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A Beginner’s Guide to Use of HEPA Filter for Home

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As urban Indian residents, we are exposed to a lot of pollution due to extensive construction, traffic congestion and heavy industrialisation. We breathe polluted and germ-infested air not only outside but also inside our homes leading to many illnesses and allergies. Those who suffer from these come to understand the impact at a very late stage and realise that they should have done something to prevent this exposure.

People who have an awareness regarding this have started resorting to different methods to get the desired result, one of which is the usage of a HEPA filter for their homes. This HEPA filter is used in air purifiers as well as vacuum cleaners and helps to clean the air.

Why Is the Air Inside Our Homes Dangerous?

The air in the home is affected by pollutants such as dust, pet hair, mould and odours. As we spend a large amount of time indoors, the same air gets circulated inside and hence gets more polluted, especially if you have an air-conditioned home. If you allow the windows to be kept open for fresh air, you let in more dust. Other than that, the fumes from cooking, usage of various chemicals around the house, smoking and various other daily processes add various odours and pollutants to the air. Breathing this polluted air is the cause of a large number of health problems.

How Can You Improve the Air Indoors?

To reduce the incidence of health problems, we need to improve the quality of the air that we breathe. We can do that by controlling the sources that generate the pollutants, but that is not a practical possibility. Hence, that brings us to the possibility of improving ventilation in the house; this is especially important if you are making use of various chemicals. If ventilation is not possible due to the surroundings being polluted, you are left with the option of cleaning the air that is inside the house. For this, it is best to use air purifiers with HEPA filters. These remove more than 99% of pollutants, including particulate matter and organic gases.

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How Does a HEPA Filter Work?

HEPA filters have a random arrangement of fibres (generally fibreglass). Their functioning is affected by parameters such as the diameter and thickness of the fibres. The HEPA filter traps the small particles on the fibres through the processes of diffusion, interception and impaction. This filter is accompanied by a carbon pre-filter, which helps it to trap the various odours and gases such as organic compounds, chemical vapours, cigarette smoke etc.

How Are HEPA Filters Used in Homes?

The air is a mixture of various gases and dust particles. The finer dust particles and organic gases are what affect our health as our body systems are not able to filter them out. A filter with HEPA technology combined with a carbon filter can capture 99.97% of the particulate matter and gases present in the air and release the cleaned air for you to breathe.

HEPA filters are used in air purifiers as well as vacuum cleaners and in both instance they capture the very fine particulate matter and do not allow them to be released in your vicinity. Hence, a vacuum cleaner or an air purifier with HEPA is more efficient than any other filter.

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Beauty From You to Me – Acknowledge That Beauty Is in Everyone and in Everything

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Everyday as I awake, I eagerly anticipate what beautiful things God has in store for me. Sometimes life sends us curves that need silence and introspection. I am content to learn the lessons that the universe gives me, even though I am sensitive and easily affected by pain and suffering of myself as well as the pain of other people; sometimes I feel the pain of people who I have never met. I realize that as I patiently wait for the universe to open doors and opportunities for me, that I still must do the normal, not-so-fun things of daily living. I decided a long time ago that I would find beauty in every activity until the day that I take my last breath. There are many activities completed daily in our daily lives, far too many to even list that are taxing and make us forget how beautiful life truly can be. My best course of action is to enjoy the journey and to seek and find beauty in EVERYTHING!

I enjoy listening to music from various genres, writing songs or poetry, especially while engaging in two or more other activities. Sometimes I am vacuuming and I start dancing and enjoying the rhythm of the music.

While gazing at the sunrise, I usually decide what household chore I need to do first.

As I watch the waves of the nearby lake, I imagine that I am swimming in a clear,emerald-green ocean.

If I am watching television, and I notice a beautiful product or family style commercial is when I admire the beauty of people doing mundane things everywhere.

Reading has always been an amazing escape to visualize another setting and learning about the splendor and beauty of other people’s’ cooking styles, habits, practices or ideologies, there is beauty to be found EVERYWHERE!

