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
Today, there’s a weird obsession of dressing little girls like adults. From celebrity children to hundreds of Instagram blogs with mums and daughters dressed in identical fashions. Maxi dresses presenting a tripping hazard, large belts that a toddler will struggle to unbuckle, sandals with thick heels that weigh their little feet down. I can’t help but feel creeped out.
While all these outfits may look cute on a photo, in reality, it’s often a different story. Kids are kids, and they want to run and jump and do kids stuff. And all of these clothes often prohibit this. Let your little girl enjoy the freedom of being a kid and wearing clothes that are comfortable, easy to move in and look fun. So, what kind of clothes should little girls wear? Here are some tips on what you should consider.
Let Her Express Her Identity
Even though we tend to think of them as an extension to ourselves, kids are also people with their own tastes and preferences. So, instead of projecting your own taste on your little one and turning her into a mini version of you, let her express her likes and dislikes in terms of clothing. She might prefer wearing certain colours as well as T-shirts with her favourite cartoon character or something else she likes. And doing so will make her happy and confident.
Even if she’s still a toddler, allowing your little girl to make decisions at this stage can feel empowering. With that being said, it’s best to bring your daughter shopping with you and let her pick out what she likes. Or if you don’t have time to go to the mall, you can find cute and comfy girls clothing online. If your kid is picky and can’t find what she likes, you can use a helpful tactic – pre-select a few items and let her pick out what she prefers.
Always Put Comfort First
When you’re shopping for clothes with your little princess, make sure to go for designs that allow movement. Dresses that are floor-length or jeans that are too tight shouldn’t even be considered regardless of how cute they look. These types of clothes are only going to restrict her movement and make her time at school or the playground less enjoyable. Instead, go for clothes in which your daughter can comfortably run, climb, bend over or twirl.
Also, avoid clothes with too many details, such as buttons, zipper and ties. These kinds of details can easily get stuck in something and come off, leaving a hole in their place. And steer clear of any items you girl can have trouble putting on or taking off. Dressing up should be fun, not frustrating!
Opt for Natural Materials Instead of Synthetics
Synthetic clothes come with high levels of chemical content which can irritate little kids’ sensitive skin and even cause allergic reactions. In addition, synthetic clothes aren’t breathable and can make kids feel stuffy and uncomfortable wearing them. Instead try to pick clothes made of natural materials, and buy organic whenever possible as they aren’t treated with any harsh chemicals. Usually, cotton is the best choice as it’s breathable, soft and lightweight. You can also opt for clothes made of wool and silk. In addition, check whether the fabric is prone to wrinkles. If it wrinkles too much, it’s best to avoid it.
Dressing In Layers is Always a Good Idea
The weather is unpredictable and you never know when it can become suddenly chilly on a warm summer day and the other way round. But dressing your little girl in layers can help overcome this problem. For instance, a combination of a T-shirt and a sweater is great for the summer in case it gets cooler or you end up staying outside after dark. In addition, when you’re going out with a little kid, bringing along some extra clothing pieces is always a good idea. For one, she can get wet or dirty and need a change. This usually happens with T-shirts, so bring along an extra in the case of an accident.
Resist the Urge of Buying too Much by Making a List
Whenever you go shopping for girls clothing, always prepare a list so that you don’t end up buying something that she really doesn’t need and isn’t likely to wear. The list can vary depending on the season, as well as any activities your little girl does. A great idea is to create a capsule wardrobe that can meet her needs in every situation. The capsule wardrobe should consist of girls clothing that are versatile and good quality. If you purchase a few quality pieces, they will stand up to regular wear and washing cycles better than the cheap, flimsy stuff. Besides saving you money, these items can also be passed down to siblings or friends.
When the weather gets chilly and I need to go run some errands or hang out in the open, sweaters are my favorite piece of clothing to wear. They keep me warm and cozy, there are styles and colours for most of my outfit combinations and I can easily take off my sweater whenever I feel hot. What’s more to ask from a piece of clothing? We all have different preferences regarding style and material depending on our specific needs and my personal favorite is definitely bamboo.Read More
Having in mind everything my hair has been trough in the past, now I consider it to be in a decent condition, so I believe there is going to be some value in me walking you through what I do to keep my hair healthy and thick.Read More