Bone Idle? The Importance Of Exercise And Other Tips For Strong, Healthy Bones

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Be honest. Do you do enough exercise, or are you one of those people who counts a daily workout as the walk from the car park or the train station to the office? Most of us know that inactivity is harmful to our hearts, but did you know that being bone idle can also have a negative impact on the condition of your bones? Here are some tips to help you ensure your bones are as strong and healthy as possible.

The benefits of exercise

You tend to think about burning fat and building muscle tissue when you work out, but regular exercise can also be incredibly beneficial for your bones. Just as physical activity strengthens your muscles, it can also make your bone tissue more resistant to damage. If you exercise on a regular basis, your risk of injury decreases and you’re less likely to sustain serious problems if you fall. Exercise improves your coordination, stamina, and balance, all of which make you less susceptible to slips and trips. Your bone tissue goes through cycles. When you’re young, the bones develop relatively quickly, and as you age, you lose bone density. This is why older people are at greater risk of osteoporosis or brittle bones.

All forms of exercise can be beneficial for your bones, but some are more effective than others when it comes to strengthening the bone tissue. Weight-bearing exercises are recommended by trainers and doctors. They make the bones work harder to support your body weight. Examples include lifting weights, walking, and dancing. If you do have weak bones, it’s best to avoid high-impact exercises like jumping.

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The importance of your diet

Calcium and vitamin D are the key players when it comes to bone health. To prevent deficiencies and reduce your risk of osteoporosis, ensure that you get enough vitamin D and calcium from your diet. Good sources include leafy green vegetables, dairy products, nuts, and tofu. If you already have signs of osteoporosis, your doctor may recommend taking supplements to boost your calcium intake and increase bone strength. Before you add supplements to your diet, do your homework and check out pages online like AlgaeCal reviews. Ask your doctor for advice before changing your diet and combine healthy eating with targeted exercises. You may wish to work with a physical therapist or an experienced personal trainer to design a fitness plan that will complement your new diet.

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Smoking and drinking

Smoking and drinking more than the recommended intake of alcohol are risk factors for osteoporosis. People who smoke are likely to have weaker bones than non-smokers and alcohol affects your body’s ability to absorb calcium. If you are a smoker and you want to try and quit, your doctor can help. There are lots of different treatments and therapies you can try, such as group support and nicotine replacement therapy. If you’re worried that you drink too much, use an app on your phone to keep track of your weekly intake and try and alternate alcoholic and soft drinks on a night out.

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If you’re keen to do more to protect your bones, you’ve come to the right place. Take these tips into consideration, and kiss goodbye to being bone idle for good!

*Disclaimer: readers are advised to speak to their doctor before making any important decisions about their health.


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Yo Ho Ho, It’s A Pirates of the Caribbean Life For Me #PiratesLifeEvent May 17th-20th

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Yo, Ho, Ho! It’s a Pirates Life For Me! I am so excited to announce that I’m going back to Los Angeles for an exciting Disney press trip with 24 other bloggers for the #PiratesLifeEvent. Our trip will begin with a dinner at Dave and Busters in support of the new game “Disney Crossy Road: Pirates of the Caribbean”. I love Dave and Busters and have been to one in FL and NY so I’m excited to be checking one out in L.A., too. Follow along at #DaveAndBusters.
BambiDid you know that it is the 75th Anniversary of the beloved classic Disney movie, Bambi?  The Walt Disney Signature collection is releasing Bambi on Digital HD May 23rd and Blu-ray June 6th. 

During the event to help celebrate this Disney Classic’s 75th anniversary we will get to sit down with two members of the original voice cast, Donnie Dunagan (“Bambi”) and Peter Behn (“Thumper”)! I bet they’ll have some great stories to tell. While at Disney Animation Studios we will also get a tour of Walt Disney’s office by Disney Archivist Keven Kern. I can’t wait! Make sure to follow along with #BambiBluray.