There are so many gathering areas where you can discover new people and places, all you have to do is have an open heart and decide that you’ll seek and meet beautiful, new people. Meeting new people or engaging new activities is like discovering new frontiers or enticing a new adventure. Time alone, time on the phone, or taking time to have a great conversation is amazing and a beautiful discovery that you’ll appreciate for decades!

Enjoy your garden, take in the full scenery, notice the flowers, or the birds that fly to your yard or garden.

Beauty is everywhere, it’s simple to attract, and a great way to notice something different, uncommon or beautiful.

Enjoy the simple things, tasks or chores, it’s never a bore when you work around your home.

You’ll find adventure or uncover the beauty in simple,yet subtle ways if you pay attention to beautiful things around you throughout the course of your day.

If I cook, or clean or do my laundry; it is in the simplicity that beauty surrounds me.

As I wash my clothes and witness dirt and grime get washed away, it is similar when compared to life. Life is allowing the old concepts, ideas or beliefs to go away, get washed out or cleansed. Giving room for new experiences is giving new life to clean, freshly laundered clothing and a beautiful new way of living.

In life, it is ourselves who decide what we need to release, purge, cleanse or omit to uncover beauty under the surface; like the caterpillar and butterfly story.

In the newness comes the beauty in appreciating the unknown from you to me; from me to you. If you and me have argued, then I must apologize, the reason is not important, the time lost and the beauty of our friendship is more important than who’s right or who’s wrong.

Like soap suds, from the washing machine, going down the drain; I allow myself to release the pain; as clean, rinse water cleanses my clothes. I allow light to cleanse, and energize my life in the light of wisdom and appreciation.

I enrich my life and enjoy the beauty from you to me from me to you, as we discover new ideas and different principles of conduct or engaging in great verbal energy exchange. The smile that you send to me is amazing, comforting and beautiful and has made my day so much happier!

As I mop and dust and remove the rust, from around my appliances, doors, and floors in my home, it’s as if I removed the mask that once covered the beautiful view from my eyes. My perceived ideas that were once deluding me and rendering me unwilling or unable to see beautiful friendships established between friends that choose to be friends is no longer hampering my vision of beauty to be found during the course of life events.

Understand that by allowing yourself and others to engage in dreams, judgement-free,there is beauty; the beauty from you to me; from me to you..

Discover beauty in daily living..

~I enjoy learning from you and from others offering me knowledge continuously.

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Find Out: Is Your Kid Away From Nutritional Deficiency?

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Your kid is surely the most precious gem that you could ever have in your life. However, your little gem needs to grow. For that purpose, he or she must have a good health.

Our diet is responsible for what we are. Everything that goes down our belly has a sure impact on our body. For parents, it is a struggle these days to keep their dining table free from harmful chemicals as every food contains them which could harm on long term.

How does it matter to have chemically-grown food in our plates?

Our body is a complex machine. It needs organic food to break down the sugars, protein and other nutrients into smaller units which will then be utilized by the body. However, it is difficult to absorb or breakdown other foreign chemicals which might be the reason behind poor health and growth of your child. The presence of chemicals in food is highly due to pesticides, GMO seeds and other growth enhancing products.

How can you stop the alteration from affecting your child?

Due to the dying quality of vegetables and poultry, you have to keep hawk’s eye on the nutrition index of your family. It is not possible to completely eradicate the use of chemically grown food but you could try complete the body demands on daily basis by providing them organic food and supplements which fulfill the body’s need.

What are the types of nutrients that could be taken in form of supplements?

For regular maintenance of your kid’s mind and body, you should make sure they are completing their day-to-day nutritional needs. Pay deep attention on the following list:

1. Calcium

Calcium is synonymous to stronger bones and teeth which form the fundamental framework to keep all organs safe. Kids need to complete their recommended daily value (RDV) as their overall growth is dependent on this compound.

