Wednesday, August 4, 2010
To most people, having white teeth is very important. A bright shining smile leaves a good impression, and can be a valuable asset in your social life, relationships and career. In fact, studies have shown that people are naturally attracted to people who have white teeth over those whose teeth are, shall we say, not so wonderful.
This combined with other more personal reasons (the confidence boost white teeth can give, a sense of personal pride, a positive self image, to name a few) means that many people are looking for a way to make yellow teeth white.
But what can you do? If you like most people follow a rigid dental hygiene regime, with regular brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, avoiding sugary foods and teeth staining stuff like tea, coffee, red wine and cigarettes, and still struggle with yellow teeth, you'd probably like a solution that's quick, easy, and won't break the bank.
Well, there's two options. The first is dental tooth bleaching. This is done by your dentist, and can be done using special dental scrubs and solutions, or using a laser light treatment. This is very effective at getting yellow teeth white, but can also be very expensive and time consuming.
The second option, which more and more people each day are having huge success with, is home tooth whitening. This involves getting a kit that includes a whitening gel or paste that is applied to the teeth through a special teeth tray (like a football mouthguard), or through flexible strips that attach to the teeth, or through a swab or lightening pen that releases a whitening solution on to the teeth.
These products are very reasonably priced, and thanks to the booming industry that has seen years and years of development and research, have reached the point where many of them are as effective or even better than the dental option. Additionally, the industry boom also means that many companies are constantly offering very good deals, specials and free trials on their products, which means you can try lots of these treatments for very cheap or even free.
Monday, August 2, 2010
I know you all wanted to become slim, An important event is round the corner and you feel you are out of shape... Here’s how to tone up in seven days flat!
...for something else. If you want to get in shape fast, ditch your regular cup of tea and go for a fat-burning one instead. Studies show that green tea revs up your metabolism, so aim for several cups a day.
Take some supplement
Fish oil supplements are a great way to shed pounds. A recent study found that volunteers who took them lost, on an average, two kilos over three months without changing their diet or exercise habits. Fish oils are great for helping your body burn fat more efficiently.
That’s the advice most weight-loss experts give. When people cut down the salt in their diet, they instantly look slimmer and less bloated. Too much salt makes your body retain water, which makes you puffy around your face and stomach. Go for low-salt breakfast options such as a khichdi .
Also, don’t add table salt to your food or cooking, avoid salty snacks such as crisps and go easy on processed sauces which are often packed with salt.
As a guide, avoid foods that contain more than 0.5g of sodium per 100gm on the label (sodium is just another way of describing the salt content). The fresher your food, the less salt it’s likely to contain. And be very careful about take-aways – Chinese food, in particular, is loaded with salt because of the sauces.
Like salt, sugar is a diet baddie. Even though sugary foods – such as boiled sweets and mousses – are often labelled ‘low-fat’, they’re incredibly high in calories. And if you don’t work off the calories by exercising, that sugar gets stored as fat – usually around your stomach and waist. Sugar also increases your hunger. So, ditch the sugar in your tea and also the colas that you gulp down every day.
Eat low-sugar snacks instead. Chopped vegetables, for example are rich in fibre, so they’ll keep you fuller for longer and will aid your digestion, which helps to reduce bloating. Alcohol is practically pure sugar, so give that a miss, too. If you drink regularly, you’ll notice the difference after giving it up for a week.
If it is day seven already, don’t worry. You can still lose weight! Stress really does make you fat. It causes hormones to be released into your body that encourage fat deposits around your waist and stomach.
Scientists have found that those with the biggest waist measurements (though not necessarily the heaviest) had the highest stress levels. The hormones secreted during times of stress are instrumental in causing more fat to be stored, particularly around the abdomen.