interview collageWhile in Los Angeles we will be interviewing Javier Bardem (“Captain Salazar”), Geoffrey Rush (“Barbossa”), Brenton Thwaites (“Henry”), Kaya Scodelario (“Carina Smyth”).  We will also be interviewing Directors Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg and (OMG!!!) Producer Jerry Bruckheimer!! Have you seen the list of movies and shows that he’s worked on? Have any questions you want me to ask any of them? Let me know!
dolbyOne of the highlights of our trip will be walking the red carpet at The Dolby Theatre for the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere and then of course getting to see the movie. This is my first red carpet event since I lost 80 pounds so I am excited to show off my new body in a beautiful new dress. If you didn’t know The Dolby Theatre is where the Oscars take place. I’ve been on the steps of The Dolby Theatre before but this is my first time actually inside. We’ll be rubbing elbows with stars. I wonder who we’ll see. Johnny Depp perhaps? SWOON!!! I recently found out that Paul McCartney has a part in the movie, too. I would probably faint if I met him. Make sure to follow #PiratesLifeEvent for all the up to the minute details and pictures. I’ll be sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs,  Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

No trip to Los Angeles would be complete without a trip to DISNEYLAND!!! Growing up in Florida I have been to Walt Disney World many times but I have only been to Disneyland one other time, 2 years ago on another Disney press trip. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling well that day so I really didn’t get to enjoy the park and I didn’t even make it over to California Adventure at all. So I am really looking forward to going back. We’ll be riding the Pirates of the Caribbean ride of course.

Pirates of the Caribbean is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular attractions ever created for a theme park. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the adventures continue in Southern California! The attraction was originally conceived as a wax museum and a walk-through exhibit. But following the success of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers decided that Audio-Animatronics—Walt’s latest animation technology—was the most imaginative way to tell a rousing pirate story. On March 18, 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland Park. Thanks to the many highly detailed scenes, lavish special effects and memorable characters, the attraction earned rave reviews and has remained a beloved classic, even spawning its own blockbuster film series!

We’ll also be checking out PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES sneak peek. This is a 14-minute, 4D preview of the film with costumes and props on display located in the Sunset Showcase Theatre in Hollywood Land in Disney’s California Adventure park. And I never miss my favorite ride, The Haunted Mansion. We’ll finish our magical day watching World of Color nighttime water spectacular. I can’t wait! So what other rides and attractions do you suggest?

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES opens in theaters everywhere May 26th!

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How To Survive A Big Family Vacation

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Going on vacation with your entire family can seem like a lot, and more often than not, it is. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a great idea. Getting all of the generations together can be both and enjoyable and an excellent way to make memories. We never know what the future holds, so spending precious time together while we can is always worth it. Get your parents, children, siblings and extended family members together and start to plan – because a big family vacation is calling.

Pick Neutral Territory

If your parents and siblings are based all across the country, you’re going to want to pick somewhere that is easy for you all to get too. Likewise, you’re going to want to decide on a kind of vacation that you can all look forwards to. Whether that’s a beach holiday, ski trip or city escape, choosing neutral territory often ensures that your vacation gets off on the right foot, even before it’s started. If you’re prone to arguments, this could be one way to keep them to a minimum.

Plan Ahead

Next up, you’re going to want to make sure that your family vacation is completely planned before you leave for it. You might think that leaving your days free always for spontaneity, but when you’re vacationing in large numbers, it can cause chaos. You can find that people are waiting around a lot and no one can agree on times and places. So, cut that out by planning activities before you get there. That way, everyone’s ideas and tastes can be catered for and everyone knows what to expect with the agenda.

Pack Well

To make this work, everyone is going to need to make sure they have packed smart. Not only will you need the right equipment and accessories for your little ones, but you’re going to want to make sure that your parents have their hearing products and accessories to be able to enjoy themselves. Also, you’ll need to advise everyone on things like swimwear, skiwear, or even hiking or activity gear should they need it.

Mix Things Up

When you’re trying to coordinate a lot of personalities and ages, you may want to keep everyone happy. One way of doing this is to ensure that your agenda has a mix of everything. Some people may want to lay by the pool while others may want to play tennis. Either way, ensuring that your planned days and activities have a good mix of everything, you’ll do a much better job at keeping the children, adults, and seniors all happy.

Split Up

Even though this is a family vacation, there’s no reason why you all have to do everything together. In fact, splitting up is often a good way to ensure that everyone gets a vacation that they love but still enjoys their time together. When some of you are enjoying the sun, others can be out shopping or head on an adventure. It’s often the best way to avoid friction and ensure that everyone has a good time.