Calcium RDV: Children from 1-8 years should have 500-700mg/day and those who are in between 9-18 years should have 1,000 mg/day.

2. Omega 3s

Omega 3s are of three types – EPA, DHA and ALA. Omega 3 has a major role in development of brain and nervous system. To have healthy cardiovascular and behavioral activities, kids should get enough Omega 3 in their diets. In fact, it has been successfully linked to reduce chances of ADHD, autism, anti-social traits and other mental diseases.

Omega 3 RDV: Children of age 1-8 are expected to have 0.5-0.9 mg/day but the range varies afterwards. Girls of age group 9-18 should have 1.0-1.1 mg/day and boys of same age should have 1.2-1.6 mg/day.

3. Vitamins

Family of vitamins are essential as your body is dependent on outside sources to fulfill the need. Diet of your kid is important factor to make sure that he is getting Vitamin A, B, C and D.

There are different RDV of all types of vitamins and must be added to diet only after consultation for the doctor.

4. Zinc

Zinc improves immune system, heals wounds, helps digesting macro-nutrients and development of bone and cartilage. To keep your appetite full of good nutrients; zinc is a must have in your plate.

Zinc RDV: Kids between 1- 8 years should have 3-4mg/day and 9-18 years should have minimum of 6mg/day.

5. Magnesium

Magnesium is a care taker. If kids don’t have enough of this mineral in their diets then they can fall prey to diabetes, kidney stones, high BP and anxiety after an age.

Magnesium RDV: The range is quite varied when it comes to this mineral. Babies of 1-3 years are supposed to have 80mg/day and it rises to 130 mg for children in age between 4-8 years. Also, 9-13 years old children should have 240 mg/day and 350-400mg for above 13 years.

As it is said, “Health is wealth.” If your kid is not healthy then nothing else makes sense. So, you must give full attention to your kids’ health if you want them to do wonders in all part of their life.

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How to Layer Body Lotions From Trelivings Products With Designer Perfumes

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A perfume addict always has a difficulty in finding perfect body lotion that will complement the smell of the perfume she wears. It is even harder to find the one that enhances the perfume complex ingredients. That is why I am obsessed with body lotion, body cream or any moisturizer.

On the contrary, I just can not stand the fact that most of local body lotion – Vaseline, Citra, Sari Ayu, Nivea – have nice smell when applied alone but horrible when mixed with perfume. Alas, they even break the magic of perfume. Hence, sometimes I need to run from one store to another, just to find unscented lotion.

Then, this afternoon, my heart leapt when a bottle of Earthly Possessions body lotion just surfaced out of nowhere in the store near my office. Well, I am dramatizing a little bit, actually. There was this small bazaar that sells discontinued products, and there I found them: a range of Earthly Possessions products from Trelivings. It is a well known brand from an Australian company Evodia. It always produces yummy range of natural products scented with fruits and flowers. All will induce your greatest desire to purchase them all.

I bought a bottle of this hard-to-find-scented-lotion of Coconut & Lime for a bargain price of USD 2! The seller said that usually the products are normally priced as AUD 22. You know, my friend said instantly,” What? Is there any person in this world who wants to smell like coconut? That is definitely absurd, lady.” It is possible, buddy. And, that person is definitely me, especially considering that the body lotion texture is smooth and heavenly. It is also absorbed instantly by my skin, leaving it clean but well-moist. It adds more details to my sweet scent of Escada Rockin’ Rio perfume.

Besides Coconut & Lime, Trelivings has other scented lotions that are perfect for particular perfumes like below:

• Fig & Cinnamon range is matched for Kadotta perfume from Michael Storer

• Frangipani range is suitable Amour perfume from Kenzo

• Honey & Jasmine range is definitely a winner. It is perfect for any range of jasmine-based perfumes, which are many. For example, J’adore by Dior or Acqua di Gio by Armani. This lotion can be used to tone down No 5 from Chanel, though it will alter its famous scent a bit.

