Coconut Oil and Oral Health: Dr. Nadia Kiderman

coconut oilThe health benefits of coconut oil have been researched for many years, and numerous studies have revealed that the aromatic oil can indeed improve a person’s well-being as well as prevent health complications in the future. In fact, recent studies have shown that coconut oil may have another beneficial use- oral health and hygiene. Dr. Nadia Kiderman, DDS, an expert based in New York City, wrote an article discussing the positive effects of coconut oil on a person’s smile.

“According to a study from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, coconut oil’s antibacterial properties could spell good news for your smile and help you avoid cavities,” Dr. Kiderman explains.

Nadia Kiderman
Nadia Kiderman

“A team of researchers is presenting the research at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference this year. They looked at what effect coconut oil had on the mouth when it came into contact with certain enzymes used in the digestive process. The results showed that the coconut oil reduced the growth of several strains of the Streptococcus bacteria, including a strain involved in tooth decay.”

Though further research is required, lauric acid, a substance in coconut oil, becomes a monoglyceride called monolaurin when digested. Both lauric acid and monolaurin are known to have strong microbial properties, and can destroy harmful pathogens including bacteria, fungi and certain types of viruses.

Coconut oil is often used in skin care products, and is added to many health drinks and supplements. Perhaps with additional research, it will soon be added to oral hygiene products as well.

How to Stay Focused at Work this Holiday Season

working holiday seasonStaying focused at work during the holiday season can be extremely challenging. There is so much distracting you from your duties, including parties and family reunions, shopping, planning, traveling, children home from school, and more.

International business speaker Michael Kerr explained, “There are so many competing demands and expectations during the holidays that it is very easy to get overwhelmed and even burnt out.”

“Travel planning, guest preparations, gift shopping, children’s events, parties and so on must be crammed into already-full schedules, which causes stress,” added Casey Moore, The Productivity Coach. “Personal stress often affects work performance. It distracts people and diminishes productivity.” People also lose motivation, she said. “They’re more interested in their personal lives, whether from their stress, their to-dos, or their love of the holidays.”

It is also hard to remain motivated when co-workers and managers are away on vacation. Workflow slows down significantly, and keeping up a high level of productivity is difficult.

Here are 14 ways to stay focused at work during this year’s holiday season, according to Forbes:

  1. Take a few days off.
  2. Plan early and communicate your expectations and schedule.
  3. Create your to-do list and prioritize tasks.
  4. Avoid multitasking.
  5. Start working on year-end projects and personal tasks early.
  6. Don’t take your work home.
  7. Get into the spirit.
  8. Watch out for distractions.
  9. Take care of yourself physically.
  10. Don’t over-commit.
  11. Remind yourself to stay focused at work.
  12. Do a self-evaluation.
  13. Look forward to next year.
  14. Remember what the holidays are all about.

How to Become a Master Barbecue-er

barbecue foodSummer is here, and with it come endless barbecues. While men seem to have a natural feel for working a grill, women sometimes need some extra tips.

Woman’s Day has consulted with an expert to lay out a few simple guidelines for grilling meats and vegetables like a pro:

  • Time Your Turns. Place the meat on the grill at an angle diagonal to the grill grates. After two minutes, give it a quarter-turn clockwise. Wait another two minutes, then flip and repeat on the other side. If you flip the meat early, it will stick to the grate.
  • Wait with the Glaze. Liquid glazes should be applied when only 10% of the cooking time remains.
  • Reserve Briquettes. Have a reserve of ready-to-go briquettes on stand-by. This will keep your fire replenished and at the desired temperature for longer.
  • Be Skewer-Selective. Use different skewers for different types of food, such as onions, peppers, chicken, or meat. This will improve both the texture and flavor of the dishes.
  • Wait, Wait, Wait. After removing meat from the grill, wait at least 3 minutes before cutting it. This will allow the juices to redistribute evenly- otherwise, you lose the flavor to the cutting board.
  • Marinate. Marinade is important! Use one with an acid, such as yogurt, lemon juice or vinegar, as well as a fat, like oil. These will tenderize the meat and keep it moist while cooking.
  • Don’t Over-Crowd. At least 25% of the grill should be left unoccupied.
  • Resist the Flattening Urge. Pressing down on the meat does result in a delicious sizzling sound, but the food’s flavor and texture will both be lost.

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