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Oil Pulling for Oral Health

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

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Oil pulling said to achieve whiter teeth, fresher breath and better oral health

Oil pulling, a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for oral health (as well as dozens of systemic ailments) has been used in India and Asia for 3,000 years. It was introduced to the west about 20 years ago as a way to achieve whiter teeth (without chemicals), fresher breath, cavity and gingivitis prevention and less plaque build-up.

How does it work? Each morning, before eating or brushing teeth, swish one tablespoon of natural, food quality oil—safflower, sesame, olive or coconut—in your mouth for  two to three minutes. For optimum results,  the recommendation is to increase the swishing time up to 15 minutes.

After swishing, spit out (do not swallow!) the oil. Rinse mouth thoroughly with warm water, then brush teeth.

The theory behind the treatment is this: As the oil swishes around teeth and gums it ‘pulls’ oil-soluble bacteria and other debris into the oil and so detoxifies the mouth, ridding it of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. The theory also suggests that by cleansing the mouth in this way, inflammation is reduced and overall health is improved.

I recently received a sample of GuruNanda Pulling Oil, which contains a proprietary blend of all sunflower, sesame, coconut and peppermint oil, specifically designed for oil pulling, and it harnesses the individual benefits of all three for a more balanced and effective approach.

When using the oil, I found that the peppermint flavor made it easier to swish the oil as directed. However, over a period of time, I found that I was just not able to keep it in my mouth for more than one or two  minutes. I could not imagine working up to 15 or even 10 minutes.

Are my teeth whiter? I can’t tell yet. However, since this is a benign and non-chemical practice using only natural products, I’m willing to keep it as part of my oral hygiene routine for a while, just to see if I can achieve the results that regular oil pullers report.

Many regular oil pullers report that their mouth feels clean and fresh and their teeth are whiter. This is a much better home treatment to whiten teeth than commercial tooth whitening preparations which contain very strong chemicals and are fairly expensive. Users also report having clearer, healthier skin after using this natural treatment as well as feeling mentally invigorated. Many people have said that oil pulling helped to curb their appetites and helped them to lose weight.

To be continued.

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Holiday Gifts by Carole Shashona

Holiday Gifts by Carole Shashona

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Carole Shashona Blue Products

Carole Shashona Blue Products

 

Holiday gifts from Carole Shasona’s collections

Feng Shui master Carole Shashona’s mantra of “better health, wealth and life” guided her creation of a line of candles and sprays. Formulated from ancient Chinese recipes given to Shashona by her feng shui master during an apprenticeship in Hong Kong, the sprays and candles can be used to uplift the spirits or to enhance and assist meditation. (The sprays can also be used as personal fragrances.)

I sampled the Purify Mist ($50, which is infused with wild sage and cedar essential oils that give it a clean and natural earthy scent meant to cleanse your home of negative energy, to reduce personal stress and enhance relaxation and focus.

The Purify Mist can be used in several ways. First I simply sprayed it into my right hand, massaged it into my palms and applied it to my pulse points. I found it very pleasant to be enveloped by this fragrance.

Later in the day, I added about eight drops to my bath water, stepped in and felt my body soaking up the essential oils; I imagined them doing their detoxifying work. (Though I’m not much on showers, the mist can be sprayed on the floor of the shower stall and inhaled for some easy aromatherapy.)

After a bath or shower or to start the day or after a not-so-pleasant experience, you can spray the mist and just step into it, again for some quick healing and to dispel negative energy.

All these functions in just one container make Purify Mist a welcome personal gift or a gift for the home.

A bracelet from Carole's Spirit Warrior collection

A bracelet from Carole’s Spirit Warrior collection

Carole Shashona’s Blue collection of luxurious jewelry is intended to empower while creating balance and harmony. The luminescent Blue color of Carole’s collection is inspired by the Blue Grotto Cave in Capri, Italy where the interior sea walls glow. The magical color activates and purifies, allowing for stress-free serenity. The jewelry includes a signature coin amulet which serves as protection from stress this season. It’s a reminder to take a calming moment throughout the day.

Carole’s mists and candles allow for meditation when you only have a few minutes – at home or on-the-go. Carole understands the stressors among us and aims to alleviate any ill effects with her line of useful and beautiful wellness reminders. Her Blue jewelry collection and on-the-go wellness line is featured in Barney’s New York and Montage Hotel Spa. Some of the world’s most distinguished therapists use her candles and sprays to relax their clients.