• French Riviera range for any vanilla-based perfumes included, but not limited to, Classique from Jean Paul Gaultier, Gloria by Cacharel, Dior Addict, The Body Shop Vanilla and Anna Sui Sui Dreams. A tiny drop of perfume will do as it will be too heavy to be worn together.

• Blue Mountains Magnolia range is for magnolia-based

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Dental Tips for Children’s Oral Health

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While oral sickness is easy to prevent, there are still lots of children that get tooth decay. Such kids often experience pain, find it hard to sleep, and at times, undergo major dental treatments – like tooth extraction with general anesthesia.

When a child gets cavities at a much younger age, it can be assumed that he/she will also develop cavities when his permanent teeth develop. For this reason, it is crucial for kids to have good oral hygiene habits when they are still very young.

Eat the Right Foods

Children should eat a variety of nutritious foods, especially in childhood when they are still going through the developing years. This is the time when their eating behavior is established. It is critical to encourage kids to have healthy eating habits that can lead to good oral health and welfare.

Provide children with different nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, natural yogurt and meat.

  • Refrain from giving them snacks in between meals, since it is the most vulnerable age, when they could acquire cavities.
  • Encourage them to drink lots of water (from at minimum of 1 liter/day to a maximum of 2 liters/day), particularly if you stay within an area with fluoride, to protect teeth from cavities.
  • Try your best to reduce your child’s intake of sugary drinks like sodas, energy drinks, fruit juices and syrups, since these sweet drinks can cause tooth decay.
  • Reduce their consumption of sweet drinks, particular in between meals.

Brush your teeth properly.

Brushing teeth using a proper technique is a must for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. Observing good oral hygiene at a much early age reduces the risk of acquiring gum disease at a later age. Teach them to brush their teeth at least twice daily – in the morning and in the evening, as well as after eating meals.

  • It is recommended for infants to use a soft toothbrush, and for children 18 months to 6 years to use toothpaste (in a pea-sized amount) with less fluoride.
  • Supervise your child (up to 7 years old) whenever he/she brushes his/her teeth.
  • Instead of rinsing the toothpaste, encourage your child to spit it out.

Observe Safety while Playing

Whenever your child plays contact sports like cricket, football or hockey, when their mouth is more prone to injury, he should use a mouth guard during games and workout. A mouth guard is often worn when playing sports, while other activities also require a face guard or helmet.

Practice Healthy Habits at an Early Age

It would benefit children to develop healthy habits early in life. Habits such as brushing teeth regularly, eating a nutritious diet and visiting a dentist regularly allow them to maintain good oral health. The moment the first tooth of your child appears until 1 year old, he/she should have oral health checked. Based on a child’s oral health, the dentist/pediatrician will recommend when to visit the dental clinic.

  • Whenever there is any dental problem, go immediately to the dentist to have it checked.
  • Make dental visits a part of your child’s normal routine.
  • Make a dental appointment early in the day, when your child is not yet tired.
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All About Acne Laser Treatment

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Having a face or body that is covered in inflammation and infected pimples is an embarrassing condition that affects millions of Americans, resulting in low self-esteem and embarrassing scars. In order to effectively treat this condition, it is vital that patients fully understand the causes of this skin condition, how to prevent future breakouts, and the pros and cons of acne laser therapy.

What is Acne?

Before rushing to the nearest spa to schedule an appointment, it’s important to make sure that you actually suffer from the condition. Everyone gets a pimple or two every so often. This embarrassing skin condition is much more than a mere pimple. Instead, it is the result of oil breeding bacteria under the skin, resulting in severe infected pimples, inflammation and tenderness.

To tell if you have this skin condition, simply look at your skin and keep in mind your skin history as time goes on. It is marked by red, inflamed skin and a multitude of infected pimples. A local spa or dermatologist that specializes in this skin condition will be able to tell you during a consultation if you are still unsure.

Preventing Breakouts Before They Start

Instead of waiting until your face is covered in a layer of pimples, certain steps can be taken to prevent breakouts before they start.

