We would all like to have white teeth. Not only is it a priority of the culture, but it also signals health and vitality. Plus, a great smile helps create good first impressions when we meet new people.

Unfortunately, not everyone has white teeth, and you may even be considering seeing an orthodontist because of your smile, but it is not always the result of poor hygiene. Mostly, it’s just the foods that we eat. 

Fruits and vegetables contain chemicals called tannins. These are chemicals that give the foods that we eat their characteristic color. 

Plants use these pigments to signal to bees and protect themselves from the environment. But they’re also dyes – and that’s the point at which your teeth can get into trouble. When you eat these foods month after month, year after year, they eventually incorporate themselves into the enamel, causing it to look duller and browner. 

The good news, though, is that a lot of this discoloration is superficial. Clinics like DentEssential, for instance, point out that you can usually get rid of this with a single visit to the hygienist. 

But what about the six months between visits? What can you do to avoid stains then and keep your teeth white year-round? 

The answer is simple: avoid the highest-tannin foods! Or if you can’t, blend them up and drink them through a straw, bypassing your teeth. 

Coffee

Sorry all you coffee lovers out there, but the world’s favorite drink is one of the leading causes of tooth discoloration. Tannins from the coffee bean have a nasty habit of incorporating themselves into the tooth enamel and turning your gnashers brown over time. 

The heat of coffee makes this problem worse. The high temperature softens the enamel and makes it more prone to infiltration. 

So what’s the solution here? Should you avoid coffee altogether? 

Avoiding coffee won’t do you any harm – and it might do you some good if you drink cup after cup of the stuff. But you can avoid going without by drinking your coffee through a straw. No – it’s not the done thing, and it looks a little strange, but it does help keep your pearly whites white. 

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are delicious, but here again, you need to be careful. Oranges, lychees, and the rest all contain abundant tannins that can make their way onto your teeth. 

Fortunately, you can quickly whip these fruits up into a smoothie and use the straw method to guzzle them. 

Berries

Berries are high in anthocyanins – cyan-colored pigments that make your mouth look purple after you eat them. 

As you might expect, these phytochemicals can stain, so it is critical to rinse your mouth out after you eat berries.

Green Tea

All teas have a nasty habit of coloring your teeth, but green tea is one of the most insidious. It looks relatively benign, but don’t let its soothing green color fool you. This drink is chock full of chemicals that color your teeth and make them go brown. 

So, there, you have it: some of the foods that you should avoid if you want white teeth. Keep your diet simple and be wary of particularly colorful menu items. 

 

Back in the late 80’s the glamour photography went from very popular to virtually non-existent within only a couple of years. No one was interested in those hazy images with ridiculous poses. I remember, they even had filters for camera lenses to make the image hazy. Of course, that was all before Photoshop, so every trick had to be done in-camera. Women were so impressed with hazy, often blurry images showing them in lingerie.

However, almost overnight, the interest in those pictures completely evaporated. They became cringy, and no one wanted them anymore. And those who had those albums made, shoved them into the darkest parts of their wardrobes to hide them from discovery. I have no idea who decided to pull a plug on that type of photography, but it went quick and decisive.

Fast forward to 2015 and later and the interest in those glamour images came back. Not overnight, but gradually women decided that they actually do like nice images of themselves. Of course, the images themselves were nothing like those in the 80s. The image quality improved, the poses became much more casual and the whole art-form of boudoir photography became much more beautiful. Once women decided that it’s no longer cringy to pose in lingerie, they went ahead with boudoir sessions like never before. Some however chose a much less radical change, by just refreshing their looks

New studios opened just to cater to this style. A lot of new photographers converted to this style. And more importantly, women who wanted these images were actually willing to spend a good amount of money to get the best pictures for themselves. Or for their other half, which is a very popular gift idea for Valentine’s day.

Jay Smolak Boudoir Sydney photography studio is one of the few experienced boudoir photographers in Sydney. He started as a portrait and wedding photographer but decided to change his style to boudoir a few years ago. He had no regrets doing it. It may be harder for a male boudoir photographer to shoot that style, but interestingly enough, a lot of women actually prefer a male photographer. They think that since they are making a gift for their husbands or boyfriends, it’s good to shoot the pictures in such a manner that would appeal to another man.

Another boudoir photography studio in Sydney is Candidtown Photography. They offer other types of photography, but boudoir is one of the most popular styles that customers order. Women are no longer turned off by cringy 80’s style glamour images, and actually fully and eagerly embrace their femininity. This is a very strong trend, and for the sake of boudoir photographers, something to be happy about.

When it comes to the New Year, so many people are focused on diets and getting expensive gym memberships which they’ll use for a few weeks but then quit by the end of the month.  In many ways, whilst the New Year fitness craze can feel inspiring, it can also feel quite sad, as so many people race to lose weight without really taking care of their holistic wellbeing.

Indeed, with so many ways to get fit at home in 2019, there’s no excuse to not jump off the couch and take the year by storm – yet, fitness isn’t just about losing weight and toning up.  In fact, many people’s idea of what fitness is, could be better described as vanity!

Therefore, in this article we’re going to take a look at a few ways to take care of your holistic wellbeing this new year.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

In simple terms, stress is a killer.  Stress is often at the heart of most illnesses, or at least it will exacerbate health conditions – from heart attacks to chronic fatigue, stress plays a much larger role in most illnesses than we realise.

Therefore, you really want to make sure you find healthy ways to reduce your stress levels this new year.

LOOK AFTER YOUR INNER CHILD

We all want a more fulfilling life, and whilst many people strive for success as a means for fulfilment what we tend to find is that many people neglect their ‘inner child’ and therefore feel depleted.  They often pursue success, only to reach their goal to find it doesn’t fulfil them as much as they hoped.

We therefore need to look a little deeper into ourselves, and work out what feeling are we wanting to create in our life.  

For instance, if your ‘inner child’ craves security, it makes sense that going out and earning good money will satiate this need, however, if your ‘inner child’ craves a sense of adventure, yet you live a dull existence of working, working, working – you’re not going to be happy.

Therefore, work out what your innermost self wants most from life, and ensure you find a way to meet that need.

WATER

We all know that we should be drinking more water than we probably drink – as so many people live in a perpetual state of chronic dehydration despite knowing the risks, and the benefits of ensuring we are fully hydrated.

You probably already know that your brain is made up mostly of water, so when it’s dehydrated it  functions at a sluggish rate. Dehydration causes brain tissue to shrink – meaning the brain has to work  much harder to perform the same task.

Drinking more water might also be good for your New Year weight loss goals…

The reason that drinking water has the power to assist in weight loss is mostly due to the fact people who drink water before a meal tend to feel more full, meaning they eat much less food, though there are other more complex reasons to do with metabolism.

I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas but have started to really like it. This is the season that everyone can take a breather, enjoy a couple of days freedom, a big feast with loved ones and simply be merry.

Not ready to let 2018 go yet but it’ll leave us forever regardless. Instead of feeling a little sad, this year I’ll just slow down to reflect, doodle, cook, eat and really take my time to enjoy the last few days of 2018.

Merry Christmas everyone. May your days be filled with love, joy and sweet dreams!

I’ve finally located other photos of Sydney Chinese Garden of Friendship I took the other day.

There were saved in a different folder with no names so I couldn’t find them straight away. Yep, I’m still learning to be more organised. 🙂

So here are more photos of the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney. Can’t wait for Summer to come!