The Truth About Teeth

If a face can launch a thousand ships, a huge factor which contributes to one’s beauty would have to be his smile.  Flashing those pearly whites simply brightens everything up, and is highly infectious.  If you smile at even the crossest of misers, you’ll at least get a one-sided grin out of him.

It’s a no-brainer that in order to have a nice set of teeth, you should keep them healthy.  Here are a few simple tips on how to do that:

DON’T brush your teeth immediately after a meal.  Surprised?  It’s because after you eat meals and drinks which are acidic (sweets and juice), they stick to the enamel of your teeth.  If you brush right after, you do more harm than good, as you tend to push the acid deeper into the enamel.  This damages your teeth.  It’s best to wait until 30-60 minutes after eating.

Rinse.  If you can’t brush, rinse your mouth with water to get rid of the acid.  Remember to also floss daily, so you can clean the gumline and gaps between the teeth.

See your dentist regularly.  Twice a year is ideal, but if you really can’t, then once a year is the next best thing.  Don’t be afraid of those Orthodontic Distal End Cutters, because that’s simply one of the nifty tools your dentist uses to help keep your teeth in shape.  If your company provides dental insurance for individuals as a benefit, then take advantage of that, and head on over to your friendly dentist.

Simple habits lead to stunning smiles.  Smile and the world smiles with you.  But before you do, clean those choppers first…

Bring Sexy Back By Taking Care of Your Back

Family reunions are always a big deal- not only because of the huge servings of food, but also because you get to see relatives you haven’t seen in a while.  Just recently, an old (by old, I mean chronologically challenged) relative from my mother’s side of the family came to town, and we hosted a spur-of-the-moment reunion in his honor.

One thing I noticed about my grandfather though, was that he was having back pain.  He says that in the US, he often sees a Stockton chiropractor for his frequent pains.  This got me thinking about my own back, and how I should take care of it before it’s too late.

Since I work in the library, I do my own share of shelving books.  That can be quite back-breaking too.  I also spend hours at my desk, and sometimes feel some pain shoot through my spine.

Sitting for long periods puts a lot of strain and pressure on the discs on your back, so if you’re like me, you’d do better to give your back a break by occasionally standing up when talking to someone, or trying to take short walks every half-hour or so.  You can also regularly move your rear around while sitting in your chair, and shift your weight.

At work, make sure you have an ergonomic chair.  But, if you don’t have the same power as your boss to ask for one, you can always improvise by putting a pillow behind your back.

It’s the little things that matter.  Let’s not neglect our backs, and let’s bring sexy back!

How Simple Activities Like Picnics can Improve Your Mood

If you’re suffering from depression, a mood disorder, or have a very stressful job, all of these conditions require you to pay special attention to yourself and find ways to relieve anxiety and stress. It may be easier said than done, but finding activities that will not only distract you but will calm you as well is some of the best medicine available. Enjoying nature and going on a picnic is free and it also is a place where you can practice meditation, prayer, read a good book, or journal. Bring a picnic along too and enjoy a beautiful day at the park. Over time you may see your mood begin to improve.

Vitamin D Helps Improve Your Mood

Many times during the winter people may find themselves becoming sad either because activities lessen or they are not getting enough sunshine. Did you know that not getting enough sun effects your mood? When spring arrives it’s perfectly healthy to get more sun and a great way to do this is by gathering up your family or going by yourself to the nearest park. Pack a lunch in your picnic coolers and enjoy the great outdoors. Soak up some sun and look forward to your mood improving over time.

Try Yoga or Something that Allows You to Reflect

Another great way to alleviate stress is by focusing and a great way to focus is by practicing yoga at a nearby studio, park, or even in the comfort of your own home. Yoga will not only help with your breathing, but it will also give you something to strive towards. Build your confidence and realize that anything is possible when you set your mind to it. If Yoga is not your thing then perhaps try journaling or another form of meditation. Discovering the source of your stress will help you cope with this stressor when it comes along in the future.

Exercise at a Local Nature Center

Did you know that exercising helps your endorphins and that endorphins make you happy? Exercise regularly and you should also see a big improvement. It may not happen right away, but exercising alleviates symptoms of anxiety and what’s more, helps you stay healthy. Head to a local nature center, park, or even walk around your neighborhood and be sure to sweat! Get your heart rate up and be proud of yourself for your hard work when your mood improves and you look forward to spring.


Sierra is a freelance writer and when she suffers from anxiety likes to exercise or go on a picnic. Stay up to date with Sierra on her blog Ocean Dreams.





Easy and Effective Stress-Busting Tips for Everybody

If I’m not mistaken, this Facebook photo my online friend tagged me in was that of a playground capped in snow.  It was just the swings and slides, no people in sight.  That for me was pure bliss and serenity.  I told my friend that even for a brief moment, I was taken to a place of relaxation where my heart got the chance to beat at a steady and healthy rate.

Whatever your profession is in this crazy thing called life- whether you’re the CEO at a reputable carpet cleaning nyc company or a mom who makes a killer PB & J, we all need to take a step back and just relax.  Stress inevitably is a part of our everyday lives, but there are some little things we can do to help ease things up a bit.