First, make sure to wash the face two times a day. A mild soap with warm water will do the trick, but many people see positive results with anti-bacterial face washes that are specially formulated to kill the bacteria that causes pimples.

In addition to washing the face properly, avoid anything that may increase oil product or make the skin greasy, such as touching the face. This increases the bacteria on the face and can make your skin more prone to breakouts.

Last, but certainly not least, it is important to consider any underlying conditions, such as a hormonal imbalance, a diet that tends to increase breakouts, etc.

Acne Laser Treatment

Sometimes, it does not matter what the patient does, breakouts still come out of nowhere, making the skin inflamed. These patients often seek the advice of a dermatologist or spa that is experienced in acne laser treatment due to its reputation of providing patients with fast, impressive results. While this is true, patients should take care to consider the pros and cons before shelling out their hard-earned cash.

Pros

The pros behind this form of therapy are obvious to patients: this therapy helps to decrease inflammation and cut scars. It is not extremely painful, and is completely bloodless, unlike dermabrasion. The immediate results are one of the biggest pros that patients enjoy.

Cons

There are a few more cons than pros, unfortunately. First, acne laser therapy does not work well on all skin types. Patients with darker skin may not see results, or may need more sessions to see the same results that a patient with pale skin will see in just one session. Second, if the entire facial area is not treated, it will be obvious which areas were treated and which were not.

Patients that are considering this to help scars become less noticeable are encouraged to schedule a consultation first to make sure that their skin type will show positive results that will leave them looking better than ever.

Laser therapy is a wonderful way to treat this skin condition, but patients are advised to decide underlying causes to prevent reoccurring breakouts. Hormonal therapy can give relief from skin conditions caused by a hormonal imbalance, diet changes have proven to help and medicated face washes will greatly benefit some patients. Once the underlying cause is addresses, patients can rest assured that their skin will look beautiful, and stay beautiful.

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Healthy Eating Kids – Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food

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It’s important to start healthy eating early. If you leave the mission of getting your kids to eat healthy food too late, it will be more difficult to change the habits they’ve learned. On the other hand, if you’ve always insisted that you have healthy eating kids in your household, then you’ll find the task of keeping your children on the straight and narrow path of eating healthily a much easier task.

Start with making sure that you have healthy food in your fridge and larder. You can’t teach your kids to eat a healthy diet if they’re surrounded by candy, chocolate and fizzy drinks. Remember that children are a perceptive bunch and they will quickly pick up on any discrepancy between what you say and what you do.

Get your children to help you choose the fruit and vegetables at the supermarket or grocery store. The sense of involvement is important. After all, if your kids have helped to choose the food they’re eating, they will feel more included and are more likely to want to eat it. Also if there’s something they simply won’t eat, no matter what, then getting them involved in the purchase decision will at least save you having to waste food at a later stage.

Encourage your children to drink plenty of water. Low fat milk is also good. And fruit juice is healthy but can mount up in the calorie stakes if they take to drinking too much of it. If your children do develop a taste for freshly squeezed orange juice, buy one of the inexpensive hand squeezers and let them squeeze their own juice. This will start a healthy eating habit for your kids and will also slow down the pace they drink the juice – squeezing a liter of juice by hand will take a long time!

Eating together as a family more regularly is a good way to bring up healthy-eating kids. The fact that you are all sitting down together for a meal rather than picking a quick snack on the way to somewhere else will make meal times more of an occasion. This will almost certainly cause you to plan what your family is eating more carefully. And as soon as you start thinking about the food that you’re eating, you’ll find that the whole family starts to eat more healthily.

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Achieve A Younger Fresher Face With A Liquid Face Lift – Combining Botox & Dermal Fillers

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A liquid facelift is a temporary cosmetic treatment which uses dermal fillers, as well as botox injections to restore facial volume, reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate the face. Known as a non-surgical facelift, it’s a cosmetic technique which uses botox that will help to reduce dynamic wrinkles and dermal fillers to restore lost volume, which together will create a lifted, naturally youthful look.

