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Solutions for Those Suffering From Sensitive Teeth

vine vera presents Solutions for Those Suffering From Sensitive Teeth

Ah, rocky road, your favorite ice cream flavor. The rich chocolate cream, the swirl of marshmallow, the slivers of almonds. You’ve been waiting for this for a while. You dig in and get a nice heaping mouthful. An instant rush of pleasure, as the sweet chocolate hits your tongue, and then- the pain; the sharp shooting pain of the cold ice cream hitting your sensitive teeth. If your teeth are sensitive, eating ice cream may not be the simple pleasure it is for most of us, but there may be relief on the way. Here are what some experts are saying about how the polyphenols in green tea might be just what you need to keep your sensitive teeth healthy.

Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity and toothache reportedly affect more than 25 percent of the people in the US. For those people, drinking or eating something extremely hot or cold can mean intolerable pain. While available treatments are often ineffective, and can even predispose patients to cavities and bacteria, researchers have now developed a new treatment for sensitive teeth using polyphenols from green tea.

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective enamel on the tooth’s surface erodes, exposing the bony tissue, called dentin. Dentin contains empty microtubes, and when the ends of these tubes are open, they let cold and hot liquids go straight to the nerve of the tooth causing a sharp pain.

People with sensitive teeth can also become prone to developing cavities when these microtubules are exposed to bacteria.

The current treatment for this condition is a material called nano-hydroxyapatite, which works by closing the microtubules, however, it is not resistant enough to block bacteria. Thus scientists have been motivated to find an alternate treatment.

vine vera presents Solutions for Those Suffering From Sensitive Teeth

New Treatment
Dr. Cui Huang of Wuhan University in China is at the forefront of this new treatment, which adds a green tea compound to the traditional nano-hydroxyapatite. This compound is called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, (ECGC) which is the most active polyphenol in green . Using a technique called confocal laser scanning microscopy, researchers tested the newly developed biomaterial’s ability to block the formation of the biofilm that forms on the dentin’s surface.

Tests revealed that the new biomaterial was capable of successfully blocking dent in microtubules and reducing dentin permeability and could release ECGC for more than 96 hours. According to Dr. Huang, “…the development bridges the gap between multifunctional concept and dental clinical practice and is promising in providing dentists a therapeutic strategy for the management of the dentin surface to counter dentin hypersensitivity and carries.”

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth? What do you think of this new treatment for tooth sensitivity? Let us know what this new development means to you.

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Tasty Low Calorie Snacks

If you are a consumer, you may have noticed the recent popularity of prepackaged 100 calorie snacks. They seem like a great idea. One hundred is a perfectly rounded decimal number, and seems relatively inconsequential when compared with the recommended 2000 calorie per day recommended allowance. At that rate, we an eat them every day an still have room for another 1,900 calories! And, on top of that, the snack companies have already done the hard work for us. There’s no measuring required, and no uncertainty about serving size. Plus, the individual packaging helps curb the temptation to eat more than one serving. Genius!

So what’s wrong with this? Well, a few things. Firstly, you’re paying for that individual packaging and really not getting that much food. After all, 100 calories is one hundred calories. Secondly, a good deal of what’s on offer is highly processed and not really that filling. But don’t worry, the party’s not over! Here are a few more satisfying and healthier one hundred calorie options that you may not have considered.

Baked Potato
Microwaves have revolutionized the preparation of the baked potato. For a quick snack, pierce the spud with a fork and nuke on high for five minutes. Eat plain for the full hundred calories or top half with 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt and one tablespoon of salsa and save the other half for later.

Frozen grapes

Frozen Grapes
Grapes are great frozen or fresh, but the frozen kind do tend to last a bit longer. One cup, or about 28 of these babies, will equal about one hundred calories and are also a great source of antioxidants.

Protein Shake
To make your own, less processed version, add a scoop of vanilla whey protein to a cup of unsweetened almond milk. It makes a delicious post -workout snack that will help muscles recover after exercise.

Dark Chocolate
Three squares of dark chocolate or five chocolate kisses will provide 100 calories of stress-free, endorphin-raising bliss.

Dark chocolate

Healthy Ice Cream Bars
Not only a low-calorie way to nosh, enlightened ice cream bars actually contain five grams of fiber, eight grams of protein, and no artificial sweeteners!

English Muffin with Fruit butter
Go for a whole wheat muffin, as a more nutritious alternative to white. Also, choosing apple or pumpkin butter over jams will save you around 20 calories per serving.

Coconut and Kiwi
Hear this, orange and grapefruit, there’s a new player in town! One large kiwi has all the vitamin C you need to meet the daily recommended allowance. Top with one tablespoon coconut for a refreshing tropical sensation.

Baked apple

Baked Apples
If you want to satisfy a sweet tooth, core a medium sized apple dusted with cinnamon and bake it at 350 for 20 minutes. Leave off the oats and nuts to keep it at the 100-calorie mark.

