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Connect with a doctor 24/7 from home with Amwell

 

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I am not a fan of going to see a doctor. I will go “kicking and screaming.” My husband on the other hand will go to the doctor in a heartbeat. He’s very worried about his health. The littlest thing worries him and he has to get it checked out immediately.

Trying to get an appointment with doctors these days is easier said than done. Especially when it comes to specialists. I’ve had an “issue” for months (since September) and the EARLIEST I could see my doctor is May 18th. I called for an appointment over a month ago. Sigh…

My husband and I find ourselves using the services of an Urgent Care facility. They take walk-ins and are open later hours (and weekends) unlike our primary doctor. Ideally we’d like to see our doctor, but there are times that is not possible due to no available appointments or the need being after hours. Even Urgent Care is not opened 24/7. The only other option is the emergency room at the hospital. I wouldn’t want to go there for something not terribly serious, nor do I want to spend a small fortune for the co-pay and extra fees not covered by insurance.

What if you could have access to a doctor twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, right from your phone, computer or tablet. You can with American Well, also known as Amwell.

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Amwell is an online doctor service that connects you to doctors IN YOUR AREA 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Through Amwell you can see a doctor online for a variety of issues ranging from minor illnesses and injuries, symptoms from a chronic conditions to general health and wellness concerns.

The doctors through Amwell are trained and certified physicians, many of whom are in your area. When you access the service YOU get to choose which doctor to connect with.

Here is how Amwell works.

Create an Amwell account where you provide basic information.

You can look for a provider in your city with the handy Amwell find a doctor page.

When you are in need of a doctor simply log in to your account, check out the available doctors, find one that you wish to connect with and then connect with him/her. It’s that easy and convenient. You can find a doctor today in Albany, New York (or where ever you live).

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In addition you can connect with therapists, nutritionists and other specialists through Amwell.

Amwell is not meant to replace your regular doctor or physical check-ups. For serious health issues do not delay – see a doctor or go to the E.R. right away. Amwell is more so for situations like the following;

  • Bronchitis
  • Cough
  • Sinus infection
  • Sore throat
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Pinkeye
  • Flu
  • Sprains and strains
  • Cold
  • Respiratory Infection
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Weight concerns
  • Smoking Cessation

There have been plenty of times that someone in my family had a health issue after normal office hours. They ranged from the flu to a sinus infection. It we had Amwell back then would could have connected to a doctor immediately rather than suffer all night long and well into the next day if we we were lucky enough to get in to see our primary physician.

Not too long ago I had a horrible eye infection. The left side of my face was swollen. It looked like I was punched in the face. I had to go to work the next day and I wasn’t able to get an appointment with my primary care physician. I had to go to Urgent Care after work which meant I suffered at work that day, not knowing what I was dealing with. If I had Amwell I could have called a physician the night before

As a mom this service would have been great to have when my kids were little. New moms have so many questions and concerns when it comes to their babies and toddlers.

I still remember when I was a new mom and I had some questions about my infant daughter and the pediatrician told me, and I quote, “I don’t have time for your questions right now.” Can you believe he said that to me? My husband was furious and called the practice and told them what happened. That doctor has never seen either of my kids since. I bet if I called one of the Amwell doctors they would answer my questions and address my concerns.

I like that you can use the service to connect with a nutritionist and a dietitian. As an overweight person I often have nutrition related questions. I currently don’t have a nutritionist so it’s great to know that I can reach out to one at any time of the day (or night) via Amwell.

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Think about how handy this service will be when you are traveling. I couldn’t imagine being in a city far from home and not feeling well and having no clue where the nearest clinic or Urgent Care is.

You might be wondering how much Amwell costs. The fee is $49 for a 10 minute “visit” with an Amwell doctor. They accept credit, debit or HSA/FSA cards. You even get a printable receipt that you can print out and submit to your insurance. Some insurance companies and employers cover telehealth visits. Contact your Human Resources department or health insurance company to see if your visit is covered.

