Health & Beauty Tips – Week of January 16th

Beauty Tip- Choose Multi-Dimesional Hair Color

      All over hair color in one dark shade can age you significantly. You don’t have to spend a lot of time getting highlights or lowlights just some strategically placed around your face can help to soften your look. Also be careful with the color of your highlights. A good rule is warm with warm and cool with cool. For example if you have warm brown hair then honey or caramel colored highlights work best.

Highlighting and lowlighting is best left to a professional, in my opinion.


Health Tip- What’s Lurking in Your Kitchen Sponge?

      Did you know that the average kitchen sponge has more bacteria than a toilet seat? It is also known to harbor nasty bacteria like E. Coli and Salmonella. Seriously, that is pretty disgusting. A better alternative is to use a small dishcloth or towel and change it daily. Just buy a big pack of inexpensive dishcloths and when you are done using one for the day toss it in the dirty clothes and use a clean one for the next day. Dishcloths are small so a week’s worth will not create a lot of extra laundry and you don’t have to worry about wiping your counters with a nasty sponge.


Green Tip- To Buy Organic or Not

      There are certain fruits and vegetables that you should always buy organic due to high pesticide residue (see the Dirty Dozen List) and others such as mangoes, asparagus, kiwis and eggplant that have very low pesticide residue and are okay to buy conventional. One other consideration about pesticides is that they leach into the ground of areas surrounding the farms, contaminating ground water and damaging local eco-systems so even though some things may be okay to buy conventional they still have a negative impact on the environment.



Dental Tip- Honey, Roll Over!

      Statistics show that 40% of the middle aged population snore. It is a big problem for the snorer and almost as big a problem for the person sleeping, or trying to sleep, next to a snorer. Some people can benefit from an appliance worn at night that gently brings your lower jaw forward (Mandibular Advancement Device or MAD) and keeps your tongue away from the back of your throat. When your tongue falls back it may partially or completely block the airway interfering with your breathing. This is one reason why some people do not snore when they are on their side. Call today for appointment to see if a MAD could help you or someone you love.