Don’t Breath! Bad Breath

You lean over to whisper something to your friend and you can tell by the look on your friend’s face that something is up. Could it be your breath? Maybe you shouldn’t have put extra onions on your hamburger at lunch. What’s a person with smelly breath to do?

The good news is that bad breath happens to everyone once in a while.  Also known as Halitosis is usually not a serious issue, but can lead to significant embarrassment and self-consciousness.  In rare cases it can be a sign of a more serious problem in which case you should seek out the advice of a doctor or dentist.

The most common causes of bad breath, aside from eating a sandwich loaded with onions or that garlic bagel, is bacteria on the tongue.  This bacteria can build up as a result of poor oral hygiene and a lack of flossing.

Triggers of bad breath may include:

  • not eating breakfast
  • food high in protein
  • smoking
  • antihistamines and other medications
  • sinus problems
  • mouth sores
  • tooth infections or gum disease (aka gingivitis)
  • stress
  • dehydration
  • significant talking
  • zinc deficiency
  • gastrointestinal disorders (such as indigestion or stomach issues)
  • Serious illness such as cancer, tuberculosis or syphillis

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Bad Breath

  • Apple Cider Vinegar. My grandmother used to take a teaspoon of this a day to help boost her immune system as well.  Mix a 1/2 tsp. with water and use as a gargle for 10 seconds at a time.
  • Baking Soda. Buy a toothpaste with baking soda in it or add your own to your toothpaste and brush with it regularly.  The baking soda neutralizes the bacteria.  Be sure to brush your tongue as well.
  • Tea Tree Oil. Use as a toothpaste additive.  Add a drop to your toothpaste before you brush. or create a Tea Tree Oil mouthwash by adding 3 drops of the oil to a cup of warm water.  Gargle 2-3 times per day after each meal.
  • Mint Leaves. Get yourself some fresh mint leaves and chew on them for a while.  Swallowing them is fine or spit them out when flavor subsides.
  • Sunflower Seeds, Cardamom Seeds or Cloves. Grab a handful of one of these babies and munch away.  Then gulp down a glass of water. An enzyme in them helps break down odor causing bacteria.

Usually, there’s a less complicated reason for a bad breath then health issues — like what you had for lunch. So keep up with your brushing and flossing and you should be breathing easy — and odor free!


The NuSkin Galvanic Spa Reviewed

NuSkin Galvanic Spa

My mother always says “You’re only as old as you feel.” I don’t mean to dampen anyone’s spirits but wouldn’t it be a lot easier to believe in that if you didn’t discover a new wrinkle or fine line every time you looked into the mirror? Can fifty really be the new thirty? As usual, my inner nerd needed to find an answer and my search led me to the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa. Could this be it? Mankind’s leap forward to take aging one step backward? Read on to find out…

First things first, I had to figure out how safe (or not!) the usage of electric current on the delicate surface of facial skin is. Turns out, galvanic current has been used in spas worldwide for over 50 years. And just in case you were wondering, it is pain-free. Phew!

Also at first glance, the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa seemed a little too complex for me. What were those attachments? Those gels? Positive and negative polarities? It sort of reminded me of my horror school days. Let me reassure you though, it’s not as complicated as you think it is.

What it contains:

The Nu Skin Galvanic Spa consists of a device with four interchangeable conductors: the ageLOC face conductor, Spot treatment conductor for concentrated treatment to specific areas, a scalp conductor and a body conductor. Also included are two specially formulated gels with ageLOC. What exactly is ageLOc? Let’s just call it a revolutionary blend of ingredients that target the source of aging in skin and stop it, a little bit like a super-hero don’t you think? 😀 While the current stimulates cell rejuvenation in your face, body and scalp,the gels help eliminate toxins and impurities from your skin and minimize your pores and allow them to breathe.

The process:

Before the actual process, remember to wash your face and dry it. Also, let your hands be moist. Next comes the Pre-treatment step. Apply the gel and use your face conductor on it. During this step, the spa instrument and the the pre-treatment gel are negatively charged.The negative charges repel each other and drive the pre-treatment gel into the skin.

Next comes the treatment step. Apply the treatment gel and follow the same process. This time, the galvanic spa instrument and the treatment gel are positively charged. Again, they repel each other and drive the gel into the skin.

Wash your face when the gel dries, and look into the mirror…instant younger, healthy looking skin!

The Ingredients:

Now I’m pretty anal about anything that I consider applying on my face. I need to know all the ingredients involved…just in case. So the pre treatment gel containining Marigold, sea kelp and vanilla extracts delivers some much needed nutrients to your parched skin, soothing it and getting rid of stress. The treatment gel contains magnesium which promotoes cellular energy, Arginine which helps skin recover from stress, Aspartate which balances your skin’s pH and Tocopheryl nicotinate, a form of vitamin E, which helps moisturize, condition and provide antioxidant protection. Ah divine!

Complementary Products:

You can also use the Glavanic Spa Body Shaping Gel which works with the instrument and body conductor to target fat and toxins for a firmer, more toned appearance. Adios cellulite! (I think my mom is going to like this one the best) and for your hair, the Nutriol Hair Fitness Treatment which contains a seaweed derivative thanks to which your hair will seem more luxuriously voluminous than ever before!

And finally:

The Nu Skin Galvanic Spa delivers customized levels of intensity, since not every person needs the same level of current. This way, each user can achieve the best possible results for herself. The best part is that the instrument itself decides the optimum current level for your skin. Big big plus for a goofball like me 🙂

Now tell me, do you know of any other instrument that can take care of so many needs in one go? I didn’t think so.

