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15 Surprising Uses Of Toothpaste To Ease Your Life

15 Surprising Uses Of Toothpaste To Ease Your Life

Toothpaste. The one sanitary product that we all use (hopefully) every day of our lives. Morning and evening we come into contact with toothpaste to give our teeth a good cleaning – but why just our teeth? Are we missing out on some of the greatest uses of toothpaste?

Some people swear by toothpaste for general household cleaning, due to the insoluble particles that help remove dirt, just as toothpaste removes plaque from our teeth. Examples include:

1. Cleaning tea/coffee stains

Mugs never seem to last long before they develop those dirty, brown rings around the inside from repeatedly not being washed up quickly enough – don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Instead of washing up liquid, give them a good scrub with some toothpaste – your mother will never comment on your stained cups.

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    2. Polishes silver

    Sick of all your cutlery and jewellery going a dusky grey colour? No need for expensive polishes, just buff in a little toothpaste with a cloth and you’ll have your sparkly silver back in no time.

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      3. Removes crayon marks

      Every parents had it. Pristine white walls. Beautiful smooth paint work. Before you know it there’s a wall of crayoned flowers and a bright green height chart with multiple annotations. There’s a simple solution – toothpaste! Ease of those stubborn crayon marks with a little toothpaste, and it will look as good as new.

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        4. Fixes CD scratches

        No one enjoys their favourite songs skipping/skipping/skipping. Gently rub some toothpaste over the scratches and you’ll be back groovin’ before you know it.

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          5. Deodorizes baby bottles

          Many new parents find themselves spending a fortune on new baby bottles, due to the old ones sadly smelling of sour milk after a few weeks. Don’t fork out for new ones unless you really need to – pop some toothpaste in the bottle, add warm water, shake and pour out – your bottles will be clean and minty-fresh.

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            6. Use as caulk/filler

            You’re moving. The house has been blitzed of dirt and grime – but alas, you’re removing your pictures and clocks from the walls and there are a multitude of tiny holes all around the apartment. Don’t fret – grab that toothpaste back out of the suitase and smear a small amount over the holes. Who needs expensive filler when you can use toothpaste?

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              7. Whitens piano keys

              It’s very sad when your beautiful piano looks older than its years due to yellow keys. Just as toothpaste helps with yellow teeth, it does the same for piano keys, so make your piano look brand new in minutes.

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                8. Cleans shoes

                Brand new shoes never look new for long, especially if they have white edges. Using an old toothbrush, brush around the edges with some toothpaste and you’ll be surprised at how much it will perk up your shoes.

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                  9. Removes coaster marks

                  There’s nothing worse than seeing a guest put down their mug on your brand new coffee table – WITHOUT a coaster. But wait, no need to panic. Just pop some toothpaste around the mark and it will gradually disappear.

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                    10. Cleans your iron

                    Ironing a shirt for an interview, you get those horrible black marks. No time to deep-clean the iron? Rub some toothpaste on and voila! Happy ironing.

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                      11. Cleans chrome

                      Whether it’s chrome taps, towel rails or even chrome on a motorbike, you want them to be shiny, not dull. There’s no need to fork out on pricey polishes, rub a little toothpaste into it and you’ll see your reflection in no time.

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                        And if toothpaste isn’t yet enough of a multi-use product, it’s also proven to have great benefits in the beauty/cosmetic world:

                        12. Helps reduce spots

                        This is an old myth that does hold truth – toothpaste is great for drying up those pesky pimples that always seem to pop up the day before a date or an interview. Definitely go for a simple, white toothpaste, especially if you have sensitive skin. No-one wants to make spots worse!

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                          13. Strengthens nails

                          Considering your nails and teeth are made out of the same substance, it makes perfect sense to brush your nails too. Giving your nails a little exfoliating with a toothbrush and toothpaste will strengthen them and make them shine.

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                            14. Soothes bites and burns

                            Stingy burns and bites can be a pain if you have no medication and the chemist is shut. No doubt there’s some toothpaste around somewhere – dab a small amount onto the wound and you’ll be surprised at how soothing it can be.

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                              15. Hair dye

                              The hair-dye addict’s worst nightmare is those stubborn stains around the hairline that just won’t seem to budge. Toothpaste will help remove these marks – but even better, why not rub a little around the hairline before dying your hair? This will ensure minimal stains, and leave you with a professional colour.

