Brushing your teeth is easy, right? We’ve been doing it since we were kids, and there’s really no trick to it. Or at least that’s what we thought. It turns out, there are some things we’re all doing that could be affecting the effectiveness of our brushing, and in the long run that could come back to bite us (pun only slightly intended).
Take a look at some of the most common brushing mistakes and see if you’re committing any of them!
1. Too Much Pressure
The harder you brush, the better it is, right? Wrong. According to Matt Messina, a dentist from Ohio, brushing your teeth too hard doesn’t really accomplish anything.
“I think one of the biggest issues that people have is that they try to scrub their teeth too hard. They feel like if they really don’t go at the teeth, like they’re trying to clean the grout in their bathroom tile, that they’re not doing the right job,” says Messina. “The best way to fix this is to take away the mental issue of ‘scrub’ and ‘scrub brush’ and replace it with the word ‘massage.’”
2. You Don’t Replace Your Brush
If the only time you’re replacing your toothbrush is when you go see the dentist, then you’re certainly not replacing it as frequently as you should be. Sure, you might love the way it works or how it feels, but after three months, you should be heading to the store to get a new toothbrush.
Of course, if your bristles are frayed, the color has changed, or the brush looks in any way dirty, you should be replacing it far before three months.
3. Wrong Tooth Brush
There are so many toothbrush options at the store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and just pick whichever is cheaper. However, dentist Kimberly Harms says that you should be looking at a myriad of things, such as length of the bristles, size of the head, and how it reaches your gums. Whether it’s manual or electric, that’s really up to you, but Harms says there’s one thing you must have.
“The one thing that we really insist upon — it’s very important — is it has to have soft bristles,” she says. “The bristles need to be able to bend, to kind of get right under that gum.”
Dentist Maricelle Abayon agrees with this statement.
“Sometimes people think that the harder the bristles are, the more they’ll clean. But that’s not something that’s necessarily true,” says Abayon. “Soft bristles clean very effectively, more than the hard bristles. The hard bristles actually can wear down your tooth structure.”
4. You Go Side To Side
The motions of brushing your teeth seems pretty straightforward, but in fact, it’s the opposite. When you’re brushing, you should avoid going side to side, according to dentist Sangeeta Gajendra.
“In fact, you can do damage,” she says. “Start from the gum, and go up and down.”
5. You Rush
Brushing should last at least two minutes each time, and that should be happening twice a day. But we’re definitely all guilty of cutting that time short when we’re trying to rush out the door (or to bed).
“We used to suggest, back in the day, we’d talk about using an egg timer or something like that,” Messina says. “But everybody has this wonderful thing on their body all the time now called a cell phone. If you want to set a timer and set it for 2 minutes, that’s great.
Messina has another suggestion, too.
“I see a lot of young people walking around with headphones on,” she says. “If you can leave your headphones in and put on a song, your average pop song’s in the 2-3 minute range. So if you brush while you listen to one of your favorite songs, you’ve probably been in there long enough.”
6. You Hurry
When you eat something sickeningly sweet, your first instinct is generally to hurry and brush your teeth. While you may think you’re helping by getting that sugar out of your mouth quickly, you could actually be helping it harm your teeth.
“You have the acid sitting in your mouth and now you’re using abrasives,” says Seattle dentist Andy Marashi. “So you’re kind of helping the acid erode away your tooth.”
Marashi suggests waiting 15 to 20 minutes after a sugary snack to brush your teeth so your saliva can do its job before you start brushing.
“Or rinse out your mouth with some water, to get rid of some of that acid before you brush,” he says.
7. You Ignore The Gums & Tongue
It’s called a tooth brush, not a gum brush, so people often forget that the gums are just as important to care for, considering that’s where a lot of bacteria hangs out.
“You have about a millimeter of gum tissue where your tooth comes outside your gum, you want to kind of get under there, just about a millimeter, maybe 2 or 3 millimeters, right under the gum,” Harms says. “So the bristle needs to be able to bend.”
Hans Malstrom, a dentist from Rochester, New York, agrees with Harms, and has something recommendations on how to help.
“We spend more time on the chewing surface and we don’t really get down on the gum line,” says Malmstrom. “That’s one of the most common things — they don’t brush along the gum line. We normally recommend to angle the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline.”
Marashi also reminds people to brush their tongue, as weird as that may sound.