It costs my husband and I $50 (co-pay) for an office visit at Urgent Care. Specialists are $40, but Urgent Care charges more. So essentially I would be paying the same amount if I used Amwell and I wouldn’t have to deal with sitting around in the waiting room or having to drive to/from the office, especially late at night or in inclement weather.

The service is secure and they comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

If you have any questions about Amwell you can check out their FAQ section.

Check out this brief video that tells you a little more about the service.

 

If you are interested in trying out Amwell I have a coupon for  FREE first visitMOMSLOVEAMWELL. Use this FREE code to try out the service for yourself the next time you or a family member are not feeling well.

For more information please visit www.Americanwell.com. If you would like to download the FREE app to get started please visit www.Amwell.com.

You can also check them out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

What do you think about Amwell? Does it sound like a service you would use?

If you have used Amwell before I would love to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Amwell to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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May is Melanoma – Learn the facts and find out how to protect yourself (giveaway ends 5/15/15)

 

Melanoma Awareness

This coming Monday will be May 4th. Many people know it as Star Wars Day (“May the 4th be with you.”). Did you also know that May 4th is also Melanoma Monday? If fact, May is Melanoma Awareness Month.

What is Melanoma? To put is simply – SKIN CANCER.

Here are some eye opening (and jaw dropping!) facts about Melanoma from the site, SkinCancer.org.

  • Each  year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. In 2006, in the most recent study available, 3.5 million cases were diagnosed in 2.2 million people.
  • Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • As many as three thousand deaths from advanced basal cell carcinoma occur annually in the US.
  • About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 57 minutes).
  • An estimated 9,940 people will die of melanoma in 2015.
  • Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men, along with liver cancer and esophageal cancer.
  • Survivors of melanoma are about nine times as likely as the general population to develop a new melanoma.
  • Melanoma accounts for six percent of cancer cases in teens 15-19 years old.
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.
  • On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
  • Sustaining 5 or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent.
  • Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.

These stats are SCARY! Truly scary. Scarier than any horror movie I have ever seen.

I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. Back in the day we NEVER wore sunscreen. In fact my cousins and I would slather baby oil on our skin and “bake” out in the sun for hours at a time. Just thinking about that now makes me cringe. I was causing so much damage to my skin and I never knew it.

I just wanted to tan like everyone else, even though I have extremely pale skin.

FYI… According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, indoor tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma. I think the new “in” thing should be pale skin because clearly it’s healthier for you than a tan.

I have had 5+ VERY serious sunburns when I was younger and into my teen years. Sunburn so bad that my skin would swell up and ooze.

Now that I know about skin cancer that more I worry about my own health and that of my family. Even my husband played outside with no sunscreen on. He’s only had one series sunburn (as an adult) and now he’s a firm believer in the importance of sunscreen.

These days I always wear full spectrum sunscreen. Even if I forget to put some on before I leave the house – even in the spring and fall – I end up getting burned.

Just a few weeks ago we went to a local street fair. I was wearing a sweat jacket over my shirt because there was still a bit of chill in the air even though it was sunny with blue skies. Guess what I noticed the next day? You got it – I got sunburned! How in the world that happened I’ll never know

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You can see the sunburn under my neck and that my face was really read. Sigh…

Some people can’t leave their home without their cellphones. Some women can’t leave their home without make up on. For me it’s a sunscreen with broad UV coverage. I can’t leave home without it.

I was recently introduced to a brand of sunscreen that so far I am very impressed with. It’s called Blue Lizard. I think it’s a fun brand name. It makes me think of someplace warm and tropical.

My skin can be sensitive at times so I am careful not to put products on my skin that are full of ingredients that I can’t even pronounce, let alone know what they are. I also try to use only chemical and toxic free products. Blue Lizard is a safe sunscreen that is ideal for sensitive skin, as well as babies skin. Their baby and sensitive skin products are chemical-free, paraben-free and fragrance-free.

Blue Lizard face sunscreen is oil-free and all formulations are mineral-based containing Zinc Oxide.