A portion of the proceeds from these products goes to such charities as Doctors Without Borders.

 Carole Shashona is a fashion and wellness expert, celebrity stylist and author of Feng Shui Chic. Her career began when she became the first American Grand Master in the art of Feng Shui. She uses her design expertise to bring harmony and peace to her clients. Her jewelry collection is a favorite among such stars as Melissa McCarthy, Julie Chen, Beverly Johnson and many others.

 

 

 

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Tips | 0 comments

DIY Skin Care Tips from Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Miranda Kerr and the Victoria’s Secret Models

DIY Skin Care Tips from Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Miranda Kerr and the Victoria’s Secret Models

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Ildi Pekar, celebrity facialist to Miranda Kerr and many of the Vicky S models gives you some innovative skincare tips that ANYONE can do, at home; Call it your supermodel DIY skincare routine

With the Victoria’s Secret show coming to New York in December,  this would be a good time to share some DIY skin care tips from celebrity facialist Ildi Pekar, who takes care of Miranda Kerr’s lovely skin, as well as ministers to the facial needs of the Vicky S models.

Supermodel Approved Tips to Hydrated Fall and Winter Skin:

1. Use krill oil/fish oil to hydrate the skin

2. Say NO to over-drying. Avoid scorching hot water. This over dries your skin when the weather is already doing the job.

3. Hello Honey. Use gentle products, anything that is soothing. Honey is a good example.

4. Say NO to coffee. Lay off the caffeine; it dehydrates you and your skin.

5. Hydrate from within. Almonds/Avocados/walnuts are great to eat, and the oils hydrate your skin from within.

6. We love seeds. Pumpkin seeds are also very high in oil. Add some to your diet.

7. Supermodel Skin Mask. Try a DIY Winter Mask (once a week for hydration).

Recipe:

½ Banana, smashed

3 tsp. of raw honey

3 tsp. of sour cream or yogurt (with fat!)

Blend the ingredients

Apply to face

Let sit for 15 Minutes

Rinse with cool water

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Tips | 0 comments

Fitness Trends: The Last 15 Years

Fitness Trends: The Last 15 Years

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The last decade and a half have brought some of the most unique fitness trends to hit the world. Along with weird sports superstitions there are plenty of weird health superstitions and the two feed each- other as athletes are always looking to give the self a better edge. Many of these fads and practices started with athletes and then moved to the mainstream later.

Technology has made a lot of changes to the way we work out and even eat. Here are some of the top fitness fads from the last 15 years:

 

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  1. Low Carb Diets

Carbs got a really bad rap in the 1990s when the Atkins Diet got really popular, but in the 2000s we began taking a more critical look at what actually constituted bad carbs (refined sugar) and good carbs (whole grains, fruit,and vegetables). Now we aren’t kicking carbs to the curb so much as limiting the amounts and where they come from.

 

 

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  1. Exercise Games

Whether it’s Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Fit, the video gaming world has gotten a lot more physical. You can now burn calories while still trying to beat your high score. In the last 15 years, gamers have definitely gotten off the couch.

 

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  1. Fitness Technology

Along with exercise gaming has a new level of tech in the fitness world. Heart rate monitors and pedometers have gotten a huge upgrade with the introduction of devices that track everything from calories burned to sleep cycles. Fitness apps are also all the rage, as simple as interval timers to full-on GPS tracking. As fitness apps and fitness trackers have continued to increase in popularity so have new supplements. Pre-workout supplements are a recent occurrence in the fitness industry, with some of the best pre-workout supplements starting to surface in recent years.

 

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  1. Dancing

The last 15 years have been all about dancing. Dance Dance Revolution is probably one of the most popular fitness games ever created. However, the rise of Zumba can’t be ignored. Seems like everyone was headed to the gym for their Zumba class after work. Dancing with the Stars has also sold their share of fitness DVDs since the show first aired in 2005.

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  1. HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training is incredibly popular, though it often is disguised in fancy workout brands like Beach Body in the Insanity and P90X series. HIIT seems pretty effective and easy to adapt to many ability levels.