“Most people don’t brush the tongue side of the teeth,” says Marashi. “It’s very easy to tell. You get a line of inflammation. Not to mention the debris that sits there and becomes what we call calculus.”
8. You Slack
Yes, brushing your teeth is a lot of effort when done properly, but chances are you’d rather have a full set of clean teeth than a mouth full of raggedy rotten ones. You need to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and at least one of those times needs to be “exceptional.” Brush, floss, use mouthwash, the whole shebang.
“As long as we go in and stir up the bacteria once every 24 hours, we can keep them less productive and less dangerous,” Messina says. “Once a day, a good thorough brushing-flossing-rinsing does wonders.”
So there you have it. Eight things we’re probably all doing wrong when brushing our teeth. Who would have thought?
How many of these things are you doing?
If you’re trying to lose weight, then you’ve most likely stepped on the scale in the last few weeks. It can be a discouraging if you don’t see the numbers move, but it can also be a great feeling once you see them go down. The thing is, the scale isn’t really the best way to gauge weight loss. Sure, you see the numbers, but you can gain muscle or have your body composition change, and that doesn’t show up on the scale.
Weighing yourself is an important part of most diet and exercise routines, but a lot of people are making mistakes when it comes to stepping on the scale. These are some common mistakes people are doing when weighing themselves.
1. You’re weighing yourself every day.
When you weigh yourself every day, you can make yourself anxious and develop an unhealthy relationship with the scale. Obsessively weighing yourself doesn’t give you the whole picture in terms of what’s going on in your body, and it can end up stressing you out. When you’re stressed, your body develops the hormone called cortisol. Unfortunately, cortisol leads to an increase in cravings of sugar and fat, so weighing yourself every day could actually harm your weight loss journey.
2. You’re using a digital scale.
Digital scales are the most common and arguably most convenient ones on the market. The issue with digital scales, however, is that their accuracy can be very skewed. Moving your digital scale even a little bit can cause it to become uncalibrated. Chances are, you’re not calibrating it every morning, so your scale will most likely be inaccurate. If you want an extremely accurate reading of your weight, it’s best to use the professional scales you see at a doctor’s office.
3. You’re not taking the weather into account.
Yes, the weather can affect your weight, or more specifically, your scale. Digital scales tend to read heavier in colder weather and when there are high levels of humidity. In fact, one study showed that there can be as much as a 3.4lb difference in weight readings depending solely on the temperature. So the next time there’s a cold spike or a heat wave and you step in the scale, just remember to keep that in mind.
4. You’re weighing yourself at night.
Perhaps you’re someone who likes to step on the scale after your evening shower and bed time routine. If this is the case, it might be time to switch things up. When you step on the scale at night, your weight is undoubtedly going to be higher. You’ve eaten at least 3 meals that day plus taken in fluids. You can gain between 6 and 8lbs in a day just based on natural variabilities, so it’s best to weigh yourself in the morning before you get on with your day.
5. You’re weighing yourself after you shower.
A lot of people have a morning routine which involves showering, and I’m sure there are also a lot of people who include weighing themselves in that routine. The issue is that some people weight themselves after the shower, and that’s not a good idea.
“Your skin is the largest organ in the body and absorbs fluid easily,” says Dr. Keith Kantor, a leading nutritionist and CEO of the Nutritional Addiction Mitigation Eating and Drinking (NAMED) program. “After a swim or a shower, your body can absorb 1 to 3 cups of water, increasing your true weight by a few pounds.”
Plus, if you have long hair like me, it’s going to be a lot heavier when it’s wet.
6. You’re weighing yourself after a workout.
Stepping on the scale after a workout makes sense, in theory. You’ve just burned off some calories, so clearly you’ve lost weight, right? Not quite. Yes, the number on your scale might have gone down, but that’s because you were sweating during your workout. For every 16oz of sweat your lose, you’ll lose 1lb. A better way to gauge the effectiveness of your workout in regards to weight loss is checking the next morning. That will give you a more accurate depiction.
7. You’re using different scales.
Maybe you’ve got a few different scales in the bathroom, or maybe you’re alternating between your scale at home and a scale at the gym. Either way, different scales will give you different readings, and it could start to mess with your head. Different scales can have a difference of between 5 and 10lbs, which if you’re trying to track weight loss, can be discouraging. Stick with one scale for consistency’s sake, so you’ll be able to see relative results based off one set of readings.
