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7 Ways to Stay Healthy in 2018

7 Ways to Stay Healthy in 2018

Have you set up your healthy New Year’s resolutions yet? If not, we have just the list for you. The following are some of the healthiest habits you can introduce into your daily schedule. Let’s start 2018 off with a healthy mind, body, and soul! Stay Healthy in 2018

Tidy up Your Nutrition

Have you ever heard the old saying “within a healthy body resides a healthy mind”? Well, the age old adage holds true to this day and 2018 is the year you want to switch out all of your unhealthy vices with healthy food choices. With proper nutrition entailing proteins, healthy fats, and carbs, you will not only look and feel younger, but you will also banish unwanted belly fat and lead an all-around energetic lifestyle.

Don’t Skip Regular Checkups

 Stay Healthy in 2018

One of the biggest problems in modern society is that people aren’t visiting the doctor’s office often enough. In fact, only when something has already happened do people decide to see their doctor. In order to safeguard your long-term health, prevent maladies, and discover any looming medical conditions, you want to create a yearly appointment schedule. Regular checkups will help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

Bring Your Oral Hygiene to the next Level

Bring Your Oral Hygiene to the next Level

One of the healthiest long-term resolutions you can make is to step up your oral hygiene in the New Year. Keeping your teeth in perfect condition as well as taking care of your gums will not only produce a ravishing set of pearly whites, but it will also help maintain the health of your joints, lungs, and heart.
You can use the new Duo Sonic electric toothbrush with sonic-optimizing precision bristles to make teeth brushing effective and enjoyable. With a push of its soft-touch power switch, you can choose between two speeds: 31,000 plaque-busting strokes per minute and 22,000 effective yet gentle strokes per minute. A perfect gift for you and your loved ones.

Supplement with Healthy Vitamins and Minerals

While maintaining a healthy diet is important, you also want to introduce natural supplements to your daily routine. Rather than trying to get in vitamins and minerals through foods, you can take a multivitamin supplement in the morning and improve your immune system and quality of life. Creating a healthy morning routine such as this is easy, fun, and rewarding.

Eliminate Stress from Your Life

Eliminate Stress from Your Life

There is no way around it, if you want to be happy all year-round, you need to decrease the stress in your life. The first thing you want to do is to eliminate the stressful triggers around you. These can be anything from the clutter in your home, to unhealthy relationships at work.
Next, you want to reshape your mindset. Accept that whatever happens, happens for a reason. Do your best to make it right, put a smile on your face, and start listing all of the things that make you happy. Don’t worry, you will be right as rain in no time.

Make Fitness a Habit

Make Fitness a Habit

Another healthy decision that can have lifelong benefits for your physical, psychological, and emotional well-being, is embracing fitness as an inextricable part of your lifestyle. Don’t worry, taking the first step is not as difficult as it might seem. Especially if you have a clear goal, and a realistic plan.
So start small, and experiment with different types of training.

Become an Early Riser

Finally, sticking with all of these habits will become much easier once you master the art of getting up early in the morning. It might seem difficult, especially with the cold, dreary weather outside, but once you enforce a strict sleeping schedule, you should have no problem rising with the sun.
Suddenly, the days will feel much longer, you will have the time to accomplish every task, and you will feel energized, positive, and ready to take on the world!

By introducing these seven habits into your daily routine, you will have no problem making 2018 the healthiest year of your life.

 

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Happy 519th Year Anniversary! We are Celebrating the Invention of the First Toothbrush

The toothbrush is a modern-day necessity that helps maintain a high level of personal hygiene and other health benefits. Interested to find out where it all began? Who invented the first toothbrush to give you the sparkling smile you proudly wear today?

The Beginning

The Beginning

In 1487, at the age of 17, Zhu Youcheng succeeded his father to the throne of China, and reigned as Emperor until his death in 1505. He was the ninth Emperor of the Ming Dynasty and is known as the Hongzhi Emperor,  meaning “Good Government”.