I guess this is why Blue Lizard sunscreen is ranked as one of the top sunscreens by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

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Blue Lizard is a pharmaceutical-grade sunscreen made by Crown Laboratories with the highest quality ingredients.

Blue Lizard is always transparent about their products, listing every ingredient (and why it’s used) and providing the best resources to help consumers understand what makes an effective sunscreen. It’s no wonder that Blue Lizard is doctor, dermatologist and pharmacist recommended.

The brand has five sunscreen formulas available: Baby, Sensitive, Face, Sport & Regular – All are broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage (SPF 30+…all the coverage you need!). Both regular and Sport are very water resistant. Their formula meets Australia’s standard of staying on for up to 240 minutes (4 hours!)in whirlpool water.

A cool feature about Blue Lizard is their PBA-free Smart Bottle that changes color from white to blue (or pink for Baby formula) when it is exposed to harmful UV rays reminding you to put on sunscreen. The 5oz bottles change color and the lids on the 3oz tubes do as well.

So how does Blue Lizard sunscreen work? So far, so good.

I received a few bottles to try out on my self and with my family.

The bottles and tubes really do change color in UV light.

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Blue Lizard bottles in UV light – the bottle/lid turn blue.

The sunscreen going on well. It’s not sticky or goopy. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t have a fragrance.

The one thing I dislike about sunscreen is how my skin feels greasy or sticky after I apply it. I usually can’t wait to take a shower so I can wash it off. With Blue Lizard I don’t even realize I am wearing anything once it absorbs into my skin. I really like that. In fact I am more inclined to apply the Blue Lizard sunscreen because I DON’T notice that I am wearing it compared to other sunscreens that leave me feeling slimy and sticky.

Count me and my family and the newest fans of Blue Lizard sunscreen.

For more information about Blue Lizard sunscreen products please visit www.BlueLizard.net. You can also check out the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. You can also check out the brands FAQ section for more information.

You can also see what others are saying about Blue Lizard products by checking out the following hashtags – #Wevegotyoucovered, #BlueLizardSun and #BlueLizard.

Blue Lizard was kind enough to offer She Scribes readers a 20% off coupon on orders over $35 (expires 8/31/15). The coupon code is P20SCRIBES. I can be used only on the Blue Lizard website.

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The brand has also offered to give a lucky reader a Blue Lizard prize package that consists of a 3oz Face, 3oz Sensitive, 3oz Sport, 2 Baby sachets in blue bag with a color-change bracelet ARV: $ 44.17.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email. The winner has three days to respond or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you MUST complete the initial entry requirement or the extra entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Blue Lizard to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. I also received free samples for review. 

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Improve the air quality in your home with Venta Airwasher

 

Allergens and Dust

This might seem like an odd question, but do you ever stop and think about the air quality in your home? To be perfectly honest with you I never really gave it much thought until about three years ago. Prior to that my number one thought and concern was (and still is) the giant power lines that go right in front of our condo.

Three years ago our youngest cat was diagnoses with severe asthma (among other things). Yes, cats can get asthma and they use the same inhalers that people use.

For the longest time I tried to find out what would trigger he asthma attacks. Was it the food she was eating? Was it a cleaning product I was using in my home? Was there something in the carpet? Could the allergen be in the air that she breathes – the same air me and my family also breathe?

I changed the way I did things in my home. I started to give her more natural food. I stopped using toxic cleaners and opted for natural ones. And I limited use of air fresheners and candles. But what about the air we were breathing? Can you “clean” the air that you breathe?

A few weeks ago I was approached by a company called Venta. Venta sells an “Airwasher.” Really? Something that can “wash” the air? My interest was certainly piqued.

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Before I begin let me give you a little backstory about the Airwasher.

The Venta Airwasher is the original dual design humidifier and purifier, invented in Germany in 1981.  The Airwashers are still 100% manufactured in Germany, so with each Venta Airwasher comes the high-end engineering, quality and reliability typical of German manufacturing.

