I'm always looking for ways to whiten and brighten my smile and I have been trying a few things lately. One of the things I have tried with some success is activated charcoal, "what is activated charcoal?" you may ask, well activated charcoal is charcoal that has been oxidised which gives the surface of it more porosity. The porous nature of the activated charcoal acts as an impurity magnet attracting and adsorbing toxins, metals and chemicals. Used on teeth activated charcoal can remove stains on our teeth and is also great for freshening the breath.
Activated charcoal is relatively safe to use on teeth, it will only remove the bad impurities and stains from teeth and does not affect the tooth enamel. It has a gritty texture when using it but has no taste. One of the only cons to using activated charcoal for teeth whitening is that it can get a little messy. To use for whitening my teeth I usually just dip my wet designated toothbrush into some activated charcoal powder and proceed to brush my teeth for about 2 to 6 minutes. You can re dip the toothbrush into the powder as needed. After brushing with the activated charcoal, I rinse my mouth out and then brush my teeth with my regular toothpaste as normal to remove any remaining residue from the charcoal. I try to repeat this process 2 to 3 times in a week until the desired whiteness has been achieved.
I usually use the powder from an activated charcoal capsule although lately I have come across an innovative way to use the charcoal to brush my teeth. This is with the help of a product called Charbrush which is basically a sustainable and biodegradable toothbrush with activated charcoal bristles which makes the whole process a lot easier. This product also comes with a small tin of activated charcoal called char boost which is basically extra powder to use with the brush as needed. The Charbrush can be found here, so far I have had a positive experience using this toothbrush and my teeth are definitely thanking me!
Have you used activated charcoal to whiten your teeth?
With summer around the corner, I have been craving more smoothies and smoothie bowls. I recently purchased some frozen acai packs from my local supermarket and decided to make my first acai bowl of the season. The result was fruity, refreshing and definitely nutritious, my first acai bowl of the season was a success. It contained a variety of lovely fruits and some added nutrients from the powdered plant protein. I kept it simple and topped the acai bowl with a couple of organic fresh fruits but you can be really creative and add a variety of toppings like your choice of fresh fruits, nuts seeds and even some vegan granola. A smoothie bowl is a nice way to enjoy a smoothie as it helps you to play around with various toppings as well as keeping you full for breakfast or even lunch.
1 Frozen pack of Acai
1 Tbsp Plant protein powder
1 Cup almond milk
A handful of frozen or fresh spinach
1 inch of fresh ginger root
Wash and chop the apple, one banana and one kiwi
Add the chopped fruit, ginger, almond milk, spinach to the blender
add the frozen acai and protein powder to the mix
Blend until the mix is smooth and creamy
Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with fresh banana and kiwi fruit
Grab a spoon dig in and enjoy!
What's your favourite smoothie bowl to try now summer is round the corner?
For the past month or so I have been using the super elixir supplement and I thought that it was about time that I did a review on it. What is the super elixir exactly you might ask!, well it is a health and wellbeing supplement of alkalising greens containing about 45 natural ingredients designed to absorbed by the body at a cellular level. These ingredients are scientifically calculated and include super greens, mushrooms, digestive enzymes and Chinese herbs to name but a few. It is said that the super elixir amongst other things is good for skin nails and hair as well as being beneficial to the digestive and central nervous systems. The super elixir was developed by Elle Macpherson and her nutritional doctor Simone Laubscher and was the inspiration behind Elle's Welleco company which sells a range of health supplements.
The super elixir can be taken by adding some to water and drinking it straight like that or by adding it like I do to a smoothie which makes it taste a little bit better than it would taken by itself which may be an acquired taste for some as it has quite an earthy taste. It is completely plant based and vegan and comes in a seriously stylish refillable black glass caddy which looks good I have to say on the kitchen counter, another little incentive to get you returning to take it as it looks so pretty. In my month of taking the super elixir daily, I have noticed a marked improvement in my energy levels overall and also my skin seems to have reaped the benefits too as a couple of skin imperfections I had have now cleared up.
All in all, although the super elixir may be a little bit pricey compared to other plant proteins and super greens, I definitely think that it is worth every penny health wise as you do notice a difference after taking it for a month. The super elixir alkalising greens and other products can be purchased via the Welleco website.
Have you heard of or tried the Super Elixir?
The other day after a rather intense yoga workout I was craving something a little sweet that would satisfy my sweet tooth yet be healthy for me at the same time. As I scoured my kitchen cupboards to find something healthy to eat and finding no luck, I decided that the only way I was going to get something that I wanted was to make it myself. The only thing with this is that I was short on time and needed this energy boosting snack to be quick and easy to make so I managed to get these ingredients together as I already had them in my cupboards. The resulting mix was sweet tooth satisfying, energy boosting, nutritious and healthy too.
1 Cup of cashew nuts
1/2 cup of pitted medjool dates
1/2 cup of currants or raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Place all the ingredients into a food processor
Pulse until all the ingredients form a thick paste consistency
Scoop a little of the mixture up at a time and roll into balls
Set on a plate or tray and place in the fridge for 20 mins to set.
Take the energy balls out and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did, if you do try them please come back and let me know how they turned out.
With spring officially here, it's great to delve into some new books, especially for me when the topic is beauty and green beauty in particular. Two new books that I have started to get into lately are Hello Glow from the green beauty and lifestyle blog of the same name written by Stephanie Gerber. It is a beautifully presented little sized book full of green beauty goodness! It's pages are brimming with easy and simple to make DIY green beauty recipes with ingredients that can be found in your fridge or kitchen cupboards. This means that you don't necessarily have to spend a fortune on beauty products to look and feel your best self.
The second book I am reading also focuses on green beauty it is The Beauty of Nature, written by Imelda Burke who is the founder of Content beauty a store and website that focuses solely on certified organic and green beauty products. Imelda takes us on a journey via her book into the world and workings of green beauty from harmful ingredients to be aware of to highlighting the best products to use for your particular skin needs. The book also focuses on the power of natural ingredients and how they can be used to achieve a green standard of beauty using different brands that have been around for for some time. This is definitely an easy one to read if like me you are a lover of all things green beauty.
Have you read any green beauty books lately?
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