The loss of facial elasticity and volume can lead to wrinkles, creases and folds developing;

  • Wrinkles – frown lines, horizontal forehead furrows and crows’ feet at the eyes. Also the bunny lines on the sides of the nose and the lipstick lines on the upper lip.
  • Volume Loss – this tends to occur in the mid-face around the cheek-bones causing sunken cheeks and hollows beneath the eye area.
  • Folds and Creases – lines from the nose to mouth, the naso-labial and marionette lines, the chin and jowl areas.

Over the years, our face will start to lose collagen and elastin and this contributes to sagging facial features. A liquid face lift treatment can achieve any of the following:

  • Gentle lifting of facial features
  • Reduced lines, wrinkles, creases or folds
  • Getting back natural, curved facial contours
  • A more rested, rejuvenated look
  • A friendlier smile

Botox

Botox is a muscle relaxant, which gets injected using a disposable syringe with a very fine needle. Small amounts of botox get injected very precisely into various facial locations, which get chosen by careful examination of the muscle movements on the face. The injection will temporarily suspend muscle movement in that area, smoothing out forehead furrows, crows’ feet and smokers lines on the lips.

Dermal Filler

While dermal fillers are sometimes known as wrinkle fillers, they do a lot more than just smooth out wrinkles;

  • They smooth out the deep marionette lines, or smile lines around the nose and mouth
  • Restore volume to hollow, sunken cheeks
  • Fill in the tear trough area under the eyes
  • Add volume and enhance the lips
  • Soften the vertical lip lines, or smokers lines
  • Smooth out chin creases
  • Restore facial contour

A liquid facelift will enhance the natural features of the face and smooth and tighten the skin. It will balance out the shape of the face using advanced injectable techniques, giving instant, dramatic results. There’s no downtime with this procedure, although you can take a few hours to relax, allowing the results to settle and take shape. There’s only a small amount of bruising or swelling and any discomfort is minimal.

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28-Day Alcohol Rehab

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Generally duration of ninety days is preferred for alcohol rehab programs. However, for people who cannot afford to be in rehab for ninety days, accelerated program options are available that allow patients to transition back home after 28 days with continuing transitional recovery support

People aged twenty and more, from all walks of life participate in such programs. Factors like history of chemical dependency, age, psychiatric history or other variables, may lead to a longer length of stay. Such situations are worked out by senior staff members who work with the client to assess their needs for an appropriate length of treatment.

The 28-day alcohol rehab programs have some of the highest success rates in the world. Mostly people are successful at beating their addiction with only one 28-day treatment. For the success of any alcohol or drug treatment program, the initial objective is to stabilize, achieving and maintain abstinence long enough to create a solid recovery foundation. It becomes imperative for the recovering person to choose to engage in the ongoing process of growth and change, once abstinence is achieved.

People attending these programs participate in education lectures and treatment counseling in both one-on-one and small group settings. Some rehab programs also have additional activities such as yoga, introduction to spiritual principles of recovery and support groups.

The most important point is that most of these alcohol rehab program support the development of self-awareness, self-honesty and self-clarity. Continued engagement in this process leads to the development of self-responsibility, the ability to keep agreements, and self-accountability for one’s choices.

Treatment for addiction to and dependencies on alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, marijuana, and others are usually done in 28 days. These programs are generally not part of a medical hospital and do not provide medical supervision or detox services.

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A Shade Guide is Used to Measure Teeth Whitening Results

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It will help to know that when a person is looking into a teeth whitening practice the expected results can be measured through a number of shades. The number of shades that a teeth whitening process can handle will vary. A shade guide will be used to help with showing the possible results that one can get off of a teeth whitening process.

A shade guide will work with a series of hues. The lightest and whitest of these hues will be on the left end of the process. The right end will feature the darkest color of teeth.