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Top 7 SEO tools for your website in 2017

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There are many great tools out there to help increase your website traffic and advance your ranking on Google. While there are many new tools being created often, there are some that stand out as the best SEO for websites. A great deal of research has been conducted by industry experts on what tools are the best to use if you want to get authentic results. This article will introduce the top 7 SEO tools that we have found in 2017. It is important to note that while this article will give a brief overview of the tools we have chosen to feature, you should continue to do your own additional research before arriving at a decision on what is best to use for your particular website.

  1. Moz. This is a fantastic tool without many glaring weaknesses as reported by industry professionals in a recent article on What makes this application great is that it offers a plug-in toolbar as well as page optimization recommendations. While this is a great tool that is receiving wonderful reviews, it can be a challenge to use for those who are new to this type of work. Also keep in mind that it will set you back at least $80 per month.
  2. Ahrefs. This application provides specific site web-crawling capabilities as well as great keyword search functionality. It is important to note that Ahref provides conservative SEO reporting and is typically used for only the most common SEO needs. You can expect to pay $82 a month for the lite version and even more if you want advanced features.
  3. SEMrush. This application offers backlink tracking, a keyword research tool, and provides keyword recommendations as well as SEO tips. While this program is wonderful, it is important to note that many of its parts are still in beta format. Perhaps that is why it is fairly cheap to use at only $69.95 per month.
  4. Scrapebox. For under $100 you can access what is being called the “Swiss Army Knife of SEO” by customers and developers alike. The easy functionality of the interface along with the plethora of information provided such as but not limited to link checkers, keyword search options, keyword creation options, and a proxy harvester.
  5. Pro Rank Tracker. With a variety of plans that can be suitable for any budget, this tool is one that is trusted by thousands of people in the industry. They boast that they are the most comprehensive when it comes to rank tracking and suggesting keywords. They believe in their product so much that they want you to try it for free. No credit card required!
  6. This all-in-one SEO package is only open to those who sign up for it. There are dozens of tools to track your ranking, research keywords, and backlinks. In order to learn more, you simply need to submit your email address and you will be well on your way to advanced SEO for your website.
  7. KWFinder. The most noticeable thing about this program is that it is dirt cheap to use. At only $12 per month, you can try KWFinder without having to worry about going into the red. When using KWFinder, you can expect a solid keyword search as well as suggestions. If you are new to SEO and want to get the hang of it, this is a great place to start.
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The Best Cities In Florida

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Florida is a wonderful state to live in. It has great weather, friendly people and it’s a safe area to raise a family in. Why wouldn’t anybody want to live there? That doesn’t mean that every single corner of the state is lovely, though. There are obviously going to be some parts that should be avoided and some parts that are much better than others. If you are considering a move to Florida, or if you are just thinking about relocating to a different city in the state, you should know which cities are best. Here is a handy list of some of the best cities in Florida.



Naples in southwest Florida is a very quiet and peaceful city to live in. It has a population of around twenty thousand but most of the homeowners have it as a second home, so during the summer months, it will be very empty. If you are a keen golfer then this is probably the best place for you as it has more golf courses than any other place in the whole country. It is also home to a historic downtown area that offers great dining experiences as well as a rich cultural scene. Having said that, you are at higher risk of damage during hurricanes and storms, so you’ll need to weigh that against the positives.


Tallahassee is the capital of Florida State and is an incredibly popular city indeed. The large Cuban population has given birth to hundreds of delicious fusion restaurants all over the city. It also has a vibrant arts and music scene, with lots of great galleries and performance venues everywhere. Each year the city hosts a number of different festivals and parades showcasing all of the brilliant talent in the city. If you are considering a move to Tallahassee, there are plenty of homes for sale at Joe Manausa real estate, so why not have a look and see what you can find.

Winter Springs

Winter Springs is a small town just outside of Orlando. It’s a great location because you get all of the benefits of being close to Orlando without having to be at the heart of the busy city. The crime rates are also a lot lower than they are in Orlando. If you enjoy all of the theme parks and other attractions that are in Orlando then you should definitely consider Winter Springs. You’ll even be close enough to commute if you wanted to work in the city. You are at lower risk of hurricane damage here and the schooling is very good. However, accidents on the routes into Orlando can cause major traffic incidents.