Listen to music.  Those seven dwarves did themselves a whole lot of good when they whistled as they worked.  If you can handle writing up that report while you’re listening to Cyndi Lauper, then go ahead and do so.  It’ll help brighten up your mood as you bury yourself in work.

Indulge.  At the end of the work day, immerse yourself in whatever it is you fancy.  You can go out for drinks with your co-workers, or pig out on your favorite French fries.

Exercise.  You can either run around the block on your way home, or hit the gym after you clock out from work.  Squeeze in some physical activity, and you’ll get that much-needed endorphin rush to fight your daily stress.

Meditate.  Or pray.  You don’t have to be a Buddhist monk to know the ropes of meditation.  You can start by simply sitting still, and clearing your mind.  Pay attention to your breathing and try to eliminate all forms of worry.  You can also just pray and lift up all your cares to Him.

Stress will always be a part of our lives, but if we learn not to let it overwhelm us, we’ll end up healthier and happier.  I think I may need another round of beer here…


Back Pain from Scoliosis: How I Deal With It

When I was in high school, I distinctly remember excitedly going with my friend to her Tae Kwon Do class on weekends.  It was a sport I was only too keen on getting into, but that’s all it ever was- and will be, I’m afraid- a dream.  It was also in high school when I was diagnosed with having scoliosis. Maybe my world shattered a bit, when I heard the news.  But I was okay.  All I knew was that my spine was curved, and that there were certain things I couldn’t do.  No biggie.

As I got older though, I started experiencing some back pain.  It’s never anything excruciating, but it bothers me somewhat.  I notice that it attacks whenever I sit or stand for long periods of time, or after I bend my body the wrong way.  It’s a real party-spoiler, make no mistake about it!

Sometimes, I wear a removable back support under my clothes.  It gives me the posture of a New York runway model.  It helps push my shoulders back and keeps my posture in check.  It helps alleviate the pain and boost my confidence as well.

At work, I put a pillow between my back and the back of the chair to keep me comfy.  Occasionally, I also get up and move about.

As for bedtime, I find that a pillow which supports my neck helps relieve me of any pain from scoliosis.  A friend gave me one of those special pillows which follow the natural curve of the neck.  It’s been the answer to those sleepless nights, as I finally got that neck support I needed.

I realize that scoliosis will be with me for the rest of my life, but with proper care, I should be fine.  Things could be worse.

Fast forward to today, that same friend from way back is now heavily into yoga, and is encouraging me to join her.  I’m a bit hesitant though, thinking that those pretzel-esque poses will do more harm to my spine than good.  But we’ll see.  I just might consider yoga.  I hear it does help ease scoliosis…


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.

Ways to monitor your baby’s growth and health through baby monitors and baby scales

Every parent dreams of their kids growing up healthy and happy.  If you are a parent who wants to be sure that your kid or child is thriving, well there are gadgets out there that you can use.  Among these are baby monitors and baby scales.
Baby monitors
Baby monitors are the best gadget to have to monitor your baby’s growth and health during the infancy stage. A baby monitor will help you to know if you kid is crying a lot or if he/she coughs a lot during the night.
These days, you can even include video feeds to your baby monitors. Unlike before, when you could only hear your baby’s voice, today we have baby monitors that can also show a video of how your baby is sleeping. Some babies don’t sleep so well, that they need to have change their sleeping position changed every so often.  In this case, a video monitor comes in real handy.  What’s more, wireless technology now allows you to get the visual feed direct to your cellphone.   Now that’s truly remarkable.
When you go out to buy your own baby monitors, you should make sure that you have tested the following:
1.       Sound quality: sound quality should be your top priority. Make sure that when you are using it, you can hear even the faintest of sounds. This will help give you a visual of what is happening inside your baby’s room even when you are not there.
2.       Its range inside: the second thing you should test is the range inside the house. Make sure that you can get a clear reception wherever you are.
3.       Its range outside: Remember to test the range reception outside your house. Take note of where the range ends. Usually, these gadgets have a range reception of up to 100 meters away from the source.
4.       Ease of use: your comfort is also another factor that you should consider. Is it fairly easy to use? Can you move it around or is it permanently fixed to the wall?
5.       Design: the design of it is also another factor to think about. How an item looks is just as important as how it works.
Baby scales
Every parent knows that if a baby is not gaining weight or growing taller, there must be something wrong. For you to be able to monitor your baby’s health, you must consider getting baby scales. The best baby scale should be able to provide you with both technical information and accurate measurements. Some scales can be used to measure breast milk as well as the weight of the baby. All you have to do is select the best scale that can do everything for you.
Clearly,  both baby monitors and baby scales help you know if your baby is healthy.  If you have these at home, you’ll be more assured that you’ll be able to closely monitor your baby’s health and growth.