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  1. YouTube Fitness Channels

Do the names Cassie Ho, Jessica Smith, or Adrienne Mishler ring any bells? They are some of the hottest YouTube fitness stars of the generation. Amazing to live in an age where you can get famous, make money, and help people achieve their goals, simply by uploading a video of you exercising. It doesn’t matter if you love yoga, aerobics, pilates, or any combination of exercises. There is a fitness channel for you.

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  1. Evolving Fitness Shoes

Remember when the basic tennis shoe was just about your only option? Yeah I don’t either. In the last 15 years, we have seen at least two big trends in fitness footwear. Toning shoes were claimed to give you a work out just by wearing them. They activate more muscles than regular shoes. Now we are all about the barefoot shoes. Some of our fitness shoes today provide little more than a barrier between rocks and your foot while others provide some support but maintain plenty of flexibility.

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  1. Healthy Living

Most of us have memberships to some kind of food/exercise tracking website. We count calories. We know how much carb/protein/fat is in most of what we eat. We can estimate calories burned in most of our workouts. We read food labels. While all of this isn’t paying off in ridding us of the obesity epidemic, at least we are more aware of it now.

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  1. Functional Training

There are plenty of fitness gurus who have started touting the advantages of functional training. The idea here is that training specific muscles isn’t really useful for everyday situations. It is better to train for things you will actually do. If you are a functional trainer, you are more likely to go to the gym to play a game of basketball than to get on the elliptical for an hour.

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  1. Extreme Weight Loss

Reality shows like The Biggest Loser have fueled this fad. People are resorting to extreme diet and fitness programs to get the fat off fast. Crossfit is a favorite exercise class for these individuals as are diets than involve more air and water than actual food. It’s not the safest way to lose weight, but it is certainly popular.

Fads may come and go, but the underlying reason behind these is people just want to look and feel good. There is some definite science behind what we find attractive, and most of it has to do with body shape. Maintaining a good body shape ultimately sends the message of being healthy. And healthy is attractive and ironically…healthy. So whatever fad you choose remember to stick with it and be healthy.

 

About the Author

Paisley Hansen is a part-time freelance writer and a full-time mother.  She specializes in writing on home improvement blogs and when she isn’t writing she loves spending time with the family.  Check her out on Twitter.

 

 

 

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Envisage Renew: Natural Facial Toning

Envisage Renew: Natural Facial Toning

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Envisage Renew

Envisage Rene Envisage Renew: A Natural Toning Device

 

Until recently, I believed that the only way to stimulate collagen was to cause injury to the epidermis. But when I was presented with a sample of the envisage device, I learned that it could stimulate collagen by exercising the facial muscles, just as I would (theoretically) exercise abdominal muscles in the gym. (I say theoretically because it has been a long time since I hit any gym.)

I have tried some invasive and somewhat-invasive anti-aging options: various forms of dermabrasion, acupuncture and filler injections So I was  eager to experience any non-invasive method that promised to work six key areas of the face: forehead lines, saggy eyelids, smile lines, double chin and saggy outer jaw line and neck.

I didn’t have major problems in all these areas, but I was interested in perking up the eyelids and smoothing out the smile lines and those between the brows (the  so-called “Number 11s”). However, since there was bound to be some synergy in the results, I decided I would do all the exercises.

As explained in the instructions and the online videos, the exercises were fairly straightforward. With a commitment of five minutes twice a day I could expect results in about four weeks; with five minutes once a day, results would show in six or eight weeks.  (envisage actually gives a three-month guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with the results, the company will refund your money, minus any shipping charges.)

As I knew I would not sit still to work my face out twice a day, I made a mental commitment to one time.

Unlike the many devices that use micro-currents to stimulate muscles, envisage doesn’t require the use of creams or gels. The battery is quickly and easily rechargeable and the two pads on the device need to be replaced every eight to twelve months.

According to the instructions (there’s also a video on the website), I only needed to spend five minutes doing the exercises. If I did them twice a day, I could expect results in about four weeks. (Envisage offers an impressive three-month trial!)

My commitment was to once a day. So on day one, I began with the Cheek Lifter.  I would have to work this area to see results as the cheek muscles are somewhat weak. As instructed, I squinted, felt the muscle, then tipped the envisage and placed the pads on the cheekbone just below the eyes, pressed the pads into my cheeks and down toward my chin. I pressed the vibration button, raised my cheeks up by squinting my eyes and maintained pressure for 10-15 seconds. I did this 15 times. (As always, the recommendation is for 10-15 times or until muscle fatigue occurs.)

