How to Go Plastic-Free

plastic free sustainability

In a world where sustainability matters, many people have started looking at the option of going plastic-free. The affordability and convenience of plastic ensure that it’s a hard decision to make, but it can be a worthwhile one.

Whether you want to do your part for the environment or feel good about your contribution to society as a whole, then read on. Here are a few helpful tips to put you on the path to going plastic-free for good.

Use Reusable Shopping Bags

Going plastic-free and being more aware of sustainability is a big step to take, but you can start small and still make a lot of progress. One such way to do that is by using reusable shopping bags, rather than single-use ones.

Fortunately, here in Australia, we’re all encouraged to do that anyway. ACT banned plastic bags in 2011, and more states, such as South Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory, followed suit. You can purchase reusable grocery bags from most supermarkets.

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How to Care for Dental Implants

Care for Dental Implants

If you are one of three million Australians who is missing teeth, then you may think there isn’t a lot you can do about it. After all, you still have plenty for chewing, and don’t you only get dentures when you’re missing most of them? While you may not need traditional dentures, your dentist is here to let you know that there is much value in dental implants and over-dentures.

Dental implants are single teeth with roots installed in your jaw bone. They look, feel, and function like regular teeth, and no one needs to know they aren’t yours. If you’re considering getting dental implants, then you’ll be pleased to hear the maintenance process is as effortless as for your real teeth. Read on to find out how to care for implants.

For a Single Implant

If you have one implant, then you will be relieved that the process for cleaning it is not all that much different from your other teeth. Use a soft-bristle brush and clean the tooth (and your other teeth) at least twice per day.

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Sustainable Textiles: Why Choose Linen Bed sheets

linen bedding

If you are beginning to see the value in sustainability, then you will no doubt be delving into every aspect of your life, wondering what you could be doing, using, and purchasing, differently. We can all make a significant impact on the health of the world, but it does take a lot of forethought, research, and planning.

While you’re busy cutting plastic out of your life and growing your own vegetables, have you thought about your bed sheets? Believe it or not, linen bed sheets are a sustainable textile that offers a whole host of benefits.

People often make the mistake of purchasing whatever bed sheets are on sale and are of the size they need. They may even try and match them to their bedroom’s décor with no thought for the materials.

By doing that, you can set yourself up for disaster. Some sheets don’t feature breathable materials, nor are they beneficial for your body or skin. Many also feature a lot of synthetic materials that may not be all that comfortable or can suffer durability issues. Then, there’s the problem with inferior quality materials slipping around, making you itch, and just not sitting right on your bed! There’s a lot to be said for natural materials instead.

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5 Benefits of Invisalign Braces

Invisalign Braces

Many people with imperfect teeth may feel it’s something they have to be satisfied with for life. Fortunately, a visit to your local dentist can see you armed with the knowledge of many different straightening options available. One of those options is Invisalign.

Invisalign is a custom-fit applicator that straightens your teeth over time using the same principles as traditional braces. However, they have many advantages over their metal counterparts. Read on to find out more about Invisalign and why it could be right for you.

Invisibility

One of the more obvious Invisalign benefits, especially when you compare it to traditional braces, is its invisibility. Even while you’re slowly straightening your teeth, no one will be any the wiser. Invisalign is a clear tray that doesn’t detract from your face. There are also no wires or brackets. Therefore, if you don’t have any dramatic straightening to complete, Invisalign may be right for you.

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Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Clothing: What You Need to Know

eco friendly clothing

As the years go by, most things get more expensive. If you’re lucky, your income rises with them. However, if there’s one thing that often bucks the trend, it’s clothing. As the years’ pass, it seems to get more affordable. How does that work? A major reason for this is sustainability. We’re no longer using as many sustainable and eco-friendly materials as we used to, and overseas production is bringing those costs down.

If you are ready to turn your back on polyester and other cheap materials that require a considerable amount of energy and resources to produce, then read on. Here are some great eco-friendly alternatives to consider.

