What Stains Your Teeth?

One of the benefits I’ve experienced with daily oil pulling has been whiter teeth. My teeth were set up to stain due to enamel damage from cemented-on braces / headgear / rebelling-from-the-pain-and-ugliness-by-not-brushing-for-days back a few decades ago (before there was such a thing a motrin). With eroded enamel, a love for coffee, blueberries, …make that ALL berries, and chocolate, my teeth were a yukky yellow. Then I began daily oil pulling and within a few months I noticed the stains lifted, and my teeth a nicer shade of white (not the bright white of laser bleached, mind you).

Yellow to White Teeth

Recently, WebMD posted a really nice pictorial of what the common causes of teeth stains are which you can flip through by clicking What Stains Your Teeth?

Some of the common culprits we all know are: [Read more…]

New Easy-to-Clean Hair Brush

Do you spend the time to remove the hair and clean your hairbrush every so often, or do you toss it in the trash and purchase a new one? With 6 heads of hair to manage, I remember my mother filling a basin with an ammonia solution and soaking combs and brushes in every week when I was little. The time consuming tasks of removing the hair from the bristles and core, soaking, rinsing and drying was a mother’s labor. Usually done Saturday nights, we ate hot dogs for dinner because there wasn’t time to cook a big meal with all the hair washing and hair brush cleaning going on.

Well now we’re talking sustainability when inventors of the new easy to clean hairbrush created their new product.

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Bone Broth – Tried it yet?

Bone broth is gaining popularity among those seeking healthy living, wellness and disease prevention. I began to seriously think about trying some when someone asked me what I thought about it for aiding healing of Crohn’s and Celiac’s diseases.

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Pot of Bone Broth Simmering on the Stove

Dr. David Samadi recently posted about bone broth:

“Bone broth is made by boiling animal bones, herbs, and vegetables into a flavorful, bone-marrow filled pot. Experts believe bone broth helps with digestion, joint pain, memory, and dull skin. “

In his post about Bone Broth Cocktails, he discusses the many benefits from drinking this magical broth, which includes an excellent source of minerals, healing the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract, decreasing inflammation throughout the body, and boosting the amount of collagen and elastin available to our joints, skin and nails.

My Whole Foods Market has started selling it by the cupful, in chicken, turkey and beef varieties. Today, I waited and waited for it to be readied for serving until I could wait no more as my frozen items in my shopping cart were melting. I am intent on trying it. Not sure about the cocktail unless it is a hot toddy before going to bed. Now that sounds very relaxing, comforting and probably a very good time to drink it, as your body may absorb the nutrients better as you rest though the night.

Have you tried bone broth yet? If so, what are your thoughts, why do you drink it and what health or beauty benefits are you experiencing?

Fall 2015 Fashion Trends

Are you ready for Fall 2015 Fashion Trends?

Fresh from a Neiman Marcus luncheon fashion show, here they are!

“Folklorico”

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Poncho

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Invisalign – My First Update

In my post, Braces vs Invisalign in Later Life, I was just 5 days into my new orthodontia “liners” and struggling for a daily rhythm for drinking my morning coffee, eating throughout the day and speaking coherently. Now at the 1/3 of the way point, I will give an update.

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Invisalign Tray

In trying to establish a balance with new rituals, I can say I think I have forged an acceptable schedule for managing timed drinking and eating, always followed by brushing my teeth. What was once a leisurely ritual of slowly sipping and relishing my two cups of morning coffee has now become a timed sport. All other eating is planned and scheduled with a clock and toothbrush. [Read more…]

When to Toss Your Makeup

Do you know when to toss your makeup?

Makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. While some products have expiration dates on them, there are many newer products with more “natural” ingredients, including preservatives. These may have a shorter antibacterial window of time. [Read more…]

Kentucky Derby Hats

Kentucky Derby hats are my favorites because they are pretty much a mandatory part of the outfit which sets the fun, frolicky, dressy tone for the day. The rainbow of colors seen on a sea of heads create a much anticipated show of fashion and frivolity. Broad, lipsticked smiles on made up faces, matching tea party dresses and mint juleps in hand, are ready for the cameras and much anticipated race.

Here are some of my favorites from last year’s Derby:

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/news/photos/kentucky-derby-fashion

Such a fun day with friends!

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Braces vs Invisalign in Later Life

Braces vs. Invisalign

Raise your hand if you had braces on your teeth when you were growing up. Both of my hands are raised because I had braces – the metal bands with metal brackets, and headgear. For 10 years. My teeth were just fine for 35 plus years after, until my jaw began to hurt, click, and give me earaches and headaches. Once, when I had my teeth cleaned, my jaw locked for 5 months afterward from keeping my mouth open during the hour long procedure. Five specialists later, with no real diagnosis, I just let it go, and got used to the pain…..until I noticed my teeth were moving, and fast.

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New Imaging Technique Better at Detecting Breast Cancers

New Imaging Techniques Better at Detecting Breast CancersHaving Fibrocystic Breast Disease for years has produced dense breast tissue with age for me. My annual mammogram usually goes into an added ultrasound in order to visualize densities with greater definition. Now the Mayo Clinic has developed a new breast imaging technique that can detect breast cancers with much greater accuracy. [Read more…]

Love to All!