Next, Droop Defeater had me working on my forehead. This had me placing the pads above my eyes over the outside edge of my browline – then pulling my forehead muscles up, as if I had been surprised. Again, as with all the exercises, I held for 10-15 seconds, repeating 10 times. I could really feel the vibration on the first round on this exercise.

For the Jowl Lifter, the pads went below my mouth, on either side of the lip area. For the exercise, I had to lift my lower lip up, toward the tip of my nose. This was easily accomplished by imagining I was sliding my lower up over my upper lip. I found this difficult to repeat for the requisite 15, so I stopped after nine.

There’s a second, similar but more intense, Jowl Lifter for more tightening around the jaw, but as this was not an area of concern, I skipped it.

For the Chin Smoother, I placed the pads under my chin at the bend of my jaw, pressed the vibrator button, opened my mouth and pressed my jaw back against the pads. I definitely felt the muscles tensing around my jaw and neck. First time out, I was only able to do this 10 times.

There were a couple of complementary exercises – for the lips and eyes– that didn’t require the envisage. These were simple, so I did them when I had time.

First time out, it took me considerably longer than five minutes to do the requisite exercises, mainly because it took time to place the envisage correctly. When I became more adept at getting started, I usually finished in under 10 minutes.

I started to see some results after about three weeks. By six weeks, my facial lines had definitely smoothed out considerably and my eyes seemed to open wider. I thought these were great results for something that was non-invasive, chemical free – and which felt so “healthy” to do.

The challenge now is to keep up maintenance faithfully, just as I would at a (theoretical) gym. As the envisage does not require any travel, I’m confident I’ll be able to do it.

Envisage is priced at just under $150, though Amazon often runs special promotions that offer considerable savings. For more information, check the website or call  855-924-4343

 

Before using Envisage

Before using Envisage

 

After using Envisage

After using Envisage

 

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas, Tips | 0 comments

Yoga with a View

Yoga with a View

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Yoga with a iew; Celebrate National Yoga Month in September

While there is no shortage of great yoga studios where you can celebrate National Yoga Month, there aren’t many where you can do your poses while enjoying gorgeous views.

Yoga aboard the Spirit of New York

Yoga aboard the Spirit of New York

I love the idea of sun salutations at sea, especially around the island of Manhattan. Spirit of New York’s Yoga on the Water Cruise will keep New Yorkers in a Namaste state-of-mind. Classes are taught by Rae Broderick from NYC’s prominent Strala yoga studio founded by Tara Stiles, and Athleta provides yoga mats and special gift bags. After everyone perfects their downward dog on the outdoor deck, attendees can enjoy a light meal and a chance to take in views of the Manhattan skyline.

The W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island located eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, recently launched ENERGIZE by Tara Stiles. Offering exclusive access to a three- or five-day customized escape, the retreat features onsite experiences by renowned influencer, Tara Stiles and/or trained Strala Guides, twice daily yoga sessions on Paradise Edge cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise and sunset, nature escapes, made-to-order spa treatments and cooking classes.

Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, welcomes guests to let the beauty of nature awaken their senses while practicing yoga in a harmonious setting within the Mayan Jungle. The classes are included in the property’s all-inclusive experience and take place on a natural wooden deck surrounded by the jungle and crystal-clear cenotes.

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki’s only beachfront resort, features a multitude of outdoor yoga activities. Offering views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head Crater, guests can try their hand at SUP (stand-up paddle board) yoga at the world-famous Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. The five-acre lagoon is named after Hawaii’s legendary Ambassador of Aloha, surfer and Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahanamoku.

Offered by The Finger Lakes Cider House once per season, farmscape yoga presents the opportunity to experience an organic farm and cidery in the heart of the Finger Lakes. The workshop explores the connection between the body-mind and farm’s ecology.

At five-star Acqualina Resort & Spa in Miami, YOGiiZa’s team of seasoned yoginis and wellness gurus provide a wide array of personalized health and fitness programs, including yoga sessions and health and wellness coaching against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

The waterfront oasis that is Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina offers beachside yoga with breathtaking marina views. Guests with advanced yoga skills are welcome to take their practice to the water while beginners receive instruction on land. Yoga mats, props and a complimentary Zico Coconut Water are provided to all participants.

 

 

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