Linen

Linen is not only an excellent option for bedding but for your clothing too. It’s made from a sustainable product, flax, and requires very little energy to manufacture. In fact, flax needs fewer pesticides, fertiliser, and water than cotton – making it a recyclable and compostable material with many benefits.

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Why You Should Replace Your Extracted Tooth

Tooth Extraction

If you’ve seen your dentist for tooth extraction, or you’ve lost a tooth through accident or injury, it’s in your best interests to not have a gap for long. Even though it might not seem like a priority, replacing your extracted tooth is in the best interests of your overall oral health, and here’s why.

It Can Affect Your Chewing Ability

The loss of any tooth can be more than only an aesthetic problem. If you lose a tooth either through a dentist extracting it or an injury or accident, you will find it’s now challenging to chew. In fact, if you lose a molar, you will notice it’s even harder. Your molars are key players in eating, and by removing them, your other teeth have to work far harder.

Malocclusion

When you lose a tooth or teeth, you may find that your other teeth begin filling the gap where they once were. As your teeth shift into the free space, you can then discover that you have trouble chewing and biting and can even develop an under-bite or over-bite. If you decide you would like to see your dentist and replace the tooth, make the decision sooner rather than later as it can be a more complicated procedure once those remaining teeth decide to shift.

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DIY Blackhead Removal

DIY Blackhead Removal

Not everyone likes to put harmful creams, lotions, and potions on their skin to take care of blackheads. Instead, a growing number of people are selecting to look for natural skin care products and DIY blackhead removal tips to help take care of the problem. Fortunately, there are tonnes of options – not only to take care of those pesky blackheads but any number of skin imperfections at the same time. Are you looking for the answer? It might be any one of these options below.

Exfoliate

Blackheads aren’t pimples you need to pinch and squeeze. Instead, they are skinless pimples exposed to the air, making it easy to be able to clean them out and remove them with minimal hassle. Unfortunately, many harmful products on the market can exacerbate the problem rather than fix it.

You can do your skin a favour and get rid of the blackheads by exfoliating. You also don’t have to use harmful synthetic products. Instead, you can go down the organic skin care path with homemade exfoliants such as salt, baking soda, sugar, water, and lemon juice forming a gritty exfoliate to clean out those pores naturally.

Honey Mask

While a honey mask is a sticky and messy way in which to remove blackheads, it’s a practical and organic skin care technique that will have you throwing your harsh chemical products away and lessen chance of opting cosmetic procedure. All you need to do is dip your fingers into sticky organic honey, then pat it on your blackhead-ridden skin.

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Why Wear a Latex Waist Trainer?

Latex Waist Trainer

Because there are so many waist trainers on the market from which to choose, it can become overwhelming to know which will work best for you. Below, we cover the benefits of a latex waist trainer – a preferred option for women from around the world.

Comfort

When you first put on a waist trainer, it’s not uncommon to feel slight discomfort. After all, you’ve gone from not wearing one to all of a sudden wearing one, and the transition period can be tough to accustom to. However, if you choose a latex waist trainer, becoming used to wearing it takes barely any time at all.

They are soft and supple, they mold to your body’s shape, and you can wear them against your bare skin opposed to just over your clothing. As a result, you are more likely to feel snug and well tucked in opposed to uncomfortable.

Achieve Your Body Goals

Many people choose to purchase waist trainers for many reasons, but the most common reasons tend to be a slimmer look, a flatter tummy, and a change in body shape. As latex waist trainers tend to mold to your body with far more efficacy than that of another type of material, you can benefit from a more straightforward slimming process.