8. You’re weighing yourself around your period.
Ladies, you probably already know this, but it’s worth mentioning. When you’re PMSing, you retain water and it can affect your weight.
“Women retain more fluid right before their menstrual cycle starts,” says Kantor. “There is a lot of fluid retention that can influence weight gain by up to 7 to 8 pounds.”
Plus, let’s not forget the extra snacks we tend to eat. Take a break from the scale during your time of the month.
9. Your scale is in the wrong place.
Unfortunately, even though they’re called bathroom scales, putting your scale on the bathroom floor can be causing it to read incorrectly.
“If a scale is on carpet, uneven tile, or wood it can also appear to be calibrated poorly,” says Kantor.
Your scale needs to be on a hard, flat surface for accurate read outs. If your bathroom tile is level, then keep doing what you’re doing, but if it’s not then it might be time to find a different place in the house to leave the scale!
10. You’re wearing clothes.
Some people don’t feel comfortable in the nude, and that’s totally fine, but it means that your scale readings will be higher than what you actually weigh. If you’re going to weigh yourself at the gym, make sure your shoes are off and that you’re wearing very lightweight clothes. If you’re weighing yourself at home, try and do it with as little clothing as possible, if any at all. Also, if you are going to wear clothes during a weigh-in, try and wear the same outfit every time so that you know you’re getting consistent results.
There are multiple reasons why the scale isn’t the most accurate way to indicate weight loss, and these are some of the mistakes to prove it.
How often do you weigh yourself?
Lately, it seems like Jimmy Kimmel is everywhere.
When he’s not hosting the Oscars, he’s making us all tear up with updates about his son Billy’s heart condition.
But with Kimmel constantly on our TVs and computer screens these days, it’s easy to forget just how different he used to look.
By his own account, Kimmel grew up as a binge eater, with a love for greasy food like pizza and chicken wings.
He blames his love for food on growing up with an Italian mother, and on living in Las Vegas – where the streets are lined with all-you-can-eat buffets.
But Kimmel says he never watched his waistline, or even owned a scale until he bought one on a whim in 2010.
When he stepped on, he was stunned to see he weighed 208 pounds.
Around the same time, TV host Dr. Oz teased Kimmel for his size during an appearance on his show.
The next day, Oz called Kimmel back to tell him he was serious.
“I’m worried about you. You’re a young man. You have to take care of yourself,” the doctor told him.
“You know what?” Kimmel told Men’s Journal about the intervention, “Dr. Oz shouldn’t care more about my health more than I do.”
Kimmel’s first attempt to lose weight was dangerous and severe, but the TV host explains that “there’s no dipping my toe in the water” for him.
“I’m all the way in,” he explained.
That meant limiting himself to “two protein shakes and a very small dinner every day” for two months.
Afterwards, Kimmel “eased up,” moving to a strict 2,000-calorie-per-day limit.
The crash diet helped Kimmel shed weight quickly, but these days he has a more relaxed – but still bizarre – diet plan.
When Jill Richards went in for a routine ultrasound in 2016, she had no idea what kind of long, stressful journey she was about to embark on.
The procedure revealed she was pregnant with a pair of twin girls. Normally that’s a cause for celebration, but her unborn children were conjoined twins.
Right away, Richards and her family – including her husband Michael and their two sons – relocated from their home in North Texas to Houston, to be close to her pediatric surgeon.
Already, a team of doctors at the Texas Children’s Hospital were preparing for the birth.
Not just to care for the twins, but also for the dangerous surgery to separate them.
Richard gave birth to Anna Grace and Hope Richards in December of 2016.
The birth was a success, but the doctors could tell that dividing the twins with surgery would not be easy.
The girls, who weighed a combined 9 pounds, 12 ounces, shared a chest wall, heart lining, diaphragm, and liver.
Their bodies also posed a unique challenge for the doctors: the twin’s hearts were connected by a blood vessel that would have to be severed.
As the twins and their family waited for the operation, a team of doctors spent more than a year rehearsing and preparing for the risky procedure.
As we get older, we get used to hearing a lot of unusual sounds from our bodies.
They pop, click, and gurgle whenever we have to move around, which can be a little embarrassing and annoying.
But with so many noises, it can be hard to sort out the dangerous ones from the simply annoying.
Here are 12 of the most common noises, and what to do if you hear them.
If it sounds like you’re making popcorn when you stand up, there’s nothing to worry about – you’re just getting old. As long as your popping joint doesn’t hurt, it’s perfectly healthy.