Believe it or not, it was Hongzhi who patented the first toothbrush in 1498.The first toothbrush was designed with hogback bristles set into bamboo sticks.. However, there are reports of similar toothbrush designs dating back as far as 1223. During the age of the Tang Dynasty, Japanese Zen Master Dogen Kigen recorded in his journals that he witnessed Chinese monks cleaning their teeth with horse-tail brushes attached to impromptu bone handles.

However, historical facts state that the horse-tail brushes were not stiff enough to provide thorough cleaning, and it was Hongzhi who “perfected” the design.

The predecessors

The predecessors

Back then, Oral hygiene was significantly different, if not to say virtually non-existent throughout history. Folks did not have the resources or the cultural heritage that would instill regular teeth cleaning as a necessity.

By the time toothbrushes made their way to Europe, popular methods were used to  clean one’s teeth. Some used a chew stick that entailed people chewing on a stick until it frayed. Once frayed the natural properties of the stick would clean the teeth and gums.

While the chew stick was popular in ancient Egypt and Muslim cultures throughout the Middle East, others would used rags dipped in Sulphur oil or a saline solution to wipe the teeth clean. A popular teeth cleaning and whitening method to this very day is the method of rubbing baking soda directly onto teeth without the use of rags. This is however, a risky method that could harm your teeth and gums.

A modern-day masterpiece

A modern-day masterpiece

The toothbrush did not manage to catch on until the late 18th century, when an Englishman named William Addis came to the conclusion that the ineffective horse-hair bristles should be replaced with hog bristles. He started importing hog bristles from Northern China and Siberia and made great success selling high-quality toothbrushes.

More than  half a  century later, Meyer Rhein patented the first three-row toothbrush featuring serrated bristles and tufts. It wasn’t until WWI that celluloid plastic toothbrush handles appeared, since  bone resources were highly needed for the war effort.

In 1938, nylon was produced and so came the nylon bristle brushes. Soon after that, the first ever electric toothbrush was invented in 1939. However, it would take another 22 years of trial and error for the first successful electric toothbrush to hit the market, redefining history and setting the stage for the popularization of modern electric toothbrushes.

History is made with a spark of an idea, and apparently, a hog. Contrary to popular belief, the toothbrush is not a modern-day invention, rather it is a contemporary reiteration of 15th century ingenuity that remains the basis of all oral care today. The world owes much to the young Chinese Emperor, Zhu Youcheng, and so we celebrate his entrepreneurial spirit and give our thanks, 519 years later.

 

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The History of Independence Day and what it means to most of us, Americans

The History of Independence Day and what it means to most of us, Americans.

Back in 1776, Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence turned an ordinary day into a history-defining moment that celebrates the dawn of American independence. This lead to the annual commemoration with fireworks, festivities, music performances and feasts until this very day! Independence Day
The essence of this defining event has been preserved throughout centuries. So how much do you know about the history of this holiday and what it truly means to the American nation?

What about July 2nd?

What about July 2nd?

The history books will remind you of what many have forgotten: the official, legal decision of independence actually took place two days earlier. Upon voting for the separation of the Colonies from the Great Britain rule, which occurred on July 2nd, they adopted the famous Declaration of Independence.
In fact, John Adams strongly believed that the 2nd of July was supposed to be celebrated as the turning point of American history. But since the document commemorates a later date, July 4th has been adopted as the official moment of independence.

Family reunions

Independence Day

Much like in the past, the 4th of July is celebrated as a family holiday, so many try to get together for an extended weekend. In fact, this year show a record number of nationwide travelers who want to reunite with their families and celebrate the occasion.
And while everyone looks forward to the fireworks, parades and other events organized outdoors, the essence of the holiday boils down to a feeling of unity among your closest loved ones. Pack well to make the most of this year’s holiday trip, so don’t forget your sun protection, your Slim Sonic travel toothbrush, and your camera!