Kettle Corn
Make a healthy version of this snack by topping 2 cups of freshly popped popcorn with a teaspoon each of stevia and cinnamon. Or, swap the Stevia for one teaspoon of honey mixed with one teaspoon of water. Thin out in a microwave for 20 seconds for best results.

22 Pistachios
Higher in protein and lower in saturated fats than most other nuts, 22 pistachios are a filling and flavorful hundred calorie option. Go for the in – the – shell type, if possible. The extra work will save you 41% of the calories as compared to the unshelled. Well worth the effort.

If you still prefer your pre-packaged options, let us know! Or if you’ve decided to try a few of our suggestions, or have any of your own, we want to hear about your experience!

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Makeup Tips to Help You Look Bright And Healthy

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Perhaps the movie, “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” is one of the best examples of how not to apply makeup. The legendary film tells the story of a pathological former child star (Jane, played by Bette Davis) who imprisons her wheelchair bound sister (Blanche, played by Joan Crawford) in their upstairs bedroom, after which Jane gradually descends into madness. Rock star Alice Cooper credits Davis’ Baby Jane look as inspiration for his ghoulish visage saying, “In the movie, Bette wears disgusting caked makeup smeared on her face with deep, dark eyeliner. She look horrific and creepy because she put on traditional makeup thickly and badly.”

While it worked for Alice, the Baby Jane look is probably not what most of us are going for, especially if you are on the right side of 40. If you are aiming for the more rejuvenated appearance you may want to take some advice from Yves Saint Laurent makeup artist Emilio Benedetti.

The Face

  1. Once a woman hits middle age, she may want to tone down your makeup and save more experimental and daring looks for special occasions. The first and most important step is ensuring the skin’s texture is primed for makeup. Be sure your skin is plumped and moisturized to give yourself the most workable surface.
  2. Avoid powders. Powder foundations can cake and make wrinkles and lines appear even deeper. Dewy looks reflect light off your face and bring a more healthful appearance than an ultra matte look. However, if you are deadset on a slightly matte affect, it can be achieved by lightly sweeping powder across your chin, forehead and nose.
  3. When it comes to color palettes, look for nudes or colors that are close to your own skin tone. Pinkish beige and golden hues can provide rosiness to make skin look younger.
  4. Use a light- colored blush. Go for a subtle pink shade for bright, healthy look.

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The Eyes

  1. When it comes to shadows, think champagne. A blush or pink champagne will make your peepers pop without adding too much color. Try to stay away from eyeliners that smudge, as they tend to make eyes look tired. Go for liquid liner instead of kohl.
  2. Every woman knows the importance of good eyebrows. Benedetti advises us to channel Cara Delevingne when we are thinking brows. He reminds us that, although it may require work, the time spent maintaining structured eyebrows is never ill-spent and reminds us that thin eyebrows can add years to your appearance.

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The Mouth
Benedetti advises abandoning the lip liner and warns against a highly defined mouth as looking too severe. A little color and a hint of gloss should do the trick. Avoid frosted, shimmery lipstick which reflects light and can make you look older. Sheer lipstick will keep your lips looking youthful and plump. Also, when applying gloss, start at the center of your lips to avoid feathering.

Let us know what you think! Is toning down the way to go? We love to hear from you!

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Benefits of Chocolate

Dark chocolate bar and spoon with chocolate shavingsThose silky and mouth watering chocolates have always been famous for being delicious, now they’re known to be healthy too. Turns out that there are a number of reasons to indulge in yet another round of chocolates. And when you learn about the various befits of eating chocolate, who cares about an extra pound or two.

The Dark Chocolate Study

According to a group of German researchers who had studied dark chocolates to determine if it really contained substances that helped in protecting the skin, eating dark chocolates can allow you to increase 11% skin thickness, reduce 42% scaliness, increase 16% density, reduce 30% roughness, increase 13% moistness and reduce 25% UV induced reddening. This study was conducted on 24 women between the ages of 16 – 65. Talk about your smoother and silkier skin fantasies coming true by indulging in another one of your fantasies – chocolates.

The Cacao Bean

Chocolates are made from beans derived from the cacao fruit. Cacao beans are famous for their medicinal properties for centuries. These beans are considered to be extremely rich in antioxidants and can therefore help in protecting the skin from the free radicals present in the environment as well as the harmful UV rays of the sun. Given that 100gms of cacao beans contain 10000mg of flavanol antioxidants, they’re definitely the best sources of antioxidants for the human body.

The world is full of skin damaging problems such as chemicals, smoke, pollution and smoke. All of these issues give birth to free radicals that steal electrons from the stable molecules located close by, thereby transforming the formerly stable molecules into free radicals. They hurt the human body by leading to skin damage, loss of elasticity, wrinkles and cancer. Antioxidants are the best way of combating these free radicals because they donate one of their own electrons in order to neutralize the unhealthy chain. Moreover, even after donating their own electron, antioxidants remain stable and unaffected from the entire process. And what’s the one thing that gives you a lot of antioxidants? Yes, go grab a chocolate.Cacao pod, beans and powder

Benefits of Eating Chocolate

It’s not just about offering antioxidants. If it was just that, you’d still debate between gaining a pound and getting some antioxidants. But, chocolates are known to offer you with a world of goodness. Here are some of the main benefits of eating chocolates.