Our joints are full of a cushioning liquid called Synovial fluid. When we move, air bubbles in the fluid pop.
The noise is especially common in the neck or shoulder, because of our bone structure.
The noise is also the same one you hear when you “crack” your knuckles. And yes, that habit is harmless too.
We always say this means that you’re hungry, but that’s only half right.
The growling noise is caused when air and fluids are pushed out your digestive tract. The same movement just triggers when we’re feeling hungry.
When you lay your head down on a pillow, you can probably hear a “whooshing” sound. This is the sound of blood pumping through the veins and arteries of your ear.
Now, if you notice the same sound when you’re sitting or standing, you may have a problem. It could be a sign of an ear infection, or allergies, so see a doctor.
Like snoring, these noisy outbursts could be caused by sleep apnea, or when your airway collapses as you’re lying down.
If you feel tired on days after your partner complains about the noise, it might be time to see a sleep specialist.
Everyone’s biggest fear when stepping in a doctor’s office is coming out with an illness they never knew they had.
One of my friends had been complaining of intense stomach pain for months. She visited the doctor regularly to get blood work and was on stress pills for quite some time. She even got an endoscopy, where they inspected her stomach from the inside to see if there was anything wrong.
They discovered nothing.
After months of what she described as pure agony, my friend was referred to a gynecologist, who shed some light on what’s been going on.
Turns out it wasn’t her stomach that wreaking havoc on her health, it was her baby making parts.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, anyone who has their period is at risk of developing a condition known as endodemitriosis.
It’s estimated that 1 in 10 women have it, and they may not even know they do. Some women show obvious signs, like my friend, and others may not show any signs of the condition at all.
Some celebrities have been coming forward to speak about their personal struggle to raise awareness about this condition.
Dancing with the Stars dancer Julianne Hough recently opened up to E! News, revealing how she has been suffering “in silence.”
Singer-songwriter Halsey also has been suffering with the condition for years, saying she has had to go “backstage in the middle of my sets, or fighting back tears on an airplane, or even being in so much pain [that she] would vomit or faint.”
Scary stuff. Here’s all you need to know about this mystery illness:
We all have our very own internal body clocks, and that can easily be disrupted if our mental or physical health is compromised.
While it’s not uncommon to wake up naturally in the middle of the night, oftentimes there’s an underlying reason that you’re not getting enough shut eye.
Bedtime is when your body recharges for the next day, but when we wake up, that energy cycle is interrupted, putting your overall health at risk.
If you’re having trouble falling asleep between 9:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m, or wake up sometime between 11:00 p.m and 7:00 a.m, keep reading to see what you can do to get your best night’s sleep.
Do you have trouble sleeping before the clock strikes midnight? This is actually very common, and it doesn’t have to do with you being a night owl.
People who report having difficulty falling asleep between 9:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m tend to be overly stressed. It’s likely that your metabolism has slowed down and your brain’s amygdala is working overtime. This area of your brain is responsible for the fight or flight response.
Participate in some relaxation exercises before you sleep to calm your mind and increase oxygen flow in your body.
That what you need to do if you’re having trouble falling asleep. What if you’re waking up at a certain time during the night?
After all the health problems my family and I have experienced the past few years, we decided to cut caffeine from our diet and change up our morning routine with a delicious age-old health drink.
While this concoction may not give you the desired kick you need in the morning, it will benefit your health in the long term.
To be honest, it was hard to make the switch from fresh-brewed coffee to hot water. Caffeine is more addicting than you think, and your body will start to feel like it’s going in withdrawal for a few days.
Trust me, bite the bullet on this one so that the next few decades of your life don’t involve regular doctor visits.
Here are five benefits you will reap by regularly drinking this mixture every morning:
Can you wiggle your ears without using your fingers?
It’s a strange question, but if you have to ask yourself the answer is probably “no.”
You either can wiggle your ears or you can’t, and there’s a special reason why only some of us have the gift.
Why can some people move their ears in the first place?
Well, you probably share your home with at least one ear-wiggler, and it should be obvious if you think about them.
Your dog or cat can move their ears, just like horses or other mammals.
It helps them hear better, and to identify where noises are coming from. That’s very useful for an animal with natural predators that want to eat them.
So how come humans are left out of the wiggling club?
As humans evolved, some traits stopped being useful for us, including being able to move our ears.