Palm Beach

Most people think of Palm Beach as being exclusively for the rich, but that isn’t the case. You can still enjoy the rich social lifestyles of the people in Palm Beach without shelling out millions of dollars for an expensive house. In fact, some condos will cost as little as $200,000, so not really much more expensive than anywhere else. During the winter months, the city really comes alive, but you will be exposed to the risk of flooding.

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Timing Your Loan To Perfection

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Borrowing money from someone else is never a nice way to get things paid for. A lot of people don’t like to take out loans or finance on items because it can make them look bad. Some people don’t like to do it simply out of principle. But, the main reason for avoiding loans is the trouble that can come with them. It’s very well-documented that failing to pay off your debt can lead to big trouble. And, a lot of people know this. But, you don’t have to avoid loans just to escape this issue. Instead, it can all be about timing. To help you out, this post will be going through a couple of ways that you can plan your borrowing needs to match your circumstances.

Patience is key to all finance. It can take many years for you to get a grasp of how money works. And, during this time, everything is quite stressful. This is especially true when it comes to borrowing, too. A lot of people panic when they find themselves in need of money. It can seem like payday loans are the only option. But, this is rarely the case. By living on the essentials and just and just getting by; it’s easy to save enough money to afford a bigger loan. And, it enables you to plan for times you will need funding shortly. This will allow you to get a bigger and more secure loan; without the negatives of something short-term.

Further planning of your money can make timing your loans even easier; especially if you have existing ones. Knowing when you will need money will always allow you to go for secure loans over short-term ones. And, so, you should always be thinking about the future with your money. Try and plan for the next five to ten years. This will give you a good idea of when you will need big injections of cash. With this knowledge, you can start to research when you can refinance your car loan or mortgage. These sorts of loans are much less risky than other ones. And, they are ones that you are likely to have already. Most banks and lending organisations will be more inclined to approach something like this over a fresh loan.

Taking these steps with your money will lead to much greater financial security. Your loans have to be timed well; otherwise, you could need to borrow money again in the future. Or, you could find that you take too many loans and can’t pay them back. It’s not uncommon for people to lose things like their house or their car when they fail to pay back debt. So, it’s worth putting in the right amount of effort to complete these steps. Most people fail to think about their loans like this. So, you should stand out from the crowd and do things differently.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start thinking more before you borrow money. Taking out loans and borrowing money can actually be beneficial to you; if it’s done right. So, it’s well worth the effort.

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Cozy on a Budget

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Your home should be more than just the place where your bed is – it should be a retreat away from the rest of the world where you can put your feet up, relax and unwind after a busy day of working, running errands and looking after the kids. This is something that can only be achieved if your home is as comfortable and cozy as it is possible for a home to be.

Creating a cozy home might seem like a massive undertaking, especially if your property is currently feeling a bit clinical and unloved, but there are actually a lot of very small, affordable things you can do to give your home more warmth and make it a more comfy place to be, on a budget. Here are some cozy on a budget ideas to get you started:

Lots of Layers

One of the easiest and most affordable ways of making your home feel cozier is by simply adding lots of layers to your space. Adding rugs to your floors, blankets to your couch and lots of pillows, cushions, and blankets to your beds will make the whole place feel all warm and snuggly, so much so that you simply won’t want to leave in the morning.

Paint with Warm Colors

A quick fix to instantly lift your home from cold and clinical to warm and inviting is to do away with cool-colored walls and replace them with paint that is warm and inviting. Ideally, you should go for muted shades of brown, yellow, orange or even cream if you want to inject some real warmth into any room.

The Right Curtains

Most people don’t think too much about the curtains they use, but they can make all the difference to the look and feel of a room. Dark curtains are particularly good at creating a cozy atmosphere, especially if they are thick, lined and textured, but curtains in lighter colors can also add to the warmth of rooms where the window is south-facing. So, it’s just a matter of going around your home and working out which curtains will work best in which rooms.

Better Bedding

The bedroom is perhaps the most important place to make cozier simply because it is the place where you go to relax, sleep and rejuvenate after a long day. Luckily, making the bedroom cozier can be as simple as changing your bedding. Instead of putting up with uncomfortable, scratchy sheets, invest in a good cotton set, and instead of an uncomfortable man-made comforter, go for a down version. Finish off with comforter cover that features a cute and inviting pattern and your bedroom will instantly be more comfortable than it was just a few minutes before.

