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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 May 21, 2020

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

1. The Paleo Diet

The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

2. Whole30

The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

During the month you are eliminating:

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  • sugar
  • alcohol
  • legumes
  • grains
  • dairy
  • soy

Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

Finding Out How Food Impacts You

Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

3. The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes & nuts
  • Replacing butter with olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Moderate amounts of red wine

Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

4. The Alkaline Diet

The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

The Big Takeaway:

Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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