Over thousands of years, the ability died out from one generation to the next. But it still lives on in some of us, because it’s useless but not dangerous or deadly.
Surveys say that 10-20% of the population can still wiggle their ears, and wiggling is usually common among family members.
But even if you don’t have wiggly ears, the muscles around your ears will still react to loud noises as if they can move.
But this cute feature isn’t the only leftover trait from our ancestors.
Sometimes sleeping on the couch just happens, the TV is on, you’ve had a long day, and you just start to drift off. It doesn’t seem like the end of the world, and you figure you’ll probably fall asleep easier on the couch anyways. You might want to rethink this habit.
Sleeping on the couch could actually make for a really bad sleep and potential future health problems. Next time you find yourself getting sleepy on the couch, it’s best to move it to your bed instead.
Your couch is meant to be sat on, not slept on. To get comfortable on a couch, you’re probably sleeping in a bad position. Most of us sleep on our sides, to do this, we need enough support from what we’re sleeping on. This position is very hard to achieve properly on a couch.
Although it may seem very comfortable at the time, you’ll actually get less sleep throughout the night when your body is trying to find a comfortable position. The most commonly comfortable position on a couch will actually damage your back and harm your neck muscles. If you do this frequently, it could lead to serious medical conditions in the future.
We often feel back pain out of the blue with no clear idea of where it came from. Most back pain doesn’t stem from a specific injury or accident but actually from sleep. It feels out of the blue most of the time, because it often happens after repeatedly sleeping in the wrong position.
Sleeping on the couch can increase the pressure on your spine, making it a lot more likely for your body to have back pain in the long run.
Comfortable does not always mean supportive. Unlike mattresses, couches were not made to support your entire body while sleeping. Mattresses are designed to distribute your weight across the full surface of the bed, whereas couches lack that structure.
When you sleep on a couch, your whole body is supported differently, which means you will most likely wake up in pain. It is actually better for you to sleep on the floor than the couch, although it may not seem like it.
And from here, it only gets gross…
If you’ve cared for a loved one with dementia, you know how difficult it can be.
My own grandparents lived through the disease, and watching them transform before my eyes was very difficult.
But I’m not alone. More than 5 million people in the United States are living with dementia. And that number is only expected to go up as our population gets older.
While there are some habits that will help prevent the condition, one facility has its own surprising approach to treating patients with dementia.
Hogeweyk is a village of 150 people, within the town of Weesp, in the Netherlands.
Every day, the village’s elderly residents wake up, go to the cafe, meet their friends for a drink, do some grocery shopping, and enjoy Hogeweyk’s lovely gardens.
But all of the village’s residents have advanced stage dementia.
In fact, the “village” is just a very large care home, designed to look like a small town.
Hogeweyk has its own grocery store, a pub, a theater, and a post office.
The villagers are free to use real money (if they can) but usually pay with fake Hogeweyk money given to them at the start of every month.
While it may sound challenging, there’s a team of nursing home employees on hand to help the residents.
They’re just disguised as regular people – no white coats or smocks – to keep up the illusion.
Hogeweyk’s director says the inspiration for the unique nursing home was creating an independent, almost normal way of life, compatible with severe memory loss.
And life in Hogeweyk has some surprising perks.
Do you pay attention to the way you sleep at night? You’ve probably noticed the way your partner sleeps. My boyfriend likes to sprawl out on the bed and take as much room as possible, which is less than ideal for me.
I’m usually a fetal position sleeper, but I often find that when I go to bed at night, I wake up differently in the morning! The thing is, the way you sleep can actually give away a lot about your personality.
So what does yours say about you?
Did you know that about 41% of people sleep in the fetal position, and more than double the amount of women do than men?
If you sleep in the fetal position naturally, then you have a hard shell. However, the reality is you’re a big softy on the inside! It takes a while for you to feel comfortable around new people, but when you do open up they wonder how you were ever shy in the first place!
Sleeping on your side helps to relieve pressure on your spine and can prevent acid reflux.
Personally, this sounds extremely uncomfortable, but apparently 15% of people find that sleeping on their side with their arms by their side is the best way to go. But even though the sleeping position is boring, doesn’t mean the person is!
People who sleep in the log position are social butterflies and love being friends with everyone! They’re very popular and trusting, but that also means they’re gullible. Maybe they’re so tired from being social they can fall asleep in any position!