Don’t Leave Out the Lighting

Lighting is more important than many people gift it credit for. Sure, we all know that lighting is important for enabling us to go about our daily lives when the sun sets, but few people realize just how much the right kind of lighting can set the mood.

If you want to create a cozy, inviting ambiance in your home, I would recommend installing dimmer switches, so that you can always use the lighting to set the tone for what you are doing and avoid being exposed to harsh lighting, which can make it more difficult to relax.

I would also suggest that you invest in lots of candles. The soft, warm lighting that they give off is great for changing the mood in any room to one of relaxation, romance or coziness. If you buy scented candles, then choosing soothing aromas like chamomile and lavender, can make the experience of candle light even better than it was before.

Think About Flowers

Adding flowers to the home is a great way to add color, beauty, and warmth to a home. Houses that have lots of fresh flowers dotted around the place just feel more pleasant to be in. Of course, if you want something more economical, going for long-lasting houseplants, instead is also a great way to up your home’s coziness factor and you’ll also benefit from their air purifying properties too.

Create a Quiet Corner

If you live in a busy family home, finding a quiet nook or corner where you can relax is a great way to make, the place feel cozier. This can be as simple as placing a comfy, easy chair in the corner of the living room, or if you have the space, it could mean transforming a spare room into a relaxation room complete with your favorite books, furniture, and relaxing music. You could even transform a shed or summerhouse into a cozy nook if that’s a possibility.

A Log Burner

This will eat up a bit more of your budget than the other things on the list, but if your property is conducive to installing a proper log burning fire, there are few things I can think of that would be better at creating a warm, cozy atmosphere, especially in winter, when the family can gather round the fire, toast marshmallows and tell spooky stories. It really is one of the best things you can do to make your home feel comfier and it’ll probably save you money on utilities in the long term anyway!

Give Your Home a Soul

Of course, if you want your home to be really cozy and inviting, you should fill it with the objects that you really love and which bring personality to your home. A really basic way to do this is by adding feature wallpaper to as many rooms of the home as possible, on just one or two walls. You could also fill the place with personal family photos for a quick injection of soul.

If you have a slightly bigger budget, investing in beautiful artworks you love, trinkets that say something about your personality or a few quirky pieces of antique furniture will help to give your home a more welcoming personality that will ensure that you really, truly love the place.


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Is Your Garden Ready For Summer?

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The days are getting longer, gardens are getting greener, and the weather’s getting warmer. Now that we’re right on the edge of summer, your garden is really about to come into its own. With the sun out, it’s going to form an extension of your home: a little more space where you can entertain guests and relax with your family. If your garden has started looking pretty poor over the bulk of the year, here are a few effective ways to refresh it.

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Start Planting Wisely

Around this time of year, plants are going to be shooting up rapidly, and it’s easy for a garden to become overgrown in no time at all. With this in mind, a wise planting scheme can pay off massively. Low-maintenance, Mediterranean herbs such as sage, thyme and rosemary are all great in hot climates, and can survive for long periods of time without needing any watering. They also come in handy in the kitchen, of course! Other low-maintenance plants such as spiky yuccas and hebes will thrive with dry soil and a lot of sun.

Create an Entertainment Area

Obviously, you don’t want to let the summer pass you by without making the most of it with barbecues and other opportunities for entertaining your friends and family. If the space you usually use for this is looking really worn out, one of the best ways to spruce it up is laying new paving. A big, contoured patio with contemporary design sensibilities can totally transform even the roughest-looking gardens. Obviously, the summer isn’t going to be here forever, but you can still add some temporary features to make the most of it, like an easy-to-assemble gazebo or an inflatable pool with seats.

Let There Be Light

We’ve all had times where we’ve enjoyed relaxing in a comfortable garden long into the night, but this can be tough if you’re finding it hard to see your hand in front of your face! There are a range of garden lighting options you can choose from, ranging from little solar lamps to garish floodlights. Smaller solar lights can be positioned almost anywhere in the garden, and will create a low, ambient glow. This makes it easy to accent certain areas of the garden and outline garden pathways. However, if you were planning to light up a fairly large area for entertaining guests, they can quickly become expensive.

Leave Room for Nature

Birds, bees and butterflies all have a part to play in the landscape and ambiance of a garden, so leave at least a little room for them in your green patch. Try incorporating a more varied planting scheme with a fair concentration of nectar-giving flowers and plants. Butterflies in particular love cottage garden plants such as honey suckle, Sweet William, and buddleia. Birds, on the other hand, will go wherever there’s food, water and shelter, so start attracting them with feeders, baths and houses. After setting up a few of these simple features, your garden will be brimming with life.