And if all that isn’t enough, just remember, the biggest advantage of the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa is that it’s like bringing a spa home. Let’s face it, in between looking after the kids, working, cooking, grocery shopping and other household chores, who has the time to visit a spa?

Also, when you really think about the thousands of dollars you would spend at weekly or even monthly spa treatments and cosmetic surgeries, the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa actually becomes the more affordable option. It’s also small, light and easy to carry around so you don’t have to leave it behind even when you travel.

And last but not the least, clinical studies show that the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa System makes your skin care regimen upto 70% more effective!!! I can’t argue with that kind of science.

Looks like I’ve found my mom a birthday present! Let’s face it are you going to look 24 again by using the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa? Probably not! But you can look eons younger than what you actually are. Wouldn’t you want people to be surprised when you reveal your actual age? The Nu Skin Galvanic Spa can actually give you that satisfaction. Here’s to fewer wrinkles, younger skin and a fabulous life! Btw, I would love to know your personal experiences with the Galvanic Spa. If you want more information on this awesome new product or the company check this out…very cool website as well.

Anti Aging Skin Products

Several years ago I sold products called Arbonne. I began using these products religiously after having been sold them by a friend of mine.

While I no longer “sell” Arbonne, I do refill friends orders and continue using the products myself. I have tried a slew of other products both before my experience with Arbonne as well as after. I must admit though, that nothing I have tried compares to the results I have gotten from Arbonne products.

I have been using their RE9 line for several years now and find I am lost if I run out of product. The eye cream is addicting. It goes on so smoothly and I certainly can see a difference with fine lines under my eyes.

The day cream is nice too, although I prefer something with more SPF in it then SPF 8 which the RE9 cream contains. So I began using another one of their products called Revelage. It has an SPF of 30 and touts that it has the capabilities of lightening sun spots on your face. Since I began using it this past summer, I don’t really notice a huge change in the appearance of the dark spots, but I do notice a slight color change. I suppose I was expecting a mini miracle.

I recently just tried using The Galvanic Spa by NuSkin.  My friend, Actor Ian Ziering, introduced me to it and said it was “all the rage in Hollywood”.  I have to try something and see something that good to believe it.  After receiving my spa I dedicated a few minutes (which are hard to come by raising a young family) and tried using it.  I was surprised at how easy it was to use and how light weight and small the Galvanic Spa was.  After wetting my hand , applying the negative charged gel and using the spa, I felt my skin instantly feel more refreshed.  Then I wiped off the pre-treatment gel and applied the positive charged gel that penetrates deep under the kins surface and delivers light Galvanic pulses under the skin stimulating collagen production and adding moisture deep beneath the skin.  I instantly saw a lift in my brow and a softening of my wrinkles.  Some of my fine lines had indeed disappeared.  It was pretty cool and hard to believe.  I know now why it is “all the rage in Hollywood”.  You can find out more information here  Ian did tell me that I could get a 30% discount on the item if I signed up as a distributor.  I told him I was not sure I wanted to sell the product, but that I just enjoyed using it!  He said I could still sign up and get the discount, so I did.  Although it may be a bit pricey at $290 for distributor cost, it sure was cheaper then having to go get facials every so often and cheaper when I think of it. Not to mention the Galvanic Spa will last for 5-6 years and runs on 2 AA batteries.  It will no doubt pay for itself. 🙂

If you happen to know of a better line, I’m all ears! Would love to try some new stuff. 🙂

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Moisturizing Facial Tablets from Lush

Solid tablets of vitamin rich essential oils and hydrating fluids – that is Toner Tabs, the new and unique line of moisturizers from Lush. These tablets are free of preservatives and are designed to truly hydrate and revitalize the skin. Among the products in the line are the T Tree Toner Tab best for teenage and troubled skin, Vitamin C Toner Tab best for maturing skin, and the Vitamin E Toner Tab that balances and refreshes all skin types.

To use, all you have to do is drop a tablet in a bowl of hot water and then drape a towel over your head. Then you let the steam hydrate and revive your face.

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Vinegar, not just for salads anymore

Try this remedy for prevention of bruising. After taking a run in with your coffee table waiting for that bruise to set in, try running to your pantry for some vinegar. Soak a piece of gauze with some white vinegar and apply to the sore spot for 1 hour with bandages. The vinegar will increase the blood flow to that area of the body where the bandage is attached. This will actually dissipate the red blood cells from forming a bruise. Its really amazing how this works, I tried it and had no bruise!

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Torn lace? No problem!

If you have a favorite article of lace clothing that you just dont know how to fix when it tears, try using this fast fix remedy.  Just place a piece of wax paper beneath the torn lace, brush a small amount of clear nail polish on the tear.  Let dry, then remove the wax paper.  The polish will leave a hard layer of coating that invisibly seals the hole….works great!

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Slippery Shoes?

Ever buy a new pair of shoes and find that you are sliding all over the place when you wear the first time?  In order to prevent injuries by falling, try scraping the soles of your new shoes with either a brillo pad, a piece of sandpaper or on the pavement you are walking on.  Be sure to hold onto something to hold your balance if they are  very slippery.  The grittiness of the surfaces of the mentioned methods helps give you traction as you walk.  Added bonus….it also removes unwanted price tags from the bottom as well. 🙂

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