Sunday, 10 June 2012

Do you leave an hour before you brush after a eating? Here's why you should. Most of us brush our teeth more than the daily recommended amount, dentists warn. And it’s doing our teeth more harm than good. Brushing within half an hour of eating a meal or drinking a cup of coffee could ensure your teeth suffer worse damage. After drinking fizzy or acidic drinks, the acid burns into the enamel of your teeth – and the layer below the enamel, called "dentin". Brushing at the "wrong" time – particularly within 20 minutes of finishing a meal – can drive the acid deeper into your teeth, corroding them far faster than they would have rotted by themselves. "However, after intra-oral periods of 30 and 60 min, wear was not significantly higher than in unbrushed controls," say the researchers. "It is concluded that for protection of dentin surfaces at least 30 min should elapse before toothbrushing after an erosive attack."
I've heard this before but I was not really aware what it's all about. I suppose, you brush your teeth whenever you can and you don't have to wait for 30 minutes lapse. But if you have time to spare, better fix that flat panel TV stands and then brush peggies. source: bodyandsoul.com.au
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Sunday, 3 June 2012

I am not a fan of stringy food - I just don't like the texture of the food in my mouth. The best that I can do with food rich in fibre is eat fruit and veggies. Although, I have to really force myself to eat more. These reasons are just few of them. I know there are more. For now, I'm off to make breakfast with fibre at least while thinking about that Bose PA Speakers which I really don't need.
Fibre lowers cholesterol High cholesterol levels can lead to clogged arteries and a greater risk of heart disease, which kills more than 46,000 Australians a year. Thankfully, fibre can help. "Beta-glucan, a type of soluble fibre, binds to bile acids in your small intestines," Orla Hugueniot, a nutritionist with Nutrition Australia, says. "Bile acids normally carry LDL, the bad kind of cholesterol, into your body. Beta-glucan helps the acids excrete, rather than re-entering the body." Oats and barley are rich in beta-glucan. "Increase this type of fibre and you'll quickly see an effect. Just how quickly depends on whether you're on cholesterol-lowering medication, and how much saturated fat you're having in your diet," Hugueniot says. 2 Fibre helps you lose weight Being overweight or obese dramatically increases your risk of a range of life-threatening diseases, from cancer to heart disease and diabetes. "Fibre helps with weight loss because high-fibre foods keep you fuller for longer," Hugueniot says. "You're less likely to eat energy-dense or fatty foods." Switching to high-fibre foods is also a simple way to modify your diet without having to count calories. 3 Fibre prevents and manages diabetes All types of fibre help those with diabetes (types 1 and 2) and pre-diabetes, Hugueniot says. "Soluble fibre slows down absorption of carbohydrates in the stomach, which helps regulate blood-sugar levels, a fundamental part of preventing and managing diabetes." Soluble fibre's effect on cholesterol is also useful for diabetics, as they often have higher LDL levels than non-diabetics. Insoluble fibre is also associated with controlling diabetes, but we don't know exactly why yet, Hugueniot says. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, diabetes contributes to almost 15,000 deaths in Australia a year. Diabetes can result in heart disease, circulatory problems and other health complications. 4 Fibre prevents colon cancer "Fibre increases the levels of the friendly bowel bacteria butyrate, which plays a role in preventing colon cancer," Hugueniot says. "Fibre also dilutes carcinogens and other harmful substances in our gut, and pushes them out of our body quicker, reducing our colon's exposure to them." Fibre-rich foods also tend to be high in antioxidants, which give general protection against cancer. 5 Fibre relieves constipation This isn't a life-threatening condition, but any sufferer will tell you it affects your quality of life significantly. It can also lead to more painful conditions such as haemorrhoids and diverticulitis, Hugueniot says. "It all comes back to digestion. If you have enough fibre in your diet, you'll have better overall digestive health." All types of fibre help – soluble fibre softens the stool, while insoluble fibre adds bulk. Both make bowel movements easier and more regular.
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while I am at the topic of home scent and since I have ruled-out the use of scented candles, I must use home made non-toxic sorts. I know that lemon makes an excellent scent. It's just a matter of knowing how to make one. Found this simple way of making the home smell fresh from Our Red House blog.