If you fall asleep on your side with your arms stretched out in front of you, some people might think you’re trying to find your spouse (or an extra pillow.) The reality is, people who sleep in the yearner position are actually pretty complicated. They’re very cynical about things happening around them, but try to keep an open mind. Decisions are made slowly and suspiciously, but once one is made, that decision is stuck to!
But what about the other positions?
There’s not a home in America that doesn’t have a bottle or two of Vicks VapoRub in their medicine cabinet.
The topical ointment is great for all your aches and pains, but the cooling cream has so many other uses that could save you a lot of time and money. I mean A LOT.
If you’re not willing to spend hundreds of dollars to potty train your pets, leave some VapoRub in places that they relieve themselves most often. Vets say dogs and cats hate the smell of the ointment, so the smell of Vicks will remind them that what they did was wrong.
Vicks will also prevent your cat from scratching up all your beloved furniture. Leave the ointment on any piece of furniture that they like to scratch on, before it gets completely destroyed.
Vicks VapoRub is extremely moisturizing, which means it can make your cracked heels look as good as new. Before you go to bed, rub some of the ointment on your heels. In the morning, wash your feet with cold water and scrub away dead skin, and then moisturize.
The cream is also great to cure toenail fungus. Apply the ointment on the affected nail every night, and then wear an old, but clean, sock. In the morning, wash your feet and clip off the infected nail.
If you massage this ointment for a few minutes onto your stretch marks or wrinkles at least once a day, you’ll notice that these unwanted lines will disappear within a couple weeks.
Gently massage VapoRub with a little bit of salt on your bruised skin for a few minutes. You’ll notice that the cream will reduce the swelling, and in a short time the bruise will disappear.
Before you sleep, put a small amount of Vicks on your pimples or acne. In the morning, wash your face, and repeat for the next couple days until the problem is solved.
Wrinkles are the most frustrating part about getting older. Your body might change as you get older, but at least you can hide that. Your face is always in the open and you wrinkles show exactly how old you are.
I began to get wrinkles at a young age making me always looking older than I am. I can’t imagine how young I would look without wrinkles on my face. Trust me, I have tried every cream in the book. Surprisingly, foods provide the best fix. Here are seven foods to make your skin look young again.
Usually sugar is bad for you skin, but the natural sugar in honey can actually help it because even though it’s sugar, it doesn’t cause inflammation in your body and skin the way regular sugar does. Honey is anti-viral, and it’s an antioxidant, which both of which are great for the skin. The best part is that you can choose to ingest it, or use it as a face mask.
Eating berries can create cell regeneration for new skin. They also contain flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamins, probiotics, and tons of antioxidants. All of which are great for your skin.
3. Leafy greens.
Any leafy green vegetable helps keep your skin healthy and hydrated. These greens are like a super vitamin full of antioxidants. You can even drink your greens in a smoothie as an easy way to help absorb the nutrients quicker. Any leafy greens contain the antioxidants but broccoli, kale, and spinach might give you the best results.
Tomatoes contain a ton of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps build collagen which makes your skin firmer. They also have lycopene, which protects your skin from UV damage and improves your vascular system. Tomatoes work so well that you will notice glowing skin after just six weeks of regularly eating them.
This next one not only gets you better skin, it can also slow down development of some cancers.
Colleen wanted to be a mother for as long as she could remember. Like most teenage girls, she dreamed of how her life would unfold.
“I joked with my friends that I had a year to find a guy, get married and have a baby. The timeline I set out as a teenager said baby at 26,” she said.
Unfortunately, life didn’t go according to plan. She passed the age of 26, and all she gained was heartbreak from failed relationships. As she got closer to her mid-30s, it was time to make a decision. That being said, she knew one thing for certain: She still wants to be a mother.
Colleen had to make a choice. Would she continue trying to find the right person? Or would she have to opt for another route?
When she turned 34, she decided she would try artificial insemination. But doctors told her that her fallopian tubes may be blocked. Her chance of having a baby through this method was less than 5%. This was devastating news, but she wasn’t ready to walk away just yet.
Colleen was given another option: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
Artificial insemination involves having a donor’s sperm inserted in the body, while IVF is a process by which an egg is combined with sperm outside the body.
“This threw me for a loop,” she recalled. “It was one thing for me to do artificial insemination on my own, but the leap to IVF was more than I was prepared for. It was scary to think of all the needles I would have to give myself and didn’t know if I could do it.”