I wish you all a Happy Hanukkah,

and a Very Merry Christmas celebration with your loved ones

and I will see you all in the New Year!

Hugs and love!

Candy

Please enjoy a little musical!

10 Tips for Beautiful Looking Ears

“Did you wash behind your ears?” Seems like that was a question Mrs. Cleaver used to ask the Beaver often, yet I don’t recall while I was growing up ever having a specific lesson on how to go about cleaning my ears.

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A Beautifully Clean Ear!

I do recall hearing over and over to never put anything sharper than an elbow inside my ear. Then, of course, my junior high buddies and I would all laugh and proceed to hold up our elbows in the direction of our ears. More laughter because no way can they reach! [Read more…]

Fall Fashion Runway Finale

Rachel Zoe pulled our fall looks together in a fashion show this week, as only she can do (how about that fur vest?)!

Here is the runway finale for your enjoyment:

 

3-in-1 Facial Rejuvenation Procedure Better than Repeated Tightening

Repeated face-lifting can only go so far. After all, how many times can you tighten and lift, before you looked a little bit too tightened? With aging comes loss of volume and musculature, which affects the facial muscles along with every other muscle in the body that begins to droop, right? Now, plastic surgeons are telling us that we can have a three-in-one procedure that tightens, adds volume and smooths the surface skin to give a total face rejuvenation. This is great news from Science Daily last week.

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Before and After a Facelift – Great Results!

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Benefits of Epsom Salt Soaks

The wonders of age old epsom salts will never cease – and there are quite a number of uses and benefits it seems. From soaks to scrubs, relax to laxative, muscle cramps to blood sugar to cleaning grout and preventing hardening of the arteries. Seems our forefathers knew a good thing when they soaked in it, right?

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Epsom Salts

Fresh from a little nip and tuck of my toe (nails), I’m now a week out and still swollen, bruised and hurting. My doctor gave me a choice for taking care of my tootsies after of either soaking in an epsom salt bath twice a day for 20 minutes, or use a cream that would help heal “just as well”. Waking 20 minutes earlier to sit and soak did not sound appealing to me, so I opted for the cream. A week later, my painful, puffy and red toes couldn’t even fit into any shoes I owned. I was staying undercover in my office, putting on slipper like shoes when I had a meeting or needed to see a Client. Ouch! [Read more…]

Electrolysis or Laser for Permanent Hair Removal?

Common methods for unwanted hair removal include shaving, waxing and tweezing. These need to be repeated and are time consuming, can be costly and painful. For permanent removal there are  basicallyy two methods – laser treatments and electrolysis.

Laser Treatments

Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light. That destroys the hair.” Usually performed on a larger area of skin. (see Laser Hair Removal for more information).

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Laser Hair Removal

Laser requires the approximately six weeks growth of the hair prior to treatment, and has aftereffects of swelling and redness for a few days. It is very important to have a highly skilled professional performing this treatment for best results.

Electrolysis

Electrolysis is the destruction of individual hair follicles through heat or chemical energy. I fine needle is inserted into an individual hair follicle and energy is transferred to the root, destroying it. There can be regrowth of the hair, although it will be finer, and may take a few treatments to completely stop the growth.

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Electrolysis

There is very little after effect which usually only includes a little redness for a few hours. Electrolysis is a permanent solution to unwanted hair growth and it is the only way to be permanently rid of coarse white hairs that come post menopause.

I vote for Electrolysis!

Treatments are usually in 15 – 30 minute increments, covering areas such as the upper lip and chin in a diffuse pattern. For more concentrated hair growth, or for areas like the underam or bikini line,  the full time may be spent on a smaller area, requiring more treatments to be completely free of hair.

It’s important to take the time to find the right Electrologist, looking for the following, taken from the article  Electrolysis for Hair Removal:

  • Know the professional’s qualifications. Many states require electrologists to be licensed or certified within the state to practice. If you live in one of those states, be sure the practitioner’s certificate is current and on display. For states that do not regulate electrolysis, look for electrologists who have certification from an accredited electrology school.
  • Ask around. One of the best ways to find good services is to ask friends and family as well as your doctor for recommendations. If you know anybody who has undergone electrolysis, ask for his or her input.
  • Get a consultation. Many places will give you a free consultation. During the consultation, be sure all of your questions are answered. Some things you may want to ask about include: how the procedure will feel; how many visits you will likely need; how much each visit costs; how long each session lasts; how long the practitioner has been in business; and the number of clients he or she has treated.
  • Make sure the electrologist uses the right technique. The practitioner should use needle electrolysis, which is the only permanent form of hair removal. Some places may advertise electrolysis but use electronic tweezers or photoepilators instead. These are not permanent hair removal procedures.
  • Use common sense. When you go to your consultation, look around. Does the place look clean? Do the workers look clean? Do they use disposable gloves or needles? Ask to meet the person who will be performing the electrolysis. Does he or she strike you as professional? If you are not comfortable with somebody, look for someone else to do the procedure. Personal comfort is essential to knowing you have made the right choice.”

With my Mediterranean heritage,  I had electrolysis treatments over 25 years ago, and I am happy to say the hair that was treated has never grown back. Now that I am finding a few of those coarse white hairs popping up here and there, it’s time for me to find a good electrolysis once again.

 

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