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Tip Of The Day!

2 Apr

6 things that will help you sleep
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(sorry I couldn’t resist 🙂

1. COOKIES & MILK
The tryptophan in milk will help you feel sleepy (WARM MILK IS BETTER), but you need some carbs to get it where you want it to go in your brain, says Mary Susan Esther, M.D., and president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Cookies are her carb of choice. Just make sure to choose a low-fat variety and eat them in moderation.

2. SOOTHING SOUND MACHINE
Street noise, a restless neighbour or even sounds around the house can be very disruptive if you’re having trouble nodding off. A sound machine can help drown out the annoying noise around you.
– It is very soothing. GALAXIE Music Channels for your TV are wonderful, they have such a variety, and within a couple minutes your screen goes black so the light won’t bother you. I for one always listen to the NATURE channel, it’s truly relaxing. Rain, thunderstorms, birds, waves helps me sleep 🙂

3. LAVENDER
Studies show that the effects of herbal fragrances such as lavender reduce stress levels. In one study, people exposed to lavender showed an increase in the type of brain waves that suggest increased relaxation. A quick spritz of soothing lavender water on your pillows before bed will help calm your exhausted mind.
(CHECK OUT MY POST ABOUT A MIST A MISTY SLEEP)

4. SLEEP MASK
Add a little glam to your nighttime routine. You’ll look darn cute getting your beauty sleep. One pair of earplugs is included for added sleep comfort. $6, well.ca.

5. FAN
Lower the temperature of your bedroom before you climb into bed, says Becky Wang-Cheng, M.D., a medical director at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio. Lower temperatures signal your body it’s time to sleep. Try cooling down a stuffy room with an electric fan like this 12-in. Table Fan from the Rona Collection. $43, rona.ca.

6. LUXE SHEETS
Buy silky, natural-fibre sheets in a soothing colour, like these ivory-coloured Coyuchi Organic Cotton Sateen Sheets from Grassroots ($80 each, grassrootsstore.com). They’re made from 100 percent certified organic cotton grown and made without any pesticides, chlorine bleach or chemical softeners. Add an exquisitely soft cashmere throw for the bed, a hypoallergenic down comforter and pillows, pillows and more pillows.

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Tip Of The Day!

1 Apr

WHY WE HAVE NIGHTMARES
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I have definitely had nightmares before! They can truly be frightening 😦

Nightmare triggers
Nightmares can be caused by medications, oddball genes, degenerative neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, last night’s tamales, traumatic events in the present, never-healed wounds from the past that a recent event has unmasked, and gut-level threats to health, safety, and the very sense of who you are.

Those who put a lid on expressing how they feel in response to stressful events during the day are likely to be taken for a ride by those emotions in the form of nightmares at night. And some, particularly people who are open and sensitive, may have a “thin” boundary between what’s real and what’s a dream—which means that their waking life is more than likely to stir up their night life and cause some pretty hairy dreams.

“A nightmare is a dysfunctional dream,” explains Rosalind Cartwright, director of the sleep disorder service at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Instead of integrating the day’s events and feelings with older, stored memories and defusing negative emotions — which is what some researchers feel a dream is supposed to do — the emotions your brain is processing overload your circuits, prevent their integration into older memories, and jerk you from sleep.

If you’re in a bad car accident, for example, you may not be able to process all the negative emotions the accident generates right away, says Cartwright. The fear and your sense of vulnerability and mortality are overwhelming. So you may have nightmares for a while as your mind keeps working away at integrating your feelings. Once it does, however, the nightmares go away.

As Cartwright writes in her book Crisis Dreaming, “Nightmares are a cry for resolution for finding a way to incorporate the terrible experience into our lives. Occasional nightmares are normal,” she adds. “But not nightly, and not over and over again.”