Naturopathic Pediatrics: The Better Alternative

Just a week after my daughter got out of the hospital, she’s sick again- this time it’s fever because of a bad cough with asthma.  Sometimes I wish I took up medicine in college and knew everything about pediatrics and stuff.  Now I’m afraid my daughter has had way too many antibiotics that they’re sooner or later going to take their toll on her overall health.  The antibiotic monster is slowly gnawing its way through her body.  Poor kid.

A close friend suggested taking the alternative medicine route.  Previously, her sons also had frequent bouts of cough and colds, but after she took them to see this naturopathic doctor, they just got better.  They no longer had to take rounds of antibiotics just to get well.

She had me at naturopathic.   I did some research and found out that naturopathic physicians help restore the balance in the body using natural supplements and herbs which do not compromise the immune system.  The constant use of antibiotics creates an imbalance in the system, and leads to more illnesses down the line.

If I lived in Arizona, I wouldn’t waste a single minute and quickly look around for the best naturopathic pediatrician phoenix has to offer.  First on our priorities list as parents is the health of our kids.  If we start dealing with our kids’ illnesses the natural way, they will end up living healthier and happier lives.  It’s never too late…

Diabetes and Children: Symptoms and Treatment

Pregnancy is such a wonderful thing.  I remember mine vividly, and consider it the best thing that ever happened to me.  But I could hardly believe my ears when my OB-gyne told me I had gestational diabetes.  It’s that kind of diabetes you get when you’re pregnant.  Luckily, mine disappeared right after I gave birth.

This has got me thinking about my daughter.  Could she be predisposed to getting diabetes at some point in her life?  Could your kid be showing signs of diabetes?

First off, it helps to know what diabetes is all about.  There are two main types of diabetes in children:  type 1 (also known as juvenile diabetes) and type 2 (adult-onset diabetes).  Diabetes happens when the body could not change blood glucose- sugar- into energy.  There is a deficiency in the production of insulin which is responsible for doing that.  But for Type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce insulin at all.

Be on the lookout if your child is starting to show the following common symptoms of diabetes:  frequent urination and thirst, fatigue, weight loss, headaches, tummy aches, problems with behavior.  Don’t turn a blind eye, and do take your child to see a doctor quick.

If your child then becomes diagnosed with having diabetes, don’t lose hope, as it’s hardly the end of the world.  Thankfully, there are ways to deal with it.  Your child may be placed on a Type 2 diabetes diet to help control his blood sugar levels.  You may have to regularly watch his blood sugar levels using blood glucose monitors.

For those with Type 1 diabetes, they may need insulin shots to supply their bodies with the insulin they need.  This is going to be a lifelong process.

It is so important for us parents to catch the signs of diabetes in our children early on.  If it turns out that your kid does have diabetes, always follow your doctor’s orders, and practice living a healthy lifestyle.  This will prevent greater complications in the future.  It likewise helps to join diabetes education programs whenever possible.  Through it all, just always be there to support your kid.

Health Is- And Always Will Be- Wealth

There’s nothing like a severe infection to make one realize the value of good health.  My daughter and I just got back from a 5-day hospital confinement.  She had to be put on a drip for this infection which was wreaking havoc on her body.

I was out of sorts when the ER doctor told me my daughter had to be kept in the hospital to be treated. That was her “virgin” hospital confinement, and my insides went ballistic at the mere thought of my precious girl being subjected to all forms of needle pricks and whatnot.

Now that she’s back to her old bubbly self, I am finally able to heave a heavy sigh of relief.  It has also got me thinking about my own health.  I must admit that it’s something I take for granted, as I put my daughter’s welfare above all things.  Even my penchant for watching Friends reruns has taken a back seat, I confess.

But now I realize that if I want my daughter to have the best of everything, I must take good care of myself.  She depends on me for most, if not all, of her needs.  If I wasn’t in the pink of health, my daughter would find herself in the direst of situations.

I’m taking a more proactive role in keeping myself healthy.  For instance, instead of going on a crash diet, I’m going to try out those red cell press capsules which act as appetite suppressants.  They’re a healthier alternative which won’t jeopardize my well-being.  I’m also going to walk more.

What concrete steps have you taken lately in keeping yourself healthy?

Gingivitis: The Low-Down on Sore Gums

Smile, and the whole world smiles with you.  But if you have red gums which swell like hell, then you’re better off hiding that smile, as the world- instead of smiling with you- might shudder in disdain.

Red, swollen and bleeding gums when you brush your teeth are the symptoms of gum disease or gingivitis.  If you ignore it at this stage, it could possibly lead to more serious problems like tooth loss and even heart and circulation problems.

Poor oral hygiene is the primary culprit of gingivitis.  Plaque builds up on your teeth if you don’t brush and floss daily- and properly.  Use an extra soft toothbrush to brush your teeth without brushing too hard. If you put all your Herculean strength into brushing your teeth, you tend to wear down the tooth enamel and hurt your gums.  Remember, your teeth are not like your kitchen sink which you have to scrub down so hard in order to get clean.

Gingivitis is something you shouldn’t just brush off (pun intended!).  If you catch the problem this early, you can very well prevent gingivitis from progressing into more serious problems.  And then, you can start showing off that million dollar, gingivitis-free smile for all the world to see.