Magnolia bark extract is a traditional Chinese medicine that alleviates fever, headache, and stress. Recent research has also shown that magnolia bark nixes the germs that lead to ulcers. Now, magnolia bark extract has been shown to be effective against bad breath, as well!
When Wrigley researchers added the extract to gum, trial chewers experienced fresher breath. This natural antibacterial treatment works by killing the bacteria behind most bad breath. The actual source of bad breath – outside of your wild nights with garlic – is the sulfur that results as a byproduct of bacteria breaking down proteins in the mouth.
Tips to Tame That Dragon:
1. First, proper dental care. Brushing after meals is important, but flossing is essential, too.
The world is moving faster and we are finding ever more ways to be connected. PDAs, cell phones, texting, twittering, blogging, wifi, Hotspots, iPhones, iPods – who can keep up? Life is stressful enough, but it seems every commercial I see these days is bragging about the featured product’s ability to give you more and faster ways to do work in your car, on the subway, even on your vacation!
Slow down and you risk watching the world (and possibly that hot career opportunity) speed by. Try to master it all and you risk burnout. It’s only been a decade since we all got truly accustomed to using and shopping the web and talking on our mobiles while we drive. I don’t have the cage-fighting skills my teen texters possess (though I get to pay the bills). I confess I’m amazed at how rapidly kids these days can consume and master new technology and media. But Vince Poscente makes an interesting argument in his new book The Age of Speed: rather than slow down and avoid joining the fray, jump in to avoid being stressed out by it. In other words, to beat the game, you have to play it, not sit it out. Is this hyper zen?
This week’s Smart Fuel: Pumpkin
Pumpkin is one of nature’s richest sources of the antioxidant beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body and plays an important role in many vital functions. This plant carotenoid is what gives pumpkins their lush orange coloring. Compelling current research suggests that beta carotene is a powerful tool against cancer and heart disease. Today we’re featuring pumpkin as our smart fuel of choice because of its combined antioxidant value and low sugar content. At only 49 calories and 9 net carbs per generous cup, this vitamin-rich squash is high in fiber, as well. Pumpkin contains many trace minerals, including over 560 milligrams of potassium. A banana contains roughly 450 milligrams. (In other words, you can go bananas for pumpkin.)
Look out for a healthy and savory pumpkin recipe from Aaron this afternoon!
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