How to banish nightmares
Nightmares are a sign of overload. Check with a doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist if you’re depressed, if they recur, or if you discover that your dreams are caused by distressing feelings from the past that have been triggered by current events. Otherwise, here’s how Cartwright suggests you keep them at bay:

• Recognize that the dream is bad while you’re having it. This may sound impossible to do, but it’s not. Simply resolve that you’re going to do this before you fall asleep. It may take a few tries, but you’ll get the hang of it.

• Identify what in the dream makes you feel bad. What are the feelings or events involved?

• Stop any bad dream. Believe it or not, you can do it — often simply by recognizing that it’s bad.

• Change the ending. Turn what’s negative into something positive. You may have to wake up to do it, but eventually you’ll be able to tell yourself to write a better ending as you sleep.

• Keep a dream diary. Write down your dreams every morning. All your dreams, not just the nightmares. Then periodically review the ones that trouble you. Try to figure out why they’re upsetting.

Remember to keep your journal beside your pillow (or under, or even on your night stand) because trust me, you will not remember your dream in the morning!

Chapters/Indigo is horrible for searching (not for books), but there is no category for “Journals,” so I am left to suggest these wonderful journals from Borders.com.
Borders.com Journals

This is actually a free service! I *just* came across it.. It’s pretty fabulous. Not only is it free, but it works like a regular journal where you can make everything private, everything public, or only have what you want public!
DREAM JOURNAL

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow, when I will be listing the 6 THINGS THAT WILL HELP YOU SLEEP!

Tip Of The Day!

31 Mar

IMMUNITY BOOSTING FRUITS
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1. Kiwifruit
Kiwis are high in vitamin C, which is an important immune-boosting nutrient, as well as in vitamin E, which, helps increase your body’s T-cell count, Marber says. Try the sweet green fruit in a smoothie (it pairs well with strawberries and spinach). Eating kiwis is a great (and delicious) way to strengthen your immune system. They are high in vitamin C, which is an important immune-boosting nutrient, as well as in vitamin E, which, helps increase your body’s T-cell count, says nutritionist and author Ian Marber. Try the sweet green fruit in a smoothie – it pairs well with strawberries and spinach.

2. Blueberries
A classic antioxidant-rich berry, blueberries are easily available frozen for a fraction of the out-of-season price of fresh ones. Marber says they’re high in vitamin C and in vitamin A, which is involved with antibody production. Thaw frozen berries overnight and add them your morning cereal.

3. Papaya
This tropical fruit is rich in beta-carotene, says Marber, which converts into vitamin A in the body. Eat it sliced and topped with fresh lime juice.

4. Strawberries
This popular spring berry is rich in both vitamins A and C, says Marber, and the seeds also contain minerals that support immune action. Fresh sliced strawberries make an excellent topping for a spinach salad.

Tip Of The Day!

30 Mar

Popular Beauty Treatments
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1. BOTOX
The thing……. um, no, let’s forget about this one. Getting jabbed with needles just so you won’t have a couple of lines is pretty… how should I say this? STUPID. Do we even know exactly what’s in these needles? I mean this stuff is getting injected into your body, doesn’t it seem a little weird?

2. MUD BATHS
Remember when you were a kid and you played in the rain and the mud, and then your skin was amazingly soft? Well, this is the grown up version. Lay back, relax, and let me mud settle over your skin. It feels amazing and somewhere deep down that little kid inside of you is rejoicing for that little bit of dirty time!

3. WAXING
From eyebrows to knuckles to that delicate area that no one really wants to talk about waxing, people are getting waxed. I personally hope it’s one beauty treatment that will never lose it’s popularity.

Personally I love “getting waxed,” as I like to call it. Well not my knuckles, ouch? Of course getting waxed the first few times hurts like a ahem… but you get used to it. You won’t even notice it anymore! Getting my legs/eyebrows done is a breeeze. The great thing is the more you get waxed (so keep it on a monthly routine) the less hair grows in, and it comes in patches. I can actually go longer without plucking my eyebrows in between visits AND my legs barely grow hair anymore! 🙂 (The only thing that sucks is in extreme heat your hair grows in faster. I remember last year we went to Las Vegas – which we do every year, but last year we decided to go in June instead of the first week of August – and I had my legs waxed the day before we left. Well, because June is 115 degrees EVERY SINGLE DAY – so beautiful – the hair was growing back literally within two days!).

