyle. Michele said she believes having a loving family has shielded her from the pitfalls and pressures of fame and fortune.

Didn't Cave In To Plastic-Surgery Pressure

Michele is a hot young actress in Hollywood now, but said she didn't always feel beautiful or popular. Lea suffered from severe acne as a teen and was self-conscious about her big nose. Despite widespread peer pressure, Michele never got a nose job because her parents always made her feel beautiful just as she was.

“I was one of the only girls in my high school that didn’t get one, and if anybody needed it, I probably did," she told GQ. "But my mom always told me, growing up, ‘Barbra Streisand didn’t get a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’ And I didn’t. F— those people."

Michele, who used to follow a vegan diet, doesn't believe in starvation diets, but generally doesn't eat processed or junk food. Lea, who credited dance workouts and yoga for her slender body, said it would be impossible to perform at the level required for her show if she partied every night. "I don't smoke and I don't do drugs," said Lea. "I never have and that’s who I am."

Dr. Oz's Remedies for Spider and Varicose Veins

On a separate segment, Dr. Oz revealed treatments for dealing with unsightly varicose and spider veins. Dr. Oz said spider and varicose veins are extremely common, but these remedies can help:

  • Gotu kola herb: Research shows that gotu kola alleviates veins by reducing swelling and promoting blood circulation in your legs. Dr. Oz suggested taking 60 mg a day.
  • Leg vein makeup. Waterproof cover-up leg makeup conceals blemishes, including varicose veins, spider veins and bruises. One application should stay on the entire day.
  • Laser vein therapy. Dr. Oz said two to three sessions of the chemical injection sclerotherapy can eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. It costs $400-$600 per treatment.
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