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Vitamin D and Light

Vitamin D and Light

There are rumblings in the health field about a nationwide deficiency of Vitamin D. Physicians and other health professionals on a botanical medicine list-serve that I am on have been finding low levels in their patients. This issue is of some concern, as low Vitamin D levels are related to a number of health conditions. Optimum levels of Vitamin D in the body (in the form of cholecalciferol) are clearly associated with protection against a number of common diseases, including diabetes, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, depression, MS, and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon.¹

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Sensible Sunning

sunlight

Summer is coming, and so is the annual ritual of spending time outdoors by the beach or the lake. And of course most people follow the modern ritual of going into the sun covered by a plastic goo called . . . sunscreen! How ever did we get to a notion that the sun, that life-giving element, is our constant enemy? While it is true that even the best thing can at times be detrimental (think King Midas), the negative aspect of sunning has almost obliterated its positive side in the public mind today.

Sunlight is required for the internal production of vitamin D. Surprising amounts of research are now showing that a deficiency of that vitamin is associated with a large number of disease states, including osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and many different kinds of cancers including those of the breast, colon, ovary and kidney. Studies have also found that lack of vitamin D is implicated in the tendency of older people to fall.

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3 Different Kinds of Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, “eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for both females and males.” The trouble with getting treatment for sufferers is that they go to a lot of trouble to hide or disguise their symptoms and frequently deny that they have any problem – because that is what they believe.

Here are 3 different types of eating disorders.

  • Bulimia Nervosa – This is characterised by episodes of binge eating in between using various ways and means to control eating or losing weight. The latter may consist of deliberately vomiting, using laxatives, fasting or doing excessive exercise. This becomes a compulsive cycle that makes the person will feel out of control and this can lead to feelings of shame, self-disgust and guilt. They will also have low self-esteem. While a person with BN does not necessarily lose weight, their weight can vary as they gain some and then lose some, depending on what stage the cycle is at and how long it lasts for. While this sounds like BN is not serious, it can indeed cause many serious health problems from chronic sore throat and indigestion through to ulcers, osteoporosis, infertility and risk of heart failure.

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Obesity – How Big an Issue?

obesity

When I hit menopause, the weight started creeping up. Whereas I was used to being able to lose 3-5 pounds if I didn‘t eat for a few days (as when I had a cold or such), my metabolism seemed to have changed quite drastically. Now if I didn‘t eat for a few days I would put weight on! I found that to be an affront to common sense. It certainly doesn‘t agree with the calories in-calories out concept! What it did seem to do was to establish a new bodyweight for me, whether I liked it or not.

According to Professor Peter Saunders(1), the calorie theory is only partly correct. If things were as simple as that, our weight would fluctuate a lot more than it does. The theory says that if you left out 300 calories at breakfast you would lose ten pounds a year. But that doesn‘t always happen. The body has mechanisms to control both weight gain and weight loss, either by varying the appetite or by adjusting its metabolic rate. It is generally assumed that the obese eat more than those of normal weight. Research has shown that this is not always true; in some cases fat people eat less than those of normal weight(3). In addition, says Prof Saunders, not only does heredity matter but also our entire life experience from the moment we were conceived, and even what our mother ate while pregnant!

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Sickness or Health? Not an easy choice

Sickness or Health

You probably wonder what on earth I mean by the headline. Who would choose to be sick? Doesn’t everyone want to be healthy? Isn’t that an obvious choice? Well, on first take, yes, but if we look at how society sets things up, we might do a double take.

Let’s start with childhood. You have to go to school, no matter what. If you ever have a day where you just really don’t feel like going, that is not a good enough reason, and you have to go. Except if you’re sick. Ah, then everything changes. You get to stay home in bed, or wherever, and watch TV all day. Your mom or dad might even stay home with you, and bring you books or games or special yummy foods. Your sickness is rewarded, you get extra attention and cuddles, and you don’t have to do what you don’t want to do that day.

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The Fine Line: (W)holism and Science

holistic-healing

There are so many interesting things going on in the world today, especially in the fields dedicated to understanding what human beings are like and how to keep them well. In trying to understand ourselves, we have currently two different models: on the one hand, the scientific reductionist model, and on the other hand, complexity theory.

The reductionist model, which is also generally thought of as the “scientific” approach, reduces everything to its constituent parts, and then studies those parts. It studies the trees instead of the forest, the cells instead of the organs, the DNA instead of the whole being. Molecular biology is a perfect example.

