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Wednesday, March 18 , 2015

Yawn Away Wrinkles

Yawning is so contagious…and it can be embarrassing if done at the wrong place or the wrong time. But there's a way you can make it really good for you. Here's how…

Each time you yawn (or every other yawn when you are not surrounded by people), use the opportunity to tone your face and neck muscles. Inhale deeply as you yawn, and open your mouth as wide as it will go. As you exhale, stick out your tongue and roll your eyes upward. If you're alone—or around people with ear buds or who don't mind you making weird noises—make a loud roar like a lion. These are classic yoga moves that have been used for centuries to reduce neck and face wrinkles. They work!

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Wednesday, May 28 , 2014

Sock in Your Mouth?

Do you need to give a speech, a toast or a special presentation? Or is it time to make that life-changing request? Congrats, special person! Here's what to do to avoid that nervous, icky dry mouth that'll make your talk all sketchy.

When it's time to make that all-important speech—or pop that critical question—you want to seem calm and sound confident. That's hard to do when your mouth is dry.

First, what not to drink: Avoid cold beverages. Cold drinks will fix your dry mouth, but they tend to tighten up your already-tense throat. Don’t drink coffee…it might wake you up, but it will dehydrate your mouth and throat. Stay away from milk or cream. Dairy drinks can create phlegm, which will give you a slight gargle when you raise your voice (yikes!).

Here’s what to drink or eat: Warm tea is your best bet. Ginger tea is the very best, if you have time to make it the morning before your big talk. Also, eat a nice, crisp apple, which will hydrate your mouth and make it feel great.

If you don’t have ginger or can’t get to an apple and your mouth is dry as a bone, gently chew your tongue. In less than 20 seconds, you’ll manufacture all the saliva you’ll need to end your dry mouth. Good luck!

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Monday, May 12 , 2014

Five-Cent Fix for Canker Sores

Canker sores are hard little nodes that can develop on your gums, inside your cheeks and on your tongue. No one is quite sure why they happen…usually stress or a reaction to something you ate brings them about. You may think that they are interchangeable with cold sores…but they are not! Unlike cold sores, canker sores don't come from a viral infection and are not contagious. Since canker sores are usually hidden and rarely harmful, they are hardly worth buying medicine for. But they are quite annoying…and could hang around for a few weeks. So here's a simple remedy from your kitchen to get rid of them fast…

Dip a regular black tea bag in boiling water just long enough to saturate it. When it's cooled off slightly, squeeze out most of the water. Apply the damp tea bag to the canker sore for three minutes. You may have to repeat the tea application again once more, but the canker sore should be gone by the end of the day. If the canker sore is very painful or more sores appear, please see your doctor.

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Friday, September 27 , 2013

Sweet Cure for Canker Sores

Do you ever get an annoying, slightly painful bump on the inside of your cheek, your gums or on your tongue (yuk!) that seems to linger for days or even weeks? That bump is a canker sore, and you probably have the cure for it sitting in your pantry right now. This is what you do: Several times throughout the day, keep a glob (about one-half teaspoon) of blackstrap molasses in your mouth on the canker sore for at least 15 minutes. Then spit it out and rinse your mouth out thoroughly, because the sugar content in molasses can promote tooth decay. Molasses contains multiple nutrients that help fast, natural healing.

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Thursday, August 22 , 2013

Bite Your Tongue to Cure Your Headache

Are your temples throbbing with unexplained pain? You might want to try some acupressure to get rid of that headache. Stick your tongue out about one-half inch, and bite down on it as hard as you can without hurting yourself. Soon (a few minutes or so), you’ll feel the pain dissipate from your head. Release your tongue from its teeth clamp, and take a deep breath. Your headache should be history.

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