Even though some dreams seem to last ages while you are experiencing them, they generally only take about 2-3 seconds. Most people have at least seven dreams a night.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The condition of a person's oral health is often a reflection of their overall health. For example, some studies link periodontal disease with a higher risk of coronary heart disease.
If eyes are the window to your soul, then your smile is your front door. Think about what enters that mouth on a daily basis, from what we eat and drink to the microbes we are exposed to. The mouth is not an island … it is directly linked to the entire body and in close proximity to the heart, lungs, and brain.
To truly make a difference in our oral health, we need to think beyond the toothbrush. Diet plays a huge role in keeping your teeth their healthiest and brightest, Every meal gives us a chance to strengthen our tooth enamel, guard against gum disease, and make our dentist happy!
Go crazy for Carrots
Carrots contain vitamin A needed for healthy tooth enamel. They also stimulate healthy saliva production, which can help wash away food stains.
Boost Bell Pepper Intake
Bell peppers actually have twice the amount of vitamin C found in oranges— approximately 117 mg per cup. Often prescribed by dermatologists for skin health, [vitamin C] is an important ingredient in the health of gum tissue.
Pick plaque-fighting pineapples
Pineapples can do more than just add tropical flair to your favourite smoothies or juices. This fruit is also rich in an enzyme called bromelain, which has been used to fight inflammation but may also be good for oral health. Bromelain has been shown to break up plaque and act as a natural stain remover.
Amp up your apples
Apples work as gentle abrasives to cleanse your teeth and palate. An apple a day can keep the dentist away. Fermented apples may also spruce up your smile.
Mix apple cider vinegar with baking soda to make a paste to brush onto teeth, or gargle with it before brushing to help remove surface stains.
Sesame Seeds and Nuts
Sesame seeds and nuts help scrub away plaque, and they also contain calcium that helps keep teeth strong. Really, any kind of hard and crunchy vegetable is good for the teeth because they act as an abrasive and stimulate saliva to prevent plaque.
Make Kale King
Foods that contain calcium and vitamin C, such as kale, are a must-have staple in a healthy diet. Not only is [kale] packed with essential vitamins and minerals for healthy teeth and gums, it also [contains] antioxidants. For what we call a "smile booster smoothie," It is good to blend kale with frozen berries, a banana, Greek yogurt, ice, and chilled green tea.
Snacking on celery sticks stimulates saliva production, countering common problems such as dry mouth and helping to reduce your risks of dental decay.
Suck on Strawberries
Strawberries are a great, natural way to whiten teeth. You can just eat them or go a step further and brush your teeth with a paste of strawberries and baking soda, but be sure to thoroughly clean teeth afterward to prevent tooth decay.
Chew on some cheese
It might sound unlikely, but one of the best and easiest ways to combat acid erosion of your teeth is to eat a piece of cheese after every meal. Cheese is high in phosphorus, protein, and calcium, which can buffer the acids in your mouth.
For the best results, choosing the right kind of cheese. Cheddar is best, since it contains the highest levels of alkali; soft cheese such as brie or feta won’t have much of an effect.
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A daily serving of dark chocolate may keep the doctor away!
The medicinal use of cocoa or chocolate originated among the indigenous Mesoamerican people. Medical texts dating back to the 16th century indicate chocolate was used to treat a host of diferent conditions.
Chocolate comes from cocoa beans, which, along with other foods such as green tea, red wine, and berries, are high in flavanols (a type of polyphenol). Flavanols are thought to be responsible for many of the heart health benefits ascribed to chocolate.
Many human studies have found these abundant plant compounds to have a marked influence on cholesterol levels and blood pressure, as well as heart attack and stroke risk. These studies also reveal chocolate has excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, a 2011 study found that consuming chocolate two or more times per week was associated with a decrease in the prevalence of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
So, how much chocolate do you have to eat to see benefits? A small, randomized control trial published in 2007 found beneficial efects from a modest dose of chocolate each day. In this study, only 6.3 g of chocolate per day were needed to produce a reduction in blood pressure. Other researchers have chosen to study larger quantities of chocolate (50 g) and found beneficial efects on cholesterol
It’s important to keep in mind that
the darker the chocolate, the richer
it is in heart-healthy compounds, so
make sure to choose 70 percent dark
chocolate or higher, and avoid white
chocolate, which lacks these benefits.
So, a little sinful indulgence may be just what the doctor would order.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
If you think you haven't been watched, then think twice. It seems like the US government is watching you very close. This sounds like something straight out of a James Bond storyline, but the Pentagon has developed an air borne surveillance camera cleverly disguised as a hummingbird. The avian lookalike weighs just ten grams and has been designed to mimic the bird's movements. It is planned for use in urban surveillance missions and will be controlled from a deployment aircraft above, feeding back live images in real time.
When the universe started in the explosive event called the Big Bang around 13.7 billion years ago, it was smaller than a period on this page.
Within one trillionth of a second it ballooned to around the size of a soccer field.
The young universe was incredibly hot and made up of tiny particles of matter. It has been expanding, cooling, and changing ever since.
In 1998, astronomers discovered that the universe’s expansion rate is not slowing down as they thought, but accelerating.
For the past 5–6 billion years, the universe has been getting bigger at a faster and faster rate.
The most distant object that most people can see with the naked eye is the Andromeda Galaxy, 2.5 million ly away. In good conditions, some people can see the Triangulum galaxy, 3 million ly away.
Fact 7: Ten brightest stars from Earth
4. Rigil Kentaurus
Fact 8: The Sun
1. The Sun has shone
for around 4.6 billion
years and will continue
to shine for around
another five billion
2. It is a huge ball of glowing gas: around 75% hydrogen, 25% helium, and tiny amounts of around 90 other elements.
3. At the Sun’s core, the temperature is 27 million ° (15 million °C), but the surface is a cooler 9,900°F (5,500°C).
4. When seen in ultraviolet light (left), the Sun appears deep orange.
Fact In Numbers about the Univierse
1.3 millionThe number of Earths that could fit inside the Sun
864,000The width of the Sun in miles (1.4 million km)
3.26 millionThe universe expands by around 45 miles (72 km) per second for every 3.26 million ly
27The distance in light-years from the Sun to the center of the Milky Way
125 billionThe minimum number of galaxies in the universe
8The average distance in light-years between stars in the vicinity of the Sun
8.50The number of minutes and seconds it takes for the Sun’s light to reach Earth
28The number of objects depicted in constellations; it includes Crux (the cross), the smallest constellation of all with only four stars
109The number of Earths that could fit across the face of the Sun
1,000The largest stars are 1,000 times wider than the Sun; the smallest are around one-hundredth the Sun’s width
8,700(14,000 km) The width of a white dwarf star, which is what the Sun will be in around five billion years
Facts about our Moon
- Diameter 2,160 miles (3,476 km)
- Rotation period 27.3 days
- Orbital period 27.3 days
- Surface temperature -240°F to 240°F (-150°C to 120°C)
- Gravity at equator 0.165 (Earth = 1)
- Moving away from Earth The Moon was originally much closer to the Earth than it is now. It is moving away at around 1.5 in (3.8 cm) per year.
- The first-ever pictures of the far side of the Moon were taken by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 in October 1959.