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What’s Wrong with Aging?

whats-wrong-with-aging

Our culture is obsessed with youth. Only youth is desirable. Once you get “older,” you’re “out.” Everywhere I look, there are these books and articles: “Beating back the clock” – “Ageless body ” – “Stay young forever” – “Banish wrinkles!” – and so on and so forth. Scientists say we could possibly live to be 200, 300 years old. Cosmetic surgery is now so common that you seem out of it if you don’t have it done.

Give me a break! Have you ever tried beating back a clock? With what? And how can the body be “ageless” if it so clearly shows the stages of infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood? I don’t want to stay young forever; I’d be completely mortified if I remain, say, twenty years old, and all my friends turn 40, 50, 60 — would it mean I also didn’t learn anything?

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Why Dieting Often Doesn’t Work

Why Dieting Often Doesn’t Work

Many people have tried dieting over and over again with the same results – nothing. Or if they lose a little weight they put it on again as soon as they go off the diet. This is a natural thing to happen, because once you go off that diet you start eating unhealthy choices again; foods that are high in fat, sugar and calories.

In some cases, dieting doesn’t work because you really don’t keep to it. You may think that you are on a diet, but in actual fact you sneak that snack in order to reward yourself for keeping to a diet you don’t especially like. You may even make that extra snack part of the diet and think it won’t matter – but it does. A diet has a controlled number of calories and if you exceed this then you cannot expect to lose weight to any great extent.

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Why Do Yoga?

yoga

Yoga is a popular form of exercise, yet there is much more to it than exercising the body with those strange poses. The three elements of yoga are practicing specific postures, meditation and breathing exercises, therefore it increases the health of your mind, body and spirit. Practicing yoga helps a great deal to control stress and anxiety and so it helps to mitigate those diseases that are caused by these conditions – and there are many.

Yoga is said to have a beneficial effect on: –

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How To Train For the City To Surf

city-to-surf

Sydney’s fun run popularly known as the city to surf is run from the centre of Sydney to the east of Bondi Beach, a distance of 14km. Some go for fun, while others have the more serious goal of winning, or at least of testing themselves to see if they come in ahead of last year’s time. With around 80,000 participants the fun run is exceeding its popularity each year. Still others go just as a way to give to charity, which is the main aim of the run, after all.

How you train for the city to surf will depend on your goals. If you want to win, your training schedule will necessarily be harder than if you just want to complete the course without embarrassment.  Every run you do, whether training or competing, should begin with a warm up and end with a cool down.

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6 Things to Know about Behavioural Addiction

Most people think of addiction as something to do with drugs or alcohol that needs the person to go into drug addiction recovery. While this is true, there are other kinds of addictions that require a different type of treatment. Behavioural addictions fall into this category. People can be addicted to things such as gambling, porn, eating, exercise, working and even shopping.

All these are called behavioural addictions because the addict is not ingesting a harmful substance, but it’s the behaviour in pursuing the thing and doing it that causes them and other people problems.  Such people get hooked on doing the thing that gives them a high and they can’t seem to stop even when they know they can’t afford to continue (in the case of gambling or shopping) or even when the thing interferes with their relationships or health ( porn or over-eating).

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How to Get Fit Without Really Trying

health benefits of being fit

Much is said about the health benefits of being fit. When you are truly fit your body can work the way it was meant to and you will enjoy your life a whole lot more. You won’t have to puff and gasp every time you go up stairs, you will have the endurance to cope with all the busyness life throws at you and your body will be able to throw off flu and colds more easily. The latter on its own is well worth the exercise you need to do to get fit.

However, it is not easy to find time to get fit. If you are a mother of toddlers who also works outside of the home you will never have a minute to call your own. Don’t despair; you too can get fit – if you are not already. Simply lifting that toddler up and down will give you arm muscles that you didn’t know you could have without intensive workouts in the gym.

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