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Mouthing Off About Your Oral Health

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‘Smile!’. It’s one of the words that gets said during a photo or even if you look the slightest bit sad, but it’s something that strikes fear in the hearts of those who are self-conscious about their oral and dental health. Your mouth is one of the biggest focal points on your face. You eat, speak, kiss and laugh with your mouth and due to it being used constantly, you need to take care of it. It’s not just your teeth, either. Your oral health encompasses your tongue, your gums and your breath. If you are worrying about your teeth being discolored, you first have to figure out the reason why your teeth have changed from white to yellow or brown before you can fix it. Most people make a mistake in thinking that if you brush your teeth every day, your oral health will be in tip top shape. This isn’t the case and understanding how to keep your mouth healthy is important!

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Open any magazine, and you’ll see celebrities splashed across the pages with brilliantly white teeth and perfectly pink gums. You rarely see news articles about the halitosis of celebrities. When you have an army of nutritionists, doctors and dentists at your disposal, it’s very easy to have a beautiful smile and perfectly healthy gums. You were taught from a young age to brush twice a day, floss after meals and rinse with mouthwash to keep those gums healthy. Hopefully, you’ve been keeping that routine up and going but even if you do, you can still end up with oral issues. So, how can you take steps at home to keep your mouth in the best shape it can be?

Visit the dentist. It’s one of the most documented fears, but the dentist is not someone to be afraid of. The fear of the dentist usually comes from the lack of control and the vulnerability of opening your mouth and having someone touch your teeth, which can be sensitive. Some don’t attend the dentist due to the cost. Dentistry can be very expensive and if your insurance doesn’t cover you for treatment then you likely won’t spend the money to get your teeth checked out. Spending time with your dentist will help you identify trauma in the mouth and gums. Diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis are common in the gums and can be managed and reversed but if you aren’t attending the dentist, you’ll find it to be irreversible.

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Visit the hygienist. Not quite the same as visiting a dentist, but the hygienist is the person who will scale and polish your teeth. This is to ensure plaque isn’t overtaking your teeth and making your gums recede, which is very common in women after pregnancy and as you age. They are specially trained in gum diseases and if you are afraid of your dentist or hygienist, you can have an appointment with sedation to relax you. In extreme circumstances, you can be put to sleep for a dental appointment so that you don’t panic. Your hygienist isn’t just going to clean out your teeth and gums, but they can educate you on your overall oral hygiene and help you to make good choices about how you manage your health.

Change your habits. It’s obvious that everything you eat and drink goes into your mouth. What you may not think about is how your daily habits impact your teeth. Sugar is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to decay in your teeth. Fizzy beverages are always fun to drink, but the citric and phosphoric acid that gives it that edge is making your enamel softer. By swapping your daily fizzy drink habit to just water, you can stave off tooth decay and cavities. Sugar is fuel for bacteria in your teeth and gums and the way to avoid any decay is purely to brush and floss after every meal. Smoking is another habit that is going to affect your teeth, gums and tongue in a big way. Nicotine and tar leave your pearly whites more a murky yellow and they also eat the surface of the gum. Switching your smoking habit for is a good way to start improving your oral health and also tastes far better. Tobacco can lead to oral cancers so instead of lighting up, find ways to occupy your hands.

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The right tools. You need the right tools for the job when it comes to teeth brushing, and many people don’t understand that their toothbrush may not be right for them. Your brush should last you up to three months, and after that you should be binning it and buying a new one. You cannot use a toothbrush for longer, as the bristles will grind right down and not be effective in cleaning any longer. Soft bristles are the best thing for your teeth, as they are easier on your gums and will still clean your teeth. Blunted bristles will not clean your teeth in the way you need them to be cleaned. If you can invest in an electric toothbrush, do so for definite. You need to use the best tools for the job, else you will find that your brushing is futile. While you’re at it, you should ensure that you use interdental brushes such as these ones so that you can get between the teeth where flossing may not.