As it stated above, the Venta Airwasher is both a air purifier and a humidifier. A humidifier puts moisture back into the air. After the cold winter we just had I’m sure many people wish they had a humidifier to add moisture to the very dry air. It’s the dry air that makes your skin dry out. I know that my skin is still recovering from being stuck inside with the heat on for months. For a while there it was horrible.

Venta’s Airwasher, a filterless humidifier and air purifier, is designed to work in harmony with your heating and cooling units to properly rehydrate the air, eliminate dust, and remove allergens so you can relax, knowing that the whole family is breathing easier at home.

When you choose the Venta Airwasher, you will be receiving a hygienic, premium quality, low-maintenance, eco-friendly machine that is extremely simple to use, fill and clean.  There are NO filters to change or white dust with the Venta Airwasher and minimal power usage.

The Venta Airwasher will never over-humidify your environment.  With our revolutionary cold evaporation method, the air in your environment takes only the moisture it needs from the Venta Airwasher, and no more.  This unique feature makes the Airwasher an ideal air purifier, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

After reading the above information about the Venta Airwasher I knew I had to try it in my home.

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I was concerned that the unit might be too big and take up a lot of space. It’s actually a lot smaller than I had hoped it would be, which is great for us since we live in an itty bitty condo.

The unit comes with three pieces – a top, bottom and rollers that help capture the air, “clean” it and then release the clean moisture back into the air.

Set up took only a few moments. After removing it from the packaging I just had to add water and a water conditioner that I received with the unit, place the rollers in the until, put on the lid and plug it in. That’s it! It took no time at all.

It is recommended that you let the unit run on the high setting for 7-10 days so your previously dry air can equalize at an optimum moisture level.

You have the option to run the system on a low, medium or high setting depending on your personal preference. I opted for a low setting since we live in a tiny condo.

This is by far THE QUIETEST air purifier I have ever used (on low speed). You cannot hear a sound from it (I’ve only used it at it’s lowest setting). Its so quiet that I often check the rollers to see if they are moving just so I know the unit is still on. You can hear it when it’s on the middle and high speed, but it’s not really noisy. It’s more of a “white noise,’ like a fan.

Inside the Venta Airwasher. The "rollers" move around collecting debris from the air and helping to evaporate the clean water into the air.

Inside the Venta Airwasher. The “rollers” move around collecting debris from the air and helping to evaporate the clean water into the air.

The unit will also notify you if it’s low on water so you can replenish it. I really like that feature because in the past I have neglected to refill humidifiers and I am always concerned about the motor continuing to run and it causing a fire. With the Venta Airwasher sensors will know when the water is too low and it will automatically shut off. That makes this safe to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I have the Venta Airwasher model LW45 which holds up to 3 gallons of water. Depending on the setting you use this should last a day or two before you need to refill with water. You can either carefully poor water in or carry the base of the unit to the sink and fill it up that way. I opt to bring the water to the unit because I’m a klutz and I’d had to drop it and get water all over the place.

I was concerned about leaks but I was assured by the company that the only leaks that could happen would be from “user error.” For example, the unit owner not putting it on a flat surface.

I keep a towel under our unit just in case. We have cats and a dog and I wouldn’t want one of them to knock it and spill water, especially when it’s filled up. So far, so good. My pets don’t even pay any mind to it. I was concerned about them sitting or sleeping on the unit. They don’t bother with it at all. They act as if they don’t even see it.

Another thing I don’t like about typical humidifiers is that they spit out steam into the air. I worry about the moisture getting on the walls and floor causing mold and mildew. I have had to get rid of humidifiers for that reason.

The Venta Airwasher does NOT release steam into the air. It adds moisture to the air by evaporation called “cold evaporation.” It is constantly circulating the air, purifying and adding moisture to it. Because the cleaned moisture from the Airwasher evaporates into the air rather then gets spit out in the form of steam you don’t have to worry about mold or mildew issues, unless you don’t take proper care of your unit and clean it out as recommended. Then you could develop mold. That would be a “user error” and not a problem with the Airwasher.