The guide is going to work to show the potential standards for shades. These are shades that can vary according to a number of things. They can involve things like tooth discoloration that has been caused by a poor diet. They can also cover shades that can be created from discoloration that is caused by the use of certain types of prescription drugs.

The guide will work to help with measuring the colors that will be handled on the teeth as they are treated. A doctor will work to take a picture of one’s teeth before a teeth whitening practice is handled. The doctor will then take a new picture of the same teeth after the whitening is taken care of. Both pictures will be measured to see how many shades the teeth have changed according to a shade guide.

The shade guide that is most commonly used is the Vitapan Classic Shade Guide. This is a guide that works with sixteen different types of shades. This is a good scale that can show the many different colors that one’s teeth can become.

It will help to know that the average person who is going to get into a teeth whitening practice can expect one’s teeth to become whiter by two to five shades according to the Vitapan Classic Shade Guide. The teeth can end up becoming even whiter in some cases.

It will help to take a look at a shade guide to get an idea of the potential results that one can get when looking into a teeth whitening process. This is so it will be easier for a person to see what results one will be able to get into. This can help to get a person to see if a teeth whitening process is going to be worth it for one’s needs.

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The Challenges of Do-It-Yourself Alcohol Detoxification

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Face it, if you are dependent on alcohol, quitting is going to be hell. Of course, what do they say; “if you have to go through hell, don’t stop, keep going.” Yes, it’s a New Year, so perhaps one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to stop drinking, or maybe you just want to cut back substantially. If you are already an alcoholic, you know you are going to have to quit completely. You are probably wondering if that is even possible?

Well, it is possible, but you probably won’t be able to pull-it-off by yourself. You are going to need some support from friends and family, and perhaps some professional assistance, especially if you want it to stick. In fact, 90% of do-it-yourself alcohol detox successes relapse in less than four years. Most of those in the first 3-6 months. Okay so, 100% minus 90% = a 10% success rate for do-it-yourself alcohol detox.

Another interesting fact is that after so many tries and so many failures, dependent alcohol users stop believing they can quit or that it is even possible. That’s another depressing and sad fact.

Do-It-Yourself Alcohol Detox Can Be Dangerous to Your Health

Most people that try a Do-It-Yourself detox attempt to quit Cold Turkey. If you’ve been drinking for a while and consume a large amount of alcohol, chances are your body has become tolerant to the effects of the alcohol (poison, neurotoxin). Your body has become used to it, adjusted to it, and it has rewired your brain and your system.

If you abruptly take it away, your body can no longer function without it. That’s when all hell can break loose. This phenomenon is more than just overwhelming withdrawal symptoms. It’s literally shutting down your internal organs. This could lead to kidney failure, heart attack, lung problems, delirium tremens, ketoacidosis, brain damage, even death (cite below).

The Romanticism of the Cold Turkey Tough Guy Bravado

So, why do so many people try and fail at their do-it-yourself detox New Year’s Resolutions and goals? Well, if you’ve tried and failed in the past you certainly are not alone. You shouldn’t beat yourself up about it, or dwell on your failure. It’s not that you lack the will or character to see it through. The real problem is your body can’t handle it. Look, no matter how tough you think you are, or how much pain you can force yourself through – there is still the reality behind the alcohol use disorder.

We all wish we could muster the strength to just put down the alcohol and never take another drink. It’s just not that easy. Your body at this point needs alcohol to function, and your mind inherently knows that the only way to feel normal is to take a drink, then everything will be alright. Your brain is telling you that if you don’t feed your body alcohol, it’s not going to run right. Unfortunately, once alcohol dependency has set in, this is actually true. See the problem?

Sure, it would be quite sexy and show you are in total control if you could just quit cold turkey. It’s just that, well, it doesn’t work that way.

Reference:

“Alcohol and the brain: Pharmacological insights for psychiatrists,” by David Nutt, Published in The British Journal of Psychiatry Volume 175, Issue 2, August 1999, pp. 114-119.

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