Health and Beauty Tips-Week of December 15, 2014

Beauty Tip: Exfoliate Your Lips

lipsFlaky, dry lips not only feel horrible they are not a good canvas for lipstick. Your lips need to be exfoliated just like your face and body. You can buy fabulous lip scrubs that smell and taste yummy like Philosophy Kiss Me or you can DIY with a toothbrush and some Vaseline or Vaseline like product if you do not want to use petroleum based products. Just coat your lips and then scrub them gently with the dry toothbrush then simply wipe off the Vaseline. If your lips are particularly dry you might need to repeat this several times over the course of a few days.

 

Health Tip: Is it a Vitamin? Is it a Mineral? No Lois, it is the Superman for Cells!

supermanPQQ or Pyrrloquinoline Quinone is a vitamin like compound that is getting a lot of buzz recently. It is found in plant foods and has a unique ability to affect cellular function and primarily the mitochondria. For those who have forgotten their basic biology let’s do a short review. Mitochondria act like the digestive system of a cell. They take in nutrients and break them down thus creating energy for the cell. They are the powerhouses of the cell. PQQ improves energy production and has wide range of health benefits. PQQ can be taken as supplement and along with CoQ10 can help improve energy.

 

Green Tip: Use Real Silverware, not Plastic

Ecofriendly_symbolAccording to the Clean Air Council, enough paper and plastic utensils are thrown away every year to circle the equator 300 times. It is estimated that close to 40 billion individual plastic utensils—meaning 14 and 18 billion plastic spoons—are produced each year, and with such low rates of reuse and recycling, most of them end up in our landfills, beaches and oceans. They are likely to remain there for hundreds of thousands of years.

 

Dental Tip: Cold Sores and Your Toothbrush

If you are prone to cold sores get a new toothbrush when the sore is gone. The virus can live in your toothbrush and re-infect you. Also, to prevent the virus from getting into the toothpaste (and re-infecting you and others in the family), don’t touch the brush to the tube when you’re squeezing out toothpaste.