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Surprising, Money-Saving Ways To Whiten Teeth

Surprising, Money-Saving Ways To Whiten Teeth

Projecting an appearance of good health as well as (clearly) being an omnipresent beauty trend, pearly whites have become a must in today’s style standards. Many now study each other’s teeth whitening methods and results, looking for best and sometimes, most economic ways to achieve their own glistening smile.

Here is a list of several organic ways to whiten teeth. An alternative to teeth bleaching products you can find in drugstores or treatments your dentist can provide, they will do the job without the invasive chemicals involved and of course, for much less money.

What have you got to lose?

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1. Turmeric as a stain remover.

A very yellow spice that gives color to mustard, turmeric is surprisingly also used to remove the yellow from the surface of your teeth. The recipe says you should douse your wet toothbrush into 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric powder, brush your teeth as usual but only rinse after letting the turmeric set on your teeth for three to five minutes. After rinsing thoroughly, brush for the second time using your regular toothpaste. You may have to use soap to clean the residuals of turmeric from the corners of your mouth.

As an entirely organic ingredient, turmeric is safe to use on a daily basis. Results will be visible after several days of consistent use at most or sometimes, even after the very first use.

Turmeric might ruin your toothbrush in the process by coloring it irreversibly but even after replacing it, you will still come out cheaper than with teeth bleaching.

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2. Coconut oil, as a paste or a rinse.

An alternative to brushing with powdered turmeric alone, you can mix a turmeric toothpaste sing 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1/8 coconut oil. Also let it sit for three to five minutes before rinsing, followed by a regular second brushing using your usual toothpaste. Results will be visible after several days of consistent use or even after the very first use.

A tablespoon of coconut oil works as a rinse which is necessary to swish around in your mouth for ten to fifteen minutes, according to everydayroots.com. Rinse and brush your teeth afterwards.

3. Baking soda with lemon juice.

This mix of two ingredients famous for their bleaching properties will take slight caution on your part – if in contact with your teeth for too long, baking soda can cause pain to your gums and damage your enamel. Add enough lemon juice to several teaspoons of baking soda to make a paste, apply generously to your teeth and leave in for a minute before rinsing. (If only adding water to the baking soda, you may leave in up to three minutes.)

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4. Baking soda, strawberry and salt as tooth scrub.

This scrub can be used with or without the baking soda – your choice. The salt literally scrubs away the surface stains on your teeth while the vitamin C and malic acid properties of strawberries attack the yellow stains already set in the surface of your teeth.

Mashing up to three large strawberries with a pinch of sea salt (and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, if you wish), apply generously to your teeth and leave in for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly. This scrub is recommended for use on a nightly basis.

In addition, you should know when you whiten teeth…

According to Colgate, not all teeth bleaching products are invasive. There is a variety of bleaching kits available which you can use at home over a longer period of time as opposed to a single bleaching treatment at your dentist’s office. Since coffee, cigarettes and soda are some of the most common causes of yellow teeth, it is recommended to drink them through a straw in order to prevent future teeth staining.

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Even though these methods will likely not withen teeth instantly (a.k.a., after a single application), they are still much more economical.

Featured photo credit: Antonio Guillem via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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