The air TAKES the moisture and stops when it has reached optimal levels of humidity.  You won’t have to worry about damage from any water or steam or mold.

I'm assuming the "gunk" on the bottom of the Airwasher is stuff it collected from the air. The clean patch is where I wiped it with a paper towel to show you the difference.

I’m assuming the “gunk” on the bottom of the Airwasher is stuff it collected from the air. The clean patch is where I wiped it with a paper towel to show you the difference.

The Venta Airwasher does NOT use filters! Thank goodness! Filters can cost A LOT of $$$. That is part of the reason why we had to stop using other air purifiers. The constant replacing of filters ended up costing more than the unit it’s self. With the Venta all you need to do is clean it out as recommended. The initial cost of the unit might be pricey, but the fact that you don’t have to buy anymore filters (just the recommended water conditioner) it’s a “plus” if you ask me. Yeah to no more filters!

The Venta Airwasher I have (LW45) will clean the air in a space up to 800 square feet. Since our condo is about 900 square feet that is a good chunk of our home. Since our bedroom is closed off from the rest of the condo it is recommended to get another unit for that room (if we wanted to) to ensure that the air is being cleaned in there too.

I am not a scientist so I have no way of testing the air for allergens or to see how clean the air is. I do know that it’s capturing something from the air because when I go to clean it out the water is “dirty,” not clear or clean water. Granted I have a lot of pets, but it’s not pet hair that I am rinsing out of the unit. The water is cloudy/dirty looking. Ewww! To think we are breathing whatever that is in.

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Our cat has needed her inhaler and steroid pills less frequently. Please keep in mind she’s a cat (not a human) and she does have seasonal allergies (they are worse in the winter – maybe due to stagnant air?). I’m NOT saying the Venta is souly responsible. It might be a combination of things. I just thought I would point it out.

My nasal passages are not as dry as they have been. My hands are dry, but I wash my hands many times every day. The rest of my body is not dry, including my feet (I hate dry, cracked heels). I would attribute that to having moisture in the air, thanks to the Venta.

I currently have a cold but is more so do to the fact I work with little kids who are constantly coughing and sneezing on me. No one in my family is currently sick. Maybe the Venta Airwasher is keeping those germs out of the air?

I have been sleeping a little better at night (except for when hubby’s snoring keeps me up). Once again, could the Venta be the reason why?

If you would like to learn more about how the Venta Airwasher works to improve your home life please visit: https://www.venta-airwasher.com/info-center/about-humidity-and-dry-air-in-your-house.html

The verdict? I am very pleased with the Venta Airwasher. It’s unlike any other air purifier and humidifier that I’ve ever used. So far, so good. In fact as soon as we can swing it financially I’d love to get another one for the bedroom.

For more information about this and other Venta products visit www.Venta-Airwasher.com. The Airwasher is available in different sizes to serve different sized rooms. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

What do you think about the Venta Airwasher? Does it sound like something you need in your home? Have you ever tried (or currently use) a Venta Airwasher?

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Do you have sensitive teeth?

 

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As a mom I have always made sure my kids brushed and flossed their teeth at least twice a day, every day. They are teenagers now and thankfully they still brush and floss their teeth a minimum of twice a day. I credit this to the fact that they have great teeth and hardly any cavities (my son had one cavity in his 15+ years and my daughter had a “pit”, which is not a cavity per say but they treated it like one).

I wish my mom was as concerned about my teeth as I am about my kid’s teeth. My mom didn’t encourage me to brush more than once a day and flossing was never encouraged. As a result I have a mouthful of fillings and have had several root canals. I take good care of my teeth NOW, but I can’t undo the damage that was done to my teeth when I was younger and didn’t take great care of them.

