You have probably asked yourself many times what looks good on plus-size bodies? Being a plus size girl doesn’t mean that you should stick to only a few pieces of clothes. The fashion trends change, and now every brand and designer offers pieces suitably tailored to fit women of all shapes and sizes. Read More
If you have stubborn fat in some areas in your body, then you know how frustrating it can be to get rid of it. You try as hard as you can, and when not getting the wanted results you end up disappointed, with lack of motivation and your confidence shaken up. Been there, done that, so from personal experience all I can say is don’t give up just yet! Read More
Makeup has the power to make any woman look pretty and attractive. But mastering makeup isn’t exactly easy. For a more elegant and festive event, such as a wedding, you can put your trust into the hands of a professional makeup artist, but your everyday makeup look is your job. And often, women are confused about what products to use and how much makeup they should put on.Read More
Even though we usually associate them with our pets, the truth is that even humans can catch intestinal worms. In Australia, the most common type of intestinal worms is the threadworm. Also known as pinworms, threadworms are tiny white parasites that can populate the large intestine and lay eggs around the bottom. The presence of eggs around the bottom often causes an itch that can lead to scratching. Luckily, intestinal worms are relatively harmless and easily treated. Read More
As one of the most important proteins, collagen is responsible for various biological functions, from providing support in the connective tissue and muscle, to promoting skin elasticity, bone and joint health. Though our bodies produce collagen naturally, this production starts slowing down when we start ageing. This is one of the main reasons for the appearance of ageing signs, such as wrinkles, as it gets harder for the skin to get back into its shape.
What is Constipation?
Constipation is a condition where bowel movements occur less than normal or are extremely tough. It is considered that this condition can/will happen to anyone at some point in their life, and this can be associated with many factors. Firstly, constipation can be caused by an anatomical issue like a pelvic flow dysfunction, for example, but it can also be associated with endocrine or metabolic disorders. This could be pregnancy, diabetes, hypercalcemia, hypothyroidism, etc. On the other hand, constipation can also be associated with some neurologic disorders like Parkinson disease and multiple sclerosis, or it could be associated with connective tissue disorders and eating disorders. Whatever the type of constipation, a lot of people decide to take aperients medication as to relieve the symptoms. Read More
I fell in love with minimalism because this lifestyle helped me learn a valuable lesson: quantity doesn’t necessarily equal quality. I realized that I don’t have to own a bunch of stuff to lead an abundant life or feel content and worthy. This doesn’t mean that minimalism despises material goods. It doesn’t. Minimalists simply believe that one should be mindful when spending their money on objects and choose only those that’ll serve them and add value to their existence.
If you’ve been wondering whether Birkenstocks can look cool on a man, the answer is ‘absolutely YES’ – as long as you follow some simple style rules, that is. Nowadays, more and more male celebrities have been photographed wearing Birkenstocks on various occasions. Therefore, the footwear that was previously reserved for your dad’s wardrobe should pretty much be at the front of yours today. Read More
Buying a pair of shoes isn’t as simple as just choosing the most eye-catching model and proceeding to checkout. Seeing how there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to footwear, a fair amount of research is required before buying. This way, you will ensure that you will be satisfied with the pair you have bought and won’t regret spending money on a model that you will only wear once.
Ever since I told you my story about how I became a ballerina, somehow I became more interested in encouraging my little cousin to become one. She already had an itch for it, and it was like I saw myself in her. Every time she talked to me about ballet, my heart would start to pump like crazy. It was like being seven all over again. Read More
If there is one thing that I’m pretty sure about when it comes to dental health it’s that sugar is bad for your teeth. Practically everyone from my mum, my 7-year-old niece to my dentist knows that refined sugar should be avoided if you want to have pearly whites. That is why when a friend suggested that I should try a toothpaste with xylitol I was a bit sceptical. All I knew about xylitol at that moment was that it’s a sugar alcohol that it’s used as a substitute for sugar.
Somehow, whenever the word sugar is mentioned I can’t help but think of Queen Elizabeth I, that is notorious for having rotten teeth because she used to brush them with sugar paste, which at that time was considered a luxurious good, only available to the nobles. But after a bit of research I know regret my previous concerns as xylitol has little to do with the refined sugar. In a matter of fact, it’s even promoted as the perfect partner in the fight against tooth decay.
Is Xylitol Safe in Toothpaste?
As I’ve said before, xylitol is sugar alcohol but I didn’t know that it is naturally produced in small amounts in the human body and therefore it’s safe to use in dental products (and as a food ingredient also). Xylitol is also obtained from fruits and veggies, including oats, corn, and birch.
The bacteria in our mouth find white sugar to be a yummy snack and ingest it producing acid that removes the shiny, protective, outer layer of the teeth. These bacteria are known as Streptococcus mutans and they can build up on the surface of the teeth at any age. But unlike the case with regular sugar, the bacteria responsible for cavities cannot metabolize xylitol and therefore cannot multiply and cause cavities. This is why using toothpaste with xylitol doesn’t come with the risk of cavities. In a matter of fact, this substance protects you from tooth decay as it has been found to be helpful in repairing the tooth enamel or the process known as remineralisation.
Poor salivation is something that usually happens among seniors and people consuming medications. Since saliva helps to wash away food debris and reduce plaque, when not produced in the optimal quantity, the person can have dry mouth, which in turn can lead to tooth decay. Xylitol enriched dental products are also recommended for people who have less than the normal amount of saliva in their mouth chronically without any specific reason. Xylitol toothpaste along with chewing gums and mouthwashes can naturally help increase salivation.
Some Important Considerations
Once I got more knowledgeable regarding the benefits of using a xylitol toothpaste, I decided to make the switch. As xylitol has been gaining in popularity as of late, many companies have been making toothpaste with xylitol. But it’s unfair that some of them claim their toothpaste to contains xylitol but don’t back up this statement by showing the percent concentration. This is usually due to the fact that these contain such a small amount of xylitol that they don’t even want their product to be compared to others based on the xylitol content. Therefore your best bet is to pick a toothpaste that clearly states the percentage of this substance. Mine is made with 31% xylitol and this is clearly stated on the package.
My Personal Experience
Since I started using toothpaste with xylitol I haven’t had cavity problems. The xylitol keeps my teeth clean and gums pink and healthy. What I’ve also noticed is that the xylitol toothpaste cleanses nicely between closely spaced teeth as is the case with mines, so I no longer have to flush my teeth as often as I had to before. My mouth feels fresh and the toothpaste leaves a pleasant feeling. Mine also contains fluoride which is a natural material that has been proven to be effective in preventing tooth decay. Depending on where you live, the water supply may be fluoridated to help reduce the risk of tooth decay. In Australia, fluoride has been added to municipal water supplies, including all capital cities, because as already mentioned it can improve oral health.
Of course, there are xylitol toothpaste varieties that are free of fluoride. These are meant for those who for some reason don’t want their toothpaste to contain fluoride. For instance, if you are allergic to fluoride or you are obtaining enough fluoride through food, beverages or tapped water, you can go for the xylitol toothpaste that’s fluoride-free.
As a woman with hair that gets oily easily , I’ve seen some struggles. You take the time to give your hair a good wash in the morning only for it to become greasy once you’re done with work and want to go out and meet friends. I can’t remember how many dates I had to turn down because of this. Not to mention how much time I’ve wasted maintaining it. There just wasn’t a day that I could go without washing it.Read More