4. PEDICURES
I am not one to let anyone touch my feet or hands. Why have someone paint your nails when you can do it yourself? Okay mind you, manicures are rather boring, I am not a fan.. I don’t see a difference. But for pedicures? I LOVE THEM. They are definitely worth the money. Because we walk on our feet all day, pedicures not only make your toes look pretty but it takes away all the dead skin and smoothes out your feet!

5. MICRODERMABRASION
I’ve heard mixed reviews about this. It’s basically chemical peels for your face. Why not just get a facial? So I really don’t know about this one. I haven’t had it done, only because all the reviews I have been reading haven’t been the best. People either love it for their face, or they hate it. I mean it’s your face, it’s what people look at every day! I’m sure nothing drastic could happen – but I’m not taking my chance.

6. SEAWEED WRAPS
Who has does this? I really want to try it! Especially for facials.

All Women’s Talk

Tip Of The Day!

29 Mar

Chewing gum is good for your health
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New research from the University of Rhode Island found that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes three times in the morning meant participants consumed 67 fewer cal­ories at lunch—that’s seven pounds lost over a year. Experts have a variety of theories to explain this: Biting could signal to the brain that the stomach is getting food, or, because the gum tastes sweet, it may satisfy the desire for sweet snacks.

Gum may also help heartburn sufferers. The chewing motion creates extra saliva, which helps wash food or drink through the esophagus (but avoid peppermint flavour; it can worsen heartburn because it relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter and can allow acid backwash).

Even more research shows that gum is good. Chewing gum reduces anxiety during stressful situations. “It may have something to do with increased blood flow to the brain,” says Andrew Scholey, a professor at Swinburne’s Brain Sciences Institute.

Tip Of The Day!

26 Mar

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(from Best Health @ sympatico

1. Skip the long, steamy showers and opt for shorter, cooler sprays. Long, hot showers strip skin of its moisture and wash away protective oils. So limit showers to 10 minutes and keep the water cool.
This actually works – like you, I LOVE hot showers, but it was not the best for my face or skin. If you do enjoy hot showers, maybe only for a couple minutes, but make sure you don’t do it every day! Your skin will thank you 🙂

2. Treat your neck and chest like an extension of your face. Your neck and upper chest area is covered by very sensitive skin, making it a prime spot for telltale signs of aging such as dryness, sun spots and wrinkles. To keep this area youthful, use facial cleansing creams that hydrate and cleanse gently rather than deodorant soaps, which can be drying. Top it all off with a good facial moisturizing cream. If this area is extra dry, use a facial moisturizing mask twice a month.

3. Run a humidifier every night to moisturize the air in your bedroom. Not only will it ease itchy, dry skin, you’ll be able to breathe the moist air more easily.
(If you are not a fan of the hot humidifiers, they do have ones with cool air – it does the same, I have one! Avaialble at Wal-Mart)

4. For soft, young-looking hands and feet, slather on moisturizing cream and then slip on thin fabric socks and gloves while you sleep.

5. Tone your skin with a sage, peppermint and witch hazel combination. Sage helps to control oil, peppermint creates a cool tingle and witch hazel helps restore the skin’s protective layer. Combine 4 ounces of witch hazel with 1 teaspoon each of sage and peppermint leaves and steep for one to three days before applying to your skin.

6. Use a loofah daily to keep ingrown hairs and scaly skin under control. While in the shower, gently scrub bumpy or scaly skin with a circular motion to remove dead cells. For extra-smooth skin, sprinkle a few drops of an alpha-hydroxy product on the loofah before scrubbing.
(You want a good one, and while getting one at the Dollar Store is money-smart, try to opt for something that will last longer. They have decently priced ones at the Body Shop and Bath & Body Works for under $10)

7. Smooth aloe vera gel over extra-dry skin. The acids in aloe eat away dead skin cells and speed up the healing process. Cut off an end of an aloe leaf, split open, and spread the gel on the dry area.
(Fresh Aloe plant works wonders, even for burns or any cuts you might get. Plant your own! You won’t regret it.)