Make a room deodoriser: Mix the juice of one lemon with 1L strong tea. Strain and store in an old spray bottle. Spray into rooms to make them smell fresh.
I have read a week ago that you can also mix the lemon juice to bicarbonate soda and store it in a container - this I presume to stop the lemon from smelling rotten. Here's more tips on how to use lemons.
Make a sweet treat: think lemon coconut slice, lemon tart, Moroccan lemon cake, lemon syrup cake, melting moments with lemon cream, lemon delicious pudding (an Aussie fave)or lemon meringue pie. Squeeze some lemon juice on fish, the only accompaniment that fresh fish needs. Preserve them: Sweet tooths will like lemon butter or curd, while savoury types may prefer to preserve them with salt the Moroccan way. Freeze the juice in ice cube trays for later use. The juice can also be used to make lemon cordial and home-made lemonade. Once the juice is frozen, the skins can be candied for use in cakes. Make a room deodoriser: Mix the juice of one lemon with 1L strong tea. Strain and store in an old spray bottle. Spray into rooms to make them smell fresh. Soak a lemon in lukewarm water. Squeeze out the skin and discard. Use as a hair rinse after shampooing. For a sore throat, make up a mixture of lemon juice, sage tea and honey and gargle before going to bed. Use half a lemon dipped in salt to clean brassware. A lemon can also be used to clean silver. A few drops of lemon juice will shine shoes.
Mind you, don't let the lemon drop on to your ipad screen while you're busy browsing and preparing for your lemon stuff. Would you need another lemon to clean it?
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I was going to research ho to efficiently use scented candles. I like them and the smile of some of them. But I have not really tried to light up a candle at home unless it is black-out. It is for the main reason that I am very hesitant as some house fires are caused by candles. In a house with a pre-schooler, especially a curious one, I have to be vigilant and prevention is always better than cure. I digress. Anyway, the first link that I saw is this news about the toxin coming from the smoke of scented candles. As always, it pays to do a bit of research so I wonder what will come up if I look-up stanchions and ropes. I should be prepared to be amaze?
The U.S. researchers burnt a range of candles in the laboratory and collected and tested the substances given off. This showed that those made of paraffin wax, the most common type, released potentially harmful amounts of chemicals such as toluene and benzene. Some of the pollutants have been linked to cancer, while others could trigger asthma attacks or skin complaints, the American Chemical Society's annual conference heard. Most of those on sale in Britain, including many scented ones, are made of paraffin wax, a byproduct of the petroleum industry. Beeswax and soy candles, which are more expensive, were given a clean bill of health in the tests. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1207726/Candles-release-scents-laced-cancer-chemicals-warn-scientists.html#ixzz1wgIJMDec
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Friday, 1 June 2012

Well, the coffee lovers will certainly rethink about their coffee consumption if this study is indeed true. I suppose there are upside and down to anything that we enjoy. And I thought, it was because of the saxophone strap or having a baby that caused mine to be the way they are. Go figure.
Coffee shrinks breasts: study Drinking just three cups of coffee a day can make women's breasts shrink, researchers say. Nearly 300 women were surveyed about their bust measurements and how many cups of coffee they drank in an average day. According to the Swedish researchers, three cups a day was enough to start making breasts shrink, with the effects increasing for every cup drunk. They said there was a clear link between drinking coffee and smaller breasts, as about half of women possessed a gene shown to link breast size to coffee intake. "Drinking coffee can have a major effect on breast size," said Helena Jernstroem, a lecturer in experimental oncology at Lund University in Sweden. "Coffee-drinking women do not have to worry their breasts will shrink to nothing overnight. They will get smaller, but the breasts aren't just going to disappear. "However, anyone who thinks they can tell which women are coffee drinkers just from their bra measurements will be disappointed. The problem is that there are two measures for a bra - the cup size and the girth - so you wouldn't be able to tell." It was not all bad news for women, as the researchers also found that regular hits of caffeine could help to cut the risk of breast cancer.
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