healthyteethOne of the things I’ve come to appreciate as I get older is that more natural solutions to health issues often seem to be more effective. Or at least ‘effective enough’ but often without the side effects common with chemical blends and pharmacy drugs.

And most recently that’s something I’ve come to appreciate when cleaning my teeth. This daily mundane activity is just ‘something we do’ – we don’t give it much thought, we rarely take a second look at our toothpaste choice (are you still buying the same brand your parents bought when you were a child..?). But there are some serious different choices you can make when it comes to your dental health.

Particularly if you have noticed that you have any of the symptoms of gingivitis. Some of which can include irritation or swelling of the gums, bleeding, bad breath and even sensitivity for your teeth. Eating may also be uncomfortable somtimes. Luckily, there are some great natural ways that you can work on treating gingivitis and getting your overall mouth health back on track.

Of course, you are going to need to make absolutely certain that you work on proper oral hygiene at all times. This will mean flossing and brushing your teeth several times a day, especially after each of your meals. A good amount of oral care and rinsing with a quality  mouthwash will help you to keep plaque from building up, which is actually the root of a lot of dental issues, including gingivitis. But be careful of your choices here, a lot of mouthwash still contains lots of alcohol which has been shown to work against the protection your natural saliva provides for your teeth and gums. So if you’re not sure what’s the best mouthwash for bad breath read this.

Folic acid is something that has been shown to help when fighting against gum disease. You can find folic acid in pill form at your local pharmacy or in a number of foods including citrus fruits, beans, dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts, cauliflower, beets, celery and even squash. Other natural supplements that you can add to your diet for fighting gingivitis include both Vitamins C and E as well as CoQ10. The supplement CoQ10 is a wonderful antioxidant that you can find at many stores and it works to help prevent the build up of free radicals in your body, especially your mouth.

When it comes to the cleaning of your teeth, what you may not know is that you can actually use certain gums and mints to help you keep a lot of the plaque from building up on your teeth. Xylitol gum and mints are a great way to naturally reduce your chances for dental issues and it is a nice and natural way to freshen your breath at the same time. You can usually find these Xylitol products are your local drug store, health food store or online.

No matter what, you will be glad that you took the time to look into natural ways to treat gingivitis symptoms that you are having. When you have great oral health, you are going to feel better about yourself and you will be free from the discomfort associated with gingivitis. It’s worth spending that bit more time each day.

There’s more to be being happy in your skin than just being happy. It takes lots of things – confidence, leaps of faith and positive input.

It’s very difficult to just ‘do it’, to just be happy as you are.

cosmopolitanSo sometimes you need a little help to get you started, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s why the beauty industry is so huge, and why we read magazines like Cosmo. Which again is fine, so long as it isn’t your all-encompassing everything in life.

I had a friend a few years ago with an outwardly confidence deflating problem. Nothing major, just simple darker patches of skin on her face. I never gave it a second thought, but of course she had spent all her life seeing those discoloured patches in the mirror. And that can eat away at you and undermine your confidence.

So when I discussed it with her one evening, and discovered how it really made her feel, I took a dangerous step – I said, let’s do something about it.

She could have been offended, and felt my position as friend was simply to reassure her that it wasn’t a problem. But it was a problem. Not for anyone else. But it was for her – and that does count, and it does matter. So we set out together to look for solutions, and we settled on the Meladerm skin whitener. There are lots of similar products but this one has a lot of good reviews, and is based on very natural ingredients which was important to both of us – it’s so gentle you can use it on most of the delicate areas of your body such as your face and even underarms ( So now the trial is underway.

But the immediate benefit is very clear for me to see.

It’s too early yet to see lightening in the skin, but I can immediately see that my friend feels a boost in confidence and self-esteem. Simply because we are trying to do something about a problem that she perceives. It’s brought us closer as friends too, as she can see that I care enough about her to risk offending her in order to help her. And to spend my time doing something that is just for her. It’s been an interesting experience so far, so I look forward to updating you all on this one.

Before June 12 2009, some of us had predicted the coup, yet we did not expect how the impudent government would play with our hope and enthusiasm. Before June 12th I had written somewhere that we Iranians have Che Guevara but we don’t have Martin Luther King Jr. and if we do have Dr. King, we can find the way to freedom. After the coup, we had millions of Martin Luther Kings but we have a long way to freedom.


A very interesting man, Alexander Calder, was a sculptor from the USA. Very much a visual poet in my opinion.

Here’s a little blog post today on a subject that’s very close to home. It’s not something that would normally interest me, but when your friends say “Alira, why are you limping?” and you didn’t realise you were – then you know you might have something wrong with your feet. Or your shoes. Or both!


Podiatrists are specialists dedicated to caring for your feet. They will diagnose and treat almost all disorders your feet might have, from a simple athlete’s foot issue to sprains, torn ligaments, as well as other muscle strains, to bone injuries and even more critical conditions that might call for surgical procedures.

Why would you go to a foot doctor instead of your regular family doctor?

Specialists! Some issues greatly benefit from having the specialized care of a specialist. Podiatrists are those people – they are specialized in foot care and treatment. They deal with foot ailments and how to care for them, and that alone. So they know their stuff.

For example, swelling and tearing of the connective muscle of the sole, is a common foot injury. Another reason for visiting a foot doctor is when you experience bouts of chronic heel pain. This could lead to complications if not attended to in good time. You might ignore this or simply visit any physician for pain killers and hope that the pain goes away.

Lastly, if you notice your toenails have discolored and turned yellow or black, it is high time you see a podiatrist. This could be a sign of corns and calluses which may need immediate treatment. These are issues which any practitioner in podiatry will be able to treat permanently. A podiatrist physician can detect it accurately and develop a plan of therapy which delivers permanent positive results.

It can be useful to visit your regular doctor to find out what may require the attention of a specialist foot doctor. So do not hesitate to talk with them if you sense any sort of pain or irritation in one foot – or in both feet.

But a podiatrist can also go way beyond fixing the immediate problem. They can recommend the right kind of footwear, if required. Many types of foot problems are caused by wearing the wrong kind of shoes (us girls are the biggest culprits here of course). Shoes play a big role in the comfort and care of your feet. There are shoes designed for feet comfort which can be recommended by podiatrists. And they don’t have to be ugly, or worn all the time.

As you you would always visit a medical practitioner, it is advisable to visit a foot doctor if you ongoing problems in that area. This can and will prevent a lot of hassle in the long run.

So take it from me – any time you feel slight discomfort in your feet be sure to seek out a podiatrist. Your feet take you places, which means you need to take proper care of them and ensure that they stay clean and healthy.

And yes, my feet feel an awful lot better now – and my friends say I’ve started walking normally again.