8. Go for a run, ride your bike, work out in the garden on a hot day—anything that gets you sweating. Sweating is nature’s way of eliminating toxic chemicals that can build up under skin. Plus, regular exercise maintains healthy circulation and blood flow throughout your body, including your skin. If you’re exercising outdoors, though, remember to wear a sunscreen on your face that protects against UVA and UVB rays, or a moisturizer with sunscreen protection.

9. Switch moisturizers every time the seasons change. Your skin needs more moisture in the winter than in the summer. So the same day you bring those sweaters down from the attic for the winter, buy a heavier moisturizer. When you trade in the sweaters for shorts, switch to a lighter one.

10. Avoid these three skin destroyers: Smoking, tanning salons and sunbathing. All three will age your skin prematurely.

11. For double skin protection, apply a cream containing vitamin C to your face over your sunblock. The cream helps prevent facial skin damage, dehydration and wrinkles. Also try skin creams containing vitamin E or beta-carotene.

12. Use a spritzer with rose, sandalwood or bergamot essential oils mixed with water. These oils are great for hydrating the skin. To create a herbal spritzer, mix a few drops of essential oil with water in a small spray bottle and spritz on your face whenever your skin needs a little boost. Your skin is more pliable when it’s hydrated, so a spray helps stave off frown lines and general movement wrinkles. The hydrator also keeps pollutants out and keeps your skin’s natural lubricants in. An added bonus: Your makeup will stay on longer and look more natural.
(I have done this. I use Avene water spray, it’s fabulous. PRICE: $21)

13. Clean your face and neck with a natural cold cream and follow with a rosewater and glycerin rinse twice a day to remove skin-damaging pollutants.

14. Keep your hands off your face! Because your hands touch so many surfaces, they are a magnet for dirt and germs. Rub your eyes, stroke your chin, cup your cheek and you’ve transferred everything on your hands to your face.
(This is something I still can’t manage! I’m constantly putting my hands on my face.)

15. Stop with one glass of wine or one alcoholic drink. Overdoing it enlarges the blood vessels near the surface of your facial skin.

16. Never rub your eyes—apply compresses instead. The skin on your face is extremely delicate, especially under your eyes. So use a very light touch on your face at all times. If your eyes itch, apply a cold compress or washcloth to the area, or try a cotton pad moistened with toner or witch hazel.

17. Check the dryness of your skin by scratching a small area on your arm or leg with your fingernail. If it leaves a white mark, your skin is indeed dry and needs both moisture and exfoliation (i.e., removal of the outermost layer of dead skin cells).

18. Keep your beauty products clean and simple, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Stay away from products with colour, fragrance, or those that produce bubbles or have “antibacterial” on the label. These can all irritate skin.

19. Use unscented baby powder to keep areas where skin meets skin—like the inner thighs, underarms, beneath large breasts—clean and dry. This is important to prevent a common skin condition called intertrigo, which occurs when such areas remain moist, fostering the growth of bacteria or fungi.
If you’re gearing up for a day in the sun, steer clear of scented lotions and perfumes. Scented products can lead to blotchy skin when exposed to the sun.

20. Plunk your rough, dry elbows into grapefruit halves. First exfoliate your elbows in your bath or shower, then cut a grapefruit in half and rest one elbow on each half, letting them soak for 15 minutes. The acid in the grapefruit provides extra smoothing power.
(I have never heard of this before, what do you guys think? I definitely want to test it out!)

Tip Of The Day!

25 Mar

5 reasons why oral care matters
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Always remember to brush your teeth! Floss! Rinse! It’s always been a good idea to take care of your teeth. Brushing twice a day is good, but it’s always never enough. You should always floss and brush your teeth after each meal, and it is also a good idea to rinse with an anti-bacterial wash, like Scope or Crest.