Flossing does matter. It may seem icky, but getting between your teeth with floss after meals should be one of the most important parts of your oral routine. It’s a chore, it’s boring but it’s effective. Floss reaches right into the spaces that the bristles of your toothbrush cannot get to and you can get rid of particles of food that otherwise would sit and breed bacteria into your teeth. Carry floss with you at work or outside the house rather than just in the house, as you’ll be eating meals when you’re away from your bathroom sink. You may not be able to brush after every single meal, but you can definitely floss!

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Got milk? You should! Foods that are rich in calcium, like milk, cheese and yoghurt are important for your overall health, but more so for your dental health. Calcium, as you know, is important for your bone health. You can take calcium supplements if you’re not a fan of milk or you are dairy intolerant, and vitamin D is also important for your teeth.

Clean your tongue. Your teeth and gums are always in the forefront of your mind but your tongue should always be considered. Mouth ulcers and cancers are always present on your tongue and cleaning the surface of your tongue daily using a professional tongue cleaner is key. There are countless bacteria that lives on your tongue and these can contribute to bad breath. Curing halitosis is going to be so much more than popping a few minty Tic-Tac. You need to get rid of the bacteria on your tongue to help. Going further back, if you have tonsils that are pitted and scarred from throat issues, bacteria can gather in there very easily. These then form stones which are unsightly and give your breath a bad smell.

Mouthwash matters. You can buy any flavour of mouthwash on the shelves of the local supermarket, but you can buy therapeutic ones that help to fight plaque, prevent gum disease and kill tartar and bacteria in your mouth. These mouthwashes should be used at least twice a day and not after brushing, as the toothpaste coats your teeth. Try and rinse first and brush on waking and before sleeping.

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Your oral health is so much more than teeth brushing. Watching your sugary habits won’t just impact your dental health, but will help your overall wellbeing and weight. Coffee, red wine and chocolate are all things that can stain your teeth easily and if you can avoid bad habits that can impact your oral health, you should. Having good oral hygiene isn’t just going to be a physically good thing, but mentally. Your confidence and self-esteem can be deeply rooted in your smile and if you aren’t confident about your smile then fixing the issue is going to make the difference. Not many people know that gum disease can be linked to heart health, but if you do your research you can see the wellbeing of those teeth in your mouth is going to have a domino effect on the rest of your body.

The mouth is the window into what is going on in your body, but if you don’t take care of it, you’re going to be susceptible to diseases and oral cancers later on. Taking care of your gums isn’t just cosmetic, it’s important. Don’t neglect your teeth.


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A lot of people love the idea of getting into investment to start earning some extra money on the side. Of course, this dream is a grand one. And, it would be great to be able to have some more dough laying around. But, unfortunately, most people don’t get to realise these dreams. Instead, they are condemned to a life of confusion when it comes to investments. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Instead, you just have to do some work. To help you out, this post will be going through three different types of investment to show you how you can make some fast money.

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This first option can come with a lot of risks. And, the sort of risk you experience is one that could lose you everything. So, you have to be careful. Stocks are a great way to get into investment. You have to be willing to learn a little bit about the market you decide to get into. But, once you do, you’ll be able to start making money faster than ever before. There are loads of tools to help you with this sort of money making. The best options are apps that you can get for your phone, which will offer great advice and guidance when you first start out. You should always split your investments into multiple options when there’s a lot of risks. This lowers the overall risk that you will lose everything.

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This next option isn’t as risky; but, it comes with a lot of work. A lot of people looking to invest like the idea of getting into the property game. But, for most, this can be an expensive place to get your foot in. But, there’s a way to make some fast money without having to invest a huge amount. Buying a run-down house, doing it up, and selling it has been a staple of investors for many years. Of course, you will have to do some research about this. Look at pages like Flipping Houses 101 rehabbing to give yourself an idea of what to expect from this. There are companies out there that can help you with this. And, they will be your best bet when you first start out. This will mean getting less profit. But, you will still get something out of it. And, it will give you the experience you need to do it yourself.

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This last option involves little risk and not so much work. But, you will have to do some initial research. Websites like eBay and Amazon have made it really easy for small businesses to sell their good online. It enables you to buy good from a country like China, where they will be cheaper than at home. And, then you can sell them at a slightly inflated price. This sort of business almost runs itself; with the only input being shipping the goods.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start trying to find ways to make some money on the side of what you make in normal life. A lot of people don’t consider this sort of work to get some extra income. But, they’re all great ways to supplement your needs.

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