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A REASON TO HANG UP OUR RUNNING SHOES?

Recently we were alerted to a new study which asserts that endurance training leads to higher incidence of tooth erosion.  According to the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, this is chiefly caused by a reduction in salivary production during a series of an incremental running field tests, accompanied by an increased pH level. According to Los Angeles dentist, Dr. John Gonzalez, “The obvious results of running for long periods of time while breathing through the mouth is a dry mouth. Anything which reduces the amount of saliva in a person’s mouth is not a healthy situation with regards to tooth decay and erosion”  However, he discovered a glaring error in the PubMed report. “An increase in pH means the saliva would be more alkaline,” says Gonzalez, explaining, “alkaline is good because it neutralizes the acid produced by the bacteria when the bacteria break down carbohydrates (sugars).”  Read more of this story »

CAN RUNNING RUIN YOUR SMILE?


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BRING ON THE AUTOCLAVE!

We all share the same fears about pedicures and bacterial infections, especially when visiting a bargain salon.  Beverly Hills dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Monika Kiripolsky, warns, “don’t shave your legs the day of a pedicure, because you create little micro-tears in the skin when you shave,” adding, “the whirlpool footbaths have all kinds of bacteria in them, so you’re essentially creating a little hole for the bacteria to get into your skin.”   As for our neighborhood chop shops, are those ok?  “Make sure any salon you go to has an autoclave, which is a small microwave-looking device that they put the tools in to sterilize them,” adding, “don’t be afraid to ask the salon owners how they clean their instruments between clients.  It’s safe to get a pedicure, but be smart about it.” — Leah Sydney

NEVER SHAVE AND SHELLAC ON THE SAME DAY!


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NEVER LET THEM SEE YOU SWEAT!

Several weeks ago, we featured a SWAG Alert with Soft & Dri and asked our Undercover Agents to share their most embarrassing (perspiration) stories.  We’ve all had them, so why not share ‘em?

Kristin recalls a terribly hot day when she was attending elementary school.  Students were complaining that the classroom smelled like hoagies.  ”I could smell it too,” she says.  The smell continued throughout the afternoon until she came home.  ”I was changing out of my uniform and realize I was the hoagie-smelling girl.”  Needless to say, she has worn deodorant since.  Michelle had a similar experience when she served on a jury during an August heatwave.  She overslept and neglected to apply deodorant.  After running from the subway, she arrived at the courthouse only to discover that the air-conditioning was broken.  ”I was suck in a windowless, sweltering room deliberating while praying no one realized the sweatiest, smelliest person was me,” she confesses.

Sometimes, its not the odor that we fear, but the more visible signs.  Nicole confesses, “I was at my daughter’s baptism and I was sweating so badly it had saturated the armpit area of my blouse (which was white) — people were staring at me!”  Kristina was at an outdoor media event when she began to perspire.  Unaware, “I didn’t see it until AFTER the red carpet photos were published,” she cringes.  ”Its still online and haunts me to this day.” Read more of this story »

UNDERCOVER REPORT: THE BIG STINK!