  1. Beautiful looking skin. Most people used to believe that eating chocolates could end up harming the skin. However, studies have proved that chocolate is actually extremely beneficial for the skin. As mentioned before, they are rich in antioxidants, thereby helping to make the skin smooth and firm. They also help in nourishing dry skin and contain flavanols that can protect your skin from the damage caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun.
  2. Good for the heart. Studies have shown that chocolates offer a number of cardiovascular benefits such as reducing the chances of having a stroke and lowering blood pressure. However, you need to ensure that you balance your chocolate intakes with proper exercise and workouts.
  3. Rejuvenate your hair. Chocolates are made from cacao, a pure form of cocoa. Cacao is considered to be excellent for the hair as it helps it to get back its shine and rebuild its structure. Cacao butter is already used as a common hot oil treatment to condition the hair.
  4. Reduce stress. A Choco bar is considered to be one of the best stress busters in the world. Scientists actually managed to prove that people eating chocolates had lower stress hormone levels. Since stress affects your skin and body in many negative ways eating chocolate can also lead to better health and looks.
  5. Become happy. Eating a chocolate can give you a world of happiness. No wonder, you always want  chocolate after a bad breakup or when something goes terribly wrong.
  6. Prevent signs of aging. Chocolates defend your skin against free radicals and therefore help to negate the damage caused. This allows the body to prevent and/ or delay common signs of aging such as discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles.
  7. Protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Studies have also shown that chocolates offer a natural form of sun protection that can reduce the redness caused by sun damage.

Scientific Proof

According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, participants who drank cocoa that consisted of 326mg of flavanos – the same amount that is found in a Hershey’s Dark Chocolate bar—for a period of 3 months managed to boast of having a stronger resistance to the harmful UV rays as well as better and stronger skin texture. Even though this study was considered to be preliminary, the findings have already been endorsed in other studies. The study also backs up studies that claimed similar results for chocolate consumption in the past.

Furthermore, the Chemistry Central Journal had also shown that chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants as it contains a greater number of flavanols and polyphenols when compared to fruit juice. Researchers also determined that when consumed in moderation, chocolates are actually extremely healthy for the human body.

However, these findings do not imply that you can benefit from drinking cocoa. All you need is a few ounces of chocolate each day in order to boast of silkier, brighter and smoother looking skin.

Getting Benefits From Eating Chocolates

Before you rush off to the supermarket to stock up on chocolate bars, you need to understand that when milk and dairy products are mixed with cocoa, the antioxidant absorption is reduced. Therefore, you need to look for chocolates that offer you with a minimum of 50% cacao (commonly present in dark chocolates). Furthermore, you also need to make sure that you don’t consume more than 3 – 4 ounces in a given day. Many might prefer dark chocolates for its woody and intense flavor, but many people hate the taste of dark chocolates as well. And when it comes to deriving the benefits of eating chocolate, dark chocolates are your only option. So, if you’re one of those who don’t like dark chocolates, simply stick to your skin care products instead.

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Get Healthier Skin in Just Three Steps

Healthy Skin Tips – Vine Vera Skin Care

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Your skin takes a beating every day. It is the body’s outermost defense, and it suffers damage from several elements and factors. Keeping your skin healthy is essential for making sure that this damage does not inhibit your skin’s ability to protect the rest of your body and it also helps to keep skin looking great. In this article, Vine Vera Skin Care reveals how to get healthier skin in just three steps, and you will be amazed at how easy it is to have amazing skin.

1. Eat and drink right.

Healthy skin starts from the inside out. What you put into your body is essential for keeping skin looking great and feeling great. Drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated and to flush out toxins. Throughout the day, your skin can pick up toxins from the environment which causes it to look dull. Water helps to correct this. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains.  look for foods especially rich in Vitamin C as this will help your skin to look much younger.

2. Stay Clear of Bad Elements.

Avoid the factors that damage skin such as smoking and the sun. Both of these can cause the skin to become severely damaged. Exposure to the sun can cause skin to become leathery or wrinkled, and is also a leading cause of skin cancer. Smoking discolors the skin and causes it to age faster. Avoid situations where you are exposed to smoke, and make sure to either cover up or wear plenty of sunscreen if you are going to be outside.

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3. Stick to a cleansing routine.

Make sure to cleanse your skin everyday. Do not simply wash it, but also exfoliate and moisturize. It is best to cleanse the skin right before going to bed because skin cells do the majority of their natural rejuvenation while you are sleeping. You can even save some time by exfoliating in the shower. We hope you have enjoyed these tips to getting healthier skin in just three steps. Take a look at some Natural Beauty Tips & Secrets From Vine Vera Skin Care here.

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