Memorable feasts

Memorable feasts

Whether you’re planning your own party, or you intend to visit the parade, or a picnic in the crowd of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, there will be delicious treats everywhere!
From burgers, hot dogs, grilled corn, all the way to the traditional potato salad, the Independence menu is sure to tease your palate! And in the spirit of the occasion, all the festivities are adorned with red, white and blue balloons, flags and other wearables.

Nation-wide pomp and parade

Nation-wide pomp and parade

As much as this is a perfect chance for a family gathering, the whole country uses this special day to come together. Prominent politicians and government officials speak in public, while gun salutes at noon are organized wherever possible.
No matter where you are, there will be a “God Bless America” or “America the Beautiful” echoing from somewhere, while people are happily joining in to sing.

The spirit of American independence has persevered to this very day precisely because it represents the core values of the nation and every family alike. On this day, the entire country has a unified voice, and a common goal: to celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness granted to the people by the Declaration, the most profound legacy of their Founding Fathers.

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Fun Facts about the Tooth Fairy

Fun Facts about the Tooth Fairy

The legend of the Tooth Fairy is one of the most popular and iconic childhood stories in the world. Unlike Santa Claus, the tooth fairy will leave children a gift only if they offer one of their baby teeth as an exchange – they don’t necessarily have to be good year round!
The tooth fairy has quite an elusive backstory. The majority of parents around the world do not know where this popular tradition began! Does it have a single origin, now embodied in the magical princess we know and love today? Let’s break down the myth and dig into some of the dainty details of the Tooth Fairy.

The Tooth Fairy is younger than you might have thought

 The Tooth Fairy is younger than you might have thought

The history of some of the world’s most popular childhood figures go back hundreds of years. In fact, Santa Claus can be traced all the way back to the birth of St. Nicholas around 280AD. The Easter Bunny, on the other hand, can be traced back to the 17th century with the arrival of German immigrants on North American soil. The Tooth Fairy, however, was not mentioned until the early 20th century in the Chicago Daily Tribune, when an article touched on the existence of the dainty Fairy in a “Household Hints” column back in September of 1908.
The Tooth Fairy was not popularized until 1927, when children’s author Esther Watkins Arnold wrote a play famously named – The Tooth Fairy.

Once again, the Vikings were there first

Once again, the Vikings were there first

The Vikings, who pioneered many of the expeditions that lead to the discovery of the new world, seem to have developed something similar to the modern Tooth Fairy as well.
Researching the 13th century Scandinavian myths and poetry, the Norse Eddas, historians were able to transcribe the Viking language and successfully reference something that the Vikings called tand-f é, or tooth fee. In these writings, they described a ritual that took place between the parents and the child, in which the mother would offer a small payment to the child in exchange for its first tooth.
It is believed that many Viking warriors wore their children’s teeth around their necks into battle, as they believed the teeth had magical powers that will protect them in battle and bestow courage in their hearts.

The Tooth Fairy comes in many forms across the world

The Tooth Fairy comes in many forms across the world

Believe it or not, the majority of baby-tooth traditions around the world are connected to rodents. So much so, that the tooth fairy can be a squirrel, a mouse or a rat, depending on the tradition and the nationality where the story was born. In Belgium and France, the Fairy is, in fact, a mouse that comes to collect not only baby teeth the kids leave out for him, but also morsels of cheese.
On the other hand, the Spanish El Ratoncito Perez was created by an author called Luis Coloma as a Tooth Fairy analog for the king of the Spanish empire, Alfonso XIII in the 19th century. EL Ratoncito Perez is to this day widely recognized in Spanish speaking countries around the world as the real Tooth Fairy.
The Tooth Fairy does remain an elusive modern-day concept, perhaps due to its diverse history and a lack of a unified story that would determine the true nature of the famous dental deity. However, cultural diversity is one of the things that makes for intriguing stories like these, and no matter where it comes from, and no matter the shape it embodies, the Tooth Fairy is, and will remain, one of the most thrilling magical creatures for children around the world.

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