Once your adult teeth come in that’s it – that is all you get. So it’s extremely important that you do what you can to take care of them by brushing a minimum of twice a day – every day – as well as flossing, regular dental check ups and avoiding foods and beverages that can stain or harm your teeth. Using mouth wash is also a good idea to rid your mouth of harmful germs.

Some people have sensitive teeth. Personally I think I go through “waves” where sometimes my teeth are sensitive to cold and other times they are not. I don’t know why it’s not a regular, every day thing. I guess certain things can trigger a sensitivity.

Sometimes drinking something really cold or eating ice cream will cause a sharp pain in a tooth. That is because it might be sensitive to cold.

Colgate has introduced two new products that will help people who suffer from tooth sensitivity.

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Colgate Enamel Health Multi-Protection Toothpaste offers all of the benefits of an all-in-one toothpaste: new multi-protection formula helps relieve tooth sensitivity while fighting cavities, whitening teeth, freshening breath, replenishing natural calcium for strong, healthy enamel and protects against enamel erosion.

This is an all-in-one toothpaste that covers everything you need to maintain healthy, beautiful teeth. I like that this one toothpaste does it all. It cleans, it brightens, it whitens and gives you fresh breath too.

Believe it or not my family is very picky about toothpaste. I have tried different toothpastes over the years and there has been times when I’ve had to toss out a new tube of toothpaste because my husband or kids don’t like it. Either they don’t like the taste or the way it feels.

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My family likes the Colgate Enamel Health Multi-Protection Toothpaste. As a mom I like that every time we use it we are helping our teeth on a variety of levels. It’s just not cleaning our teeth – it’s cleaning AND protecting our teeth.

I drink a lot of coffee and tea and I worry about how it might stain or erode the enamel on my teeth. This toothpaste not only protects the enamel but it also whitens my teeth too.

Enamel is what makes your teeth feel smooth. When the enamel starts to erode it gets bumpy and feels rough. When that happens it allows germs and bacteria to invade your tooth which can leave to tooth issues (cavities, sensitivity…).

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This photo gives you some idea what I am talking about. The tile on the right is rough, which makes it easy for the chalk (germs/bacteria) to latch on to it. The tile on the left represents a tooth with healthy enamel. Notice how the chalk can’t stick to it?

This is why you need products like Colgate Enamel Health Multi-Protection Toothpaste.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the expression “one stop shop,” well this is the “one stop shop” for everything your teeth need, all rolled up into one toothpaste.

Another product I received is the Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen.

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The Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen is a new toothbrush system designed to provide rapid and long-lasting sensitivity relief 24/7, right to the source of pain. It’s as easy as… BRUSH.APPLY.GO.

There really is a pen like device that sits in the end of the toothbrush. It’s easy to remove and use. Simply slid it out from the toothbrush, twist the end a few times to release the product, then rub it around the area that is sensitive, wipe the excess off the pen and stick it back into the toothbrush.

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The product that comes out of the pen helps ease the pain that comes from sensitivity. You don’t have to wait for it to dry or dissolve. Simply apply and get on with your life. It doesn’t taste any different than toothpaste. In fact it’s a lot like toothpaste as far as the consistency and taste is concerned.

To date I really haven’t had a need for the “pen”… yet. My sensitivty comes and goes. I even tried to enjoy some ice cream from Baskin-Robbins and there were no sensitivty issues, so I can’t honestly tell you how well the pen works. I have tried it, but just to give it a “test drive.” I’ll update my post at a later date when I have had more opportunities to see how this pen really works.

If you would like to learn more about these or other Colgate products please visit Colgate.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook (Colgate), Twitter (@ColgateSmile) and YouTube. The links to their social media sites are found on the top right of their home page.

To see what others have to say check out the hashtag #ColgateEnamelHealth.

Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity? Have you tried these new Colgate products yet?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  

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Boost Your Brain with Five Simple Ways to Improve Mental Health

 

Spring

I’m so glad that winter is FINALLY over. The cold, dark and dreary days were having a serious effect on my mood. Some people might refer to it as “Seasonal Affective Disorder,” or SAD. Sometimes a serious change in mood can be a symptom to a much bigger, more serious, disorder.