I have always taken good care of my teeth, maybe not as great as some people. I did always brush (not after each meal though), and I flossed almost whenever I could, and I always (ALWAYS) rinsed my mouth with a Scope mouth wash. I seemed to be doing an excellent job, that is, until last week……..

I was at my dentist’s office getting my regular cleaning / checkup. They took some x-rays, usually my dentist doesn’t say much, but this time he put on the big light, got out the magnifying glass and said, “Andrea, brace yourself.”

Well, immediately I’m thinking something horrible is going to happen. My teeth are falling out? My teeth are killing me? And just about anything… In my 27 years of life my teeth have been healthy, no fillings, no cavities, that is until NOW. I now have two cavities! Right beside each other. OUCH?

They are not painful, heck, I didn’t even know they were there. They are not huge, but they big enough and need to be filled. Needles? Not a fan. (I actually just did a ton of blood work for my allergy tests last week, and that was painful enough). So my attention is naturally focused on oral care.

Here are 5 surprising reasons why oral care matters for a healthy body.

1. Healthy gums for a healthier heart
Studies link oral inflammatory disease and elevated heart disease risk. According to the Canadian Academy of Periodontology, people with periodontal disease are at greater risk of heart disease and have twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack than people without periodontal disease.

Gum disease from extended bacterial exposure can lead to cardiovascular disease as it may increase the inflammation level throughout the body. Inflammation is a major risk factor for heart disease. Your dentist or hygienist should ask you about your heart health and family history of heart disease and conversely, cardiologists should examine your oral health. A problem in one area may signal trouble in the other.

2. A healthy mouth could mean a healthier pregnancy
Regular checkups with a dentist and hygienist become even more important during pregnancy. Health Canada reports there are ongoing studies examining whether pregnant women with poor oral health may be at higher risk of delivering pre-term, low birth weight babies than pregnant women with good oral health.

3. There’s a two-way link between gum disease and diabetes
While it’s known that people with diabetes are more prone to gum disease, surprising new studies suggest that serious gum disease may actually contribute to diabetes as it affects blood glucose control. The Canadian Diabetes Association says, “Because periodontal disease is an infection, bacteria produce toxins that affect the carbohydrate metabolism in individual cells. It is also thought that the host response to periodontal bacteria can increase insulin resistance and, therefore, blood glucose levels.” This two-way link is a wake-up call to take care of your teeth, especially since the incidence of diabetes is rising.

4. Detect oral cancer before you have symptoms
As part of regular checkups, dentists check all soft tissues to ensure they are healthy. Says Dr. Filippi: “all dentists are trained to do a cancer screening as part of ongoing dental checkups, by inspecting the gums, tongue, lips and cheeks for anything suspicious or any unusual changes.”

A precancerous lesion can begin as a small white or dark red patch that may not be causing you any noticeable symptoms. The Canadian Dental Association confirms that your dentist has the expert skill and training that can provide lifesaving early detection. Keep in mind that only about one-half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years, so detecting early signs of the disease is crucial.

5. Trying to lose weight? Here’s a secret trick.
Brushing your teeth signals you have finished eating and may help with portion control. Use this trick to your advantage – have a healthy meal and then, before you are tempted to overeat or indulge in sweet desserts, go and brush your teeth. This will tell your appetite that mealtime is over.

While brushing cleans your teeth and freshens your breath, not much tastes good right after brushing with minty toothpaste. Don’t wait until bedtime to brush, either; try brushing early in the evening, right after dinner, to thwart late-night snack cravings.

The big thing is “teeth whitening.” Personally I am not a fan of all those strips, and chemicals. I was in the health store and came across this. Mind you, it is a touch expensive (about $6 for a tube). But I won’t lie. It works. It is absolutely fantastic. It works better than the product I even got from my dentist years ago. However, because it’s natural, it is best not to solely use it. I use this every day (or night) and switch it up with regular toothpaste like crest or colgate.
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Oral Care Matters from Best Health Mag