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                                So next time worrying about getting your deposit back on your rented property, or you have a spot that resembles mount Everest on your chin, don’t limit toothpaste to just your teeth, explore the uses of toothpaste – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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                                Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                                Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                                If you find that you’re feeling tired all the time, it’s important to understand that it’s a common problem for many. With all of the demands of daily life, being tired seems to be the new baseline. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

                                If you’re tired of feeling exhausted, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

                                In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re so tired and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

                                What Happens When You’re Too Tired

                                If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

                                Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

                                • Trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired.
                                • Experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not.
                                • Dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
                                • Finding it more difficult to exercise.
                                • Immune system may weaken, causing you to pick up infections more easily.
                                • Overeating because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids, even when you’re not hungry.
                                • Metabolism slows down, so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

                                Why Are You Feeling Tired All the Time?

                                Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

                                Here’s a quick overview of each common cause of fatigue and feeling tired all of the time:

                                1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep, restorative sleep.
                                2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness, which could be triggered by numerous health problems, such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea, or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
                                3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

                                The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance, or emotional trauma. It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

                                Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

                                You can learn more about some causes of fatigue in this video:

                                Feeling Tired Vs Being Fatigued

                                If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

                                Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

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                                Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep. However, fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety, or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive[5].

                                Symptoms of fatigue include:

                                • Difficulty concentrating
                                • Low stamina
                                • Difficulty sleeping
                                • Anxiety
                                • Low motivation

                                These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness, but they usually last longer and are more intense.

                                Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. However, there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

                                How Much Sleep Is Enough?

                                The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation, which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

                                Research suggests that most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night[6]. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

                                Get the right amount of sleep to stop feeling tired.

                                  The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

                                  Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

                                  Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[7]

                                  If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is the most likely reason you feel tired all the time. That is actually good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

                                  It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities, such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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                                  4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

                                  Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

                                  1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
                                  2. Exercising regularly
                                  3. Using stressbusters
                                  4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

                                  After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

                                  I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

                                  Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

                                  • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy, including getting enough sleep.
                                  • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day, ideally for six days a week.
                                  • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
                                  • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

                                  The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight, and to achieve overall wellness.[8]

                                  Living Healthy

                                  Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested, and better overall.

                                  In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger. In fact, long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in Alzheimer’s later in life[9].

                                  As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

                                  Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

                                  1. Unplug

                                  Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. However, tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime. This won’t help you stop feeling tired all the time.

                                  Try to turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

                                  2. Unwind

                                  Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking an Epsom salt bath.

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                                  3. Get Comfortable

                                  Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

                                  Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep. Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

                                  Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed. If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[10]

                                  This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

                                  Exercise

                                  Many people know that exercise is good for them, but they just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

                                  That’s what happened in my case, but when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my sedentary lifestyle.

                                  I decided to start swimming because it was something I had always loved to do. Find an exercise you love and stick to it to stop feeling tired all the time. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training, and flexibility training during your daily 20-minute workout.

                                  If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try as it will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

                                  Attitude

                                  Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

                                  When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted, but there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued: Breathing.

                                  But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” (or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

                                  Here’s how you do Long-Exhale Breathing:

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                                  1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy.
                                  2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air).
                                  3. Hold your breath while you mentally count to 7 and enjoy the stillness.
                                  4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it).
                                  5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep breath.
                                  6. Repeat 3 times, ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system.

                                  This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

                                  When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[11]

                                  Nutrition

                                  Diet is vital for beating fatigue if you’re feeling tired all the time – after all, food is your main source of energy.

                                  If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels, which may lead to daytime sleepiness.

                                  Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming though. For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

                                  Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

                                  1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
                                  2. Add a healthy fat or protein to any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed.
                                  3. Fill up with fiber, especially green leafy vegetables.
                                  4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice, and corn.
                                  5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars, and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
                                  6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives.
                                  7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive, and nut oils.
                                  8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts.
                                  9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice.

                                  Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

                                  That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

                                  Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multivitamin or specific supplement.

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  If you are tired of feeling tired all the time, then there is tremendous hope.

                                  If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices. If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes discussed above.

                                  Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

                                  More Tips to Stop Feeling Tired All the Time

                                  Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

                                  Reference

                                  [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
                                  [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
                                  [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
                                  [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
                                  [5] Very Well Health: Differences Between Sleepiness and Fatigue
                                  [6] Advanced Sleep Medicine Services: NEW Guidelines: How much sleep do you need?
                                  [7] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
                                  [8] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
                                  [9] National Institute on Aging: Sleep loss encourages spread of toxic Alzheimer’s protein
                                  [10] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
                                  [11] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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