D. Sharon Pruitt
Have you ever wondered how to take care of you teeth when you’re just sitting at your desk, or driving or watching t.v.? We have. Afterall these lumps of calcium, phosphorus and other mineral salts are supposed to last for our whole lives. And let’s face it, bad teeth make a bad first impression.
Ieneke Wassenaar a dental hygenist in Tiburon, California shares these simple solutions to keeping those pearlies white with xylitol as part of your daily routine of flossing and brushing. Once we finished filming her quick interview, she wanted to be sure to convey moderation is key – too much xylitol can lead to ‘bad tummies’ and other potential health issues.
Watch her MISS exclusive video which lasts for less than a minute.
Ice Breakers Ice Cube gum is available at most grocery and drug stores and online.
Or for a product without any additives or chemicals, she suggests Spry gum available at Whole Foods and other natural food stores (as well as online).
We’ve all got those friends who you love being with … most of the time. However, every once in awhile their narcissistic, flakey, or critical behavior starts to affect how you feel about yourself. Not good!
The Friendship Doctor, aka Irene Levine, psychiatrist and author of “Best Friends Forever: Surviving A Break-Up With Your Best Friend” and creator of The Friendship Blog. wrote a recent post on the very topic of toxic friendships – and provides some simple solutions.
And don’t worry – you’re not alone. In a survey conducted by The Today Show and Self Magazine, 84 percent of women and 75 percent of men admitted to having a toxic friendship.
Need help dealing with a toxic pal? Try these tips from Irene Levine:
- Self-absorbed sidekicks: Change the conversation from him/her to you (which won’t be easy). Change the subject and/or explicitly tell your narcissistic friend that you need and deserve their attention.
- Chronic downers: Set firm boundaries and tell him/her your limits (and enforce them!). Also encourage them to befriend other people — as in, spread the misery over more friends.
- Overly critical chums: Have confidence in your own values and opinions. Also realize you may need to agree to disagree or else your relationship will be filled with contention.
- Underminers: Recognize that this person is probably a “frenemy” and exercise caution, i.e., watch your back. Also, if the undermining is excessive and leaves you feeling badly about yourself, you may need to back away from the friendship.
- Unreliable flakes: You may need to remind them of their commitments. Also remember, if someone is consistently unreliable, why would you ever rely on them?
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Have a great labor day weekend ladies!
After spending a week floating in the soothing 0cean water in Hawaii, and hearing story after story from locals regarding the ‘magic’ healing properties of the sea – I did a bit of googling to confirm or reject these claims.
While ‘magic’ isn’t the exact word scientists have used to describe the healing and healthful properties of clean ocean water (there’s some nasty stuff out there on polluted beaches) – there are quite a few proven benefits. I liked this simple wrap up by writer Sharin Griffin from Livestrong.com – it is easy to understand and best of all she cites her sources!
Skin disorders such rosacea, psoriasis and eczema are also helped by the ocean’s salt water as minerals and amino acids in the water draw out impurities. With the removal of these toxins also comes faster healing time during flare ups where open lesions are present. Rashes from plant allergies or heat are also soothed by ocean water, improving skin texture and boosting your skin’s natural immunities. Waters are believed to increase blood circulation, thus speeding up skin cell regeneration, cutting healing times in half.
Warm baths have been attributed with stress reduction properties, but many may not realize the long-term stress reduction benefits of ocean water. The minerals in ocean water decrease stress and increase a sense of well-being. Water temperature also plays a major role in your emotional health when swimming in ocean water. Cool ocean water in the spring and fall months provides a soothing treatment for your nerves while warmer waters in the summer months relax your muscles, according to Dr. Connie Hernandez and Dr. Marcel Hernandez of Pacific Naturopathic in Mountain View, California.
Iodine, one of the trace minerals found in ocean water, is directly linked to your body’s natural ability to fight off infection. Iodine in ocean water boosts your thyroid function, increasing your immune system. For this reason, ocean swimming is known as preventative treatment from certain illnesses and infections. Ocean water also increases the amount of oxygen carried throughout your bloodstream and and provides the nutrients required by your blood cells to fight off free radicals.
And down to the cellular level!
This research reminded me of an article I had done on the health benefits of seaweed detox wraps. This particular study has stuck with me evensince;
To illustrate the importance of detoxification, we need look no further than the work of Dr. Alexis Carrell. Nobel Laureate (1912), Dr. Carrell was awarded this honor for his pioneering work in France on organ and tissue transplants. To prove that animal cells can live in a seawater medium, he placed chicken embryo cells in a special flask engineered with the help of Charles Lindburg. The seawater bath used was isotonic meaning that it was a saline solution. The cells thrived for 5 weeks before eventually expiring.
Carrell was curious to learn what actually caused the cells to perish. He discovered that due to the buildup of toxins in the form of metabolic wastes, the pH of the water acidified that deteriorated their environment. It could be argued that this is an example of an ecological disaster like Lake Erie. So he repeated the experiment; and this time, he drained the toxic water and kept a fresh supply of seawater flowing in daily. Rather than perishing in 5 weeks, he kept these cells alive for 22 years! This lead to his famous quote: “The cell is immortal; it is merely the fluid in which it bathes that deteriorates.”
There seems to be an overwhelming amount of positive research on the affects of probiotics for overall health, hence when I saw the headline on the connection relating to skin health, I had to share.
While the official reports won’t be complete for another two years or so, according to research scientist Christine Lang, recently interviewed at the Beauty from Within conference in Paris, while they are still working on some details, results seem positive so far: “Much more is known about how probiotics in the gut, than for the skin, but it seems there signals coming from the gut microorganisms to the skin and mucosa that may allow interaction between probiotics in the gut and effects on the skin.”
Good ole Dr. Mercola has his take on this
Probiotics are now widely known for their beneficial role in your gut health, but emerging research further proves their benefits are not limited to your digestive tract.
Signals from these gut microorganisms are sent throughout your body and interact with organisms in your skin and gut mucosa. Researchers are now looking into how these interactions can help with skin conditions like dryness, improve collagen, or stabilize the microflora on your skin to help with irritations.
The popular cosmetic company Clinique has just released a “redness solutions makeup” that touts probitoic technology that “helps strengthen skin’s barrier.” Probiotic soaps, lotions and other personal care products are also available at many health food stores.
Research is still emerging as to precisely how probiotics interact with your skin, as well as which strains are most beneficial and whether topical or oral applications work best, but the promise is definitely there. Probiotic benefits for your skin is an area worth keeping an eye on in the next few months and years.
Best way to get your probiotics? Dr. Mercola says it’s one of the few supplements recommended to his new patients. Would rather not supplement? Opt for unpasterized cultured foods like yogurt, some cheeses, and sauerkraut are good sources of natural, healthy bacteria.
Photo note: Thanks to fashioncentral.pk for this photo, it was attached to a story on skin lightening…but c’mon -it’s all about the lighting in this shot.