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Whiten Teeth Naturally

We all want white teeth. Here is a natural way of whitening your teeth.

 

Mash a strawberry to a pulp, then mix with 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda until blended. Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth. Leave on for 5 minutes, then brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry–baking soda mix. Rinse. (A little floss will help get rid of any strawberry seeds.) Apply no more than once a week. More than once a week can damage the enamel.

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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Encouragement

 

Feeling Good

There are times when we need a little encouragement. If today is one of those days please read these great quotes and affirmations.

  • I will wake up in a happy, healthy, and more productive mood. I will enjoy more of life tomorrow than I did today. My very essence is programmed only for growth, only for abundance and in all areas of my life. All I have to do is choose to stay tuned to this idea and continue to spend time with people who are also tuned into this idea. – Jack Canfield
  • People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours. Live with Passion!
  • “Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”
  • If you believe, it WILL happen. Just have faith! God is directing your steps. He will give you the strength to live your life with a good attitude. When discouragement comes your way, just say, “No, thanks. I’m going to keep my joy. I know God is in control of my life. He is going to get me to where I’m supposed to be.”
  • God is directing your steps. He will give you the strength to live your life with a good attitude. When discouragement comes your way, just say, “No, thanks. I’m going to keep my joy. I know God is in control of my life. He is going to get me to where I’m supposed to be.”
  • You may be in a difficult season right now, but God is breathing new life into your spirit. Shake off discouragement and get a fresh vision. God has armed you with strength for every battle. You are closer than you think, and your victory is already on the way.
  • Smile! If you find yourself having a difficult day or challenged against negativity- just smile 🙂 A research team found that facial expressions can produce an effect on the body similar to actual emotions (positive or negative) they represent. To trigger a smile think of something that brings joy into your life.
  • Have the confidence to step out in faith and be that person who will help someone move forward. Help someone accomplish their dream. Encourage others and build them up. With God on your side, you can draw the best out of people and help them succeed.
  • Start asking God for big things in your life. Pray bold prayers, expect big and believe big. Ask God to bring to pass those hidden dreams that are deep in your heart. Pray with boldness, expecting God to show Himself strong!
 

10 Tips for Calming Your Mind

by Dr. Mark Hyman

Here is what we know about how to influence the mind-body and the body-mind system. Consider these essential survival skills. You cannot thrive without them!

  1. Address the Underlying Causes of Stress — Find the biological causes of problems with the mind by working on the 7 Keys to UltraWellness. Mercury toxicity or a magnesium or vitamin B12 deficiency or a toxic gut chemical or a gluten allergy could be changing your brain. So, by changing your body, you can change your mind!
  2. Relax — Learn how to ACTIVELY relax. To engage the powerful forces of the mind on the body, you must DO something — you can’t just sit there watching television or drinking beer.
  3. Learn New Skills — Try learning new skills such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, biofeedback, and progressive muscle relaxation or take a hot bath, make love, get a massage, watch a sunset, or walk in the woods or on the beach.
  4. Move Your Body — Exercise is a powerful, well-studied way to burn off stress chemicals and heal the mind, so just do it! It has been proven to be better than or equal to Prozac for treating depression.
  5. Optimize Your Nutrition — Clean up your diet from mind-robbing molecules like caffeine, alcohol, and refined sugars and eat regularly to avoid the short-term stress of starvation on your body.
  6. Supplement — Take a multivitamin and nutrients to help balance the stress response, such as vitamin C; the B-complex vitamins, including B6 and B5 or pantothenic acid; zinc; and most important, magnesium, the relaxation mineral.
  7. Try Herbs — Use adaptogenic herbs (herbs that help you adapt and balance your response to stress) such as ginseng, Rhodiola rosea, Siberian ginseng, cordyceps, and ashwagandha.
  8. Use Heat Therapy — Take a hot bath or a sauna to help your body deeply relax and turn on the relaxation response.
  9. Change Your Beliefs — Examine your beliefs, attitudes, and responses to common situations and consider reframing your point of view to reduce stress.
  10. Find a Community — Consciously build your network of friends, family, and community. They are your most powerful allies in achieving long-term health.
 

Top 10 Ways to Start Living Your Life

by Liz Strauss

Everyone Gets the Same 24 Hours

Life — it’s what we do between the time we get here and when we go. We only get one, and despite what other folks might suppose, it’s ours to determine what to do with it.

We don’t measure life in hours and minutes. We measure life in memories and moments.

What do you think of when you read this sentence?


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Life either happens to us, or we take hold of life and live it. Here are 10 Ways to get a life and start living it.

1. Give yourself permission to claim your life. That’s right — permission. You’re the only one who can decide you are in charge of your life. Even though it feels like you’re not supposed to do so, turn off the internal editors, the old tape recordings, the “shoulds, have tos, and musts”, and the rules that didn’t come from you.

2. Define what living means to you. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Just picture yourself at the end of your life looking back. What words would you want to describe how you lived your life and who you are as a person?
3. Stop living in the future. Every time you think “someday” or “when I have time I will,” stop. Ask yourself, “Why not now?” Think about this sentence, “I always wanted to, but never did.” Start doing the things you always planned to do. Choose your life every morning. Plan one thing you will do that day to feel alive.
4. Surround yourself with people who enjoy living. They’ve obviously discovered how to have a life and live it. Why not hang with the pros?
5. Lay down your pain and your anger. Carrying them around makes living harder and less fun. It doesn’t bring anything, and it steals a lot.
6. Let the losers win. Don’t argue about things that you don’t care about. Unless there’s some real threat, let the folks who have something to prove, prove what they need to. Why waste your living time trying to fix what’s wrong with them?
7. Create energy. Jump to forgiveness and love, then figure things out. Most conclusions we jump to are not only wrong, they’re negative. Negative conclusions lead us to prepare a defense. Being on the defensive isn’t living. It’s hiding from life.
8. Learn the physical symptoms of when your head and heart become disconnected. We know when we’re having a knee jerk reaction, when we’re feeling sorry for ourselves, and when we’re being blind to people’s feelings. We can remember how it felt physically while we were behaving badly. Get to know those symptoms, and you can stop the behavior. Living life will feel a whole lot safer because you won’t be in danger of shooting yourself in the foot.
9. Take small risks that push your boundaries in every way. The joy of life is packed in learning that matches our skill set. When we stretch just a bit intellectually, physically, emotionally, we grow. Living is growing. Even your cells know that.
10. Value and protect the people and the places you care about. A job isn’t a life. It’s just a part of one. Let the people you care about come first, and let everyone know that you do. Re-read numbers 1 and 2.

We come into life with whatever we’ve got. It’s ours to do with. It took me a while to figure that out — that my life isn’t just what happens to me, that I could take hold of it.

 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Encouragement

 

Being Happy and Positive

Last year I started a blog and noticed that everything I posted was negative so I deleted it. I want to be more positive and happy so instead I replaced the old blog with this one. I am a pessimist and don’t want to be that anymore so I’m going to try and be more optimistic. I’m going to “always look at the bright side of life” from the musical Spamalot. I am a huge musical theatre fan and seeing a show always makes me happy.

This blog is going to have postings to help anyone reading it be more happy and positive. To be happy you have to love yourself so for the ladies (and the men if they are interested) I will be posting home recipes to make your skin and hair look good without all the chemicals like in today’s products. It’s much better for you and the environment.

I hope that I can inspire at least one person who reads my blog.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2011 in Encouragement

 
 
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