If you find that your mood is a bit “off” these days, try these great tips from NurseWise which provides multilingual telehealth (nurse triage and health education) services for hospitals, colleges, health plans, providers and more.

Mood disorders – such as depression – are the third most common cause of hospitalizations for both kids and adults in the US, according for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In honor of “Mental Health Awareness Month,” the health experts at NurseWise bring you five simple ways to improve your mood and mental health.

Go for a walk (outside if possible!) Research shows that if you exercise regularly, you are more productive and have more energy than your colleagues. Working up a sweat can help manage mental stress and physical well-being. Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria.

Connect with others. It is extremely important to develop and maintain strong relationships with people around you that will support and enrich your life. The quality of our personal relationships has a direct effect on our well-being. Make spending time with people you enjoy a priority. Choose to associate yourself with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who are upbeat, positive and interested in you.

Get more shut-eye! Americans are notoriously sleep deprived, rarely getting the needed seven to eight hours of sleep our bodies need. The quality of your sleep can have a significant impact on your mood, energy levels and ability to concentrate. Sleep also allows the brain to take in new information and strengthen knowledge already stored. Having trouble getting to sleep? Try these three tips:

  • Avoid caffeine four to six hours before bedtime.
  • Turn your bedroom into a place that relaxes you and induces slumber.
  • Establish a pre-sleep routine to tell your body it’s time for bed.

Take your vitamins. You likely know taking vitamins have health benefits, but did you know Vitamin B12 – which directly impacts your mood, concentration and energy levels – is also the most common vitamin deficiency in the United States? Since animal foods are the only dependable source, people who eat little or no meat are particularly at risk. If your memory isn’t what it used to be or if you feel like you’re in a state of brain fog, you may have a B12 deficiency. The good news? Supplements can bring your levels back up quickly.

Eat a well-balanced diet. One of the best things you can do for your mental health is to eat a healthy diet. A Medical News Today study conducted in 2013 showed 11,000 middle-aged adults lived longer, had better cognitive function and mental health than others after following a Mediterranean diet consisting of beans, nuts, cereals, seeds, plant-based foods and fruits.

If you would like more tips and information about improving your mental health please visit www.MentalHealth.Gov.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment and benefit of my site readers. 

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Don’t forget to pack Wet Ones

 

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I am so happy that Spring is finally here. Well… it’s been Spring for some time now but the apparently the weather missed that memo because it has not been Spring-like weather at all. It’s been cold and miserable. Thankfully the weather FINALLY matches the season.

Now that we can all emerge from “hibernation,” throw open the windows and enjoy the fresh air – many of us are looking for outdoor activities to enjoy with family friends.

It’s also the start of baseball season which means plenty of muddy cleats, grass stains and spilled food and beverages from the concession stand.

Whether you are enjoying an outing to the ball field, or planning on spending a few hours at the playground, don’t forget to pack the Wet Ones.

Wet Ones are antibacterial hand wipes are great for every messy, sticky, muddy or germy situation you can think of.

Wet Ones are great to use when you need to clean you hands after using the port-a-potty at the ball field. They are also good for cleaning your hands after you put them in some “mystery goop” on the bleachers. They are also good for washing off your hands after you enjoy something messy like a chili dog.

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Wet Ones are easy to bring along. They are available in a 40 count canister and 15 and 20 count travel packs. There is even a box of 24 individually wrapped single wipes that easily slide into any pocket or sports bag.

My husband and I always keep Wet Ones handy in each of our cars. You never know when you are going to need something not only wash off your hands but also to clean off picnic tables, wash dirt off of shoes and to wipe up spills and other messes.

As you are enjoying the warmer weather, don’t forget to tote along some Wet Ones. You never know when you might need them.

Wet Ones are available at many retailers across the country.

For more information about Wet Ones please visit WetOnes.com.

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Kimberly

*I received a few product samples in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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