Who likes the dentist?

I sure as hell don’t.  I haven’t been for years and in my bright brain I thought, hmmm well, I’ll take baby steps towards going and I’ll start with the hygienist… that should be a relatively short, brief introductory into getting in that chair.

Ok so I may be a big wuss but I came out traumatised!

First of all I hate that chair.  Second of all, why the hell do they always use appliances that make that high pitched whining noise that echoes around your head?  They’re the sort of tools you’ve only seen on those dodgy sci-fi movies where you know something bad is gonna happen – and slowly. HATE that sound.  Thirdly, my mouth doesn’t open that wide and who the hell keeps their mouth open that long anyway?  All the while pretty much drowning in your own spit because the lil sucker thing is so not doing its job.

And to top it off?

We ran out of time!  Yup.  Scale and polish and we didn’t even finish scaling!! So I have to go back again. Waaaaaaaa

Lesson learned – don’t use Corsodyl.  My gums sometimes bleed so I tried it out BAD IDEA apparently that sh*t stains your teeth and gets into all the tiny crevices so your hygienist has a job getting it all off.  Brilliant.  It’s going straight in the bin.

Anyone feel like nothing is right?  Using the wrong toothbrush.  Using the wrong toothpaste.  Don’t use toothpaste it’s got fluoride.  Got the non-fluoride toothpaste now my teeth are worse. Don’t use mouthwash it’s got alcohol in it.  Do use mouthwash just without alcohol but it’s got fluoride.  No but fluoride is good it prevents cavities.  No it doesn’t it causes them. Floss. Don’t floss.  Eat. Don’t eat certain things. Don’t smoke.  Don’t drink.  Everything is bad. AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGH.

And at the end of it all we probably still have to go to the dentist because we’re all getting older, there’s wear and tear and when / if something gets so painful, we’ll be drudging ourselves along to the place we hate most.

Seriously though – can they not do something about the look and feel of the room ?  Make it more welcoming – putting on those massive shades and lying back with that bright round light in our face does not make us think we’re on a beach relaxing. At least get some tools that don’t make a sound?  Play some music?  Something?!

*sigh* why can’t I just have perfect teeth n gums?

I’m going to lie down.

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Practice what you preach!

Further to my blog last night, I managed to get some of the foods to help my joints into my diet today:

  • Salmon (smoked salmon sandwich for breakfast)
  • Banana (snack)
  • Avocado (and chicken sandwich for lunch)

And dinner (pictured) included the following from the list:

  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic

Along with chicken, new potatoes, carrots and Chia seeds.

I’ll keep it up and see if it makes a difference!

20 foods to help joints!

So this past week I’ve been a tad creaky!  My knees have been stiff and my sprained ankle is still taking some time to heal – so I thought tonight I would have a quick look at foods that are supposed to help joints and see if adding them in will make a difference or not!

  • Top one was salmon
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Flax seeds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pineapples
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Bell peppers
  • Avocado
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Sweet peppers

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Sources:

http://www.losethattyre.co.uk/the-20-best-and-worst-foods-for-joint-health/
http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/8-foods-fight-arthritis#9
http://www.sharecare.com/health/bone-joint-muscle-health/health-guide/manage-joint-pain-arthritis/best-foods-joint-pain

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How to be HAPPY!

So with Monday approaching and our weekend coming to an end some of us find our mood sinking.  For those that can wake up in the morning and ‘choose to be happy’ well, more power to you, but there are some of us that think that’s a load of crap!  It got me wondering if there’s any way around it and in keeping with my health kick I wondered:  can diet affect our mood and if so what foods can make us feel happy?

Apparently the answer is YES!! As I like to keep things pretty simple I’ve listed the mood boosters below:

  • calcium (often lower calcium levels in us ladies which doesn’t help our moods so we need to top this up!)
  • chromium
  • folate
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • omega 3 fatty acids
  • vitamin B6
  • vitamin B12
  • vitamin D
  • zinc

Get these into your diet and hopefully you should feel the effects after time – I think it’s worth me trying out so I will keep you posted.  This is the webpage I found with this info that also lists the food where you’ll find these nutrients:  http://greatist.com/happiness/nutrients-boost-mood

Now, for the ladies out there who want to know what I picked up regarding reducing PMS symptoms, I read:

  • limit salt – it reduces bloating;
  • increase B6, Omega 3, calcium, zinc, magnesium (as listed above ‘happy’ foods – in basic terms eat fruit, veg, protein and fibre – avoid fast-food, sugary crap, ready-made meals etc – eat fresh!);
  • avoid alcohol, white flour, caffeine and sugar – they can make symptoms worse;
  • avoid ‘diet’ drinks or sweeteners as they can contain toxins that can have an adverse chemical impact on your brain cells – eek;
  • Get some exercise – even if it’s mild exercise, dance around your room for 10/20mins  – it’s important to get your blood pumping to keep things moving; and
  • stay hydrated – a cup of warm water with half a fresh lemon squeezed in is great for flushing out toxins and an energy booster

I know it can all sound rather dull – I am incorporating these things in my diet and replacing the ‘bad stuff’ but that is not to say I can’t have the ‘bad’ food when I want it.  (I think it’s human nature to want something more as soon as you’re told you can’t have it.)  But what I’m finding is – the more I read and the more I’m eating fresh foods and putting tasty meals / smoothies together (not bland as I assume ‘health’ food to taste) the more I’m actually preferring to eat them over some greasy take-out which I used to eat more frequently than not!

Anyway, ending it there as my Sunday night is almost over!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Source of featured photo: http://www.funelf.net/this-is-my-happy-face/

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food – Hippocrates

A bit of a late blog this evening.  After a phone call with my Mum I started researching ways in which food and lifestyle have positive affects on the brain.  Just over a year ago my Mum had an acoustic neuroma tumour removed from her brain, they were unable to remove all of it but enough to prevent it from being life threatening.  Needless to say it shook the family up.  Since the operation there have been various complications, today she told me she is now looking at how to treat Synkinesis/Bells Palsy which has now developed.  One of the suggestions to her was to use Botox – to me this seems incredulous – why would you think that putting poison into your face is actually curing something?  So I have started investigating alternative methods and it’s a long process.

I wanted an answer to a question that popped into my head:
What foods have an affect on the brain and can it be broken down into what part of the brain they affect?

After starting 2015 working on my own personal health choices and what foods I put into my body I have learned many interesting facts about the benefits fresh foods contain and how they can help various parts of the body.  Food also affects hormones produced in the body.  Can I find a link that could show that certain foods included into my Mum’s diet could have a direct beneficial influence on Synkinesis?

In addition to my burning question I have also found (that don’t involve surgery, Botox or drugs) facial nerve physical therapy (not provided on the NHS in her town), acupuncture and of course plenty of water are beneficial but I want to do more research and find more answers.

I will keep on with my search and in the meantime I welcome any advice or information.

(Featured image from: jeffreysterlingmd.com)