Colleen thought about it for four years, and then she finally made a life-changing decision.
More than a decade ago, I watched my grandparents go through the late stages of dementia.
Watching two people I love change so dramatically before my eyes is something I’ll never forget.
I try to lead a healthy lifestyle, but what’s so scary about these memory conditions is it seems like they can strike anyone.
Lately, I’ve been looking for answers, trying to learn if there’s a proven way to stop or slow down conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Tragically, treatments and “cures” for memory conditions are still a work in progress. And while some research is promising, the results for average people are years away.
Thankfully, doctors can say with some certainty that these three things will slow down the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Don’t imagine you need to hit the gym, or look like a pro athlete to keep dementia at bay.
Research shows that even gentle, aerobic exercise – like walking for 30 minutes a day – does wonders for your brain.
Exercise increases blood flow, which sharpens your thinking skills. But it also releases chemical that slow down the brain’s aging process.
If you’re already getting a little exercise, going just a bit further, faster, or longer will pay off years from now.
But be sure to also use the next two techniques to fight memory conditions.
Chores suck, there’s no arguing this. No matter how much we hate doing them, they have to get done. This means that we’re stuck doing them, because most of us can’t afford maids or housekeepers, unfortunately.
Luckily for us, science has proven that some everyday chores actually have life-changing health benefits, some of which can actually save your life. So, next time you’re doing annoying chores, remember that you will live longer and happier because of them.
Gardening can reduce your risk of a first-time heart attack or stroke by 30%. This also works by doing other DIY projects. So, if you don’t already have a garden, there’s no time like the present to start one. Even plant a few flowers if you don’t have room for a full garden.
Many studies have shown that people who make their beds in the mornings start their day on a positive note, and it makes them feel more productive. Most people feel a sense of accomplishment after making their beds, translating to more motivation in completing tasks in the day.
Also, it is the best being able to get into a made bed at the end of a long and stressful day.
This seems crazy but it’s actually true. A study showed that people with an extremely cluttered house are 77% more likely to be overweight or obese.
This is because it is harder to make healthy eating choices if your kitchen is a mess. Your instinct is just to go to the fastest and easiest meal option rather than digging through the clutter of food.
Ladies, raise your hand if you’re ready for women to stop being treated like second-class citizens because of our reproductive organs. What’s that? You dislocated your shoulder raising your hand so quickly? Maybe you should have a man check to make sure it’s actually dislocated. You might be over-reacting, y’know.
In all seriousness, women are pandered to left, right, and center. Sometimes it’s from men, other times it’s from other women, like the CEO of Pepsi Co. who decided that Lady Doritos needed to be a thing.
But perhaps the biggest issue women are facing revolves around our periods. How many of you have heard “oh you’re angry…must be that time of the month!” Or maybe it’s just that time of the day where you’re being an idiot, Jim. Did you ever think about that?
Period pain is wildly unpredictable, and the only constant is that it’s painful. Men just don’t get it. They also claim women are being dramatic and that it’s “not that bad.” Oh I’m sorry, have you ever had one of your internal organs shed itself for a good four days? No? Then you don’t get to tell me if it’s “that bad.”
A doctor in the UK suggested that women who suffer from menstrual cramping should be given paid leave by employers. According to 1000 women surveyed, 52% of women acknowledged their period pain affects their ability to work. Of that 52%, practically one third of them had taken a sick day as a result of the pain.
“Menstruation is normal, but some women suffer terribly and they suffer in silence,” said Dr. Gedis Grudzinskas. “I don’t think women should be shy about it, and companies should be accommodating with leave for women who are struggling with painful periods.”
That suggestion took us nowhere, as men still didn’t believe that period cramps were that bad.
Don’t worry, though. That just changed.
Wendy Williams is a daytime television veteran. She has hosted her own show, The Wendy Williams Show, since 2008, and before that she was a radio host for many years. She won “Best On-Air Personality” in 1993.
Williams’s show is always known for its high-energy and pointed questions to guests, always trying to stir the pot. But during her Halloween episode, Williams passed out on live television.
She began to stumble on her words, and her feet. Within seconds she had hit the ground, completely passed out. The show immediately cut to black, but not before viewers could see the producers and crew rush to help the host.
“That was not a stunt. I overheated in my costume and I did pass out,” Williams later said.
But it turns out that her collapse was a signal of something more serious.